Lettuce on the Menu


One good thing about Southern California is that if the spring and summer garden fail, I can keep gardening through fall and winter. Because of this, we have lettuce on the menu, despite the ecoli scare that made it scarce everywhere else. I planted some black seeded simpson last month in my new front beds and last week I harvested…

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Confessions of an Exhausted, Caregiving, Homesteading Homeschooler


Caregiving can be exhausting. Continuing to lead a frugal, homesteading lifestyle while caregiving sometimes seems impossible. I have a confession to make. I am an exhausted, caregiving, homesteading, homeschooler. Ugh. Seeing it in writing makes me want to take a nap. My dad was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment several years ago. As it has progressed I have moved back…

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Today I was the Maytag Repairman


After our recent unpleasant experience with our Sears protection plan I was glad today that I took our Maytag dishwasher off of it because it was so old and we weren’t using it. So naturally we started using it again and the handle broke. Being disgusted with repair persons in general at the moment, I decided to take matters into…

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Homemade Washer Cleans Up


  No washer, no problem! My homemade washer cleans up for me once again. Homesteading skills are not just for when the SHTF, as they say. They have served me well in the RV and now in the city. Our washer broke down on Saturday. Luckily, I had done my wash on Friday, but my daughter-in-law just started a new…

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