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How we fixed the washing machine

Back in December I blogged about how my washing machine was broken. I am putting this post up full of keywords and links in hopes that it can help someone, because I certainly never found anything that would have led me to the answers that I needed.

The background and the problem  read more »

New blog

I am going to blog at Idaho Ex-pat for a while since we're not currently living the farm life.


I'm breaking blog silence to put in a plug for the auction to raise funds for Jessica at Balancing Everything. I've been a reader for almost a decade and I have several items up for auction. Visit here and here to see what there is.

A super fun day trip

Why Hello, September!

We welcomed September in today with a forty-five degree morning. I made myself a cup of Good Hope Vanilla tea and sat down at the computer before 9am for the first time in ages!

I've sent the four oldest kids back to school and suddenly my schedule seems so much more free. I've been out of the blogging groove for so many months, for so many reasons, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I've still got some of the fall canning and gardening to do, but the chilly morning gave me hope that there is an end in sight and I will get on top of all these projects some day! This year we picked 11 gallons of raspberries and I turned virtually all of them into jam.  read more »


Eat local, literally

Last summer in our irrigation ditch we saw what we thought was an asparagus gone to seed, so we resolved to remember to look in the spring. A couple of weeks ago we were outside getting ready for our first irrigation turn of the season and I remembered the aparagus. Sure enough, there was one lone, tall stalk. We cut it and I put it into a glass of water on the counter. The kids were unimpressed, mostly because none of them like asparagus. It was only this year that I finally developed a taste for it. It was a really long stalk, about 14 inches!  read more »


A month or so ago I was baking something and the canister of sugar in my cupboard was empty. I went to the bucket in the pantry to refill it and that was empty, too. I went in the basement to the cupboard under the stairs to get another bucket and found that I only had 50 lbs of sugar left. We're big believers in self-sufficiency, and having a year's supply of basic foods is a part of that. A year's supply of sugar for a family of our size is 420 lbs, so I was a bit short. I spent a few days price-checking and discovered that my favorite grocery store had sugar for half the price of the cannery and for significantly less that Costco or any other grocery store.  read more »

Train lover


The truth is, I'm scared of the rooster. He's mean and aggressive and I rarely let him out of the chicken coop. I've had to whack him with my long stick to protect myself from his sharp spurs and beak. But he's pretty as all get out, right?

rooster and hens

There are animals I'm afraid of and some that I'm not.

Roosters, yes.
Ganders, no.
Skunks, yes. I do not open the doors when the skunks are about.  read more »