Laundry is Good Exercise (and so is counting blessings)!

Today I’m doing laundry, and counting my blessings! Both activities are giving me a workout, one physical and one mental! I am learning to wash my laundry like a pioneer women, a modern pioneer women who has running hot water! 🙂

I am here at my camper and laundry is piled up, it is calling my name and the boys are asking if its OK to wear their good jeans ( answer NO!) My #1 problem is in order to use the washers and dryers here at the campground you must be in possession of 10-12$ in quarters per week. Issue #2 My vehicle is not running correctly and my hubby is to busy to spend a day working on it,  ( issue 2b is we are in Texas and don’t know any reputable mechanics). I need the SUV to go get cash, to get the quarters. #3  I’d rather have the 50.00$ in my grocery budget.

Laundry Modern Pioneer Style

I was working on the first load in the tub this morning and feeling very grouchy. I was running fresh warm water for rinsing and gave myself a little talking-to! My attitude is my choice and I’m going to choose gratitude! I am grateful to have a back that doesn’t hurt now, a tub to wash in, warm water to use, and a nice awning to dry stuff from!

Laundry Day

I started listing my blessings while I worked.

#1 It cost less this way, the propane we already have is much more economical to heat the water, and water is included in our site rent we already pay!

#2 I don’t have to drag everything all the way over to the washroom, and then walk back and forth while waiting and changing loads.

#3 My tub is going to be so clean.

#4 The bathroom floor will get a good mopping

#5 I have wifi to use while I wait on items to dry. I haven’t had Wifi for 2 weeks.

#6 My feet and hands are getting quite a mani/pedi.

#7 This is a good prep for me if we ever decide to live on an “off the Grid” homestead someday.

#8 The humidity is so low that the clothing is all drying rather quickly.

#9 I am in possession of several sanity saving devices to help me! ( See this post)

#10 Maybe i’ll save enough to get me one of these cool clotheslines, (aff link) It looks very camper friendly!

It is amazing what choosing gratitude does for your perspective!

Dorcas For #thedelightfulcottage

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Do you have the Homesteaders itch!

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Sunset on another day!

It is a gorgeous February day here on our makeshift homestead! The breeze is warm and just strong enough to make my wind chime sing, I can hear it through my open windows. The sun is shining off my little fish pond and the chickens are scratching in the dormant garden while the goats lay in the pasture enjoying the pleasant warmth!! I wish I had a good excuse to go out and get my fingers dirty!

I love to work outside in my flowerbeds or garden. There is just something about plants that draw me in!! Bulbs & saved seeds, the idea for a new flowerbed, free mulch waiting to be used, these are my weaknesses!

But I can’t do that, there is no good reason to get my hands dirty! We are renters, renting a very small piece of property! I have tried for 2 years to grow a garden in the only available area on the property, but I have concluded that is will not happen this spring! There is just to many things that are not in the favor of that spot being a garden. I also came to the conclusion that spending money on these flowerbeds will not happen either this spring. It is just not one of the good uses of our time and resources. Oh, this is one of those moments where it is not fun to be an adult.

The Homesteaders Itch

I think this is why the homesteaders itch has bit us so bad. I look out my windows and see 12 or more neighbors houses. We need Space! I don’t need a big house, a cozy one with lots of windows and wood heat will fit the bill! My guys would be in heaven if they had a nice shop to work in, (diesels & oil & wrenches, oh my) when the weather wasn’t nice.The boys could enjoy a long driveway for bike riding, and go-carting!  It all comes back to the fact that we are really very country at heart and we need space to spread our wings and our roots!

The Dream.

In my daydreams I have the space for a full size vegetable and herb garden irrigated from rain barrels and mulched “Back to Eden” style! Space to plant lots of flower beds with perennials for cutting. A real  honest to goodness hen house. I dream of  pastures for beef, goats, chickens, turkeys, pork and maybe even enough land to grow our own hay! A small orchard and vineyard would be planted, and we could take up beekeeping!  I most certainly would have a greenhouse, built with the windows I have been saving for almost 4 years! In my dreams the property would be full of wildlife and my boys could have plenty of good experiences with hunting and exploring.

The Reality

I sit here on this beautiful winter day and wonder what it will take to finally become homesteaders! We are grappling with the decision right now of what the best way is to become homesteaders. Would renting a farm be a good choice, or just buying a couple acres and renting the rest? What about the best area to buy/rent? What would we do for income till the land supported us? Are we crazy or just completely batty? It is a hard job to just keep waiting, I work better with a goal or deadline in sight! Reality is that we are not wealthy and we do not have enough of a nest egg to just strike out and see what happens. This dream needs to have money to power it! I know that it will be even more intense work for all of us, but we can do it. Hard work does not scare us, bring it on! We are ready for this challenge!

What About You?

Property owners, oh those words are music to my ears. Do you have the homesteading itch?  Are you looking for ways to get back to your roots? What have you done, or are you doing to scratch it? What ways have you found to finance your way of life?

Dory~Copilot for The Delightful Cottage.

Am I a Homesteader?

Am I a homesteader?

I am a bit of a homesteading junkie! I love the term homesteader, it seams so steady and current. So I ask you, and myself, what does one need to do to “be a homesteader”? What kind of property must you own? Do you have to own livestock or chickens?  Oh wait, maybe I already am, I have goats & chickens! Must you grow all your food? Well than count me out! I decided to check for an official definition to answer this question!

The Definition of a Homesteader.

Lets start with what a homestead is,

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A homestead is a house and surrounding land owned by a family — often, it includes a farmhouse.

Most people have homes, but not everyone has a homestead: that means your family owns more than a house. The homestead often consists of a farmhouse and land devoted to crops or animals. You’ll find a lot more homesteads in rural areas than in cities. Often, a homestead is passed down from parents to children for generations. 

What is a Homesteader? A homesteader is a person or family who occupies a homestead! So by definition to be a homesteader you must own a homestead.

I guess I have answered my own question, I am not an official homesteader. I have animals but they do not provide me with income or food (lazy chickens). I do not own the property or the house.

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Moments in nature at TDC

So how do I become a homesteader?  I must be a property owner, of property that can support my family with food from gardens and land enough to raise some type of animal for income and food!

Why would I want to become a homesteader? Oh I can give you reasons all day. Where do I start? I guess a little background on us might help you understand why we want this. We both come from families that are culturally country folk, no city living here. My husband grew up on a working dairy farm. He grew up milking cows, feeding calves, driving tractor and 4-wheelers. There was no lack of things to do.  I grew up upstate NY and spent many hours helping with dairy cows on my paternal grandparents farm or beef cows on my maternal grandparents farm. If we were not on my grandparents farm then we were likely stacking wood for one of my dads firewood customers, or weeding the acre of garden or playing in the stream or in our forest hideouts.

We want our boys to have that life. The chance to experience the hard rewarding work of animal care or harvesting a crop.  The realization of were food comes from and how much work it takes to get it! To grow in their realization that God is an awesome creator to have created all this and blessed us with earth to care for.

We want this life because we really want to grow more, much more, of our own food.  Vegetables & fruit for our own use and possible to sell would be a dream come true. Raising animals for our own meat and also to sell would be wonderful as well! We are working towards this big dream.

“A Goal is just a dream with work boots on” Dave Ramsey

How about you? Are you a real honest to goodness homesteader? Or are you with me, wish and working towards that goal of being a homesteader?

Dory ~ Copilot here at The Delightful Cottage.