Solar powered clothes dryer!!

Also known as a clothes line. I suspect there was one on the property before, but it was gone by the time we bought the house and moved in. Today while my husband was helping pull well lines to make repairs, he learned a lot about how to repair an existing well. He also scored us a free set of clothes line poles. These are huge, and are going to help combat our ever growing summer power bill.

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We decided to put it beside our garden. Where we want to expand it out to. It gets plenty of sunshine too! I am way too excited about this. Normal people do not get this excited over metal poles.

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Sharpening My Skills

My little sewing machine

I saw somewhere online a list of homesteading skills to learn. One of those skills was sew your own clothing. I took a sewing class in high school. I made a little black dress, and it was very poorly made, but it fit and I wore it…once. I have had a sewing machine most of my adult life. It sat in a corner of my bedroom gathering dust for several years. I also have a bag of things that need repaired.

A few months ago I cleaned up a corner of my bedroom and found a cheap computer desk to use as a sewing table. This is the one I picked:

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Last night I opened the bag and repaired 2 pairs of my husbands dress pants he wears to work and to my disbelief a coat, dress, and 2 skirt’s for my 10 year old that have been in the bag since my 16 year old wore them. I know, I know, shame on me.

 

I threaded bobbins with different colors and went to town. Now don’t get me wrong. I know that sewing a few repairs is not the same thing as making your own clothes. However it is a step in the right direction. If I can stay on top of repairs then maybe my children will not outgrow the clothes before I get to making the repairs. Also by having it out and accessible I might be more inspired or inclined to actually make something from a pattern. I also learned how to use a pattern when I took that class. I’m sure I remember how to do that.

All in all I have come to accept that homesteading is not an end goal. It is the journey we take to get there.

 

COMPOST BIN

I have been reading this book about Urban Homesteading. http://amzn.to/2vnmzUB 

I like this book, and this idea because it best resembles our situation. We have little more than half an acre of land, and are technically inside city limits. We are literally 3 houses from the city limit. One of the many things I have already learned from this book was that starting a compost bin really needed to get higher on my priority list. So… Essential Project #1

Step 1: Acquire a box. I saw an idea online about using a large pumpkin box as a compost bin. They last about a year when left outside, and they are really easy to find (I just went by my local produce stand and asked they even loaded it into my car for me).

Step 2: Figure out where I want to place my bin. I think I am going to place it where the second addition to the garden will be going at the end of next summer’s growing season. By then this bin should be finished compost and i can just till it into the new area and put it all to bed for the winter.

Step 3: Fill with stuff. there are millions of posts about what to put in a compost heap so I won’t repeat all that here.

Step 4: Water as needed, and add more stuff. I really like when they said that they were lazy and weren’t going to turn their pile. I felt a deep connection with the writers at that point.

When this box is full, or by next spring whichever happens first I will get a new bin and start over while this one cooks.

What do you think? What is everyone using for compost bins out there? Have any of you read this book? Do you have any suggestions?