What Makes a House a Home?

This post was most recently updated on September 10th, 2018What makes a house a home?  This is a question I ponder quite a bit.  Admittedly, I think about it most frequently when I’m feeling frustrated with our tiny, old house.   But I want to share with you my thoughts on the subject, because I think the distinction is important. House vs. Home: Words to Consider As defined in the dictionary, a house is a “building for human habitation.” Continue Reading

Odor Guard in the Water Closet

This post was most recently updated on May 18th, 2015Well, it seems I just cannot stay away from y’all! I’ve got another fun and super helpful tip for you from the Farm … You know how when someone “goes to the bathroom” in your house and even though you might have air fresheners or sprays or incense or what-have-you in there, the stink just sort of … lingers? Yeah, me, too. It’s nothing to be Continue Reading

Jesus vs. The Easter Bunny

This post was most recently updated on May 18th, 2015 Today is Good Friday, traditionally observed by Christians around the world as the end of Lent and the lead-in to Easter Sunday. Non-Christians celebrate Easter as a non-Christian holiday (although I wonder, seeing as Easter only exists because of Jesus Christ – what’s the deal with that?) complete with the big family gatherings, the egg hunts and everybody’s favorite Bunny. But there are many Christians Continue Reading

A Long Row to Hoe

This post was most recently updated on May 18th, 2015At our place, it’s once again time to get the garden prepped and planted. Several years ago, we established a permanent garden spot, complete with raised beds that we built from reclaimed lumber and pallet boxes. We hauled in soil and fertilizer (read: manure from the corral), drew up detailed planting charts and diagrams and vowed that from that point on, our garden was going to Continue Reading

Looking Forward

This post was most recently updated on May 18th, 2015The flu struck our house again a couple of weeks ago and we are still trying to recover. I’m not positive where we picked up the nasty bug since we, literally, never leave the farm. But it doesn’t really matter – it’s put us very far behind on our farm tasks and spring projects. So far behind, in fact, that any hope of a family vacation Continue Reading

Stumbling – er, Springing – Forward

This post was most recently updated on May 18th, 2015In my little corner of the world, tomorrow (Saturday) night marks the Time Change – meaning, the start of Daylight Savings Time.  Or the end of Daylight Savings Time – I’m never sure which.  This change – the spring forward – is my least favorite.  It means that we actually lose an hour of sleep during the night – not a desirable situation, considering that I’ve Continue Reading

Home Remedies, Essential Oils and the Occult

This post was most recently updated on May 18th, 2015Okay, I don’t have much interest in the occult. But I am totally into home remedies and essential oils. Especially the ones that work. They could very well be the only reason I’m still alive to write this post today. Really. The past couple weeks have been a little rough around the Keep. One child got sick, then the hubby got sick and it has just Continue Reading