Saturday, August 16, 2014

Homesteading: The true story

Ok, its a little embarrassing, OK, its a lot embarrassing and I am sure my husband is wondering why I would post a picture like this..
If you are wondering what this is, its our wood shed that has somehow turned into a storage shed..
Its the middle of august, and we have NO wood split.. thats right, NONE.

I wanted to show the REAL side of homesteading.  With so many blogs and facebook pages out there showing pretty pictures with lovely quotes attached, I wanted to show what it can REALLY be like....Its not all running through a field of daises, swimmin in the creek  and cookin beans over a cookstove while we all sit around and craft and tell stories and live some laid back fantasy life.. ( well ok maybe in the winter we sit around a bit more;)

This is the reality of having a LOT going on....THIS is the reality of trying to be self sufficient, it can get ugly,, haha

we went from about 20 hives to 60 this year. and between that, gardens, the farmers market, raising a 7 yr old, canning our harvest, and everything else life has to offer, we are just a litttttle behind.

Being completely off the power grid, this is our only source of heat, Hot water and how we cook and bake from about october to may. so we go through A LOT of wood.

Robb assures me we are ok, and he is going to start splitting that big ol pile soon. but thats not even close to what we need . If he have to buy a load this year, I am ok with that.. its  hard to do it all, and we just have to remember that sometimes its not possible...and sometimes ya have to pull out the checkbook to keep your own sanity.....

This is what homesteading looks like at times.. its a never ending battle to keep up!!! But what else would we do if not this??? its our life :)


  1. I just ran across your blog. Our forests were closed for the month of Aug. and didn't open until mid-Sept. so we have been bringing in our wood. We try to split it up the mt. so we leave the "mess" of splitting up there. And yes, we too still need more. Maybe next weekend:)

  2. It's totally alright if you share some downsides of steading. Life ain't all sunshine and rainbows and that is true even for homesteads, I guess. I was raised in a farm as a kid and I love those moments of my life, yet I remember the work my elderlies had to do back then. You guys got a lot of work ahead, but don't forget to get ample rest and relaxation from time to time. Thank you for sharing such an honest moment! I hope everything is going well with your whole family.

    Darren Lanphere @ Mirr Ranch Group