How-To How-To

If you have any interest in tools, woodworking, or construction, then you’ve probably seen those how-to articles or videos featuring a clean, well-dressed person working in a spotless shop. They have cabinets full of immaculate tools and every form of material necessary for their project within arm’s reach. Their project demonstrates dove-tails, eagle-tails, hen’s teeth, […]

Crossing Streams

It is fascinating to me when skills from one arena of my life transfer to another arena. In my climbing days, my knowledge of knot tying from fishing was very useful. My knowledge of rope work and subjective physics (AKA not falling off of the mountain) from climbing has come up useful in many of […]


Well, that was exciting… our bees swarmed this morning!  Lightfoot walked outside to start plastering and thought, “what’s that noise?”  They settled on our willow tree, and we captured it, due to the heroic efforts of Lightfoot and Josie. Lightfoot captured the swarm, and Josie cut the branch, with the swarm inches from her face…eep! […]

(W)hoop It Up In the Garden

One of our focuses over the last several years has been increasing how much food we can produce. Part of that is extending the growing season. Being at almost 700 feet over sea level, our last-possible frost date is mid-May.  We’ve never actually gotten butternut squash to finish, though I can say that little baby […]

On Being a Jack of All Trades

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook […]