I'm taking a brief but genuine vacation this week. I'll be meeting my husband in Maine when his current business trip ends. I have close family up there, so it's a great excuse for me to see more of this wonderful state. I've only been there twice, and fairly briefly. Our chickens will be tended during our absence by a friend who also has hens. So I'll be taking care of her girls later this month when she goes away. It's a chicken-sitting barter arrangement. I've picked the tomato plants as clean as I can, so not too much should go to waste while I'm gone. We have a few special plans for our four-day Maine getaway, some of which I hope to share here when I return early next week. Lobster rolls, here I come!
I live on a 2/3 acre homestead in a residential neighborhood. A major goal is to demonstrate how much food a non-expert can produce in my particular climate and hardiness zone, with the soils native to my immediate area. We have gardens of annual and perennial plants, keep laying hens and honey bees, and regularly bite off more than we can chew. Another major goal is to pay off our mortgage as fast as possible. Here I blog about frugality, self-reliance, gardening, cooking and baking, food preservation, practical skills, half-baked experiments, and preparing to thrive in a lower-energy future.