Homesteading with Jackie Clay

Happy New Year to all of you

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I'm sure we'll also have a happy new year but yesterday didn't start off so great. Will was plowing our mile and a half drive after hard winds had drifted some spots quite badly,...

I hope you all had a safe and happy Christmas

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Here in northern Minnesota, we had just gotten over a week of sub-zero high temperatures and high wind. So just having a bit warmer day seemed like a true gift. As our family get-together...

We’re preparing for another big snowstorm

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This time, they're forecasting power outages to be widespread, as the heavy, wet snow has frozen on the evergreen boughs, making them both extremely heavy and brittle. Of course, living off grid, that doesn't...

To reduce the Christmas stress, I’m starting early baking

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Fortunately, the weather has been subzero and still snowing, so we spend more time indoors lately. My son, Bill, and his family have been without power for nearly four days, while he's been sick...

Yep, we got the big snow

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We were expecting it and had gotten everything as ready as possible on the weekend. Then, on Sunday night, our friend, Tom, called to tell me his friend, who was going to drive him...

We’re trying to get ready for a big snowstorm

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Will hauled in extra firewood while I put new shavings down in the duck and chicken coops. I've been busy trying to shell out the two crates of Carminat pole beans. These lovely slender,...

Will finally started the wood kitchen range

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This year has been so busy that I just didn't get around to cleaning and starting the wood kitchen range. Last night, it was -18 degrees, so we were so glad to have it...

We escaped the arctic blast for at least one day

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My oldest son, Bill, texted me that they were going to celebrate grandson, Mason's fifteenth birthday on last Saturday. We've been having cold and snow and were expecting the roads to be snow-covered and...

Just another day on a real homestead

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It just occurred to me today that a lot of folks kind of form their own, often unreal, picture of life on our homestead. You know, where everything is perfect. Everything in its place,...

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving

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After spending two days cleaning my seed-scattered house and baking/cooking up a storm, Bill and his family and David and his family arrived to help us enjoy the day and feast on all the...