A Breath of Winter

It’s cooling off here. We didn’t get the snow & cold that the Northeast did over the weekend – just one day of rain and brisk winds. Still enough, though, for me to go ahead and put up the shrinkwrap on the windows. I have plastic sheeting for the huge window to the balcony – we can’t block it since we need access to the storage and plants out there, so the sheeting works to insulate it while retaining access. It’s affordable, too; only about $15 and the sheeting can be reused for several years. I think the last one lasted 5 years or more, and could have been used for tarp after that.

Just those things – shrinkwrap & sheeting – are enough to hold in heat. The heat isn’t on, and it’s 65 in the house. Today’s high was 59, and we face east, so it’s not solar heat gain! We’re trying to wait until at least Thanksgiving to turn the heat on. We’ll see how it goes!

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Independance Day – 30 Oct. 2011

Independence Days, one day at a time – greater awareness of life and how we live it.

1. Gardening: Nothing, just keeping things watered. Still. Last check, no new sweet potatoes.The decorative flowers are still happy, though.

2. Waste not (preparations): Donations to thrift; not much else.

3. Want not (manage your stores): Usual maintenance.

4. Build community: Sold local chickens to co-workers for a farmer-friend..

5. Eat the food: Lo mein with local chicken, a new 4-bean soup recipe; starting to bake cookies every week or so instead of buying them. Cheaper & healthier.

6. Crafting: Not much here, really; working on kitten toys for my niece.


Welcome again!

I’m starting this blog because I have not seen much, if any, information about homesteading in an apartment – there are a lot of great sites out there, but everyone seems to have yards or livestock. I have a shady balcony – great for catching breezes, not so much for catching sun with tomato plants.

I do a lot of crafting as well as cooking from scratch and using natural cleaners. My guidelines are “what would I do without electric?” or “what would I do if I couldn’t drive to X?” It does lead to creativity!

This blog was previously at minihomestead.blogspot.com, but is now in the process of being moved to WordPress.

Thanks for stopping by!


Independance Day Challenge, 2 Oct. 2011

The past week or two I’ve been focusing on getting the house neatened up – back to where ‘clean’ is easy to maintain & piles don’t breed when I blink. Yule is coming, school has started, and the days are getting shorter. Everyone is enjoying the fall & winter recipes I’ve started making again. Next up, getting warmer clothes out. All I have right now is shorts!

1. Gardening: Nothing, just keeping things watered.

2. Waste not (preparations): nothing.

3. Want not (manage your stores): Refreshing my stash in Ravelry, so that I can use it as a reminder of what I have & where. Applying a bit more logic to storage locations as I go, and frogging projects I know I’ll never finish.

4. Build community: Met a new neighbor.

5. Eat the food: I’m actually planning meals lately – always a challenge for me. I found a recipe for the ground elk so one day soon we’ll have elk meatball sandwiches. Part of the focus has been to eat out the fridge/freezer – both are extremely full. I want to make pumpkin pie, and can’t, because there’s no room in the fridge for it! Three people can’t eat the entire pie in one sitting, after all.

6. Crafting: Did a few stash-busting projects, and will restart another hibernating project here shortly.