An Introduction, or How Not to Homestead


KristiFor my first GRIT blogpost, I thought I’d tell y’all a little bit about what not to expect from my posts. I’d hate to think that anyone came to me looking for advice or tips on gardening or farming or raising livestock or canning or cooking or sewing or how to keep birds from stealing your cherries or how to keep snakes from curling up on your porch or how to find those elusive free-range chicken eggs. You should, under no circumstance, expect anything like that from my blog. Why? Because I haven’t quite gotten all that stuff figured out yet. I’ve made countless attempts at it all, but usually my attempts fall a bit short of the mark. I am making headway though and will doubtless be a preeminent homesteader in, oh, probably around 50 or 60 years.

See, I’m pretty new to all those things. New, like a matter of months new. So far, I’ve grown more grass than veggies (although my garden is actually making food! I know! I can’t believe it either).

grassy tomato

I’ve made pets out of all my animals.

Sherlock Combs

My jam doesn’t jell and my lids don’t suck down; I burn food in my cast iron (not to mention the small blaze when I tried to season my dutch oven); I harvested all of one cherry that the birds didn’t get; I had a snake on my porch that I had to shoo off with a stick, then tried to shoot and completely missed; and I haven’t found eggs in over a week. (Probably because I missed the snake. A moving snake is a tough target with a .22!) So, if you’re looking for sage-like, tried and true advice on how to run a homestead, you have come to exactly the wrong place.

Chris Davis
12/5/2010 11:30:57 PM

Kristi, You might want to try getting a .22 carbine and load it with snake shot. I don't know how well it will work, but it would be comforting knowing you can pull off a couple of quick shots while zeroing in on the target if nothing else. :) Good luck with your homestead, and that's a gorgeous bird! Here's hoping you have lots of fun with the blog.

Kristi Cooper_4
8/1/2010 7:49:30 PM

Hey I am another Kristi that is starting to try to homestead. I am looking forward to commiserating with your blog!! LOL I am so glad I am not the only one tripping along with this!! But one day I plan to prevail!! LOL

S.M.R. Saia
7/26/2010 9:03:47 AM

Kristi, welcome to Grit! I for one am glad to see that someone else has as much grass in thier garden as I do!!!!!!

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