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Maternity Leave

Hi Folks – The more I look at my life, the more I think I’m not doing things as well as I could be – too many balls in the air.  Many of the things I care about are paying a price.   The addition of the chronic sleep deprivation that goes with a new…

Low Input Projects

It is easy to get fixated on the big things that you need to do to have an impact.  You need to build a barn, buy a higher-mileage vehicle, pay down the mortgage, build a three month stash of food.  These are big or biggish projects, and often they depend on you finding time and…

Moving On

Every time my life settles down enough for me to return to regular blogging, crazy stuff happens.  First there was the sudden arrival of newborn baby Z. – we were called at 2:30 pm and by 4:30, Eric was picking him up at the hospital.  Since normally one gets more than umm…two hours to prepare…

M.’s latest update (see the first post for her bio) on what it is like to take the class.  It is funny – I always worry I’m not providing enough reading material for people.   Apparently that may not be a critical issue ;-).   This class is very different from any other I’ve taken. There…

Do the Numbers on Gardens

There’s a fascinating article using Zillow analysis to figure out the value of food gardens to residential housing.  This isn’t news to a lot of us, but it is nice to see the numbers quantified:   Minor Kitchen Remodel.  Cost: $14,917   Return on resale:  $14,645   Percentage Return:  -1.8% Major Bathroom Remodel.   Cost:…

Just as I was getting back in the swing of regular blogging again, I got quite a surprise – this afternoon we got called and asked to take an additional foster placement – a 2 day old newborn.  As I write this, I have a tiny, sweet little person asleep in my arms (it turns…

As you probably know the 2012 Farm Bill has food stamps on the block.  I write a lot about food stamps because they are incredibly important – one in seven Americans uses them.  One in four children is on food stamps.  When you subsidize food for this many people, you functionally transform the larger food…

Remember I told you that New Society Publishers, in honor of the forthcoming _Making Home_ would sponsor a spot in my Adapting-in-Place Class, in exchange for someone offering up a weekly blog post about what it is like to take the course.  Well, here’s the first installment – it will go up at New Society’s…

Check This Out!

http://whyy.org/cms/radiotimes/2012/07/06/preserving-our-backyard-bounty-in-jars-cans/   I was on WHYY in Philadelphia the other day talking about canning with _Food in Jars_ author Marisa McClellan.  ‘Twas awesome!

Always with the Preps

The most important thing about the power outages in the mid-Atlantic is that no one expected them to be this bad, so no one was ready.  The storms on Friday were stronger than expected, so no one, including the power company, was prepared.  That meant that for 3 million homes, the loss of electricity was…