Category: Self-Reliance

Choosing Your First Homestead Firearm

Shooting A Semi Auto .22

Here’s a must listen to for anyone from a non gun background contemplating the purchase of their first firearm. Common sense and life experience prevails in this 20 minute podcast.  It’s an old episode from GRANNY MILLER RADIO. The topic is “Choosing Your First Homestead Firearm”. The outline of the show: A .22 rifle is…

Chamber Pots

Woman Using A Chamber Pot

Like many older farm houses my home was constructed without indoor plumbing. But in the early 1970s, indoor plumbing was added to my house. That’s fairly late by American standards. Up until that time all water for drinking, cooking and bathing was hand carried into the house. Water was also carried in by buckets to…

Homemade Peppermint Tooth Powder

Homemade Peppermint Tooth Powder

I’ve got a really big toothy smile. And I keep that toothy smile bright and healthy with twice a day flossing and brushing with budget friendly homemade tooth powder. The tooth powder that I make up in my kitchen doesn’t use bentonite clay or any type of exotic spice or resin. It’s simply cheapo baking…

101 Basic Homesteading Skills

Collage of Homestead Life

The list below was first published on December 30, 2012. It was compiled by my husband and me in less than twenty minutes while sitting at our kitchen table.What follows below is a partial list of homesteading skills that my husband and I share between us. I offer this list as a starting point to…

How To Write Your Own Obituary

West Liberty Cemetery

Several years ago a local couple was killed in an auto accident as they were traveling across a bridge that my husband and I travel once a week. Their sudden and unexpected deaths stunned our local community. I remember saying to my husband the next time we crossed the bridge together, “It could have been…

Survivalist, Prepper or Housewife?

Prepper Food Storage

Lately my husband and I have been having an ongoing conversation about the so-called “survival” and “prepper” movement. We both are more than a little dismayed with the entire phenomena. Many people don’t understand the concepts, skills or life choices often associated with “prepping” or survivalism by any other name. And that fact alone caused…