writings from a women-run modern homestead. 

adventures in intentional living, radical homemaking, finding meaningfulness in the mundane, and subverting the food systems that be to feed my family nourishing food from our bit of land.

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Simple Pleasures

Simple Pleasures

I hope you have had plenty of moments of beauty during this final week of May. I have, mixed in with plenty of typical life overwhelm - double car troubles (because it is never just one), lawn tractor issues (always when the grass is a foot tall), travel delays (always when you want to get home the most)... But, I came across this concept a month or two ago - overwhelm is a form of self-importance. Now, I don’t think that is universally true. There is genuine anxiety and panic, and there are moments, particularly as a mother to a small child, when the demands that stretch you painfully thin are necessity. However, reflecting on this idea when I am in the throws of overwhelm, I have found truth in this idea. I have found that quite a bit of it is my own aggrandizing. Life will not come to a halt should I delay doing some task on a long list. The world will not stop turning if I say “enough” and call it quits on working for the day, or cancel a plan. Because while I am necessary in many a way, my performance is not critical to as much as my mind likes to make me worry. And then there is always the reality that, without a doubt, I am a better version of myself if I prioritize calming my overwhelm. 

So here is my list from the week - a roundup of some things that make it simple to step back and realize gratitude. To take a slow moment. I hope you have plenty of your own, and that thins inspires you should you find it difficult to muster.
 

#1

This grainy cell phone picture - because it is me with my girl.

 wedding photo, starting strength, flower girl

 

#2

These garden tunnels - for protecting our food from the deer and bugs and birds.

 modern homestead, micro-farm, urban farm, suburban farm, row covers, raised beds, garden tunnel, deer protection, organic, farmher, homestead, feminist farming

 

#3 

These embroidery hoops - for being the canvas for the piece I am making for a art exchange I am a part of. 

 embroidery hoops, leather, embroidery, craft, art, art exchange

 

#4

These baby succulents - for being from a dear friends garden. 
 

 succulents, house plants, terrarium

 

#5

This moonrise - for its fullness, and for cleansing us.

 moonrise, full moon, moon, may, new york, homestead, modern homestead, backyard chickens

I am so glad you found your way here. Peace to you and yours. 

A Simple, Effective way to Protect your Garden

A Simple, Effective way to Protect your Garden

Homemade Falafel

Homemade Falafel