This Month On The Homestead – Frugalwoods http://www.frugalwoods.com Financial independence and simple living Mon, 18 Jun 2018 23:13:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 This Month On The Homestead: Project Perennial Food http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/06/08/this-month-on-the-homestead-project-perennial-food/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/06/08/this-month-on-the-homestead-project-perennial-food/#comments Fri, 08 Jun 2018 10:00:21 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=17701 This Month On The Homestead: Project Perennial Food

May 2018

I’m thrilled to report that it did NOT snow during the month of May. It’s the little victories we live for around here. Spring’s tendrils took hold, tentative at first given the frozen earth they were supplanting. Slowly, crocuses poked up through still-snowy ground.

Next, daffodils made a slightly more confident approach and finally, yellow and orange globe flowers busted out with wild abandon. And then lilacs! Oh the lilacs! As snow lost its grip, grass staked a claim and green became the new white.

By the end of the month, our view from the porch was of so much jungle green you’d think winter never existed, save the fact that our snowshoes still sat in the front hall, silent beacons marking time until they’d again be employed daily. There was barely a week between snow clearing and grass cutting, so short was our interlude between seasons this year.

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This Month On The Homestead: Woodshop Woodworking http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/05/16/this-month-on-the-homestead-woodshop-woodworking/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/05/16/this-month-on-the-homestead-woodshop-woodworking/#comments Wed, 16 May 2018 10:00:16 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=17597 This Month On The Homestead: Woodshop Woodworking

April 2018

Remember how I said last month that the snow was receding? Well, it must’ve overheard my hubris and felt the need to prove me wrong. April was, uh, pretty snowy. Although our winters are indeed long up here in Vermont, this winter took it to the extreme and overstayed its welcome.

The snow would melt, tempting us with a glimpse of bare earth, only to jealously cover the nascent grass with a colorless slate. Back and forth we went all April long, with snow exacting its final revenge with one last (admittedly lovely) snowfall on April 30th. Seriously, snow? You just couldn’t let April go.

If you’re just tuning in, this is a recurring series in which I document each month of our lives out here on our 66-acre Vermont homestead. After leaving urban Cambridge, MA in May 2016 to chart this wholly different life, we’re experiencing a constant learning curve of exploration (and plenty of stupid novice moments).

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This Month On The Homestead: Seed Starting and Tree Clearing http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/04/05/this-month-on-the-homestead-seed-starting-and-tree-clearing/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/04/05/this-month-on-the-homestead-seed-starting-and-tree-clearing/#comments Thu, 05 Apr 2018 10:00:03 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=17144 This Month On The Homestead: Seed Starting and Tree Clearing

March 2018

Early March, with its balmier temperatures and reluctantly melting snow, set our minds towards spring. We foolishly began to discuss impending blooms and said reckless things like, “maybe we’ve had our last snow of the season.” Overhearing our misguided words, March retaliated in an effort to prove how wrong we were and dumped a righteous amount of snow.

It snowed daily, weekly, heavily. With gusto and vigor, the landscape was newly coated and freshly imbued with the mummification of snow. Deep as that snow was and lusty as each storm seemed, eventually bare ground will win out. Rounding the final days of March, mud began to take over our driveway and roads. Snow still coats most of the landscape, but mud is decidedly the upstart usurper.

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This Month On The Homestead: Hard Cider, Apple Tree Pruning, and a Baby! http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/03/12/this-month-on-the-homestead-hard-cider-apple-tree-pruning-and-a-baby/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/03/12/this-month-on-the-homestead-hard-cider-apple-tree-pruning-and-a-baby/#comments Mon, 12 Mar 2018 10:00:41 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=17019 This Month On The Homestead: Hard Cider, Apple Tree Pruning, and a Baby!

February 2018

Patches of grass made themselves known this month as snow receded by degrees, not unlike ocean waves. A sunny day would initiate a melt, with grass and mud gradually reclaiming territory, biting away at the uneven edges of ice and slush. The next day, snow would mount a resistance, falling determinedly for a few hours, only to succumb to sun the next day. And so on went the month, leaving us in an uncertain state on February 28th, with muddy patches competing for attention while snow remained the dominant ground cover. But spring is decidedly on the horizon as several days passed with no need for us to build a fire in the woodstove. Soon, the snow will lose its losing battle.

Of course the most notable event this month was the birth of our second daughter, Littlewoods (don’t worry, that’s not her real name, I swear).

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This Month On The Homestead: Turkeys, Foxes, And A Fisher Cat! http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/02/20/this-month-on-the-homestead-turkeys-foxes-and-a-fisher-cat/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/02/20/this-month-on-the-homestead-turkeys-foxes-and-a-fisher-cat/#comments Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:00:10 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=16613 This Month On The Homestead: Turkeys, Foxes, And A Fisher Cat!

January 2018

It’s tempting to say that January is a barren, desolate time of year here in Vermont. But it’s not. Not really, anyway. And not if you’re attuned to the ever-present, ever-changing ecosystem of life that populates our woods. True, we’re shrouded in snow. True, we have more ice than greenery. True, some critters are hibernating.

Equally true is the shimmering beauty of sun on snow and the exhilaration of inhaling frigid air while snowshoeing and the unparalleled comfort offered up by our cozy woodstove.

All in all, January and I are on good terms. And why not? Complaining about the weather is among the more futile, pointless exercises one can partake in and you know I hate pointless exercises. Rather, I prefer to embrace this season of semi-dormancy and sub-zero temperatures. Everything in life is fleeting; weather claims no special exclusion.

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This Month On The Homestead: Hermit-Making Temperatures Followed By Snow http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/09/this-month-on-the-homestead-hermit-making-temperatures-followed-by-snow/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/09/this-month-on-the-homestead-hermit-making-temperatures-followed-by-snow/#comments Tue, 09 Jan 2018 11:00:58 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=16320 This Month On The Homestead: Hermit-Making Temperatures Followed By Snow

If you’re just tuning in, this is a recurring series in which I document each month of our lives out here on our 66-acre Vermont homestead. After leaving urban Cambridge, MA in May 2016 to chart this wholly different life, we’re experiencing a constant learning curve of exploration (and plenty of stupid novice moments). Check out last month’s installment here and enjoy the best and worst (ok, mostly the worst) moments of our first year on the homestead here.

December 2017

December blew in a fury of temperatures so cold we started to think of anything above zero as “warm.” The month began without a scrap of snow, a fact I wouldn’t believe if I hadn’t taken the photo at right on December 1. This happened last year too, so I’m starting to think of December as the demarcation between the crackle of late fall and the snow-muffle of winter.

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This Month On The Homestead: Trail Building 101 And A Second Birthday Party http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/12/14/this-month-on-the-homestead-trail-building-101-and-a-second-birthday-party/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/12/14/this-month-on-the-homestead-trail-building-101-and-a-second-birthday-party/#comments Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:00:38 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=16111 This Month On The Homestead: Trail Building 101 And A Second Birthday Party

If you’re just tuning in, this is a recurring series in which I document each month of our lives out here on our 66-acre Vermont homestead. After leaving urban Cambridge, MA in May 2016 to chart this wholly different life, we’re experiencing a constant learning curve of exploration (and plenty of stupid novice moments). Check out last month’s installment here and enjoy the best and worst (ok, mostly the worst) moments of our first year on the homestead here.

November 2017

Snow fell for the first time this month, reminding us of the winter season’s edge we’re teetering upon. A powdered sugar dusting coated our world for a few days in early November, before it melted off in deference to the true harbingers of this season: dead and dried leaves.

Stick season set in once again after nature did a test run of snow and we returned to that ambiguous state of bare trees and muddy ground that could be spring or could be fall, with no indication of which is correct other than the calendar.

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This Month On The Homestead: Apple Cider and Pumpkins http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/11/09/this-month-on-the-homestead-apple-cider-and-pumpkins/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/11/09/this-month-on-the-homestead-apple-cider-and-pumpkins/#comments Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:00:08 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=15691 This Month On The Homestead: Apple Cider and Pumpkins

If you’re just tuning in, this is a recurring series in which I document each month of our lives out here on our 66-acre Vermont homestead. After leaving urban Cambridge, MA in May 2016 to chart this wholly different life, we’re experiencing a constant learning curve of exploration (and plenty of stupid novice moments). Check out last month’s installment here and enjoy the best and worst (ok, mostly the worst) moments of our first year on the homestead here.

October 2017

October is, without a doubt, leaf month. Gone are the monochromatic, dewy greens–all replaced by the wildfire hues of fall. Even our blackberry bush leaves turned a burnt amber in solidarity with their taller brethren.

Peak leaf–when nature’s colors are at their zenith–took place the first weekend of October. The hills of our little town were punctuated by flaming reds, yellows, and oranges that jutted ostentatiously among the effervescent green pines.

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This Month On The Homestead: Splittin’ Wood, Orderin’ Fuel, Eatin’ Greens http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/10/06/this-month-on-the-homestead-splittin-wood-orderin-fuel-eatin-greens/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/10/06/this-month-on-the-homestead-splittin-wood-orderin-fuel-eatin-greens/#comments Fri, 06 Oct 2017 10:00:31 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=15284 This Month On The Homestead: Splittin’ Wood, Orderin’ Fuel, Eatin’ Greens

If you’re just tuning in, this is a recurring series in which I document each month of our lives out here on our 66-acre Vermont homestead. After leaving urban Cambridge, MA in May 2016 to chart this wholly different life, we’re experiencing a constant learning curve of exploration (and plenty of stupid novice moments). Check out last month’s installment here and enjoy the best and worst (ok, mostly the worst) moments of our first year on the homestead here.

September 2017

September ushered in the first wisps of fall. Most days were warm and balmy, heated by the memories of summer, but every now and then, a crisp wind blew through serving as a reminder and a portend of the season we’re sliding into.

Leaves began to turn, changing from effervescent, monochromatic green to the more exciting hues of autumn: vermillion, saffron, amber, and gold.

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This Month On The Homestead: Vegetables, Fruits, And Nuts! http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/09/06/this-month-on-the-homestead-vegetables-fruits-and-nuts/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/09/06/this-month-on-the-homestead-vegetables-fruits-and-nuts/#comments Wed, 06 Sep 2017 10:00:57 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=14940 This Month On The Homestead: Vegetables, Fruits, And Nuts!

If you’re just tuning in, this is a recurring series in which I document each month of our lives out here on our 66-acre Vermont homestead. After leaving urban Cambridge, MA in May 2016 to chart this wholly different life, we’re experiencing a constant learning curve of exploration (and plenty of stupid novice moments). Check out last month’s installment here and enjoy the best and worst moments of our first year on the homestead here.

August 2017

August can be summed up as follows: vegetables! Indeed, this was the month our garden produced in near overwhelming abundance. Everything here is lusciously, verdantly green.

It’s not hot, exactly, as our part of Vermont rarely experiences what one would call “hot” temperatures, but it certainly was warm. Windows are open everywhere (since air conditioning is as rare as a 90-degree day here) and people are outside.

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