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In this prior post, I wrote about George ripping out the carpet on our stairwell so we could redo the flooring. We were debating how to do the new flooring: put in hardwood, stain the wood that was under the carpet, etc.  George had the idea to paint the wood that was under the stairs […]

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As I embark on a candle making adventure, I picked up Candle Making in a Weekend by Sue Spear to pickup some pointers. This book was a good overview of candlemaking.  It had instructions for a wide range of projects.  The instructions were simple and easy to understand, plus there were helpful pictures.  I feel […]

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Water!

Here at Independence Homestead, a big part of being self-sufficient is being able to get through an emergency.  In our area there was a huge storm on Friday night.  While our homestead came through the storm just fine, over 200,000 people in our county were still without power 24 hours later.  Plus several areas had […]

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Last Remaining Carpet

Well, George is at it again. Or more aptly, I’ve put him up to it again. Improving the house, that is.

Inside the home, we have done an amazing amount of work to improve the place in one short year. One eyesore that remained was a set of carpeted stairs. This staircase was the only carpeted area in the house, and the carpet was trashed.

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This afternoon George and I had a discussion of whether or not to pursue solar energy options.

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April showers have finally arrived and our rain barrels are already both at capacity. It has not even rained that much but between the two barrels they collect over half the rain that falls on our roof, and that adds up to enough collected water to fill up our two barrels. Seeing all this rain water leave our barrels made me realize that it was time we started utilizing this water more effectively.

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Martha did a fantastic job prepping our rain barrels. Now it is time for me to install them! We decided that our first two rain barrels would reside in our back yard as we had a bit of trouble with water flowing from the existing down spouts from the roof into our lawn and washing […]

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Early on we decided that rain barrels would be a great addition to our homestead.  Our yard is on a slope, and when it rained the water flow over part of the yard would be too much.  Grass wouldn’t grow well in that area, and the ground would get really muddy.  Part of the water […]

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