• KEEPING WARM

    “Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice.” Living in California has its benefits and our mantra is that…


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  • CURTAINS!

    It’s January right?  Just checking because…


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  • BRRRRRRRR

    Headlines like “So Cal braces for winter storm”  have been teasing us for the past few days leave…


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  • WINTER PREPARATIONS

    “During World War II many consumer goods were rationed for civilians in order to supply more goods for both…


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  • LOW IMPACT HEATING

    Salvaged wood & heat Here on the urban homestead we don’t have central heat, instead we heat our home (well, only three out of the nine rooms) using…


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  • BITS & PIECES

    Newflash: Storm Watch!!!   It’s the storm of the century! Ok, a bit too dramatic… Trying again,  it’s the storm of the year, well, how about the month?  actually that’s…


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  • BITS & PIECES

    Newflash: Storm Watch!!!   It’s the storm of the century! Ok, a bit too dramatic… Trying again,  it’s the storm of the year, well, how about the month?  actually that’s…


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  • POWERING DOWN

    Glowing wood stove Wood Stove = Family Togetherness We really like our little wood Jotul stove, one of the best investments we’ve made. For its small size it puts…


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  • FIRE

    It’s a Cat’s Life: Best seat in the house Sunday was a perfect day to break in the new wood stove. Since new stoves emit a smell we…


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  • WOOD!

    A local tree trimmer, and friend of ours, brought over some dry eucalyptus (a non native tree) firewood on Friday so we can crank up the new wood stove…


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