Here on the urban homestead we are not limited to just physical activity, one’s brain certainly gets a workout! Why? Our brain capacity is forced to expand to handle the multi tasking of self-sufficiency (and it hurts!).  Instigating self-sufficiency or permaculture principles that encompass all aspects of living, challenges the modern mono-culture of modern life and stretches the brain. 

Pioneers didn’t have the luxury to specialize, they needed to be skilled in just about everything. Take, for instance, Ma Ingalls (from The Little House on the Prairie).Madame Insane has an insightful post regarding “Ma Ingalls:”

Ma Ingalls didn’t have a washing machine. Ma Ingalls daily employed the cook with what’s on hand method, as going to town required money and an entire day (if town was within 15 miles), neither of which were readily available. Ma often cooked over a fire during the summers in long skirts. Down time, for Ma Ingalls, wasn’t watching Carnivale with Charles and downing a glass of wine while getting a foot rub. No, down time was darning socks and mending clothes and maybe getting read to from an old newspaper. Ma cooked and preserved and butchered and cleaned and sewed and knit and made candles and taught and moved house when her husband said it was time, all with children underfoot; she endured grasshopper plagues, hailstorms, runaway oxen, her husband going missing, strangers entering her home, illness, a blind daughter, and, lest we forget, The Long Winter. And I wonder how they found time accomplished all the necessary chores/duties during the day?   Quite a feat one would say, wouldn’t you? And not to overlook  Pa Ingalls – working in the fields, tending the animals, building structures and even with all that he found time to learn/play a violin.   Such examples as these are what we, urban/modern pioneers, strive for.  

Imagine life with out a the biggest “specialized” book on this planet — the yellow pages of the telephone book ? Could we survive ?

Weather Report: Quakes and now rain? A cold front’s blown in overnight, a chance of rain is possible today. With weather this sort of weather, we have to be on guard against mildew and other fungus that love cool, damp conditions.   One lesson we’ve learned is to start our squash later in the season because this June gloom always has a negative effect on the squash plants.

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  1. gerry medland says:

    Hi All,
    it could be said that back then Men were men and women did not shrink from doing what needed to be done!There are powerful lessons for us all to learn from our past,hence springs our future,we walk the path with gritted teeth sometimes,but walk it we do,therein lies the difference between the walkers on the path and those who are not!Never quit,life is a long long learning curve!

  2. mairi says:

    wow look at them ‘maters! 😉 Mine are only about 3-4 ft. at the moment, though some may hit 6 by summer’s end. the bigger ones, like Delicious and Super Italian Paste are in a ground bed, smaller ones like Yellow Pear, currant & Better girl are in 5 gallon pots on the patio. they are keeping company with the 1 1/2 year old eggplants. I managed to keep three eggplants alive in the house over the winter, then repotted into 10 gal pots this spring. They are already making fruit and the first harvest will be later this week. Sure beats waiting for Aug or Sept! I love looking at your pictures and reading about your place, keeps me motivated! hugs, mairi