In Gratitude..
Thank you to SS, a loyal PTF reader for the most generous donation and lovely card which said:

I have been following your site for over a year now and you guy’s feel like “family.” Your are such an inspiration.  Keep up the good work! Use this money to continue your outreach.
SS in Oregon

We are truly humbled by your thoughtful gift. Thank you so very much.

Spam Haters Unite

I declare, spammers (I have another word for them but won’t print it) are going to kill the internet. Once you turn your back for a few days busy working on other projects the next thing you know your inbox is clogged with a few thousands spam ( yes, we have spam protection but these crafty you know what’s seem to find their way around our three walls of “protection”) And that’s not all, spammers somehow weasel their way onto the PTF online neighborhood spamming the board with crap. Not only the PTF message board but hundreds of bogus comments clogging the PTF journal’s comment box (we have the comment box set on “approve” of course it helps some but not enough) With me/our living such a busy life with urban homestead activities and the running of PTF we don’t have the time to waste on such mundane and ridiculous tasks.   Once you miss a few days, your in trouble because then it takes hours and hours to catch up. Makes you want to give up the internet all together. What a waste of precious time here on earth to spend hours deleting spam – should be a crime to waste people’s time like that, time that could be spent doing something constructive. URGH.

“Let’s Walk” PTF T Shirts Arrive – Finally!

For those of you who ordered PTF’s olive organic and ECO-screened (no harmful dyes or chemicals) t-shirts are finally here!   Yes, yes I know many of you wrote asking if we are going to put together some “Urban/Eco/New Pioneer” or “WMC” (weapons of mass creation) tees. If these tees sell, then we’ll be able to invest in bringing you some more “message tees.”

“Magnificent Seven”

This month we celebrate our seventh year on the world wide web. What a journey it has been.   To celebrate this milestone, we are offering FREE SHIPPING (U.S.A. ONLY) onPTF’s ORGANIC T SHIRT. While supplies (and sizes) last.

Spread the word that you are a traveler “walking the path.”


Prince Charles to Use Commercial Flights {ENN}

LONDON — Putting his money where his environmentalist mouth is, Prince Charles is swapping gas-guzzling private planes and helicopters for commercial flights, train journeys and biodiesel cars.
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Composting Toilets Offer Solution to Water, Sanitation Problems {WorldWatch}

…Typical “low-flush” toilets in the United States and Canada use 6 liters (1.6 gallons) of water per flush, notes Scott Smith, vice president of Canada-based Sancor Industries, which manufactures Envirolet Composting Toilet Systems. Thus, by switching to a no-flush composting toilet, a person can save more than 8,000 liters (2,000 gallons) of water per year, assuming an average flush rate of four times daily. “In 25, 50, 100 years, we probably won’t have…the luxury of using clean water to wash away waste,” Smith observes.
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::Peddler’s Wagon Plug:: You can now buy theseSANCOR COMPOST TOILETS from our online store!

::Helpful Tips From the Urban Homestead:: for way to save water now follow the “mellow rule.” Ever since I can remember we’ve practiced this water saving rule when using the toilet: “if it’s brown flush it down, if it’s yellow let it mellow.” Such a simple change of habit is practical water conservation practice.

Posting Fatigue Syndrome – Help!

Hopefully, I’ll get back in the groove here and continue to bring you more informative postings from the homefront. After seven years (before the word “blog” even existed and the onslaught publishing of hundreds of thousands of blogs and online journals) sometimes I feel like I am repeating myself which I probably am. I have to apologize because right now I am in the middle of bad case posting fatigue syndrome.    Sheesh, I can remember the time online when urban homestead or self sufficiency sites were very few, if not even in existence (seems like ancient history). It’s obvious that in the past few years there have been a tremendous explosion of peak oil, local food, garden, permaculure, simple living, and so forth sites and now there are so many blogs, journal and sites to choose from it’s truly mind boggling So with all those choices we do appreciate our loyal readers and that you consider this site worth reading.

Ok, Ok I’m straying for the point on this train of thought. Now back to PFS. Since there is no known pill for this malady you can help.  What would you like to know or read more about here on the journal or do you have a question?

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  1. Shanti says:

    I love your informative site! Thank you so much for your frequent posts. Personally, I would love to hear more specifics on DIY recipes for things like soap, deodorant, candles, etc. Sometimes all you need is a short post with a new household/eco idea or hint to hold a reader’s interest. Thanks again!

  2. hannah says:

    In response to your question “what do you want to hear about” I guess that in those 7 years you have shared a lot of information, but those of us who are newer to the site have not been around to read it. I would love to hear and see photos of your gardening teachiques that I can put into practice. Although I am on the other side of the world, it’s not all that different, and I am sure you have much information that I can learn from, and others can too.

  3. Susan says:

    I’ve been lurking for about 8 months, and love your site. I like your instructions for things, what initially drew me was your self-watering planters. I also love your photos, so I can see what changes take place over time. Keep up the good work.

  4. kristine says:

    hey, i have a question for you…we follow the mellow yellow method too and i try to remember to flush all toilets before bedtime but sometimes i forget and the toilet stains like crazy, especially in the summer (we are a household of 7). i use only natural cleaners and nothing seems to remove the stain from the very bottom of the toilet. what do you use to clean your toilets? i’ve tried the borax/vinegar bombs, baking soda/vinegar combo and oxyclean. nothing seems to work.

    congrats on 7 years of doing an excellent job of helping to change the world, especially america!

  5. Nancy Kelly says:

    I am a sucker for anything about the animals, especially photos.

    A daily photo of the garden (a new spot every day) would be great.

    I’d love to hear about the typical day of each member of the household from:

    5:00 AM Got up

    to 11:00 PM went to bed

    – I’d love to know how you spend your days.

    Mind you, I am at least as interested in this journal as a blog as an educational tool!

    more about crafts (knitting, quilting) would be interesting (if you do them, I do remember a photo of a beautiful shawl)


  6. LaVonne Ellis says:

    I love reading your blog and learning from all that you are doing. I live in an apartment with a 5×15 foot balcony, and I’m learning out how to grow food there. My first crop didn’t do very well but I’m going to try again in the spring.

    About your spam problem: have you considered switching to WordPress? It’s free and it comes with a filter, Akismet, that works very well for comment spam. I believe there’s a free forum plugin as well that might help you keep control.

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience.

  7. reinie says:

    For Kristine – I usually take care of the stains by pouring vinegar in the bowl in the evening
    and leaving it in all night, scrubbing and flushing in the morning. This works great for me!

  8. Amy says:

    Like others have mentioned, I’d enjoy more articles about candle and soap making, knitting, cooking, preserving food, etc. Even if it’s something you talked about before in some form, you may have developed new insights over time 🙂

    We grew a vegetable garden for the first time this year, and amazingly enough ended up with way more vegetables than we could possibly eat at the time. We were totally unprepared for that and didn’t have a plan for canning, drying, storing, or sharing our surplus…although many friends stepped up to relieve us of the delicious veggies 🙂 I’d love to hear more about those topics too.

    You also probably stay pretty healthy through your diet and active lifestyle, but do you do anything special to keep fit and energized? What do you do when suffering from a cold, etc?

    Hmm…I’m just talking off the top of my head, but I’m sure you’ll get over your posting fatigue soon. Maybe you just need a break 🙂 Take care!