Virtual barn raising: All hands on deck!

Whew, we did it!   Took us longer than we expected but it was well worth the wait and as about as close as an Amish barn raising experience we city folks get!

There’s still tweaks and some parts are not finished but we certainly see a light at the end of this tunnel!   There’s still a bunch of content (Steps Taken, Cast of Characters,  About Us, etc, etc)  to come as we put everything in back order.  Of course there are some plug-ins yet still to be added like “Most Popular Post” and “Most Recent Comments“, etc.  But on the bright side, the new blog is working – whoot

Merging all the categories into a more simplified format was like trying to fit a semi truck thru the front door.   Boy that was rough!  Still not sure if we merged everything properly.  I love the new way you can view the complete Urban Homestead Chronicles (located in the right side bar under “Complete Urban Homestead Archives” )  Mind you, there’s a heck of a lot of posts (10 years worth)  so you may need to step away from the computer make yourself some tea and sandwich and then come back!   Oh and since we’ve been chronicling our journey online for the past decade (before there were even blogs) the older posts are still somewhat of a mess.

We have added a humorous warning:  “Some posts may cause drastic changes in your lawn, excessive seed buying, frenzied bouts of planting and the overwhelming desire for hand-cranked goods. We are not responsible for family and friends possibly labeling you as a “nut”.

With the new “intro” page, highlighted posts will remain, well, highlighted.  So you don’t have to, as my sister says “scroll down yonder way” to get to it.

Of course, there’s a new “old”  look which we are hearing nothing but positive feedback on (“more family friendly” folks are saying) – thanks everyone!   Doesn’t the illustration remind you of the old Little House and the Prairie book covers?  But what we are even more excited about is the access to content so we cleaned it up a bit (less clutter!) and now you can easily search and read over a decade worth of posts.  The site is chock a block full of information, tidbits, tips and hidden gems.

Better yet, the site still remains free of ads and sponsors –  a BIG thanks to all our readers who have contributed over the years.  We hope that you continue to benefit from your generous support.   In fact,  we have now a easy accessible donate button (located just to the right side bar) that we will hope will remind you to support this site.

Grab this image!

If LHITC is a favorite of yours, there’s also a new nifty blog icon you can grab to use on your site.   Feel free to “save as” and post on your blog.

Um, let’s see what else?   Can’t rightly think because we are too darn tired to even think but I reckon there’s something I forgot.

There’s lots of homestead happenings to catch up on but as we catch our breathes and a few hours of shuteye —

Welcome back ya’ll!

:: Disclaimer ::

The new blog has been tested on all browsers.  If there is a viewing problem we suggest that you updated your browsers, otherwise, please report (nicely) any problems that you have to Jordanne and she will try her best.    In the meantime, Jordanne will leave this (blog) plate for the time being and start spinning another one that’s been waiting in the wings.     But first, she’s going to get some much needed R & R and visit the goats.   And me, well, I got lots of catching up to do!

Oh, and I know that “the goat ate this page” (holder)  is getting tiresome to some folks.  But we are doing the best we can with what we have.


  1. Kathy Woodbury says:

    Welcome back!! The site looks fantastic!! BEYOND Fantastic!!

  2. Susan says:

    Congratulations! The new blog looks great.

    Man, I just love that picture of the barn raising. That’s what life should be about, neighbors helping neighbors. Though it’s called self-sufficiency, you can’t really do it all by yourself!

    I am so, so sorry about Amy’s passing. At least you can take comfort that your tender care of her gave her several more months of life.

  3. lavonne says:

    Wow! Gorgeous! Much faster loading too. And I LOVELOVELOVE the artwork of you guys. Who’s the artist?

  4. 1916home says:

    I think it is just beautiful! Way to go!

  5. Candace says:

    Great new look! So sorry about Amy. Take comfort in knowing you did your best for her.

  6. Glynis says:

    Thank-you so much for all the hard work! This looks beautiful! Way to go!!

  7. Laura @ Getting There says:

    Your new site looks gorgeous…way to go!

  8. Ann Erdman says:

    Love the new look — it’s inviting and engaging. Congratulations!

  9. Beany says:

    Everything looks amazing! I love the less cluttery look as well as things were getting a little unwieldy when I came to look up things. Love everything!! Also love you all.

  10. Sandra says:

    Looks Fabulous!!! I love the art work in the header.


  11. Ginny says:

    Great job! The site looks fantastic! Love the new image on the home page!

  12. Dog Island Farm says:

    The new look is great!

  13. Tricia says:

    I missed you guys yesterday. The site looks really good and reminds of summer for some reason. Get some rest now.

  14. monette says:

    I love it. I wish you guys knew how you have inspired me and all the others I have sung your praises to. Best wishes

  15. dzent1 says:

    Ahahaha! GREAT artwork – kudos to the cartoonist. You guys always make my day. All the best as always!

  16. Jill says:

    The website is beautiful!

  17. Heidi says:

    Looks super! Great job Jordanne.

  18. Rose says:

    It looks great and I can’t wait to dig into some places I can see I haven’t been before.On ya Jordanne!

  19. Chris says:

    Welcome Back! Site looks fantastic! Looking forward to navigating around. Great Job!

  20. Robert says:

    Glitch report: On my 1024 x 768 monitor, the left-hand “Tweet bar” (for Twitter, Facebook, Digg, etc) sits on top of, and obscures the first character of text on each line. I’m guessing your testing on a larger monitor, but many people are still using 1024 x 768 screens, especially on laptops. The bar just needs to be moved a few pixels to the left. Love the new site!

  21. The Pleasures of Homemaking says:

    Wow! The site looks amazing. Well worth the wait!


  22. Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings says:

    The new looks is gorgeous and your warning disclaimer at the bottom just cracked me up!! I read it to dh and he even laughed.

  23. MariLyn says:

    Love, love, love the new look.

  24. Debbie says:

    Looks great!! Your hard work is well worth it. I’m going to love coming to visit here even more now.

    Love you guys. Thanks for keeping me inspired. My gardens are growing more and more every year.

  25. Cathy Loisell says:

    What a great new look! Love it!!

  26. Punya Heyn says:

    The new look is amazing ! I love the illustrated picture of your family, very cool 🙂

  27. Sally says:

    Wow, it’s lovely, well done!!

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