Starting off the week on an inspirational note. While sorting through boxes of papers the other day this was brought to my attention. The piece appeared in the Pasadena Star News in 1990.

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool. To weep is to risk appearing sentimental. To reach for another is to risk involvement.  To expose your ideas, your dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying.  To believe is to risk failure. But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live. Chained by their attitudes, they are slaves; they have forfeited their freedom. Only a person who risks is free.

New Items

Spanky admires the sink

When folks visit the urban homestead one of the most asked question these days (besides “where are the animals”) is “can I see your toilet with the sink.” Of course, the next question is, “where did we get our toilet lid sink from?” Well, we are happy to say that  you now can buy theTOILET LID SINK on the Peddler’s Wagon!

We really like our toilet lid sink, not just because it reduces the need to install a sink but because it conserves water. Normally, we practice the “let it mellow rule” but the sink comes in handy when the urban homestead is open for events where there’s a lot of usage. Another incentive is that portions of each sale goes to the Natural Resources Defense Council for the protection of our nation’s water resources.

There are still quite a few outstanding items that we have yet to put online as we are awaiting our retail agreement forms and information. Stay tuned for compost toilets, can o worms and an assortment of “how to books” all rolling your way.

What’s In A Name?

I think the peddler’s wagon name is quite catchy. Our inspiration came after watching an episode of the series Five Mile Creek (a story about pioneers in the Australian outback) where a peddler came riding into a settlershomestead.   The peddler’s wagon was filled with necessities that every homesteader needed and treats for those who couldn’t always make it into town. So, hence, the birth of PTF’sPeddler’s Wagon. It’s not about providing shelves and shelves full of goods but provides selected items that we have found or find necessary for eco conscious and what we like to call “urban pioneers.”


Just giving a heads up to all you whose journals/blogs/sites are listed on the right side column of this journal’s page. The blogroll list needs to be cleaned out of blogs/online journals that have gone dormant or no longer provide PTF with a reciprocal link. I could use your help, so email me ( anais(at) ) with the links that need to be removed. Talk is there’s a new journal on the horizon.


Chicks Dig Pretty Girls {Parade}

Chickens have been tested to see how they react to human faces. The ones they prefer are consistent with human sexual preferences. In other words, chickens like beautiful people best.
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