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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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The Chicken Doctor


The Architect


Peep Squeal Buzz

You really do bring them home in a box, like they’re dinner. I have 41 chickens in my basement right now. More photos of them later.

Our fair city gives away compost every year. They charge $10 if you want them to dump a big scoop in the back of your truck. I’d say that’s a good deal.

The two glowing orbs were a surprise. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to use them in the garden beds. Also, you should have seen my bathtub that night. It looked like I had unloaded the entire contents of the truck into it.

My boys worked really hard tearing apart the remaining bits of our shed that was blown to bits.
Boys and hammers, they go together like pie and ice cream.

They took out all the nails and reused them to build…….

this lovely raised bed. I have to tell you, it drives the Architect crazy not to use pretty wood that’s perfectly straight, but repurposing what we have is FREE and since we are the cheapest people in the world right now we find ourselves saying, “that’ll do” quite a bit.

We bought two beehives this year. Preacher was fascinated by them and has already been stung a couple of times because he tries to catch them as they fly out of the hive. Silly dog. This is the hive that we put by the orchard.

We have one very active hive and one hive that we are certain all the bees are dead. We’ll buy a new queen and try to split the good hive. I say that like I know what I’m doing, but in fact this is all new to us. We’ll be attending a bee conference this week to learn as much as we can about bees and honey. This is the active hive, we put it back by Ramone’s old vehicles in hopes that our honey will have a nice rusty flavor. Do I have to say I’m kidding for you city folk? Okay, I’m kidding, we put it back there so the cows wouldn’t be lonely.

Our pond has filled up nicely. Maybe we should get ducks. Do you think ducks would like a mud hold the size of a jacuzzi? No? Well, Preacher loves it.

Preacher also love the pigs. He thinks we got them just for him. Today, he got in their pen, lined up an ate a meal with them. It was weird, our dog thinks he’s a pig.

Isaac, my 7yo, took these photos.

He was trying to make it look like he had a giant hand reaching out to touch the pigs. He’s a very goofy little boy, or did you already guess that?

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