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  • Wood this year

    IMG_0603And there’s one more shed full, let’s make sure we don’t use any of that propane (sorry Hank). I feel like we’re ahead of the game for once but there will be no resting this Winter. I’m hoping to use the snow to sled wood from hard to get areas on the land.

  • Cemetery


    Ever since I saw it on the survey map, I’ve been curious to find this cemetery. It’s not on our land but right next to it.cemetery survey


    It’s tricky to find as it doesn’t stand out much from the rest of the forest. Lots of graves from the early 1800s, cool stuff!



  • Soap boxes & soap

    Soapmaking is Nicole’s project but she doesn’t post anything about it. As this settles into an acquired skill, it’s time to build some proper boxes.

    A few two-bys


     Watch your fingers, arms; pretty much any protuberance


    Assembly required


    Reminiscent of Breaking Bad




    8 weeks curing time, I’ll post the soaps when they are done. We’ve been using them for a while now and they are my absolute favorite. They are made with our wax & honey, tallow from friends’ animals and sometimes goat milk. They last forever unlike the shit you buy in stores. Nicole is experimenting with a recipe that does not include coconut oil or olive oil, this way we’ll be able to source all ingredients locally.

    Fun fact: soap is thought to have originated on sacrificial altars when rain mixed with ashes and fat made a suspicious substance someone decided to take a shower with. Sacrifices & dumb luck created one of the biggest advancement in chemistry. Maybe we could sacrifice our way to Mars?

  • Hunting

    And the unusual places & times it takes you to.

    IMG_0438This is the main field of our land at dusk, a great reward after hiking through rough terrain. I still find many new and interesting places in the forest.

  • Honey

    All in all this has been a pretty weird bee season. Between the swarms, the bear attacks, the drone baby-boom and the lack of reserves; I lamented that no sweetness would be gained from the hard work.

    To my good surprise however, the bees finally adjusted to all this and got in a decent amount of honey. It probably helps that they already kicked out all these freeloader males.

    Lot of activity but they remained super friendly throughout my extraction of a few frames

    I only pulled 6 frames, I want to leave enough food behind for the cold days ahead


    The cells are packed!


    The frames gotten from the Top Bar Hive are all used, the wax is saved for soap & lip balm making.

    Sticky business

    While the frams of the Langstroth Hive are spun in an extractor in an effort to save the wax (saving bees the costly work of making more wax if you’re only interested in the honey).


    As I said, not a great year but happy to have gotten some loot


    Looks great, tastes great


  • If the public school would stop sending scammy crap through my kid that’d be lovely

    Nothing says “fuck you” like the use of the imperative to imply the inability to opt-out.


    Whore out your friend & family’s information in exchange for garbage!


    Hurray! More plastic for your trash!


    Win a playground that’ll make you want to stab your eyes to replace the one the school already has.


    Use kids to guilt trip friends & family into buying shit they don’t need to make a company profit; a side-effect of which will be raising pennies on the dollar for the school (but who knows that information is nowhere to be found).


    Make sure to read the “Tips for successful selling” so you can be a great sales drone, this is how you do fundraising in la la land.

    IMG_0355Grab the deluxe package & teeth whitening from a company in Minnesota, that’s the school picture spirit!

    Asking concerned parents to chip in, hiring a local photographer to take pictures of all the kids. Nah.

  • The marketing dickweeds in action

    IMG_0282Making every effort to not lie while leaving enough ambiguity for your brain to read what it wants to read. But maybe what irritates me more is their implying that healthy food doesn’t taste delicious initially.

    DID YOU KNOW? When combined with actual healthy food, Skippy can help it not taste like shit while associating itself with its health benefits.