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Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

Dear Readers,

I’m glad you came out again to check out the blog hop!

It wouldn’t be here without you!

This week, around our homestead, we are mostly working inside. Trying to hit the plumbing, learning a little every day, and working on the ceilings and joists.

I’ve been sanding, bleaching water stains, sanding some more, then eventually, sealing the wood joists/exposed beams and wood ceilings.

That’s been fun, figuring out what everyone likes. 😵‍💫

Let’s just say we have a houseful of people, and each one likes something different. That makes it tough. For instance, I like a satin finish, Greg loves shine. Greg prefers the yellow/golden hue, and I prefer walnut and natural hickory–very different tastes. Throw the boys in and it gets more confusing.

I agreed to try the pantry with the high shine polyurethane. I will say that it did improve the look of the wood, but I’m hesitant to do the whole house in that very golden shiny coat. It is easier, though, to do it all one color.


Here’s me putting a second coat on today.

I went ahead and tried our room with a poly acrylic, which is crystal clear. I love it on the hickory, because it keeps the natural look, and on the pine beams it’s just, meh. Doesn’t bring out any color, but it also doesn’t make them more yellow.

So…we are complicated.

I told you on Sunday that I have trouble with decisions. Still do.

The guys are making progress with plumbing. Little by little.

We are keeping a fridge running on the solar. Greg’s testing how much power it’s using, as it’s an older one. We probably have to get an Energy Star rated one. But I will tell you that having a full size (not huge, just bigger than our RV size that we’ve used for almost 4 yrs) fridge it making life seem way nicer. Way nicer.

The cats are doing well. Charlie will leap onto your shoulder if he takes a notion and you’re within four feet of him.

Chum (what I’ve now named the black kitten) is a real sweetie. He’s very loyal. Hardly ever purrs, but every once in awhile, he revs up his motor.

Stinker keeps catching frogs and lizards, moles and an occasional mouse. I have to admit that I forget to praise her prowess sometimes. 🥴

I’ll catch you up on the others another time, but they’re all doing well.

Here’s a sample of the tomatoes Greg’s growing. He has many colors. And, of course, a sunflower. If you’ve ever heard of Fibonacci numbers, you can really see that pattern here in this sunflower. God is so amazing!

Have a wonderful week!


Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

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Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram)

Natasha – Houseful of Nicholes (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Liz – The Cape Coop (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Ann – Live the Old Way (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Laurie – Ridge Haven Homestead (Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram)

FEATURED POSTS from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we take turns choosing three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:


1. Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe from Cook Eat Go

2. How to Save Money on Animal Feed from Road to Reliance

3. Keep Cool without Central Air from Simple Living Country Gal

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  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog.
  2. Link up to three posts each week.
  3. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by.
  4. Link your post back to the Homestead Blog Hop. If the hop isn’t linked to your post then you cannot be featured. All featured posts will be shared on all hosts’ social media channels.
  5. Please link up posts that you haven’t linked to the hop before. You are welcome to link old posts from your blog.
  6. By joining the party, you are giving the hosts permission to use one photo from your post with a link back to your site if it is selected as one of next week’s Features.
  7. This is a family-friendly link up meant to inspire and motivate the homesteader in all of us.

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8 Replies

  1. How exciting to see the progress!! When I’m ready to build a cabin, I’m going to call you! You’ve learned a lot throughout this whole process, I’m sure!
    I remember Greg’s tomatoes. I still tell people about how sweet and they were.

    1. Thank you, and if you want to build a cabin over 4-5 years, we are all over it!

      We are so glad for the yummy tomatoes, and figuring out which ones we like—some better than others!

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  3. Laurie,
    Thanks so much for hosting this wonderful party each and every week!! I really appreciate the time and effort that goes into it along with visiting all the links and choosing Features!!! Thank You!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

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