Three Years in an Off Grid Camper

Three Years Off Grid—The Good, The Bad, The Ugly…and the Blessings? What have we learned in our three + years off grid? What would we do differently if we could do it over again? Should YOU live in your camper while building or setting up your off grid homestead? We will discuss a few lessons…

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Making Rebar Railings for our Loft and Stairs

Wood and Rebar Railings for our Loft and Stairs Recently, Andrew went to work on some rebar railings for our loft and our stairs. This is our middle son, Andrew  ? Let me say, they ended up taking way more time than we thought they would!  But that’s how we seem to roll! It’s totally not…

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Why Tools Trump Toys!!

Tools Trump Toys!! Several years ago, I wrote this post for my homeschooling group. It remains my most popular post and my favorite of all times. When I transferred my Lessons and Lessons blog over here to Ridge Haven Homestead last year, I assumed that all of my posts had come along. Sadly, this one…

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Installing Our Wood Stove

The Wood Stove Project Yep—We heat with Wood! I need to stop saying how busy Life is—but it is what it is, and Life does seem jam—packed these days! So…every step made in the cabin is a step in the right direction! A Wood Stove is a real blessing! We are making little steps on…

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7 Reasons to Bring Back the Old-Fashioned Work Bee!

What is a Work Bee, and what is so wonderful about one? If you’ve ever read some of the old stories, like the Little House on the Prairie books or stories from former pioneer times, you may have come across the idea of a work bee. Depending on the nature of the project needed help…

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Homestead Update October 2019

Homestead Update:  Happenings and Project Updates What’s Happening at Ridge Haven? Currently we have so many projects that are in-progress. So I thought a homestead update would be nice. Little by little we are tackling them, according to our time, money, tools available, and weather. Past Homestead Updates Here’s what we’ve done recently leading up…

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