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NaNoWriMo 2017

In keeping with my pantser status (I’ll explain later), I’m writing today about something completely different.  Most of you probably looked at the title of this post and thought “Huh?”  I’m hoping there might be a few out there that recognize this acronym. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month.  It’s an annual event with thousands of participants – last year it was over 300,000!  The goal is in 30 days (the month of November) to write  ...

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Freezer Paper Stencil Shirts

Just a few short days ago it was 70°F (21°C) here in Wisconsin, but that changed quickly! Now it’s cold, windy and often rainy. We’re lucky if it breaks above freezing temps.  Definitely gloomy as well – not much sunshine the last several days. My favorite way of dealing with the cold and gloom of late fall/early winter? Crafting of course! Little Chick had a whole bunch of plain t-shirts in her drawer, so on Saturday we pulled them out and Mom went to work creating  ...

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Homestead update – October 2017

Much has happened in the last couple of months on our little plot of land!   The biggest news is Opal kicked the {grain} bucket. Opal was the only one left of our original batch of hens. She was older than Little Chick! A couple of years ago she started having leg issues, although we could never identify exactly what was wrong – just that she walked with a limp. Over the course of the last couple of months she spent more and more time sitting. Papa said she was losing weight and  ...

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The disappearing act

I know. It’s been ages since anything new has appeared on A Simple Homestead. Right about the time I finished the camping series and released a new pattern. How nice of me to entice people to start following this site … and then disappear. Why? Well, the short version would be to say “life happened”. In reality it is a bit more complicated. Sure, my day time job became an insanity race this summer – and that meant that I had little brain power or energy left  ...

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