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Recipe section

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

If you take a quick look at the right of our homepage - you can see a link to a slowly growing recipe section. For now it’s just pancakes. But I’ll try to post some rabbit recipes soon.

MCH - Manifold Plumbing System

Friday, September 14th, 2007

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This is the new manifold plumbing system we’ve installed in the house.  Set up more like an electrical system, it’s designed to minimize the cold water flushed from the system when you want hot water.  They say you can save up to several thousand gallons of water per year by using this system, so we’ll see how it goes!

The joys of a non-sedentary life, part 2

Monday, September 10th, 2007

I spend roughly 4 -5 hours a night working on the house.  I’m trying to take Wednesday nights off, and take all day Sunday off as well.  But other than that, most of my free time is spent fixing up the homestead.  Surprisingly, I don’t find this exhausting.  Sure, I’m tired at the end of the day, but I have far more emotional and physical energy after 12 hours at the house than I do after 8 hours at a desk.  Here’s my theory.  I think certain types activity actually create energy.  When I’m firing on all cylinders, emotional, physical, and mental - I end up with more energy than when I started.

Emotionally, I’m usually working on the house with friends and family.  I’m teaching my kids about home repair.  I’m planning and building our home - the home where we will raise our kids and host our friends.  Physically, I’m stretching and lifting - use fine and gross motor skills.  the blood is pumping, and I’m burning calories.  Mentally I’m problem solving, planning projects, and designing the interiorer space.  All of these things working together actually give me energy.

Sadly, the trend in work is to split the three aspects further and further apart.  Engineers do all of the mental parts of a job like planning and problem solving, guys on the line or driving the heavy equipment do all of the physical aspects of working, and Human Resources is there to handle the emotional aspects of a particular industry or job. 

Granted, some division of the different aspects of work is necessary.  It’s just my opinion that the wholesale separation of the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of working is part of the reason so many people are unhappy in their jobs.

MCH - Adventures in Home Repair

Friday, September 7th, 2007

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When you’re renovating an old house, one problem always seems to uncover another.  Such was the case when replacing a pane of broken glass in our new mudroom.  We had found a colony of ants in another of the walls, but we weren’t quite sure where they were coming from…

MCH - Demolition on the New House

Friday, August 24th, 2007

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We closed on our new house and we’re deep into demolition, repairs and improvements!  Here we show some of the improvements we’re hoping to make and some challenges of renovating an older home.  Stay tuned for more posts on energy efficiency, home repairs, starting a garden from scratch, and of course our rabbits.

This video was originally shared on blip.tv by kimballsi with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license.

Homestead Update

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

I know we’ve been a bit slow with posts, pictures, and videos.  We’re in the midst of home remodeling madness (as well as expecting child #4) and my brother who does all the video editing and posting just had a baby boy.  He’s also in the midst of a serious crunch at work, so doesn’t have any free time.  We’re taking lots of video - just haven’t had time to post it yet. 

Motor City Homestead is Moving!

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Not a virtual move, a real honest to goodness move.  We bought a home on a double lot and are going to spend the next couple of years turning it into a cornucopia of self-sufficiency (we hope).  The only bummer is that we’ve spent the last 4 years working on our garden;  digging the beds, amending the soil, and rotating the crops.  Now we have to start over from scratch.  The great news is that there will be lots of posts on energy-saving updates to our home, planning a garden, and maybe some basic home repair just for fun.  Much more to come.