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Urban and rural sustainable homesteading in the desert southwest

Archive for May 2010

Fitness update

May 25, 2010

On Day 2 of my post-bacchanalia recovery. 145.2 lbs, 31.9% body fat (says the scale … I’m not convinced of its accuracy for body fat, because sometimes I’ll lose/gain 2 percentage points of body fat in a single 24-hour period). In any case, Boot Camp today consisted of: warmup (3 rounds): 25 American Kettlebell swings […]

Garden Girl TV

May 25, 2010

Garden Girl TV: Urban Sustainable Living I just added a link to this site on my blog roll. Fabulous how-to videos on building a chicken tractor, raised bed gardening, creating edible landscapes, more.

Getting back into the groove

May 24, 2010

After missing two days of boot camp last week, I went this morning. The missed days were bad enough, but I had also smoked nearly a pack of cigarettes over the weekend (hey, it was a birthday bash — I regret nothing!). Consequently, I was wheezing like crazy during the 400M run. I also weighed […]

Great article on a “survivalist” homestead

May 20, 2010

Read it here. Although I don’t qualify for “survivalist” status, I really enjoyed this article because of the “one effort, multiple results” mindset, which I touched on in my post on the value of multi-tasking.

Slow going

May 20, 2010

I spent last weekend up at the ranch again. With the help of the neighbors, I got the final trusses up and finished sheathing over them. Then we realized that we had to get some flashing to put between the interior walls of the parapet and the roof sheathing, so had to make a run […]

Win a Berkey Water Filter System

May 19, 2010

It seems that Creekmore is having another contest, if you have a blog, just copy and paste the following on your blog and shoot an email to Creekmore about it. M.D. Creekmore over at the The Survivalist Blog – a survival blog dedicated to helping others prepare for and survive disaster – with articles on […]

Canning chicken update

May 13, 2010

This is a little late, but I spent the weekend canning chicken. Turns out 40 lbs of chicken leg quarters — after cooking, skinning, and deboning — works out to about 10 quarts of meat. I spent $15 on the chicken (on sale for 37 cents / lb). Some quick Googling revealed that the average […]

Canning chicken, Stage I

May 7, 2010

I only have one large dutch-oven style pot, which (it turns out) will hold about 5 lbs of chicken quarters. I’ve already cooked one batch and removed it and put another 5 lbs in the same broth. Each batch of chicken takes about 2 1/2 hours to cook thoroughly. I like to cook it long […]

Lemon tree update

May 7, 2010

My dwarf Meyer lemon tree blossomed heavily last month, and this month I have several proto-lemons ranging in size from a pea to a large olive. I’ve been watering it nearly daily in an effort to keep them around — last year I managed to get one single lemon off the tree, and I’d like […]

Taking advantage of a sale by canning chicken

May 5, 2010

I just got back from a week of framing and sheathing my house (see my Twitter feed for pics). My mailbox was stuffed with junk, of course, but one of the flyers was advertising chicken quarters for 37 cents a pound if you buy in bulk. My kind of deal. I picked up a total […]