…A New Start to an Old Site

This is a continuation of my site, started in 2010, The Beavercreek Backyard Farm, After almost 10 years, my original record – The Beavercreek Backyard Farm, seems to have outgrown its site. So I guess, as I don’t report back to school after summer vacation (for the first time in 33 years), its a good…

February 2021 …. The Lightbulb

On February 21st, about 2:30 in the afternoon, I was getting ready to make supper. We were eating earlier, partially because it was easier to cook before the sun went down and partially because we found we were going to bed earlier. We finally did find a used generator to purchase and Hubby got a…

February 2021 …. The Days without Electricity

Every night we checked the outage map and overnight it told us the same thing – power was not out at our house. The map was wrong, we had no power, for days and days. We are very blessed to have a propane stove and propane also runs our hot water tanks so, unlike much…

February 2021 …. The Outages

The thaw from the February 2021 ice storm began on the afternoon of the 14th when temperatures finally reached over 32 degrees – but barely. Still without power, we ventured out to see if it was safe for our son to drive out to stay with friends that had not lost power. It was crazy….

February 2021 …. The Storm

Just when I was thinking (thanks to an armed insurrection, a rather spoiled inauguration, and a second impeachment of The Former) that 2021 wasn’t stacking up to be the big relief from 2020 that we’d all hoped for, a glimmer of hope….snow was in the forecast. I don’t just like snow, I love snow. The…

Sprucing Up …. Trim Touch-ups

The wet days of late winter (no snow) seemed like a great time to freshen up all of the trim paint in the house to make it brighter and cleaner for future buyers. We found a Chinook Book coupon for Miller paint so we were able to get two gallons of paint for the price…

Sprucing Up …. The Guest Room

Our youngest decided to move into his first apartment so I took the opportunity to turn his bedroom into a TV room that would also make a nice retreat for our aging cat, Percy. After thinking about it a bit, I ended up moving the guest room into his old bedroom (more privacy from the…

Sprucing Up …. The Laundry and Pantry

On the first day of 2021 we decided to start a project that we’d been talking about for some time. The cork flooring we installed several years ago in the laundry and pantry had not held up sell under the constant excitement of two very rambunctious dogs. Allure vinyl plank flooring has been wonderful in…

12 Days of Yule …. Honoring the Spirits of Home and Hearth

Yuletide continues and on this tenth day we honor the Spirits of the Home and Hearth – asking them to watch over our home and tools and to light our way through the year to come. Work is customarily set aside for the Yuletide celebration, and as it draws to a close, this is the…

12 Days of Yule …. The Evergreen’s Night

On The ninth day of Yule, we celebrate the green growing things of the season. In the North, we honor the evergreen, that stays green even as the rest of the world appears to die. Our evergreen will loose its bangles tomorrow but the light will stay to mark the secular New Year. Tonight, a…

12 Days of Yule …. The Celebration of Snow

The eighth day of Yule is traditionally titled a “Celebration of Snow.” We have had another warm wet winter, with no snow, barely even seeing temperatures drop below freezing. We’ll remember how beautiful and still it was in the winter of 2016. Even without a blanket of winter snow, nature goes through the same cycle…