Posts tagged: homestead tasks

Clawing Our Way Back

By , October 24, 2014

This week I’m continuing the process of catching up with homestead tasks after visiting family Outside. I’m cruising back into some jobs; others, I’m having to claw my way back.

We should have equalized our battery bank sometime around October 16. We do this every 60 days, overcharging the batteries for a couple of hours, then checking the fluid levels in the batteries. I take responsibility for this job in our home. My absence highlighted the need to decompartmentalize essential tasks.

We often think of our family as a team, working together as a unit (see “Everyone’s Okay.”). Each of us specializes on specific tasks, but we try to ensure overlap in skill sets, so that if one member can’t perform, another can step in. Continue reading 'Clawing Our Way Back'»

Back On Track

By , August 30, 2013

We’ve enjoyed an extended period of socialization that may be, as yet, unprecedented. Dave and Anke left recently, after more than a month of visiting with them and their many friends, old and new, who rendezvoused with them here. My aunt and uncle made a brief appearance off a cruise ship, and the usual summer round of potlucks and casual visits have increased this season.

It’s been wonderful, but I can’t help my concern that the usual work of the “homestead” has suffered a bit as a result.

A lot of work did get done during the period. In fact, Dave and Anke helped considerably, foraging with us, and contributing significantly to the winter firewood collection by helping bring down a major tree (see A Tree Falls in the Forest) and buck up a good deal of it. As I write this, one cut remains to finish the bucking on that tree.

Still, the fishing suffered, the firewood effort has been neglected despite the advances we did make, and other projects got ignored while we visited and played.

The wooly mammoth Aly knitted roams the Zeiger Homestead Steppe briefly before being mailed to the client (Photo: Aly Zeiger)

A wooly mammoth Aly knitted roams the Zeiger Family Homestead Steppe briefly before being mailed to the client (Photo: Aly Zeiger)

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