Bread Store Visit


We love bread from the fancy bread store.

It’s called  Country Grains Bread Co.,  and they make some of the best bread around…  just the best stuff and without all the time and effort.   I love supporting another small business owner.   Sure, I can make bread, I can.   But you know, once I found this place I thought…  why should I?  I can visit here once or twice a week, get AWFULLY great good bread and it’s about the same cost if I did it all myself, AND I don’t have to messy up my kitchen and all!


Now you might say… oh my gosh!   I can make bread cheaper than $7.25 a loaf!   But you see….   they have day old bread, every day.  And it’s half price.  And many times, it’s buy 2 get one free.   And they have a punch card program as well.   So I usually get my breads for about $3 a loaf.   Which is a wonderful thing.

No preservatives, nothing weird, just flour and yeast and good stuff…. it’s awesome bread.   And makes you feel good.  And it freezes great.

Now you might be wondering…   well, that’s not a good thing for homesteading, you need to make everything yourself and all that stuff.   Well, that’s more self-sustainable living, and I’m not quite into that.   As an urban homesteader, and in fact any homesteader, I believe that it’s almost impossible to become totally self-sustaining.   Sure you can try, and you can greatly reduce your dependance on many resources, but in the end, you need tools, iron, metals, medicines, and so much more.

My thoughts are to live as simply as possible, yet to also barter and trade for the things you can not do yourself.   Most homesteaders of the west did not worry about being “green” and their carbon footprints.  No way.  They were trying as hard as possible to eek out a living and make a place for thier children’s children.  They sought inventions and labor saving devices, they wanted technology.   It’s just that they had to make do with their own resourcefulness many times because there just wasn’t a Walmart or Home Depot around the corner.

And you can bet they supported each other’s small businesses…  such as a baker or a candler, or spinner, or something with a knack for raising pigs or whatever.  The doctor was not out tending his flocks and fields… no, he was using his skills in a trade and bater process for those other things he needed to survive.   The blacksmith was not planting fields of corn… he was smithing.   And neighbors helped neighbors with the tough chores and things that needed many hands.

That’s homesteading.

Taking a piece of land or a old abandoned moby and making it new and vibrant again.   Bringing you cost of living down and being comfortable with it, and saving and investing in your future.   Making use of what you are given and using trade and barter to help your fellow man.   All good stuff in my book.

And that’s why our bread comes from the bread seller.

I wonder if they need some new printing and graphics, or maybe a nice website?  :-)

Oh my gosh… they don’t.  Hmmmmmmm….  Stay Tuned!

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Copus Hill T-Shirt Trip

Well last Friday…  I got to make my first road trip with the new Lumina van!   Well, it’s a used van, but still, it was the first four hour road trip.   Two hours out and two hours back… on a trip to Bucyrus Ohio to drop off some t-shirts we designed and printed for my good pal Mike Ball from the Copus Hill Bluegrass band!


I work with a great screenprinter, John from the Say Something Shirt Company, here in Toledo.   I love working with other home based businesses and John does such an awesome job of taking my designs and making them perfect for my clients!

And I was so excited to actually make it out and about in the Lumi!  I so want to start going out to jams and festivals and to go camping and such with the girls this spring and summer.  It’s something that we love to do and it’s been FOREVER since we did it.   I want to take them out and about to gather rocks and minerals from various cool local places.

So when I got to this point of the trip and was headed back…. I was a happy gal!  It was a very pleasant ride and a nice crisp day outside.


Yeah…. that’s my lucky squirrel.   I like squirrels….  (g)

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$100 for a Home


Wow… You know…  $100 for something that is livable?   Why in the heck are more people not flocking to this option?  Okay, yeah, a $100 mobile home is not pretty, and needs a little TLC but for gosh sakes folks… $100?  What on earth can you do wrong to a $100 mobile home?   And your lot rent will be under $400 MAX….  probably more like $300…   and ANYTHING you do to it increases it’s livablity.  Okay, maybe if you’re rich or whatever, but for young families, working people, college kids, retirees…   I don’t understand why people pass up this option for living like there is something bad about it.  I’m laughing all the way to the bank!   I actually live on less than $1200 a month.  And that includes a $200 a month CAR PAYMENT!

I just can’t help myself to wonder why people won’t consider this form of urban homesteading.   It’s like here…. have a home for like nothing, fix it and make it yours and you only have to pay a little bit a month.   FAR FAR less than ANY home payment.  Your taxes will be SUPER cheap, and you’ll have time to save up money for a larger home, or pay your debt off, or just live comfortably and do what you want to do, like say, start a small business or go to school…

But sadly, people think moble homes are not worthy.

Oh well.    I think about that when I hear folks up to their eyeballs in debt and consumed with having to work more and more and more, just to keep going.   The ecomony is not so sweet right now.  Imagine being able to live comfortably on only $1000 a month.   It’s recession proof living.

And we’re allowed to have gardens and pets, and other pleasant things that you can’t get in any apartment or nasty rental house…   more people need to wake up and realize that this is a very viable option…   and you can make the park more valuable to your community by moving in and taking care of your home.   The folks in my park, for the most part, care about thier homes and take the time and effort to keep them nice and tidy.   We have very little crime and people wave and smile and say hello when they are out walking.   It’s a wonderful park and I love it.

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