My Idea of Urban Homesteading


No, it’s not a mule and 40 acres… nor is it converting an acre city lot into every square inch of vegetarian eden….  it’s trying to live simply, and bartering for what you need and making what you can’t barter for, growing yer own if you can, but more it’s just a spirit of independence that you don’t need to have a $140,000 a year job to support your $150,000 a year lifestyle.   Life is too short for that.

Before you think I’m crazy… I love the idea of homesteading… self sufficiency… I just don’t think it’s practical for everyone and their brother to move out to the woods or prairies and do it the old fashioned way. We just can’t. It’s the same response that I have when people say, “Oh, everyone should home school” No, I don’t really believe that will work either. Some folks are just not interested or ready for that. Or they live in areas that offer premium educational choices, so why not take advantage of them.

However, I do feel very drawn to the whole idea of living a little lighter on the land, and living a little more deliberately, with less waste and cost, really. For me, it’s more a cost thing, with the added benefits of saving resources. I like the fact that we don’t have a dishwasher, or a washer and dryer, or cable at the moment. Sure those things are handy, but we’ve gotten along just fine without them. And our utility bills prove it.

One of the ladies that I have just totally enjoyed watching and reading about is Becky. Of Becky’s Homestead fame…. this lady is cool. She’s not all nuts and berries, she’s just good practical advice. I guarantee, you will find her posts and videos to be very encouraging… she’s not some super homesteader living off an acre of land and feeding like 20 people…. no, she’s just a lady and sometimes she’s a little goofy. Like when she starts her garden… it really doesn’t look like it will be enough to take care of her family for the month, let alone a year… but you know, that is definitely one thing that I have come to understanding… homesteading is not all or nothing. Homesteading can be done in baby steps…. it can be starting to grow just tomatoes in pots one year and using those shopping totes at the Krogers instead of those nasty nasty plastic bags… it can be ditching your washer and dryer one year and maybe planting as much garden as you can handle in the beginning… my thoughts are that it is baby steps that will get you closer to where you’d like to be without radically changing your whole life in an instant.

So watch a few video episodes of Becky’s Homestead and enjoy all she has to offer… and think about how you can lighten your step on this land, and how you can take your first baby steps to becoming a better homesteader… even if it’s just an urban homesteader in your little rehabbed moby home!!!


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You know, anyone can write a song and it’s a lot of fun.. you should give it a try.  We write a lot of songs…  well at least a good dozen or more that we’ve actually got finished and put to music and all.  It’s nice to have a band that can play them, but still, even an old guitar and a little singing can go a far way.

Songwriting is something that just really is cool…  I get the biggest thrill when we get a new song all finished up, the words work nice and then get a simple melody and get it working.   And then we bring it to the band…  and that’s where it gets delightful.   It just springs to life.   Other musicians help to tweak the sound and the next thing you know, you’ve got something brand new that can now be enjoyed by the whole world!

We’re working on our first CD and that is so exciting…  and it’s going to be 90% original material!  All the guys in our band write and dabble at it, so it’s just such a treat!

I write souly with my songwriting partner, Jeff… and you can see more and hear more at our little website on our band site… Click here to visit, but come back!

And enjoy our latest song…   called Next Time

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Bad Car-ma

Okay…. it’s been a tough 3 months on me…  I’ve taken out at least 3 cars in 3 months…   and the therapy is going to cost me a ton if I don’t get a little better carma going on….


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