"The days of wilderness adventure are not past! The pioneer spirit is not dead!"

I’ve been reading “On Life as a Pioneer Woman” by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and greatly enjoy her descriptions of life as a pioneer. The quote in the post title is taken from the chapter I’m currently reading.

You might think that it would be impossible to be a pioneer in a vinyl village such as the one in which I live. Not so, good reader! I am always on the lookout for ways to be a homesteader right here where I am! So far, this goal is being met with baby steps.

I’ve been encouraged by a great series of posts that Christina from KS Milkmaid has been doing recently. I’m thinking about trying to make cheese next, based on her helpful hints and links.

In other pioneering news, last weekend we visited the Gaskins on their new farm. They are real life homesteaders! I will be avidly watching their efforts with winter gardening, raising chickens, and possibly getting a cow.

It’s highly unlikely that I will ever actually live on a farm, but it’s fun to find little ways to be self-sufficient or at least to reduce our reliance on factory farming by supporting local food production. Life is good on our suburban cul-de-sac homestead on what used to be a prairie!

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