What do you do when you have a bum shoulder and can’t dig your pond? Why, you buy a death ray on eBay so you can melt glass and cook food, of course! Let me explain… A Fresnel lens is a thin plastic lens made of small concentric grooves on one side that focuses light […]
Siberian Husky Coat Harvest As you know from previous posts, our Siberian Husky Roxy is the family sheep. We harvest her undercoat and use it to spin yarn and weave hats and scarves. In case you haven’t seen what it is like when a Husky blows their coat, the video below will give you a taste […]
When camping for the weekend, I love to take the opportunity to practice survival skills. This weekend I was testing out how to build a fire with flint and steel. This technique dates back to the Iron Age, and is still incredibly effective today. Find out how to use flint and steel, along with what […]
The hubby saw this (big) little guy and jumped out of his chair saying “WHAT THE …?!?”
Why Grow Potatoes? Ahh, the beloved potato. This starchy little turd-shaped tuber we all know and love is responsible for so much prosperity and sometimes misery. Beginning in the ancient Andes region of South America and spreading to every corner of the modern world, the human-potato partnership has grown to blockbuster proportions over thousands of years. […]
The Western Bluebird is a cavity nesting bird that has been in decline due to habitat loss. They also eat insects, which is helpful in my organic gardening efforts. Because Suburban Stone Age was once Western Bluebird habitat, I have devoted myself to restoring habitat to them by providing the one thing they need […]
So Much to be Thankful for! It has been almost two years since we began our adventures living a more sustainable life. In that time, we’ve harvested $1793.49 in food from our backyard, collected and eaten 1402 eggs, managed to find something to do with 151 pounds of tomatoes, baked and devoured almost 200 loaves of bread, […]
The birds are teaching me things. A huge wave of migrating birds passed through the yard yesterday. Warblers, towhees, and white crowned sparrows, in addition to the regular bushtits, house sparrows, hummingbirds, and black phoebes made for a huge bird day. Why all the activity? Why yesterday?