Homesteading and Livestock

Self-reliance and sustainability in the 21st century.

Add to My MSN

A Year in the Round: A Domestic Sunday!

9/26/2011 2:45:00 PM

Tags: tipi, cleaning house, outdoor showers are so fun, Natalie Morris

 It's been damp here in SW Virginia. Not particularly wet, but everything I own has a chilled, moist feeling. Like an invisible used towel has been strewn across each of my belongings and left overnight, removed just prior to my touch. My bedding, my clothes, my books, socks. Mildew is sprouting on my wood cutting board. There is little sunlight and lots of clouds. Some bearing rain, some just inhibiting the tiny water droplets from making their way back up toward the sun. Evaporation is grounded, it can not come out to play.

With little on my agenda yesterday, and a fully restored sleep stock, I decided to make it a domestic day. A day of airing out the tipi, my belongings, and cleaning as best I could. It had not been done thoroughly in some time.


 Airing and sunning my "closet" was first on the list, as I'd prefer not to wear a mildew farm everywhere I go. The stink bugs really enjoy my wardrobe. On one shirt, I flicked eight of them away. I end up taking one with me wherever I go. They're in my purse and on my clothes. In/on my shoes, too.

Following suit was just like every other house cleaning day in America; sweeping, dusting, wiping smoke residue off of flat surfaces, and figuring out what to do with my new rodent neighbors.

Rodents! What do I do about them?! They are eating my t.p., paper towels and now exploring my bed. They haven't taken any food because they can't. It's in jars and cans. I was fine with the t.p. and paper towels being borrowed, and I even made them their own little stash to keep them at bay. But since they've starting hanging out in my bedding and going shopping in my clothes, it's high time to start taking more serious action. Hidden booby traps are likely my best option. I dare not use poison with the nosey canines that frequent the area...

But of course, after a deep cleansing of my home, it's only fair to treat my body to one as well. Many thanks to my personal bathroom-butler-bush.


Related Content

What Natural Household Cleaning Products Do You Use?

Share your thoughts. What homemade and natural cleaning products do you find work best in your home?

A Year in the Round: How I Found My Host (I Swear I'm Not a Parasite!)

A few things for a tipi dweller to consider in finding the (kind of) perfect property to call home (...

Living in a Tipi

The author learned during six months on a Montana mountaintop that nothing beats living in a tipi. O...

Fall Mushrooms: Fungophobe or Fungophile

A series on fall mushrooms for foraging.

Content Tools

Post a comment below.


Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.