The virtues and wisdom of having some projects done by professionals -vs- rather than attempting them yourself. While many can and do their own installation, occasionally it is better to have professionals do the job.
Tree stumps, reminders of special moments and birds contribution to life.
Carpenter ants: an alternative to chemical treatment. Living within the environment and not attempting to destroy or change it.
Wild strawberries are a tasty treat.
Practical use of a wood mill on the homestead. The benefit of cutting your own lumber.
Homesteading with wild animals and how to cope with their antics.
If you have questions on how we accomplished our dream - ask us maybe our experience will help you. We welcome questions on how life is in the high mountains of S. Colorado. Please visit our personal blog for more information on us.
Wild flowers in bloom in high country meadows. Wild iris in profusion.
Being prepared for canine emergencies.
Sometimes you have your plans changed for you, so don't put off tomorrow what can be done today.
Pack Rats, cute, tricky and destructive
New wood stove, another unexpected advantage of downsizing, and Murphy's Law.
Building garden boxes that keep critters out.
When defining the term homesteading, consider the various options available.
We use the winter to mitigate our wildfire exposure as opposed to the summer when we are involved with other needed tasks.
We love our lifestyle and all the hard work that is associated with this lifestyle is just a small part of it.
We have found that there are down sides to legalization of marijuana in Colorado.
Making New Year's resolutions for a remote homestead.
How we were adopted and befriended by a deer.
Viewing elk herds from the comfort of our home.
Views around our property that make autumn an enchanting time of year.
How we determine springtime at 9,759 feet elevation.
By installing laminate flooring we have a floor that cleans easily, is attractive and durable.
While far-fetched, this is an absolute wildlife true story. Maybe it's coincidence, but I don't think so because I was looking into those warm friendly brown eyes.
Putting a safety fence around a woodstove keeps small children and pets safer.
Are GMOs good or bad for civilization?
What I learned in the process of seeking restoration of a beautiful stream while dealing with governmental agencies.
Cutting firewood in the winter opens time for other activities during the short summer and fall seasons.
Choosing homesteading as a way of life and what it takes.
Should you do it yourself or hire a chimney sweep to clean your chimney?
How we convert standing dead trees to usable lumber.
Ours is a great country and I don't think defined by politics but by people like the ones from our small county who served and are little known.
Living remotely with wild animal encounters and how to come out safely.
Calculating the amount of mountain snow to actual moisture.
Different noise we must adjust to living in a remote area.
We have a large population of hummingbirds in the summer and observing them and their flying antics is amazing.
How we prevented birds from flying into our windows.
Transforming a tree to lumber and then to a piece of furniture.
Using manual control of weeds as opposed to chemical control.
How we repurposed an old leaky wood stove to use outside to cook meals on.
Are GMOs good or bad for civilization?
Heating with wood in a cast iron stove.
Thank goodness for good friends who will share their garden harvest with those of us less skilled.
Cabin Fever: noun, ‘Boredom, restlessness, or irritability that results from a lack of environmental stimulation, as from a prolonged stay in a remote, sparsely populated region or a confined indoor area‘.
Learn the basic skills useful for mountain homesteading.
Make a winter checklist to follow in preparation for winter in the mountains.
How we discovered a cut-glass prism that told us the exact first day of spring by producing rainbows.
Wood stove considerations that should be considered before you purchase a stove.
The daily realities of living in the mountains.
Taking personal responsibility for private-property protection in light of ongoing climate change and the hazards associated with same.
Spring time is a time to experience the newness of life and living in the Sangre de Cristo mountains amid the wildflowers, birds, green woods and new birth.
Is a pressure washer something that would be beneficial on your homestead?
The process of evaluating needs for successful downsizing.
Gardening challenges at high elevation.
The benefits of owning a home wood mill and the economic advantages if you have available timber.
Selecting a tree, reducing it to logs, milling out the logs into lumber and using that lumber for specific projects.
Dovetail joints that are hand made are a strong woodworking joint.
Building a closet from lumber milled from standing dead trees.
Learn how to clean your own woodstove and chimney.
Riches sometimes come from natural resources - not always connected with dollar signs.
Selecting a power option for your homestead.
Other than the four regular seasons there is a fifth season in the mountains called mud season.
2,4,D Amine 4 is not a safe product. Read the multiple page information sheet if you can read tiny writing and hieroglyphics.
Hiking to the top of our mountain, the breathing view, the soothing effect.
Where have our bats gone? We miss the benefit of having them around and wish they would come back.
Taking time to just have fun and enjoy life in the face of serious living.
How I have gone full circle from coal heat, heat pump to wood heat.
Where we go to recharge our batteries and restore our soul.
How a small group of committed people can truly make a change for good.
Fun is where you find it, in this case it is a hay ride for the family along our trail.
How to report application violations of herbicide abuse.
Gardens are possible, but having a successful garden at high elevation presents a different set of challenges.
How to flush a small engine and repair a clogged carburetor.
How to cope mentally with living in a remote location.
How our friend John Dougherty took a normal covered utility trailer and converted it into a camping unit.
How we clean out chimney on our A - Frame house with a steep roof.
What we do inside on a blustery day outside.
A contribution for wildfire mitigation.
How a single purchase of a magazine in newsprint in 1970 changed my life.
Snow in the mountains is different than snow found at lower elevations.
A sudden onset of a canine eye disease called SARDS leaves dogs totally blind very suddenly. Bruce McElmurray explains this disrder from a personal perspective.
How we approached buying our property, clearing and selecting a home site.
Making good decisions on how we use our land. Keeping it natural.
Many decisions go into remote living to decide if it is right for you.
How important our tractor and snow thrower are in keeping us from getting snowed in. Our local cooperative.
A good idea that could work for wildfire mitigation.
As we look into the future we prepare for a flatter terrain for a new homestead.
Outlining our process for locating a suitable location for finding a new homestead.
Fishing can be good therapy for us.
Coping with SARDS (sudden acquired retinal degeneration) in dogs and practical ways to help a blind dog.
There is hard work homesteading in the mountains and the weather dictates much of those challenges.
From log to the mill to the project in no time at all.
Going from raw undeveloped land to a functional homestead is hard work, but it's rewarding.
Homesteading with dogs in remote mountain living. Considerations in providing a good safe homestead environment for your cherished pets.
It takes commitment and determination to live remotely in the mountains.
Taking time to reflect on the past brings renewed appreciation to the present.
No homestead is complete without our canine companions.
This stone fascia is a practical solution for wildfire prevention. It's attractive and uses local natural resources.
Tree rings tell the tale. It is nice and green here now but our plants and weeds are acclimated to semi arid and have deep roots.
How having a rhythm and routine assists in accomplishing difficult tasks.
Gardening at a high elevation presents challenges such as harsh sun and a shorter growing season.
Tips that we have learned gardening at a high elevation.
Two homesteaders from Washington and Colorado comment on their greatest weather fear in the mountains.
Don’t let this tricky pipe slow down your projects — these CPVC basics will help you ease into those plumbing repairs.
Using the right component improves the chance of success when gardening.
Ed Essex and Bruce McElmurray compare their weather experiences living at 4,200 feet and 9750 feet elevation respectively.
Firewood, the major yearly task when you heat with wood.
Firewood, the major yearly task when you heat with wood.
Being adopted by a deer is so different it is life changing. Can a human actually love a wild animal and can a wild animal love a human? My experience says so.
In the beauty of autumn comes a time of preparation for winter. The many necessary tasks to be prepared if you are self sufficient.
Cooking breakfast outside on the woodstove.
How we put the happy in The Happy Homesteader.
Though wolves are commonly misunderstood animals, not all of what you hear is true.
Living in the mountains or remotely requires physical endurance as well as being fit.
Growing raspberries and other vegetables at high elevation and the challenges.
We enjoy sledding and snowshoeing in the winter as outdoor activities.
How we deal with unexpected incidents.
How we focused on attaining our dream homestead.
We enjoy observing and creating habitat for wild birds.
The challenges that we encounter trying to grow a garden at high latitude.
How we prepared out homestead for the best wildfire prevention possible.
Our typical day living in the mountains in the winter.
We use available time in the winter to preform routine maintenance on appliances and tools.
Taking a ride on an old steam engine.
Proper insulation pays long term dividends.
Reflections on 15 years of mountain living.
How we milled lumber, made a gate and installed the gate during a break in the weather.
Comparison between old ways and new technology.
Some of the difficulties we encounter in gardening at a high elevation
Mountain homesteading in a remote area.
Removing large quantities of snow. For more on how we cope with snow check out our personal blog at www.brucecarolcabin.blogspot.com where we post regular updates on our life here on the mountain.
Senior sledding down our driveway.
Caulk tool that works for me. If for me it should work for anyone.
Finding a company from an advertisement in Mother Earth News and how it benefited us. .
Our good and bad decisions on selecting a dealer and a wood stove.
Why are you adopting a dog? For more on pet ownership see our personal blog at www.brucecarolcabin.blogspot.com.
When the electricity goes out it helps to be prepared to deal with circumstances.
Comparing a covenant community against living rural without covenants.
Our selection of a house, downsizing and getting the home built.
How we had to adjust to a smaller home, the isolation and quiet.
How we avoid cabin fever by doing volunteer work and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
The Mission Wolf sanctuary is a special place that takes in wolves who have been unsuccessfully domesticated. I can tell you that having a 150-pound timber wolf kiss you on the lips is an experience you won’t quickly forget, but the fact it liked you enough to do that is even more amazing when you consider what men have done to the wolf.
Communication and honesty is essential to decide important issues like a complete lifestyle change.
How our electronics save us space and provide even more room in a small home.
We have slowly replaced out dated fixtures and the Rialto toilet was the final step in getting more environmentally compliant.
How we live in the mountains during the winter.
There seems to be limited testing done by the EPA on the toxicity of some chemicals.
Why we adopt rescue dogs.
Two issues to consider before heading out to high elevation. Altitude sickness and snow melt issues.
Ed and Bruce compare the weather and its impact on their mountain homesteads at different elevations and mountain ranges.
Bruce McElmurray and Ed Essex collaborate on how the weather dictates to their mountain homesteading.
Our area is abundant with history. We have a limber pine tree nearby that I estimate is over 2,100 years old and still very much alive. History - we have an abundance of it.
40 years of reading Mother, the value of accumulation of reading the contributions of others during that time.
Examining an community for your homestead.
Addition to our family and our homestead. Echo a GSD with a new chance at life in his furever home.
It is important to take time to reflect on those things that are important to you on occasion.
The US Pro Cycle Challenge is a major cycling race that brings cyclists from all over the world including the recent winner of the Tour de France.
Spending a day having fun prospecting for gold, enjoying the outdoors, exploring a ghost town and the high mountains.
Photo of a bear with a pack rat that is about to be lunch. Thanks to a friend for sharing it for us all to see.
Two homesteaders discuss their experience with the weather applicable to their mountain homesteads in Washington and Colorado.
By observing the birds and wildlife we learn valuable lessons to apply to our lives.
A brief description of Manuel and Mary Ann's straw bale home and its efficiency.
How we have taken measures to mitigate and reduce our wildfire exposure.
Our true story about Junior a very unique deer.
Meeting in person a long time Mother Earth News reader.
How our community has planned ahead for wildfire contingencies.
How we persist until our 11 cords of firewood is accomplished and then re structure our lives.
How we expect the unexpected and turn blow down trees into lumber.
I learned life lessons early in life as a newspaper delivery boy. Valuable lessons that carried on though life.
What we do on snow days in the mountains when it is snowing hard outside.
We wade through deep snow to trim limbs and cut dead trees and nothing goes to waste.
A story of one of our camping trips to Torreya State Park, Florida.
The final result of a reporting a water violation and having a creek restored.
Our experience in living with bears.
Dealing with a government agency to save a creek.
What we have found as an advantage of having a rural hardware store close by.
Reasons why we like to shop at our local grocery.
The final in a 6 part series on Ft. Garland, Colorado
Where we go to reflect on life and relax.
A brief story of how a creek was damaged and how it was reported to the authorities properly.
A surprising number of amenities found in a small town complete with western hospitality.
Living in a community that has those who served in the armed forces and make good neighbors.
Living in possibly the best place in the USA.
How we cope with heavy snow in the mountains.
Preventing allergy causes as opposed to treating the symptoms.
The third and last of a three part blog on chemical herbicides.
How potentially dangerous chemicals are tested and are they really that safe for humans or not.
History and those who may have crossed or used your homestead before you discovered it. Treasure is where you find it.
How the small town atmosphere can enhance your homesteading and living.
How a non writer can with effort contribute in a small way. To read more on our life style go to www.brucecarolcabin.blogspot.com
How to select and find the right pet for you. Non professional guidelines.
Receiving seed catalogs and dreaming of warmer weather and growing a garden.
A short description of why we prefer small city living over large city living.
Rewarding volunteer efforts involving German Shepherd Rescue.
Where we find a wealth of information for projects and enjoyable reading.
Our experience with our local cooperative.
How prepared ahead of time for remote living and what was required.
Contemplations on what we eat and why we pay close attention to our food.
Trying to interpret and understand scientific reports and their failure to come to a consensus.
Life really is good when you live on a dirt road.