Choosing homesteading as a way of life and what it takes.
Are GMOs good or bad for civilization?
When defining the term homesteading, consider the various options available.
What I learned in the process of seeking restoration of a beautiful stream while dealing with governmental agencies.
We love our lifestyle and all the hard work that is associated with this lifestyle is just a small part of it.
Viewing elk herds from the comfort of our home.
How we were adopted and befriended by a deer.
Tree stumps, reminders of special moments and birds contribution to life.
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.
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.
How we determine springtime at 9,759 feet elevation.
Wild strawberries are a tasty treat.
Views around our property that make autumn an enchanting time of year.
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.
Practical use of a wood mill on the homestead. The benefit of cutting your own lumber.
Carpenter ants: an alternative to chemical treatment. Living within the environment and not attempting to destroy or change it.
Homesteading with wild animals and how to cope with their antics.
Building garden boxes that keep critters out.
Putting a safety fence around a woodstove keeps small children and pets safer.
Making New Year's resolutions for a remote homestead.
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.
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.
Are GMOs good or bad for civilization?
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‘.
Living remotely with wild animal encounters and how to come out safely.
Transforming a tree to lumber and then to a piece of furniture.
Calculating the amount of mountain snow to actual moisture.
Learn the basic skills useful for mountain homesteading.
Is a pressure washer something that would be beneficial on your homestead?
How we prevented birds from flying into our windows.
Wood stove considerations that should be considered before you purchase a stove.
Thank goodness for good friends who will share their garden harvest with those of us less skilled.
Heating with wood in a cast iron stove.
The daily realities of living in the mountains.
Different noise we must adjust to living in a remote area.
Wild flowers in bloom in high country meadows. Wild iris in profusion.
How we convert standing dead trees to usable lumber.
Should you do it yourself or hire a chimney sweep to clean your chimney?
Make a winter checklist to follow in preparation for winter in the mountains.
We have a large population of hummingbirds in the summer and observing them and their flying antics is amazing.
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.
This stone fascia is a practical solution for wildfire prevention. It's attractive and uses local natural resources.
Riches sometimes come from natural resources - not always connected with dollar signs.
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.
From log to the mill to the project in no time at all.
Homesteading with dogs in remote mountain living. Considerations in providing a good safe homestead environment for your cherished pets.
Selecting a power option for your homestead.
Coping with SARDS (sudden acquired retinal degeneration) in dogs and practical ways to help a blind dog.
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.
There is hard work homesteading in the mountains and the weather dictates much of those challenges.
Snow in the mountains is different than snow found at lower elevations.
It takes commitment and determination to live remotely in the mountains.
How having a rhythm and routine assists in accomplishing difficult tasks.
How to flush a small engine and repair a clogged carburetor.
How a single purchase of a magazine in newsprint in 1970 changed my life.
Taking time to reflect on the past brings renewed appreciation to the present.
Other than the four regular seasons there is a fifth season in the mountains called mud season.
How to cope mentally with living in a remote location.
How to report application violations of herbicide abuse.
Learn how to clean your own woodstove and chimney.
New wood stove, another unexpected advantage of downsizing, and Murphy's Law.
How important our tractor and snow thrower are in keeping us from getting snowed in. Our local cooperative.
Fishing can be good therapy for us.
Outlining our process for locating a suitable location for finding a new homestead.
A good idea that could work for wildfire mitigation.
How I have gone full circle from coal heat, heat pump to wood heat.
How our friend John Dougherty took a normal covered utility trailer and converted it into a camping unit.
How we approached buying our property, clearing and selecting a home site.
How we clean out chimney on our A - Frame house with a steep roof.
Pack Rats, cute, tricky and destructive
As we look into the future we prepare for a flatter terrain for a new homestead.
Fun is where you find it, in this case it is a hay ride for the family along our trail.
Taking time to just have fun and enjoy life in the face of serious living.
What we do inside on a blustery day outside.
Where we go to recharge our batteries and restore our soul.
Hiking to the top of our mountain, the breathing view, the soothing effect.
2,4,D Amine 4 is not a safe product. Read the multiple page information sheet if you can read tiny writing and hieroglyphics.
Where have our bats gone? We miss the benefit of having them around and wish they would come back.
Making good decisions on how we use our land. Keeping it natural.
A contribution for wildfire mitigation.
Sometimes you have your plans changed for you, so don't put off tomorrow what can be done today.
Many decisions go into remote living to decide if it is right for you.
How a small group of committed people can truly make a change for good.
Being prepared for canine emergencies.
The benefits of owning a home wood mill and the economic advantages if you have available timber.
Building a closet from lumber milled from standing dead trees.
Selecting a tree, reducing it to logs, milling out the logs into lumber and using that lumber for specific projects.
No homestead is complete without our canine companions.
Dovetail joints that are hand made are a strong woodworking joint.
Don’t let this tricky pipe slow down your projects — these CPVC basics will help you ease into those plumbing repairs.
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.
Ed and Bruce compare the weather and its impact on their mountain homesteads at different elevations and mountain ranges.
Two homesteaders from Washington and Colorado comment on their greatest weather fear in the mountains.
Bruce McElmurray and Ed Essex collaborate on how the weather dictates to their mountain homesteading.
Ed Essex and Bruce McElmurray compare their weather experiences living at 4,200 feet and 9750 feet elevation respectively.
Mountain homesteading in a remote area.
Tips that we have learned gardening at a high elevation.
We have slowly replaced out dated fixtures and the Rialto toilet was the final step in getting more environmentally compliant.
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.
Taking a ride on an old steam engine.
We enjoy observing and creating habitat for wild birds.
Caulk tool that works for me. If for me it should work for anyone.
How we prepared out homestead for the best wildfire prevention possible.
How our electronics save us space and provide even more room in a small home.
How we live in the mountains during the winter.
How we avoid cabin fever by doing volunteer work and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
Senior sledding down our driveway.
The process of evaluating needs for successful downsizing.
How we focused on attaining our dream homestead.
We use available time in the winter to preform routine maintenance on appliances and tools.
Gardening challenges at high elevation.
How we deal with unexpected incidents.
In the beauty of autumn comes a time of preparation for winter. The many necessary tasks to be prepared if you are self sufficient.
Comparing a covenant community against living rural without covenants.
Communication and honesty is essential to decide important issues like a complete lifestyle change.
The challenges that we encounter trying to grow a garden at high latitude.
Reflections on 15 years of mountain living.
Our selection of a house, downsizing and getting the home built.
Some of the difficulties we encounter in gardening at a high elevation
We enjoy sledding and snowshoeing in the winter as outdoor activities.
Comparison between old ways and new technology.
Firewood, the major yearly task when you heat with wood.
When the electricity goes out it helps to be prepared to deal with circumstances.
Our typical day living in the mountains in the winter.
How we milled lumber, made a gate and installed the gate during a break in the weather.
How we put the happy in The Happy Homesteader.
How we had to adjust to a smaller home, the isolation and quiet.
Growing raspberries and other vegetables at high elevation and the challenges.
Why we adopt rescue dogs.
Why are you adopting a dog? For more on pet ownership see our personal blog at www.brucecarolcabin.blogspot.com.
Proper insulation pays long term dividends.
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.
Our good and bad decisions on selecting a dealer and a wood stove.
Cooking breakfast outside on the woodstove.
Finding a company from an advertisement in Mother Earth News and how it benefited us. .
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.
Two homesteaders discuss their experience with the weather applicable to their mountain homesteads in Washington and Colorado.
We wade through deep snow to trim limbs and cut dead trees and nothing goes to waste.
How potentially dangerous chemicals are tested and are they really that safe for humans or not.
Our experience with our local cooperative.
Our experience in living with bears.
How our community has planned ahead for wildfire contingencies.
I learned life lessons early in life as a newspaper delivery boy. Valuable lessons that carried on though life.
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.
Our true story about Junior a very unique deer.
Examining an community for your homestead.
By observing the birds and wildlife we learn valuable lessons to apply to our lives.
A surprising number of amenities found in a small town complete with western hospitality.
A story of one of our camping trips to Torreya State Park, Florida.
Rewarding volunteer efforts involving German Shepherd Rescue.
It is important to take time to reflect on those things that are important to you on occasion.
Dealing with a government agency to save a creek.
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.
How to select and find the right pet for you. Non professional guidelines.
Spending a day having fun prospecting for gold, enjoying the outdoors, exploring a ghost town and the high mountains.
40 years of reading Mother, the value of accumulation of reading the contributions of others during that time.
How we persist until our 11 cords of firewood is accomplished and then re structure our lives.
Receiving seed catalogs and dreaming of warmer weather and growing a garden.
Preventing allergy causes as opposed to treating the symptoms.
How we cope with heavy snow in the mountains.
How the small town atmosphere can enhance your homesteading and living.
Meeting in person a long time Mother Earth News reader.
A short description of why we prefer small city living over large city living.
The third and last of a three part blog on chemical herbicides.
How we expect the unexpected and turn blow down trees into lumber.
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.
Reasons why we like to shop at our local grocery.
The final in a 6 part series on Ft. Garland, Colorado
Living in possibly the best place in the USA.
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.
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
History and those who may have crossed or used your homestead before you discovered it. Treasure is where you find it.
A brief story of how a creek was damaged and how it was reported to the authorities properly.
Addition to our family and our homestead. Echo a GSD with a new chance at life in his furever home.
Where we find a wealth of information for projects and enjoyable reading.
Living in a community that has those who served in the armed forces and make good neighbors.
What we have found as an advantage of having a rural hardware store close by.
The final result of a reporting a water violation and having a creek restored.
Where we go to reflect on life and relax.
What we do on snow days in the mountains when it is snowing hard outside.
How prepared ahead of time for remote living and what was required.
Life really is good when you live on a dirt road.
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.
There seems to be limited testing done by the EPA on the toxicity of some chemicals.
This Peach Sherbet Recipe is reminiscent of biting into a fresh peach, but with a cool, creamy consistency.
Instead of coffee and cake after dinner, end an evening in style with this Coffee Granita Recipe.
Make this creamy Peanut Butter Gelato Recipe and customize it with fruit, chocolate or nuts.