There seems to be limited testing done by the EPA on the toxicity of some chemicals.
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.
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.
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.
Views around our property that make autumn an enchanting time of year.
Homesteading with wild animals and how to cope with their antics.
Practical use of a wood mill on the homestead. The benefit of cutting your own lumber.
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.
Wild strawberries are a tasty treat.
Carpenter ants: an alternative to chemical treatment. Living within the environment and not attempting to destroy or change it.
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.
The daily realities of living in the mountains.
Different noise we must adjust to living in a remote area.
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.
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.
Wild flowers in bloom in high country meadows. Wild iris in profusion.
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.
How I have gone full circle from coal heat, heat pump to wood heat.
Pack Rats, cute, tricky and destructive
Where we go to recharge our batteries and restore our soul.
2,4,D Amine 4 is not a safe product. Read the multiple page information sheet if you can read tiny writing and hieroglyphics.
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.
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.
Fishing can be good therapy for us.
A contribution for wildfire mitigation.
How we clean out chimney on our A - Frame house with a steep roof.
Outlining our process for locating a suitable location for finding a new homestead.
As we look into the future we prepare for a flatter terrain for a new homestead.
A good idea that could work for wildfire mitigation.
Being prepared for canine emergencies.
New wood stove, another unexpected advantage of downsizing, and Murphy's Law.
What we do inside on a blustery day outside.
How we approached buying our property, clearing and selecting a home site.
How important our tractor and snow thrower are in keeping us from getting snowed in. Our local cooperative.
Making good decisions on how we use our land. Keeping it natural.
How our friend John Dougherty took a normal covered utility trailer and converted it into a camping unit.
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.
Where have our bats gone? We miss the benefit of having them around and wish they would come back.
Hiking to the top of our mountain, the breathing view, the soothing effect.
Don’t let this tricky pipe slow down your projects — these CPVC basics will help you ease into those plumbing repairs.
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.
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.
The process of evaluating needs for successful downsizing.
How we focused on attaining our dream homestead.
Comparing a covenant community against living rural without covenants.
Firewood, the major yearly task when you heat with wood.
How we had to adjust to a smaller home, the isolation and quiet.
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.
Cooking breakfast outside on the woodstove.
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.
Why we adopt rescue dogs.
How we deal with unexpected incidents.
Taking a ride on an old steam engine.
The challenges that we encounter trying to grow a garden at high latitude.
Reflections on 15 years of mountain living.
We enjoy observing and creating habitat for wild birds.
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.
We enjoy sledding and snowshoeing in the winter as outdoor activities.
How we live in the mountains during the winter.
Gardening challenges at high elevation.
Our typical day living in the mountains in the winter.
Proper insulation pays long term dividends.
We use available time in the winter to preform routine maintenance on appliances and tools.
How we milled lumber, made a gate and installed the gate during a break in the weather.
Communication and honesty is essential to decide important issues like a complete lifestyle change.
Our selection of a house, downsizing and getting the home built.
How we avoid cabin fever by doing volunteer work and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
Comparison between old ways and new technology.
How we prepared out homestead for the best wildfire prevention possible.
Some of the difficulties we encounter in gardening at a high elevation
In the beauty of autumn comes a time of preparation for winter. The many necessary tasks to be prepared if you are self sufficient.
How we put the happy in The Happy Homesteader.
Firewood, the major yearly task when you heat with wood.
Growing raspberries and other vegetables at high elevation and the challenges.
Senior sledding down our driveway.
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.
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.
Caulk tool that works for me. If for me it should work for anyone.
Our good and bad decisions on selecting a dealer and a wood stove.
Finding a company from an advertisement in Mother Earth News and how it benefited us. .
Two homesteaders discuss their experience with the weather applicable to their mountain homesteads in Washington and Colorado.
I learned life lessons early in life as a newspaper delivery boy. Valuable lessons that carried on though life.
Examining an community for your homestead.
40 years of reading Mother, the value of accumulation of reading the contributions of others during that time.
The third and last of a three part blog on chemical herbicides.
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.
By observing the birds and wildlife we learn valuable lessons to apply to our lives.
A brief story of how a creek was damaged and how it was reported to the authorities properly.
A story of one of our camping trips to Torreya State Park, Florida.
Dealing with a government agency to save a creek.
Where we go to reflect on life and relax.
How we expect the unexpected and turn blow down trees into lumber.
How we have taken measures to mitigate and reduce our wildfire exposure.
How our community has planned ahead for wildfire contingencies.
A brief description of Manuel and Mary Ann's straw bale home and its efficiency.
Meeting in person a long time Mother Earth News reader.
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 true story about Junior a very unique deer.
The final result of a reporting a water violation and having a creek restored.
Our experience in living with bears.
How prepared ahead of time for remote living and what was required.
Our experience with our local cooperative.
How to select and find the right pet for you. Non professional guidelines.
What we do on snow days in the mountains when it is snowing hard outside.
Receiving seed catalogs and dreaming of warmer weather and growing a garden.
A surprising number of amenities found in a small town complete with western hospitality.
The final in a 6 part series on Ft. Garland, Colorado
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.
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.
How we persist until our 11 cords of firewood is accomplished and then re structure our lives.
We wade through deep snow to trim limbs and cut dead trees and nothing goes to waste.
How we cope with heavy snow in the mountains.
Preventing allergy causes as opposed to treating the symptoms.
It is important to take time to reflect on those things that are important to you on occasion.
Addition to our family and our homestead. Echo a GSD with a new chance at life in his furever home.
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.
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.
Spending a day having fun prospecting for gold, enjoying the outdoors, exploring a ghost town and the high mountains.
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
Life really is good when you live on a dirt road.
Trying to interpret and understand scientific reports and their failure to come to a consensus.
Contemplations on what we eat and why we pay close attention to our food.