Senior Homesteading Injuries

Because I am a senior homesteader, I write from experience and new experiences seem to surface from time to time to disrupt my normal homesteading routine. Sometimes, the mind is willing but the old body won’t respond as we wish, and this occurred to me recently, which is why I have not been posting for a few weeks. By telling of my experiences, perhaps it will benefit someone else.

Senior Homesteading: The Reality

Seniors face different challenges when homesteading than those who are younger, and so have to adjust accordingly to bring their self-sufficiency dreams to reality.

Canine Homeopathic Treatments for Natural Pet Care

We live in the mountains with our four German shepherd dogs. Our nearest veterinarian is approximately 45 miles one way and so we often treat our furry family members with homeopathic remedies. These have worked for us in the past, and although I am unable to say that the natural remedies always work, these are worth giving a try.

Dealing with Packrats

Even though we live remotely in the mountains with bear, coyote, mountain lion, deer, elk, and bobcats, the lowly little packrat may be the most dangerous critter we face. Here's how we deal with packrats on our remote homestead.

Gardening at High Elevation

Growing vegetables at a high elevation can be very challenging. Over the years we have had to be flexible and creative in order to manage a small garden. We grow enough for our needs but not enough to put any vegetables up for future use. This blog post outlines some of the challenges we have faced and how we overcame them.

Can Seniors Really Homestead Remotely?

Homesteading is an exciting life choice regardless of age, and one of the benefits is the remoteness. Seniors can be homesteaders, but just be prepared for hard physical work and be open to adjustment and change.

Homesteading as a Senior Citizen

Seniors like myself are coping today on many levels of homesteading and life is good for us even if a little more difficult. Learn how homesteading and self-sufficiency have become more difficult as we grow older but is far from being over.

Home Radon Detection and Mitigation

Radon is colorless, odorless, and invisible but it can give you lung cancer. Learn to test for radon in your home and techniques to mitigate its impacts.

Homesteading With Code Requirements

When we built our current home in 1992, there were very few rules and codes that could damage or destroy our dream of doing most of the work in building our cabin ourselves. Times like that are rapidly disappearing and those who build now must endure permits, inspections, delays and forced compliance. The dream of building your own home could be more complicated than just knowing construction techniques nowadays. Read our story.

Organized Community Homesteading

We thought we were doing the right thing when we moved to a remote area to live 19 years ago. The community is a landowners association with some who desire to change a beautiful remote-living area on acreage to resemble what they left. We thought living in an area with covenants and rules would protect our investment, but one should recognize that living remotely in a covenant community offers both positive and negative aspects.

Changing Trend in Homes: Going Smaller

Tiny homes range anywhere from 80 to 400 square feet and are sometimes built on a trailer chassis and sometimes built to go on a more permanent foundation. It is a relatively new concept and if we believe what is being said about the tiny home, its popularity is growing like wildfire.

Reflections on Bear Hibernation and Behavior

Since moving to the mountains of Southern Colorado, we have encountered many black bears and because of those encounters, we have learned much about the species. I find it incredible that bears and other smaller critters can hibernate. Our winters are sometimes 7+ months long and for any animal to put itself into a dormant state for that long is simply amazing. Read more insights into how bear hibernation works.

Simple Lifestyle with Nature's Animals

More than 20 years ago, we made the decision to live a more simple life. Living in the big city, we had accumulated many possessions that had, at best, limited function. When we decided on a more uncluttered and simple lifestyle, we called an auctioneer and had him auction off the majority of our possessions. When we moved to our small cabin in the mountains we were immersed in nature.

Black Bear Encounters

In our many encounters with black bears, we have had no serious incidents. Achieve harmony living in bear territory by staying calm and giving bears favorable distance.

Beneficial Uses for Drones

Drones can be used to survey areas to develop more accurate maps. They can be equipped with heat sensors and used in search and rescue at far less cost than putting people out there searching for those lost. This post counts the beneficial uses of drones, or airborne robots.

Fall In the Rockies Invigorates the Senses

There is one time of the year in the mountains that is special and above all other seasons in my opinion. Fall time in the mountains is invigorating and refreshing. It is the season the invigorates all five senses. For a little Rocky Mountain fall-time inspiration, read on.

Introducing a New Dog to an Existing Pack

Introducing a new dog to your existing dog or pack depending on how many you have is not always as easy as it seems. I am neither a professional dog behaviorist nor a trainer but I do observe our canine members and believe there is a proper way to bring in another fur family member so the chances of success are greatly improved.

Fibromatosis in Wild Deer

We had a visit from a deer that looked to be in bad condition and the result was fibromatosis, a non-life-threatening skin condition afflicting mostly young male deer.

Walking on Gold

We took some test pans of dirt to see if we had any gold coming out of our springs. Sure enough some small pieces of gold.

Firewood in the Winter

Cutting firewood in the winter opens time for other activities during the short summer and fall seasons.

Spring in the Mountains

How we discovered a cut-glass prism that told us the exact first day of spring by producing rainbows.

Gardening at High Elevation

Gardening at a high elevation presents challenges such as harsh sun and a shorter growing season.

Legalized Marijuana

We have found that there are down sides to legalization of marijuana in Colorado.

Mountain Wildfire Mitigation

We use the winter to mitigate our wildfire exposure as opposed to the summer when we are involved with other needed tasks.

Woodstove Safety

Putting a safety fence around a woodstove keeps small children and pets safer.

Chimney Sweeps vs DIY

Should you do it yourself or hire a chimney sweep to clean your chimney?

A Changed Life

How a single purchase of a magazine in newsprint in 1970 changed my life.

Pressure Washers

Is a pressure washer something that would be beneficial on your homestead?

Five Seasons in the Rockies

Other than the four regular seasons there is a fifth season in the mountains called mud season.

Mountain Reflections

Taking time to reflect on the past brings renewed appreciation to the present.

Remote Homesteading With Dogs

Homesteading with dogs in remote mountain living. Considerations in providing a good safe homestead environment for your cherished pets.

Cabin Fever: Reality Or Myth?

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‘.

Testing For Toxicity

There seems to be limited testing done by the EPA on the toxicity of some chemicals.

Canine Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration

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.

Homesteading Defined

When defining the term homesteading, consider the various options available.

Plumbing Tips When Using CPVC Pipe

Don’t let this tricky pipe slow down your projects — these CPVC basics will help you ease into those plumbing repairs.

Personal Wildfire Mitigation

Taking personal responsibility for private-property protection in light of ongoing climate change and the hazards associated with same.

Mountain Living in the Springtime

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.

Determining Drought History

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.

Veteran's Park In Southern Colorado

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.

Deer Whisperer

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.

Only In America

How we focused on attaining our dream homestead.

Mountain Fun

We enjoy sledding and snowshoeing in the winter as outdoor activities.

Plumbing Fixtures That Conserve

We have slowly replaced out dated fixtures and the Rialto toilet was the final step in getting more environmentally compliant.

Fall In The Rockies

Views around our property that make autumn an enchanting time of year.

Enjoying Birds

We enjoy observing and creating habitat for wild birds.

Over The Garden Gate

How we milled lumber, made a gate and installed the gate during a break in the weather.

Regular Maintenance

We use available time in the winter to preform routine maintenance on appliances and tools.

Wolves! Our Visit to the Mission Wolf Sanctuary

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.

Gold And Buried Treasure

History and those who may have crossed or used your homestead before you discovered it. Treasure is where you find it.

Snow Removal

Removing large quantities of snow. For more on how we cope with snow check out our personal blog at where we post regular updates on our life here on the mountain.

So, You Want To Adopt A Dog!

Why are you adopting a dog? For more on pet ownership see our personal blog at

Thank You To My Readers

How a non writer can with effort contribute in a small way. To read more on our life style go to

The Amazing Internet

How a small group of committed people can truly make a change for good.

Autumn Is A Time Of Preparation

In the beauty of autumn comes a time of preparation for winter. The many necessary tasks to be prepared if you are self sufficient.

Peace And Quiet

Where we go to recharge our batteries and restore our soul.

Annual Family Hay Ride

Fun is where you find it, in this case it is a hay ride for the family along our trail.

Homesteaders Being Socialized

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.

History - Who Needs History?

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.

Mountain Top Living

Hiking to the top of our mountain, the breathing view, the soothing effect.

Gold Prospecting And Having Fun

Spending a day having fun prospecting for gold, enjoying the outdoors, exploring a ghost town and the high mountains.

Bubbles With Bozwell

Taking time to just have fun and enjoy life in the face of serious living.

Using Professionals -VS- Doing It Yourself

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.

Downsizing The Sequel

New wood stove, another unexpected advantage of downsizing, and Murphy's Law.

Stumps Why So Tall?

Tree stumps, reminders of special moments and birds contribution to life.

Thank you Mother

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.