The Way Out Here
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Anyone with animals dreads the time of year when the waterers and spigots begin to freeze. The season of chipping out buckets and filling hot water just to pour over stuck water lids has officially … more
Stir-frys aren’t a traditional American dish, but the concept of them has been around in various forms and cultures for a long time. If you think about what a stir-fry is, it is essentially a … more
Towering nearly 15 feet tall, stretching out with long coarse leaves, stout and resilient to the wind, these vegetable giants cast shadows across much of the remainder of the garden. Surely, these … more
I’ve had such a busy year with building up the homestead that I feel almost a constant need to craft or harvest something for sake of a story. As I sat down to write this, however, I remember … more
Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day—definitely in my top three, if I had to be really picky. But as someone who isn’t very good at waking up early and has to be to work … more
I woke up this morning wishing I didn’t have to go to work, much like a lot of folks this week. It’s not that I didn’t want to go to work, so much as I would have preferred to be … more
Before you read this, I invite you to find a comfy chair and get comfortable. Go ahead, I’ll wait. It’s been quite a year to say the least. Every so often, I forget about everything … more
I was in tears. Not because I was upset, but because I was laughing. Why was I laughing? Well because my wife was crying. Before you think ill of me, she was also laughing but unable to quell the … more
Lot’s of people go hunting every year whether for sport, for food or for family time. This year seems to be no exception, especially with the current pandemic pushing folks to do more outside … more
Most of us are familiar with the seasons as they are presented in an elementary classroom: spring, summer, fall, and winter. Fewer of us are as familiar with the micro-seasons that pass within and … more
There are some smells in the morning that fill your nose and welcome the morning with a warm and aromatic transition from a slumberly dirge to a functioning status. As I awoke this past weekend from … more
Out here, there are a few things that we take very seriously—as seriously as religion or a fiscal promise in business. I’m speaking to the ritual that is fall hunting season. Most of us … more
There are a few constants when living in the woods of Northeastern PA. The first is that there will be trees. The second is that said trees will grow and at least some will need to be cut down. When … more
My father will likely scold me for publicly admitting we ever went out fishing and failed to catch something. So for the sake of his pride, I will explain right up front that it was a last-minute … more
Like many folks in the current climate, I’ve been spending a lot more time in the kitchen, trying desperately to use up the overabundant items from my garden. The yellow squash seem to have … more
I often like to write about my recent adventures, things I do with my family outside and just a general appreciation for nature, which I feel so inspired by. Sometimes I have a hard time coming up … more
One by one, my waddling broilers were handed off to my wife as she loaded the transport crate in the back of the truck with our freshly finished meat birds. Catching the chickens was hardly a chore … more
Take a drive through the countryside; see the blossoming apple trees, the fresh green foliage and the beauty of the wildlife. On my drive to work this morning, I was blessed with seeing three … more
There I hung about eight feet off the ground with the ladder top a mere foot beneath my outstretched boot. My grip slipping off the newly installed roof, I attempted to surrender as much ground as I … more
Many folks have taken to new hobbies as a byproduct of being isolated at home: starting seeds, preparing gardening beds, or impatiently planting outdoors in sheer obstinance and rebellion to snowy … more
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