Micro Swale | End of Summer Video Review

October 15, 2015


Hey y’all. I wanted to give you a look at how the micro swale made it through the summer. It wasn’t until the end of summer that we got the water well up and running. The plants and trees did really good considering how little rain we received. The video’s a little longer than most so feel free to use the fast forward feature to get through it a little quicker.

After 2 years, we have water on the homestead!

May 20, 2015


New Water Well on Our Homestead!

This is a really exciting post for me because it is announcing the completion of one of our biggest hurdles. When we selected this property, we never thought it would be so hard to get water. We live in America for crying out loud. I just assumed we would be able to call the utility company up and get water hooked up the next week. Boy was I wrong.

Even though the neighbors on either side of us have water, the water company (Southern Utilities) gave us huge amounts of trouble to get water on our property. At the end, they claimed that since my parents have sold off portions of their 200 acre property to family members, we are now a subdivision. Due to this declaration, instead of a $200 water meter charge, I was looking at $25,000 to get water from them.

In the end, my parents decided to pay for a family well that will service them and my siblings (should they chose to move out to “The Land”). I am greatly blessed to have such generous parents. Our entire homesteading journey would have never been possible if it weren’t for them.

Check out this 2 minute video showing the water being pumped from 500 feet below the ground! Don’t forget to thumbs up the video if you like what you see. It goes a long way to helping my family. Thanks y’all!

The final preps before installing the meter pole

April 14, 2015


Part 1 of 3 videos on installing the electric meter pole

Now that the power company has the transformer installed on the electric pole, It’s time to get our meter pole in the ground. Honestly, it should have been done before the transformer went up. Things don’t always go the way I’d like them to but they work out in the end.

The first item on the list was to cut down a tree standing in-between the transformer and where the meter pole needed to go. I busted out the Stihl MS290 (Farm Boss). If you’re looking to own one chainsaw, this would be my choice. It’s big enough to handle most jobs, but not so large (like the MS660) that it is tough to move around.

After Removing the tree, I started to dig the hole for the meter pole to sit in. Although the soil is much softer in this location than most other parts of the property, It was a difficult dig because it kept filling with water. Jenn and the boys came out before I finished digging the hole and by the time they left it was too wet to dig in. I worked on some other stuff and planned to finish the hole the next morning.

Sharpening Chisels With Sandpaper

March 25, 2015


Sharpening Chisels With Sandpaper is Cheap, Easy, and Fun

If you’re like me, you’ve got a chisel or two that you’ve abused. I now make a conscious effort not to chip and dull my chisels but my past haunts these tools. A while back, I learned the skill of sharpening chisels with sandpaper. This easy task takes just a few minutes and will put a huge smile on your face when you use your razor sharp chisel.

Mr. Heater Big Buddy Ultimate Review

Mr. Heater Big Buddy Heater Review: How well does the Mr. Heater Big Buddy Heater work? I actually thought I posted this article and video several weeks ago, but just found it in the pending section. Even though I’m pretty sure the cold weather is over for East Texas, I’m going to put this out […]

New front door on mobile home

  We removed the manufactured home’s front door and replaced it with a hand carved wooden door. We’ve been busy the past few weeks on the future homestead with various projects. We’ve replaced the front door, which was a much larger job than expected, picked up free carpet from a friend who was replacing it with […]