Below is a short story, not related in any way to the homestead or the house, I’ve been working on for half a year. It’s a memory, flushed out into a larger story, about a crucial moment in a friendship. It’s part of my continued commitment to work on different writing styles. This excerpt below is based on a true story. Names, identifying features, and some locations have been changed to obscure the true identity of those involved. But the characters are all based on real people, or are several real people put into one character or, in some cases, are real people.
If you are here to read about the homestead, feel free to skip this short story. It does contain brief descriptions of violence.
Continue reading “Emily”
We are down to the bare bones are far as posts are concerned. I usually have 5-6 in queue, but, being as it’s February, it’s difficult to make anything happen about work at the house. And we are in also in the frigid period of winter. Today (when I’m writing this post) was -20 windchill. It’s hard to walk the dog, let alone do any particular work.
Continue reading “Shop Tasks”
Every winter we have 1-3 weeks of absolute bitter cold. Not just regular winter, but the kind where advisories go out about the danger of being outside in the cold. When air temps drop to the double digits below zero, I manage Gus’s time outside by shortening walks to ten minutes.
Continue reading “Gus and Bitter Cold”
After the monotony Thanksgiving break, I realized I needed to think about having a project to work on when I’m not teaching for long periods of time. So I decided I would attempt to make my first garment over the Christmas break and I was so excited!
Continue reading “I Made a Dress”