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Plantain (the weed, not the small banana) has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb.  Native Americans and Europeans have used it to treat a variety of medical issues including skin wounds, insect and spider bites, snake bites, and indigestion.  It is said to even help with acne and blood clotting.  Overall, this prolific [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: June 14, 2014, 3:59 pm
Maevis is now coming up on 11 weeks old.  In the past few weeks, she’s started to lose the roly-poly fat puppy look.  She’s gotten a lot taller, and all of it is legs.  She’s also a lot more effective at chewing on everything.  She chews on shoes, furniture, Sarah, Me, the kids, and Maddie [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: June 11, 2014, 11:49 pm
This is a first at Surviving Modern Life.  I’m featuring a guest author for an article.  As promised in my last article, the Brewmaster has given us a lot more info than I could offer.  A link to his blog is included at the bottom of the article.  Swing by and say Hi!     [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: June 7, 2014, 4:02 pm
  Give a man a beer, waste an hour. Teach a man to brew, and waste a lifetime -Bill Owens   A few weeks ago, I had the chance to learn a new skill relating to self reliance.  My cousin has taken up the new hobby of home brewing beer, and asked me to give [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: May 31, 2014, 4:41 pm
Here at the homestead, saving money is always on our minds.  One of our biggest expenses (as most can relate) is energy cost.  Summer is hard because the house isn’t well insulated and Texas summers are brutal.  The best we can do there is set the thermostat up a little and deal with the fact [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: May 19, 2014, 9:35 pm
  While perusing the seed display at a local store, Sarah found a variety of green bean neither of us had heard of.  Asparagus Bean, AKA the Yard Long bean.  This bean is supposed to put on pods up to 30 inches long.  I’ve always planted bush varieties, so climbers are a new deal for [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: May 5, 2014, 9:32 pm
Here at the homestead, I currently serve as Director of Homestead Security.  It can be a busy job at times.  Random cars driving down the private road, coyotes getting too close, rabbits exploring the garden, feral cats tearing stuff up.   We have a lot of security breaches around here and it can be tiring keeping [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: May 2, 2014, 1:09 am
Here at the homestead, we are situated right where the prairie meets a creek bottom.  Wildlife is abundant and the scenery is very pretty.  It also means we have some great soil for growing.  One of the downsides, however, is that we don’t have many of the typical “firewood” trees around.  Most of us in [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: April 28, 2014, 10:12 pm
Maybe I was paying better attention this year, but it seems like when Spring hit, it hit all at once.  My memory isn’t the best, but in previous years it seemed a little more gradual.  Within the first two weeks of April, we went from a drab winter scene of brown and more brown to [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: April 22, 2014, 1:36 pm
As we’ve gotten settled in at the new homestead, one of my first goals was to get a garden established.  Texans are blessed with a long growing season, and the Fall garden usually does as well as a Spring garden.  Days are warm, sun is abundant, and the first frost is really late in the [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: August 30, 2013, 12:46 am




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