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Category Archives:House that Gene Built

What is going on around here?

In Alaska, most folks think that there is not much to farm in the winter. Thankfully, that is so far from the truth! Right now, we have eggs in the incubator that will hatch around the 6th of January. We also have a new sunroom that Gene has built that we are working on.We will fill this room up with plants that need a head start. But, from June-December, it will be my room. :) And, I am placing my order today for our heirloom tomatoes and peppers as well as the pansy and lobelia seed Read More

My On-Demand Hot Water Heater

Trying again...Finished writing this and it erased. I have been asked to write a post about our on-demand hot water heater. It is an Aquastar by Bosch and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Here are the pros and cons: Pros: Eternal hot water. It never runs out. There are 7 of us and on Saturday evenings, we all shower. And the dishwasher runs and runs, and the hot water just keeps on coming:-) It only heats the water as you need it so there is no wasted electricity keeping water hot that you don't Read More

Another Homestead Story

Okay, since I posted this morning about the beginnings of our homestead adventure, it has set me to thinking about when we started all this. There is one more story I want to share today. There are actually 2, but I will keep it to 1 right now. This one is about foundations. When my husband started building the house, we built it on pilings ( think that's what you call it...kindof like stilts). The goal was to pour the foundation later that summer and set the house down on the foundation before Read More

Our Homestead Story

This is funny! I was writing about how hard it was living without electricity and how much better it is now. Nice long blog with lots of details. I was about halfway done and the power went out. At least the generator was consistent and I was in charge of when it went off and on:-) I'm not in the mood to write all that again so I'm going to sum it up. I will write in detail how we went about homesteading gradually, but I want to give an overview today. We bought our place with nothing on it Read More