Well-Drilling Day

Well Drilling Rig

When we got up yesterday morning, we had no idea we’d be getting a well. We’d hired a driller two weeks ago, and had been waiting anxiously for our turn. The call finally came while we were having breakfast (perfect timing, since we were already up at our weekend homestead). [Read more…]

Tour the MFH Office

Mini Office Makeover

I’ve worked out of the same 100-square foot home office for the past 12 years, and while my location hasn’t changed, life sure has. Instead of running one website out of that office (frugalliving.about.com), I now run two websites and an Etsy shop out of that space, and I share it with my husband. He quit his job two and half years ago to come work with me.

That’s a lot to cram into one tiny room, and it’s made organization a challenge.

But we make it work. [Read more…]

Shopping at an Amish Salvage Store

Something I haven’t told you about our weekend homestead yet: It’s in an area that’s being settled by the Amish. The first families came down from Pennsylvania three years ago. Now a bunch more families are moving to the area. We’ve been told 42 Amish families will be relocating to the area. And we’re really enjoying watching their community take shape.

There’s a great Amish bake stand that’s open on the weekends, and we love to stop there for fresh donuts. They’re ridiculously good.

And since this spring, several homes and businesses have gone up. There’s a new saw mill, a dry goods store, a hardware store and a wonderful salvage grocery store.

We finally made time to visit the salvage grocery store yesterday, and I really wish we had done it sooner. The deals are incredible. Take a look at what I brought home:

Dark Chocolate Covered Raisins

(5) bag of SunMaid chocolate covered raisins for $.50 a bag [Read more…]

Checking In …

It’s been three weeks since the carpenter bee trap madness started, so I thought I’d drop in and give you guys an update.

Lots of Carpenter Bee Traps

Remember all those bread racks we rescued from a curb pile? Turns out they’re really handy, if you own a carpenter bee trap factory.

When I last left off, we had sold 1,045 traps. We have now sold over 1,700 traps! Crazy, right? I still can’t believe we managed to make and ship that many traps. And the orders keep coming in. Right now we’re shipping between 40-50 a day. It’ll be interesting to see how long this goes on. [Read more…]