In many ways I am not a stranger to self-sufficient living. The times in my life that I have lived a more self-sufficient lifestyle has always been born out of necessity instead of by choice. Although not all of those times are remembered with rose-colored glasses…living closer to nature and living with less has left an indelible mark upon my world view. Perhaps my early experiences are why I wish to return to a life that is in step with natural rhythms. I wish to create a more sustainable, and “sane-able” life for my husband and I. However, my challenge is figuring out how to move closer to this vision with limited funds and a full-time job. It is my intention to experiment with small acreage, organic gardening and related topics. By doing so I hope to achieve better health for our lives in every sense, by getting back in touch with something real. This ambitious blog will explore all aspects of raising a small flock of chickens (for their eggs and as pets), replacing much of our useless lawn to grow organic gardens in a northern mid-west climate, and other homey arts.