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In March of 2011 my wife and I quit or jobs, cashed in our chips and left the big city behind to move to our farm hidden away in northeast Georgia. These are our observations on the news of the day and our adventures in homesteading, becoming self reliant, prepping and living a simpler, more fulfilling life.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Report on the Nation

   FedGov hard at work on our behalf........geez....

                                                       DOT To Propose CDL Licenses and More For Farm Equipment

 In Late May, the DOT proposed a rule change for farm equipment, and if it this allowed to take effect, it will place significant regulatory pressure on small farms and family farms all across America – costing them thousands of dollars and possibly forcing many of them out of business. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), part of the Department of Transportation (DOT), wants new standards that would require all farmers and everyone on the farm to obtain a CDL (Commercial Drivers License) in order to operate any farming equipment. The agency is going to accomplish this by reclassifying all farm vehicles and implements as Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs).

Read more..... http://patdollard.com/2011/07/dot-to-mandate-all-farm-vehicles-require-cdl-licenses-could-bring-demise-to-farmers/

We're Saved!
Took ‘em long enough to come up with a budget???
2011 Federal Budget DealFederal Budget:   $3,820,000,000,000  (3.82 Trillion)
Income:               $2,170,000,000,000  (2.17 Trillion)
New Debt:           $1,650,000,000,000  (1.65 Trillion)
Amount Cut:            $38,500,000,000   (38.5 Billion) – about 1% of
the total budget.Harry Reid is calling this a “historic amount“. The President said it
is a “historic deal”. John Boehner simply said, “We’ve come to an
Let’s Put This In Perspective.  It helps me to think about these
numbers in terms that I can relate to.
Let’s remove nine zeroes from those numbers and pretend this is a
monthly household budget for the fictitious Jones family.
Amount of money the “Jones`s” family spent this month:          $3,820
Total income for the “Jones`s” family this month:                      $2,170
Amount of new debt added to the credit card this month:          $1,650
Outstanding balance on the credit card:
$14,271     (This represents our national debt).
So last week, the “Jones’s” sat down at the kitchen table and agreed
to cut $38 from their monthly budget. A historic amount!
Are You Impressed?
Me neither!
From...... http://jadedswine.wordpress.com/

Who's Really Downgrading America?

  The American people have come to like the president, but a majority is coming to believe he is simply not the decisive president we need to lead us out of the morass in which he found the country and from which he has failed to extricate us. Read more...... http://buchanan.org/blog/whos-really-downgrading-america-4819

The Homestead Report: the first 5 months

Before we had moved here we knew we needed a building of some sort for storage and for working out of, a shop if you will. There is a small barn and storage shed on the property. The barn is old and no longer weather tight, the shed is small and already full. After researching buying vs. building one ourselves, buying seemed the most cost effective. We shopped around and the best deal we could find was from a company called Capital Buildings, http://www.capitolbuildings.net/index.html
We ordered a 24x26 building package: the building, installed on our lot and it included a 4" concrete slab.
All we had to do was the grading on the site to get it level and ready for the slab, not as easy as I had thought.

                                                               We started by pulling some lines for something to go by and removed the grass.

                                                    Then I started digging up clay from another spot on the farm and building up and leveling the site.

When I thought I had the site close to done I called in a professional to look at what I had. Turns out I needed help.

Had to add lots more dirt

Then I hired someone who knew what they were doing to finish the grading

finally done

I then called Capital and they sent the concrete crew

pads done!

After a couple of weeks a crew came and they had the building up in 5 hours

MJ and I did the electrical system and ran the underground feed. Now we have power.

...........More to come........

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