Welcome to our blog, a blog about Dogwood Hollow Homestead
What it’s all about
My family and I have been living in the Missouri Ozarks now for years and we have lived without running water, electricity, indoor shower, indoor bathtub, sinks, TV, microwave, cell phones (most of the time) internet, or any of the other technological advances that you might find in any, one home anywhere in mainstream society. In fact we do almost everything traditionally even. That means hand washing our clothes, growing our own food, hand making our own dish cloths, wash cloths, blankets and most all our winter accessories as well as what ever we may find we are in need of. Basically, if it can be made from wood, we will figure it out. Just as soon as we can afford it we will also own our own yarn spinner, sheep to sheer and will be making all our clothing from then on. Why are we doing this you might ask?
Because we believe the world is changing to fast, we believe the so called conveniences of the new world is what is killing the planet and everyone and everything that lives here. We live off the grid and we are what you call present day homesteaders. That means we may use some technology but we make our own power using either solar, wind or generator or a combination of the three or we do not use any, which is about the case for us. It means that we collect and purify our own water and it means that we live with next to nothing and love what we do. It means we get up with the sun and just about go to sleep with the sun. We heat our small pallet cabin with a wood stove that we also cook all our meals on, in winter. The wood for that stove I cut myself and we hand split using a single blade ax just as it was done back in the day.
We grow as much food as we can and try not to shop in a grocery store unless we just have to for certain items. We do not use pharmaceutical drugs to cure and prevent our ills, we use herbs and all natural ways. In fact I am an herbalist and native american medicine man and hand make all the family’s medications. Some foods we gather from the wild and sometimes we hunt for additional food, usually to get prepared for winter. We also do a lot of barter and trade. But what we do not get in hunting season, we raise and slaughter for food ourselves. Things such as squirrel, chicken and rabbit, ducks, pigs. We have not bought milk or eggs or meat from the grocery store in many years, our animals provide all we need.
“Dogwood Hollow Homestead” is also our blog that is all about what we have learned from our years of homesteading through trial and error. If there is one thing that homesteading in the Missouri Ozarks isn’t, it isn’t easy. Homesteading is a hard life but a highly rewarding life. Those that have visited here with us at Dogwood Hollow Homestead, have found that life is far from easy and that it is as rewarding as I have said. They are of like minds and ideas, and together we are a homestead that loves the planet, the people and sentient beings that roam free.
As you read through this blog you will learn about tricks and trades of the times when the Pioneer’s and Colonists were what inhabited the country. Homesteading is all about living the natural, simple life, self sufficiency, following a sustainable way of life although simple it is not. Again, rewarding it is. The homestead enjoys great health, a stress free life, natural relaxation, nutritional food and peace of mind that most people in mainstream society spends a lifetime searching for but never finds. You can not find something if where you are looking it does not exist. Homesteading in the Ozarks is a fascinating blog and way of life. It is my sincere hope that those that visit here are those searching for inner and outer peace, a freer way of life and one that takes them back to nature. Those that are searching for a self sufficient, sustainable way to live.
If you are thinking of moving to a more natural way of life, trying homesteading out; and if thinking of moving off the grid, then the information contained in this blog will be an asset for you. If you are already there, congratulations on your decision! You won’t regret it if you stick with it. I remember for the first 9 months or so I had to get used to many things that I had withdrawal symptoms from. At about a year I was alright and from that point on it just got easier and easier. Today I look back and am so happy that I chose to stick it out both for me and my wife and my daughter, who I feel adjusted way better than us adults did.
There will be times when you want to give up, believe me. There will be times when you long for things you used to have, ways you used to live, the things that used to be familiar. But if you stick it out you will see that those things come and go. You have to want this change, the homesteading life, you have to want it bad or you will give up. Those that are tired of how everything is in modern life, those are the ones that will make it. I started the blog out talking about a long lost method of preserving chicken eggs, years ago, because one of the easiest things to get right into with homesteading is chicken raising and egg gathering. If your family has eggs, they will eat. If you have chickens you will always have eggs and chicken to eat.
Methods talked about in this blog were used centuries ago, they still work today. The idea of present day homesteading is to get back to a way of life back before things went wrong, such as, the creation of our food in labs, instead of growing it in a gardening. We give applicable credit to those that helped/help us along the way with information and ideas. I hope you enjoy reading through and visiting Dogwood Hollow’s blog and if you are interested in more information, check out my books I have published online on similar subjects. You can find all my print and kindle books online at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble by searching for my author name Merlyn Seeley or pen name Spirit Walker.
You may also wish to purchase and read my book called “Living off the Grid With Merlyn Seeley”, a book I wrote to teach those that want our way of life, available on lulu.com. It is also available on Amazon.com in e-book form.