Welcome! We’re Anne and Ernie, dedicated frugal, debt free, simple-living folks, in the country, in the prairies of Canada. We are obsessed with nature, history and what the pioneers did to survive. We try to utilize many of their methods in our day to day lives.
The reason we want to do this is to become self-sufficient like the settlers were, looking after themselves as much as possible, by using the bounty of nature.
We are also “junk artists”. Becoming junk artists came about from our concern about nature and our environment. We take things that would normally be thrown out and other junk and make art and useful items out of it. This is to help bring awareness to how humans are affecting nature.
Our motto is “make your own stuff”. This includes growing and cooking your own food and occasionally your own transportation.
Through this blog we want to demonstrate that anyone can live well and eat well, anywhere. Homesteading is a state of mind, really. We hope to give readers some inspiration to reuse things, to not throw things away, grow as much of their own food as possible and to enjoy doing things the way they used to be done – as simply as possible – even if you live in the city. This can help with each person’s connection with her/his environment and nature which is crucial for human mental health.
We also camp, hike, and fish.
I (Anne) work from home doing a number of things I enjoy to make a living.
Ernie is retired meat cutter and small engine mechanic and is a magician with making things out of nothing or junk, whatever you want to call it. He saves things and finds a use for them later when we need something.