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What a long strange trip it's been! I grew up in the city in southern California, and was lucky to spend time with a Grandma who baked, sewed, tatted, knit, embroidered, canned, and grew fruit. Now living in Boise (not my first choice, work brought us here) with my husband Dave, I have three grown girls living nearby. We're doing what I loosely call an urban type homesteading thing on a standard city lot, in the high desert. I've always loved to cook, but always worked full time. With a recent job in education, and summers off, I finally had the time to master canning food preservation. Drying homegrown fruits and veggies and fermenting too! I've always sewn, have permanent sewing area, and we've transformed an empty bedroom closet to a large working pantry area. We're trying to move away from processed foods more, eat less wheat and dairy. We have rain barrels, low water landscaping, energy efficient living as much as possible, and are real do-it-yourselfers :) I've set up a yearly veggie garden, permanent berries and rhubarb, herbs, 4 fruit trees, and the chickens are happy! Our cat Anya is a joy to have! I'm hoping/planning to move to a more rural area and have an acre or 2. Add some goats and ducks and I'm set! Fix up one more house... then I'm REALLY done, for good. But life is an ever expanding adventure, so who knows what's next???

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