Does homesteading seem like a lofty goal to you? How do you have time to get so much done in one day? Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but we don’t. We just do the best we can.
So today, I want to show you what this homesteader does on a typical day. This is the summer version, and then I will do another version this winter.
A Day in the Life of a Homesteader: Summer Edition
My normal day starts about 6 am. I’m not really a morning person, but I have had this schedule long enough that I can’t sleep much past 6:30 am anymore. During the school year, I am getting kids up and ready to go. But since it is summer break, my middle son goes to swim practice @ 6:45 every morning, so I get up early.
I get up, wake up my son and encourage him to get going. My husband usually takes him to swim practice on the way to work, which is nice.
After I get him going, I start roaming the house getting the day started. I let the dog out of the kennel and let the cat come in from the garage. I usually open the doors of the other kid’s rooms so they can naturally wake up.
Then the dog and I head out to the backyard to check on the animals and garden. I let the chickens out of the coop and give them some food and water.
Then I go over to the garden and see how things are going. I usually pull some weeds and look for any harvest. It is still early for harvest (we planted late because of spring snow) but it should be going crazy with veggies soon.
The first zucchini is starting to bud. I’ll probably have them coming out of my ears in a couple of weeks.
Tomatoes are starting to bloom too. Aren’t they cute!
Fresh strawberries are so yummy!
Today’s harvest: 3 Jalapeno Peppers!
I garden in my pajamas and Crocs.
After the garden, I usually check on the rabbits and give them some weeds or veggie tops to munch on as a treat.
I turn on the water sprinklers in the garden which also gives water to the chickens each morning.
Here is Anna, our dog, that follows me around as I check on everything.
Then I go inside and make breakfast. My favorite breakfast treat is 3 ingredient chocolate milk (maple syrup, cocoa powder and raw milk).
This is my normal breakfast: Whole Wheat toast with butter and strawberry jam, fruit and chocolate milk.
After breakfast, I take my chocolate milk with me to the office and check the computer. That usually includes social media, email and anything that happened overnight.
Then I usually start on the next blog post, which is actually this post that I had just started.
I go back outside and turn off the water in the garden. The ladies stare at me through the fence.
I go pick up my son from the pool after swim practice.
It is kind of hard to tell, but we have 2 new houses being built in our neighborhood. They aren’t super loud, but there is more traffic than usual.
I am working on a blog post about food preservation, so here is my grocery list to head to the store to get some things.
Walmart is really the only cheaper store we have in our town (no Target or Costco). Those are 2 of my kids in the picture.
We are inside! Can you believe they have all of the back to school supplies up in the middle of July? Too soon!
We are back from the store. We had grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch, which I forgot to take a picture of. I got the strawberries out for dehydration.
The strawberries are chopped and in the dehydrator. You will see the outcome in a future blog post.
I go back to the computer in the afternoon to work on the blog. The cat likes to sit in the doorway while I work.
This afternoon I worked on my new e-book (coming out in September).
Tonight there are only 3 of us for dinner (my husband and oldest son are out of town), so we all made individual pizzas. This one is mine.
After dinner, I sat down to watch a Hallmark Christmas in July movie. I don’t usually watch much tv these days, but I thought it would be fun to watch a Christmas movie when it is hot outside!
After the movie, I go outside and check on things. I checked on the bees, which seem to be doing fine. I try not to open the hive up too often, but I like to see them buzzing around.
Back in the garden, the squash is going crazy! It is now taller than the squash sign and water sprinkler. It is flowing out of the box!
I saw this little guy in the squash box. I hope he doesn’t eat too much!
In the evening, I turn on the water to the things that are in the ground (corn rows and pumpkin patch). I don’t weed as much out there (obviously) because I figure the corn will get taller than the weeds anyways. Sometimes I will go pull weeds right around the individual plants so that the weeds don’t rob the nutrients from the soil.
I dropped off the youngest son to football practice, so now I am picking him up at the middle school. A lot of time is spent, all year long, driving and waiting to pick up kids from their activities.
After I get back from the middle school, I go back out to the backyard to turn off the sprinkler. It is cloudy today, but you can see the mountains in the background.
Here is the evening view of the garden. My kids have chores, so one of them will put the chickens back in the coop and check on the rabbits before nightfall.
Here is the view at sunset. You can see the abandoned baseball at the bottom of the picture. That is typical for our house.
In the summertime, it is dark about 8:45 pm. Once it is dark, we read scriptures as a family. Then I go around and turn off lights, lock doors and get the kids in their rooms (teenagers usually go to sleep later than us). My husband and I try to be in bed before 10. We did pretty well today!
As a homesteader, there are so many things you want to get done in a day. You have the basic chores and keeping everyone (including animals) alive.
Then, you need to keep up your garden and preserve your harvest. You need to make healthy meals for your family and keep the house clean.
Also, you have to run the kids to their activities and do the grocery shopping. It all can seem overwhelming. But if you put in good daily routines, these things seem less overwhelming.
Taking care of your family and animals is the most important thing. Everything else is a bonus and will fall into place.
What does your average day on the homestead look like? Let us know in the comments below. And if you found this post helpful, please share. Thanks!