Spring 2020 update

The Spring of 2020 is a strange one.  Most of the US is under a stay at home status trying to get rid of the coronavirus.  I have been working from home but also finding some time to refresh those Metro Pioneer skills.  

I found a nice patch of carrots while turning over some ground.  I had a little fish fry with the family.  I have been doing some baking again.  A patch of turnips survived the winter.  I have been harvesting the greens.

It has been a little boring not being able to go out and about but I have been making the best of it.  Here are a few pictures that show what I have been up to.  Be safe out there and try to enjoy the extra time with the family.

Metro Pioneer adventures 3/8/20

The Metro Pioneer is still alive and well.  I haven't been doing any blogging but I am still trying to live the lifestyle.  Hunting, fishing, gardening and recently I have taken up scrapping.  Scrapping fits in perfectly with my other passions and helps me make a little money on the side.  Living like a scrapper is awesome because it makes you always think about using something thrown out to re purpose or sell.  Here is an example from this weekend.

On Sunday, I decided to use some money I received from scrapping to buy some material from the hardware store for some projects around the house.  I wanted to make a container for holding fruit tree limbs for my daughter's bunnies and then some wood to make some shelving for organization.  I also needed some propane and a bolt to fix an exercise bike I found on the side of the road.

I went to the hardware store and bought 2 2 x 4's, 2 1 x 4's and a propane fill-up.... plus the 98 cent bolt.  The wood is around back at the store I go to so I got in my truck and drove to where the boards are held.  The kid helping out in the back was busy so I loaded my own boards.  As I was loading up, I noticed a bunch of cut wood in a bin next to the warehouse so I asked the kid working what a guy had to do to bring that wood home.  The kid said load it up...... its yours.  We don't do anything with it.

I brought all the wood home and instead of making a simple box to hold the wood I upgraded the plans to a little structure that will hold hay, fruit tree limbs, rabbit pellets.  I didn't use any of the 2 x 4's and still have a bunch of wood left over.

The project was even more sweet because I used scrap chicken wire I found, a hand saw I found and a screw gun I bought for a dollar at an auction site!  The simple things in life are the best.....

Bow hunting 2018 season

The bow hunting season of 2018 was a pretty good one for me.  I was able to get out five or six times and ended up shooting one doe.  I saw one nice buck but could not get a shot at him.  Even though I did not shoot a nice buck, I didn't miss or wound any animals.  That is a win in my book.  I was also able to learn some new things this year to apply to the 2019 season.

The Tradition of Deer Hunting in Michigan

The tradition of deer hunting in Michigan is very strong.  Michigan is one of the first states to have hunting and each year has more hunters than most other states.  My family has had a yearly deer hunt for as long as I can remember.  Even though I did not hunt when I was growing up, I still enjoyed going up to deer camp every year.  Now that I have a son, I look forward to bringing him up to deer camp for years to come.

Making horseradish sauce from scratch

This year I finally put the horseradish plants I planted a few years ago to use.  I made my own horseradish sauce from scratch!

Cooking jerky in the oven

Most of the time when I make jerky, I cook it in my smoker.  Cooking jerky in a smoker tastes better to me than cooking jerky in the oven but if it is windy or nasty outside, the oven can work in a pinch.

First steps on the new property

As many of you know, I bought 9 acres of property next to my house.  The plan for this property is an eventual home site plus a sustainable farm.  I am planning to do most of the farm design work by hand and source materials from the property as much as possible. 

Saving marigold seeds to replant for next year.

This year was my first year attempting to grow a few flowers from seed.  One of the flowers that I picked was the marigold.  Marigolds are easy to grow, last all season and are easy to start from seed.  All of the above attributes are awesome however the best thing about marigolds are they are very easy to save seeds from the flower.