Hey Friends, First off let me confess I'm tired and struggling. Not every day is like this, but I wanted to start this thread to see where others are at in their journey. We're in our 50's and the kids are grown and gone (one's in Heaven). Family relations live far away and neighboring farms are commercial. We love our little 2 acre place here--got it for $35k on auction because it's in a depressed farming community and it was owned by animal/junk hoarders who destroyed it, the land as well as the buildings. But it's got great potential and we're both hard working. Husband put in all the fencing, built a huge chicken yard (fully enclosed from top to bottom), a huge sundial garden with 22 raised beds, hauled 12 large truck loads of manure and 15 of sawdust (free) to put into our raised beds. He also works in a local cabinet shop full time. I'm at home with 6 dogs, 2 cats and 24 chickens. I take care of meals, laundry, the sewing, cleaning, work outside on clearing brush, and do the finish work on the furniture. I'm also the secretary (which I totally suck at). I'm constantly experimenting with home remedies, homemade seasonings, healthier ways to eat, cheaper ways to live. That's the background. The problem I see every day is this: modern farmers who don't have able bodied help are at a disadvantage. That's us. We can't do all the stuff we want or need to do. But we get up every morning and do the best we can and leave the results up to God. We're not "preppers" but we do want to be prepared for basic disasters. I think preppers tend to live in fear and/or have an unrealistic belief in survival against all odds (hey, if the government wants to take you out, one hit by one drone's gonna ruin your day). But food storage, alternative medicines and methods for wound care and disease, basic defense weapons, and viable heat sources for cooking and warmth are important to us. Trusting in the Creator is paramount to us. To us, that's the whole point of Homesteading: becoming self sufficient so we can leave the slavery of modern society and live free. I only wish I could kidnap both grown sons and make them come down here to work with us for a few months. That of course will never happen as they're both married, have oodles of little children and their jobs (dang it). Some times I feel like we'll never make it, never achieve our goals of self sufficiency. But we're gonna keep trudging as long as God allows. We love having a place of our own despite the setbacks. And now back to work.