Self-Reliance

How I Saved $15,000 On A New Bathroom

Enamel Piss Pot

My home was built in 1890. Like many older farm houses my home was constructed without indoor plumbing. In the early 1970s indoor plumbing was added to my house. That’s fairly late by American standards. Up until that time, water was hand carried into the house for drinking, cooking and bathing. Water was also carried…

The 4 Things I Did To Drastically Reduce My Migraine Headaches

Earthing Or Grounding Mat

Some of you have asked about my headaches. I don’t blame you for being curious or interested. Migraine headaches are a big deal and lots of people suffer with them. For the last few years I’ve been getting persistent 36 – 48 hour migraine headaches every 10 -21 days. Migraines were starting to ruin my…

Homemade Peppermint Tooth Powder

Homemade Peppermint Tooth Powder

I’ve got a really big toothy smile. And I keep that toothy smile bright and healthy with twice a day flossing and brushing with budget friendly homemade tooth powder. The tooth powder that I make up in my kitchen doesn’t use bentonite clay or any type of exotic spice or resin. It’s simply cheapo baking…

Preppers Versus Tradition

Fall Grasshopper

Just in time for “National Preparedness Month” – here’s September’s ASK GRANNY.  Granny Miller, I’ve recently been exposed to your website for the first time.  I’ve enjoyed what I’ve seen so far.  I actually found a link which led me to you while I was visiting the Rawles survival blog. I’m interested to know why…

Cheap Insurance – Potassium Iodide Tablets

Potassium Iodide Tablets

I live within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant. And for many years I’ve kept a 10 day supply of Potassium Iodide (K1) tablets for both my husband and myself. The bright yellow box lives in the medicine basket in the bathroom, along with the aspirin, antacids and cough drops. I keep potassium iodide…

Small Animal & Livestock Euthanasia on the Homestead – What You Need To Know

Tibby With Aggressive Cancer Tumor

Tibby is a young barn cat that will need to be euthanized within the next few days. She is less than a year old and is suffering from a very aggressive form of cancer. For the past week I’ve been spending extra time with her and feeding her all the milk and cheap bologna she…

6 Tips To Help You Haggle Like a Horse Trader

Haflinger Draft Horse

 Keen bartering and trading skills are fundamental to American rural life. And without a basic understanding of the skills and the attending attitudes and behaviors of trading in the boondocks, it’s often hard to make a satisfactory exchange – for either the buyer or for the seller. Sometimes new rural transplants from the city and…

How To Write Your Own Obituary

West Liberty Cemetery

Seven years ago a local couple were killed in a tragic auto accident as they were traveling across a bridge that my husband and I cross about once a week. Their sudden and unexpected deaths stunned our local community. I remember saying to my husband the next time we crossed the bridge together, “It could…

Survivalist, Prepper or Housewife?

December Snow

Lately my husband and I have been having an ongoing conversation about the so-called “survival” and “prepper” movement. We both are more than a little dismayed with the entire phenomena. Many people don’t understand  the concepts, skills or life choices often associated with “prepping” or survivalism by any other name. And that fact alone caused…