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Ah May, the month when Florida starts out with lovely temperate weather and ends feeling like we’ve been sucked into the fires of Hades. Our humidity rises and rain chances increase. Our gardens begin to die.


This is also the month when our school year ends as does spring soccer. The commitments that pull me away from home and leave me feeling raged and unaccomplished. Too bad it comes at a time when it’s getting so hot outside that I don’t want to accomplish anything.

I’m torn. I’m looking forward to this time at home so I can commit to the many things I need to do here, but I also dread the increased temperatures. I’m hoping that the heat won’t get to me this year. I’m not pregnant, so at least I have that going for me. And I’m going to try to get outside earlier so I can get more accomplished before the heat kicks in. The humidity will still be awful, but I can manage. I’ll have to start going to the gym again because exercising outside will be out of the question. The humidity makes it difficult for me to breathe, and the lack of oxygen gives me migraines. I can’t say that I’m looking forward to dragging three kids to the gym.

I know, it probably sounds odd for me to be complaining about summer while everyone else is anxiously awaiting it. After all, why live in Florida if you don’t like heat? But see, summer is our winter. Most of our plants die. The bees don’t even produce as much honey. We spend most of our time indoors. But it only lasts a few months. How long has your winter lasted this year? And while we can’t grow most traditional vegetables through the summer, we can still grow some. We truly can garden year round in Florida. And that alone makes a few months of miserable summer weather worth it.

Now on to the hop…

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Blog Hop Hosts April 2018 - Simple Life Mom

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Ann – Live the Old Way (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Jessica – The Faithful Farmwife (Facebook |Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Liz – The Cape Coop (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Natasha – Houseful of Nicholes (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

FEATURED POSTS

from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we take turns choosing three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - foraging-wild-dewberries

1. Foraging For Dewberries from A Home Made From Scratch

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - DIY Mushroom Chicken Stock

2. Mushroom Chicken Stock from Olla Podrida

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - Pruning Overgrown Shrubs

3. How to Prune Overgrown Shrubs from Gwin Gal Inside and Out

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Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Guidelines for this Get-Together:

  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog.
  2. Link up to three posts each week.
  3. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by.
  4. Link your post back to the Homestead Blog Hop. If the hop isn’t linked to your post then you cannot be featured. All featured posts will be shared on all hosts’ social media channels.
  5. Please link up posts that you haven’t linked to the hop before. You are welcome to link old posts from your blog.
  6. By joining the party, you are giving the hosts permission to use one photo from your post with a link back to your site if it is selected as one of next week’s Features.
  7. This is a family-friendly link up meant to inspire and motivate the homesteader in all of us.

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