This is the journal of an empty-nester who has the second chance of living a rural life. I find myself on a high desert small acreage with a home and 5+ acres of dirt – really more like rocks –no outbuildings, animals or gardens…yet. Being a book person, I have loads of books and magazines on homesteading and preparedness, but all that knowledge is sitting in my head or on the bookshelf. Too much reading and not enough doing. There is ancient wisdom that says you must act on and live the knowledge before it is yours, so this is my journey to intentionally live what I believe. Please follow along as I return to a deeper connection with the land and the basics of gardening, raising chickens, canning, preparedness and generally turning these four walls into a homestead.