Hello, and welcome to our patch!
Here I go by the Nordic Wife, and this is my family: the Norseman, and our two children, Prima and Secundus/Little Man. We’ve chosen to use pseudonyms for a little extra privacy and fun. While we believe transparency can be a really great thing, especially in building deeper relationships, we also believe that wisdom is called for when inviting the world into one’s home. In the future we may end up using names – it will just depend.
You’ll find a diverse range of topics related to family, education, food allergies, health, and whatever else might be on my mind. This is not meant to be a “how to” place as much as it is a “how we do things.”
The Little House in the City
Right now we live in a small townhouse designed by a local German architect. We share a backyard with our neighbors, and per our lease we can’t raise animals in it – which brings the Norseman no end of sadness. We do have a Jack Russell Terror, erm, Terrier. He’s a house dog.
Our urban homesteading experiment is on hold. I make quick pickles (Japanese style) sometimes, and I’m trying to figure out dairy-free yogurt. We have a 30′ X 30′ plot in our community garden, but the pests are so bad due to years of mismanagement that we are mainly working to improve the soil right now. That means making lots of homemade compost and smothering weeds with copious amounts of cardboard.
It runs in my blood as well as my childhood. My great-great grandmother was Amish, until she ran away to marry a traveling carnival man :-O. For part of my childhood, my family belonged to the Eastern Conservative Mennonite church. I grew up in a subculture where farming, preserving, cooking and baking were normal – as were hope chests, quilting, sewing one’s own clothing, and maintaining a simple, tidy home. Hospitality was a given and being a wife and mother was cherished. I’m not Mennonite any longer, and I didn’t even get married right away – but I’ve carried my childhood subculture with me. My hope is to preserve the old while making use of the wonderful technologies and knowledge that is available in the twenty-first century.
Lastly, I and the Norseman are Christ-followers, and that shapes our writing, everyday actions, beliefs, philosophies and practices. This blog is primarily written to my fellow Christian homemaker and mother. But those of other faiths are more than welcome here. In the end our desire is to be a blessing to those around us, Christian or not. We hope that you will feel welcome, even if you disagree with us.