Country Living Series

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

"Bear Poop and Applesauce" is now available!

Have you ever wondered how on earth my husband and I ended up living the lifestyle we do? We didn't grow up farming. In fact, we had remarkably ordinary suburban lives until shortly after we were married. At that point we decided (to the dismay of our friends and families) to chuck it all and leave urban California and move into a shack in rural southwestern Oregon.

This story of our early years chronicles the first decade of country life, through the birth of our children, the beginning of our home woodcraft business, and the establishment of our early homesteading attempts.


Bear Poop and Applesauce is now available as an ebook through our ebook website, Self Sufficiency Series (dot com). The book is 188 pages in length and costs $9.95. I laid it out so (in theory) you can print it with two pages per sheet.

This book has been metaphorically languishing in my drawer for years, but we decided to put it up for sale now... with all proceeds to be used to pay off Don's hospital bills.

And how, you may ask, did we come up with the title? Well you'll just have to read the book to find out.

The journey begins...

15 comments:

  1. What a delightful book. I only wish that it would have covered your move to Idaho. And yes I think the name of the book is appropriate. My wife and I both grew up on farms and have now retired to 15 acres out in the country. We don't have the cows but our neighbor will sell us one when we want so I guess that almost counts. I agree that there is nothing like a fresh egg with those rich dark gold yokes.

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  2. I'll be reading it tonight!

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    1. And even me, the technologically challenged, managed to then upload it to my kindle.

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    2. Good Morning Patrice! and Happy Mother's Day!
      Just purchased your new book yesterday and also managed to transfer it to my Kindle Fire. I love it!...I can relate in so many ways, even though we're still in the city after purchasing almost 18 acres over a year ago. Still praying that God opens certain doors. I would go tomorrow, but my hubby needs to be convinced. In the meantime, I'm enjoying your book and hope you keep writing. Your family and especially Don's health are in my daily prayers. Hugs and blessings your way...in HIS love, Alicia

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    3. I just finished reading your Bearpoop and Applesauce book and I loved it! You inspire me to no end. I'm driving my husband nuts, with all these homesteading ideas, since he bought me almost 18 acres about three hours from where we currently live. I practically begged to get four chicks; we're allowed eight here in the city. I had a small coop our neighbor gave us. I now have a neighbor that is going to build me a bigger one with two boxes for when they lay eggs in six months; I'm told. I purchased two Transylvanian Naked Necks and two Black Jersey Giants. yay! I'm determined to learn to live off our almost 18 acres that we don't have anything on yet, since he works full time in the city. I've planted and grow peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, summer squash and have three small fig trees. My hands are just itchin' to get out there and start compost piles, get more chicks, roosters..etc. After reading your book, I want to get a Dexter and a wood burning stove and so many other things to make us more self-sufficient and have that ultimate country living experience. You're awesome. I hope to someday meet you, hug you and tell you how much you've helped me in my homesteading beginnings. Keep writing and doing what you're doing. Hugs and many blessings your way, Alicia

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    4. With your enthusiasm, you'll make it on your homestead. Be sure to keep a sense of humor even when things go wrong -- because things WILL go wrong -- but lots of things will go right, too!

      - Patrice

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  3. Bought it last night, reading material for our coming vacation trip.
    No wait, I was supposed to read..
    Too much to read on my doodad...
    I think the poor doodad is going to get a workout during the vacation, being passed from family member to family member...

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  4. Hooray! I am so excited to read this. Bless you and your family, especially your husband as he recovers.

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  5. Patrice - I don't have a Kindle and right now I don't even have a working printer, but I would like to mail a check towards Don's medical bills. It's only a small amount of money, about $10.00 but it's important to bear one anothers burdens. I just need an address! Your blog encourages me, makes me laugh, and makes me think.
    Cindy

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    1. Nope nope nope. You're very kind to offer, and we appreciate your thoughtfulness more than we can say, but we have an iron-clad "no gift" rule, and that includes donations to a medical fund. Call us stubborn, but "free money" (however kindly meant) can be misconstrued. It would be different if we were in a life-or-death situations, but it's not, so we're rather not take donations of any sort.

      But thank you. Very very much.

      - Patrice

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    2. Hey Cindy - You can still buy and download Bearpoop on to your computer and read it from there. Don't need a kindle or printer. Just make sure when you save it, you change the file name so you can find it again. This is what I did and when I saved it, some funky file name was there. I would have never found it again. Well, at least not without a lot of work. Hope this works for you.

      The other Cindy

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    3. Ack!!! I understand your rule, but I don't like it. Might have to buy a Kindle!

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  6. I'm enjoying the read. Hope Don is thriving and your book has done it's job. I'm praying for your family.

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  7. After being too busy to read your blog the last few months I felt I had to check it tonight. Now I know why. I look forwards to reading the books.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery Don!
    Amanda

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  8. My son likes to sleep on his tummy, for what i can tell, he couldn have wet his clothes wet 3 times each nite using diapers. But with honest diapers, even though it's not 100% guarantee there's no accident, it only happens when he drinks super-lot during the nite. For my 19-m-old boy, Honest works 3 times better than other diapers!

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