Documenting Life’s Stories

Jar of Grasshoppers

Our professional work deals a lot with documentary and commercial production. However, this blog will mostly serve as a way to document the biggest production of our lives so far: Transforming 20-acres of completely raw, wooded land into our homestead.

Movin’ Twos!

“Movin twos” is not a real phrase. Though I thought it was for years, it was actually just a term used by my friend Matt Brown during the recording of his album, “Rainbow Around the Sun.” I’d heard Matt say it, and for some reason I thought it was a term that meant “making progress.” I’ve been using “Movin’ twos” in that context for years, and only recently was it revealed to me that it has absolutely no meaning, and that Matt made it up....

Liquid Gold!

We're a touch late in writing the blog this week, but we had a big weekend! We harvested honey! We’ve been waiting so patiently to harvest from our two bee hives since we acquired them in May of 2014, but had waited until now in order to let the bees build strong colonies. We’d also been supplementing their food source with sugar water with various additives (all natural plants and oils and all kinds of good stuff for bees), which doesn’t really make for honey....

Hügelkultur!

As determined as we are to get on our land, we are just as determined to treat the resources of the land with respect. This has been a big topic lately as we have 18 or more rather large piles of trees on the property. These trees are a result of having 2 acres of the property cleared last month. Beau and I were all set to have these piles burned, as it is a much quicker and cheaper process than many of the alternatives....

The Loveable Loo

Back in 2008, Stefanie made her first documentary film entitled “Food for Thought.” It really is quite good, and I recommend you check it out on our project page. It’s about local food as an alternative to the global food system. The film begins with various introductions to the cast of characters, one of those characters being Ron Ferrell, now one of our dear friends. It was making this film that Stefanie first met Ron, and he opens with a great line about how he poops...

It’s the jam…or uh…jelly

Chickasaw plum, Prunus angustifolia, sandhill plum, or more commonly sand plum. I am crazy passionate about many things in life and sand plum jelly is one of those things.   Sand plums can only be harvested one time of year and that time of year is now, so this past Saturday I along with my dad, Steve, and husband, Beau, spent fourth of July evening scouring the roads near where I grew up for ripe sand plums. The normal thicket that I harvest at is less than a...

What’s the Blog Deal?

In 2012 our production company finished the film “Where Did the Horny Toad Go?”, a documentary about the history and decline of the Texas Horned Lizard. My husband conveyed the importance of social media when promoting the film, but I just couldn’t seem to get a handle on the whole Twitter thing. I was interviewed about the film for both magazines and newspapers, but social media was always the monster under my bed that I tried to ignore for fear of being eaten up. Three...

We Have A Road!…Almost

It's been a long road. Or at least a long wait to get a road. When we bought our 20 acre patch back in April, we knew the first thing we'd have to do is get a road pushed in so that we could access it. We met with a local road builder, Mr. Wiley, and came up with the best location for a driveway to be pushed into the property so that we could begin clearing areas of the property. But then the rain...