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Last year I did a search on Urban Homesteads. I wanted to start growing more of my own food. I had half of a 20x26' drive to work with and I started with a 4x4' raised bed and a few pots. This year I am adding to that. I have ordered seeds, a few more patio trees, and am dreaming of spring. Even as it is snowing outside.

There has been alot of discussion about the Dervaes trademarking the term urban homestead. I have tried to keep an open mind. I went directly to the Dervaes website that I read on occasion. I then waited for their press release. It seems that yes it is true that they have trademarked several varieties of the phase "urban homestead." Even more shocking is that expect to have those words only to describe themselves.

This phrase was not created by the Dervaes nor was it reintroduced into common usage by them. This phase was in use in the 70's to describe taking back those concrete jungles and growing live food. Something all Urban Homesteaders are passionate about. It has since been used to encompass suburbanites who choose to replace their lawns with vegetable gardens.
 
Although, the Dervaes are well known urban homesteaders, and they have been at it for years, they are not the only successful ones. Perhaps they are the best at promoting themselves. Which is great when it doesn't take away from others hard work.  Suck as the authors of "Urban Homesteading." They now have to fight to promote sales for their book. No, this book was not written after the trademarking. It was first published in 2008. ( I have read it and it is a good book)

The purpose of this control, is so that search engines always go to the Dervaes when someone wants to find more information on this movement. "Urban homestead" was the first phrase I googled. This then limits the available information, because it then all comes from one source.
 
This past weekend the kids and I went to my mom's to make Valentine cupcakes. We made 12 doz mini cupcakes and I think it was a little too much for me. My nephew was there to help out which is good because he was the only kids to not bail on me by the end.

It is also income tax return time and almost prom time. It seems like money is just flying out the window. Alex and I finally settled on a fairly inexpensive dress. The first one was 4x the price. This left money for accessories, which should be spelled excessories. We did manage to keep them simple; earrings, shoes, hair clip. We also got her hair cut, it was growing out rather odd. We also bought a new pair of glasses, plus a spare. She was wearing an old prescription as she broke her other ones. This way she has a spare or a different look if she needs it.

We all needed a few new clothes, including new scrubs for me. Then I had this random urge. I bought a violin. I haven't touched one since the 4th grade when I quit because "it hurt my arm." There are several things in life that I bailed on a wondered "what if." I can't go back to the army or past relationships and play them out now. I can pick up a violin. maybe it will be nothing more than a way to spend some time and maybe it will be something I enjoy.