Monthly Archives: March 2015

Building A Backyard Homestead

3915263597_4ffea1efe9_zWhen someone thinks of a homestead the first picture that comes to mind is a 100 acre area that has livestock, tractors, and gardens everywhere.  To some people, this is what a homestead SHOULD look like.  I am here today to debunk this notion that the homestead has to be big.  As a matter of fact, building a homestead on a postage stamp of a back yard is becoming one of the many ways to increase the value of the home.  If you do not believe me just check with a real estate agent and ask them if a bare yard is more valuable than one with producing trees and plants.  Where there is a will, we will find a way to do it.  One of the biggest argument that I hear against starting your own backyard homestead is that there is not enough room to do so.  What if I could convince you that there is no such thing?  You can always have a homestead in the backyard out of the eyes of the home owners association and get away with it by greasing the neighbors hands with some extra vegetables and maybe even some eggs from the small livestock mentioned in today’s show.

how hard is it to start a backyard homestead?

Join me today as we talk about:

  • How it is possible to do such a thing
  • Why you would want to consider this
  • How to fit all this stuff in a small lot
  • How to get your neighbors on board
  • Fitting live stock in

Thank you for listening. Please find us on Facebook, iTunes, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Any comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me at skilledgentleman@gmail.com

5 Skills Every Man Should Know

Rose_Rhodes_shootingWhen looking over the vast array of skills my grandfathers and father posses it hales in comparison in what I am able to do.  I am here today to gather a small list of things that I feel every man should know how to do.  I do dive somewhat into every one so the podcast is a little longer than usual, however if I feel like they should be on the show, I am going to go into depth with them.  I challenge to you is that you should come up with a few ideas in regard to skills.  Below is a comment section that you should type into and let me know what you think about them.

You should know before listening.  These are easy skills to learn and will absolutely change your way of living.  Whether you are living in the backwoods country or in a high rise city apartment there are manly things that should be known and practiced to hone the skills.  By starting your venture into skill learning you are joining the ranks of men from all through history making you apart of this fraternity that makes us an acet to our friends, family, and even our community.  If you have someone asking you to help them hone their skills you should be willing to help them in their quest also.

what skills are NECESSARY to know?

Join me today as I talk about:

  • Cleaning and caring for cast iron
  • Shooting a gun
  • Entertaining children of all ages
  • Making someone smile
  • Having a conversation with someone with differing ideas than you

Thank you for listening. Please find us on Facebook, iTunes, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Any comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me at skilledgentleman@gmail.com

The Death Of The American Gentleman

Gentleman-Video-Shoot-January-2014-BellaNaija-027-402x600I compose this post with a great deal of both angst and a great deal of concern.  I am a little weary because I do not wish to offend any listener into thinking that I am full of anger but the fact that I am composing this show means that there is a reason to.  I submit the idea that the “American Gentleman” is dying.  The fact that I spent a few weeks with a group of what society would call “men” and saw how they acted in both private and public places.  There is a need for “gentleman” type thinking and a kick in the ass to jump start it.  No, today is not going to be a show about why my week sucked or why I ended the week with a terrible attitude but a wake up call to all of my listeners today and in the future of how society needs leadership today and how we achieve this, or by resurrecting the “American Gentleman”.  There is a lot of work to be done and we should be ready to jump aboard this sinking ship and start bailing water as fast as we can.  Tomorrow will be how we fix this.

how can we resurrect the american gentleman?

Join me today as we discuss:

  • Why I feel the American Gentleman is dying
  • What it means
  • How we can see this crisis
  • How we arrive at a solution

Thank you for listening. Please find us onFacebook,iTunes,Twitter,Youtube,Zello and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Sign up for the newsletter to get all updates to the podcast with your email address.  Any comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me at skilledgentlemen@gmail.com

Preparing for Summer Storms

downloadWhen I was a wee lad growing up in the back woods of North Carolina a summer storm meant time spent inside reading and listening to my grandfather speak of how the farm used to be.  Now that I am grown I can see how much my grandfather and father done ahead of time to make sure that everyone stayed safe and happy during one of those storms because everyone knows that summer rains, you can never predict them.  A gentleman is able to bring everyone together and make the best out of a bad situation and this podcast is serving that purpose.

Join me today as I talk about:

  • Why it matters
  • How to build a blackout bag
  • Making a basic kit
  • Knowing your area
  • A case for buying a weather radio
  • Other things you can do to prepare

Thank you for listening. Please find us on Facebook, iTunes, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Any comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me at skilledgentleman@gmail.com

Creating A Documentation Package

writing-436993_640If you can not tell, being prepared is something that is near and dear to me.  If you are unprepared for life, life will destroy you.  One of the many ways that I am going to teach you guys about is writing things down and having them available for everyone to benefit from within your family.  This is done with a documentation package.  This is a cheap and easy way to be prepared for an emergency.  With the cost of your time, printer paper, ink, and a few 3 ring binders that are lying around the house you can have list of all the information that you will need, EVER.  Did I mention that you can keep this secret and have the information available for you and it look like nonsense to everyone else?  Check out todays show and learn how!

Todays show we will discuss:

  • Why this matters to a gentlemen
  • What do you need to put it together
  • What do you put inside one of these
  • How many and where do I keep these

Thank you for listening. Please find us on Facebook, iTunes, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Any comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me at skilledgentleman@gmail.com

No Show Today

If you have not already figured it out, I am not going to post a show today.  I am EXTREMELY busy with my full time job.  You can expect a show on Monday, but for today we will maintain radio silence.  Sorry for the inconvenience and Ill see you soon enough!

Increasing The Value Of Your Home

StateLibQld_1_180419_Vichie_family_outside_their_home_at_the_foot_of_Mount_Marlay,_near_Stanthorpe,_ca._1912For the majority of people in the world our homes are the biggest purchase we will ever make.  When else are you going to invest $180,000 or more on a single item?  It is important to understand what you have and how to grow your investment.  Understanding how the market ebbs and flows is not as important as understanding how to increase your investment because you will eventually be in the market to sell.  But what if I could convince you that the value of your home could be increased to serve you instead of a potential buyer.  For instance, adding an apple tree will produce apples for years.  The cost of the tree will easily be returned in not buying apples during the fall of the year.  Today’s show talks more about being able to increase the value that directly effects you both today and for the rest of your life.

Join me today as I talk about:

  • My goals for my house
  • My retirement plan
  • The 3 attributes that my project have to meet before I do them
  • What the land and house look like
  • The projects that are being planned out
  • Why I am doing all of this and how it works to increase the value today as well as the day when it goes on the market

Thank you for listening. Please find us on Facebook, iTunes, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Any comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me at skilledgentleman@gmail.com

What is your legacy?

dad and vicci 1958 RTo leave a legacy is to leave monetary value to your loved ones or in the case of some people that are forgetful, past loved ones.  My challenge to you today is to look at a legacy is more than monetary but just as valuable or even more.  To be honest, my grandfather that died a few years ago left me nothing.  Not a penny was given to me, however he bestowed knowledge and influence that will last longer than any money being past down.  Today is going to be a topic on what are you going to leave behind to your family and friends outside of money.

Join me today as we discuss:

  • What is a legacy and how are we going to define it
  • What are ways to develop your own legacy
  • Can you change the path that you lead
  • How your actions today may effect your life later
  • Developing the stories your friends will talk about for years to come

Thank you for listening. Please find us on Facebook, iTunes, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Any comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me at skilledgentleman@gmail.com

Cooking Basics for a Man

2692476103_0a0eb0d3eeCooking is a skill that has been over complicated and under appreciated for the past few years, but yet everyone wants you to start cooking.  When watching infomercials and sales pitches they will proclaim that you can throw out your entire kitchen for their product and then the next person says the same thing.  I submit to you that you can cook pretty much anything with a few products and it wont cost you 7 easy payments of $19.99!  To be a kitchen master you have to start out with the basics which is what today’s show is about.  Understand that if you are already a master in the kitchen, most of the show will be a little bit boring but the middle to ending we start getting into more advanced concepts, so hang in there.  During the show I mentioned how to grow your own food to help lower your cost of cooking, check out the show titled Gardening Like A Gent.

Join me today as we talk about:

  • Why this matters to a gentleman
  • How you will be healthier by doing this
  • How you will save money
  • How this will bring you closer to your spouse
  • A list of basic tools that you need
  • Some advanced/time saving/ easier tools
  • Basic concepts
  • 4 simple recipes you can try yourself for under $16 per plate

I mentioned a website during the show, check out the article about How Much Money Can You Save Without Eating Out from Out Of Your Rut dot com.

Thank you for listening. Please find us on Facebook, iTunes, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Any comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me at skilledgentleman@gmail.com