Monthly Archives: April 2012

  • Get Pinning With Jacob Bromwell

    Posted on April 30, 2012


    Back in my day, the only things that were "pinned" were a little lady's hemline or a paper tail on a donkey. But apparently the hot new "pinning" of today is found on the interwebs; namely on We've started a few boards--and they don't just appeal to the woman of the homestead. We have a few that might be of interest to the good ol' guys out there as well. You can find us on See you there!


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  • Day 1 of Jacob's Journey: A Single Step

    Posted on April 27, 2012

    Map of the United States, 1819. Source:

    April 27, 1819

    An old sayeth by the Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu tells us that "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Today I--or rather, my horse, Pioneer and I--took the first step from Baltimore, Maryland to Cincinnati, Ohio. Why the journey to a city with a funny name? I have my reasons. First, I grew up in Richmond, Virginia, which is very close to Cincinnati and where most of my family folk still live. Secondly, I long to see our new nation's land opening up out West and believe it's the perfect place for an entrepreneurial man such as myself to lay down some new roots and make a living.

    Among the goods tucked into my saddlebags you'll find a change or two of clothing, enough minted coins to get me to at least halfway across to Ohio, a shaving razor, dried jerky, and a flask of whiskey--standard traveling fare. But my most prized possessions are prototypes of household goods that I believe will make this hard way of living on American land a little easier for most folks: a contraption for making flour fine, another for grinding cheese, and yet another invention that turns corn into tasty popped kernels.

    This morning I bade goodbye to friends, neighbors, and Baltimore, the city that was my companion for seven years after the War of 1812 ended. Pioneer and I are on our way to my cousin Nathan's cabin in Hagerstown, Maryland, just near the Pennsylvania line. Here's hoping we'll be both greeted with some good grub, hospitality--and a hot bath!

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  • The Quotable Ben Franklin

    Posted on April 25, 2012


    The ma and I really admire the wise ol' sayings of Benjamin Franklin. Here are some of the favorites of the Bromwell household. You can find many more of these here gems on

    Eat to live, and not live to eat.

    After three days men grow weary, of a wench, a guest, and rainy weather.

    Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.

    Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

    Tis easy to see, hard to foresee.

    He that lieth down with dogs, shall rise up with fleas.

    The worst wheel of a cart makes the most noise.

    There are three faithful friends -- an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.

    Well done is better than well said.

    Love your neighbour, yet don't pull down your hedge.

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