My husband and I have 8 acres in Oroville, near the lake. We started not quite a year and a half ago fixing the house up, getting 1 1/2 acres fenced, setting up our initial gardens, putting in a couple of swales with fruit trees and chickens. We inherited some ducks and rabbits so they are part of our homestead mix now. This year we are building a workshop, adding more garden beds and swales, starting a food forest and fixing our fireplace in the front room (along with replacing some old, old single pane windows). Although it was a mild winter, it still gets cold - we are slowing moving from one room of the house to the next replacing windows and insulating.
Take care, Anne