Hi, my name is Katie and I am computer illiterate. Ok, I can find my way around a computer but anything more than folders on the desktop, email, and Facebook and I turn it over to Doug who is a happily retired computer guy. Just like overhead lighting, anything with a red or blinking light gets unplugged. I dream of gadget free households, unplugged, off grid, by candlelight. Doug looks at me in horror when I say things like that. So, why on earth am I asking for a laptop and camera for our anniversary as well as a spinning wheel? To blog.
Such a simple thing, to write stories and ideas and share memories and hopes for the future but once I started putting pen to paper…ahem…fingertips to keyboard (I do miss my old typewriter) I am enthralled, complete, and inspired. Here in our little corner of the world I have friends, I love the people we surround ourselves with, I love our town. In any time period before, this is all I would know. I have been enlightened by farm girls (and guys) all over the country….nay, world through this blog. Farmgirls choosing what chickens to get this year, what to plant this year, how to afford land of their own, how to raise children, what to can this year. I have kindred spirits in other states, secretly holding each other up, cheering each other on, laughing at jokes, and sharing recipes and experiences that have thus far only been found in library books. Real people, real friends stretched out across the globe, together. This blog has helped the world get very small for me and comforting.
I am so thankful for all the other bloggers out there, as well as for the friends that see me nearly every day that still read my blog and comment. You have no idea how much that means to me. I have been inspired to go back and finish what I started, a writing degree. Grandma is going back to college! Luckily Metro State has lots of late thirties students….I think. I dream of teaching writing and literature part time at a community college, getting a book deal, supporting a homestead which we both want so much. All because of a blog.
The laptop is so that I can write outdoors when the weather warms up. I don’t like being cooped up! The camera is so I can stop stealing Doug’s ITouch to take pictures. But, then that is all, no more gadgets! I just need enough to connect.
Now, you are probably wondering where the farmgirl swap comes in. I was reading http://simplyhomesteading.wordpress.com and Eileen was making aprons. We are like two farmgirls split at birth, I swear, we write about nearly all the same things. Except for the butchering stuff, I have never had a deer on my dining room table and if there were, we probably would be petting it and wondering where to keep our new pet. But, she is a homesteading girl of humorous words, and a similar life and ambition and I just adore her. I suggested we make each other aprons. An apron swap. This is what we came up with. I made her the one with the rooster on it. I was so pleased with it, I am going to make some more to sell at the farmer’s market. And she made me this sassy Mennonite number. I love it. And through the world wide web, two farm girls connected and now have lovely aprons to get us through our chores!