Farmgirl School

"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." -Tolkien


I was always fascinated by grandma’s bay window of plants and her rose bushes.  Of Aunt Donna’s heavy laden apple tree, grape vine, flowering bushes, and crisp rhubarb.  I wonder if they know how much they inspired me and that I am a farmer today because of their memories on the farm they grew up on and watching them grow things.


Jill and Nancy inspired my love of goats.  I had trepidations about goats after babysitting a friend’s unruly rescued male goats.  A bruised hip bone made me very leery of ever having goats.  But these girls showed me how fun they could be.  They let us come over and play with new baby goats.  They answered questions.  I am now ready to start milk shares and am sharing my home (and lap) with adorable and fun loving goats who make this farm more enjoyable.


elsa on lap

Sandy and Debbie inspired me to grow more herbs for my medicines.  I thought it would be too difficult to grow all the herbs I need for my medicines so they grew things for me, with such ease that I felt I could do it myself.


Kathi taught me and Nancy how to make soap.  Nancy taught me how to make cheese.  Claudia tried to teach me to knit.  Another Sandy taught me to spin.  There has never been a shortage of inspiration surrounding me.  Kat and Rod taught me to be a better parent, be more loving, accept people for who they are.  Pat and Rodney taught me unconditional love.  I have so many lovely friends who inspire me every day and that I love dearly.  I need to tell these people that they inspired me.  Thank them for helping me on my path and for being a part of where I am today…living on this mini-farm, enjoying what I do.



I  hope I have inspired ideas through my teaching and writing.  That is the thing, we don’t always know how we have affected other’s lives so it is important to live a life that you enjoy and that makes you proud and passionate.  And always be kind.  For others are watching and taking ideas that will better their lives and so makes our short time on earth more enjoyable and filled with beauty and ideas.

Farmgirls Color cropped

In this blog, every holiday and entertaining picture is with Nancy and her family.  The 5 Farmgirls was made up of me and Nancy and our daughters and Maryjane.  The early pictures of Emily with goats were Nancy’s.  We learned skills together and played together.  That is one of the sweetest gifts on earth.  Someone to inspire and be inspired by and be in cahoots with.  I am so sad that she passed away this morning.  But I will not focus on her passing, but on all the inspiration that she gave to me and the memories we made.  Her spirit is indelibly on this farm as she helped make it possible with her brainstorming over glasses of wine with me.


I hope that I am an inspiration.  Life is too short to have any other reputation.  Let things go. Don’t focus on the past.  Don’t worry if some people don’t treat you like you think they should.  Focus on those that are good to you.  Notice the good and the blessings.  Do what you want.  Don’t be afraid.  If your heart desires something….a homestead….a child….a beer….it will come to you!  Today work on it coming true!


March has been a rough month over here.  Many losses of human and animal lives.  The important thing is to focus on the positive.  My son is getting married this summer.  My granddaughter and I have a special relationship.  My children are well and happy.  My marriage is good.  I bottle feed three baby goats a day.  We have hope.  What a beautiful life we live that inspiration is everywhere.

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15 thoughts on “The Inspirational (and Inspired) Life

  1. debweeks says:

    So sorry to hear about your friend. It sounds like she certainly left behind a lot of inspiration. And just so you know, you have inspired me to think outside the box and to consider new things. So thank you.

    1. Farmgirl says:

      I am glad, Debbie. You inspire me as well!

  2. I’m sorry about your loss, but what a blessing to look at the way they inspired you. The best way to grieve someone’s passing is to celebrate the life that they lived. God bless you.

    1. Farmgirl says:

      I am devastated beyond words. Perhaps a rose bush in her name would be a fitting memorial? Your prayers are appreciated. I know you are a praying man.

      1. A rose bush sounds wonderful. I will certainly keep you and all of the friends and family in my prayers.

  3. Barbara S. says:

    How wonderful that your life has been colored by people you love and who love you in return. Yes, inspiration is all around us all it takes to see it is an open heart. Bless you and yours and may your days be filled with positives.

    1. Farmgirl says:

      Thank you. It is important to remember the positive!

  4. Julie Pullum says:

    So sad that you lost a dear friend but as you say she is there on your farm! She will always inspire you as you do so many that follow your life via your blog, blessings on you and yours x

    1. Farmgirl says:

      Thank you so much Julie.

  5. My French Heaven says:

    This is all so inspiring! Family is everything to me. So every one of your photos and every word you write truly resonate with me… Lovely post my dear friend!

    1. Farmgirl says:

      Thank you Stephane. I wish so much to be at a table with you and yours someday. I know we have lots in common!

  6. Sorry for your loss and thank you for sharing her with us

    1. Farmgirl says:

      She was a blessing and great writing material! Miss that girl already.

  7. rod says:

    Katie: You must know how much we’ll miss Nancy too. You also know how much you’ve inspired Kat and me. Your inspiring suggestions and comments mean a lot to me. Thanks for being you… Love Ya Rod

    1. Farmgirl says:

      Thanks Rod, love you too.

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