It seems a very long time ago that I stood outside on our prairie farm screaming. I watched the last of the chickens be swooped up and driven away by other farmers who didn’t rent their farms. The sheep were … Continue reading How a Farmgirl got Her Groove Back
Fifty-five degrees. Well, that’s not good. The refrigerator should probably be colder than that. We do not presently have the money for a new one. I slurp my lukewarm milk from my bowl of cereal. I panic. I go outside, … Continue reading Dealing with a Broken Refrigerator Farmgirl Style
In a world of jeans and yoga pants I suppose I stand out a bit. I think folks are both mesmerized and baffled by my attire. I was at the library last month and a mom came up to me, … Continue reading Farmgirl Fashionista
The Holly Hobby lunch box stood behind the vendor whispering. She whispered of kindergarten, and my old Holly Hobby book, and my favorite quilt pattern. Of coloring books and the bonnet I still have that my grandmother sewed for me on my fifth birthday. “Will you take $10?” I asked meekly. With a silent question to her partner and a nod she smiled and handed me the lunch box. I began to cry, which surprised me, but the rush of childhood and innocence and fresh beginnings so moved me at that moment. Looking at her dress and apron and her early … Continue reading The Things that Form Us (and weaving them into life)
I was dreading going into the goat pen. Elsa has mastitis and we have been diligently treating it but that along with her spoiled little girl self makes it incredibly difficult to milk her. It takes all of my strength to hold her as Doug milks her out. All of our muscles are shaking by the end and she has kicked the milk bucket a few times. Our clothes are covered in milk and goat hair and I am often near tears. Last night as I looked up before going in the pen a beautiful sight transpired. The same one … Continue reading A Pioneer’s Life For Me
“What is a homestead?” my friend asked. The question threw me off guard, cause, geez, everyone knows what a homestead is. It’s uh….you know…a place where…I decided to consult the dictionary. homestead [hohm-sted, -stid] /ˈhoʊm stɛd, -stɪd/ noun 1. a dwelling with its land and buildings, occupied by the owner as a home and exempted by a homestead law from seizure or sale for debt. 2. any dwelling with its land and buildings where a family makes its home. 3. a tract of land acquired under the Homestead Act. 4. a house in an urban area acquired under a homesteading … Continue reading What Is A Homestead and Why Is It So Important To Be Self Reliant?