Friday, May 23, 2014
Ask the Farm Girl: So who are you?
My parents moved to the "country" (about 1/4 mile outside the town limits) when I was ten. We had 3 1/2 acres where over the years we raised chickens, goats, sheep and lots and lots of rabbits. But it all started with one bunny that my aunt gave me. I took him to the county fair and so began my 4-H adventures. I have raised and shown animals on a local, state and national level.
When I went off to college I was tired of being "the bunny queen" and planned to get as far away from the farm life as I could. And I tried hard! I was living in Chicago at the time I met my future hubby. I was offered a job back in Michigan and we moved, bought a house, got married and started a family. It wasn't till the children came along that we really started focusing on homesteading our little 1/4 acre in a country town. I say town but we are a village actually, population under 1,200 folks. The kind of place with one real stop light, where if you order pizza from the next town over you have to meat the delivery guy at the hardware store, the kind of place where folks still don't lock their door, know their neighbors, and maybe just maybe Mayberry might have a last finger hold.
I hold a degree in History so I love learning the "old ways" and trying them out. The goal of providing my children with a less tech childhood and healthier food has focused us on activities that we as a family can do together. We raise chickens and *gasp* rabbits (yup they're back!) We garden, tap our maple trees, cure our own meats, mill our own flour, my boys love to bake and so on. Basically we're just a normal country family doing as much as we can on the land we currently occupy.
My blog, which is my personal indulgence, is a place to share with others and show folks you too can do more, no matter where you live. Seriously, take a few minutes and explore this blog, there's lots of good stuff here people! Maybe you can't grow your own strawberries, but you can get some at a farmers market and make your own jam! And I love that I can share the real us. We are not a photo shopped perfect family. We have (mis)Adventures. I think it is important for people to realize you don't have to be perfect to try. And that just because something doesn't go right the first time, never stop trying new things!
I love cheesecake, am better with critters then people, and I think farts are funny. I most likely always have some form of poo on my shoe and that's okay! I love watching Bones, making things, and hanging out with my neighbor ladies. I am not fancy, rarely wear make up, and am more of a homebody. I like to sing and dance in my livingroom and make up silly songs for my boys on a regular bases. I am over weight, curse WAY to much, and while I worry about my children's health, always put myself on the back burner. I have an odd sense of humor, mostly talking in sarcasm and love so deeply it hurts.
So who is the Farm Girl? Just a crazy lady with a big heart who loves to share. What's in our future? Who knows! We don't have a lot of money (just like most of the country) but if we "won the lottery" we would get a bigger chunk of land, a fainting goat, and maybe a pool. A girl can dream big, right? *wink* I would love somehow to make money doing my blog without selling my soul just to make a buck. Maybe I should write a book, but I doubt anyone would buy the ramblings of a cray lady. Spokeswoman for something? Hmmm.... Anyone need a spokeswoman?!?!?
If you have any other personal questions that I might not have touched on, feel free to leave a question in the comments. I promise to answer them. If you enjoy my blog, feel free to pop over to Facebook and join us for the daily dribble that is my life. I promise you will get a good giggle now and then. And thank you all for becoming a part of our (mis)Adventures family. While I would still do what I do even if no one took an interest, it is so much more fun hanging out with all of you along the way!!!
*** If you have a question for the Farm Girl (that's me!!) on homesteading, life, love, what color underwear you should wear, heck anything, serious or silly, feel free to email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "advice." I am an open book, and while you may or may not always like the answer you get, I hope you will at least walk away with a giggle or two. ***