Thursday, July 2, 2009

some things i learned so far...

A 40% chance of rain means there's a 100% chance you're still watering the garden.

No day is too hot for a cold creek, iced lemonade, and a westinghouse fan by an open window. (And I lived in Tennessee)

Hoeing never gets easer.
But your body gets harder.

Better to try and fail then not try at all.
I'll take heartbreak over apathy any day.
Heartbrake means you tried.

On winter mornings, a freshly laid egg makes a perfect hand warmer in your pockets.

Pancakes from scratch, fresh egg omelets, and homemade bread are unbeatable. But some days you just want diet coke and fruitloops, and there's nothing wrong with that.

Gardening: worth it.

Old stuff is better.

Some second-cut hay looks good enough to eat.

Patches make favorite jeans last forever. Do not be afraid to sew.

Chickens: worth it.

You haven't met winter till you met Sandpoint, Idaho.

Now, share some of your own.


Anonymous René said...

Any food you make from scratch instantly tastes 25% better than store bought.

You can't fail if you don't try, but you can't succeed either.

At some point in time, everything was done by hand.

In the summer I'll pray for snow, and in the winter I'll pray for sun but I'll love them both when I have them.

July 2, 2009 at 11:04 PM  
Blogger Carol G said...

April showers melt the snow. May flowers bring the green. June showers help the garden grow. July showers breed those nasty birds otherwise known as mosquitos...

Nothing better in life than staying home and raising your own children.

There's no such thing as homeschooling your kids for just one year, cuz once you get such a privilege you never want to give it up.

The most content face in the world is a baby that just had her fill of breastmilk, snuggled up to her mother, and is about to fall asleep. Sometimes you see a toothless grin in those moments too.

A dirty house is a sign of life there. Once the house can stay clean, the halls will echo.

There is no perfect homeschooling curriculum.

Sewing is not cheaper than buying, but the clothes have much more value to you if you put your heart and time into them rather than find them in a store.

The best kids in the world are the ones God give you.

July 2, 2009 at 11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adding a new puppy to an already pet-saturated house tries the nerves, but oh, those big brown eyes.

Dazey butter churns are great to look at, but if you want butter NOW, use an electric mixer.

Reading about raising chickens is fun....anticipating raising chickens is fun. Building a chicken house is sorta fun. Now let's go get those girls.

Blackberry winter in July is WONDERFUL. Keeps the doldrums away.

Raised bed gardening is much easier than the other way.

Cleaning house on the farm, with a farmer, a teenage boy, 3 cats and a new white puff-ball pyrenees puppy is so necessary and soooo thankless.

Mother Nature will always win, but it's fun to try to outsmart her once in a while.

Having a simple country life just gets sweeter with each passing year.

Going for quality instead of quantity is good for the soul.

July 2, 2009 at 11:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sheep look good on the meadow, but a goat will be your friend.

July 3, 2009 at 1:04 AM  
Anonymous Sherri said...

Unplug the TV and learn to read!

Hours spent laying in a hammock in the sunshine are good for your soul.

Dirty hands feel GOOD!

Never be afraid to hack stuff to make it work better or the way you want it. Build your own stuff instead of buying, it's very redemptive and COOL!

Invest in your home... it's very rewarding to make it just how you want it, not how some TV show or well meaning friend thinks it SHOULD be... make it easy and suit YOU and your needs!

Enjoy every moment you have when you can smell flowers and help train beans and peas on trellises and thin out little radishes and just enjoy little tasks...

Speak kindly to everyone... everyone! You might make a day and you will be someone that people look forward to talking and being around.

July 3, 2009 at 1:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

Words are cheap. Look at what people do, not what they say.

"Better to try and fail then not try at all.
I'll take heartbreak over apathy any day.
Heartbreak means you tried."

Amen to that!

July 3, 2009 at 5:23 AM  
Blogger Anna M said...

If my grandmother didn't eat it, why should I?

When summer gives you spring, plant more lettuce and peas. (Although I'm tempted to knit the jalapenos a sweater).

If you hate the project rip it out, you won't wear it anyway. Yarn is easy to re-use.

Jenns is right.... old is better.

July 3, 2009 at 5:36 AM  
Blogger Bad Hippie said...

Two strawberries from your very own plants taste 500 times better than a whole quart from the grocery store. :)

Even the most imperfect homemade bread is better tasting and more satisfying than wonder bread.

Wearing your own handknits, no matter how wonky, is freakin' awesome and can make you feel like a rock star.

Watching your very first garden grow and produce edible stuff is nothing short of a miracle.

July 3, 2009 at 6:41 AM  
Blogger Paula J. Norcott said...

40% chance of rain in Maine these days means, sun for over 3 weeks and the river will flood!
Planting in rows does make weeding easier!
Getting two, TWO puppies when you have 4 boys is a good idea until, ummm there is no sun for 3 weeks and everyone is stuck inside!
Everything tastes better from scratch and i still love soda sometimes too.
Every child should own rain boots, rain pants and a rain coat!

July 3, 2009 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

A broomstick will handle most lesser boogeymen. Dogs will handle the rest. A rifle will handle the rest of the rest.

Forget the gadgets. The best tools are a good knife, a good shovel and good boots.

The bees WILL swarm on a day that you have city guests. They (usually) don't mind.

There IS such a thing as too hot for open windows, and it's here.

Farm life lowers your standards of cleanliness dramatically, and its okay.

The sight of chickens running never stops being funny.

Some problems demand really unpleasant solutions. Suck it up.

Chickens will flatten any pile you make in about 5 seconds.

Milking is a very soothing activity - enough to make you forget that it's cold, it's raining, it's still dark and you haven't had coffee.

There's no such thing as too many dogs.

July 3, 2009 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Mustard Moon Farm said...

Oh my - how can I add to all these already-amazing lists???! Both you, Jenna, and your readers are some seriously great people!! I guess, after reading some of these lists, I don't have anything "new" to add - just have to say a hearty "amen!" to what's already been listed! I especially love the gardening and homeschooling/mommy ones! I LOVE this place!
Hugs to you all-

Oh - anything worth doing is worth doing right (read: the old-fashioned way!)

July 3, 2009 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Here's a couple from Texas:

Summer here is our winter. Nothing will grow, and it's better to stick to spring and fall and not expect anything except peppers during June-August.

When a seed packet says "full sun", it does not mean "full TEXAS sun". Partial shade here = full sun in other places.

July 3, 2009 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Chris, you're so right! It's also the time when you hole up indoors and do what for other people are "winter projects"!

July 3, 2009 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Dirt under your fingernails is cool.

Dogs make the best listeners.

If your city visitor is also a kid, get them outside to experience nature that's not a manicured park. And bake them something from scratch!

July 3, 2009 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Floridagirl said...

Tumbleweeds have thorns.

Below 20 deg. is just DAMN cold (whether it's a 'dry' cold or not)

To paraphrase a lot of poets- Love really IS all there is.

July 3, 2009 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

If at first your loaf of whole wheat bread is a BRICK, try, try again.

The best perfumes in the world: just cut hay and woodsmoke

If at first you don't get cheese, try, try again. (:-) Okay, so lots of trials and errors for me!)

Compost is your best friend.

Antique stores: the ultimate reduce, reuse, recycle

July 3, 2009 at 10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to remain anonymous for this one, but here's a major one for me:

Learning about homesteading, self-sufficiency, etc. is great therapy for getting through a divorce.

July 3, 2009 at 10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"There's no such thing as too many dogs."
That is the truest heart-wisdom ever.
I love it.

July 3, 2009 at 10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many hands make light work.

Hay clogs washing machines.

Shoes are for outside. Slippers are for inside. Ne'er the twain shall meet.

If you get up with the chickens and stay up with the coyotes, you'd better nap with the kittens.

A sharp knife is less dangerous than a dull one.

Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.

Someday I'd like to spend a year without electricity. But not until they invent non-electric air conditioning. (Still in Tennessee)

If you are bored, ask me. I can help you think of lots of chores to do!

July 3, 2009 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Sharyl Suzanne Morris said...

"...But some days you just want diet coke and fruitloops, and there's nothing wrong with that."

Jenna, this is what I like about you! It echoes what you said in the Mother Earth News article, about accepting where you are today and working toward where you want to be. We all enter into this life at the pace and to the degree that's right for us. What matters is that we make the effort!

PS--my weakness is cherry Pop-Tarts.

July 3, 2009 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger kate said...

My fingernails will never be clean again.

I don't care if I wear the same t-shirt three days in a row and sleep in it.

The $6 quart of strawberries at the farmer's market really did taste much better than the $4.50 quart at the other end of the market. (People whispered that to me.)

I don't think I will regularly spend $9 for a pound of ANY kind of meat.

The farmers' corn grows much faster than mine.

Neighbors know who you are very quickly, and help when you need it.

Lightning scares me more in the country than in the city - and hit my property twice in less than a year. (I was scared before that happened, because I saw it was different.)

A previous owner will stop by with precious stories I could listen to for a long, long time.

When I washed dishes one time in my house, I went hiking in back with my dog later and saw soap bubbles in the creek. Better check that again.

I will have my country place a long time, but I will move back to the city when I am old. I like to walk everywhere in the city, and I can't do that in the country.

July 3, 2009 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger finsandfeathers said...

Farmers markets overflow with good karma.
If you’re feeling blue, just find a farmers market.
Be sure to watch the wonder and thrill in the children’s eyes

There’s nothing like after a long day of work to come home and build the fire for the night.
The dog’s and cat jostle for position next to the wood stove and the smell of dinner dances through the house.
Actually a glass of your homemade syrah makes it a little better.

Heating with wood- worth the aches and pains
Great satisfaction when you know you have your winter wood stacked and covered.
Wood stoves over forced air any day
Someone alluded to this and their right there’s nothing like walking outside on a winter’s night and being greeted by the sweet smell of cedar smoke from the fire. Mix in a partial moon, a dusting of snow and watching a Great Horned Owl fly across the sky in the moonlight and you have a memory of a lifetime.

Chickens are smarter than people think

My son has his own landscape business and works really hard all day. But he’s never to tired to come home and put more time in the garden and make sure everything’s just right before he ends his day. I’m very proud of his passion to grow food.

I feel guilty as hell when I forget to bring my own bags to the store and take plastic bags for a short trip home. Even if you recycle them it’s a huge waste.

Hey Jenna! How about some CAF organic cotton shopping bags for us :)

You can learn a lot about life by making wine.

And from yesterday, paddling your kayak and flyfishing at one of your favorite lakes in the Sierra is good medicine. Brook trout are beautiful.

July 3, 2009 at 11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to live in Northern Minnesota, on the Canadian border and just south of International Falls. That was winter. Minus 50 was not unheard of...depressed the clutch on my truck and the metal holding it to the firewall shattered like glass. THAT was REAL winter. Thing is, there is nothing more beautiful than a bright, sunny minus 20 to minus 30 day. You can literally feel and taste the air.

July 3, 2009 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger kate said...

Anonymous (who used to live in northern Minnesota),

I go hiking often with friends, mostly in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks in New York.

One thing I figured out fast was hiking in the winter was so much better than the summer. Summer air is heavy and oppressive. Winter air was neither heavy or oppressive. I just felt so alive, in the winter air, even 20 below.

July 3, 2009 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

~ A tomato plant grown in a child's wagon full of organic compost grows surprisingly well.

~ Window box lettuce will not grow right if not properly thinned, but when it puts out flowers it still looks really pretty.

~ Making butter, cheese and bread is not as scary as you might think and doesn't actually kill you.

~ There is nothing prettier than the deep velvet brown of a freshly turned field.

~ One can actually live for years on end without a television.

Who knew??

July 3, 2009 at 4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you haven't fully lived a winter til you've lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

July 3, 2009 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Craig said...

The best things are free. Only because they don't involve money.
Beauty is the howling of a cold winters wind heard from within a warm and cozy cabin.
Independence is a well sharpened axe and rain is how the earth lets us know we are loved.

July 3, 2009 at 5:05 PM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

no rain, no rainbows ...... pass me the bread of life.. just remember not to to eat it to quickly. Cuddling up under a quilt made by your own hands or someone who loves you....priceless

July 3, 2009 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger Kimberly Ann said...

It scares me how much of our food is based on corn - inedible, genetically modified corn.

It saddens me that wholesome, fresh food is a luxury and not a right in the US now.

It gladdens me when my fiddle sings out a perfect note, even if the squeaks and scratches proceeded it.

It pleases me that my son is learning about how things grow and how hard it can be to help those greenies along.

It relaxes me to swing in my hammock and read, but sometimes I need couch time and a Netflix disc.

Eating a whole jar of jalapenos in three days is not good for my stomach. :-)

July 3, 2009 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Michele said...

Laugh often, it is impossible to be in a bad mood if you are laughing!

Life is too short to take yourself too seriously.

AND.... speaking of Sandpoint, ID; I was just through there (and Bonner's Ferry) last weekend while on a family trip to Newport, WA/ Old Town, ID. Beautiful area! I took some amazing photos of the Moyie River Canyon Bridge.

July 3, 2009 at 6:34 PM  
Anonymous René said...

"Among the hills, when you sit in the cool shade of the white poplars, sharing the peace and serenity of distant fields and meadows -- then let your heart say in silence, "God rests in reason."
And when the storm comes, and the mighty wind shakes the forest, and thunder and lightning proclaim the majesty of the sky -- then let your heart say in awe, "God moves in passion."
And since you are a breath in God's sphere, and a leaf in God's forest, you too should rest in reason and move in passion."

Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

July 3, 2009 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger egt said...

Ok, so...I don't have anything yet...but my husband and I are getting ready make the transition from city-life to mountain-homestead life in a few weeks...just found your blog, and love reading through the posts!

July 3, 2009 at 8:11 PM  
Anonymous kandy Gray said...

there is nothing cooler than stepping out your door on a bright February morning, taking a deep breath to smell the crisp clean snow... and having your nose hairs freeze up...

may you all love as long as you live and live as long as you love.

kandy from canada.

p.s. the guy from Manitoba was right, there is no colder, i mean, it is just stupid cold there.

July 3, 2009 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Dahlia ChanTang said...

so many lovely truisms...!

Made from scratch is always lovely, even if it took alot from you to eek out two walnut sized beets, they will be the best beets ever!

If you can't move to the country, you can still bring a bit of the country to the city: I made a pretty nice garden in the backyard, and my shady front balcony is surprisingly productive. And I am sure that the people waiting for their buses on the other side of the street appreciate the greenery.

Compost is your best friend, and there is not such thing as too much of it. I've resorted to bringing home my compostables from work (about 40lbs a weeks!!!)

Good tools are a must. If a shovel is all you can afford, then your hands will do until you've saved up for the next item. Or you can borrow from someone.

(And Jenna, I'm really sorry about your birds.)

July 3, 2009 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Dahlia ChanTang said...

And another thing: too much rain is no good, but sometime it's a relief to know you won't have to drag out the watering cans in the dark and serve as a mosquito buffet.

July 3, 2009 at 10:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Impossibility is in the eye of the beholder.

Time spent fireside telling stories, playing instruments, and relaxing with family and friends is 120% better than TV.

Watching chickens - hilarious!!!

Jenna, your right. Gardening -definitely worth it.

Stepping outside and taking that first deep breath after the first snowfall is words can describe it.

Live well and laugh often.

Animals are great listeners.

Live from your heart.

July 3, 2009 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger Ducky said...

Each day is a new beginning.

July 3, 2009 at 11:37 PM  
Anonymous Carrie said...

You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt.

God never gives us more than we can handle, even though it might not seem that way at the moment.

July 4, 2009 at 12:47 AM  
Blogger nancmcp said...

Always carry a pocket knife on the farm. It's amazing how much you use it!

Don't break up all the ice in the horse trough. Just kick a hole in it big enough for a drink.

ALWAYS leave the barn pump handle down in the winter. (I hand watered 20 horses for 2 days learning that one.)

Don't walk away from the water when you're filling troughs - you may empty the cistern if you forget.

Do you see a pattern here? Steep learning curve. I am proud that I only did most of my mistakes once, then moved on to new ones.

The first week of spring peepers makes your heart sing.

Fireflies are still magic.

Sometimes summer nights in Indiana are so loud, you want to stick your head out the window and do a Fonz to get all the bugs and nightbirds to shut up for just 30 seconds.

It will always creep me out to walk to the barn alone in the fog, even w/ a dog.

No matter how tough it gets, living on the farm is as good as it gets!

July 4, 2009 at 6:42 AM  
Blogger granny said...

Comment number 40 ! you probably wont get to this one,but for what its worth.....the one thing that I know for sure makes the world go around :0)

July 4, 2009 at 6:55 AM  
Anonymous Annie said...

what a great post and fantastic comments that follow!!

When you think it couldn't possibly rain harder, it CAN!

When you think that your garden isn't doing that great, a day of heat & a day of rain can make it double in size in a matter of hours!!

The rhytm of seasons is magical.

Snow is much better than crazy humid heat.

Not much is worth rushing for in life, except maybe the saturday morning market to get the best local organic produce! I hate rushing out of the house, but for that only it's worth it.

July 4, 2009 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Tara Said

"The sight of chickens running never stops being funny."

Very true, the running waddle still makes me laugh!

Every comment is wonderful, thanks everyone you all put it better than I could.

July 4, 2009 at 11:40 AM  
Anonymous sylvia said...

One of the previous posters had this comment: "steep learning curve". I've had my own. Specifically that raccoons can and will open any door to get to chickens. (Lost 4 that way. Cried for an entire week since my favorite, Serena, was one of them). I would love to know other's 'steep learning curve', because if there are more of those out there, my poor little would love to learn from someone ELSES mistake other than my own.

July 4, 2009 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Having two teens (18 & 16) say they want to hang out with for the day with Mom & Dad!

Watching a new pup learn to run, having sunshine because we've had rain for the past 18 days! Sun is good!

July 4, 2009 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Don't be afraid to pay a little bit more for quality or homemade. Worth every penny.

A purring cat on a rainy morning is the definition of peace.

The unconditional love of a dog can teach you to love yourself unconditionally as well.

Forgive yourself.

Live in the moment. Mindfulness can be hard to achieve, but the payoff is worth the effort.

July 4, 2009 at 1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always, always wear protection, whatever you may be doing.

Smile when you wake in the morning. It is an amazing thing.

Writing poetry is a portal to the divine in us.

Go with the flow, but always listen when your intuition intervenes.

July 4, 2009 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

Sylvia - I've learned the same thing about raccoons. Also that they'll keep coming back (unless you prevent them) and they'll quickly stop running from you when you try to chase them off.

Also, I've learned the hard way that in the world of baby chickens, cockerels have a stronger survival instinct by far. Virtually all my losses to snakes and raccoons were pullets, while the boys all made it through, no problem. I had a two-week old cockerel escape the brooder and live loose by himself in the barn for days before I caught him. My take-away lesson from all this? Spend the extra money and get what you really want. If you want pullets, buy pullets. Only buy straight run if you TRULY don't care what you end up with! Also, buy a few more than you think you need. If you live in the country, buy double.

July 4, 2009 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

You know you've rubbed off on your city-born family when the toddler says, "No Daddy, that go in com-pow (compost) bin."

That same toddler--who has a fit if his pants get dirty--will eat snow peas off the vine without washing them first.

July 4, 2009 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger svelteSTUFF said...

Mulberries are worth the work.

July 5, 2009 at 5:59 AM  
Blogger LordBaumy said...

Dry heat and humid heat are both still HOT!

A dinner made at home with your loved ones is usually better than anything you can get when you go out!

A crappy old car that's paid off is still better than a new one with a big payment!

The best evenings are usually spent on my patio with my husband and dog.

I've traveled a lot, but my best memories are right here in P-town.

There is no better drug than coffee.

Teaching kids is really hard, but worth it!

July 5, 2009 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Some of the best smells in the world are: wood smoke, newly mowed hay, babies' skin, puppies, a crisp, cold winter morning, freshly baked homemade bread, fresh produce off the vine or plant.

Knowing that the wood stacked outside the door was hard earned by your cutting, hauling and stacking it to feed the fire.

Respecting animals can really teach you a lot--even the smallest birds have lessons to teach. Animals are often so much more dignified than people.

In fact, if people were just half as good as their animals, the world would be a better place.

Stay true to yourself, you'll be happy you did because those who strive to please the fads or fashion of the time never really know themselves.

Quilting on the porch on the swing is like meditation.

Gardening and then eating what you grow makes you feel connected to the world in which you live.

Having your grown children ask you to teach them how to can food and about how to garden makes you feel like you gave them something that will endure.

Treating cooking as a process, rather than a chore, is really so rewarding. Taking the food you grew, preparing it and then feeding yourself and those you love is the ultimate satisfaction.

The longer you live, the more you realize how much you don't know and still need to learn and hopefully, you'll have the time to do it all. Mimi

July 5, 2009 at 2:47 PM  
Anonymous Michellw said...

Here is something I have learned---If I were your age, I'd be doing what you are. At my age (56) I'm trying to pretend my vegetable garden is enough. I'd love to add animals... I only have an acre, and a husband who probably wouldn't help:>(

July 5, 2009 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...


I only have a half acre, and we just put laying hens. Plan your land use right, and you would be amazed what you can do

July 5, 2009 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

I thought of another one:

Having extra hay in the barn, extra building materials in the shed and extra coffee in the cupboard is like having money in the bank.

July 6, 2009 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger Lorri said...

The best perfumes in the world: just cut hay and woodsmoke. -Agreed! I've been known to follow the scent of the hay to find the meadow....

finsandfeathers - wonderful wonderful post.

And I think "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." is woven into me. 1"x6" scraps of fabric are being saved, because I can quilt with that... and on it goes.

I've learned that even living in the city, hearing the 'tink, tink' of fresh-canned food cooling on the kitchen table can warm the heart.

July 6, 2009 at 8:46 AM  
Anonymous kandy said...

that is another one, siting down and hand quilting is the absolute best form of meditation.

ahhh lorri, a sister in insanity quilting? i got one going using
2``x 2`` scraps. nice to know that i am not the only one.
kandy from canada

July 6, 2009 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Leiflet said...

You can ALWAYS do more than you think you can.

The human body is very resilient. I learned this after surviving a summer of 2 hours of sleep a night and 12 hours a work a day with a newborn in a one bedroom apartment!

Generally, no one is as disappointed in you as you are. So get over it.

This day, this moment, this feeling is your life. It might be the only one you get, so better enjoy it.

Single friends feel sorry for friends with kids. Friends with kids feel sorry for single friends without kids.

Why label yourself as a "something"? Just do what you like, follow what you believe, and let people be confused.

People contradict themselves. It's what makes us people. It's okay.

Gardening is cheaper than therapy. And more delicious.

No one is less interesting than a person who fancies them self to be interesting.

Just go to sleep. Tomorrow will be brand new.

Don't be afraid to treat yourself to delicious food.

July 6, 2009 at 11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are all so great...and here's a few of my own:

Horses and dogs don't lie (but cats WILL stretch the truth a bit)

There is nothing funnier than watching your housecat chase a deer down the meadow (we think we heard the faint sound of the Wild Kingdom theme playing in the background...)

There's nothing like wearing a sweater and personally knowing the goats it came from!

This blog soothes my soul, Jenn. Thank you for sharing your life so unselfishly.

July 6, 2009 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger finsandfeathers said...

Thank you Lorri for the kind words.

There's lots of great stuff here.

July 6, 2009 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger nancmcp said...

LOL "Horses and dogs don't lie" - Except about feeding! I've come home and had the horses say "Oh no she didn't feed us." The dog sometimes too!

July 7, 2009 at 11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best food I ever ate was home grown and cured bacon, and anything with fresh goat's milk. Darn, but it made a healthy summer for me years ago.

I think that the comments that reading on homesteading is better than a divorce recovery group is on target. thanks, anon!

July 8, 2009 at 12:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not original but true.

A mad bumblebee can outrun a John Deere.

July 8, 2009 at 2:23 PM  
Anonymous GranolaMama said...

When you find yourself pureeing peaches for your six month old…make Bellinis!

Time out’s are for adults, not children.

The best food is not found in a box, a wrapper, or a bag; it is grown in your backyard, bought from local farmers, or sometimes even found on your daily walk.

Live life in the slow lane. Enjoy each moment, no matter how hard that moment may be.

July 8, 2009 at 4:01 PM  
Blogger Cindi and Matt said...

MichelleW: We've only got about an acre and a quarter, and we just got our first seven chickens. Believe you me, an acre is plenty of space. If you don't believe me, check out how these folks make use of their space!

The time investment in chickens (after the coop is built, is actually not as much as you might think, unless you are like us and love spending time outside with the chooks. Watching them toodle about, doing their chicken thing, really is quite soothing. :)

July 10, 2009 at 10:51 AM  

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