Tuesday, December 27, 2011

say goodbye to my little friend

The television, all 46 inches of Living Room Glory, is being picked up by friends and removed this Saturday. Good riddance. I don't like that a television has been the center of my relaxation and creative free time on the farm. I'm too distracted by it, too enamored by the endless thrills of Netflix, Crackle, and Amazon Prime. I don't have cable, haven't for years, but just having a giant screen as the focal point of my home had changed my idea of relaxation. I used to just play music, read, call friends or family, and research farm projects. Recently, these past few months, I have just pushed through chores and meals to get to a point where I sit down and mindlessly watch TV. I have seen seasons 1-3 of Glee. I watched the Hanna Montana Movie. I rewatched shows I had seen a million times. And you know what? All it did was make me put off the work I liked, that I wanted to do! I used to end an evening on my farm with hard work, good food, and then a book or a fiddle. Now I just fall asleep to nameless voices on streaming entertainment.

If I could use its forces for good, if I had the self control to just use it for documentaries and education, or if I had the ability to leave it off for days In a row, I would keep it. But I don't. For me, the television is poison. It's keeping me from writing, from my animals, from going out and making connections with other people and places and farms.

I'll get my news from the radio, internet, and (gasp!) other people I converse with every day. And the best part, no conversation with my friends about Iraq or Peak Oil will be interupted by a stranger trying to sell me tampons or diet soda. Even on the streaming internet channels—like Crackle and Hulu—commercials reign.

I think, to some people, turning off the television is harder than losing indoor plumbing or refrigeration. I know plenty of people who think backyard chickens, worm composters, and dairy goats are easier sells to their partners than no TV. Why is this? How did this thing that isolates us in our homes and distracts us from our goals become so addicting? It's become the center of our time and lives after work and before bed. To me, it's a time suck and dangerous to the soul. It has swooned me away from the energy of the farm and my dreams. It's easy to put off that book proposal if you've got a Ghost Hunter's marathon staring you in the eye....

It's not going on tonight, or ever again. If I want to watch Braveheart, I'll need to set up a computer screen in front of a couch when I am really jonesing for it. Tonight, I'll work on the dulcimer video and return to Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children. I consider this a little victory. It's taking back hours of the night lost to mindless distraction and directing it to music lessons, books, conversations, meetings, and creativity.


Blogger aerogramme said...

I got ride of my TV 11 years ago, my netflix account have been on hold for almost 3 years now, time is spent resting, reading and yes watching DVD that I get from the library, it takes from a week to 3 month for them to arrive so I better have chosen something I really want to watch. In the mean time since I got an iPad a couple of month ago I spent more time playing games on it, looks like, I'll have to get ride of it or have more discipline with it.

December 27, 2011 at 7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I unplugged mine (it's still in the corner, though) last year when I realised I was watching mindlessly almost every evening. I still watch some favourites on my computer - it's nice to have inspirational favourites like River Cottage at hand for nights when I want a bit of distraction - but it's a lot more intentional, I watch a lot less than I used to, and I get more done, which is lovely.

December 27, 2011 at 7:50 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Amen, Jenna! Great for you--the TV can be such a mindless time suck, not to to mention the content.

December 27, 2011 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger City Girl said...

You not only said goodbye to TV shows, you also waved goodbye to TV commercials! Who needs corporations in our living rooms anyways?? Way to go!

December 27, 2011 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

I pay an exorbitant price to Direct TV for the news from 6-7. I do watch a few things when I have nothing to do in the evening but never during the day. Can't say I'm ready to give it up completely though but I respect anyone who can.
I know people who have their TV's on for background noise. I can't stand it.
Hope you don't regret your decision.

December 27, 2011 at 7:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't had a TV since '95, and I've never once regretted it. John had one when we married in 2002, but all he did was nap to the history channel . . . it took a year, but we've been TV-less since then. He watched movies on his computer in the evenings. I learned to knit this year, so I do that or crochet or cross-stitch. Or read. I do have half a dozen DVDs lined up to watch sometime, but I never seem to have enough free time.

December 27, 2011 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger Patti said...

Good for you Jenna. Enjoy your freedom. I think turning off TV is the best thing anyone could do for themselves and for democracy.

December 27, 2011 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger Lynnanne said...

yep, it forces interpersonal communication. love it when the lights go out. i've turned ours off in the summer months, but we reboot in the winter. good luck with your choice! it can set you freeeeeeeee!

December 27, 2011 at 8:21 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Excellent decision!!! Our home has been free of television programming for almost three years. Best decision we ever made when it comes to use of time and relationship building. :-D

December 27, 2011 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger Ngo Family Farm said...

Bree, I think your comment should be turned into a bumper sticker - "fight for freedom and democracy! Turn off your TV!" Awesome.

December 27, 2011 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger Adam Lazar said...

Turn away from the TV and download a podcast. Pop in your ear buds, close your eyes and enjoy!

December 27, 2011 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger K. Jean said...

Good for you! No cable here either, and about the only time the tv is on is for a movie. You will be shocked after a while, when you do watch it again somewhere, what is on prime time for everyone to see...the language, exposed skin, slang, dirty jokes, and just plain bad taste is very obvious when you do not watch everyday. I know I sound about 80 saying that, but I'm only 29 and can see what junk is broadcast these days. Good for you!

December 27, 2011 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger Rita said...

I so agree with you. I normally watch just DVD's usually an old series watched in the 60's. I find I miss out on doing what I want to do and know needs to be done. I've thought what would it seem like to come to the end of my life and only be able to see myself sitting in front of a tv mindlessly taking in next to nothing. When I could be creating, sewing, making soap, learning new things. I get excited when I think of all I can do. Best of luck and much happiness in your new choice.

December 27, 2011 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

I got rid of my TV almost 10 years ago, and have never missed it. If I want pure entertainment, I go out and watch the chickens or goats. If they're tucked in for the night, I knit or spin, or try to catch up on my reading, which I could probably do if I ever stopped buying more books.

December 27, 2011 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Amen and good for you! I rarely watch tv, but my boyfriend insists on having one. If I had it my way, I'd get rid of it like you. Enjoy your newfound freedom and time.

December 27, 2011 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

Good for you! I unloaded my TV 2 years ago and never looked back. I certainly don't miss the constant hounding of commercials. Life is more peaceful without the nattering box in the room.

I keep up with the news on the radio and read it on the internet. I love to stream music from online. And, on an odd Sunday night I can catch something on youtube. But mostly, I read, sew, and spend time with friends and family.

I'm sure you'll be quite pleased with your decision. Best wishes!

December 27, 2011 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

We got rid of our tv almost 2 years ago and we haven't misses it at all. We are so much more productive and happy with out it. My 3 yr old daughter loves to read books and is very creative in her play and I'm sure its because there isn't a tv in the house. My sister has always called it the "devil box", I think she's right...

December 27, 2011 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger LindaSue said...

Go for it Jenna. We have not had TV reception for 4 years now. No mindless tv watching for us. We use the tv for dvd's that we choose to watch. I have internet and can check new and weather and watch and listen to what I want. Once in awhile I will watch hulu, but the commercials drive me crazy. I have survived for over 4 years now and don't miss is a little.

December 27, 2011 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger small farm girl said...

It's in my plans. I've got to do it. It's sucking my life too. Oh, to just have the will power. lol

December 27, 2011 at 8:58 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Going on 8 years without a TV. We use our computer as research, internet usage, and Tv. But we watch only limited shows (mostly documentaries) and glee. *guilty pleasure*

I love it! So many people ask, "what do you do with your evenings?" I tell them "I actually cook dinner, instead of watching someone on TV cook."

We also don't have a microwave. The looks we get when we tell people what we *gasp* live without, you'd think we were aliens. LOL

December 27, 2011 at 9:09 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Microwave is next. I only use it for cheese making!

December 27, 2011 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger Glyndalyn said...

We have a TV but watch very little. We rarely turn it on. We like NPT occasionally. Yes, it can be a time suck but so can a computer. However, computers have many functions.

When not working on the Phony Farm or at work, I enjoy listening to audiobooks and knitting, crocheting, or quilting.

December 27, 2011 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Trekout2 said...

You go girl.... We cut ours off 3 years ago and don't miss it...you'll be surprised how much time you will find...enjoy

December 27, 2011 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Neal and Laura said...

Right on!

Same here. My wife and I have been without since before we got married a year and a half ago. Sometimes I feel that the internet takes up some of that time (we didn't even have that for about a year!), but I do love blogs! But yes. Frankly, my wife and I have a better relationship because of it.

December 27, 2011 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

After almost 28 years as a broadcaster (economic lay-off), I'm realizing how much of my life TV commanded.

After reading CAF and loving my dream of farmer wannabe, I'm getting close to saying "buh-bye" to the medium.

The early days of my career were filled w ith community and real journalism. The last 10 years saw corporations ruin it.

The off button cometh.

December 27, 2011 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger Taryn Kae Wilson said...

Love this!!
Good for you! And thanks for writing about it!
We haven't had a tv for a long time and are continually glad for that decision. If we want to watch something, it's on our laptop on Netflix, as a special treat. It still takes self control because vegging out to watch something can be quite tempting at times. I agree that it can take away from other more important things.
There is a lot of technology that I feel so grateful for and a lot that I would rather do without. Always seeking the balance.

Enjoy the peace your tv-free night brings. :)

Love, Taryn

December 27, 2011 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

The last TV left my house well over twenty years ago - I get my news by reading the paper and by checking out the online sites. I haven't missed it at all and get lots of reading done, have had time for community organizations, friendships and to run a fulltime business of a creative nature. Losing the TV is not a loss at all - it's a definite gain and a definite move away from the addiction of consumerism.

December 27, 2011 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

I never turn on my tv. Never. It is only the other adult in the house who watches it. I'd love to get rid of it completely.

December 27, 2011 at 10:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would dump mine pretty quickly if it weren't for my husband. I've often wanted to eliminate it, but over the years, he's just gotten bigger ones. He really doesn't watch that much, but he's not going to let it go.

I'd be quite happy getting my news online and watching an OCCASIONAL rented DVD on my laptop.

December 27, 2011 at 10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhh the advantages of living alone. I want to get rid of ours. It's just too tempting, but my partner is adamantly against it. I find that if I'm in our living room, it's almost impossible not to turn it on. Until I have more will power, I'll just continue avoiding the most communal part of the house. Sigh. Congratulations on taking the plunge.

December 27, 2011 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

I think The Boss would have a conniption if I tried to rid us of the Idiot Box. We have Directv and I must admit I enjoy Nat Geo, History, Cooking Channel and FoodTV, but that's about it. His taste is different than mine, and so is his consumption rate. *sigh* Ohwell. Go Jenna!

December 27, 2011 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

I think The Boss would have a conniption if I tried to rid us of the Idiot Box. We have Directv and I must admit I enjoy Nat Geo, History, Cooking Channel and FoodTV, but that's about it. His taste is different than mine, and so is his consumption rate. *sigh* Ohwell. Go Jenna!

December 27, 2011 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger Elliot Tanager said...

You will not regret this. Each TV that leaves a home makes the world a better place.

December 27, 2011 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Good for you! We got rid of cable this year, but I don't know if we're ever going to get rid of the tv entirely. I admire you greatly and look forward to hearing how you adjust :) have you ever read Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death? I think you would enjoy it.

December 27, 2011 at 10:53 PM  
Blogger rocking R rustics said...

oh how I wish I could do that too......but I cant, the tivo has solved the comercial problem

December 27, 2011 at 10:53 PM  
Blogger Robbie Grey said...

Almost six years without television. I stream the occasional documentary or watch a DVD via the 'puter, but most of the time I read these archaic things known as...books! :)

December 27, 2011 at 11:04 PM  
Blogger Sprite said...

Yay! Good choice! I've been watching a lot of TV, being in the middle of a move and having moved my knitting and spinning stuff first and my laptop last. Yuck! It's hard to imagine that's how a lot of people get all their enjoyment. I hope you love live without your living room black hole.

December 28, 2011 at 1:05 AM  
Blogger John Taylor said...

We just got rid of cable about a month ago but still have netflix. My girls have spent about 50 percent less time in front of the television. For this I am glad and look forward to seeing even less viewing time. We do like movie night as a family so would probably not get rid of it entirely but we will be very close to even less tv.

Grace and Peace,


December 28, 2011 at 1:11 AM  
Blogger admin said...

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, love it—Hannah Montana, not so much! Here’s to little victories.

December 28, 2011 at 1:34 AM  
Blogger kate said...


Kudos to you for doing that!

But for me, the internet is a much bigger time suck than the tv.

Once, when I was between service providers, I spent most of the year just using the library's connection -- so I had to get out of the house, which I wasn't always willing to do, so I used the internet much less.

Alas, I was back to usual once I got re-connected.

December 28, 2011 at 3:55 AM  
Blogger BettyWestern said...

Well done you! Did the same 2 years ago after booting out the husband, along went all 4 TV's! Never looked back...in respect of either!

December 28, 2011 at 4:09 AM  
Blogger julie said...

And theres me thinking I was on my own, No TV or Microwave here,most visitors think us nitz until they have been here a few days and realise that yes they can cook, and can communicate and do things lol

December 28, 2011 at 5:11 AM  
Blogger Bovey Belle said...

Well done. We watch documentaries in the main, and good tv drama, can't abide the soaps or more mindless stuff. I think tv can be a great tool for learning, but having said that, as we get older, ours is on a lot of the time we are in the same room with it from habit! I don't think it stops me from doing things that need doing - I think the computer is more responsible for that with me - and as bad a distraction! I usually sew or knit when the tv is on - if it's a really good programme, it gets my full attention - if not, I get crafts finished!

December 28, 2011 at 5:36 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

Jenna, I agree with the microwave. When mine dies it won't be replaced since all I ever do with it is reheat leftovers.

December 28, 2011 at 6:23 AM  
Blogger Annie Beez said...

Hear! Hear! Good for you! T.V. is the single most brain washing addiction out there. How about we clear our minds and think for ourselves instead of being told what to think by others!Yay! for you!

December 28, 2011 at 6:53 AM  
Blogger Dancing shepherdess said...

There is nothing wrong with a tv. I have one, but find myself too busy to watch it most times, but on the odd times (like horrible weather) it can be good to enjoy some good stuff. I watch mostly wildlife/animal programs.

December 28, 2011 at 7:09 AM  
Blogger mdoe37 said...

I thought I was the only one who had a husband that napped during the History channel! And of course, that's on a higher level package. . . therefore more money for just getting zzz's.

I've introduced a Roku and wireless router here hoping to break the expensive dish habit.

December 28, 2011 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

I have to say, I agree with Kelpie. :-) DVRs are wonderful, and you can control if you watch commercials and when you sit down to watch your shows since you can record things and watch them on your own time. There are many educational shows on TV, and I'd be sad to get rid of ours completely. It doesn't rule our lives, and we'd do fine without one, but we enjoy watching some of the shows. :-) Nat Geo, History, etc....lots of good stuff there.

December 28, 2011 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

Good for you, Jenna. We didn't have one for years and then as the kids got a little older (and mama needed a break from time to time) we got another one. But I am definitely conflicted about it. We mostly watch movies (family movie night) and the kids play wii, but occasionally our tv consumption gets out of hand. Time to establish some new tv rules for the new year.

We've never had a microwave either and I don't ever think to myself "gee, I wish I had a microwave". Now a dishwasher would be nice, but washing dishes by hand can be meditative....

some folks think we're a bit off our rockers, but we wear that proudly....

December 28, 2011 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

I didn't say getting rid of a TV worked for everyone, but for me all those good shows and documentaries are just as distracting as the bad ones. I don't want the distraction any more, for me, it's just necessary to give the whole thing the boot.

December 28, 2011 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Dancing shepherdess said...

Not to belabor it Jenna, but a computer monitor is no different than a tv screen, in fact, tvs as we know them will be obsolete in the near future... Sometimes you have to look at a challenge as just that. I get the distraction part, but FB, for instance is my buggaboo. What's good, is that my computer does not work well anymore, so I end up just not using it!

December 28, 2011 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger becky3086 said...

Our TV is for Phil. He's the only one who watches it. Michelle uses the livingroom TV to play her games on it. My TV is this computer but I think the programming I get from it is far better than anything on TV. I am always learning from what I watch on the computer unlike what I watch on TV.

December 28, 2011 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger becky3086 said...

I just read that your microwave it next. We're not going to go that route at my house. I use it all the time and it is sorely missed when it is broken.

December 28, 2011 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

so funny, i'm going in the exact opposite direction. aside from my cell phone, I don't and haven't had internet connection or a TV in my home for 5+ years (since i graduated college).

I frequently watch DVDs on my computer and just researched getting internet at my home. i don't have any mac products or fancy ipod gadgets so unless I have internet immediately accessable i live in total silence, aside from 5 dogs and the farm animals...but in the long dark evening of winter, i long to learn through a chattering box (or in my case computer) while i read, clean, cook, or knit.

i think a TV is pointless if one has internet, can't everything be downloaded?

over the summer i reinvited my microwave back due to a guy i was dating, but that was short lived. they really are pointless, as are toasters, and dishwashers for a single gal.

food is my "tv" impossible for me to enjoy in moderation. too bad i can't send those calories packing as easily as a tv!

December 28, 2011 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

My computers are near my stove in the kitchen and in an office upstairs. The blogh and my books are all typed and exist on them, they are my business. They do not reside in front of couches or chairs, but instead where cooking or work is being done.

Do whatever works for you julie, doesn't bother me.

December 28, 2011 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

kelpie, i agree. the internet offers TV and so much more. everything on TV is available in moments via ones computer.

which is why i'm SO excited to get internet at my connection at my house, hello outside world! being farm bound as a single gal with animals galore, my traveling and culture needs to be done via internet research, reading, and shows (and meeting foreigners or listening to those who have traveled of course). i've felt so isolated these past years w/o internet access.

TVs are basiaclly imbedded in your computer. The REAL challenge is giving up the internet at home. Who is willing to do that?

December 28, 2011 at 9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hooray for you! We've gone cold turkey on TV a few times over the last 20 years and I never miss it. What's weird is the number of conversations (especially at work) that are about what was on TV last night. I always think, "really, this is all you have going on in your life to talk about?" Drives me nuts. Why watch someone else living a life (usually far outside anything resembling "reality"), when you could be living yours?

December 28, 2011 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Great for you, Jenna, but I use my tv for documentaries and news--I mean lots of sources--international news and domestic news. I've learned so much from the documentaries, and yes, I do read a lot, but the TV gives me many sources for news and outlooks. I watch to be informed and to learn. I really believe that what you don't know can hurt you. The fact is what happens in the rest of the world DOES affect us and I'd rather know than not know. You just have to be aware of the politics and slant of the news you watch, which is why I seek information from lots of sources. Now, I know I'm a little different about this because for many years I worked in international relations and agreements. But, honestly, I never watch mindlessly, nor would I watch reality TV or stupid sitcoms. I hope you realize the spirit in which I say these things--not to criticize those who have given up TV but there is another side to this medium and it can be of value. One just has to be very disciplined about whether the time they spend on educational or informative program is of true value and enrichment. And, be aware of the agenda of the program--from what slant are they presenting this information. Just about everything has a bias but you can still get some value if you use your own filter. Love your blog--have all you books and I want to thank you for all the great info. Mimi

December 28, 2011 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger mommypie said...

Our tv just went back into storage in the basement. We brought it up to watch some of the classic Christmas specials (Charlie Brown, etc.), and even saw a ballet and the Music Man on PBS. With Christmas over, and nothing on PBS that caught my interest enough to turn it on, I was ready to have my living room back.

We've never had cable, but enjoy Mythbusters whenever we might be at a hotel on the right day. I am shocked, however, that with all those channels, there is rarely anything good on.

Now I have to see if my library has that book you mentioned!

December 28, 2011 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Catcoco said...

Enjoy the freedom and the time gained ! Congratulations !

December 28, 2011 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger Hound Doggy said...

To each his own.....I'm keeping my TV and my internet connection. There is plenty of work in my life. I can't keep going all the time and enjoy the distraction. If I want to do something else, I do. No addiction in my life.

December 28, 2011 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

I think of TV programming like dining establishments. Sometimes it's nice to get a meal out, but it pays to be choosy about the places you frequent. Some are decidedly better than others, and to me, lowest-common-denominator network shows like sitcoms, "reality" shows, etc. are the fast food of television. ;) I went from dating a "TV on constantly for noise" guy to being married to the same guy 15 years later but now we're down to no network, no cable and Netflix only. I haven't seen a single commercial in easily 5 or 6 years, and we only watch programs that we genuinely WANT to watch. This seems to be the right balance for us.

I waste MUCH more time on my laptop than in front of the TV. Sadly I can't ditch it, since it pays the bills.

December 28, 2011 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Congratulations. I could disconnect ours and not miss it as long as I have Pandora on the computer (I just use the t.v. for background noise there's rarely anything on I care to sit and actually watch). However I think a revolt of the other inhabitants would immediately ensue after pulling the plug.

December 28, 2011 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

My husband naps in front of MSNBC every night. I would give him points for at least being a news junkie instead of a general trash TV junkie, but it's a 5 hour loop of news, and how many different stories can they possibly cover? I won't suggest getting rid of the TV - the husband is too recent an acquisition for that, and he's okay with my chickens - but I'm gently suggesting that he pick a favorite 1-2 hours of TV per night and then turn the thing off and turn his attention to other things that he'll actually enjoy more.

December 28, 2011 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger crashdown said...

All of this TV = BAD sentiment actually pains me. I believe in the artistic possibilities of television. I think that television (like books, like movies, like anything else in life) can either be engaged with mindlessly, or it can be engaged with intensely. When I watch television, I'm watching intensely. I'm analyzing, discussing, putting into context, and in general using my mind to expand the experience. There's enough great stuff on television to make all that possible. Just assuming that watching television is a passive activity and that reading or playing an instrument are active activities is a real over-simplification.

December 28, 2011 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

For over 10 years I didn't have a TV connection, just rented videos. This was great and worked really well. I got a lot done.

But- streaming came along for us about 3 years ago and I find myself sucked in again! Can't get rid of the internet, need it for work. I really should shut down my netflix account but I can't bring myself to do it.

Good for you Jenna!

December 28, 2011 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger cschoer said...

When we purchased our farm (3 years ago) we didn't have our TV cable hooked up. We haven't missed it. We read to each other, play cards, and listen to music (of our choice). We don't need the media garbage. We treat ourselves to an actual movie at the theatre maybe once a year. We are too busy with life to bother with television.

December 28, 2011 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger Helois said...

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, love it. it was a great read.

December 28, 2011 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger greendria said...

Awesome! Great idea, I agree with everything you said.

December 28, 2011 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Awesome! We got rid of cable 6 years ago. No cable for us means no tv - nothing comes in at all. I keep it for the very occasional dvd for my husband and I (about 2-3 movies a year), and a few nightly dvds for my children. That way, they get a little tv time while I cook dinner at night, but I'm in total control of what they watch, and they never have seen a commercial.
I knit, spin, or read in the evenings, and have never once missed having the option to watch tv. I bet you will feel the same!

December 28, 2011 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Whiffletree Farm said...

I stopped watching when I was teaching my 5th grade class about American culture out of the Glencoe social studies book and it stated that Americans spend their free time watching TV. I almost choked.

December 28, 2011 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger Whiffletree Farm said...

I stopped watching when I was teaching my 5th grade class about American culture out of the Glencoe social studies book and it stated that Americans spend their free time watching TV. I almost choked.

December 28, 2011 at 2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It always makes me feel a little sad when I am out driving in the country at night and what I see the most of is the blue glow of big-screen televisions through every window. It makes me much warmer inside when I see a bunch of people sitting down at the kitchen table together, talking and laughing.

December 28, 2011 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger Lyssa said...

I haven't had one for 10 years and I like myself better for it. We do watch occasional movies, either on a computer or with a projector, but it has to be intentional.

December 28, 2011 at 4:09 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

We are in the middle of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. We are traveling from Nebraska to Pennsylvania and back for the holidays, and have really enjoyed the book.

The TV in our house lives in the basement away from the most commonly used living space. It helps with avoiding temptation

December 28, 2011 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

We are in the middle of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. We are traveling from Nebraska to Pennsylvania and back for the holidays, and have really enjoyed the book.

The TV in our house lives in the basement away from the most commonly used living space. It helps with avoiding temptation

December 28, 2011 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger BJ Gingles said...

My husband and I quit watching TV in 1992. We were just too busy to sit in front of it. We used the TV for movie watching only but that stopped when the vhs player quit working and we noticed part of the screen's color was a bit wonky. I'm not against TV, in fact I am only too easily sucked into some truly terrific programming (National Geographic, Discover, History, AMC, DIY, HGTV were my favorites)and John & I would love watching with friends and family when we visited them (which is kinda strange in itself, to be visiting someone and spend time watching tv)and have discussed getting one again. But we always seem to opt to save the money for something else. When people find out I don't have tv they look at me as if I were some kind of alien. They ask how I keep up with events and such, like I would be totally out of touch without 24/7 access to CNN or FOX. It's really amusing though, because all my friends and coworkers try to be the first one to tell me about news stories. I am usually more informed via radio, internet and word of mouth than my friends and relatives who watch tv all the time.

I've never seen an episode of Friends, or ER or even Glee (which I've heard is VERY entertaining). I am not being sanctimonious here... I am the type to really love those kinds of shows.
As a teen & young adult I watched and enjoyed tv for HOURS a day. I simply don't want to do that anymore. It just comes down to how I choose to spend my time. I also have to be careful not to be sucked in by the computer. Same tendency, different medium.
I LOVE technology. And although I adore the shows (via You-tube and hulu) of people living as those who lived in Victorian or Edwardian or Early American times and I long for the simple, purposeful life, I am VERY grateful to live in times where I can have access to any labor saving device I see fit to choose. I choose not to use a microwave or a dishwasher but am daily abundantly thankful for refrigeration and air conditioning and a HOT WATER HEATER (would find it truly hard to do without my hot showers).
Thanks for the post Jenna and the discussion. I applaude your decision as it is one that fits your values.

December 28, 2011 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger hayes8705 said...

Love it! We ditched ours when our son was born and have never regretted it for a second. As you said in one of your books, now we watch "chicken tv!"

December 28, 2011 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

As I read this, my husband is snoring away with Hardball blasting in the background. I don't think I would miss it for a minute. Good for you!

December 28, 2011 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

I've not had television for 15 years. I do get occasional DVD's from the library, and also some Netflix. But there really are so many other things to do, aren't there? Good for you!

December 28, 2011 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Raining Iguanas said...

No more Judge Judy?

December 28, 2011 at 8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent!!! I haven't had a TV in 12 years. You'll get used to it quick... certainly nothing of substance lost. :)

December 28, 2011 at 11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW - Reading back at many of the other comments, I see I'm in good company being sans television. Good for all of us! :)

December 28, 2011 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger Bluebelle Quilts said...

The internet is more of a time waster for me than television. (I set a timer unless my web surfing is work related). I typically listen to the radio or audiobooks when I'm home by myself. My husband is the one who is the TV junkie in our household. He's a news, history and college football fan. We regularly watch This Old House, some locally produced PBS shows and a few shows on the History Channel. Wish there was a way I could pay by the channel instead of paying for all the channels we don't watch on DirecTV.

December 28, 2011 at 11:34 PM  
Blogger Lynne said...

I so agree!! I grew up without TV and find the few shows I do like I watch online & that's it. Otherwise I too find myself mindlessly watching tv than doing things I love. & in my book, life is for living & doing!

December 29, 2011 at 4:04 AM  
Blogger Lynne said...

I so agree!! I grew up without TV and find the few shows I do like I watch online & that's it. Otherwise I too find myself mindlessly watching tv than doing things I love. & in my book, life is for living & doing!

December 29, 2011 at 4:04 AM  
Blogger Kella B said...

ha ha ha. i've stopped watching tv, although my husband is addicted to his 60" black ugly thing on my wall. however at christmas it made for awkward conversations...
I didn't know that an australian pseudo celebrity was in hospital, because i don't watch the news. And i'm certainly not interested enough to talk about it as if a close personal friend was in danger of their life. Over christmas lunch.
Sad that if you aren't "keeping up" with the "news" then there's nothing left to talk about to your family.
I brought up climate change once with my grandparents -big mistake, quite obviously climate change doesn't exist and i'm paying way too much for my education if that's what they are teaching us.
Peak oil came up in discussion with my mother in law, i was discussing a transition town workshop i'd been to. She said right out she didn't believe in peak oil and talking about it made her feel uncomfortable.
oh well. add climate change and peak oil, along with religion and politics, to the list of things not to discuss with family, which is so counter productive and frustrating.

December 29, 2011 at 4:46 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

When you do get the urge for some YouTube, please check out River Cottage if you haven't already.

December 29, 2011 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger kaelak said...

Kudos to you Jenna for doing what will bring you closer to the farm and the person you want to be. We have a TV, I never watch it as its not a temptation (despite our Beekman Boys" marathon at Antlerstock!), but the Internet is a black hole of time-suck for me - need to work on that! Have you ever heard the Jack Johnson song "Cookie Jar"? Maybe a little over-dramatic, but it's an AWESOME song - I think you'd like it.

December 29, 2011 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Finding joy said...

I would love to get rid of our cable! I like having the tv to watch movies. I watch maybe one movie a month, but I understand the addiction! My family comes home and immediately turns on the tv. Kind of a challenge to have family time around a television! If only hubby would allow me to disconnect that darn cable...ha ha!
As I write this, I'm in another room reading blogs. I just finished reading Barnheart, and it was amazing! Thank you signing my copy!

December 29, 2011 at 11:47 PM  
Blogger star cat said...

hi jenna! i so agree with the poison of tv, its not that i dont like it, its that i like it too much! i am instanly sucked in, like it has some hypnotising power over me! i havent had tv for 13 years, the only time i see it is a friends home, when it seems to be constantly on! i know that people think its strange, especially since i am 35 and have 4 kids....kids with out tv? what a concept! but truly it has saved my family from commercialization, from the call if consumerism, given them more time with nature, kept them more in tune with their imaginations and gifted us with more quality family time...i wholeheartedly agree with your decision to oust it from the farm, the lure is intense, and u are better off without it, to enjoy your naural gifts and passions! many blessings in this new year, chella

December 30, 2011 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Tina - Our Rustic Roots said...

We haven't had TV service since 2008 and I've never regretted it. It took the kids a few days, literally just days, to get used to it. They found they really WOULD rather be outside playing. We do have some movies they can watch on bad weather or sick days. I watch two shows online via the computer as does my husband.

It works for us. :)

December 30, 2011 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

We got rid of ours about 7 years ago and love all the time it opened up. I will still watch things on the computer from time to time, but it is a hassle so I have to really want to do it so it isn't a time suck anymore. I read so much more, my husband and I talk. The only thing that has suffered is my knitting, I used to knit while watching mindless TV and I still have not mastered knitting while reading or doing projects. :)

January 3, 2012 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Dianna & Allen said...

We are artists when not at our day jobs. We also grow or raise much of our food. People say, "you're lucky; I just don't have time to do ______." I tell them they can change their luck by experimenting with one change - put the TV away.

I read a funny sign while on a road trip:

"We did all this while you were watching TV."

January 5, 2012 at 12:17 AM  
Blogger Dianna & Allen said...

We have a sign here in Texas:

"We did all this while you were watching TV"

January 5, 2012 at 12:20 AM  

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