I have always had this farm girl kind of spirit for years I just thought it was from reading Little House on the Prairie recently though after talking to family members I realize that Pioneering Spirit is in my genes so I finally thought…”this makes so much sense” according to my Dad my Great Grandmother Gladys and my Great Great Aunt Manie were farmers in Indiana back in the late 50’s and early 60’s. In addition to that briefly took on the task of running a small time chicken operation. Of course my Grandmother Norma lived on a farm in Pennsylvania as well and I also had some relatives up in Lucinda, Pennsylvania that were farmers too.
Do you know how it feels when you have this strong affinity for chickens and people are like you live in Suburbia? and your kitchen and dining room table are always covered with canning jars and lids and you have pots of pickles fermenting and food drying out on the deck and people kind of wonder if you are mad. Well now I know I didn’t cause any of this and that makes me feel better because I am not going to change. There is nothing better than traveling to the mountains with a thermos of coffee in hand and the Viking in my life has his homemade beef jerky and I am eating dried pears, apples, and peaches. It just causes one to sigh and think “Life is good!”. Or that feeling when you bite into a fresh hard-boiled egg from your coop where you control the quality of food and water and you know where your food comes from nothing quite beats that feeling in my opinion of course you are hearing from a farm girl at heart.
I love fresh sheets on our bed from the clothesline and towels that have hung out to dry – you don’t need air fresheners full of chemicals when you open your windows and place your items on the clothesline. We need to get back to the simple things now I realize that might just cramp some of the candle company’s style but as soon as I get my hands on some fresh bees-wax next Spring I won’t go back to commercial candles that will be another area we will be self-sufficient in.
What about you? What inspired you to become a farm girl or guy? What draws you to simple living? I would love to hear from all of you!
This blog post is part of the Dandelion House Farm Girl Friday Blog Hop!