Sunday, September 1, 2013

Homesteading Lessons

We have been homesteading now for 3 years and we have learned a lot. Often, the lessons learned have a good bit of humor associated with them. So, I created a list of some of the things that we have learned over the last few years and thought I would share them with you. I'm sure I will add to this list in the future but in the meantime enjoy!

1. You will never have enough money.

2. Don't quit your day job (See #1)

3. When your city friends suggest you go to the gym with them, you laugh.

4. As a female homesteader, you never grow tired of the look on a man's face as you unload 300     pounds of feed from your yourself.

5. Wildflowers are no longer a nuisance in your yard. They are a centerpiece.

6. You will never look at store bought eggs the same way again.

7. When a poultry truck passes you on the highway you have an insane desire to make the truck stop, jump on top of the truck releasing all of the chickens and yell "Freedom!"

8. The tractor supply store is now your favorite place to shop.

9. Your dress shoes are slowly being replaced by various work boots, and you like it.

10. You no longer read Cosmo or Vogue. Instead you read Countryside and various livestock magazines.

11. The sight of an antique tractor excites you.

12. You begin to wonder, do animals mimic our behavior or do we mimic theirs?

13. You begin to have more meaningful conversations with your livestock than you do with people.

14. You now look at city dwellers as "those people".

15. Openly carrying a gun on your property no longer seems odd to you.

16. Because you live on a dirt road you begin to carry a broom in your car just so you can see out the back window.

17. Your car is cleanest when you have heavy rains.

18. If you are afraid of spiders, snakes, bees, and anything creepy crawly in general, well, you'll get over it.

19. Just because it is cute and fuzzy does not mean it belongs underneath your house.

20. Mice like to travel in cars as well as live in your house. Keep mouse traps handy.

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