I blog because . . . .

I received a comment today from someone that I don’t follow and did not know they existed until the comment.  They had apparently read my profile and the last post I made and commented on “that I had so much “Stuff” for someone that lives off the land”.  At first it made me angry that they said what they did but then I got to thinking about how I write and how things can be misleading.  I went to my profile page and changed the wording a little.  I blog to leave a story for my family and friends when I’m gone.  I’m not perfect but I like to write and I like the way we live so I blog about it.  We’re not “mountain men” or hippies, or naturalist by no means.  We grow our own food, we hunt our own food, we farm and raise cattle to pay for the farm taxes, upkeep on the farm, and do things we love.   We do alot of things the way I was raised such as canning, cutting firewood for our heat and to cook with in the winter months.  We have two freezers that we keep stocked with vegetables, meats, fruit and more.  You’ll probably find a bag of french fries and some ice cream bars in the freezer as well.  We have a big garden that we raise and store the produce from.  I sew, crochet, craft, quilt and much more.  My husband farms, hunts and traps.  I feel certain that if the economy goes belly up like it did during the depression we could take care of ourselves, our family and our neighbors.

I’m going to get off my “high horse” now and calm down and try to ignore the remark that came in the way of a comment and hope that all that read my blog don’t feel like I was misleading anyone.  We inherited our farm over 10 years ago and we’ve learned how to take care of it so it would take care of us and that’s what I call living off the land and loving it.  As for the room that needed lots of organization, I’ve been collecting so much stuff  to use in my retirement and creative time and sometimes it get’s a little out of hand, so whoever you are, GET OVER IT!!

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

3 thoughts on “I blog because . . . .”

  1. I always say if you don’t have something nice to say don’t say anything at all… especially if you haven’t lived someone else’s life or even lifestyle. Hubby and I live as much as we can off the land too, but before we were able to we accumulated things from our families, past ,etc and constantly are in clean out mode. But there are just some things that you keep for one reason or another. That doesn’t mean our ‘live off the land lifestyle’ is any less important or beneficial, just because we have some stuff 😉 You keep blogging your way those of us who follow you get your points and don’t care if you have stuff or not… you still live the same lifestyle with stuff or not. 😉


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