10 Things your non-homesteading friends just don’t understand


A modern homesteader is someone who might:

  • Painstakingly research the remedies of generations-past to help their families heal.
  • Get more excited going to the farmer’s market than the mall
  • Spend all night in the barn checking on a new baby goat… and never blink an eye.
  • Scour yard sales for old cast iron cookware and mason jars.
  • Grow tomatoes and lettuce and basil on their apartment balconies.
  • Find kneading bread dough almost as good as therapy.
  • Close their eyes and take a long slow breathe whenever they smell freshly cut hay or ground wet from rain.
  • Line up all their home-canned foods in a pretty row so they can admire the fruit of their labor.
  • Rise at the crack of dawn to milk their animals, or drive 40 miles to pick up fresh milk from a farmer.
  • Dig up their front yard, despite the raised eyebrows of the neighbors, to plant their first garden.
  • Jump up and down and squeal when they finally find the first egg from their home-raised chickens.

This  blog speaks so well about the times of my life that I have loved the best.  Not that I ever considered myself a homesteader so much as I enjoyed he farming experiences.

I do hope you will go and read it.  If you double click on the red, it will open in a new window.

2 Responses

  1. Judy S says:

    Interesting! My Grandpa had a farm, and I loved to go there; a couple times I even got to stay over for a week or two. Very fun and great memories!

    • sharon says:

      I would love to have a real farm, but this will have to do for now. My grandparents on both sides farmed and my parents were so glad to get away from the farms that we rarely went.