Every once and a while, I have someone tell me that they think I’m intimidating…
I always end up staring at them with a completely clueless look and I never know just how to respond.
Because let’s face it– I know myself. And I KNOW that there is nothing to be intimidated about.
Yes, I am 5’11”, but I am also kind of a dork…
I make a lot of mistakes, and try-as-I-might to satisfy my annoying perfectionist tendencies, I always seem to fall short.
Even if I do give off an “intimidating” aura, I don’t mean to– promise.
I’m not the perfect homesteader in the slightest. And even though I might write a “homesteading blog,” I don’t claim to have it all figured out. I’m learning along with everyone else.
I have this secret fear that someday a random blog reader will drop by my homestead unannounced and ask for a tour and they will end up being horribly disappointed.
So, to prevent that from ever happening, I’m laying it all on table today.
(And please tell me I’m not the only one whose life is like this…*wink*)
Behind the Scenes at The Prairie Homestead
1. I milk my cow from the wrong side. Yes, while everyone else in the universe milks from the right side, I do it from the left. I blame it on being a horseperson. (Handling of horses is done from the left…)
2. I always wear a long, flowing white skirt and have my hair neatly braided while at home. <— Yeah Right! I wear old t-shirt and jeans embellished with all-manner of animal slobber while working around the homestead. And my hair…. let’s not even go there.
3. I love a clean house. I crave a clean house. But alas, my house is not always clean. Sometimes I feel like I’m opperating in triage mode, and the outside stuff usually wins.
4. Mopping. *cue hysterical laughter* Maybe once a month… but only if there is company coming over. And I usually completely give up on the mud room floor during the muddy months.
5. I think I’m the world’s worse gardener… Animal husbandry is more of my thing…
6. I have no patience for growing flowers. I start off with good intentions, but usually let them die by July.
7. Watering…. oh how I hate thee. Last year we had a drought, and I completely GAVE-UP by August. Yes, I let the potted plants die a slow miserable death on my deck while I watched.
8. Sometimes I use white flour when I bake. It’s true.
9. Our homestead is/was a fixer-upper. It’s stil a work in progress. It was loaded with trash when we bought it, and there have been perpetual trash piles ever since as we gradually clean things up. I dream of the day when we are trash-pile-free…
10. I love my dogs, but they bark too much. And our newest dog just ate a 3′ foot chunk of my mudroom door molding.
11. I couldn’t sew a garment, knit a sock, or crochet a… (eh, what exactly do you crochet?) if my life depended on it.
12. Sometimes I forget to collect the eggs.
13. I don’t milk twice a day. Heck, sometimes I don’t even milk once a day… If we are busy, I’ll leave the calf on for 24 hours.
14. When we have fresh milk, I love to make raw, cultured butter. But when the cow is dry, I buy non-organic butter. Shocking, I know.
15. I have no lawn… Well, I guess I do sometimes, but not with our current drought… It’s bare dirt right now. But at least I don’t have to mow.
There you have it– all my dirty laundry just got hung up on the clothesline.
I hope this list won’t give any of you nightmares. I figure by now, you are either nodding your head in agreement, or running for the “unsubscribe” button.
So if you ever happen to swing by, expect to see me wearing jeans flecked with cow manure, while hollering at my dogs and trying to figure out how to push the baby stroller and the wheelbarrow at the same time.
It’s a messy, crazy, chaotic life. But I sure do love it.
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