Laura Ingalls Wilder didn’t have a Dishwasher!
Earlier this week on my Facebook page, I casually shared a tip about how I use Lemon essential oil to keep my dishwasher from getting stinky, which I assumed would lead into a simple discussion about household cleaning and essential oils.
Imagine my shock when I popped over to the page to find folks expressing their displeasure at the fact that I have a dishwasher.
I sure didn’t see that one comin’.
So I’m clarifying a few things today.
I am a modern-homesteader, not a historical reenactor.
And as a modern-homesteader, it is my goal to weave as many old-fashioned skills as possible into my 2013 existence. I want to enjoy the best of both worlds.
As much as I like Little House on the Prairie, it is not my goal to emulate every single part of the book series.
I am thankful (yes, thankful!) for my washing machine and dishwasher. I personally do NOT think they detract from my goal of a wholesome, old-fashioned lifestyle in any way, shape, or form. In fact, I think they enhance it.
You see– while modern homesteading might be considered the “simple life,” it is not easy.
The workload I have from my garden, barn chores, milk cow, and from-scratch cooking is intense– especially when compared to the lifestyle of the average city-dweller who may or may not have to feed their goldfish before they plop down in front of the TV for the night.
Am I complaining? NO WAY!
But I’m also not Superwoman (sorry to disappoint you…), and trying to juggle the demands of homestead life while mothering two very small children and running a booming online business while my husband works in town isn’t for the faint of heart.… [Continue Reading]