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Post by backtotheland on Mon Apr 20, 2015 7:28 pm

Hello everyone. It's been a long time since I've been on here. I've moved several times since I was here last, had my youngest daughter get married and had a grand baby and have another one on the way. I left my job in 2011 because after the flood we experienced up here I needed part of my retirement money to help my kids and myself but they wouldn't give it to me unless I quit - so I quit. Well, a year later they asked me to come back again so I went back part-time because by the time they had called me back I was collecting Social Security Survivor's benefits and was restricted on how many hours I could work. Then almost a year ago they changed my status so since then I have been working almost full-time and gave up the Social Security.

Since 2011 I've lived in a tiny house, two mobile homes and finally landed where I am now. I lost a dear friend last fall and she gifted me a cow and calf pair. Well, the mobile home I was living in then was just the worse place I've ever lived so I gave up the cows and the dream of homesteading. I realized one day while walking down to the barn when I slipped (didn't fall) that God was showing me that farming was not where I was supposed to be. He showed me how vulnerable I would be if I tried to continue to do this alone. Soooo, I found a nice mobile home in a senior park, believe it or not, right across the creek from where that horrible trailer was. So, I gave the cow and calf to the young couple I was renting the mobile home from and moved at the end of March. God showed me that I can better help the local economy by buying from the local farmers instead of trying to be one. Beside, homesteading is a state of mind I think so that is where I am now.

I'm not planning on doing much, if any, gardening this year because I need to learn where the sun is because there are a lot of trees around my home. I'm still planning on doing a lot of canning, dehydrating and freezing this year but I will just have to buy at the farmer's market.

The only animal I have now is my little pug Sophie. I wish I could have found some place where I could have had chickens but it wasn't meant to be. I have a lovely enclosed porch and a nice little shed so I may ask the park owner if I could possibly get an angora rabbit. One of the things I want to get back in to is spinning again.

So that is where I'm at and I'm at peace with it. Sorry this was so long.

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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:39 pm

Welcome back! I'm sorry about your losses, I hope that you can get a rabbit. It's funny how we want something but it's not what God wants for us and how long it takes for us to realize it.
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Post by backtotheland on Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:30 pm

Amen to that Patrice. Thank you for the warm welcome.

I'm just thinking about the rabbit right now. I'm not sure I want any animals at all. I do know that once my little Sophie is gone I will never get another dog. A cat maybe but not a dog.

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Post by mountainmama on Tue Apr 21, 2015 1:38 am

Good to see you again, backtotheland! Sorry your farming didn't work out, but as you said, homesteading is a state of mind. I felt that way when we had to give up our chickens.

A widow friend of ours lives in a house in town and has a tiny backyard. She grows anything and everything. . .figs, strawberries, flowers, and different herbs. She makes use of every inch. She uses up and wears out and is very creative and frugal. I think she's a better homesteader than we are!

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Post by Farmfresh on Tue Apr 21, 2015 2:59 am

I also agree. Homesteading is how you think, not where you live.

I am glad that you came back, so that I now have a chance to meet you. No matter where we have been in life it is important to have friends to support you and share with. I hope that I can become one of those friends.
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Post by backtotheland on Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:24 am

Thank you mountainmama for the warm welcome back.

Thank you Farmfresh. That was one of the biggest problems I ran into was not having a good support system. My kids think I've lost my mind and, since I work at home, I don't really have a lot of friends, especially those who are of the same mindset as myself. The one friend I had that was super supportive passed away in the fall and that made a bigger impact on me than I realized I think.


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Re: Hi from New York State......

Post by Farmfresh on Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:45 am

backtotheland wrote: My kids think I've lost my mind

Well then you are in better shape than I am. My kids are CERTAIN that I lost mine ... a long time ago! Laughing

Jump in here with both feet. Everyone is so kind and supportive you are going to love it here.
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Post by backtotheland on Tue Apr 21, 2015 6:45 pm

That is one of the things I remember about this board, how welcoming and supportive everyone was. I have tried other forums in the past but none can compare to this one. I'm glad to be back.

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