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KevinD    Posted 05-16-2004 at 15:03:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've been reviewing the site for a few hours, and I must say that I'm very happy I found it. I thought I was the only one?

I'm 40 years old. I grew up in North Central Oklahoma on a farm, 7 miles "down a dirt road" to town. Town, (Mulhall) is close to 300 people on Sundays. We had a milk cow, chickens, pigs, sheep, cattle. We butchered most livestock ourselves. My Dad was the fastest milker in the west as far as I was concerned. Raised slaughter chickens each spring. The "men" would chop heads and pluck the slaughter chickens and mom would butcher them. She cut them up with the "wishbone" intact and we would fight for it! I really should ask her to show me how to do that. She made homemade butter and sold it along with eggs. A Windmill was "almost" in the front yard.

I couldn't wait to get away. I was the only one at school that lived such a "primative" lifestyle.

So here I am 20 years later, freshly retired from the Navy. I lived in places like Oakland, LA, San Diego, Tokyo, etc... when I wasn't at sea. Most of that time I yearned to get back to the country. And that time is now here!! woo hoo!! I'm about to begin building a little "cottage" about a half mile from my folks. They are both in their mid-eighties, and I want to spend as much time as I can with them. Funny how ya don't realize how good you have it until it's not there anymore.

Thanks for the site,

Kevin



Herb    Posted 05-16-2004 at 22:35:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Kevin, I'm new here too. My real name is Kevin. I discovered this site last week thanks to Lenore. I have Oklahoma roots. My mom grew up in OK, mostly in Sand Springs. I've spent a lot of time there. I'm 1/8th Choctaw for whatever its worth. I now live in Dayton, TX close to where I was born. I work in a hospital in Houston. Anyway, nice to meet you.


Stick    Posted 05-16-2004 at 20:53:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Kevin. I'm also new, and also in the same situation. After 30 years in the north of Manitoba, far enough north there are no farms at all, just bush, and with a new wife of 3 years, we decided to buy a little farm in southern Saskatchewan where she was from originally. We've got chickens, layers, cattle, horses and sheep, and are starting to plant the garden as soon as the snow melts again. It was all gone once! I got seven 250 foot rows of potatoes in last week before the snow. We had 40cm (16") of snow in 2 days, and it hasn't melted yet.


deadcarp    Posted 05-16-2004 at 19:33:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi kevin - we got back here (home to minnesota) by accident too - at the time we lived in melbourne australia and my cousin had managed to make the trip & visit. She idly asked when i was coming home, with all the irons in our fire at the time, i thought hell would never get that cold. But then as time went by, we started kidding about it and pretty soon "how serious are you?" came up, so we cashed out and retired in 1990. I've rediscovered many things, including even an old person can survive & darn near enjoy a local winter. Welcome home. :)


KevinD    Posted 05-16-2004 at 19:50:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
deadcarp,

Where in Minnesota? I have relatives in New Germany and Young America, if memory serves me correctly regarding the names of the towns?? I spent a few weeks up there with them one summer when I was little.

I've never been to Melbourne, but I have been to Perth a few times and Darwin. I really liked it in OZ. I meet some really nice people down there.


DD    Posted 05-16-2004 at 19:10:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Howdy Kevin, I'm in Orlando Fla and NOT out in the country.....YET, but I will be someday. Welcome aboard : )


KevinD    Posted 05-16-2004 at 19:42:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
DD,

I went to boot camp in Orlando. Man--it's hot and sticky in July and August--standing at attention on the grinder while those little gnats fly up your nose. LOL

My first tour was at Mayport, 83-87. Ship's company aboard USS Saratoga, CV-60. She's de-commissioned now.

Jim, we didn't butcher chickens on school days. We always did it first thing Saturday morning, although I don't know why? Usually 10-15 each time for several weeks. By the time I was 8-9 years old I was chopping off chicken's heads with the best of 'em. At least as I saw it anyway. LOL We used a full size double bit axe. Dad didn't have anything else.



DD    Posted 05-16-2004 at 20:05:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ya got that right ; ) The Humidity here is for the birds!


Stony Jim    Posted 05-16-2004 at 19:53:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mom wanted 6! If one got away... well I got to go replace it somehow! Somehow, she wouldn't belive me when I tried to tell her she had already done one! Satiddy was clean the barn and grind feed.


KevinD    Posted 05-16-2004 at 20:02:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We always got 12 dozen chicks and would butcher 10-15 a week until we got 'em all. I still swear that chicken guts are the best trotline bait for channel cats!!! LOL


Stony Jim    Posted 05-16-2004 at 20:16:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
All I ever managed to catch was a couple eels and poison ivy in the puny little stream here at the Stonepile!


KevinD    Posted 05-16-2004 at 20:20:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We usually fished our farm ponds. Glad to meet and yak at ya. Time for bed now for me.


Stony Jim    Posted 05-16-2004 at 19:05:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello, Kevin! Used to have the honors of separating chicken heads before school. Mom did the rest.
Got to milk the cow before school, too. Of course, she couldn't be at the barn, but out in the back pasture about 1/2 mile away!


ret    Posted 05-16-2004 at 18:10:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
welcome, just a word of advice, don't get too involved in politics on this board .If you lean to the left you won't like it,,cause this board leans to the right. Myself, I don't lean either way.
REt


KevinD    Posted 05-16-2004 at 18:23:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks Ret,


I really don't care what others believe or practice, as long as it doesn't hurt me. I don't trust or believe in any Politician for the most part--so they are all much the same to me.

I'd rather stay away form that sort of thing. Politics and Religion generally don't make for good "dinner conservation" as is oft said.




KellyGa    Posted 05-16-2004 at 17:58:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Welcome Kevin, this is the best place on the internet, hands down. :) Your gonna love it here.


KevinD    Posted 05-16-2004 at 16:21:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks everyone for your replies.

EGH, funny you would mention Crescent, as it is actually "quicker" to get there as it is only 3.5 miles to a hard surface in that direction, (locally called "the farm and market road") compared to 7.5 miles to Mulhall.

I plan to have Guineas next year, as they are "supposed" to control ticks to some degree, and they are good "watch dogs". We had Guineas when I was very young, but my Mom said that the Coyotes kept them cleaned out as they still had a bit of "wildness" to them.

Ron,

Olangapao City is great, as well as Subic. I always preferred Barrio Barretto however. Man, what times I've had there. ;-) San Mig to the gills--shooting pool, and other things. LOL I was just in AC 2 years ago. Not much has changed really


ron,ar    Posted 05-16-2004 at 15:57:12       [Reply]  [No Email]

retired from the Navy huh? You know anything about saloons? Ever been to Olongapo? Did ya ever hear of a place called Georges Roundup outa Long Beach? Was you at the battle of Dong Hoi? Here is a picture of part of it. Oh yeah, welcome aboard.


sharon g    Posted 05-16-2004 at 15:29:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Welcome, Kevin. I agree, this is a great site. I joined just in the past month and a half. Some days, it is all I can do to read. But I do enjoy. Especially the stories and lovely pictures. And these folks are very dear.

I was brought up and Air Force Fledgling (as opposed to an Army Brat). Always lived on base or in city. Only came to the "country" three years ago. Actually, we are living the country life with the city right next door. We are in Southern California.

It will be good to hear you progress with the cottage.



KevinD    Posted 05-16-2004 at 19:00:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sharon,

Where do you live in SoCal? I used to live in Coronado, Imperial Beach (Yuck), Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Ventura--at one time or another. With a three year time in the Tokyo/Yokohama metro area wedged in the middle. Nothing against Cali, but man, I'm SO HAPPY to be back home in Oklahoma. I had forgotten how total strangers wave at ya when ya pass on the highway. And the boys and girls still sit right next to each other in the pickup. Wheather they are 17, or 70! LOL


Smitty    Posted 05-16-2004 at 15:22:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Welcome Kevin,
I know your feelings.
Smitty


E. G. HENDRICKSON    Posted 05-16-2004 at 15:19:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Welcome home Kevin! I know where Mullhall is. I
was out that direction last November, just south
of Hitchcock. I live 10 miles south of Bixby. I
know of good chicken man out in Crescent, if you
get to hunting some birds.


Donna from Mo    Posted 05-16-2004 at 15:17:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Welcome Kevin. I think many of us have traveled the same road you're talking about. And it is possible to do all the things you mentioned your parents doing when you were a child... there are people on this board doing all of that! The only difference is, now you can do as much of the old-time stuff as you like, but you aren't forced to (although with the price of groceries, that could change). I agree, it's a great site. If you have a question, there's someone with an answer.


~Lenore    Posted 05-16-2004 at 15:21:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Welcome to Kountry Life.
Sounds like you will fit in perfectly.
Lots of real nice folks hang out here.
Like someone said, it is sort of like sitting on the front porch visiting with folks.


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