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Ron/PA    Posted 10-03-2002 at 05:29:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I went back and read your post from 9-29 and I also read the responses, here is a copy of your request.
"I want to learn what true homesteading is and how I live a simpler life. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated"
People took the time to give their ideas, and yes a little humor was involved. Not at you but with a group.
I for one don't know how to tell you to live a simpler life, I don't know your life. If you are amish, then I don't have a clue, if you are a park avenue executive, I have ideas but I doubt you want to hear them.
If you want to take off on your own, it is a great experience, however if you wonder what the term "FARMING COMMUNITY" means, it is just that. You may be great at veterinary work, I might be the one that can repair your tractor, someone else may be able to tell you about the weed problem in your wheat fields. We'll help each other when needed and then it's back to the farm for chores.
As for the humor, you better learn to develope a sense of humor before you make your first move. When the day comes that the 4th piece of equipment just broke at the wrong time, the well went dry, and there's a calving problem that just lost your best cow and her calf, as well as the crops that are rotting in the field because of the weather,,, and all thats before lunch,, thats the day you will pray to god for a sense of humor or else you will wish you had a cliff to jump off of. Some days it's all that keeps "HOMESTEADERS" sane.
You asked for some information in very general terms, I think you got some very good general replys.
My best advice to you is this. LOSE THE CITY ATTITUDE!!!!!!
Now then lets try this again:
Hey Susan, greetings from Central PA. I'm not much on lifestyle advice, but if you have any specific questions, fire away. Welcome to the board and the group

Grove r    Posted 10-03-2002 at 06:45:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
'Mornen' Ron, Can't add too much to what you just said....sure sorry that people have to be offended by our way of responding to a I said in a previous post to another that "slapped" the hand extended in freindship, "there is a lot of 'good sound advice' here, the humor is just a bonus"!! And, reasons I don't reply to a LOT of posts, are because; 'A' I don't Know, 'B' I would rather not comment, 'C' I'm at work, 'D'Someone else has a better answer, 'E' I'm too tired to care, 'F' I feel the thread has been well attended with all the answers needed, 'G' the thread is too far down the list to remain important, and, to sum it all up...." it is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt"!! When someone posts to me, either directly or indirectly, I try to have the common curtisy to respond, sure I miss, sometimes, don't we all? I deplore offensiveness....and cherish friendship. Starting to ramble, so will say, you guesed it....'have a gooder' R.E.L.

Ana - good advice here    Posted 10-04-2002 at 09:37:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I don't know anyone that truly homesteads, but when I grew up in the Missouri Ozarks we came very close because we were "dirt" poor. No running water, we had a wood-burning stove, out-house, gardening, canning, butchering our own meat, etc. It was VERY hard work, up at 4 a.m. to tend the animals and milk the cows, drop into bed as soon as supper was over. Is that what you are looking for? See how we can laugh at ourselves! VERY important!

OHH, YEAH, THE GOOD OL' DAYS AIN'T REALLY!!!    Posted 10-04-2002 at 10:33:18       [Reply]  [No Email]

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