As a kid my favorite show was Little House on the Prairie. I owned all the books, I had a dress-up box full of bonnets and long dresses, my sisters and I would love dressing up and playing ‘house.’ As I grew older and got into sports and school, the love for ‘pioneer life’ quieted. However, as an adult and raising my own kids, my passion is back X 10! Hanging laundry on a line, canning, animal husbandry (quail, chicken & rabbits), gardening, and DIY cleaning and beauty products. Finding these has brought my passion for that life back. The simple days where people ‘worked from home’ with their families, planting, tending, harvesting & cooking. I think that is why I am so fascinated with Amish and Mennonite cultures, because they still live this way. Hundreds of years have passed and they still operate in the exact same way they did before. Although, I cannot mimic this lifestyle in my own life (I have to go to work to pay the bills L) I am trying to learn as many old skills as I can so that I can pass them down to my daughters. Our society is heading in the direction that these skills will be lost forever if people don’t take a vested interest in learning them and preserving them for the generations to come. My girls have the pioneer spirit in them. They love to play outside, help with the garden, and can strawberry jam with me. With the help of one of my grandmothers I was able to sew a dress for each one of my girls to wear to heritage day in our area, they love wearing bonnets and enjoying the activities there.
There is a photo circulating around Facebook that reads, “Grandma survived the depression because her supply chain was local and she knew how to do stuff.” This is my mission! I want to consume less and produce more. It’s been fun learning new skills, and I hope to add from year to year! There are a lot of homesteading websites that have inspired me and helped me immensely. That is one of my reasons for starting this blog. Even if I can just reach out and help a few people, it is worth it!