Back in 2013 RancherMan suggested I begin writing about our lives here on our Homestead. So we started a blog and I started writing. I love sharing about our lives and glimpses into our days!
I started doing a feature at the end of each year where I share the top 10 posts that resonated with you the most, whether recipes, simple living or projects we’ve done.
Of course I’ll do that this year as well but I thought it would be fun to share a recap of what you readers have deemed all the most popular posts by year. You can see each year’s top 10 homesteading posts right here in one place!
D’ya ever wonder what it was like to be on a Texas Homestead? I thought it would be fun to share… Here each day offers something new. Some days we’re focused on land maintenance like mowing pastures or repairing fences. Other days we might focus on bees, the garden or the cattle. But this week we had one day in particular that ended up being a very challenging day for us.
The temps that had once cooled nicely had made a wicked resurgence. On this day between the heat & humidity it was supposed to feel like sweltering triple digits. So RancherMan & I decided to work the cattle early in the morning while it’s cooler. That’s when everything went south…
I’ve often thought about other people’s perspectives on why I try so hard to provide for myself. (Although I’m focusing today on food production, homesteading encompasses providing many items for yourself, not just food.)
I love to garden and it brings me joy knowing I’m providing healthier food than can be purchased at any price. Healthy veggies are often fresh out of my garden and on the supper table in an hour or less! I also like to grow herbs & spices such as rosemary, thyme and oregano.
But from another person’s perspective – why buy the seeds and plant them, water the plant until it grows?
And why bother weeding the beds constantly under that Texas summer heat? Why wait several weeks later harvest it, dry it and put it in a jar? You can just BUY a bottle of oregano for a couple of bucks!
I suppose it’s true that it doesn’t take much money to supply my family with oregano. So why do I even bother with this homesteading thing?
When I worked in the corporate world I used to dread Mondays. After trying to relax at home over the weekend, cramming in all the “quality” time I could, it was back to work on Monday. With the intense pressure of it all, sometimes I felt like I was living to work, not working to live.
Mondays are still work days for me just as any other day of the week (except Sunday, which we take off for worship and rest.) But now I work nights and weekends as well. I’m on call 24-hours each day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Gone are the plush climate-controlled offices and predictable work schedules. And also gone are paid vacations & holidays.
Now my office is in a pasture or garden in all kinds of weather. I’ve given up the hope of ever having pretty nails or work clothes without mud or manure.
AND I LOVE IT!
It’s amazing what happens when you love your job this much.