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Eye Opener!!

Birthdays and funerals shouldn’t go together. But sometimes you can’t schedule things on the calendar. 

This past week has been an eye opener for me.

Last Sunday my father’s mother passed away after serveral years of battling Alzheimers.

It is funny how a loss can make you see the true colors of people. 

Tuesday was my birthday. But I stopped celebrating years ago. It’s just another day to me.

Thursday was the viewing and Friday was the funeral.

Then Saturday was the husband’s birthday.

I started living the Simple Country Life because it is so peaceful. You really don’t have to deal with people if you don’t want to. I have my animals that love me and I am surrounded by the beauty of nature.

Then when something like this happens I have to leave the comfort of my home, and deal with the people.

Thursday was a big eye opener for me. I was beyond shocked to say the least. 95% of the people that showed up to the viewing didn’t know that my Father had a daughter. Hmm… Let that sink in for a minute.

I let it upset me of course. Then Friday I got to see the one and only brother that I have after almost 11 years. That was hard. He knows what it feels like to be in my shoes. To feel like you don’t belong. And what I find strange is with all the family gathered around the only people that comforted me during this mess was him and his mother. (Which we have different mother’s but the same father.) She embraced me and told me not to let these people tear me down. Not to let them steal my happiness. It is their loss that they never knew me.

After everything was done and said… I retreated back to my safe haven. 

I found several quotes that have spoken to me in the last few days:

In life, you will realize there is a role for everyone you meet. Some will test you. Some will use you. Some will love you and some will teach you. But the ones who are truly important are the ones who bring out the best in you. They are the rare and amazing people who remind you why it’s worth it. ~Unknown

I didn’t change. I just see things differently now! ~Unknown

As your get older, you will start to understand more and more that in life, it’s not about what you look like or what you own. It’s all about the person you have become. ~Unknown

With last week under my belt… I will not forget how it made me feel. But I will grow from this to be a better person. Words can hurt the most… But be a better person and let them guide you to become a better person.

Until next time,

Be you… No mater what others say to you. Learn, Grow, Teach, and Love.

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Hard work pays off!

We started off with just a chicken coop!

Then with lots of hard work, sweat, tears and blood we ended with a mini barn! No it is not the barn of my dreams! But with my two hand I can say I built that all by my self. I am very proud of what I have accomplished.

The reason I turned the chicken coop into a mini barn was because we added two new members to our farm! 

Clover is enjoying not being caged up anymore!

And with sad news… Our Rooster has crossed to the other side of the road. Which actually was a long time coming!RIP big guy!!

Until next time…

Stay busy, work hard!

6 Tips to help Simplify your Life!

In today’s crazy fast paced world, we sometimes forget the simple things! My simple things may be different than your simple things. So I suggest everyone to really sit and think about what you view as simple!

I have sat and thought many times how I could bring back the simple things in my life! I have come up with 6 Tips that I think would help bring the stress levels down! No body every said life was easy! But just maybe we could calm our minds and destress our lives by just doing simple things!

  1. Fruits & Vegetables! Learn how to grow and provide your family with fresh fruits and vegetables by gardening and planting your own orchards (if possible)! If you know how the fruits and vegetables are grown, you have less to worry about if it is going to make you sick! You don’t have to have 100 acres to grow vegetables. There are many posts on the web to teach you how to grow vegetables any where from an apartment to large spaces.
  2. Food in general! If we don’t have food we will not survive! Learn how to preserve food, no mater if it is food you grow on your own or food that you buy from the store. Learn how to cook with what you already have. It’s not a bad idea to have a small stock pile either. Just encase something happens in the world!🌎
  3. Organization is key! If you have a lot of clutter… It can bring lots of unwanted stress to your life. Find and learn how to organize every aspect of your life. From food, grocery lists, laundry, closets and cupboards, to bills and finances!
  4. If you research about all the forgotten skills of our pioneers, you will find many skills that you could still apply to you every day life. For example dryers have not been on this planet for very long. The pioneers used to hang dry all their laundry! Imagine if you cut back on using the dryer, by hanging your clothes how much money would you save on your electric bill? I don’t know about you… But if my electric bill would go down some, so wouldn’t my stress level. $400.00 electric bills would raise anyone’s stress levels!
  5. Learn to raise some sort of livestock! One of the easiest livestock’s to raise in my opinion would be Chickens! Not only would you be raising your own meat but chickens provide you with eggs daily. No more buying eggs at the store. They are better for you too! In my house we eat eggs daily!
  6. Family! Family! Family! In this technology bearing world we forget to sometimes just sit down and enjoy our families! If you need to set aside a date and time twice a month just to reconnect with each other, then do so! The feelings generated by spending time with the ones you love can not come from any other place! We are not getting any younger! And none of us stay here forever. So put the phones down… Lock them away for a night, and get a board game out, or fix dinner together. Just have fun!

To some, these may not seem simple! But trust me if you work very hard at these, one day you will no longer think about them, you will just do them. They will come naturally to you. If you find ways to bring down your stress level… I promise you life will become much simpler!

Until next time,

Don’t Stress, just relax!

Country Girl 🐔🐓🐣

Forgotten Love of Reading!

In todays world, everything has turned to technology. Xboxs, ipods, iPads, cell phones, computers, and the list goes on!

My little boy would rather play games instead of read. So I decided since he didn’t want to read on his own, I would continue to read to him. It is an every day affair in our house. Some days when we get busy and I have forgotten about our reading session he reminds me about it. 

We have had a very hard time finding books that draw his attention. Boys will be boys!! 

But let me tell you… No mater if you have a little boy or a little girl… You can not go wrong reading the Little House on the Prairie books.

Since we are still in school, we have started with the first one of Laura Ingalls Wilder books.

My little boy can’t get enough of it. He loves hearing the story! We talk about how times were different back then compared to now.

By the time we finish reading this book, it will be summer time. So we will be having lots of fun doing lots of activities relating to the books. The next book on the list is: Farmer Boy. Then the main book: Little House on the Prairie.

My list keeps getting longer of the activities we will be doing! Which Pinterest is not helping in the matter! 😁

We will be learning how to make:

  • Homemade butter
  • Homemade Bread
  • Learning basic sewing
  • Tin Lanterns
  • Pancake men
  • Donuts
  • Learning to milk a Cow and Goat
  • Homemade Candles
  • Molasses Candy
  • Learning how to wash laundry with out a washing machine.

And everyday something is added to the list! Not only are we going to read but we are going to have a blast with the activities.

Have you read the Little House on the Prairie books to your kids?

Did you do all kinds of fun activities with them?

How did you compare Laura’s life with you own?

Until next time,

Hold the little ones close,

And read them a book!

Country Girl 🐣🐮🐔