Where do I begin? I am speechless and it takes a lot to make me that way. This sweet, beautiful, talented, smart, energetic lady is our Person in the Spotlight this week. I wish that I had half the talent and energy that she has, if I did I would be able to work rings around myself...
I asked her to write a story and she hesitated because she is not one to talk about herself, but with a little push from me she decided to do it. She is the type of individual that speaks so highly of others and in such a sweet manner that you know she means everything she is saying. The best thing is she can make your day much brighter with those few spoken words.
Thank you Heidi for sharing some of your story with us. Yes, that is right some of it, there are other things she has chosen not to share here that would amaze everyone. It is an honor to know you Heidi, my FarmGirl Sister and best of all friend.
I am a forty-something stay at home wife. The kids are all grown and gone. I am Mama to three furbabies (Shih Tzu). Their love got me through the empty nest phase alright. My wonderful husband Jerry and I have been together for more than 2 decades and though we've traveled a few bumpy roads, we're closer and stronger today than every before. I couldn't live without him. He plans to retire this fall and we are looking for a small rural homestead to land on, sometime after that. Our current residence is almost payed off, it's only about 2/3 acre though it is zoned for animals. It just feels too cramped here since all the neighboring houses began popping up everywhere at the height of the housing boom in 2005. I don't like hearing the neighbors holding conversations in their homes, that's how cramped it's become in so-called rural California. We hope to find something that will allow us to live our dreams of sustainability, or close to it. We both like the idea of being independent of most commerce.
My hobbies are many. I like to dabble or try a bit of everything. I enjoy painting watercolor and I have tried my hand at: ribbon embroidery, cross stitch, one-stoke painting, traditional tole painting, floral craft and topiary, cold-herbal remedies and concoctions, sewn dolls and ornaments, cooking, baking,candy making, candle making and my longest running "craft" hobby-quilting. I have quilted for more than a decade, though I do much less quilting today than I once did. My addictions are coffee and gardening. In that order.
I am relatively new or late to blogging, depending on your perspective. I started following Ree Drummond's Blog last Spring and shared her awesome vanilla bean scones with my friend Michelle. That girl can cook and bake! That led me to search for more home centered blogs. I did not really know what was available in blogland.
Eventually, my good luck led me to meet Amy Walker of Homestead Revival. She lives in the same town, and is friends with our neighbors. We met at a surprise birthday party next door. Imagine that. We talked about gardening and shared many similar interests. I had almost finished college with degrees in Plant Biology and Crop Science. (At the time, I was just a class away from being a Pest Control Advisor. My specific emphasis is organic controls, which I test in my own gardens). We exchanged ideas and she gave me her insight on a few relative issues and welcomed me to check out her blog. When I got home and started reading it, I was hooked!
The Homestead Barn Hop was very helpful. So many Like minded women sharing their real life experiences trying to get back to nature, back to our roots, back to a healthier, happier lifestyle. I wanted in too. Before I knew it I was blogging myself from my first blog My Simple Country Living. Blog Hops led me to my favorite farmgirl site on Earth-Deborah Jean's Dandelion House by our favorite farmgirl Deb Bosworth, and Deb's Farmgirl Friday introduced me to The Hibiscus House and Dolly's amazing southern cooking. Somebody pinch me. Wow! The Pioneer Woman aint' got nothing on you Dolly!
I have enjoyed blogging so much, it is a great outlet for creativity and fulfills a need in me to share bits and pieces of myself with others. I have several favorite blogs, and though at this time of the year, I have found it difficult to find time to write comments to every post ( especially with the new lengthier process), I DO read every linky every week, that is shared on the hops I participate in. I also print and make many of the recipes people share with me. It's hard for me to believe, but I have learned so much from the homemaking/homesteading blog community in less than a year. I have learned more about homesteading living simply from all of you than I ever could have learned in the classroom. Thanks to everyone that shares their experience on the farmgirl/homemaking/homesteading hops. You REALLY do make a difference. I will get caught up on my writing just as soon as my garden in all "IN" the ground and happy.
Garden Blog Party
Please be sure to stop by both of Heidi's blogs and also the three blog hop parties you will find lots of fun and informational ideas.
Homemaker Blog Party
Proud member of MaryJanes FarmGirl Sisterhood
Heidi at this very moment is also being showcased on this fine
MJF Farmgirl Sisterhood Blog:
We're excited about something new Heidi has started!
She, Deb, Debbi and I are so glad to be a part of:
All Things Farmgirl
Facebook Page here
Thank you Heidi!