Howdy

“Teeney tiny” is Texan for less than three acres.  My husband aka The Bearded One and I were both raised in Texas, but I’ve been up north now for 34 years, him for 19.  He still has an accent, and it comes out in print now and then when he chimes in.

Our farmlet is just 2.5 acres, and half of that is forest.  The Bearded One is a retired lawyer who still has law firm nightmares, but mostly he dreams of motorcycles and endless outdoor projects.  I am a free-range writer and an empty nest mother of three Twenty-Somethings.  We have a dog, Ruby, and cat, Garfield, and together we are living cheaply and richly.  This blog will be about our chickens and goats and our gardens…the Fava, the Sun, and the Holy Goat, as The Bearded One put it one summer when we were working in the Circle Garden and feeling particularly grateful.

We’re Boomers in our fifties.  As a generation, we’ve had it good, from the 1960s-70s hippies and the Awakening, to the 1980s-90s yuppies and the Unraveling, to this 21st Century Crisis where our job now is to support the younger generations.  It’s no longer about us, and we need to stay out of trouble.  Hence this weekly blog, just because we are still here and trying to be loving creatures.

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19 responses to “Howdy

  1. You are SUCH an inspiration!! Good luck with everything, and thank you for posting and putting such effort into this amazing blog. It is literally SO much fun to read, I can’t stop!
    Wawawr xx

  2. I love reading your stories. I have just recently, in the past few years, discovered my love of reading, and your stories are a joy. I pray God blesses your efforts and I look forward to reading more in the future.

    • Thank you for your loving encouragement, Valerie. Your comment brought a smile to my face 🙂 first thing this morning, which was considerably earlier than usual. I’m glad you’re coming back.

  3. I just happened upon your blog and I just love it! My husband and I are putting in our first big vegetable garden right now, and seeing your success is quite inspirational. We are also baby boomers thinking about the next phase of our lives, and a Farmlet sounds amazing! Love your goats!! Success and Happiness to you and the Bearded One!

  4. Hello Christi and all Farmlet Occupants! I have just nominated you and your wonderful blog for the Versatile Blogger Award. Please follow this link to see what to do next http://paulinekingblog.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/the-versatile-blogger-award/

  5. I would tactfully note that the dramatis personae (or fauna dramatis) might need updating just a bit here, though it might be a solemn task.

    • Thank you, J.K., you are right, sufficient waiting time has passed. Half the hens have been dead for months now. Alas, Sweet Tart came and went without ever officially joining the Cast! And of course Ruby’s death (noted on Cast with DOD) — and the arrival of Arly. I’m on it! Soon. 🙂

  6. I am enjoying free e-book Fava,.. Di & Jer tried a hobby farm (Wisc.) for nine years and loved it but recognized that it had to end. Thank you so much for the humor you give. My brother-in-law is in Seattle so we get that way often; to Hawaii less often. Best wishes.

  7. I just stumbled across your blog. Looks very interesting and I’m going to be checking out your jam recipes. Sounds like a nice place to settle in for some reading.

    • Thank you! I loved making jam back in Olalla, Washington, where the first 3 years (2011-2014) of Farmlet took place. Olalla means “place of many berries” in the Salish Indian language. We had blackberries, raspberries, marionberries, blueberries, strawberries, etc! We moved to Hawaii in 2014 and I haven’t made jam here yet. A friend here makes great marmalade, though. Our tangerine tree is just loaded right now (January) — I might try my hand at it. I’m no longer writing Farmlet, but I LOVE that you are enjoying it. There are 190 episodes! Mahalo for commenting. Hugs, Christi

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