This all started as I was sitting on my front porch one day. The thought came to me to put what I was thinking at the time on paper. To myself I called it Thoughts From the Front Porch. (I know clever, right?) It was a bit of therapy for me to be able to express and put into somewhat cohesive words all that seems to constantly run around in my brain.
To backtrack, a little about me. I am 57 years old. I am a Realtor, my passions are my two daughters and three grandsons, my love for Jesus, the animals I rescue, and learning to homestead on my little farm in Texas. To most people, my life is pretty boring. My husband passed away in 2002, so my time is spent selling real estate, being with my family as much as possible, which is sadly never enough time, rescuing dogs (I have 7) and farm animals, and trying to have a productive garden.
My animals are a constant source of aggravation and amusement. My house is never clean, but my dogs and I are happy in our little farmhouse. My goats, which now number 7, started as 2 boys and 3 girls. They were just a couple weeks old when I got them and I bottle fed them for 8 weeks. The girls, Alice, Hazel, and Puppy are still sweet as can be and love kisses. (Yes I kiss my goats) The boys, Rudy and Domimo, have turned into big, scary jerks. Scary because I left their horns and they have grown huge! In the Spring of 2018 I was blessed with 3 goat kids. Sadly I lost one, but that is a different story. My little farm also includes chickens, giuneas, and two parakeets. To me at least, my life is never dull.
I started this blog for several reasons. One is to put some of what I have been writing about into a permanent ‘journal’. It has also become a form of therapy for me to write things down as well as fulfilling my dream of being a writer. My goal is to write a book, but without much God given talent for writing, I need to learn the craft. Finally, I want to celebrate what many think of as a boring life. To me the people of long ago and the homesteaders of today, who raise their own food, take care of all of God’s creatures, work hard and don’t mind getting their hands dirty, are my heroes. I wish we could go back to the days before television, video games, and smart phones. The days where families ate their meals together, talked about their day, and joined in the household chores. If you look closely at the people today who are actually trying to live a more authentic life, the homesteaders, you will find they actually are living an extrordinary life, an Interesting Life.
This journey will be about being becoming more authentic, looking inside yourself to find ways to fulfill your life’s dreams. My belief is that in order to gain personal success, you must help others along the way. Our true rewards are a product of not only enhancing our lives but the lives of others.
So I hope you will join me on this journey. I look forward to sharing what I learn about raising farm animals, gardening, rescuing dogs, and maybe even a little about real estate along the way.