Monday, January 31, 2011

Life on the Farm is Kinda Laid Back

First baby of the year. Her name is Naira.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Erm, what do you DO?

I was recently asked to list all my interests and hobbies. So I thought as long as I had them typed out, I'd copy them over to here. I've added some more that I've thought of in the meantime.

My interests:

Farming/self-sufficient lifestyle
What I call "Mundane History." How average/poor people lived during the course of history. What did they wear? What were their customs? What work did they do? Why did they believe as they did? Things like that.
Theology, and specifically WHY people believe as they do. Why do YOU believe as you do?
Science fiction/fantasy
Baseball (Mariners for the win! ...or maybe that should be "for the loss!" ...Or maybe that's a bad joke. I love the Mariners, though.)
Costuming and research (again, mundane costumes)
Languages (any/all except for French. I can't make myself like the nasally tone. I like gut-languages like German)
Wilderness survival
Drinking tea :)
Vegetable/Orchard gardening
Lord of the Rings (esp. The Hobbit, and no, I won't watch the movie when it comes out)
Volunteering/Community building
Family History
Natural living (eating organic [hey, quit looking at my French Vanilla Coffee Mate! *hugs bottle*], wearing natural fiber clothes, not wearing jewelry...)
Applied algebra (see sewing)
Livestock training (esp. training of oxen. One day I will have a team of oxen)
Kindness and forgiveness


Any yarn/needle craft (no, ANY. I tat, crochet, knit, do naalbinding [a little]...)
Playing my zither
Modeling clay into tiny, little people (this was a home business for a while)
Sewing (without real patterns - mostly mathematical equations)
Fabric dyeing (indigo shibori and natural dyes)
Paper altering
Other cooking
Playing with my animals
Laundry (why, um, yes, I actually love to do laundry. ::shame::)
Rocking out with the guys
Playing video games with my feet while knitting.
Spoiling my brothers
Oh, yeah... writing... This should be higher on the list. ::shame again::
Making dumb jokes that make people smile
Canning/freezing food


Yeah, that's about it. I like just about everything but dogs.

*As I was asked to explain what non-feminism is, here's what I wrote:

I mean that I understand and value what the feminist movement accomplished in making women able to do more of what was historically the "man's job" (in the workforce, etc.), but for me, personally, I don't hold with some of the core ideas that spurred the movement. Some of the ideas I DO value (for instance, I vote in every election, I went to college, I have a job outside the home), so I am not for ANTI-feminism, which is becoming a popular phrase. I'm using the opportunity created by feminism to choose a different life than what feminists hold as their ideal.

So I'm not against feminism or feminists. I'm not really actively for it, either. I (Me, myself, and Cora) believe I am equal to a man, but I am also different from a man, and I will expand my life in such a way as to revel in that difference (which includes being a follower, not a fellow leader).

Maybe I just don't like generalized titles, because there is ALWAYS something inside the umbrella that is that title (or the reputation of the title) that doesn't fit me. :-P

And anyone who calls themselves a feminist is totally okay in my book, because I understand that my lifestyle is not for everyone, and if they are not offended by mine, they might even become interested. :-)

My interest really is seeing what people on either side think (the "feminists" and "anti-feminists") and discovering my own beliefs between the two, drawing from their experiences and studies to round out my viewpoint with a more realistic, grounded opinion.

This is also part of my interest in theology and maybe even psychology to some extent. Why do people think the way they do, and how can I interact with them in a way they will understand and appreciate, or maybe even help keep myself and others afloat in this world through their successes and failures, all without compromising my principles? It's all very interesting.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Hairs of the Force

I'm not entirely sure what possessed me to take a picture of my hair this morning, but as I was pondering which type of bread to cover with Nutella for breakfast, I decided to take a picture.

So I did.

And, since I am otherwise lame-tacular today, without more ado, here's my hair. :-D

Yeah. That was epic.

And note the very high-tech cell phone holder I'm wearing. Actually, on second thought, ignore everything in this picture except for the lovely curtains my mom made! Very, very pretty. :)

By the way, it really doesn't matter what type of bread you put your Nutella on, because if you put enough on, the bread is really an insignificant flavor.

Friday, January 14, 2011

New Sewing Project!

Cora Beth inspired me to post pictures of my latest sewing project - a new skirt!

And cute socks, but they're not new. And I didn't sew them. :)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Recipe!

THIS is what I made today. Thanks to Rachel for posting it!

Cocoa-nut Honey Peanut Butter Balls

(link: )

Monday, January 10, 2011

"But You're Not Bitter or Anything..."

It's everywhere around us. People holding long-standing grudges. Country against country. Neighbor against neighbor. Brother against brother. We come up with all sorts of reasons to hold grudges, and in our minds, they're fabulous, infallible reasons.

That's a problem.

*listens for disagreement*

*hears whispers in the back row and sees a few skeptically raised eyebrows*

Okay. Here goes. *grabs a can labeled "Cora's Radical New Idea"*

It's my alwayseversohumble opinion that we have no right to hold grudges. I'm going to go out on a limb and assume you have heard of Jesus. Further, I'm going to assume you know that He was crucified on a cross. If, however, this is unfamiliar to you, I suggest reading from the New Testament before proceeding with this post. :)

So why do we not have a right to our self-justified grudges? Well. As I was standing there browning the hamburger for dinner, it occurred to me that if Jesus/Yeshua, Messiah, who is our role model, allowed his innocent, gentle, beautiful hands to be nailed to a cross and asked for forgiveness for these people who were killing Him that He came to save, how can we look at someone else and say, "You disagreed with me! He took my toy! She said something that hurt my feelings!" and be justified?

Just an idea. Forgive your brother or friend or mortal enemy. Ask to be forgiven. Mend bridges. And if you know someone holds a grudge against you, it is not "just their problem." Go try to fix it. See here:

Matthew 5:

21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.    23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
   25 “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. (NIV)

Every moment you're allowing that grudge into your life is like twisting that nail in Jesus' hand. Don't do it.

Romans 12:18 "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men." (KJV)

See what happens. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

 Note: I used NIV for the longer section on account of most people these days not caring for (or understanding) KJV,which is my normal translation.

Sunday, January 9, 2011


Here's a look at my little buddy. First he was the Lego Man's little buddy, and then the Lego Man went on to bigger and better activities, and Wolverine became the big sister's project. And a good little project he has been. He now knows the difference between chewtoys and fingers, scratching posts and people, and occasionally uses each for their correct purpose.

Redneck kitten plays... (back when we first got him)

...and plays...

And bites...

Aww... :)

"No, Lego Man, I think we should put the experience points into this cat-egory."

And more recently...

Handsome rogue.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Who Are You?

Have you ever been driving your car, riding a bus, or walking around a grocery store and wondered about the other people you come across? Have you ever caught a glimpse of a face and wondered, "Where is that person going, both in the immediate travel and in their life? Are they happy?" Sometimes I do. Sometimes I wonder if I'm losing a good friend by not speaking to them.

Where I work (as a salesman and cashier at a store), I'm required to talk to people. But instead of assisting them in the most plain-vanilla way I can ("Hi - how can I help you? That's found over here, blah blah blah..."), I make them part of my life for however many moments they're in contact with me. My goal is to lighten the mood of at least half of the people I come across. I can't help it now. I just crack up with my goofy smile as soon as I walk up to people, and somehow that smile always makes them smile, too.

It's fun. YHVH has blessed me tremendously with this job. I've met new friends in customers just by being a warm and bubbly person. I may not know their names, but I know their faces, the sound of their laughter, and the joy of knowing I made just a little difference.

Thursday, January 6, 2011


I was speaking with a friend of mine a long while ago (years?). I think it was around Thanksgiving. Yes, it must have been, because I asked what T was particularly thankful for, given that it was the season that Americans traditionally think of thankfulness. She replied that she was not thankful. For anything. Naturally, I was surprised. "Nothing at all?"

"Yes, nothing at all," T responded. "Most people are thankful for health, general life happiness, or even life at all. I see those as personal rights that belong to me and not something to be thankful for. Nor is there anyone or anything to be grateful to. I simply am until I am no more. Anyone who thinks other than that is silly."

This gave me a profound insight into a human soul as I think it over these recent days (being absent from my blog, this is the main subject I've been pondering, along with a few other things). They say people have a God-sized hole in their lives that only He can fill. I think what I observe from my friend's conversation is that this is what it looks like when that life-void is embraced. "Life is nothing. Death is nothing. Live it up."

This insight also led me to a new understanding of how grateful I should be! My life is borrowed from YHVH/God. Everything in it was given to me for His good pleasure. Truly, I am a blessed daughter of Zion.

If the Lord so burdens you, please pray for T. She is a sweet lady, and I would love for her to know the Truth.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

"Well, I'm Back"

So Rosemary and Cora Beth both demanded asked that I return to the blogosphere.

Maybe it would be fitting to write an "In 2011, I plan to..." list. Even though I deny the idea that it is 2011. I just got used to writing 2010 instead of 2009. New Year's Grinch - That's me!

So in this year, which I still call 2010, I plan to...

1. Help my neighbor in her quest to learn how to tan animal furs. She has contacts from which to get the chemicals (we looked in to doing 100% at-home DIY stuff with the corn flakes and battery acid, and that was going to be way too much work; who said wagon train women couldn't be just a little lazy?). Yes, as everyone off the 'nets asks, and I'm sure you're about to, I do mean real honest-to-goodness rabbit furs.
2. Practice making bread and maybe *gasp* become proficient at it.
3. Make myself a more valuable asset at my work.
4. Practice being humble and submissive. I tend to have a bit of a stubborn streak.
5. Finish that nasty evil wretched wonderful quilt I started for the Cowboy. Only 296 more dumb simple and easy pieces of evil strong and manly denim to cut out. *sigh* Anyone have any spare jeans? I'll need them... Has anyone mentioned that Cora hates quilting? She does. Cutting stuff up to sew into a blanket with tons of waste in seam allowances? Unthinkable! Yet here she is...

And the one that I know I will HAVE to do:
6. Learn patience. This summer will be very difficult for me unless I can learn to fully rely on the Lord. But He's been giving me reason upon reason to trust Him in this venture. I know the Cowboy and I will learn much and come out better in the end, so part of me is excited, but the other part is dreading when the Cowboy leaves.

I'm sorry for abandoning you guys. I've missed you a lot.