Monthly Archives: August 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Sitting?!?!

(Just for a few seconds…)


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Setting Simple Goals

Thanks to Country Girl for tipping me off to this! Elsie at A Beautiful Mess has put forth this challenge of setting and achieving simple goals before the end of 2010.

Here are Elsie’s guidelines:

  1. choose simple goals that will make your life richer and happier on a daily basis. choose things you may not otherwise get done, but that are not difficult to accomplish. 
  2. do not choose result oriented goals, choose activity oriented goals. for example… instead of “lose 10 pounds”, choose something like “eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day”.  positive actions instead of just the end result! 
  3. choose goals that are personal that you believe will truly make your life richer just by doing them! they can be daily, weekly or one time experiences. 
  4. choose a reward for each goal as it is accomplished! it can be a small or large reward. 
  5. blog your goals, each one as you achieve it and a big post when they are all finished before the new year! 

I really need this.  After having Josh, it seems that everything I enjoyed as hobbies (well, besides blogging) has been put on hold.  That’s not to say it’s a bad thing, but I’m missing all the fun things I used to do, even though Josh and I do fun things together now.  So here are my goals:

  1. Start knitting again.  I have pretty purple yarn that I bought last fall to make myself a scarf and hat.  I have lots of blue and green yarn that I bought to make things for Josh, too.  I’m going to work on my purple scarf and a hat and (thumb-less) mittens for Josh.  Reward: My new purple scarf, of course!
  2. Learn more about chickens.  I’ve been talking about getting chickens for a few years now.  I need to read a few books about them in preparation for getting them next spring.  I SWEAR I’m going to get them next spring! Reward: Something from Etsy, maybe with a chicken theme, limit $20.
  3. Go to bed early.  My friends on Facebook and Twitter will tell you how little sleep I’ve been getting lately.  Since I’ll be going back to work in two weeks and will be getting up at 5:30, I really NEED to get my rest.  I’m setting a bedtime of 9pm on weeknights.  (This may interfere with all my other goals!)  Reward: New warm and cozy jammies after 3 weeks of getting to bed early
  4. Blog weekly.  I know that’s not really a lofty goal, considering I used to blog multiple times each day.  Again, going back to work is going to be tough, so I’m setting a goal of posting here once a week (don’t worry, I have guest posts lined up… and YOU can contribute if you’d like to!) and at Josh’s baby blog once a week, in addition to my new blogging gig at a soon-to-be-launched site.  So really, that’s 3 posts each week.  Reward: The satisfaction of knowing I achieved this goal, and interaction with all of my dear friends online!

I’m excited about this challenge! But if you’ll excuse me now, it’s my 9:00 bedtime.  Unless, of course, I start tomorrow…

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Summer Fun at Mema’s

We visited my grandmother Mema today on her farm, just one town over.  This is the farm where my Mom grew up and where my brothers and I had many sleepovers.  Walking around today with my little boy, I reminisced about all the fun we used to have playing outside at Mema’s.

Mema’s clothesline was a volleyball net, badminton net, support for forts, and one post was second base in backyard kickball or baseball games.  

The hand pumps were where we washed off the precious rocks we found, where we filled tubs used to float the boats we carved out of overgrown zucchini, and where we could wash our dirty feet or hands.

The old outhouse was the perfect hiding place for a game of Hide and Go Seek or for when Mom said it was time to go home.

The swing under the big maple tree provided the perfect rest on a hot busy day, where we sat to wave at the occasional walker, bike riders or cars that went past.  Mema and Pa knew all their neighbors back then.

It’s funny to think how the best toys then were a ball, a bucket, or an overgrown zucchini.  We could stay busy all day, and summer seemed to last forever.  What ordinary items become toys at your house?


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Nothing Wrong with a Hammer

Here’s my working man.  This barn is Ed’s hobby, the reason he hasn’t been at picnics, festivals, and parties this summer.  He doesn’t want to miss working while the weather’s good.


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Wordless Wednesday: Smiles


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Not For Sale

I don’t run advertisements here, and I never have.  I’ve never had a giveaway.  I occasionally do book reviews when I enjoy a book, but I don’t do paid reviews.  I once reviewed a water bottle that I got for free, but I didn’t like it and said so.  After that, I decided to reject any offers to do reviews in exchange for free products.

Farmer’s Daughter is a reflection of my life.  I have a paying job and I also started writing for pay recently at a to-be-launched site (details coming soon).  This blog is my hobby, an enjoyable part of my life.  I decided long ago that this blog is not for me to make money.  Not that I think I could make that much money with it anyway.

This lifestyle that I live and blog about is not for sale.  I’m focusing on living with less, reducing my impact, avoiding consumerism, reducing waste.  I cannot in good conscience promote “stuff” via ads, giveaways or paid reviews.  And I don’t want to do that or feel any type of pressure or influence on what I write.  I write for me, and if you happen to enjoy what I have to say, my photos or my recipes, I’m so happy that you visit.

I visit blogs that have ads, occasional reviews and giveaways, and I’ve entered and even won giveaways of items that I thought would be useful (I won a copy of Sharon Astyk’s book Depletion and Abundance and a DVD of “Dirt,” an environmental film I’d like to show to my students).  I am turned off if a blog seems to be all about the “stuff” but I’ve found that most of the blogs I enjoy place much more value on content over consumerism.

What do you do on your own site? Why?


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