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Fayette Co, KY, United States
I am a country girl stuck in the city, for the time-being. I enjoy the country way of life, and practice that in my home as best I can by canning and preserving foods, cooking and baking from scratch, crocheting, living vicariously thru the many blogs I follow about country life. I enjoy learning about raising livestock, and glean from my past employment and personal experiences of working with animals to fuel some of my postings. I have 5 cats, who keep my life interesting. And I am also an amateur poet. Thanks for stopping by and checking out this Farmer-gal who is caught in town, for now.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Thoughtful - Thankful Thursday

I was thinking today of how many years ago it had been since I'd wanted to be involved in farming, and it was back when I was in grade school and into high school. Back then, I wanted to marry a farmer, and have 12 kids, work on the farm, as well as cook huge dinners for the family and hired hands just like the farmwomen of old.

Things changed, life happened; I did get to raise some chickens, a few hogs, and a couple of heifers when I lived in Bismarck ND with my then husband, but my management skills had much to be desired, I know better now. Then I worked for 9 years with a university swine research unit; and before that helped on another university's farm with their hogs and sheep.
After working on the swine research farm, somehow I got lost, and forgot about farming and working with animals. Probably because the farm was a confinement system, and I couldn't see working with livestock in that environment any longer.

Somehow, come 2006, my yearning for farmlife returned, and I started reading up on raising chickens, and goats, and sheep - the Storey Publications. Began learning more about intensive grazing, and its benefits.
Then, that fateful day occured when I heard Suzanne McMinn on NPR's Inside Appalachia - about her blog Chickens in the Road. That's when things really turned around. But maybe some seeds were again planted when I made friends with a gal in Casey Co KY on a Yahoo group, and back then, which was about 2006, I had dreams of moving there and helping her on her farm.
I think that things happen for a reason. Most of my life I have wanted to live and work on a farm, work with livestock. I've had the chance to do a lot of that along the way, even marrying a son of a farmer, and though it didn't work out, and Steve had no want of farming, I still got to work with his Dad some on the farm and come to love it even more, and get his Dad's support in my wanting to learn and experience farmlife.

I honestly believe that God has been preparing me for this moment of getting the chance to move to Casey Co, and become involved in farming full-time. Even the experiences I had when I went camping in Amish country in Lancaster PA have shaped me to this day. When I was there, I went next door to an Amish dairy farm and asked if I could help them finish milking because it was starting to get dark, and they looked like they may need a hand, if just to carry the milk buckets to the large holding tank.
All of this reflection is just to say I've been thinking a lot today, and am increasingly grateful and thankful of the experiences, good and bad, that have brought me to this time in my life. I am thankful for all of my blogging friends who have given me the courage to do what I have dreamed of, and for their encouragement and support. I see through your experiences how many possibilities there are, and to not give up on my dreams. So I now say a heart-felt thank you.

These are my reflections for a Thursday.
I hope Ya'll have a great rest of the evening.
Take care, from Fayette Co KY
Soon to be Casey Co KY


Kent Island Red said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Kathy. I'm really glad my daughter introduced me to blogging. I have met some wonderful people as well (you included) who inspire me everyday, and even tho I'm not able to post to mine as much as I'd like, between work & coming home and caring for the animals and a husband, I enjoy the heck out of ending my day by reading about everyone's life, daily activities and their thoughts. I can't wait to hear about your future adventures in Casey County.

clairz said...

This is such a heartfelt post, Kathy. You have a wonderful way of expressing yourself so that your readers feel that they are sitting in your kitchen talking with you.

I am excited to hear (read) how this adventure progresses. You are so right, though, everything that happens to us--good and bad--prepares us for the next step. Life is pretty amazing!

Angela said...

I'm so glad that the Lord is giving you your heart's desires of living on a farm! Sometimes it just takes a little longer than we would like but when we finally arrive where that is it is wonderful and peaceful!

Have a Great Weekend!

southernlady64 said...

Hi Kathy, I live in Frankfort, Ky. I found you by coming through New Mexico and Clairz. I used to live right on the Casey, Boyle, Marion County line and run a small grocery store in that area. I am so happy for you and have enjoyed your blog. The area you are moving to is just a wonderful place to live and I have missed it so much since I moved away. In fact, I am making a trip this Saturday to Casey Co. to Amish Country with my twin daughters. We have been going every year since they were about three and they are now 33! I wish you all the best with your new adventure and I know that you are going to be happy in your new home. You will never find any better people than the people in that area of Kentucky.

Rural Revival said...

Kathy, I've been thinking of you these last few days, wondering how you're progressing with your preparations for your big move. I agree with what you say in this post, sometimes it can take us a long time to figure out the 'why' of things that happen in our lives but sometimes we just have to trust that that big bend in the road we're traveling is there for a reason and all will become clear once we round it.
I look forward to hearing all about your experiences in Casey Co and I wish you nothing but the best. I am so excited for you! (and perhaps just a wee bit envious too!)

Be well ~Andrea~

Lana said...

I just found your blog through FarmChick, and I really like it. Congrats on your journey back to the farm. We farm here in Indiana, northwestern part of the state (Hint: I am listening to the Purdue Football game playing just a county south of me!) We farm corn and soybeans and raise feeder cattle. Stop by for a visit here at www.walkingthe off-beatenpath.blogspot.com