Country Living Series

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Our (cough) exciting lives

Yesterday I organized our pantry. It was long overdue, and I made things much more streamlined and efficient.


In the process, I ended up trashing our kitchen, which then required a lengthy cleanup. In the process of that, I also cleaned the inside of our fridge.

My life is SO glamorous, don't you think?

If there's one thing I try to do on this blog, it's to present the plain unvarnished reality of our lives. Sometimes things are (cough) exciting (this usually involves cattle in some way) but most of the time we blunder on, leading a non-exciting but productive and happy existence.


Which is why it cracked me up to see this recent headline: Facebook or Fakebook? Many admit making lives seem more exciting on social media.

It seems "A survey by smartphone maker HTC found that more than three quarters of those asked (76%) said they judged their peers based on what they saw on their Instagram, Snapchat or Facebook profiles.

In order to make our own pages and lives appear more exciting, 6% also said they had borrowed items to include in the images in order to pass them off as their own and make others jealous.

More than half of those surveyed said they posted images of items and places purely to cause jealousy among friends and family.
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Believe me, if we're cleaning the barn or building an annex or picking strawberries or gathering tomatoes or canning chicken stock or anything else we do on a routine basis, the last thing we're trying to do is "make others jealous." We're just presenting life in the country.


Some might find this unspeakably dull. That's fine. It's not for everybody. But for those of you who choose to follow our humble lives, let me be the first to say "Thanks" -- and welcome to the boring reality of homesteading.

31 comments:

  1. This is precisely why you are my favorite blog and the only one I check daily. Keep up the good work and real reality!

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  2. We are the ones to say 'Thanks' for sharing your experiences. You are helping us to build our own homestead and 'life skills'.
    Montana Guy

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  3. I follow your site daily and never find it boring or tedious. We're both 75 and only have a small garden these days but do manage to can from it plus from the farmer's market.

    I also follow Enola's blog and wish both of you could be our neighbors.

    Congratulations on living your dream and being blessed with a wonderful family. Blessings

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  4. Your new lead photo is just stunning! The plain unvarnished truth that you post is why I come here every day to see what is happening on the Lewis homestead. What is the status of the wood cook stove?

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  5. I follow your blog daily and thoroughly enjoy it and feel that it's a blessing to lead the life that you and your family do. There is much to be said for raising a wonderful family and doing your own thing that is productive and enjoyable. Blessings

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  6. I follow your blog every day, too. Your life is just like ours and we like it just fine. More than enough excitement out in the world as it is. Love our peaceful existence!

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  7. Ditto the above. I read your site everyday and LOVE it. Please keep sharing. I feel like I am living the "country life" even though I live in the "city". God bless you and your wonderful family.

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  8. Gee, I was pretty jealous of your organized pantry! :) For those of us who truly love country living, it means finding joy even in the mundane. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. It is so refreshing to read your blog and hear your stories!

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  9. This apparent typo made me giggle: "If there's one thing I try to do on this blog, it's to preVent the plain unvarnished reality of our lives."

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    1. LOL -- yeah, I caught that one too. What do they call it -- a Freudian slip...?

      - Patrice

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  10. Your life IS exciting in its own way! I love, love, LOVE being a homesteader in my 50s...retired from the rat race so I can deal with a few rats in the barn! Thanks for sharing your life with us...

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    1. If you need cats - I have them and you can have several - 6-10 - (along with some zucchini) and I can also give you horse, cow or tractor excitement ($$) :- ( if you wish. I like "uneventful" days. I have learned to appreciate them. That is when life is REALLY good! Natokadn

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  11. I love reading your blog...every day...I get depressed when you don't post but understand that work comes first. I actually envy your lifestyle but am not sure that as a 54 year old single guy I could actually start now...so I live vicariously through you and your family.

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    1. You could! There are others who lived their whole life and died in less time than you may very well have left. I knew a few who did AND did a lot. It is up to you! Natokadn

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    2. I'm sure there is a like minded lady out there for you... either with children or wanting some, and would be thrilled to be on a homesteading 'adventure', (even though there could be 'boring' days. ha.)

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    3. Anonymous/Joy....thank you for your replies (Patrice, thank you for allowing them)...I guess I'll have to re-evaluate my situation. I firmly believe that when SHTF it would be best to be as self sufficient as possible. Thanks again for the positive reinforcement!

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  12. Ditto, ditto, ditto! I love coming to read here. (I check a couple times a day to make sure I don't miss any "comment parties.")

    Just Me

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  13. I am laughing, I redid my pantry, kitchen and fridge on Monday:)
    Must be in the air!!
    Love your blog.
    thanks
    Becky

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  14. The word "boring" should be struck from most people's vocabulary. It is overused with most people not understanding what boredom is. We have cautioned "other-people's-children" to not use it at our house as it will earn the user extra chores.
    I have happy to live a life other people would think is "boring" and I'm happy that you share your life with us. You are too busy to be bored, as we are. Granted, the business of life as you and we live it is busy, not glamorous, but I would not trade places with anyone with a glamorous life for all the money in the world.
    Your pantry is inspiring but the organization of mine will have to wait as we are up to our eyeballs in pears. I am enjoying the smell of mint pears right now.
    God bless you and your family.
    sidetracksusie

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  15. Patrice, I also follow this blog daily. I find your life interesting, not boring.

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  16. Boring is good, especially in later life.

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  17. Actually Mrs. Lewis, I do find your life "exciting", or perhaps "fulfilling" is a better word? When we do similar chores around the house, I feel a great sense of satisfaction at having accomplished a seemingly mundane, but crucial, task (that usually involves preparing for next winter!).

    I feel that I deserved my small glass of "libation" after a day of accomplishing the 'boring'.


    Steve Davis
    Anchorage, Alaska

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  18. I follow your Blog daily as well. Love it! Silly of some people to find it boring...I don't. Maybe your way of doing so many things well...and yucky at time...make them wish they didn't feel so guilty for not doing anything productive. The pantry overhaul hit me where it hurts. I've ignored mine about as long as I can stand it! You actually encouraged me to get up and get 'er done! Maybe tomorrow. :-)
    Vera

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  19. Everyone's welcome to their own opinion.

    My opinion?? Boring is good. Boring is stable, and steady, and it means that the work's getting done and nothing's too catastrophically wrong.

    Ancient Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times.

    As for the whole Fakebook thing. I guess that's why I don't Facebook. I see nothing wrong with a healthy competition. I mark a difference, though, between a healthy competition and playing "Outdo The Joneses."

    Certainly life has a competitive element. That doesn't mean that it has to be All About Winning, in every aspect and on every level.

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  20. Hi , i regularly catch up with your blog and thoroughly enjoy reading about your life, long may it continue. This is the first time I've commented but wanted to let you know that although I'm many miles away good sense and passion travels well.

    Amanda
    In Scotland

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  21. yeah, leave all that excitement out in the world. our homes are our havens. I enjoy what you post.

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  22. I'm jealous of those strawberries!

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  23. Egads! Who has time to be bored? We are so busy finishing up outside projects. And I also am jealous of those strawberries! Seriously, with each new post on your blog you give us the courage to keep trying to be as self-sufficient as we possibly can. We believe there are some very serious and not too pleasant events on the horizon. Our thanks always. Blessings from the Heartland.

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  24. Yes, cattle always seems to make things more interesting. Pigs do as well. :)

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  25. And by the way, beautiful job on the pantry, Patrice!!

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  26. Boring? Looks content, fulfilling and peaceful to me.

    I'm laughing with sidetracksusie - I too am preserving pears like mad. Neighbor has a tree and doesn't want them so I requisitioned them. I'll pay her back with a few jars of preserves.

    Leslie
    Marietta, GA

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