A person doesn’t decide one day to turn into a modern homesteader. And it doesn’t necessarily occur as soon as you bring home your first chickens. It generally happens slowly, over a period of time. And then one day when you least expect it, the realization suddenly hits you. And it is often either pointed out by someone else or discovered through a slightly embarrassing moment. And then you know, without a doubt. YOU have become a modern homesteader.
The following statements, in no particular order, are instances when I knew, with absolute certainty, that I had changed. I was no longer a suburban housewife. I was a homesteader. And I am telling you the truth: these all happened to me.
You know you are a Modern Homesteader when…
- You spend more on canning jars than you do on clothes.
- “Picking up chicks” takes on a whole new meaning.
- You are proud of your farmer’s tan because it means you actually WORKED to get it.
- Your child teaches you that you don’t need to spend money on a mud mask.
- You don’t need your wallet to run out to get some _________ (milk, eggs, vegetables etc.)
- You reach into your pocket and pull out a duck egg instead of coins.
- You understand the real meaning of “don’t put all of your eggs in one basket”.
- You find hay in your bra.
- You’d rather spend winter evenings reading seed catalogues than going out anywhere.
- Pallets are included in your list of building supplies.
- Your selfies involve farm animals and/or vegetables.
- A “mud room” really means a room with mud in it. LOTS of mud.
- Your 3 year old knows how babies are made and where they come from.
- You pay for things with eggs, jam or honey instead of money.
- You store your vinegar and baking soda in the bathroom and your toothpaste and lotion in the fridge.
- When a date night with your husband means getting hay or trimming hooves.
- You actually cry over spilled milk.
Can you relate? What signs proved to you that you were a modern homesteader?