Old Dogs, New Tricks, and Other Urban Legends

In my internet browsing recently I have been drawn to several blogs about families’ adventures in homesteading.  I just love the way they are returning to the land and learning about organic gardening, animal husbandry, and traditional foods.  One of my favorites is Katie Riddle’s blog, Riddlelove.  I am living vicariously through them all for sure.  Every time I read one, my heart aches to have my very own piece of land where anything is possible and everything is allowed.

As I was reading the other day, a very disturbing thing happened.  From the deep, dark, recesses of my mind came this ugly, mean, nasty voice.  It said things like, “Don’t you think you’re a little too old for that kind of thing?”.  And, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, ya know”.  After listening to that voice for a few minutes I got really sad.  Maybe that voice was right, maybe I was too old.  Maybe a single woman doesn’t have any business living out in the country.  Blah blah blah blah blah.  I almost started crying over all the reasons this deep, heart-felt desire of mine was a bad idea.

Then I started getting mad.  How dare that ugly voice try to steal my dream!  Just who did that voice belong to anyway?  I don’t believe I’m too old!  I’m not even 50 yet!  And this old mature dog can learn just as many new tricks as she wants to, thank you very much.

Here’s what I learned through this:

1.  The Bible warns us that the devil is here to steal, kill, and destroy.  That includes our dreams and passions,

2.  It’s important that you feed your dream and keep it in front of you, and

3.  It’s really important that you guard your dream and don’t let anyone talk you out of it.

So, next time you begin to hear that nasty voice trying to talk you out of your dream go get your pointy toed shoes on and kick some devil hinny!  And dream on, Baby, dream on!

Thankful Thursday #8

Today I am thankful for drains that actually, well, drain.  That’s not something I think about much really.  I just run water down the drain and assume it’s going to go where it’s supposed to.   Over the weekend we had a cold snap with a few inches of snow and everything.  So much for it being mild the rest of the winter.  🙂  Anyway, whether it was frozen or just blocked I don’t know, but last Friday night the large drain out to the sewer stopped draining.  Water backed up into the bathtub, flooded the garage, the whole thing.  Not a lot of fun.  Which left us with 3 stinky people, lots of dirty dishes, and no clean laundry.  And the potty situation was just, well, eeewwwww!

Monday evening the Roto Rooter guys were finally able to get to my house.  Bless them, they apparently had a very busy weekend.  And in a matter of 20 minutes from the time they got there to the time they left, they had cleaned out the pipe so everything could flow smoothly the way it was designed.  A. Maz. Ing.  The thing that was causing such a huge mess in my life was taken care of just like that *Insert finger snap here* by someone who knew what they were doing.  Pretty sure there’s a spiritual application somewhere in this little adventure of mine.  🙂

So what are you thankful for today?  If you have a blog link up your post below.  If not, share with us in the comments.

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Inspiration

Ok, I realize that today is Monday and not Thursday.  Just consider this a “Special Addition” Thankful Thursday. 

Today, I am thankful for people who inspire me.  We all need people in our lives that cheer us on and celebrate our victories with us.  I am blessed to have those people on my life.  We also need to have those people in our lives that let go, jump in, and follow their dreams.  I also am blessed that I have those people in my life.  Today, I would like to tell you a little bit about two of them.

My little sister, Debbie, has a very strong sense of who she is and just as important, who she is not.  She lives in a small town in Texas close to Dallas.  She raises chickens, repairs antique quilts, restores antique sewing machines, gardens organically, has a grey water system to water her garden, and uses a solar oven to cook in during the summer.  She absolutely refuses to be put into any kind of box, and if you ask her about herself, she’ll tell you she’s “living hippie proud”.

 In my former life, when I was a staunch adherent of rigid box living, I never really understood her much.  How could anyone possibly be happy without a box to live in?  She confused me.  She sometimes embarrassed me.  And she provoked me to jealousy.  I didn’t understand how, but I knew she was way happier than I was.

 As I began to emerge from my box (or at least poke my head out the top), she began to inspire me.  To try things like making homemade soap, which was kind of fun, and homemade cheese, which was so awesome that I have a friend making me a cheese press so I can start making cheddar cheese which is my all time favorite.  She helped to jumpstart my journey to a simpler lifestyle, and introduced me to the road less traveled.

 Several years ago, she quit her “real job” to stay home and raise her kids.  She home schooled and made quilts and took on sewing projects to make some extra money.  She and her husband Chris taught the kids to live outside the box and follow their hearts.  Their son is now working his dream job at a gaming company inSeattleand his wife just finished culinary school.  Their daughter is studying marine biology at A&M Galveston and loving life.

Now with the kids well on their way, Chris has decided it’s time to follow his dream.  He has always loved skateboarding.  Probably since before it was cool.  Any spare time he has, he’s at the skate park.  So he and Debbie have decided to open their own skate board shop.  Flatspot Boardshop, 8901 Virginia Pkwy, Suite 500, McKinney, Texas.  Their Grand Opening is today.  There will be give-aways, awesome deals, and a fun time will be had by all.  So, to Deb and Chris:  You are both an inspiration to me, and I am proud to call you family!

So, if any of you happen to be in the Dallas area today, even if it’s out of your way, why not swing by and support the dream and the dreamers.  You’ll be happy you did.  And tell them Cery sent you.

Peace out.