I’m Heidi. I’m a 40ish mom of two very busy and loud young girls. I have been married to the same man for the last 18 years and counting.
We live in Southeastern Ontario, Canada on the farm that my husband grew up on. We’ve recently (February 2012) moved in and will be spending a little time making it our own. Until we moved to the farm we had lived next door to it on our own 6 acre property, which is now occupied by another family member. We have 2 ponies and a horse that our children are learning to ride and care for. I like that they are learning responsibility and work at an early age.
This isn’t a blog about city people moving to the country to homestead, its a blog about rural people continuing to live life pretty much the same way our parents and their parents lived it. We try to live simply in order to keep things easy and to save a little something for the future.
We are a work in progress, but like to try new things. We garden and preserve some food, we’ve dabbled in chickens for meat, we barter, buy locally when possible (but not exclusively or obsessively) and try to fix it or make it ourselves as much as we can. Luckily, I married a very handy farmboy who can fix or build almost everything. If something breaks, we don’t always replace it, but find a way to “farmer” it. Yes, we use the word farmer as a verb.
We are learning to be more of a “Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without” kind of household. Not always, and not perfectly, but we somewhere in that vicinity.