Friday, October 12, 2012

Windmill thoughts

It says here that the basic design for pumping water with a windmill has not changed in 120 years.  
If it is not broke, why fix it?  
Is a windmill one of the keys to simplicity in country living?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Daughter of a feminist

Read this article here by the daughter of Alice Walker, author of the book "The Color Purple"  Raised by a feminist, and deciding on a different way of life than she was brought up to lead, she gives a very compelling witness to the emptiness that the radical feminist viewpoint creates.

This is my favorite line from the article

"I believe feminism is an experiment, and all experiments need to be assessed on their results. Then, when you see huge mistakes have been paid, you need to make alterations."

That is definitely a viewpoint that I share, having been there and done that myself.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

More old wisdom on staying home

"There must be some taint of inherent vulgarity about the person who considers household labor a drudgery. The cooking and dishwashing, the sweeping and dusting the making and mending are all but the means to the end of maintaining a comfortable home and home life, and home is the haven to which all humanity turns for peace and joy and comfort and happiness."

a snippet of an article from a 1902 issue of the Progressive Farmer on the subject of women's work.

Staying Home

Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest,
Home-keeping hearts are happiest;
For they that wander, they know not where,
Are full of sorrow and full of care;
To stay at home is best.

Poem from a 1902 issue of the Progressive Farmer

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Squash Maidens

Today we harvested our meager pile of squash.  
And I could not help but think of a quote from a book I read last night, called The Rural Solution.

"There is no better school than rural life for making people realize that they must watch their actions if they want to avoid loss.  It is a harsh school, but one learns in it."

My lessons learned.
Lesson 1- Weed the squash.
Lesson 2- Water the squash in drought.
Lesson 3- Don't let the escaped steer meander his way into the squash patch (or the pepper patch for that matter!) for said steer will have a nice lunch in your vegetable patch. 

But...we have a small pile, and God willing (and ME free willing) next year I will work harder to make sure my squash patch is a success.