Sunday, December 24, 2017
Shock and disgust…the look on the realtors face when we told her that we have not had a water heater for 6 years! I guess if you don’t have a hot running shower you are dirty or uncivilized…well at least that was what the look on her face said.
I believe the water heater was invented around the mid 1800’s…..So what did people do before that? I suppose they were just dirty. Or, they heated their water on their wood stoves and took baths like us.
Well, for the last 6 years that is what we have been doing. We call them bucket baths. It wasn’t our original plan.
When we bought our farm in the woods all the water lines had been disconnected. There was no well on the property and we were 35+ minutes to the nearest “city” for city water. We had just moved in and it was winter and we had no water to the house.
The grandkids loved taking turns pumping the water! And…my hair loved being washed with rainwater, it grew fast like wild weeds!
We talked occasionally of putting in a water heater, but we had grown use to this lifestyle. It wasn’t that hard. We kept a 5 gallon bucket in the bathroom to fill with warm water from the stove at bath time. Then you just took a large cup and doused yourself with warm water, soaped up, then rinsed off. That easy. Kind of like 1800’s or before.
One other reason we decided against the “water heater” was missions. We knew someday we were going to go into some type of fulltime ministry, somewhere, and we wanted to be ready for any environment.
During these 6 years we have learned not take things for granted. Don’t waste water, wood, food, and time.
The farm is on the market now, and to make it more sellable we added a propane water heater. Has it been nice having hot showers? or instant hot water for dishes? It has been a treat. But, I know that I will truly miss the old ways that I have grown to love.
Friday, September 8, 2017
~~Abbynormal Turns the Page~~
As far back as I can remember when thinking about my future…..it always had something to do with living in the country or woods. It was my life dream. (See my first blog “Abbynormal Peace”) It was a big part of what Linda, my best friend in junior high and I talked about. We were going to be roommates and live on the little farm I was raised on in Oregon. We were going to have horses and goats and chickens, and, and, and….
Don’t get me wrong, I love the desert, I miss the desert, I just don’t like the city part of Las Vegas. I was ready to move. I put my house on the market to sell, and I was going to go visit and stay with family until I found a new home. Then my sister told me about a Christian online dating site, I decided that I would give it a try for two weeks. Just two weeks!
My profile write up was harsh and to the point of who I was and what I was looking for and not looking for!
A man from Oregon found me, he seemed to have the same life dream that I had. We talked, and then he flew to Las Vegas to meet me, then 5 months later we got married at my moms place in AZ.
I told my friends at “Dancing with the Seniors” good-bye and that I was a mail-order bride, hahahahaha they were old, they understood. Then when the whirlwind settled I was in NW Oregon married and living in an apartment.
Tick Tock, Tick Tock...
We spent his days off from the job hiking along the ocean trails and gathering driftwood and rocks.
During that time we also came across a Christian video series called “Gods Generals” . We would rent one at a time to watch, then look up more information about each person covered in the series. If you are a Christian you will understand what I am about to share. Sometimes something happens and you feel a burning desire within your Spirit and you just know, feel, that something is the truth. We were watching another “Gods Generals” when this happened. This one was about John G. Lake.
Daniel was close to early retirement, so this became our deadline. We wanted to go, just as Jesus said “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” God has put a love for people into my heart that had never been there before and I wonder how I could have ever thought to be a hermit. God had never told us to try and find paradise on earth or gather up treasures while here. Jesus said, if you have two tunics, give to one in need, not have a closet full of tunics.... not that we can't have homes, He also said as you go, which could also mean while at work or in the store if you see a need take care of it. Think about it.....
So all the work on the farm is done, and it is on the market!
Our new little “home” on wheels is ready to go.
We may not be the most qualified people,
but we are available and we are ready to go! Here am I...send me Lord.
Lets turn this page and start a new chapter!
Tick Tock Tick Tock....
Friday, December 16, 2016
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
|Deer and Coyote print next to each other.|
An Abbynormal love for... Prints in Sand and Snow
|AZ Desert Millipede "enlarged"|
|Nice size coyote.|
|Deer and Coyote prints. Deer hoof drag on left.|
|Blood on the trail.|
I found a few "other" types of prints while I was out-and-about this AM.
|An antler track. hahaha|
|Honda CRX HF tracks.|
Friday, November 4, 2016
|Kelly with one of our pet mini goats.|
When my kids were younger we lived on a little pocket of "country" in the middle of the city. An oasis in the desert! Along with our home schooling I wanted to give my kids the farm life experience. It ended up more like a petting zoo that benefited a few church plays and harvest festivals. Only a small amount of our “farming” made it to the table. Once it was on the table it was even harder to get it off the plate and into their mouths.
|Tamara with one of our hens|
Chicken eggs were easy. Duck eggs, no way. Later somehow, we found a sheep ranch in Utah that gave away newborn lambs for free! This old farmer who was near 90 years old had taken over running the ranch as a young man after his father died. His daughter told us that he had never taken a vacation from the ranch! Every year at lambing time, some of the ewes would have triplets. This old farmer had a soft heart and desired that none should perish. He made sure all the newborn lambs had received some colostrum milk from their mothers for their immunities before he gave any away, usually the smallest of the trio. But, they were free. One trip we came back with 16 baby lambs! We had a lot of bottle feeding to do. We picked out the ones we wanted to keep, A couple didn’t make it, and we sold the rest. Selling some helped pay for the powered lambs milk. The bottle feeding was fun and the kids really liked this part. We didn't crop their tails and when you bottle fed them they would wag their tails the whole time. It was so cute!
|Daniel and Tamara|
Those little lambs would run and leap and follow my kids around. When they became sheep they became an even bigger part of the kids play time. Years later they confessed to giving their youngest sister, Kelly, rides on the back of the sheep.
|Christa and Tamara|
Later on we tried raising rabbits for meat. The raising part the kids enjoyed. Butchering, well, I could clean, but I could not kill anything. My best friend, Kate and her husband came over to help with the butchering process. Having the three of us there made the work fast. They went home with their payment share of rabbit meat and mine went into the frig or freezer. I will say this, that after a rabbit is skinned it looked just like the cat we had dissected in high school. Hmm…The eating part…..well? I used the meat just like I would use chicken, but the kids just couldn’t eat it. I think in the end I gave most of it away.