Over the years I have had a desire to live on a farm and go back to a simple way of living. I have always admired the life that my grandparents, Clyde and Marie Walters, lived. They were very simple people, living simple lives on a farm. Over the years they raised chickens, had cows, several horses and seemed to always have a liter of puppies.
I have witnessed my grandmother catch a chicken, wring it's neck and fry it up for lunch. During the summer, they would take us fishing, teaching us how to bait our hooks with worms and how to take our fish off the hook. We would bring our catch to the house in a metal bucket, scale the brim with a spoon and she would fry it up for supper.
They always had a garden in the summer and many summers we sat under the gigantic pecan tree and shucked corn and shelled peas to put in the freezer. The garden was full of all kinds of vegetables and they worked really hard to put their harvest in the freezer and also shared with friends and family. There were figs, apples, pears, and pecans to harvest as well. Fig preserves, fried apple pies, canned pears and pecan pies were some of the things grandmother did with her produce.
As a little girl it was always exciting to be at their house when they killed a hog. Everyone was busy. I didn't really pay much attention to the details but I can still remember the cold, cold weather and the hustle bustle to get the hog butchered and processed to put in the freezer. Granddaddy had a smoke house so of course he smoked some of the meat.
God has blessed me once again by allowing me the opportunity to purchase my grandparent's farmhouse. Living in this farmhouse is awesome. Every morning I look out my kitchen window over the garden spot that they used all those years. The old barn is still standing and I love to close my eyes and reminisce climbing up in the loft and playing for hours with my cousins.
I never dreamed I would be able to live in this house. It is lining up with my dream to live the simple life.
I was able to get a rooster and hen a few months back. That has been fun. They are very entertaining. My dream is to get more hens so I can gather eggs. I want a couple of donkeys, maybe a couple of goats ( I know they aren't as cute as they look) and a miniature pony. I am looking forward to gardening too.
Country living is awesome.
I think I'm getting there....the simple life.