My Country

[Previous Rural Farmgirl, June 2010 – January 2012]

Of all of the things I am thankful this Thanksgiving, my loved ones top the list. They are my lifeblood. Second on the list is my home. Not just the farmhouse I call “home,” but the landscape in which I live. I moved down here to farm…and to be close to the southern Utah red rock sandstone. They are both in my blood – and sometimes I get so caught up in one that I forget the other. So you’ve seen some of the family and the farm – now, here’s some of the surrounding land. Here is some of “my country.”

Continue reading

  1. meredith says:

    Great post Libbie! I can indentify- we live in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mtns. of Va. and I cant imagine living anywhere else. After travelling to the midwest this past summer I realized this- boy, its flat out there! Lovely, but flat! I hope your family has a wonderful holiday and thanks for sharing your adventures with the rest of us farmgirls!

  2. Elizabeth J Walter says:

    Thank you for sharing this precious experience. One of the things you shared that most touched my heart is the realization of ‘how little, really, my soul needs to thrive’. You didn’t say ‘survive’, you said ‘thrive’. Big difference and an important realization. I recently left my beautiful home in a city where I did not ever feel at home to pursue my farmgirl dream in southeast Missouri. I do not have a home here yet. I am living in a camper on 40 beautiful acres. But, I am at HOME. My soul is thriving. I am realizing how very little one truly needs as long as the soul has a home!

  3. Reba says:

    Thanks for a thought provoking post! One of the things that you said…"If you can let go of the need to "get somewhere," it turns out that the speed of a child is always the right one. Just slow enough to really feel the magic…" is an awesome thought! That really makes ones’ "country" so meaningful. Blessings, Reba

  4. Debbie says:

    How fun!

    Home for most of us is " where we hang our hat" and as you say, hopefully it’s a " given" that our souls can rest and thrive where ever we call home. Seeing you photos of the beautiful desert reminds me of my childhood in Nevada. I say the same thing to Shery J.(rfgblogger) every time she shares her " wide open spaces of Wyoming ".

    As a child I played in the dry dirt amongst the sweet smell of sage and clean air chasing and catching lizards and horny toads and riding horses in the hills.

    As young newlyweds, my husband and I learned to garden in dry clay and hard pan soil. Every shovel ( or ogger we had to rent)that pressed into the earth was an effort, but we were determined to GROW flowers, trees and shrubs in our bare suburban back yard(that had been formed by sand blasting)in the new subdivision we lived in. We’ve camped, hiked ,cross country skied and driven over and through the woods of the Sierra Mountains in every type of weather.

    The dry wide open spaces of the west and the smell of a fresh pine forest will always be with me. Now I live and THRIVE near the sea in America’s hometown, Plymouth, MA. The high desert of Northern Nevada will always be in my soul and my DNA. The biggest ocean wave can’t wash away the dust or memories of the first half of my life there. I carry them with me always. After twenty plus years of visiting/living here in New England, the sea has become a part of me in the same way.. Now when I catch an ocean breeze in my hair, smell the ocean at low tide, feel the warm sand between my toes, or watch a beautiful sunset bouncing light across a flat calm bay I breathe it all in just as I did out west…

    How fortunate am I to have two of Mother Natures best works engraved on my soul? I have two homes for my soul. My eyes have been opened to new beauties and experiences that I never would have experienced had we not moved here ten years ago!

    I LOVE seeing your children playing in the rocks and sand! Reminds me of our two playing in the sand and climbing the big rocks on the beach!

    It can be such a cleansing for the soul to go out and be "one" with nature where ever you are!

    Thanks for the inspiration and photos of " your country "!

    Beach Blessings~

  5. I really enjoyed your pictures. The one line that struck me is how the red rock sandstone is in your blood. It helps me understand how I was so different from my siblings. I alsways wanted to be away from the city, farming. I could not understand why. My father was the same way. Then, I went back to Mexico when I was a teenager to stay for a few months with family. My family farmed and ranched. I felt so at home, like a peace that you get when you are where you are supposed to be in life. It was then I made up my mind that I was not going to live in the city, but find my calling and find some land. Though I may only be on one acre, I love it. I get to garden and do what I love, to sew and enjoy the land I am on. It is funny how something can be in your blood like that, but it is true and it is so satisfying.
    I enjoy seeing your pictures and that you share your family with us. Farm girl sisterhood at its best.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Hi, There, Punkin'!

[Previous Rural Farmgirl, June 2010 – January 2012]

I’ve always thought that the nickname “punkin'” was a cute one, but until I planted and harvested (and ATE – but that comes later) those little beauties, I didn’t realize what an amazing squash that orange globe really is. It’s time for autumn’s beauty and bounty to come in from the field –  just in time for dinner. Oh, and did I mention – I have this idea about changing the world…

Come on in – have a seat, and let’s chat…

“An open home, an open heart,

here grows a bountiful harvest.”

– Judy Hand

Continue reading

  1. Catherine says:

    Wonderful thoughts, Libbie!
    I’m pondering ways to make my home a haven these days myself.

  2. Debbie says:

    Dear Libbie,
    Such wonderful ponderings on blooming where your planted, making a home safe, comfy and just right for your loved ones and those who frequent our little corners of the world, and then to top it off with a little self nurturing to boot( very important)and homemade punkin’ pie too??? It just doesn’t get much better than this does it? We’ve been focusing on " a little artful nesting " here in our little corner too and just loving the small moments ( and the big ones too, we are finally remodeling our kitchen after 9 years of planning, dreaming, SAVING, and gathering nifty- thrifty materials to include)

    Keep the coffee warm and your farmgirl spirit in check! I’ll see you next time!
    Happy Thanksgiving~

  3. Roslynn says:

    I agree that a little effort can go a long way! Thanks for the inspiration and confirmation of the way I feel too. I can’t wait to make "real" pumpkin pie this year for Thanksgiving!

  4. Elizabeth J Walter says:

    Beautifully simple and well-worded thoughts, Libbie. Thank you for sharing your gentle heart!

  5. Janice says:

    Yes, it is all about the ripples. Everything we do creates ripples which spread out into the world.

  6. Tammy says:

    My grandmother always said a good pot of hot tea and conversation with a dear one could solve the world’s problems. I love that idea and i have tea daily…slows me down and my tea kettle is always ready for a friend. Lovely thoughts here. Thank you!

  7. Peggy says:

    I agree that a soak in a hot bath can clear your mind. It I have a problem a hot bath always helps me to figure out what path to take. And if I’m blocked creativily it opens up the door.

  8. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas on making a positive difference. The choice is up to each individual, and yes, it is a choice, not circumstances. Live in the moment – don’t fret about yesterday or worry about tomorrow, focus on right here and now. You will be surprised what an impact you can make on yourself and others by being HERE right now. Well wishes to you always, and if you need an apron to make your next culinary delight, give me a holler. Well wishes to you always.
    Rhythm and movement are life giving.

    Moonstruck Maiden

  9. Brenda says:

    Libbie thank you for your words. They hit home. In these times with all the bad things happing that we can do nothing about I am going to try to make my little corner a better place. I will be ready for company instead of hiding out and live each day with a happy thought.Some days will be hard but I will keep this post and go back and read it.

  10. drMolly says:

    Wonderful thoughts – and a great name (my #2 sister is Libby, so nearly the same) – I am so grateful to see that younger women are so wise in the manner of farmgirls everywhere & every age!


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *