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I lived on a dairy farm in Missouri when I was 4 and got my first pony - then lived the suburban-sprawl for almost 40 years, until we moved to rural southwestern CO. It was a HUGE culture shock - people waved at you when passing by on the dirt roads (not on asphalt ones), and when they blinked their lights at us we at first thought it was "gang" language like it is in the city! It meant they'd seen deer on the road so watch out! I also cried for the first two years every time a snow storm began moving overhead because I was scared we'd get snowed in. Remember, in California, even if it was just going to rain everyone would run to the store! I'm OK with snow now, and in 2015 we moved to real/better farming country - Minnesota. A lot of people wonder about our sanity, just as they did when we fled from Calif., but we have our reasons, and there are pros and cons with every location. We're empty-nesters; we've got 5 kids including twins, and 5 grandkids, spread around in different states. We'd like to create a place for sustaining ourselves in retirement (and family in the future if needed), and are currently looking into the 'earthship' biotech design, and affordable grain bin homes. So far I've raised chickens and had horses, but we have none currently. We're working on hydroponics, trying to hone this way of growing things for year-round produce. My dream is to have another horse, but I'd settle for a pony or burro at this point, lol. In the past, I painted a mural of horses on the wall to suffice, and even traded a painting of a horse in trade FOR a horse. I still like to paint them -as well as eggs-in-nests, among other farmy things. -- painting, writing, homesteading, horses, and learning!
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