Thursday, February 25, 2010

Old MacDonald

When I was younger, I lived in a small town. And our house in that small town was an old horse 'farm.' I say 'farm' because I don't know what other word to use. There was a barn with 4 stalls and a fenced-in pasture and two huge piles of manure-dirt.

I decided that it would be a good idea to plant a garden on that manure-dirt. I mean, it was pretty rich soil. And so I raked it and ho-ed it out and I planted my seeds and watered them. I would weed, but then I'd get bored and I would let the weeds grow.

My mom would say to me, 'Danae, if you don't weed those things won't grow. Plus, it looks horrifying. You need to weed.'

I wouldn't say that I was a smart-alek or anything growing up or anything, but my response was always the same.

'If God wants it to grow, it'll grow.'

My mom always loved THAT response. That meant that I'm not weeding the garden. But things always grew. There were always tomatoes. A few pumpkins.

There has always been a small part of me that wanted a farm. That's ridiculous. I've NEVER done anything like that in my life. But I feel like...I waste SO much. Why do those toys need to be double-wrapped in plastic? Is there a reason that my BREAD is double-wrapped?! Why will that keep it fresher?!

I know it would be busy, but a part of me really wants to grow vegetables and make bread all the time. Have you ever had feelings like that? I would love to do that.

Random, I know. But I was thinking about it while I was walking to work today.


  1. I was just telling my husband that I really want to start a garden this summer. last year, I grew some herbs in containers on our deck and I was overjoyed with that accomplishment.

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  2. I love making bread!! There is nothing like walking into the house and smelling bread baking!!!! I'd like to start a garden but I have a black thumb!!!

  3. Great post...My husband likes to grow flowers and veggies....and he is learning to make bread.
    Hugs, andrea

  4. I grew up on a "farm". We didn't have cows or a barn, but we had chickens, pigs and goats. I long for something like that, especially now that I live in a big "city" compared to where I'm from. Give me fresh eggs and homemade bread any day!!

  5. I can honestly tell you that nothing tastes better than homemade bread right out of the oven, smothered in butter or even home grown vegetables. Nothing!

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  6. I feel this way all the time...I think it's my way of trying to be responsible, a sower of good things as well as just getting back to basics and enjoying the world God has created.

    This post was refreshing!


  7. Yes, as a child I felt a real affinity with nature which was weird because I grew up in a city and in apartments. But the seed was sown and when i was thirty I migrated to a nature country New Zealand and then 20 years later I moved finally to my dream, a rural property in New Zealand. It is amazing how that seed planted in my childhood has come to fruition and I absolutely feel as if I have come home.
    We only eat fresh veggies and fruit and it is amazing. We do no longer feel the need for distraction such as television, living and eating of the land nurtures all, mind and body obviously.
    So go for it, it is worth it and childhood dreams are not innocent but powerful.
    Love Wilma

  8. I would love to grow a few vegetables in my back yard, but sadly I do not have the time to keep it up properly. Would be nice though! Having a chicken or two around for fresh eggs would be nice too :)
    Sundays are good days for bread baking.

  9. Mike and I are looking into buying a bread machine so we can make our own gluten-free bread. It would also be nice to have a little garden for some fresh and in-season (not transported to the U.S. in wintertime from Argentina) vegetables and fruits. :)

  10. Hello! I occasionally use tofu, but not in very creative ways. I mostly add it to stir-frys instead of maet, or marinate & bake up cubes of it. There's a soup I like to make with tofu, mushrooms, and bok choy; that's on the plans for one of my Meatless Fridays in a few weeks! :)