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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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The Chicken Doctor


The Architect


Hunting and Gathering

One of the things we wanted to do when we moved to our farm was to grow our own food.  We felt it was important to use the land to provide for our family.  So, we grow a garden and we raise pigs and chickens and sometimes we find other sources for our food.

Take for instance Ellen’s truck.  Yes, Ellen now has a vehicle.  It’s as old as she is and has a lot of character and by character I mean duck tape has been used.  This little truck has been such a blessing to us and came just in time for basketball season when my kids need to be in three different places at the same time.  Now Ellen can get herself where she needs to go and I only have  to perform a small miracle to get the other two kids where they need to go at the same time.  I perform this miracle by yelling, “GET IN THE VAN!!!”  Try it, you’ll be amazed how miraculously things happen after you scream your lungs out to get those little butts moving.

Okay, so yes, the truck.  It came with a special gift.

A little furry gift that Clay had to fish out of the air vent.  Did I mention that Clay likes to go fishing?  But, he hasn’t really gone fishing for years.   And he likes to go hunting too.  But, he hasn’t really gone hunting for years.  Clay’s contribution to our table via hunting and fishing has been zero until the day he went fishing and hunting in Ellen’s truck.

Hello dinner.  The family eats tonight!!

“Mom!  I think mashed potatoes would be great with this!  I haven’t had one of these for…….have we ever had this?”

“Here, let me just take a nibble.”

“Mmmm, taste like chicken!  You want some?”

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