Counterfeit Farmgirl

Have you read the charming memoir, Confessions of a Counterfeit Farmgirl? It’s been years, but stuck with me, and I highly recommend it– a humorous Uppity-New-Yorker-abandons-city-life-and-embarks-upon-the-family-farm tale, which accidentally convinces the reader to follow suite though attempting to dissuade in jest. Good stuff.

I suppose her title is a fair moniker for myself, these days, as I regularly make believe our urban homestead is an actual farm. Here’s a glimpse of recent farm-life.

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our untimely tomato harvest, expedited due to the first snow of the season, ripening in the garage
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i’m like the little red hen: I planted the tomatoes, watered the tomatoes, harvested the tomatoes, and canned the tomatoes
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I learned to pickle cukes from uncle peter in oregon, but first tried pickled cauliflower here in montana– yum!
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benedict & mao chilled here like this for upwards of twenty minutes, notice the leg tucked up
giving the pigs a bath, peppermint patti (right) & marci
visiting mallard friends

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my parents sent the kids a pack of sunflower seeds from oregon again this year
just up the road a ways, not our cows
not our alpacas, either, dangit

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all three kids enjoyed feeding the doe eyed critters
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gathering chestnuts & kicking up leaves on our jammie walk this morning

As an aside, my dear friend at Africa to America shared a great list of resources with which to introduce your child to Chinese culture, this week. It’s a goodie, and I’m not just saying that because a) she’s a bestie, and b) she mentioned me/us… it’s really a great list and I’ll certainly be adding to our own library from her suggestions.


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