Years ago our children grew into teenagers. There were five of them. There was more work to do around our home and small acreage than one mother could do so all the children were enlisted.
We already had a large garden. We had built a chicken house from boards my Dear One had created with an addition to our chainsaw from trees we cut down on the property. We populated that chicken house with meat birds one year but mostly with just egg birds. There is nothing like farm fresh eggs!
We also had a pig for meat several years and, for seventeen years, family cows. The greatest herd we had at one time was four cows. That was a lot of milk. Our children have very strong and healthy bones and teeth!
SO--I read the book about the country mouse and the city mouse to our children and realized I was definitely the country wife. I began realizing that many of the things I did every day were different from what most of my dear friends did. Things I did regularly were milk cows, make butter, cheese, yogurt, buttermilk, ice cream, raise vegetables and fruits, canned vegetables, fruits, and meats, plan menus, cook meals, do laundry, mend clothes, iron clothing.
Other more fun things were knitting, sewing, quilting, and eventually working with sheep and alpaca fiber--washing, spinning, and even some weaving.
And all the above does not even begin to touch on the most satisfying work of this country wife: the raising of a wonderful family with the help of Dear One.
This blog will cover at least some of the above topics.