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Old 06/30/13, 10:23 AM
 
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I was wondering what are some of the comments you've heard about your lifestyle... Positive , (Oh you need a walkin cooler I got you can have !!! ) Negative, (You dont need that much food stored things cant get any worse than they are now..) Stupid, (Have you seen the price of beef at the store , we might need to slaughter 1 of your steers !!!!) Give me some of your best......

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Old 06/30/13, 10:33 AM
 
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Do you eat your animals?

Your kids are always so helpful...(no iphone, playstation or internet at home)

Do you really eat beans that often?
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Old 06/30/13, 11:00 AM
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How do you even keep fences with goats? I thought they ate cans and everything. You don't leave the eggs in the nest all day do you? Won't they go bad?

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Old 06/30/13, 11:29 AM
 
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Why do you bother canning when it's easier/cheaper to just go to the store?

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Old 06/30/13, 12:29 PM
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How can you kill that innocent bunny?

How do your chickens lay eggs without a rooster?

That's not food storage, that's obsessive hoarding! (quote from my Mom)

Your hands wouldn't be cracked/broken nails/old looking if you didn't abuse them like you do. (manicured high maintenance friend, being "helpful")

Why are most of the books on your shelf about doing things by hand?

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Can you teach me to can?

Your garden is beautiful!

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Old 06/30/13, 03:37 PM
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why do you want all those fruit trees.....they make a mess when fruit falls off

you know how to can....you're a man....how do you know to do that.

you can cook too??? and do laundry?? ah....my reply....yes i never been married so if i want it done i mostly do it myself....you think those jobs are for women only....


you put up how many quarts of food a year....why....my reply...because its how i eat when all the garden has is snowballs in it in winter.....roflmao

well you only can in summer....ah no...its a year round thing depending on the harvest.....what ya can in winter....ah deer....ewwwwww.....well thats what you were just eating and enjoying....they usually gag a few times....lol

what ya need them wheel weights for...

aint that a lot of trouble....

thats to much trouble and effort as they complain about cost of everything and commuting to work and unhappiness at work place.....

you live on how much a month.....
you only burn how many gallons of gas a week...
you only go to town once every two weeks...how can you do that.

it freaks them out to know i am debt free......and i only drove 2500 miles last year....lol

debt free...i couldnt live like that.

cash....cash...who carries cash around these days

i better stop now......and get back to my glider and spittin seeds and countin deer going to my pond....later yall.....lol

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Old 06/30/13, 04:40 PM
 
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Negative: Well, you might want to raise your family half Amish, but we don't. (My brother) I think you are really making a mistake feeding your baby only homegrown or organic food. She will be messed up for life. (My mother) I think you are making a terrible mistake homeschooling your daughter. She will be messed up for life (My mother) I don't think it is fair expecting your daughter to work so hard. She should be goofing off at the mall and daydreaming about boys. (Dh's mother - dd was 8yo at the time)

Positive: This is one of the most peaceful places I have ever been. (Family friend) You are so lucky! You mean no one objects if you shoot things right here in your yard? (cousin) Your daughter has such great social skills. (Parent of dd's friend) You seem so grounded, not flakey or flighty like so many other people I know. (acquaintance)

Stupid: Does the river make a circle? How do we get back here after canoeing? (acquaintance) Do roosters lay eggs? (family friend) Chickens have 4 legs like all the other farm animals, right? (dd's Sunday School teacher) You're home all day, so you have plenty of time to help me, right? (countless people over the years)

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Old 06/30/13, 06:54 PM
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Anything bad ever happens, we're coming to your house!

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Anything bad ever happens, we're coming to your house!
same response I get from the dumb people I work with in the city. I don't tell them where I live!!
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Old 06/30/13, 08:58 PM
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"You do realize you can buy this crap at Walmart" - a response to me making 18 pints of Strawberry jam.....

"Why would you keep more than you can eat in 6 months? Isn't that hoarding?" - in response to me canning 72 quarts of spaghetti sauce

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Old 06/30/13, 09:13 PM
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Anything bad ever happens, we're coming to your house!
This...

And they are usually lazy folks who couldn't do anything for themselves...yeah right, when the shtf my doors will be locked and I'll pretend as if I never knew ya!
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Old 06/30/13, 09:21 PM
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Anything bad ever happens, we're coming to your house!
I get that one too (although I show off my canning but keep the buckets and other stuff hidden) and I get secretly furious. These same people are happy to take my eggs and garden produce, but couldn't care less about learning how to do it themselves. When they say it I'm thinking "better hope you never try it".
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Old 07/01/13, 01:49 AM
 
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You got any free eggs? - neighbor every week! When I say no her first response is "I would get rid of those chickens if I were you"!

You don't really eat your animals right? You should buy your meat fom the store.

Do you paint all those eggs you have? (Yes because I have time to PAINT eggs!!
How do you get the eggs that color? (From a Doctor!)
How do you make the chickens lay eggs? (I squeeze them! Duh)

I buy my milk from the store so it's really fresh. (Huh?)

I can't understand why you want to live like this. Why don't just want to live like everyone else? (My dad)

We did raise you to live like this. (Yeah thanks mom for NEVER listening to me my entire life)

*and my favorite*

Why on earth do you want MORE land?

But when I'm making cheese who do you think is lining up to "help you get rid of it all we'll take some"? All these people^^^^!!!!

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Old 07/01/13, 05:58 AM
 
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Negative; ( cousin ) You're basically on vacation all the time.

Positive; You're so lucky ( friend ). I wish I could do this ( friend )

Stupid; I don't know how to prepare these potatoes...they are like ..right out of the ground! ( friends wife )

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Old 07/01/13, 06:04 AM
 
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It's such a waste to spend that money on all that food, you could have a nice vacation for what you spend...(Friend, who is always in debt but can always go on vacation) Your garden is awesome, I can't wait for fresh tomato's, do you want to help me? no I will get my hands dirty plus I can go to the store for it(DIL would rather buy it than help me). (Friend) I see no point in why you do all this stuff but I will be at your house if something really happens... uh..no you won't..

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Old 07/01/13, 07:51 AM
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Thanks mom.
I love having a grocery store in the house.

Negative

She has a hormonal imbalance / chemical imbalance
She has no Faith
She's going through a phase
*Eyes roll* when I talk about it to certain people.

Stupid

There's a grocery store on every corner crazy.
I'm coming to your house!
FEMA does a great job, I am not worried.
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Old 07/01/13, 08:57 AM
 
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Positive " Can I stash some food and guns at your house ?" Negative " Oh no we dont eat wild eggs" Stupid " How come you dont have any fresh tomatoes?'' It was April....

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Old 07/01/13, 10:04 AM
 
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I actually had to explain the whole chicken/egg/rooster thing to someone. They couldn't figure it out even after explaining it to him. I had to use women passing eggs every month, fertilitization, babies, etc for him to finally "get it". This was a grown man with two kids. Hopefully he realizes how it happens.

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Most of the stuff is innocent or naive. I once had to coach a 30 YO assistant manager how to drown a mouse caught in a glue trap. I'm not sure he ever got over the trauma. City folk especially are too protected from nature and the realities of life.

I had a friend here as a house guest a couple of times. The LAST time he started making fun of my blanching greens for the freezer. I've been too busy for him since then.

There are very few people left who will, when put into a new situation, try to learn and adapt. They commonly just try to keep their own little world tucked safely around them.

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Old 07/01/13, 11:17 AM
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I once had to coach a 30 YO assistant manager how to drown a mouse caught in a glue trap.
Off topic, but this caught my eye. I've never drowned an animal caught in a live trap or glue trap - it's quick and relatively painless? When I get a mouse in our glue traps, I usually turn the paper over and stomp on it with my work boots.
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Old 07/01/13, 11:25 AM
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Oh Mom of Four..........

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Stomping is undoubtedly faster, and probably a little kinder. No way was the assistant manager up to dealing with that though. I think he became a big fan of snap traps.

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Old 07/01/13, 12:07 PM
 
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Why do you always carry that gun, this is a safe area
Its cheaper to just buy your food than grow it
You don't eat the rabbits with floppy ears do you
Good you have a lot of tomato plants, I won't have to buy any
I won't eat your eggs, you have a rooster

Edit: I am not eating food you cook, you use that water from your spring

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Old 07/01/13, 01:22 PM
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Anything bad ever happens, we're coming to your house!
My sister said that to me. My reply was "sounds more like a threat than a plan." it went right over her head.

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Old 07/01/13, 01:26 PM
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Oh Mom of Four..........

Didn't mean to haha

I thought of another negative - my kids are obsessed with expiration dates, and tell EVERYONE that I serve expired food.
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Old 07/01/13, 03:45 PM
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My husband and I were talking to the neighbor about deer hunting and about processing our own deer and he said something to the effect of "man you guys know so much- if shtf ya'll would do alright but us city folk would be in trouble".

We don't share what we have/what we do with a lot of people but the ones that know don't offer negative comments-even though they might not get it. I guess we are pretty blessed with that.

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Most of the stuff is innocent or naive. I once had to coach a 30 YO assistant manager how to drown a mouse caught in a glue trap. I'm not sure he ever got over the trauma. City folk especially are too protected from nature and the realities of life.
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Off topic, but this caught my eye. I've never drowned an animal caught in a live trap or glue trap - it's quick and relatively painless? When I get a mouse in our glue traps, I usually turn the paper over and stomp on it with my work boots.
I was helping someone run their trap line one time. Here in FL most traping is done with live traps per the law. We came across a opossum in one near the creek. He tossed the whole thing in the creek until the way back to the truck. He shoots other animals in the traps in his side yard within full view of the street. I guess its all in what you are used to.
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Just after we'd bought 70 acres & built a new 1,600 sq ft house on it, my aunt said, "You know if you'd sell this house & all this land, you could buy one of the nicest, BIG houses of any one in the family & move back into town, of course you'd have to get rid of all those animals."

My mom, when learning I'd bought a Country Living grain mill & buckets of wheat, "Why would you want to make bread, when you can BUY it in any store?"

Step granddaughter, "Why do you all, do all that work to cut, split, & stack firewood, only to have to carry it into the house & build a fire? We live in the "lap of luxury." All I have to do to get warm is go turn up the thermostat dial," (said with a smirk) And they had to be evacuated to a school gym a few years back when the electric was off for 2 days!

"Well, if anything BAD ever happens, I'm going to be showing up at YOUR door!" said by above step granddaughter and her mother.

"What do you mean you HAVE to leave to go home & milk the goats?" said by relatives at a family dinner.

At seeing a mounted deer head on my living room wall, "HOW can you STAND to look at SOMEBODY'S head hanging on your wall? Did your husband KILL THAT???" Me, "Yep, we ATE him too! And YOU just ATE some of him in that "wonderful" chili you just had here."

"What in the world are you going to do with all this food?" said by a friend, when she saw my pantry. Hee hee, she didn't see all the buckets & cans that are "stashed, just my everyday "eating" pantry. I said, well we do have a big family, and it's a loong way to the grocery store from here, ya know."

"Why do you keep those stinky chickens, don't you get tired of taking care of animals?" by a friend, who when offered, was thrilled to take home a couple dozen fresh eggs from them, an called me later and said she wished I didn't live so far, she could get "used" to those eggs!

Hmm, Positive comments? "It's beautiful here, BUT, (wait for it...) don't you get BORED living waaay out here???" LOL...people are too funny!

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Old 07/01/13, 06:32 PM
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Just after we'd bought 70 acres & built a new 1,600 sq ft house on it, my aunt said, "You know if you'd sell this house & all this land, you could buy one of the nicest, BIG houses of any one in the family & move back into town, of course you'd have to get rid of all those animals."

My mom, when learning I'd bought a Country Living grain mill & buckets of wheat, "Why would you want to make bread, when you can BUY it in any store?"

Step granddaughter, "Why do you all, do all that work to cut, split, & stack firewood, only to have to carry it into the house & build a fire? We live in the "lap of luxury." All I have to do to get warm is go turn up the thermostat dial," (said with a smirk) And they had to be evacuated to a school gym a few years back when the electric was off for 2 days!

"Well, if anything BAD ever happens, I'm going to be showing up at YOUR door!" said by above step granddaughter and her mother.

"What do you mean you HAVE to leave to go home & milk the goats?" said by relatives at a family dinner.

At seeing a mounted deer head on my living room wall, "HOW can you STAND to look at SOMEBODY'S head hanging on your wall? Did your husband KILL THAT???" Me, "Yep, we ATE him too! And YOU just ATE some of him in that "wonderful" chili you just had here."

"What in the world are you going to do with all this food?" said by a friend, when she saw my pantry. Hee hee, she didn't see all the buckets & cans that are "stashed, just my everyday "eating" pantry. I said, well we do have a big family, and it's a loong way to the grocery store from here, ya know."

"Why do you keep those stinky chickens, don't you get tired of taking care of animals?" by a friend, who when offered, was thrilled to take home a couple dozen fresh eggs from them, an called me later and said she wished I didn't live so far, she could get "used" to those eggs!

Hmm, Positive comments? "It's beautiful here, BUT, (wait for it...) don't you get BORED living waaay out here???" LOL...people are too funny!
That is almost exactly what my MIL. Said last month. Except it was "those stinky old animals".
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Old 07/01/13, 07:32 PM
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Off topic, but this caught my eye. I've never drowned an animal caught in a live trap or glue trap - it's quick and relatively painless? When I get a mouse in our glue traps, I usually turn the paper over and stomp on it with my work boots.

sexxxxxyyyy..........muck boots..or....leather work boots.


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