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......
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
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)
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".
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..
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.
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.
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.