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Our cabin and farm are always well maintained and look nice, but in the spring there is going to be mud.

ETA: And now that the snow is melting there is a lot of dog poop... :)
 

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Our cabin and farm are always well maintained and look nice, but in the spring there is going to be mud.

ETA: And now that the snow is melting there is a lot of dog poop... :)
We are just getting started. Things stacked and trying to do things on our own. Having fun...but not picture perfect!
 

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Our homestead is messy.

I am self-conscious of it at times.

When I complete each new project, I want to share what I have done. But it takes effort to get a good photo.
I know, right. I have about a dozen projects in the works at the same time. I don't think I will ever completely be done. Is that the way homesteading is?
 

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I know, right. I have about a dozen projects in the works at the same time. I don't think I will ever completely be done. Is that the way homesteading is?
That depends entirely on the homesteader. I've known some that take on projects one at a time and never begin the next until the last one is finished. Others, such as myself, always seemed to have a dozen things going at once.
 

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That depends entirely on the homesteader. I've known some that take on projects one at a time and never begin the next until the last one is finished. Others, such as myself, always seemed to have a dozen things going at once.
To each his/her own, I guess. I like the freedom to do new things and we live at the back of a dead end road on our own private road, so not as many judging looky-loo's. Thanks for the comment!
 

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Mine is "OK". I am not ashamed to have people over to visit, but it will never grace the pages of "House Beautiful". There are some areas I would like to be tidier, but I do what I can and call it good.
 

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I'd say tidy rather than pretty. Our house inside is tidy but not beautiful. When my shoes match, I figure I'm tidy but I'll never win a beauty contest. That said, having spent the first 50 years of my life in the city - every single time I go out the back door of the barn, look out over our pasture and see the goats, chickens and cats frolicking - I figure I'm in heaven.
 

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It’s the old saying “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”....We worked very hard to keep our place looking nice but there were times when the grass needed cutting but we also had cattle to work. In the spring there was mud no matter what we tried. Still, it was out little piece of heaven...
 

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Mine is "OK". I am not ashamed to have people over to visit, but it will never grace the pages of "House Beautiful". There are some areas I would like to be tidier, but I do what I can and call it good.
I think we set up unrealistic expectations for ourselves. We work on our homesteads, right? Thanks for the comment!
 

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I'd say tidy rather than pretty. Our house inside is tidy but not beautiful. When my shoes match, I figure I'm tidy but I'll never win a beauty contest. That said, having spent the first 50 years of my life in the city - every single time I go out the back door of the barn, look out over our pasture and see the goats, chickens and cats frolicking - I figure I'm in heaven.
Perspective is nice to have. It is heaven for us, right? Thanks for the comment!
 

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It’s the old saying “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”....We worked very hard to keep our place looking nice but there were times when the grass needed cutting but we also had cattle to work. In the spring there was mud no matter what we tried. Still, it was out little piece of heaven...
Ours is muddy without any cows and the parts where there is no livestock...except kids. Thanks for the comment!
 

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I think any place must be maintained. I have seen those that look magazine picture perfect and those that have looked more like a dump than a homestead, farm or even suburban house. Messy or seasonal dirt is fine but when you are talking about safety hazards - just as in a house - then there is no excuse.
 

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There is not such thing as an ugly homestead. They do go through a few weeks of ugly season in the spring and fall like everyplace. When things green up, it is a beautiful thing. True, a homestead is always changing. Little things make big improvements and a little inattention can go let things go backwards fast.

No self driving homesteads. :)
 
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