Yesterday morning my mother passed on after a short bout with cancer/stroke. She was 78. I was to take her to the Dr. and found her laying on her couch. I am not writing this seeking condolence but to share with you what the homesteading spirit can accomplish. I feel very lucky to have grown up as her son and learn the many things she had to share. I could write for hours the examples of her resourcefulness but I will give only a few examples. She was a child of the great depression and had to do without for virtually all of her childhood. She, like many of that generation carried that with her all through her life. She sewed,gardened, cooked,baked, and every other aspect of the homesteading lifestyle to the greatest degree possible. I don't think I ever wore a store bought shirt until I was about 15 or so. I remember my brothers and I would get on the school bus every morning and all three of us would be wearing identical shirts hot off of the Singer. She cut many many many cords of wood using nothing more that a pruning saw. She raised pigs and would wince when my dad would bring home a sack of "store bought" feed. She preferred instead to feed them out of her huge garden. She would cook potatoes and pumpkin in a metal bucket in the fireplace of our ancient brick farmhouse and the pigs loved it. Her gardening skills were legendary. Some of her gardens were close to two acres- really! She raised so many tomatoes and peppers that my dad would take several bushels to work with him and sell them from the tail gate of his Jeep. There were times that he remarked that he made half as much selling tomatoes in 10 minutes than he did working all day. And then there were the cows. She loved to raise beef cattle. I lost track of the many orphaned calves she raised. The fence she built/fixed. In her late sixties she even re roofed two farm buildings! The good news is that my wife two little kids and I plan to move into the 1842 homestead and carry on. I am grateful that I was exposed to this lifestyle and feel very lucky to have had such a good teacher.