Ohiofarmgirl's Adventures in The Good Land is largely a fish out of water tale about how I eventually found my footing on a small farm in an Amish town. We are a mostly organic, somewhat self sufficient, sustainable farm in Ohio. There's action and adventure and I'll always tell you the truth about farming.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Life is good!

I can't believe it! Grandpa over at Life on the Farm has presented me with the Life is Good Award!

Thanks, Grandpa! I do think that life is good and I'm so glad that you thought of me. He taught me to sing out "Its a glorious day!" every morning. And so I do.

The rules for this award are to first, thank and link back to the person that gave the award.
2. Answer the 10 survey questions.
3. Pass the award along to other bloggers whom you think are fantastic.
4. Contact the bloggers you have chosen to let them know about the award.

So here goes...

10 Questions:

1. If you blog anonymously, are you happy doing this? If you are not anonymous, do you wish that you had started out anonymously, so that you could be anonymous now?

Anonymity is part of the terms of my witness protection program agreement. Sorry if it offends.  And besides, it protects my family from being embarrassed by all these shenanigans.

2. Describe an incident that shows your inner stubborn side.

Where do I even start with that? Stubborn?  I think that's my middle name. But if you must know, we fenced in them stupid pigz despite crippling heat, completely crazed pigz, and lack of appropriate tools and materials. We won. Especially since we now have 79 pounds of ham. Can I get a "hell ya?"

3. What do you see when you really look at yourself in the mirror?

Someone who has chicken poop in her hair, a dirty shirt, and more than likely residue from someone's kitty litter paws on my face. Ewweeee....

4. What is your favorite summer cold drink?

Without a doubt, an ice cold Mike's Hard Lemonade with the first sip taken off and then the bottle topped off with tequila.

5. When you take time for yourself, what do you do?

I'm still waiting for that magical day. But when I get a second, I really love magazines. And pie.

6. Is there something that you still want to accomplish in your life? What is it?

Earlier in my life my goals were to sail around the world in the QE2, to get a polite round of applause by the Board of Directors, to have a household staff, and to be a really great Auntie OFG.

Now I'm no longer interested in travel because there is no place like home, the Board can kiss off because they rendered my stock options useless, my sibling's children think I'm a farm nerd and not cool enough to be around... but I really loved my cleaning lady when I lived in civilization.

So my new goal is to get a dairy cow. That would make me the most happy. 

7. When you attended school, were you the class clown, the class overachiever, the shy person, or always ditching?

I'm an overachiever. I can't shake it and still think in terms of goals, objectives, and achievement. The chickens teach me otherwise.

8. If you close your eyes and want to visualize a very poignant moment in your life, what would you see?

To my knowledge I am the only person who has voluntarily left a rather famous European tour operator's group trip. I got off the bus in a small town in Switzerland and never looked back. I hiked back to a small inn on a perfect blue sky day. The grass was the most green, the cows were the most lovely, and the sky went on for miles. I realized that day that I could do whatever I wanted. For the most part.

9. Is it easy for you to share your true self in your blog or are you more comfortable writing posts about other people or events?

Who could make this stuff up? Yep. Its all me and yes its easy to share. I got over embarrassing myself a long time ago.

10. If you had the choice to sit down and read a book or talk on the phone, which would you do and why?

Since I don't answer the phone I'll choose reading a book. I don't even know where my cell phone is and I rarely can find the house phone. I'm good on email tho, but don't ever call because I'll be sharpening my battle skills by reading books about historical warfare. 

There are so many bloggers out there and so many folks who know that Life is Good.. but here are a few who are really making me happy right now:

Ginny over at Gingerbreads House just brings a smile to my face. She reminds me of my grandmother, whom I loved very much. I love sitting down at her table and seeing everything she is cooking.

Of course, Chai Chai always gets my obscure movie references and ridiculous jokes. And she's doing a great job with her new place. And I covet her sheep. There I said it.

My new pal Kenleigh Acres also has sheep. I covet them also. But more than that I love her happy farm pictures and her easy going way.

And I'm not forgetting my brothers in fun.... Heiko at Path to Self Sufficiency and Mr. H at Subsistence Pattern - both of them always amaze me.

Happy Thursday everyone! Life is Good!


Grandpa said...

Hi OFG, it was my distinct pleasure to present you the Award, which I think you truly deserve.

Thank you for sharing so many things about yourself - I more or less expect those pigz would feature in there somewhere...:)

I'm with you on blogging about myself rather than other stuff;

Hope you get that dairy cow one day...

Congrats to all those you've passed the Award to (I know Chai Chai, but must visit the rest now);

Take care my dear friend

Mr. H. said...

Yes, I agree, life is so very good. I enjoyed your answers and I really liked your thoughts on question #8...I would do the same thing.:) Thanks for passing the award on to me. As I am the shyest member of the family I think I will let our older brother go first while I contemplate these questions for a while. Happy Thursday. Did you get any snow?

Gingerbreadshouse7 said...

Thanks for the compliment and I'm happy that I remind you of happy times..Life is good , but sometimes it's rough too.

Gingerbreadshouse7 said...

Thanks for the compliment and I'm happy that I remind you of happy times..Life is good , but sometimes it's rough too.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! And what an interesting read!

Heiko said...

Hey thanks, sis. I've just come home from swinging a pick-axe all day and can't think of any intelligent comments right now, but I'll get around to it in due course. I hope the big man won't mind if I send a kiss on the cheek across the Atlantic.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! I have some posts lined up that don't include pictures of green grass or reference to our beautiful weather or t-shirts or anything of the sort ;) I always enjoy my stop here and you always leave me with a smile! Thanks again!

Ohiofarmgirl said...

Thanks Grandpa! Thanks for spreading the sunshine.

Happy Thursday Mr H! And yep we got snow.. not too much. Hope you don't mind me putting you in the spotlight.

You are welcome, Ginny. Its always wonderful to see your smile.

Hi Kris! And thanks!

No problem, Heiko. He understands perfectly. Keep up the great work at your place.

You are welcome, Kenleigh! I always enjoy my visits to your place and seeing all the babies. And the sunshine

Chai Chai said...

OFG - I will have to interrupt my reading of famous Shogun and Samurai of the Tokugawa Shogunate (1603-1867) to answer the ten questions.

Thank you for the award.

I know you SAY you want a cow, but did you know that there are breeds of sheep that give large quantities of milk..., and don't forget the woolly sheep-pig!

Mr. H. said...

OK sis, I done did it as best I could, come take a look see when you get a chance.:)

meemsnyc said...

That was a funny post!

Ohiofarmgirl said...

hey CC! My next book series will be on Attila but for now I'm raiding across China with the Mongols. We rock.

I'm running right over, Mr. H!

Thanks Meemsync! Good to see you here. The Insane Cat Posse says hello

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