Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Celebrity Encounters - Homestead Style

Ok. So I'm not much of a celebrity follower. We lived in Southern California a few years ago, and while I worked in LA on a regular basis, I never actually saw a celebrity in real life. I came awfully close quite often; I'd come out of a back room to hear the staff talking about so-and-so A-list famous person who'd just come through to shop.

There is one time I did see a celebrity, but it turned out it was actually a drug dealer, and then I got caught staring at him, and then what happened turned into one of my best party stories.

So I'm not super into celebrities.

Unless it's someone that I feel has had a major impact on my life, and then I can fangirl with the best of them. I am really bad at it, though. I'm still trying to shake off the horror of the time I told one of my very favorite authors, "Oh. My. Gosh! I can't believe I just pee'd next to you!!" after we walked out of adjacent bathroom stalls...

My face is red just typing that.

Anyway, I had a massive fangirl moment a few days ago. I met one of my favorite celebrities in the homesteading world, and it was even more incredible than I thought it'd be. This is someone who homesteads in the PNW, and shares the glory and the heartbreak that is part of this lifestyle. I love reading her blog and Facebook posts.

I got to visit Ann, from A Farm Girl in the Making!

I almost forgot to take a picture, but I ran back at the last minute...

She was even cooler, sweeter, and more helpful in person than she is online, especially considering the fact that I invited myself over to her house!

This is one of the biggest reasons I've fallen in love with this homesteading lifestyle - the community. It doesn't matter if my homestead is in a tiny backyard, or a multi-acre lot, so many of the people that live this life allow you into their lives so graciously. I have been encouraged and helped by people I've never even met on a daily basis. I've made friends with people all around the world since we've started our little farm, and there's not been one unkind word or a single time that help wasn't offered when I asked.

When I had an ailing chicken, and I sent a message to several homesteaders whose blogs I follow, every one of them took the time to answer my questions patiently and at length. When Ann posted that she and her husband were planning to process a batch of rabbits over the weekend, I sent her a message asking if I could come help out in order to learn how it's done, and they invited us over immediately.

This lifestyle is exhausting at times, heartbreaking on occasion, and gratifyingly wonderful most of the time. A big part of what makes it wonderful are the friends we're finding along the way. So, Ann and Justin, thanks for being new friends, and also for not reporting me when I sent you a Facebook message out of the blue asking if I could come to your house and butcher rabbits.

1 comment:

  1. I am so happy for this supportive family of homesteaders who are helping you fulfill your dreams!