I grew up on a farm in Northern Indiana. I milked cows, tended beef cattle, rode horses, raised baby pigs that my Dad would have otherwise killed, played with ducks, rabbits, dogs, cats, and the occasional wild animal, helped my Mother garden, and did a lot of cleaning and cooking in addition to living with 6 other people in our house; 1 sister, 3 brothers and Mom and Dad. I have loved animals for ever and frequently played with my pets more than my friends. Participation in the local 4H program provided opportunities to learn about a wide variety of topics. I loved to learn and still do.
My parents attitudes along with our home life instilled in me an appreciation for nature, animals, and self-sufficiency. Farm life develops a strong work ethic and it was this very trait that earned me my first job as a registered veterinary technician in 1978.
I have a huge garden and grow much of the food our family consumes in both winter and summer; as I preserve the bounty by canning, freezing, and dehydrating. I raise goats and chickens, make goat milk soap and other body products like massage oil, body salts/scrubs, lotions and lip balms. I sew, make candles, and all sorts of crafts as time allows or need demands. I look for ways to use all the goat milk I get each season and am trying my hand at making mozzarella, ricotta, and feta cheese this season. Creativity is the fuel that rekindles my spirit and I am always looking to learn how to do something I know nothing about.
I have been a music teacher for 20 years and think of it as a vocation. I love to teach others about things I have passion for. I am a born nurturer and think of my students as “my kids” no matter their age. This blog is an attempt to extend my classroom to those having an interest to learn new things and try their hands at providing things for themselves.