Sunday, June 10, 2007

farm dreams

ok this is kinda silly...but i haven't been able to shake my dream to have a small farm someday. maeven picked out a bunch of animal videos from the library yesterday and we were just watching one about pigs, sheep and ducks. it was of course filmed on a farm, so that got me thinking about it again.

what i really want is a chunk of property that i can have a small barn (maybe an already existing one), with just a few animals...a few sheep so we can have wool (i dream of being able to go through the process of raising sheep, sheering them, spinning the wool, and getting to the point where i'm able to knit things. or if that gets old quick, just sell the wool, LOL!) i would like a cow for milk. so we can have our own raw milk...maybe sell the excess...i used to know someone that had a cow for that purpose and had lots of extra so she sold it to friends. (have to look into the legal issues of that if it ever was coming to fruition.) and of course chickens...we go through eggs like crazy here.

i'd just love to have animals to be able to raise our own food and such...not meat though...won't go there...eggs, milk and wool would be a start. might be others i'd think of as well.

i'd also like a donkey cuz its just neat to have large animals (the cow would also fill that, but i like donkeys...after caring for them at SCICON. weird cuz at the time i hated caring for them but i think that's because they weren't mine.) oh and a goat or 2. they are really sweet pets...we had one when i was a kid. no pun intended (*giggle*)

anyway...of course i don't need MORE work in my life but i hope if we ever were able to get a farm of sorts like this that it would be at a point where my life has leveled out and things were less chaotic. which should just be a matter of years simply because its tyren's age more than anything that causes me the most work and stress.

but i just like to fantasize about stuff like this and i figure the stuff that hangs in there for years and years, as this dream of a farm has, must mean something.

i also dream of having a farm house. not an old one...maybe one built special for us but in old farmhouse fashion. 2 stories. full front porch. full attic and cellar/basement. LARGE rooms. all wood floors. at least one fireplace. maybe a sunroom.

i dream of having a house much like the house we had in freehold, NJ, when i was in high school. very simple floorplan. 4 bedrooms upstairs...one of which was a really long room with 2 doors to it, between 2 of the other rooms...that would be an awesome office or playroom! full bath upstairs and full bath downstairs...2 more rooms downstairs (for offices). good sized living room (w/fireplace) and full dining room. one thing i'd change would be the kitchen...that house had a small one..i want a large one. but i do like the breakfast nook. that house also had a sunroom right off the dining room...great for entertaining! and also would be great for a reading room! and it had an enclosed back porch and a full deck too. that house was really run down and falling apart but the design is stuck in my head cuz i really like it. i drew out my plans at one point but i think i lost them. maybe i'll do it online and save them somewhere. i TOTALLY want that house on my farm/ranch property! that house in freehold has a pathetic back yard, so transplant it (with a few minor adjustments) to a couple acres or more and i would be in heaven!

a thought has even occurred to me....IF i was able to do something like this i could maybe offer field trips to local homeschoolers and maybe schools (small groups) to visit the animals. i don't know of anything like that in our area...i have to keep looking cuz i would really like to take my kids there now, not wait for my dream to come true. :)

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