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Spotlight on Abraisme!

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

Answer what you like, leave the rest.  Feel free to share more about yourself.

 

 

Fill in the blank

 

Hi! My name is_____.  I am ______ years old. ______ and I have been together for ______ years. We have _______ kids and ______ pets.  If I was at my favorite restaurant right now I would order _____ but we will actually be having _______ for dinner tonight.  When I work for pay I ______.  When I am home with the kids my favorite part of the day is _____. My hobbies and interests include _____, _______ and ______.

 

Favorite

 

Music:

Movie:

Book:

Season:

Household chore:

Cause:

Diaper:

Baby carrier:

 

If you could change one thing about _____, what would it be?

 

 

The world?

Your house?

Your parenting?

Your life?

 

What would your best friends say is your best feature?

If a genie gave you three wishes what would you ask for?

Do you have any pet peeves?

Where would you go on a dream vacation?

Where is the best place you've been?

 

 

Is there a question you would like to add or remove?

 

post #2 of 19

I just wanna say these are GREAT questions!

post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 

LOL, thanks, I was worried y'all would think they were too much like those chain emails of old.

post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by jbk21 View Post

I just wanna say these are GREAT questions!


Agreed.
post #5 of 19

Hi! My name is ABRA.  I am 30 years old. GEORGE and I have been together for 5 years. We have 3 kids and 17 pets.  If I was at my favorite restaurant right now I would order SUSHI, but we will actually be having (NO IDEA BECAUSE EVERYONE IS SICK) for dinner tonight.  When I work for pay I, SOMETIMES I SELL THINGS ON CRAIGSLIST, DOES THAT COUNT?.  When I am home with the kids my favorite part of the day is BEDTIME! My hobbies and interests include GARDENING, TRAVELING and BABIES.

 

Favorite

 

Music:  WHATEVER IS ON THE RADIO.  I DON'T LISTEN TO THAT MUCH MUSIC.

Movie:  THE PRINCESS BRIDE

Book:  CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR SERIES

Season:  SUMMER

Household chore:  COOKING

Cause:  EATS ON FEETS

Diaper:  I'M NOT THAT PICKY, I TRY TO USE SOMETHING NATURALISH

Baby carrier:  BECO GEMINI

 

If you could change one thing about MY LIFE, what would it be?

 

MY DH WOULD HAVE A GOOD JOB, THAT HE LOVES, THAT ALSO SUPPORTS OUR FAMILY.

 

What would your best friends say is your best feature?

THEY LOVE THE WHOLE ME!  ;)

If a genie gave you three wishes what would you ask for?

MONEY, HAPPINESS FOR MY FAMILY, AND A TRIP TO OUTER SPACE.

Do you have any pet peeves?

BEING STICKY OR FEELING STICKY THINGS, USING FURTHER AND FARTHER INCORRECTLY, AND FLAKY PEOPLE

Where would you go on a dream vacation?

SOUTH AMERICA

Where is the best place you've been?

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

 

 

Is there a question you would like to add or remove?

post #6 of 19

Perhaps you've already answered this before I got here, but I'm really intrigued by your tag line of turning your city lot into a sustainable urban homestead.  Can you tell me more about that? 

 

And 17 pets?!?!?!

 

And what does your DH do for a living currently, that he either does not like or does not earn enough working?

 

carey

post #7 of 19

If you could take a class to learn about anything, what would it be?  

 

Where are you from?  

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose?


What celebrity do you find most attractive?  

 



 

post #8 of 19

I am listening to The Clan of the Cave Bear right now!

post #9 of 19

Perhaps you've already answered this before I got here, but I'm really intrigued by your tag line of turning your city lot into a sustainable urban homestead.  Can you tell me more about that? 

My dh and I have been slowly converting our 1/2 acre yard into an urban homestead.  We have 3 dairy goats, 6 chickens, several large garden beds and lots of edible landscaping.  We believe that more people should use the space they have to grow some of their own food. 

 

And 17 pets?!?!?!

2 dogs, 2 cats, 4 zebra finches, 6 chickens and 3 goats.  We also currently have 4 baby goats, but they will be going to their new homes in April.

 

And what does your DH do for a living currently, that he either does not like or does not earn enough working?

My dh works for a software company called Autodesk (they make autocad, plus a lot more).  He currently makes a nice income that supports us well.  However, he absolutely hates corporate life and everything that it entails.  He's always wanted to start his own business, but hasn't had the right idea and opportunity until now.  He currently has a couple of options that he's working on (both with good potential), so hopefully something will pan out.  It's hard to make such a transition in our lives because we have a huge mortgage payment and 3 kids to take care of! 

 

 

 

 

If you could take a class to learn about anything, what would it be?  

Midwifery

 

Where are you from?  

I'm one of those people that is 'from' a lot of places.  I was born in rural NE Oregon and spent a decent amount of time there as a child.  I've also lived in S. Cali, Maine and AK. 

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose?

Somewhere tropical on a beach


What celebrity do you find most attractive?

Josh Hartnett and of course the cliche Brad Pitt.

 

post #10 of 19

What do you like to do for fun? Hobbies?

 

 

post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 
How long have you been homesteading?

Have you had challenges with homesteading in town?

Do you produce more food than you buy?

Do your kids have chores?
post #12 of 19

I like to garden, go camping, sew, make wine, crochet, read, and travel.  I'm sure there's more, but that's what I can think of right now.


 

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What do you like to do for fun? Hobbies?

 

 



How long have you been homesteading?
I started gardening 3 years ago and we got most of the animals 2 years ago. 

Have you had challenges with homesteading in town?
So far we haven't had many challenges with being in town.  While we're in a neighborhood, we're just outside of the city limits, so we're allowed to have chickens and goats.  Also, our neighbors have been super cool with our animals, so it's all been good.  My biggest issue in general is the lack of sun from all the trees.  My gardens only get about 6 hours of sunshine in the summer, which limits some things I can grow.  We also struggle to grow enough grass to feed the goats, we're hoping that it will take off this summer and grow.

Do you produce more food than you buy?
No, not nearly.  I do manage to grow most of our veggies all summer and supplement our fruit a tad.  Most of our fruit bushes and trees are still really small, so it'll be a few years before we get much return there.  I still currently have maybe 20 meals worth of veggies in my freezer that I grew this summer, but I still buy and eat a lot of fresh stuff.

Do your kids have chores?
Yes, my 8yo has to feed and water the animals every morning (takes him about 30 minutes).  He also has to keep his room clean and unload the dishwasher on a regular basis.  My DD1 is only 2.5yo, so she doesn't do much in the way of chores yet.  We are firm believers that you should have to work for your allowance.  My DS gets paid $20 a month to do his morning chores. 
 
 

 

post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 
What kind of camping do you do? Do you go backpacking with littles?

What kinds of veggies do you grow?
post #14 of 19

We have a mini rv (10ft) that we use for car-camping.  My dh loves to kiteboard, so we almost always camp in a windy spot near water.  I also learned to kiteboard a few years ago, but have had to take a long break because of my youngest kids.  So for now I sit on the beach and watch the kids play in the sand while my dh boards.  We haven't attempted any backpacking yet, but might when everyone gets old enough to walk themselves. 

 

Let's see, last year I grew:  potatoes, garlic, winter squash, summer squash, tomatoes, sunchokes, green beans, turnips, collards, kale, cabbage, lettuce of every variety, spinach, carrots, leeks, cucumbers galore, peas, beets, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, many herbs, chives, asparagus, and fennel.
 

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What kind of camping do you do? Do you go backpacking with littles?
What kinds of veggies do you grow?


 

post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 
Your garden looks delicious. I've never grown several of those.

Kiteboarding looks like so much fun. Just last night Ari said, I wish there was a kite you could ride on. We showed her some hang gliding videos. I'll have to show her kite boarding. She'll love it.

Did you have a career before kids?

Do you see yourself going to a job at some point in the future?
post #16 of 19

Abra, where do you live?  Do you can or dehydrate?  What kind of wine do you make?  Do you barter?

 

Do you base your garden principles on any certain philosophy?  (permaculture, food forest, square foot, etc.?)

 

It all sounds very lovely!  (I'm a former urban homesteader myself.)

 

carey

post #17 of 19
Your garden looks delicious. I've never grown several of those.
Thanks!

Kiteboarding looks like so much fun. Just last night Ari said, I wish there was a kite you could ride on. We showed her some hang gliding videos. I'll have to show her kite boarding. She'll love it.

Did you have a career before kids?
I had my DS at 21, so no, not really..  I had a few jobs, but no career.  After I had my DS I owned a small Ebay business and was a nanny. 

Do you see yourself going to a job at some point in the future?
This depends on a lot of things, but IF I ever get a job I'd like to be a midwife.  We'll just have to see where life takes us.
 
 
 
 

Abra, where do you live?  Do you can or dehydrate?  What kind of wine do you make?  Do you barter?

I live in the Portland, OR area.   So far I've made pinot noir, gerwerz, niagra grape, plum, peach, raspberry, blackberry and combinations of those.  I have bartered a bit, but because wine takes so long to age, we're just starting to drink our first batch (and some of it isn't that great).

 

Do you base your garden principles on any certain philosophy?  (permaculture, food forest, square foot, etc.?)

Not really, I just try to fit as much in as I can!  We love edible landscaping too.  We've torn out most of the ordamental things in our yard and planted fruit.

 

It all sounds very lovely!  (I'm a former urban homesteader myself.)

Thanks!

 

post #18 of 19

Where did you live in Alaska? What did you love/hate about it? (DH is in the middle of the hiring process with the AK State Troopers...)

post #19 of 19

Oh, I just remembered that I didn't respond to your email, so sorry!  I lived in Anchorage for about a year in 2003.  To me, Alaska is a beautiful place to visit, but not my favorite place to live.  It certainly is an interesting change of lifestyle because of the weather and the sunlight variations.  It's a little too cold for me, but if you enjoy lots of winter and beautiful mountains and scenery, than I'm sure you'll love it!
 

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Where did you live in Alaska? What did you love/hate about it? (DH is in the middle of the hiring process with the AK State Troopers...)



 

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