Monday, January 26, 2009

Wondering

Whenever I peruse a news magazine, watch television, or listen to a radio broadcast, I usually find myself muttering, “What kind of people . . . ?”

For example, what kind of people rush to call their doctor at the urging of prescription medication advertisements that do not even disclose the ailment that they treat? I can just hear that conversation.

“Hello, Doctor. This is John Smith calling. I’d like to know if the prescription drug Miracle is right for me.”

“Well, John, I’m afraid not. You really don’t need any estrogen supplements at this time.”

What kind of people really believe advertisements for political candidates? Don’t people realize that you can make a person’s voting record say whatever you want it to say? If a lawmaker voted against a bill that would triple spending on social services, his opponent can run an ad accusing him of being anti-family when, in reality, he was being realistic with budget constraints.

What kind of people believe that they have the right to sue the manufacturer of a power tool because they failed to understand that it would cut off a finger if the finger made contact with the spinning blade?

What kind of people really believe that it’s a good idea to import all of our food and turn the western half of the United States into a wilderness refuge?

What kind of people are so threatened by the Ten Commandments that they find it necessary to wage a nasty court battle so that they do not have to look at them?

What kind of people think it’s necessary to package children’s toys in such a way that it takes three men, a large knife, and two pairs of pliers to remove the item from the box, wires, and plastic encompassing it? Are they afraid that the child may actually get to play with the toy someday if the parents are smart enough to make their way through the 20 wire twisty ties?

These must be the same people who make the foil seals on yogurt and individual servings of applesauce. No matter what technique you use to remove the seal, the contents of the carton inevitably splat across your face, your shirt, or your child’s face and shirt.

Maybe they have formed a conspiracy with the people who manufacture music CDs. Since it is nearly impossible to open those cases, I believe we should hire the same folks to design our prisons. Breakouts would become unattainable.

Lastly, I've been wondering. . . what kind of people read this blog? Do me a favor and leave a note in the comments of this post and tell me something about you. It would be nice to have closure on at least one of the questions on my mind today.

55 comments:

DayPhoto said...

I come by your blog to learn about you, and your little kids, and how people farm/ranch in other areas of the country.

I also stop by because I enjoy your approach to life.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/

Anonymous said...

I read your blog cause I find it interesting to hear about the outside world...and by that I mean something than my little house. I totally agree with some of your wonderings. I stumbled on you by accident...either that or God directed me to you! :-) Thanks for writing so I have some adult time! (I have 4 kids too.)
Johannah

Anonymous said...

I think I found you thru The Simple Wife, but I'm not sure. I keep reading because I enjoy your take on life. Also, I'm more of a city girl so I enjoy reading about life on the farm.

Thanks for sharing!
Pam

Bill Harshaw said...

A bureaucrat retired from USDA. I love using the Internet to find out the opinions and experiences of people from different places (MT, CO, VA, France, Scotland, India). Also grew up on a small dairy/poultry farm so sometimes you stir memories. But I especially like your pictures and your sense of humor.

Brother in Christ said...

That was funny....I was wiping the yogurt off my face when I started reading!!

Being your older brother, I feel the responsibility of reading your blog for many reasons. The two most important are:

1. Because it is entertaining.

2. To make sure your facts are straight. (hehehe)

Love ya Erin!!

cndymkr / jean said...

I don't know how I found your blog. I've stayed because your life is so very different from mine and I find it so interesting. I live in NJ, far from anything remotely rural. While you have a farm, animals, and several kids - your attitude seems to match mine. Keep it coming.

the reynolds said...

I visit your blog, because like you, I am a farm wife with 9 kids and I appreciate your sense of humor and the truth in your posts - Love it!

farmnwife said...

I'm the kind of people who read your blog. A little about me? My life consists of homeschooling, farming, and making sure the kids don't let their cattle starve. Oh, I have to cook for said kids and their dad. Good thing they're all kinda cute.

Anonymous said...

You appear to be a real person living out sincere Christian family values with the courage, honesty and ability to say what we readers cannot find the words to say. I have visited and read many dozens of the farm/ranch/country blogs but they do not have the ability to share the real heart of America. You do. Keep up the good work- it helps us all.

Willow Tree said...

I agree with every statement you made!

Something about me? Hmmm... I had a fit on my blog today, I am So Over winter, I'm having pancakes for dinner and I am terrible at ironing.

I adore your blog; keep up the great work. You're a bright spot my friend.

Blessings, Carolynn

Erin K. said...

Hi there Erin, We read your blog because we are your friends in Pa. and fellow 2007 OFA Class members! You make us smile on a daily basis. Thank you!! Thank you for your straight forward no-nonsense attitude. We love your humor and accurate depiction of life on the farm and raising children. You always nail it right on. We too wonder about folks all the time, they walk among us I guess. Keep going Erin! We miss you guys, see you in Eugene!
Andrew & Erin Kimmel

Kelly said...

Longtime follower, first time poster :) I enjoy reading about other farm families and got hooked with your great stories and photos.

threecollie said...

I love to visit because you could be describing my life, although my kids are older...only you are really, really funny...I found you through John Phipps
My family runs a small dairy farm in NY..or maybe I should say it runs us.

oceans5 said...

I come to your blog because I really enjoy your writing style and learning about life away from the city. I dream about living in the country.:)

I have 3 kids ages 5 and under. I also enjoy the recipes you post.

Pony Girl said...

This post made me laugh.... I so wonder about toy packages, and DVD/CD packages, too. I mean really!

I can't remember how I found ya, probably blog-surfing or blog-hopping (whatever it's called.) But I enjoy checking in on your farm and family life. You also have insightful posts and great photos! ;)

Dawn said...

Hi Erin!

I'm just a suburban mom of two teens. I read your blog because it's always fun to live vicariously in a life different (in some ways) from my own. As I continue to read, though, I do find more and more areas that we are similar. I don't have farm animals anywhere on my property, tough. That is prohibited by our neighborhood association's covenants. Ha ha!

Blessings!

Anonymous said...

I don't know how I found your blog but I sure am glad I did. I am a retired lunch room manager, working 23 years and enjoying almost every day with the kids. I grew up on a farm in Ohio, married a city boy and moved to Florida. We have two kids, four grands. Love the blog and the family.

Anonymous said...

I too am a country mom with three grown kids. I enjoy reading your articles in the Prairie Star monthly. You take wonderful pictures and let the "outsiders" understand country life a little better. Found your blog from an article you wrote in the Prairie Star. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

I'm also a MT girl. I was born and raised in central MT and now live in the northeastern part of the state. I've been a fan of your Prairie Star column for years and found my way to your blog from there. As a farm wife, mom and a former teacher I appreciate your perspective and enjoy having someone I can relate to. Keep up the wonderful work!
Angela

Jenny said...

Well, I don't have any answers for you there. but I stumbled upon you and keep coming back because we have a few things in common. Farm/ranch wives with 4 kids (who are all about the same ages). I just like to know if I'm insane yet or is this normal? LOL! (ps, I don't have an answer for that last one either).

Mum-me said...

This kind of person reads your blog - a mum with 6 kids who physically stays (trapped) at home but who can travel the world and make new friends through reading interesting, informative, entertaining and well written blogs, like yours!

Reddunappy said...

It takes an hour just to get the darn plastic off of a CD case!

AMEN girl!

I read cuz you crack me up LOL


http://thereisahorseinmybubblebath.blogspot.com/

Here is all about me LOL

BoufMom9 said...

I know some of this post wasn't funny, but I was laughing about the toys being wrapped in what we like to call "government plastic". LOL

Hmm, what kind of person am I? I am the kind of person that loves God, loves my country, loves our military, loves my family and will do anything to help the children of the world.

Julia in Sweden said...

Don't remember how I came across your blog, but I've been reading you for a couple of months now. I guess I'm most famous for the Tim McGraw-comment, but other than that I'm from the western coast of Sweden, Gothenburg to be exact. I've been married for five and a half years and have a beautiful girl that turned three yesterday. I am now pregnant for the third time, lost a baby in august, and I am praying that all will end well this time. I work full time as a janitor/office assistant at a sports center, love linedancing and books and I tend to get addicted to chocolate ice cream and tv-series heavy on drama and love.
I read your blog because I have a secret dream of a life in the country, to pick up some wisdom that's bound to come with four kids and to admire your fantastic photos and wonderful writing.

Anonymous said...

I live in Sweden in a big city and work in an office. I love your blog because it lets me dream about a life that I wish I was suited for but realize I'm not, and because it's funny. But most of all I come to see the photos!
Lisa

Anonymous said...

I discovered your blog one day when I was blog-surfing. You immediately hit my favorties list. Your photography is great and you have a way of using words to make common, everyday farm and country living sound exciting. I'm a stay-at-home farm wife, with 5 kids ranging from ages 7 to 19 who I homeschool. I've always lived on some sort of farm and loved animals. We live on a small farm in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State and I've always been intrigued by the ranches out west. Thanks for the great blog!

Anonymous said...

I am also a farmer's wife (dairy farm) with four little kids trying to survive daily life in Michigan. Love to read your blog!!

Kath said...

I am not sure where I found your blog but I am very thankful I did!!! I keep coming back for your honesty, wit, and beautiful photography. I was on a search for other "farm blogs" across the world when I happened upon your awesome blog.

Keep up the greatness!!!

Trista said...

I live on a small farm with my hubby and 3 kids. So, I can relate to your story. I'm not nearly as far away from civilization...tee hee..only 15 minutes. But, I enjoy your stories, your writing, and most of all your adorable kids faces. They all have the cutest smiles.

QuiltedSimple said...

I forget how I found you - but I know you are good for a laugh most mornings. And I have to agree with all your wonderings - we are currently in the middle of a lawsuit with a neighbor for having a few cows.....on 20 acres.....that he cannot even see from his house! The toy packaging lately is annoying, to say the least.
Kris

Susan Rose said...

Hi, Erin. I'm a 50+ Christian woman who is very artistic and creative. I write Christian inspirational articles (at God's direction)...

www.intothedeep.net

About 5 years ago I discovered digital photography...

http://naturally.my-expressions.com/

My articles and photos will tell you what's important to me.

Kris said...

I don't remember how I stumbled across your blog, but it opened the doors to a bunch more wonderful ladies that also blog about country life in some shape or form. I consistently read your blog because you are an excellent writer who finds ways to make everyday life less stressful by finding the humor in it. I am married to a farmer/rancher in Kansas and work my butt off alongside him most of the time. No kids yet, but I can relate to a lot of your farm stories. I love your "did I shave my legs for this" blog. And the one about leaving lunch by the gate too.

Jan said...

Hi Erin,

I consider you to be my friend because we've known each other online for years. And although we've never met in person I know you are intelligent, creative, a wonderful storyteller, a Christian, funny, a great mom and a supportive (most times) wife. I also wish I could cook - and enjoy doing so - like you do.

I read your blog because I love your stories and pictures and learning about your life on the farm. I also am a farm wife and a farmer's daughter and granddaughter. Our farm (raising potatoes, wheat, hay) in a desert valley in Colorado is very different from your farm, but we all worry about bugs, disease, weather and commodities markets.

Keep up the great work!

Jan

Hafts Happenings said...

Great post, I think I have found myself asking that same question. I am also a mom of 4, teenagers that is :) I wish we had decided to raise them in the country. I am living vicariously through "country" blogs!! We think we would love that kind of life, maybe someday we will get out of the city. Marlo

Stacie said...

Hi Erin,

I think I came to your blog through Debi's blog, and I've been hooked ever since. I love your gentleness and your funny stories. You are a wonderful writer and I'm glad to have "met" you.
~Stacie
buriedthelead.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Wow, Erin, you asked for it and you sure got it back! lol

We've been online friends for gee, how many years? I've lost track really. You know how we feel about your writing. I love reading your perspective on farm life, being a mom, wife and woman in general. Your photography skills are awesome. Although, I must say, you have a lot to work with (cute kids, gorgeous scenery). Keep it up. It's fun to see who all reads this!
Robin in MN

Anonymous said...

Wow, Erin, you asked for it and you sure got it back! lol

We've been online friends for gee, how many years? I've lost track really. You know how we feel about your writing. I love reading your perspective on farm life, being a mom, wife and woman in general. Your photography skills are awesome. Although, I must say, you have a lot to work with (cute kids, gorgeous scenery). Keep it up. It's fun to see who all reads this!
Robin in MN

Ann from Montana said...

I am a fellow Montanan - living in Montana by choice since early 1994. My work allows me to live anywhere. I am a software developer - developing custom software. The internet has allowed me to do that both from my home and my motorhome. I've worked from a home office for 23 years and been thrilled to watch the options for working remotely expand.

I started blogging to chronicle my travel, my work, my life. Blogging fueled a love of writing and photography.

I am single, 53, have a dog and a cat and a cozy 1 bedroom cabin/ranch house on a wooded 8 acres that sits on the first foothill leading up to the Swan Range of the Continentel Divide (west side).

I enjoy your blog for the photography, writing, humor and authenticity.

Fun post!

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

I'm a sahm who grew up on a farm, and I just love reading about you and your family. And I totally agree with you on the applesauce! (Gerber baby food in the little plastic boxes do that too!)

connika said...

Hi Erin - A bit about myself? I live in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. I came across a link to your blog on GET OUT OF JAIL FREE at www.annedroid-annedroid.blogspot.com. I enjoy popping into your "life" and seeing what you've been up to, how you're coping with the children, seeing your different way of life to mine. I pass on some of your "postings" to my children who are bringing up children of their own.

Monica said...

I'm a former "stay home" mom of two boys. My husband of 19 years and I own our own business. The boys went off to school and mom went off to work. ;-)
I live in AL and while I don't live on a farm, it isn't exactly the "city life".
I love your attitude about life, love, being a mom and a wife -you're honest and real. I enjoy your writing and love the photographs. I keep coming back because I always find something to smile about when I read your blog. Thanks for sharing!

Donna Mc said...

I can't even remember how I found your delightful blog. While I'm not a farm wife, (I live in GA, with my house full of testosterone...hubby of 23 years & 2 boys growing), I do love the country life. I love your photography, as well as your good ol' common sense, Christian family values blog entries.
God Bless y'all!

Donna Mc
GA

basebell6 said...

i read your blog because i've been in love with montana since i was 8 yrs old. i didn't get the chance to go there until i was 19 and would love to live there. but i live in ohio and so does my whole family. and i'm too afraid to move errrrrrr i would miss them too much. so i read blogs of people like you.

Anonymous said...

I have also wondered in amusement and amazement "what kind of people...?" and you summarized it beautifully.

My friend Melissa Hart, the knolltopfarmwife has a link to your blog on hers. My husband and I have 4 daughters and a dairy farm in Wisconsin. I can relate to many aspects of your life that you share. I enjoy reading about your experiences and love your sense of humor. Thanks and keep it up!

~Mandy
mmnunes@centurytel.net

cheesychick said...

I read your blog because you make me laugh... and that's all that counts in my book!

Anonymous said...

Wholly cow!! Lot's of responses... that's great! I read your blog cuz you told me to! Ha, ha!! Really, I loooove your blog and I'm glad you started it. I don't need to tell you anything about me because you know most of it all. Thanks for being such a great friend and keep up the wonderful blog:)

Your friend and fellow CMT rancher wife,

Laurie

O'Connor Family said...

Erin,
Kelli (my sister) just told me that you had a blog, so I checked it out for the first time today. I think I haven't seen you in about 10 years. It's so good to hear how you and your fam are doing. Love your blog.
Ali

Nicole said...

I'm the kinda person who is married, with two children and who works full time. I live in Vegas and I work in the court room taking notes on civil and criminal matters. I enjoy your writing style and the differences in our lives.

Anonymous said...

Let's see. I found your blog through John Phipps. I keep reading it because it's funny, and because I can relate. We farm, but live next to the city - well, actually in it since they annexed us - but for now it's the perfect spot. I can get pizza delivered to the front door and hunt out the back door. Well, I could hunt if I knew how to shoot a gun... I told our hired man to have his girlfriend read your blog, especially the description of a farm wife's job, so she can get a glimpse of what it means to be a farm wife. Keep up the good work!

Kathleen

The Camps said...

I just found your blog and have had such fun reading it! If only the kids would sleep longer, I would read more! Thanks for sharing your experiences, even though I don't live on a farm, I so relate to you as a mom.

Michelle said...

I don't remember how I found your blog, but I love to read and "hear" about your life on a farm and your family. I'm married to a farmer too (no kids yet, but one on the way) so its always nice to find others I can sort of relate to. Though I don't live in nearly as gorgeous of an area as you do!

Marissa said...

I'm a beliver in God, a believer that my child should be allowed to say the words to the Pledge "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands: one Nation under God, indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for all."
I believe in the Ten Commandments and believe that words on the bills "In God We Trust" should stay there. Why is that we can build a room for Muslims to pray at our schools, colleges but my son cannot have a moment of silence to say a prayer to God, The Almighty. Marissa

mommymommyland said...

I read your blog because I love it! I used to read P woman, but found she was getting to commercial for me, and then found you, and I love seeing what is going on at your farm.

I live on an organic farm in upstate new York, you can read about me and my family at www.mommymommyland.com

Jamie & Angela Larse said...

Erin- you are so talented, and we always agree with everything you have to say.

We are also OFA '07 classmates of Erin & Shane's and we operate a dairy farm in southwest Wisconsin.

Russell, Abby and Kaden Gaither said...

Hi, I just came accross your blog. I really enjoy it. I, too am a farmer's wife and mom of one 3 y/o boy. We enjoy farming with our beef cattle. We would love to farm 24/7 but are unable to. My husband is an embalmer/funeral director and I am an x-ray tech. Thanks for blogging and the cute pics.

 
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