Saturday, November 24, 2018

{Happenings} Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving My Dear Friends!

As you can imagine, our Thanksgiving was filled with the warm hearts of family (and far to much food!). As is tradition, we traveled up to the home of the G’s for our meal. This year it was just the family, which made for an enjoyable and relaxing evening. With that said, we still cooked enough for a small army- which translates into a LOT of leftovers. Along with the leftovers, we went home in a bit of a food coma from it all.

Gran and I stayed close to home yesterday. Neither of us wanted to venture out into the craziness that is Black Friday. I find the shopping day to be a bit repulsive anyway. Instead, I spent a good portion of the day cleaning and decluttering in preparation for the Christmas season to begin.

To end this short and sweet post, I want to say thank you dear friends, for being a part of our family and our Journey here at the Flying V. S. Farm. I am truly great full for each and everyone of you.

Ms. B

Saturday, October 20, 2018

{Happenings} Journal: No Longer a Homesteader?

Photo by  Hellen Newman of HANdpict Photography

If you read the title, you may not be at all surprised. I want to share real struggle that I have been dealing with a lot as of with you. I hope it will also give a bit of insight and explanation into the change in content from the Flying V. S.  Farm. 

When I first found the idea of homesteading, I was elated. It was a lifestyle that fit perfectly with what I wanted to pursue in my life. It had everything- raising animals, growing food in a garden, and a seemingly natural connection to the past and the way things used to be. It was also inspiring due to the great and rather large community online. I wanted to be a part of that, so I started my blog, and eventually my YouTube channel. They were originally just to share the life with family and friends, but I hoped it would also allow me to connect with the greater community. 

While I did connect with several wonderful people in that community, I found myself not quite being able to connect with the platforms in the way I had hope I would. As I followed the journey of other online homesteaders, I found myself feeling like a bit of a fraud. I was starting to judge my life and where I was against everyone that I was watching. Not only in terms of the homesteading, but my success on the platforms which I was using. This can be a detriment to anyone trying to find their authentic self. This habit eventually led to me not sharing as much as I had hoped I would be able to. I was afraid of looking a fool because I wasn’t doing enough compared to everyone else and causing someone else to do the same. I stopped even trying to find things to post about and settled for watching hours of videos from the channels I had come to enjoy- all the while still comparing myself to them. 

Over the past few months, it seems as if my search was not in vain and my authentic self has begun to blossom. This in turn, has spurred a bit of inspiration and given me more courage to share the things I want to share- not matter if anyone pays attention. 

Now, back to the homesteading bit. In this journey to find my authentic self, I have come to find that the term “homesteader” can no longer be used to label or describe who I am. The modern definition doesn’t fit with what I want in my life and how I want to live it. Don’t worry, I am keeping my chickens, goats, and garden. I will continue to live the old fashioned life and share it with you, dear reader- just without the labels, boxes, and boundaries that were holding me back before. There are many aspects to me which cannot be confined. My social media and what I choose to share there within will be authentic and true to who I really am- Just me. Just Ms. B


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

{Happenings} New Schedule for the Flying V. S. Farm

Hello dear Friends,

I feel as if I have sat down to write this post at least a dozen times in the last week.  I have been unsure how to word it.  No fear, this is not a farewell letter.  Just an update to the scheduling for the Flying V. S. Farm and the social media on which I share life.  I have been going round and round in my head about how I want to proceed.  I believe I have finally come up with a solution. 

        When I started this journey, I began with this blog.  It was the most logical place to start at the time.  Shortly thereafter, I created the YouTube channel.  Both are good places to share information, but I feel one platform suits me better than the other.  I enjoy the process of writing and feel that my creativity can be best manifested in this way.  Accompanied by my enjoyment of and desire to improve my photography.  That isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy YouTube, but it is a different style of creativity that I don’t feel I enjoy or can cultivate as well as I can with my writing.  I won’t be abandoning it all together, as it will be a platform to house videos which are supplemental to the posts on the blog. It’s been my experience that is is usually the other way around.  

        With this change in priority comes a new schedule. Please see the information below.

Flying V. S. Farm: Posts every Saturday

Flying V. S. Farm- Children’s Corner: Posts 2&4 Wednesday

Life on the Flying V. S. Farm Podcast: New episodes last Sunday of each month beginning January 2019.

Each post will be separated into categories according to the content.  This will make it a little easier to find the kind of information you are looking for.  For more details descriptions of the categories, please visit the {Categories} tab above. The same will be done for any of the videos uploaded to YouTube.

        The Children’s Corner will also be getting a bit more attention as time goes on. I had considered combining the blogs as I did with the YouTube channel, but decided against it at this time. I want to keep those resources separate to allow easy access for both parents and children alike. 

        The monthly podcast episodes will be a chance to see me in front of the camera. I plan to use this format as a monthly wrap up session to include a culmination of what has occurred on the farm over the previous month as well as projects and other information. Each episode will have a set of segments which will be consistent throughout.  

        I hope this makes sense to you all and that you will join me in this adventure. Please make sure to subscribe to the blog to get updates when new posts are put out. You can also subscribe to the YouTube channel if you so desire. The link is located in the {YouTube} Tab above.

Ms. B