JP, I would go with you! I love his concepts. He makes so much sense. I read the Omivore's Dilemma too and reading about his farm was incredible.
The Omivore's Dilemma was the final straw for me that made me stop buying all meat from the store.
I already stopped buying chicken and raise my own meatbirds but now I buy all my other meat from a farm. I found one that raises all grass fed beef, no meds or antibiotics-NO CORN. and they have a state of the art processing plant designed by Temple Grandin, the same woman in the book.
I just ordered a side of beef.
So anyway, I like my life so I guess I would keep doing what I am doing but if I could change anything it would be to have more time to do what I like to do.
If I could cut out all the other stuff I am required to do and could have all day to do what I am doing that would be awesome.
I do alot of volunteer work at the church and coach my daughter's soccer team and help out at the schools so I would not change that because I enjoy it but if I didn't have to do all the homework, errands and housework stuff and could do whatever I wanted ...
I do all of these things I will tell you about and the best days are when I get to do all of them and my kids are all home to be a part of it.
I do not live an life exciting and I don't want to. I take pleasure in the simple things and taking care of my family.
My life is satisfying and I am happy so if I could play all day it would be to do the things I normally do but I would get to do all of them and this would require the weather stay nice all year, meaning no snow.
I collect antiques and I love poking around antique stores and bringing home my treasure. If I can't be home then that is where I want to be!
I would have the time to finish all the projects I have around here, my root cellar, the well and stone paths, which will have to wait until this summer to get done.
In the morning I go outside and collect the eggs and some days go in and make a batch of soap before heading back outside.
Then Bill and I go outside and drink our coffee and tea in the vegetable garden.
We have an outside checker set that is made of slate that stays out in the yard so we usually will play a game of checkers too, which I lose.
I then enjoy watching or working the bees and playing with the chickens.
I spend time in the vegetable garden, planting, weeding, harvesting or just admiring what is growing.
We hang out there and play checkers, I will lose again.
I stop and talk to my neighbor over the back fence whenever we are both out there which is fairly often, I give him eggs and honey or whatever I have in the garden.
I play with the kids or they help me in the garden, we do alot of fun activities. I taught my 7 year old son how to play checkers this summer, now he beats me.
If I have time I curl up in the swing with a good book or if its a cool fall day we light the bonfire and I read my book there.
At the end of the day I love to cook a nice meal for my family, especially something I have grown myself.
I love when the weather is nice enough to eat dinner outside, we have an old antique table and chairs that I put out in the yard and I have candles and lanterns around the yard and hanging from trees.
After dinner we light the bonfire and sit around and roast marshmallows and talk and laugh, sometimes my husband and whoever is hanging out will sing old songs.
Sometimes we play checkers again. I will lose again, I always lose.
Then I tuck the kids in bed, say a prayer and fall asleep in my husband's arms... thinking about how I can beat him at checkers tomorrow.
Corny as it may sound, this is what our life is normally like on the best of days, which is when we can all be home and I can do all of these things. The only thing that gets in the way is the outside world.