Monday, June 12, 2017

New Kid On The Block

By Karen Roguski 

Hey, ya’ll. As you might have guessed by the title I am a new kid on this “block” and thought I would tell ya a little about myself.
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I was born and raised as a simple Kansas farm girl. “Farm living was the life for me!” However, looking back it is easy to tell that I drove my family quite batty as I hated the soil, bugs, the butchering, milking the cows and especially the waking at the crack of dawn.

The folks and grandparents did not allow me to not be one of the hands, as it was a necessity for all hands to “be on deck” in order for us to not only survive but to flourish. This became more apparent as the sun would set and the moon would rise as we operated a farm that was 90% self-sustaining, only going to town for the fewest of things.

To accommodate my stubbornness and outside dislike my Grandpa decided it was time to teach me how to drive at the ripe “ole” age of like five. Of course, the legs were not long enough to reach the pedals, but that did not stop or slow him one little bit. Out came the gray duct tape and little blocks of wood stacked and taped until reaching was not an issue.

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Tractors, combines, and pickup trucks became a new part of my life. Bushels baskets of various fruit and vegetables, bales of hay, and tilling the fields took over my days and many a night. Now all these years later, a personal tornado sent me to the land of city dwelling,


I have thought about and missed the farm life oh so much often clicking my heels saying the classic line we all know so well “There Is No Place Like Home”. It never did work. Then again if anyone would of told me this as a youngster my entire family as well as myself would have died in laughter. It is funny just how much you miss the little things in life.

The Family Survival Farm blog is a great way for me to share my life experiences while recalling and remembering the days now long gone. I am excited and grateful to be accepted as part of this new farming family.