When I was eight years old my parents bought a milk cow and I had to do the milking at nights while my dad was at work. So I guess I remember getting stepped on and being hit in the head with Mindy's tail. We had the cow for a year or so and then butchered her. I remember thinking during Sunday afternoon meals that Mindy tasted really good and I was way glad not to have to milk the beast anymore. I hope milking cows is like riding a bike. I'm not really convinced of that but maybe if I say it enough it will be so.
So in an attempt to get ready for the fast arriving spring I had my wife go and pick me up any books at the library that even remotely revolved around homesteading etc. Here is the list of books she came home with.
- The Self Reliant Homestead - Charles A. Sanders
- Roast Chicken and Other Stories - Simon Hopkinson
- The Clay-Pot Cookbook - Georgia MacLeod Sales and Grover Sales
- Vinegar, Duct Tape, Milk Jugs and More - Earl Proulx
- Not Buying It - Judith Levine
- Off the Grid Homes - Lori Ryker
- Made from Scratch - Jenna Woginrich
In my wifes defense, she had to hurry as she had a bunch of dirty looks and requests from the librarian to speed things up a bit. I guess it's not acceptable behavior for our three kids to push over a bookshelf or to have contests to see who can shoot the water fountain the farthest by sticking their fingers in the water spout, all while mommy looks for books for five minutes. Who knew? It's amazing how fast our kids can destroy a place. Like seriously, five minutes.
You'd think after being married for almost fourteen years I would have noticed that "go get them yourself next time" look when she came home. Note to self, be happy with whatever the wife brings home be it food, books, clothes, fully intact children.
Any must have books that anyone knows I should read?