Signs You Might Be a Homesteader

My husband’s “Jeff Foxworthy” voice: If you have indoor plumbing, but you make the males in your house pee outside in the compost, you might be a homesteader. If the chicken you’re eating for dinner has a name, you might be a homesteader. If you have a state-of-the-art dryer, but you insist on drying your clothes outside, you might be a homesteader. If you have longer conversations with your poultry than you do with your spouse, you might be a homesteader (he’s so jealous).

Signs that you might be a homesteader. You might be a homesteader if...

My husband is a natural born comedian and he likes to poke fun at some of the homestead-y things we do. It prompted me to ask my friends on Twitter, how do you know when you’re a homesteader?

You might be a homesteader if…

… watching chickens is preferable to watching television.
@104homestead

… you collect chickens and ducks like other collect knick-knacks.
@homesteadhippy

… you upcycle and reuse everything until you are confident it’s been used to the max.
@104homestead

Signs that you might be a homesteader. You might be a homesteader if...

… you are in the produce section of the grocery store and you think, would my geese like this?
@thefreckledrose

… if you think I can’t finish all of this, will my chickens or sheep eat it?
@MonicaGeglio

… baking bread with your favorite duck is considered completely normal.
@104homestead

Signs that you might be a homesteader. You might be a homesteader if...

… you’re constantly apologizing for the bits of hay and straw in your family car.
@MomPrepares

… planning your garden requires a dozen books geared towards maximizing space and harvest.
@104homestead

… you have to walk outside to get your breakfast.
@104homestead

Signs that you might be a homesteader. You might be a homesteader if...

… your muck boots are your favorite shoes
@notourgoats

and you have globs of unidentifiable schmutz stuck under, around and on your shoes at all times.
@ChickenGateway

… your friends know that they’ll need to the dogs, then the goats, before they can get near your house.
@TheUsualMayhem

Signs that you might be a homesteader. You might be a homesteader if...

… your french tip manicure is actually just dirt under your nails. And you rock it.
@TumbleweedApoth

… you forgot your sheep are still out in the yard and you have to pick them up and run them to the barn during a lightening storm.
@MonicaGeglio

… you are a master barterer. Chicken eggs in winter are like gold in the trading world.
@104homestead

Signs that you might be a homesteader. You might be a homesteader if...

… you love making a ‘weed salad’ to eat with lunch, of edible plants.
@northwe1246207

… your 8 year old’s favorite game is figuring out where the hens are hiding their eggs this week.
@TheUsualMayhem

… you see things in a store and immediately begin figuring out how you can DIY it.
@104homestead

Signs that you might be a homesteader. You might be a homesteader if...

… you pull your jeans out of the laundry and find random vegetables in the pockets.
@DeborahNeyens

… if you frequently find eggs in your pockets while you’re out and about.
@ImaginAcres

… you head to the backyard instead of the grocery store when you run out of eggs or milk.
@104homestead

How do YOU know if you’re a homesteader? Join in the tweet:

 


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10 Comments

  1. When you bring home a sheep in the trunk of your sports car because the truck is down.
    It’s ok though we had the back seat folded down so he could share the sunroof air.

  2. Anonymous says:

    You have to take your milking goats in your van to family reunion.

  3. This was great! I identified and giggled the entire way through your post!

    1. Jessica Lane says:

      I’m so glad you got a chuckle from it. It was a fun one to write.

  4. North Ga Gardener says:

    Jessica

    Me and my wife enjoy your site. We can tell you have a passion for gardening, homesteading and have a way with words which is what we are trying do accomplish on our site. Have you ever given any thought to guest posting? Please let me know and if not we still enjoy your site!

    1. Jessica Lane says:

      Thank you so much! I definitely want to talk to you about that offer more, but I currently have my plate full. Drop me an email at 104homestead@gmail.com and we can chat.

  5. You might be a homesteader if the only Christmas catalog you actually read is from the Tractor Supply.

    1. Jessica Lane says:

      LOL. That’s what I make my wish list from ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. I live for Tractor Supply. Or you make the Kubota dealership orange Christmas ornaments because they’re like family (we have a Kubota for the work tractor). Or you put the Harbor Freight fliers in the bathroom for a week, mark them with Must Haves, Needfuls, and Wishes, then when you go in, you fill the cart until you’re broke (and you know how to find/get a cart)–and someone offers to trade his wife and his just loaded up drill press for you (this honestly did happen in 2004!!!!! His wife wasn’t too enthused, I politely told him we had two already)

  6. What a fun post girl! Thanks for the smiles and laughs. I could so identify! Sharing — Everywhere!