Saturday, May 21, 2011

Advice From an Old Homesteader

This is a post from 2011, of a list of homestead wisdom that I find useful and amusing.  I thought I would repost it because I like it and didn't want it to get lost in the shuffle.  I guess that's what you get when a blog author reviews old posts...

Take care,
Desert Rat
  • Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight
    and bull-strong.
  • Keep skunks and bankers at a
       (This is among my favorite pieces of wisdom.  This also relates to the judgement one later)
  • Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
  • A bumble bee is considerably faster than a
    John Deere tractor.
  • Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.
  • Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.
  • Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.
  • Do not corner something that you know is meaner
    than you.
  • It don't take a very big person to carry a
  • You cannot unsay a cruel word.
  • Every path has a few puddles.
  • When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
  • The best sermons are lived, not preached.
  • Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway. 
  • Don't judge folks by their relatives.
  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.
  • Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't botherin' you none. 
  • Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.  
  • If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.  
  • Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
  • The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'.
  • Always drink upstream from the herd. 
  • Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
  • Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in. 
  • If you get to thinkin' you're a person of someinfluence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around. 
  • Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. 
  • Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

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