Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve learned a thing or two. I am a Farm Wife. My life and joy is out in the pasture, working with the cows. It’s with the chickens, feeding, watering and cleaning out the coop. It’s using the business end of a rake, gathering leaves or behind a tiller, getting my garden ready for spring.   It’s sitting on the prayer bench, pondering my favorite Bible verse, (I Thessalonians 4:11 – “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may gain the respect of outsiders, and you will not be dependent on anybody.”) What it is not is sitting behind a computer, trying to decipher all the intricate details and the foreign language of technology. A computer wizard I am not.

It has been long journey trying to revamp my website. It all started with it being ‘suspended’. According to the first call to Tech Support, it was because I had too much traffic on a ‘shared hosting’ site. The second call told me I have to delete my comment page, and two others. The third call told me that’s not enough, and I have too much spam. The fourth call (thank you Bart), said, “Here’s your problem. It’s not spam – just a problem that occurred with a download. There. I fixed it. Have you considered moving your blog to WordPress? Weebly isn’t really designed for blogging.” It still took another 12 hours for Tech Support to scan my page and put it back on line. Then came Kevin, my WordPress Concierge. This guy must be a saint to put up with me; he is patient and, from what I can tell, very good at his job. Thanks to him, things started falling into place. I am back now, and hope this site is better than ever.

Here are a couple of changes. You can now comment directly under any post, instead of having to go to a separate page or Facebook. Photos will be on the Photos page, not in separate categories. You can still visit the Kitchen for some great recipes, and the old Craft Room is now a DIY page, where you can still find craft ideas, but also instructions for other types of things you might like to do yourself, whether you live on a 100 acres or farm from an apartment balcony. Need a good book to read, or to learn more about self-sufficiency? Join me in the Library.  If you’ve got a book you want to recommend, let me know, and I’ll share it with others.  Check out a few new photos, and click on one to see it up close. Missing a favorite post from the last site?  Let me know and I’ll move it over.

As always, if you have questions, I’ll be happy to answer them, or find someone who can. Please subscribe to The Farm Wife, and you will get e-mail notifications of new posts. I’ll also be available on Facebook, where I hope you will Like my page and share my posts. If something isn’t working, let me know – just remember, I don’t know a widget from a plug-in (even if I am working on it) and I’ll try to get it fixed.

In the meantime, skip on down to the next post, The Welcome Mat – just keep scrolling to the bottom and click the arrow to go directly to the next post. Then, stay tuned for more posts, including a three part series titled ‘The Kitchen’. These three posts are all about the must-have items I use on an almost daily basis to prepare the foods we grow and consume. When you’ve finished reading these posts, visit the kitchen for a couple new recipes, and then chime in and let me know what your must-have items are, and if you like the recipes. You can even share your own – I’ll be sure to give you full credit.  In the very near future, I’ll be doing a Prize Post – all you have to do is make a comment on the post, and I will draw one name from all the posters out of a hat to see who the winner will be.

Now, if you will excuse me, while you are catching up with what’s been going on at Paradise Plantation, I have to get caught up on my work. The cows are bellowing for more hay, and I have a date with a chain saw and a log splitter – this Farm Wife really wants to stay warm this winter!