54 Falcon, MO
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My self-summary
I am sooooo practical I’m in constant need of someone to gently remind me life is NOT “all work and no play.” It may be a tall order, I won’t lie, since I’ve been a single mom since 2000. I even maneuvered a 35 ft RV (towing a Ford Explorer) for three years around the U.S., living with my kids On the Road while exploring all 49 continental states. As well, all three of my teens were home-schooled right up ‘till high school and they are now A-B students. My oldest son and daughter are now in college and my last child will be in less than two years. I’m almost there…
What I’m doing with my life
I have developed an organic/natural, self-sustaining farmstead. I can do everything from make soap from lard I rendered, to canning hundreds of jars of organic food grown on this land, with mostly my hands. I can operate a chainsaw and 50 HP tractor, reach in and untangle stuck baby goats during delivery, and butcher chickens to can and create chxn broth. My youngest son and I live in a hand-hewn log home on a beautiful 40 acre farm in the Ozarks of southern Missouri (NOT primitive! We have indoor plumbing, and the interwebs :). Our backyard is Mark Twain National Forest, and we’re less than a mile away from the spring-fed Gasconade River. I work diligently at expanding our self-sufficiency with energy efficient and off-grid systems. I am currently building up a battery-bank to store more energy from our panels, then, run an off-grid fridge & freezer, and a few lights. We currently have heat and water off-grid, totally. This is my life, now.

It does not mean this is my same life in 5, 10 or even 20 years. I love change and new adventure. Before starting this farm in 2009 I traversed every continental state in the U.S. for three years. Prior to the Ozarks, we lived in Florida (the Space Coast) before that, Omaha, Neb., and before that, Fayetteville, NC. The "priors" list is quite long and colorful and includes travel overseas as well (in my sans-kids days). What this “really” means is I could consider selling the farm. I could consider following “the man” and integrating into his life. But, it's a tall order for "the one" to ask me to leave this place. So, you gotta ask yourself, are you and your life- choices as altruistic and conscientious? Because, although I would negotiate and concede on some things, I will not "sell my soul" just to be in a relationship. Besides never moving to a city, you can ask me the other things I won't settle for...

You see, I don't have a very hopeful outlook for our economy/state of the proverbial Union. We have reached peak oil, our monetary system actually has no real money in it, and our food and water rights are being slowly taken away from us. As a parent, AND a steward of the planet and its inhabitants, it's imperative to "Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst." Because, doesn't luck favor the prepared?

I do still own the RV :)
I’m really good at
Problem solving, organizing, multi-tasking (usually).
The first things people usually notice about me
People notice me, period. I really don't know why. Maybe b/c there are very few fit/trim/healthy women in Missouri, so I stand out in almost every setting..??
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
During the colder months of winter I spend a good amount of time "expanding my inner self." I watch TEDx on Youtube, read Depak Chopra, meditate more, and try to work on being a better person. In the spring I read alot about crops/gardening, the summer, and in fall it's stuff about what I can do "next" like how to make soap, prep and can salsa, etc, etc.

My kids have me hooked on Supernatural, Jericho, and Walking Dead :), but I like documentaries, SciFi, and action/drama. An occasional tear jerker is important too!

I like making music. I love singing/harmonizing. I like listening to all kinds of music (except rap).

I love (and cook often) Middle Eastern Indian food. I love great food period, so hence, I love to cook, but, I can survive on cheese and crackers if need be. (especially, if a great glass of Merlot is involved)
The six things I could never do without
How 'bout, the six things I COULD live w/o. That way if you are any of these, or these are important to you, we won't waste each other's time (In order of importance):
1) Religion - please, no dogma here. Just a healthy appreciation for, and attitude toward, the planet, the universe, and the threads of energy which weave through it all.
2) Control/Power - WTF!... why must it exist? I understand the basis for it (instinct of family/territory protection), but, slavery, subjugation, etc, etc... "Control fuel, control movement. Control water and food, control the people. Take away the masses' means of protection... well, you will have it all." (What about Love? Will you have that?)
3) Addiction/Dependence/Ill Health
4) Industrial Food Production - Don't get me started.
5) Plastic - Especially the bags flying about or tangling into trees and brush along the road. I truly wish we all could just do w/o the stuff, and, when the oil runs out, we will have to.
6) Meaness - I'm mostly Scot-Irish, so I am a bit firery. But, not mean. I can count on one hand the times I ever struck my children as a "punishment," recount the story and still cry about it.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Where did evil come from? Why were humans "DNA coded" with so much "weird" information (which we barely comprehend, let alone scratch the surface to contemplate)? Why can't we grow our own food (and sell to others who need it) w/o big companies and/or the govt. needing to control it? Why do people get so strung out about religion... to the point of believing in cleansing the planet of those people? The list is endless and I love to talk...
On a typical Friday night I am
....wondering, "Is it really Friday?"
You should message me if
...You can laugh at yourself in some of "all this"
...Even though you scored really high on the intelligence parts of the questionaires, you don't flaunt it
...Playtime is important and you can help me get there regularly
...You too want to help the world be a better place
..."Love" is part of your everyday vocabulary
...You ARE "Being the change you want to see in the World."