Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

I've totally lost the momentum that I had for my fatalistic-nucleur-holocaust- terroristic-radiation-bombing-attack-so-flee-to-the-hills kick that I was on.  However, i did find a place where I can stock up on powdered peanut butter and dehydrated goat cheese, so that's helped to boost the hysteria back up a few notches.  We've been looking at Centerville as a possible place to move.  It is cheap. CHEAP. Seriously, you can buy 75 acres with a house on it for under $150,000.  I could get a cow if I had 75 acres.  I wouldn't know what to do with a cow but i bet Coie could figure something out. No, scratch that, she'd end up exploding it.  Maybe we could start with a goat. Or a chicken. Yes, a chicken; even I would know what to do with a chicken.  And then with our 75 acres and our chicken we will be sufficiently prepared for the imminent devastation ahead.


Yours Truly, Jenefer Igarashi: Lover of All Things Homestead-y Except For all The Hard Work Part.

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  1. lynan said,

    on October 23rd, 2005 at 7:57 pm

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    Shouldn’t you come check out the Bristol area before buying? ;0) I’ve heard Mendota VA is a good place to look for land…. We’re actually putting our home up for sale to look for a few acres as well. Sometimes you can get a good deal by looking for an auction too.

  2. drewsfamilytx said,

    on October 23rd, 2005 at 8:38 pm

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    You know, if you have 75 acres you’re going to have to carve out a little room for dear Gena…we know that y’all can’t be separated! Ooooo…and then you’ll have a compound! You should take a poll to see what you should name it…

    Chickens are ugly but fresh eggs are sooo good. That is the key to really good and very yellow cornbread (per dh’s grandma who knows chickens! I was actually thinking about getting a few for our house…but I’m not so fond of their ugly feet, heads and poop…

    Oh, and if you ever need any help with copy, just lemmeknow. 🙂


    on October 23rd, 2005 at 8:54 pm

    75 Acres!

    That sure is a lot of land. Yes it does take lots of work. The everyday kind! We have chickens and they are really no big deal except when they go over to the neighbors and leave them unwelcomed souvenirs. They are nice neighbors but I am not sure if they would stay very nice for much longer if my chickens don’t learn to stay in their own yard. They are fenced in on a good piece of land but they do get out at times. I guess the grass always looks greener next door. Than we have the rancher on the next road over whose cows are always getting out. They like to leave souvenirs as well but theres are a bit more serious!

    Surely with 75 acres the cows and chickens would stay on their own grass since they wouldn’t know if you had any neighbors.

    Happy Homestead hunting!



  4. Dalyn said,

    on October 23rd, 2005 at 9:18 pm

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    No No No! You are SUPPOSED to move here! Whatsa matta you?!

  5. KarenW said,

    on October 23rd, 2005 at 9:58 pm

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    I’m with you on the loving everything homestead except the hard work part. I’m a city slicker to the bone. My whole entire family all the way back to who knows when was born in KY and they are all garden growing, animal raising people, which I think is wonderful. I was the first person on both sides of my family not born in KY and I think I was just meant to be a city slicker. I hope you find a wonderful place. Maybe if you get enough cows and goats, you won’t have to cut the grass and there won’t be so much work. But don’t take any farm advice from me!

  6. HappyApple said,

    on October 23rd, 2005 at 10:35 pm

    Just a few things…

    1.) You, your sister and your family totally crack me up!!

    2.) I am glad your hubby is back home so you can stare at him again.

    3.) I am glad you were blessed with a replacement casserole dish.

    4.) I was given a VERY stange look from my husband because I was laughing so hard at “I think you should read the book, “When To Know the Right Time to Spank Your Inner Child”.”

    I don’t know if that ‘book’ would be of much help really… because my Inner Child would just look at myself and show myself my hinney to spank! (She is soooo strong willed!) ROFL

    I soooooo needed that laugh!! You are a hoot, I tell ya!!



  7. angelstar said,

    on October 23rd, 2005 at 11:48 pm

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    **snicker** You are such a hoot!! I wouldn’t know what to do if I couldn’t come here and get my daily giggle!! Yes, you should start with a chicken. I had chickens (will again in Spring) and they are pretty easy, and girl, I know easy! I agree – I love all things homesteadish except for the work, but that’s why we had kids, right? Let them do all the work – it builds character, don’t ya know – and then we can sit back and enjoy it all!! LOL

  8. CAgirlwithasoutherndrawl said,

    on October 24th, 2005 at 5:35 am

    I only have 3 words for you chicky…


    ~your great and wonderful friend who totally believes that you will find land here because I do NOT want you to move that far away ‘cuz you JUST GOT HERE!

  9. hippiechyck said,

    on October 24th, 2005 at 7:24 am


    you are tooooooooo funny!

    (and send me the link to the real estate office!)

    hey, i didn’t forget about Christopher Paolini…he’s harder to find than Jimmy Hoffa!

  10. 4boyzmom said,

    on October 24th, 2005 at 9:23 am

    You crack me up!

    That last line sounds just like me. I don’t want the work part. I’m always saying I want lots of space between me and the neighbors, but I don’t want the maintenance of the yard/land. My husband is on a mission to have as little grass as possible. Thanks for your comment on my blog – I answered your question about the Lasik there, too. Blessings! 🙂

  11. CoffeeAndAMuffin said,

    on October 24th, 2005 at 12:11 pm

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    Yes, start with a chicken. They make less mess when exploding.

  12. baby said,

    on October 24th, 2005 at 3:11 pm

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    HI. Thank you for coming to my blog! I am not a big fan of squirrel! Bye for now baby!

  13. MollyMae said,

    on October 24th, 2005 at 3:31 pm

    You're so cute

    Your posts always make me laugh, Jen, thanks for the smile today :-). In answer to your query about the music on my blog, why, it’s none other than Edward Scissorhands!

    Love ya,


  14. lotsapets said,

    on October 24th, 2005 at 4:19 pm

    powdered peanut butter, who have know there was such a thing!

    I hope you get countrified and homestead-ified quicker than we have. We’ve lived in the country for 11 years and we are still doing things like nearly exploding our well.

  15. livin4Him6 said,

    on October 25th, 2005 at 7:07 am

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    Jen, I am glad to see that the “writers block” did not stick. ;0) As far as animals go, my dd has chickens and she loves them!! Yes, I mean she really loves them and names each and every one and can actually tell them all apart. This might be an easy feat now because she is down to 8 chickens and 1 rooster, but for awhile she had 24!! Now about the cow, if your going to get a cow you have to get goats, and if you get goats you have to get sheep, and if you get sheep you have to get pigs, and if you get pigs you have to get………and it just doesn’t stop!! LOL!! Have fun picking out your new abode and if you all ever come to NH you’ll have to let me know. :0)

  16. DreweLlyn said,

    on October 25th, 2005 at 5:13 pm


    That is too funny!

    My dd10 and I wanted to make butter, but we didn’t know anyone with a cow! We had to buy heavy whipping cream. It turned out pretty good. Perhaps you could send us some milk. *smile*

    Have a great day!

    ~ Drewe Llyn

  17. DandelionSeeds said,

    on October 25th, 2005 at 10:49 pm

    Voice of Reason…

    So, since no one else is speaking up… I guess I need to be the voice of reason here and tell you some of the problems with chickens…

    Now, having land may get you in the “mood” to go buy a cow and plow a field for strawberries, however, let’s NOT get crazy with the whole chicken thing. You may think you’re working your way into the whole “back to the Prairie Days” thing, but I NEED to give you a word of caution…

    CHICKENS ARE MEAN… I could go as far to say, they might even be “evil”… now I know you’re probably going to get posts in reply to this, but I know you can handle it (after the “stoned cat thing”)… but I’m being serious (as only I know how), I’m here to tell you… chickens are ruthless… they chase after you… and then when they catch you… oooooooh… watch out… they have sharp claws and… those beaks! And even though they can’t really fly, they try and that makes them even more unpredictable… and let’s be honest Jen… you have enough problems right now with your neighbors and your concerns about the end of the world… not to mention tape wars and exploding dishes in the kitchen…

    Okay… so truth be told, I’m absolutely completely and totally afraid of birds… yes it’s true… I think it stems back to when my uncle chopped the chickens’ heads off in the coop and then let the run around (complete and total understanding of the term at a young age) WHILE I WAS IN THE COOP!

    Okay… I’m feeling better now… I guess I’d been holding that in for so many years… as I lie on my black sofa… I realize that there have been many things in my life that I’ve kept inside as a result of that moment in my past… Oh… I feel so free…

    Yes, Jen, I feel unless you approach the chicken thing with great respect and thought, you should buy a cow instead… you have too many children you could tramatize otherwise… and you wouldn’t want them to grow to be like a “nutpickle”…

    Love ya!

    Your cautious, voice of reason, nutpickle friend,


  18. DandelionSeeds said,

    on October 25th, 2005 at 10:59 pm

    By the way…

    For those of you wondering what a “nutpickle” is… please check out:

    Jen… you should look too, so you know what I have to say about you… then it’s not really behind your back if you see it…

    Nutpickly yours,


  19. julie said,

    on October 26th, 2005 at 3:14 pm

    Your other voice of reason…

    I think you should listen to Amy & I… wouldn’t survive….those chickens would have you and your six kids for dinner…instead of the other way around…buy the 75 acres and just “look like a homesteader”… — julie

  20. MaggieHogan said,

    on October 26th, 2005 at 4:40 pm

    I'm back mwah hahaha!

    And do I have great chicken stories!!! Maybe I will blog them one day. In the meanwhile, hold onto this thought: velociraptors. Yep.

    Hey – I admit it. I’ve been slacking. Not blogging. Now I’m annoucing the brand-new, one-of-a-kind:

    “Why is Maggie Slacking?” Contest!

    Check it out here:

    You really really want to check this out hehehe – and thanks for the prizes!

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