The story of “Our Garden” begins with the story of “us”. But don’t worry, I won’t bore you with the long version of “us”. As magical as it feels, it’s not something that can be portrayed with words alone anyway.
We met on an online dating site way back in the blogging heydays, circa 2005. Back then, you could not have paid me to go out in the yard and do anything except that which the city required by law, like keeping the grass mowed.
Before we met, I was encouraged to “make a list” of traits I would like to have in a relationship. I made the list, and within a couple months he appeared in my life. We fell hard and fast, albeit long distance. On that list was that he would “have a green thumb”. During those early days of our relationship, I had no idea he had that particular trait. At least, it wasn’t the focus back then. Remember, I hated yard work! I just knew that I admired those who were good with it. I felt it was a nurturing quality, and if a man had it, then he would probably be naturally nurturing, too. I wasn’t wrong!
In that first few months, we “didn’t work out”, or so we thought, and our romantic relationship came to an end… or so we thought. In reality, we never ceased being in contact, by email and occasionally an online chat. Other relationships came and went, yet we remained cherished friends in each others lives.
In 2015, after a decade of seasoning our souls, we rekindled our romantic relationship and it flared up into a roaring fire!
He moved 6 hours to come live with my kids and I. And we lived happily ever after, and all that jazz! haha True enough, but never as simple as just that (as we all know from our own experiences).
It was during this rekindling of our love that we both reveled in just how much the other person was really into gardening! In the in-between years, I had suffered a corporate layoff which left me unemployed for 6 months and financially devastated, even with a nice severance package. It was during that time, when I sunk emotionally and began to loathe society and how it backs us in corners time and time again (in too many ways to detail here). What brought me out of that dark night of the soul, was the idea that “at least I can grow unpoisoned food for myself and my family – they can’t stop me from doing that!”
And so I began gardening in 2012.
By 2015 my best friend and soulmate and I were back together, and he too was very much into gardening, self-sustainability, tiny houses, homesteading… you name it. Oh, and fishing & stargazing. ❤
So this is “us”, Theresa & Bob. We are currently suburbanites in south western Ohio, but working towards moving to a farm at “first solid chance”.
Everyday, we discuss what we’re doing now and how we will do it “when we have our land”. Between now and then, we are learning as much as we can ahead of the move, so that we have less of a learning curve to handle during the move… the land set up, and the house building (if needed). This includes finding financial strategies that will help us be self-sufficient as well. And that leads me to the purposes of this site.
- To share our gardening journey with other interested folks
- To dive deeper into our coming rural life together, and document it
- To double-down on a lifestyle we both want so much!
Welcome to The Waterbearer211, that’s me, born Feb 11th and always carting my rain water in buckets to my plants. Hmm, I wonder how I can improve on my rain water collection system???