Ever wondered what makes country people so hardy?
My current theory is that the high levels of calcium in well water can harden a person’s character as well as their bones.
Country folk don’t need fancy-pants bureaucrats from the E(cough)P(choke)A(gag) tellin’ us that we need to conserve and reuse. That’s just how we roll.
Free a mighty pecan tree from the grips of wild grape vines? Reuse the grape vines to smoke BBQ.
Or, better yet, trellis that baby for easy harvesting when the Mustang grapes ripen.
Need to clear a patch of land with ten trees blocking your path? Reuse the wood as firewood, then turn cold fireplace ash into garden fertilizer.
Or save the straight tree trunks and build yourself a barn.
Need a container to hold all the basketballs and bats rolling around in the garage? Recycle the blue plastic protein tub that your cows just emptied (be sure bleach it first…cows drool ya know).
You will not find any crystal in our cupboards, instead you will find mason jars. They are cheap, hard to break, and can be used to store things if needed. Apparently, this is what has always been done out here as evidenced by a glass jar a recent visitor found in our woods. A 1947 vacuum-packed coffee jar to be exact. Probably dropped by an old rancher reusing the jar as a drinking glass while working the land. Still in great condition, we could turn around and use it again.
We try to lessen our footprint, not to make some kind of statement, but because we find satisfaction in being creatively resilient. Country folk are usually cheap sons of guns too, ahem, not us of course, but others.