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.

recycled grapevine smoke

Or, better yet, trellis that baby for easy harvesting when the Mustang grapes ripen.

recycled grapevine

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.

recycled ashes

My boys used to believe heat came from the thermostat. Now trained as proper country boys, they go get firewood when they’re cold.

Or save the straight tree trunks and build yourself a barn.

recycled trees

Future barn site.

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).

recycled tubs

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.

recycled glass

We find them all the time when we clear land. These were probably left lying around in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s.

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.