Moving Update

I wanted to give you an update on my moving, tentative relocation and the sale of my farm.

After a few months of looking at different situations, it turns out that the sale of my farm and a subsequent relocation would have been a right choice for my husband – but a wrong and regretful choice for me.
I just can’t do it.

Hay Rake That Was Sold

Hay Rake That Was Sold

That’s because I don’t want to be uprooted, nor do I care to abandon the life that I have made here nor the community and people I love. We have family considerations and obligations that I can’t ignore.
The bottom line is I’m not going anywhere.

I told my husband 6 weeks ago that he can move if he wants to – but I’m staying put.

At present we are making significant alterations and changes to our lives. I’ll be retiring from all commercial farming by the end of this year and sold my flock of sheep last month.
I’ll be 60 in a few weeks and I’m ready to slow down a little.

As far as I’m concerned, an old farm house, a big garden, an orchard and grapes; a few cows, some chickens and 74 acres is plenty for an old man and an old lady to care for.
Enough said



Katherine Grossman

Katherine Grossman was born and raised in the greater Washington, D.C area. But for the last 30 years Mrs. Grossman has lived a life of deliberate self-reliance in rural western Pennsylvania. She loves to garden, knit mittens; makes a killer meatloaf and has been known to deliver triplet lambs with her eyes closed. 


  19 comments for “Moving Update

  1. Glenda
    June 6, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Your home is beautiful. A homestead is a true blessing, especially when one has a family history. So glad you are staying put.

    As we age (we are in our mid-60’s) viewpoints and what is important to us changes also. We don’t have acreage as you do, but we do have 1/3 acre which is situated wonderfully for planting and fruit trees and we take full advantage of that. We built our home, in a VERY small town, 34 years ago. We have thought, frequently, of moving the 25 miles to a larger city where our children and grandchildren live, but each time we’ve almost done it, we stop. This is home. It’s where we raised our children and where, as a housewife, I managed our household.

    We know at some point we will have to move to a smaller home as ours is very large and becoming increasingly hard to keep up to the standard I have for maintaining a home. Health is always an issue as one ages, but I believe as long as we keep on keeping on as long as possible, each day is a blessing.

    Thank you so much for this blog. It’s the first thing I read each morning after turning on my computer. My days start at 4 a.m. and, after prayer time, and preparing for breakfast, I check Granny Miller. You are an inspiration to all hard working housewives.

    • KMG
      June 6, 2013 at 9:15 am

      Thank you Glenda :-)

  2. Val
    June 6, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Sounds like you made the right choice. I would do the same thing!!!! Good luck with retirement and enjoy it!!!!

    • KMG
      June 6, 2013 at 9:16 am

      Thanks :-) I will enjoy it!

  3. Herrick Kimball
    June 6, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Well, as Dorothy so famously (and truly) said…

    “There’s no place like home.”

    Here’s wishing you two “old-timers” all the best.

    • KMG
      June 6, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Herrick –
      Thank you.
      With every house and farm we looked at I knew I was making the wrong choice for me and my mother-in-law – but not for Rick.
      We are going to try and make the best of a less than ideal situation.

      We inherited this farm from Rick’s bachelor uncle Albert while he was still living.
      After uncle Albert turned the house and farm over to us, he took me aside
      (city girl that I was)
      and gave me the most important agrarian cautionary advice of my life.
      He told me,
      ” You think you’re going to own this piece of ground. But you’re going to find out that it owns you.”
      My life has proved uncle Albert right.

      • Herrick Kimball
        June 6, 2013 at 12:37 pm

        That’s a great little story (about what uncle Albert said). Thanks for sharing it. Clearly, he left his farm to the right people.

  4. Carol Pack Urban
    June 6, 2013 at 8:43 am


    • KMG
      June 6, 2013 at 9:16 am


  5. Elizabeth
    June 6, 2013 at 11:28 am

    You’re 60? Stop saying you are old! I’m 62 tomorrow and feel fabulous. I think you are saying “old” in reference to looking down the road to the years ahead. Have you heard that 60 is the new 40? They say if you make it to 60 that you are well-positioned to reach 80. Remember when we were children and pneumonia was a scary death sentence? Remember when people retired at 60, and shortly died within 2 or 3 years?

    We just spent a boatload defending our farm. It’s been in the family for well over 100 years.
    I love it so, and leaving the legacy for our children. Your feelings are so understandable.

    Anyway, I anticipate each blog entry from you. Thank you for sharing your days on the farm with us. It’s charming and refreshing.

    • KMG
      June 6, 2013 at 11:55 am

      Thank you Elizabeth.
      It’s a real privilege to grow old.
      I don’t concern myself too much about living to 80 because I should have died years ago.
      Every day I’ve lived since the morning of June 12, 1976 has been a gift :-)

      • Elizabeth
        June 6, 2013 at 1:43 pm

        Amen! Each day is a privilege and a gift. I never had a near-death experience, but a college friend died of a brain tumor when she turned 40. That was my wake-up. None of that silliness about black bunting and sadness about birthdays. I consider each one glorious and am delighted for each additional day.

  6. John
    June 6, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    60!!!??? A short while ago you posted a very flattering picture yourself, and you don’t appear over 45. Ma’am, you wear your genes well!

    Glad your staying on the place. Moving is hassle enough, moving homestead and re-establishing…no thanks!


    • KMG
      June 6, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      John –
      Fat women always look younger :-)

  7. Jan Brown
    June 6, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I too am thrilled that you are staying put on your beautiful acreage. I have been following you for a very long time, enjoying all your blogs and videos of “how to’s”. When you first mentioned a possible move deep down in my heart for a second it felt like I was going to lose a piece of my life…….that is how much I have enjoyed every aspect of your home, animals, gardens, etc. You are a terrific hard workin’ lady with what looks like a great hard workin’ hubby.
    I have learned so much from you. I even can grapefruit like you taught when a good sale is on, but I can’t say I have tried to tackle making my own under-garments yet. We have all been blessed by your sharing your talents with us. Thanks again. OH…..and one more quick question………Will you be voting for Rand Paul if he runs for president?

    • KMG
      June 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      Rand Paul seems like a good man.
      That said, I’m of the mind that until the electronic voting machines are removed and replaced with paper ballots I may never vote again.

  8. Phil, Minnesota
    June 7, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I’m happy you are staying put. I’m with you on the paper ballots.

  9. Karen
    June 8, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    I wish you all the best too!

    In the difficult years ahead there is much to value in “staying put”. We have put roots down in our little part of the world and I could not imagine being anywhere else at this stage of my life.

  10. Barbara H.
    June 11, 2013 at 9:37 am

    So glad to hear this. I have been following your for years, from blog to blog. As a mother of 7 who has stepped out of the city and into the country life your blogs have been a huge blessing. Thank you for the info you provide to others. God Bless.

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