The Best Laid Plans

The Best Laid Plans Of Mice And Men Often Go Awry

The Best Laid Plans Of Mice And Men Often Go Awry

“But little Mouse, you are not alone,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often awry,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!”

Robert Burns – 1785
To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough

Dear Reader,

Remember my big plans and projects for 2013? Well they’re about to be totally scrapped.

That’s because after much consideration and deliberation (the last 3 years or so) my husband and I have decided to relocate and downsize.
We are still in the very early planning stage.
The next several months are going to be filled with house/homestead hunting, livestock dispersal and selling a 5th generation family farm.
This website will reflect those changes in my life.

For some readers it may be of interest and value to follow the thinking, philosophy, assessments and judgments that go into choosing a new homestead or garden farm location.
I’m not sure that I’ll be up for a daily photo or snippet on GRANNY MILLER like I had planned.
But you can be sure I’ll keep you posted the best I can until I no longer have an easy or convenient internet connection.

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. 


  5 comments for “The Best Laid Plans

  1. Cathy Geary
    March 17, 2013 at 3:27 am

    yes, we will be facing this soon. My husband will take early retirement next year and we want to spend 2-3 yrs trying to get to a place where we can be profitable on our small piece of land and still be able to manage it. We would love it if one of our children or grandchildren wantm ed to come into our vegetable and elderberry operation, but it does not appear that they will, so we must find a level we can manage in retirement. I suspect that in 5-10 yrs we will be doing the same – would love to build a smaller house on this farm and keep about 5 acres if we could, just to putter around on.

  2. Julie
    March 17, 2013 at 8:01 am

    I’m sorry your big plans are not going to come to fruition. It sounds like new and exciting plans have taken their place though! Very big changes indeed. I hope and pray you find peace, and I’m sure wherever you end up you will find fun things to get up to! My family is currently looking to move as well, I will follow along your journey and I thank you for documenting it.

  3. March 17, 2013 at 9:08 am

    I am currently going through changes in my life and my elder parents life. Many changes will come. I look forward to your path of change and we will all get through this together.
    Thank you
    Have a peaceful weekend

  4. March 17, 2013 at 9:51 am

    My husband and I face that same change in our own future. We wish you luck in your future.

  5. Cynthia
    March 17, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    It must be very hard to contemplate selling a farm that has been in the family for so many generations; and, to leave a place with so many memories. But, you have certainly left the farm ‘better than when you found it’ with all the hard work you have lovingly put into the place. However, new adventures await, new memories are right around the corner and I daresay you will both have a little more time to relax a bit and do more of what you enjoy about a small farm as your chore list (especially with the dear animals) is reduced.

    Bless you both. All will be well.

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