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Back to the Old Well "Again"

September 3, 2022

I am starting a new section of my blog today.  It is called Back to the Old Well.  Toting water from a well was part of the old way and I am thankful that I experienced that in my life.

Charles and I are starting new adventures.  We will be part-time living the "very" old way going back to toting water to use for washing dishes, cooking, and bathing as soon as we finish the old transformation of the old workshop that will be turned into a tiny home. 

This tiny home that we are working on I talked about in my last post under Living Like the Past. 

We are still currently doing our history project of 1943 but I got off track posting about that due to some health issues but that is better now :)  I am still doing the 1943 diary posts and we are doing our best to live like 1943.  We live a very simple way already because of all of our history studies that you can find here on my blog.  Since we already live more like the past it seems ordinary to us.

I choose to embrace the best parts of my life because those memories are what led us back to a more simple life.  I write about it here on my blog because I feel that it gives others a new perspective so that they can have more options if they need them. 

When I was a child I was fascinated with water from wells.  The bucket wells, the hand pump , and the artesian well.  

When we would go visit my grandparents we walked dirt roads and played with sticks in the yard and built pretend houses. There was a local artesian well down the road from my grandparent's house and we would carry buckets to get water and tote it back to the house. I can still remember the taste of that fresh water.

When we went to visit the cemetery we would carry a bucket with us and there was an old well at the cemetery with a hand crank pump that we would use to get water so we could carry water to the flowers on the graves of our family or to get a drink of water on hot days.

The hand pump would need to be primed with water to get the freshwater to come out of the pump. There would be jars of water kept at the foot of the pump to use for priming.   It was very important to refill those jars of water so that the next person that used the pump could prime the pump. 

When I met my in-law family they had just gotten an electric line pulled to their house.  They still had an outhouse and a well for water and water from the well had to be toted into the house with buckets. There was only one electric line in the house and it went to the middle of the kitchen ceiling, it hung down with a lightbulb and the light socket had a plug outlet.  There was the old wood cookstove that they used while raising nine children.  Many biscuits were baked in that oven.  Cotton fields were all around them.

Turns out later on... my mother remarried and my stepfather was a water well driller.  I would help my mother make onion and bologna sandwiches and we would take them to the water well drilling site for the crew to eat for lunch.  That was my first knowledge of a Vidalia onion and found that the large flat Vidalia onions are the sweetest ones.  

I can say that water wells have been part of my life.

Long ago life was simple, the sounds, the smells, and the speed at which we did things.  Much more relaxed than today.

We made meals from scratch and wore aprons so we did not get stains on our clothes.

We wiped down our shoes and polished them often, we hung up the clothes that we wore that day for two reasons, we did not have a lot of clothes, and because clothes were not washed as often as they are today. We hung our bath towels to dry after we bathed and Charles and I still do today. We did what made sense.

I often wish that our younger than me generations could understand and experience how it was long ago so they would know that it does not have to be the way it is today.  Hectic, unsafe, and wasteful is how I think of today.  I am part of that wasteful category but I am trying to be more like I was long ago. 

Many years ago when I first started my blog, I was going to use the blog to share family history with my family. But the economy was causing hard times and the blog was there for me to use so I decided to share how Charles and I were trying to change back to a more simple life and live more like the past.

Through this change, we were able to get out of debt and see what our mistakes were that led us to that debt. 

Here we are at the new chapter of our life again and there is a well on the property at the tiny home.  Somewhat symbolic don't you think?   So we are returning to the well, the source of sensibility. 

I hope that as we go along you all will take away something that is helpful to you.

Living in today's time is sometimes difficult, and no longer simple. We can find ourselves overwhelmed very easily today but we can return to the old well and get a new perspective and with practice, I hope that we all can succeed and live more decidedly simple and without a real well. 

*Note.  I have never done a comment section in all these years until now.  I welcome your comments. I will need to adjust the spacing but seems to be working well.

Grandma Donna


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Comments (74)


September 25, 2022 7:12 PM
Hello G.Donna. Thank you for sharing your memories. Life was more simple back then. I know people worked hard and had problems of all sorts, I know they did. But we didn't have evil running rampant back then like we do today. I told my husband today to think about how your grandma would react if she knew about how the world is today, and her reaction would show how far things have gone downhill. The world is in a sorry place, and coming here and reading how things were in my Grandma's day ministers to my heart, but at the same time, it can bring me to tears for what has been lost! There is so much value in the simple things of life.


September 25, 2022 2:27 PM
Yay, a comment section! I've wanted so many times to comment on how much your latest blog has blessed me. Thank you!


September 13, 2022 9:52 AM
I remember the well pumps. As children we loved to pump until the water came flowing out. I am thankful that our home of 28 years has delicious well water.


September 12, 2022 12:33 PM
I love your blog and have enjoyed it for some time now. I've read it all. I am so glad you added a comment section.


September 11, 2022 5:42 PM
I have been learning so much from your blog over the last couple years. I am so thankful to have come across your blog. I continue to look forward to reading more of your memories, experiences and ways to live a simple life.


September 9, 2022 11:54 PM
I love your blog and am so impressed with how you live your life! You are an inspiration to me! Thank you for all that you do.

Lady Locust (JL ????)

September 9, 2022 10:07 PM
What wonderful memories. It's interesting to me how people think "they had to work so hard, how awful." The thing is, I think they were happier as a whole than we are now. Good work feels good: like making a meal from scratch or taking care of your things.


September 9, 2022 7:15 PM
I've been following your blog for quite some time and always enjoy it. Your 1943 study has been particularly interesting for me because I was born in 1943. My baby book has my ration books my mother saved and copies of V-mail from my uncles overseas in WWII offering congratulations on my birth. My mother told me that just having the ration stamps did not mean the store would have the product. BTW my mother passed away 9 months ago at age 100 and I miss being able to call her with questions like I did when you were doing the information of rationing.

Life in rural Southern Iowa where I grew up was not much changed from the 1930's until TV came along around 1954. People in town raised big gardens, sewed their own clothing and walked everywhere. Farmers came to town on Saturday nights to "trade" and visit. I recall the main street being packed with shoppers and people standing and visiting.

During summer months there was a weekly band concert in the park. Us kids went to the 15¢ movies and enjoyed 10¢ bags of popcorn. An ice cream cone was 5¢ at the drug store and a soda was 5¢ although we weren't allowed soda.

Of course, those were also the years of polio so during polio season we did not go much of anywhere out of town (pop. 450). If there was a polio case in town, we stayed home.

With the advent of TV, people started staying home on Saturday night, so businesses stopped staying open and the theatre closed. People had money so bought cars and stopped walking everywhere which meant less visiting with neighbors as you passed by. Many of the small towns are now gone. In the late 1950's and early 1960's schools started consolidating which was a major cause of the demise.

Ironically, I think the rural country schools which closed in the late 1940's and early 1950's and then the consolidation of small-town schools in 1950-60's, has contributed to the decline of quality of education.


September 9, 2022 4:15 PM
so happy to see a comment section, and to "meet" some of your other readers. I think I told you in an email once that you remind me of my beloved grandmother and it is such a comfort to come here and feel that I am getting a glimpse into her life. Although you and I are probably about the same age, you live like my grandparents did. I love a simple and quiet life and find much encouragement here.

Debby in Kansas

September 9, 2022 2:02 PM
Donna!!! Been reading your blog for years. I love the peeks into your lifestyle as it's very inspiring.
I look forward to seeing more of your tiny house.


September 8, 2022 8:17 PM
I love this! Thank you, Dianna


September 8, 2022 3:56 PM
I join the chorus of voices who are glad to see this latest addition to your lovely blog. It’s heartening to see how many other people share the same vision of a simple life amid the chaos of this crazy world.

We get our water from a well on our rural property and you’re right…you can’t beat the taste. My dad who is 87 and youngest of 9, loves to tell a harrowing story of the time his oldest sister, probably 16 at the time and charged with looking after her 6 little brothers, held baby Charlie over the well and threatened to drop him if they didn’t mind her! I’m happy to report that they shaped up quickly after that or I wouldn’t be here!
Please keep your soothing words and calming photos coming. They are needed.


September 8, 2022 11:01 AM
I love that we can now leave comments. Your posts are so encouraging to me. I was born in 1955 and have wonderful memories of my very frugal maternal grandmother. She would send me such funny boxes when I was in college (she and my GF had divorced and she was a school teacher). A shoe box would have a saved ball of rubber bands (because you never knew when you might need those), some 5 cent postal cards, a few stamps, a candy bar, a drawing from one of her 5th graders, a teensy tinned candle with a heart on it (which I saved until I was in my 50s) and few other doo-dads. She wrote a letter every week. I have all of her old linen tea towels from back in the day when you could buy 12-15" wide. We'd buy the yardage and she taught me to hem them for Christmas presents. I thought they were kind of lame at the time, but now I cherish them every day. When she died in 1986 she was to happy that she was able to leave both my brother and me $20,000 and her stock to my dad. Who knew! A funny memory is my worry about her retirement: she mentioned at the time that she bought a several new brassieres. I fretted that perhaps she wasn't going to be able to afford more in the future :). She was always so cheerful even though her life was often difficult. "If you want to have a friend you need to be a friend".

marcia Martins

September 8, 2022 7:24 AM
Good morning, My name is Marcia and I live in Brazil. I've been following your blog for a long time, it was a change in my life! I started to live more simply, and with that, I gained peace and time to dedicate myself more to the things I like to do. I always look forward to new posts.
A fraternal hug to you and your entire family.


September 8, 2022 6:19 AM
Thank you so much for all the time, effort, and dedicated work you put into your blog. I have been a reader for many years. You have been an inspiration and influenced my life in so many ways. I am grateful. I love your posts about your home and your garden, and also your diary posts, too. Take good care. -Elizabeth

Ann lee sweeten

September 7, 2022 9:31 PM
Hello Donna, I am back with a new iPad, once again enjoying catching up On your lives and what’s happening in your home and garden. What fun to have a tiny house to work on, I’m sure there will be a quilt and cotton gingham at the window! I turned 80 in august, as well we had a lovely lawn wedding overlooking the ocean for my granddaughter and husband from Dallas. It was a beautiful day. Now I hurry to clean up garden beds and mulch it all to help w weeds…days are suuny and warm but Fall can be felt in evenings. That’s all for now, I’m glad to be reading you again! Ann lee s, Vancouver island, bc, Canada


September 7, 2022 3:38 PM
I love that the new little get away helper cabin has a well. When we visited my grandparents they had well water and I remember that it tasted so sulfer-y I being raised in the city could not stand to drink it. We have a well here but it is spring water and tastes nice. The lady before us hooked the house up to city water and the well is just for outside use. Our orchard and gardens do well with the well water. I am glad I do not have to haul it though.


September 6, 2022 4:24 PM
I don't even know how I found your site but I love it! I am a 52 year old mother of 6 who has lived frugally so that I could be home with my children. I love your perspective on living simply. I cook from scratch, grind grain, bake, try to garden, and hope to get rid of the excess of my life!! Thank you for your gentle words and great ideas!


September 6, 2022 2:21 PM
How nice to find a comments section where I can thank you for all the effort you put into your blog. I enjoy it so much and have followed you for several years. Everything is so interesting and helpful :) looking forward to seeing your tiny house.
Karen uk. Xx

Alice Damsteegt

September 6, 2022 10:58 AM
Oh, Donna, so glad to see comments.

My husband and I try to live very economically (you do better than we do!) and have earned the name "old fashioned" by my youngest child. Quite sure it is not meant in a nice way but I would have it no other way. I lost my mom 4 months ago and she lived in the Netherlands during WWII (as did my dad) and they taught me frugal living. I am so glad I know how to do a lot of things that my parents did and though I set the example for my three kids, I'm not sure the youngest lives frugally. The older two do as I see it in them. We shop frugally, cook frugally, wash dishes by hand and rarely eat out. We can't live without electric and water due to some health issues for hubby but we're happy where we're at in life.


September 6, 2022 9:27 AM
I’m so excited to be able to leave you a comment so that I can tell you how much your blog has meant to me and my family. Thank you for the hard work that you’ve put in! I have learned so much from you. This is our third year of water bath canning and we are about to learn pressure canning. So far we have put away 73 jars of tomato sauce—our tomatoes were quite prolific this year! We also have a freezer full of meat and blanched green beans as well as green peppers from our garden, well the meat isn’t, lol. But as you have taught on your blog we want to diversify and I want to can some of the meat. We have also put a wood-burning stove in our living room and if necessary we can cook on it. And we pretty much exclusively line dry our clothing, even in the winter as we put laundry lines into our basement. I cannot thank you enough for the influence you’ve had on my life and my family’s lives.


September 6, 2022 7:07 AM
GDonna, I have been reading and enjoying your blog for quite some time now. Thank you for sharing and giving me great ideas to implement also. Yes, it is interesting how sometimes life can bring us full circle and I appreciate the connection and comfort of doing things that remind me of family and friends that our now gone.

Cate Nunan

September 6, 2022 4:59 AM
I always enjoy and appreciate your posts, thank you. One thing that I do not seem to have passed on to my own children is to hang up your clothes, polish and care for shoes, items, etc but it was passed on to me by my Grandma. Now I can see it in my 4 year old granddaughter so that makes me happy. Our 24 year old son is temporarily needing transport and help and I pack his lunches for his manual job each day. He is now commenting on how much money everyone else must spend on their takeaway food. So like you, we are trying again to live in these old ways and to learn and to show the younger generation that there is a better way. I grew up on a farm in high country Australia and river water was our only supply so it was precious. I love that you now have a well. Hello to everyone in this delightful community from Australia.


September 6, 2022 3:51 AM
Hello Grandma Donna! I, like others, want to extend a huge thank you for your blog. Both you and Rhonda Hetzel have inspired and encouraged a simpler, slower life. While outside forces push for continued expanse, you pull us back into quiet gratitude.


September 6, 2022 2:22 AM
GDonna, I love reading your posts on the old ways and am thrilled you have started this new section. It reminds me of our mum talking of her family living in a small mining town in the bush and what they did to get by, in the 1940s and 1950s. Looking forward to more of Back to The Well!


September 6, 2022 12:10 AM
Another addition to your already wonderful and encouraging blog. Thank you Donna x


September 5, 2022 10:57 PM
I have been reading you blog for over a year and love to read about your projects and I love that you encourage us to live a more simple life. I always look forward to your next post. Look

Amish Heart

September 5, 2022 10:51 PM
I love reading your blog, and that tiny house you're working on will be so much fun for you

Marie Dybing

September 5, 2022 9:55 PM
Dear Donna in Australia we have more large water tanks to collect rain water if you are not connected to local services, though some people have both.
When I was a child I remember visiting my parents friends up country with a well that was just a deep hole in the ground we were warned to keep back from, no cover like your picture, the man had bee hives and travelled a wide area to collect the honey. It was a very isolated place we drove down many rough unmade tracks to get there my mum felt sorry for his wife and children as though seldom saw anyone. As a child it was another adventure. Take care blessings from Marie


September 5, 2022 8:48 PM
I just had to join the others to say I love your blog. I've been reading for years and go back and re-read your older blogs when I need a reminder of why I've made the changes that I have and am in need of motivation to keep going. Thank you so much and God bless from Tennessee.

Evelyn Terrell

September 5, 2022 6:24 PM
Good Job. I love to read you.


September 5, 2022 6:15 PM
I really enjoy your blog post. I've been reading for a while. Love all the pictures you post as well. We try to live a simple life too here in the country. Thanks so much for sharing.

Gillian from Tasmania, Australia

September 5, 2022 6:14 PM
Hello Granma Donna! I have been reading your blog for years, and found you through Rhonda Hetzel. I wait in anticipation each week for your post, knowing it is going to bring a beautiful sense of peace and a reminder to just slow down. You encourage me to to pursue a life more like the past. I have learned so much from you! Thank you for continuing with your blog it is my 'go to' when life is feeling too chaotic with teenagers. Your home is an inspiration for making the practical beautiful, I love functional workstations that are pretty :) . I am glad you are feeling better and wish you and Charles good health x

andra tilley

September 5, 2022 5:32 PM
So happy to see the comment section! I have read your block for quite awhile and I really enjoy it. We live in my husband's grandparent's house and we have city water we use inside the house. However, we have a well with a pump house and we water the garden, flowers and chickens with the well water. I look forward to seeing pictures of the tiny house!


September 5, 2022 4:29 PM
I love your blog. It takes me back to my childhood, but also inspires me to simplify my 'now' life. Many blessings to you.

Tandi in Tennessee

September 5, 2022 3:23 PM
How wonderful it is to read everyone's comments! It does feel like a community of people that prefer the slower pace of life, doing things the simple way and not losing our sanity every day in this crazy world. You blog brings me so much joy everyday. I refer to it often when I want to do something, and know I'll find the answers here. My grandmother was one of the most frugal, sensible and peaceful people I ever had the fortune to know. She was also very neat and tidy and beautifully dressed every day. I learned so much from her and you have inspired me to start writing down all she has taught me! Thanks so much for your writings and please keep them coming!


September 5, 2022 2:44 PM
Thank so much for all you share; your writing helps me feel more sane and I look forward to it every week! As a little girl (I'm sixty now), I went with my Grandpa to get water from a pipe coming out of a West Virginia hill because the river water that supplied the house wasn't safe for drinking. I hadn't thought of this memory for so many years, but your post brought it back right down to the very clear, cold taste of the water. I am grateful to you--


September 5, 2022 1:54 PM
Really like the new ability to leave a comment! So glad you are doing much better! Looking forward to 'old well' stories. My husband recently dug a shallow well with a hand pump. Not a easy feat in our hard, clay soil with lots of tree roots but we can now use it in case of emergency. We have a Berkey filter and we would filter emergency water with that. Its close by my clothes line so I always pump it when I am out there. We thank you and Charles for your wisdom and encouragement in these interesting times....


September 5, 2022 12:17 PM
How fun to have a comments section! I just wanted to say that I've been enjoying and learning from your blog for years, and am so grateful for your gentle voice of sanity. Bless you and your family!

Lora A

September 5, 2022 11:18 AM
Hi! Long time reader and just want to say thank you for sharing your journey into the past. I'm 51 and have felt a disconnect from the modern world for quite some time. You inspired me to start researching the 1920s and learning all I can in hopes of simplifying life a little. Letter writing was my first habit to rekindle! Thank you again!


September 5, 2022 10:38 AM
I am a long-time reader and live in Brazil. Blessings for you and Mr. Charles!


September 5, 2022 10:35 AM
Thank you for keeping this blog going Grandma Donna. I enjoy reading your posts. My favorite thing about your blog is reading the many quaint, cozy and old fashioned touches you create in your home. I am looking forward to seeing how you bring your homemade sweetness to the Tiny House. Blessings and Health to you and Charles!

Heidi M

September 5, 2022 9:31 AM
Hello Granma Donna! Thank you for opening comments. I am a long-time reader and find your trying to live like the past very fascinating. I always learn something after reading your posts. It is such a needed thing right now to be able to live with less "luxuries". Keep up the good work.


September 5, 2022 8:10 AM
Dear Donna,

Really love to read your blogs!
Somewhere in 2020 i started reading them all.
I’m 61 and live in a small village in the south of the Netherlands.
I share your vision of the world we live in today and try to live simple and find the little things that bring joy to life.
You ones wrote about going back in time to save/change the world. I really believe that is the only way to go.
Thank you for sharing. It’s very inspiring.
Blessings for you and your husband.
Have a cool end of summer and a beautyful autumn.

Mrs. Laura Lane of Harvest Lane Cottage

September 5, 2022 12:56 AM
OH! I am so glad you added a comment section! I am excited for you about your new old venture. I have learned so much from you through the years. One thing I've learned is to keep learning and keep doing even as I grow older. I'm 57 now, and there's much I still want to do and learn. Thank you for being an inspiration!

Darlene Roudebush

September 4, 2022 8:30 PM
Hello Donna,
I enjoyed reading all the comments, as I know you have been, too. How wonderful to be able to let you know how much a post touches or resonates with us.

I am very blessed to have a spring on our property. We tote water every day and do so happily. There is a well on our property, but it does not taste good. It has a "sulpher" taste to it. I am sure that is from the coal in the ground here. The spring, on the other hand, is so refreshing and great tasting. I don't want to drink any other water and we take water with us when we are out, so we won't have to drink any other water.

I am looking forward to these posts about your memories. I love history and personal history is the best. We find we have things in common, when we start sharing our memories.

I check your site each day and reread various posts. It adds peace to my day and gives me inspiration, too. Now off to read the "dirt" post. ;-) Take care~


September 4, 2022 6:10 PM
Hello, Donna,
As others have said, how nice to have a comment section. Your blog has been a source of encouragement and inspiration and I love your straightforward approach to things. It is one of the few blogs that I read anymore and thank you for taking the time to share with us. At nearly 68 years of age and living in the Deep South, I can relate to the water wells, and I still remember how refreshing a drink of cold water from an artesian well was on a hot, muggy day.

dale duckworth

September 4, 2022 4:10 PM
Dear Gdonna,
I was thrilled to see another post this week. I often check to see if maybe you added one in the long stretch between Fridays. I have been reading your blog for a long time and just love your examples of slowing down. My husband and I are retired without any debt, what a comfort that is with the expense of living now.
I hope you continue to post more than once a week. Dale in Vermont


September 4, 2022 2:32 PM
I am looking forward to hearing about your new adventure. I have so enjoyed learning with you over the years.


September 4, 2022 1:08 PM
I have been reading your post for over a year now and check frequently to see if you have written. I am close to 80 and remember alot of the things you talk about. I also have health issues and there have been many days after reading your blog when I am so inspired and realize I have to just get up and keep going. Life today is very different, but I believe what you and Charles are doing and writing about will help alot of people to start living a more simple life. Thank you for your blog.

Paula Alexandra Santos

September 4, 2022 10:20 AM
Hi, Grandma Donna! :)
I'm so happy to see that you are posting more frequently again (I check everyday, to see if you have new posts) and that you have a comment section.
I know there's a LOT more we can do, to make this a better, safer and cleaner world to live in and even if I do some things, there is still much more I can do, and if we all do our part, it will be easier and faster.
Have a wonderful week and God bless you and Grandpa Charles!

Hilogene in Az

September 4, 2022 8:54 AM
Hi G’Donna, how nice to have a comment section, I used to email you ;). I had to moderate my comment section when I was discovered by crazy people, hope they miss you ;). I greatly appreciate the time and effort you spend writing, thank you! Living in the desert, I am increasingly aware of how dependent we are on modern technology and we are discussing how best to find alternatives. Especially power and water. I don’t think, at our ages, that we can go back to the 1940’s here in Phx without AC….at least I don’t think I could do it! Yesterday was 108. A group of us were talking about how people here lived without ac. At night they slept outdoors and had a bucket of water and a rag, and would wipe themselves down to keep cool. And hang wet sheets in the windows as a form of evaporative cooling. Take care and thank you.


September 4, 2022 8:33 AM
I know we’ve exchanged emails but I just wanted to say again how much I love and appreciate your blog.
You write so well, and I find your creative solutions and ideas of how we can improve our quality of life by living more simply incredibly inspiring.
Thank you for taking the time to share your ideas and thoughts with us - the world would be a better place with more G Donnas!


September 4, 2022 8:28 AM
I love wells, too. It seems that the best water comes from them. We could do with one; there are many around here but not on our property. Love the fact that cotton was all around your future in- laws' house. It would be beautiful there. I just bought some linens from an Alabama firm that sells them and supports American workers both by the cotton raised on their farms to the mills that spin the cotton. Those linens are just like the ones from long ago. Yes, some of the old ways are still the best.

Grandma Donna

September 4, 2022 8:16 AM
Thank you everyone for all of the wonderful comments. I am reading all of them as they come in, if it is overnight while I am sleeping I will find them in my box as soon as I awake and with a click of a button they will show up in the comment section here where you are reading from now. So if there is a delay in showing up here, it is just waiting for me to open my comment box so I can read your comment and never miss one. I might be in the garden or making dinner but I am nearby. I am enjoying reading all of your wonderful comments and learning bits of your life as well. I feel we are building a community of people with similar interests.
Thank you all, gdonna

Little Penpen

September 4, 2022 7:04 AM
I read every post of yours and there are so many times I’d love to leave a comment. I love your blog and your way of life!


September 4, 2022 6:11 AM
How fantastic is to have the opportunity to thank you for all the good moments, the relief, the joy and the teachings you've given me through this precious blog, you've changed my life.
You and Charles have.
Enjoy your well and continue to live the beautiful and inspirational life you're living!


September 4, 2022 2:28 AM
How nice to be able to tell you how I enjoy your posts, I have been following you for over a year and have read all your posts, you have inspired me to go simple, it’s difficult but do able, I live in Wales UK, I am in my 70’s thank you


September 4, 2022 12:57 AM
I love the new section on your blog Donna, there is so much to learn from the past, thank you.

lyn evans

September 4, 2022 12:51 AM
love you blog from australia..you speak to my heart..


September 3, 2022 11:35 PM
Hello Donna, I can actually remember the old farm well, but it was filled in when I was very small. I remember frightening an elderly lady by pretendibg to fall in it (she didn"t know it was filled in).
Am loving how living simpler is changing our pace, less luxury and lower debt suits us just fine and feels like coming home.
Pam in Norway


September 3, 2022 10:38 PM
Donna, I think these are my favourite type of posts from you. As I am a younger reader (early 20's), I enjoy reading about your memories and experiences from the past that is so different to what I have experienced nowadays- I think it's the small little details that have been so lost and forgotten in today's fast-paced world that make all the difference. Thank you for sharing!
All the best.

Robin Sutton

September 3, 2022 10:17 PM
Oh Donna, I am so glad we can comment now! Looking for a post from you is a daily activity for me and I really like your new Back To the Old Well Again section. You and Charles are brilliant and so inspiring! I've learned a lot from your posts! Also, I'm glad that you are feeling better. I think I've been reading you for 5 or 6 years and I've read thru the complete blog twice! We have emailed several times, but it was at a different email address. You are a joy and a blessing! Hugs, Robin in Montana


September 3, 2022 7:39 PM

Diana made the comment that she has followed me since I did the dirt study. I had to think, when did I do the dirt study? So I found the post that was done on September 24, 2016 and I cringed when I saw what I actually posted! Then I laughed and I got motivated to clean my house. So I will share the link to the dirt study since it is so long ago. Maybe you will be inspired and embarrassed to do your dirt study. Thank you Diana for the laugh.


September 3, 2022 6:44 PM
Grandma Donna, I was thinking that I might just need to write you a note and tell you how much I enjoy your blog and now you've got a comment section! I've been going through the archives and reading all your posts. I have always tried to live a somewhat simple life and find it encouraging to see others doing the same. I especially enjoy your gardening tips as I also live in a hot and humid climate. I haven't had nearly the success you have in gardening, but I keep trying. Many blessings to you !


September 3, 2022 6:04 PM
Your blog is a favorite. It is so calming and has inspired me to slow down and live more simply. It’s always a happy day when I see you have a new post!


September 3, 2022 5:07 PM
Grandma Donna, I am so happy to hear that you are feeling better. It's great that we can leave a comment now. I've been thinking about you and Charles with all of that rain and flooding down in the south. Blessings to you and Charles.


September 3, 2022 5:01 PM
Thank you everyone for commenting this far. Looks like the comment section is doing good except for small adjustments. I am happy that you can comment and see other comments and what lovely comments they are. I am also happy to see what you are doing as well. Donna

Diana Moya

September 3, 2022 4:27 PM
How wonderful that we can leave comments for you! Your blog is my happy space. I've been following you since you did the dirt study. I've always found the way people did things in the past fascinating, so much so I begged my grandmother to write down her story. My husband and I are planning on sinking a well on our property something it had when the house was first built in 1945. We're hoping to use it to water our garden.
I'm looking forward to your future sharing.


September 3, 2022 2:37 PM
I remember a water pump and jar up the mountain from my grandparents. The water was so fresh and cold! Thank you for the sweet memory:)

Donna M Wilson

September 3, 2022 1:57 PM
Dear Grandma Donna ~ I'm so glad you've started a comment section. So many times I've wanted to send a compliment or ask a question, and now we can. I so enjoy your posts, and look forward to learning more as you spend more time in the tiny house. You and Rhonda Hetzel are an inspiration to so many of us. Take care.
Another Donna ~


September 3, 2022 1:52 PM
Your blog is a true blessing. I have gleaned so much from reading your posts. God bless you for writing it. ~Juli


September 3, 2022 1:03 PM
Your blog posts are a breath of fresh air for this senior woman. I am so done with today's fast pace and society. Thank you, thank you for every post. I always look forward to them.


September 3, 2022 12:15 PM
I am encouraged and find joy in each of your posts and videos and grateful for them.
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