Greetings fellow dabblers! I’m Jennifer, also known as whirliegig, and the newest writer around here. You’ll usually find me over at Unearthing This Life where I track our challenges of moving toward sustainability and responsible living and otherwise trying to follow the lessons my grandparents and mother taught me. I also document daily life and the beautiful things I find to share with my family and friends who are spread out across the globe.
I grew up 30 miles outside of Chicago on the outskirts of a semi-suburban town, surrounded by cornfields. I was raised by a botanically-obsessed and crafty mother and heavily influenced by my grandparents, foodies and farmers themselves. Thirteen years ago I moved 500 miles south to the Nashville area – practically on a whim – to follow my dream of becoming an artist. I fell in love with the land and a fellow and got hitched, and the one year I intended to stay somehow turned into much more.
Many of those years were spent in restaurants and as an event photographer. Just as one thing leads to another, marriage turned into parenthood. Life took a different path and instead of pursuing a career in art, we decided that I’d stay home with our baby. After our daughter was born we returned to my husband’s rural hometown where I have ample space to experiment with what I’ve been taught. Out here I keep my organic gardens, preserve food, cook mostly from scratch, knit, paint, photograph, and make crafty projects with the Kid, now six.
This is a year for big plans: we’ll be getting chickens in a few weeks, building a greenhouse, doubling our garden size, planting lots of heirlooms, studying under a beekeeping mentor, reducing our reliance on processed foods, and doing a bit of touring while I learn to ride a motorcycle. I’m sure there will be quite a few bumps and scrapes! We also plan to start homeschooling this fall. I’m a bit of a foodie, but I believe I’m in good company here. I hope to be able to share what I learn with each step further away from normalcy.
Thank you all for having me!