First let me say, welcome to Women Not Dabbling In Normal! I’m so excited to see this collaboration come into being and look forward to watching it develop. What an amazing group of women, we have, I feel so blessed to know each of them and so grateful that they agreed to do this project with me! I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones here.
I’m Kathie and I’m not normal. At least not normal in the way its defined by mainstream culture. I live in northwest Montana with my very handsome soulmate, Jeff, and our two cats, Patches and Meggy. We recently bought a home on just shy of an acre, that we hope to turn into a small “urban” homestead. I live a simple life and do my best to build a life by my own hands instead of counting on culture at large to tell me how to do things.
I was born and raised near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by an interesting, wonderful family. My grandmothers are without a doubt the two biggest influences on the woman I am today. My grandmothers canned, crafted, cooked and baked from scratch, worked hard, and were incredibly kind. My father and both grandfathers were amazing gardeners who taught me more about growing vegetable than I’ve learned from any book or website.
Today, I grow my own fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers organically. I practice vermicomposting and traditional composting to feed my little patch of earth so that it can feed me. I can, dry, and freeze my homegrown food as well as food I find from local farmers. I’m very much the novice when it comes to drying foods but am learning and hope to share some of that here. I cook and bake from scratch with whole foods and do my best to avoid pre-processed and GMO foodstuffs (if they can even be called food). I enjoy a creative life, where I quilt, sew, and craft. I make my own clothing or re-purpose thrift store clothing, often. I also very much enjoy the art of homemaking and life lived fully at home.
I’m honored to be your host every Sunday here at Women Not Dabbling in Normal. On Sundays you expect a honest posts with a dash of photography now and then about a life that doesn’t dabble in normal, but does revel in simplicity, creativity, love, and hard work. Most often these posts will tackle the topics of gardening, cooking, crafting, frugal and simple living tips, and much more. I look forward to spending these Sundays with you.