I was raised on a farm. I never wanted to do anything else. My grandparents and an Uncle advised me to discover the world. Regardless of where I lived, I still gardened even if it was adding a tomato plant to a flower bed. HOA just don't understand people wanting to GROW food. So I learned to keep out of HOAs n still did a lot of gardening as a hobby. I became a widow at the age of 49. I left the city life behind and bought a farm within 10 miles of where my grandparents had lived. My DREAM was to actually buy my grandparents place but it had been incorporated into the city limits. I still laugh every time my electricity goes off and the electric company asks me to go to the porch to check if my neighbors lights are on. I DON'T HAVE VISIBLE OR AUDIBLE NEIGHBORS. It's wonderful. When living in DFW there would be late nights I would turn the main breaker off to the house to have QUIET for a few hours. I moved to the country to start a DOG RESCUE...then people contacted me about goats, pigs, chickens, ducks... Never been happier. The Dogs are my primary purpose. I'm a farm gal so I raise all the other animals for my own food & for barter. Gardening is still a love but with the fire ants, drought and bad dirt I don't plant big gardens anymore. I still compost with the hay and droppings I take out of all the pens. I MAY be able to actually have a garden someday. I try to keep life simple so I have time to do the things I love. I take my dogs on walks across the pasture. Sometimes I sit under a big oak while I watch the dogs play. Of course it's always exciting when the livestock have babies in the fall and spring.