Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Barn Chicks Blog- Interview with Lisa of Two Bears Farm




     I have recently started reading a blog called Two Bears Farm. The author, Lisa, is a wife, a busy mom to three boys, a runner, and a lady with many interests. I'm enjoying the product of her participation in a group called the Red Dress Club. It is a writing group that gives members weekly prompts to use for creative writing. My inner writer likes reading what others create. My inner blogger says it's time to let you read the interview!
Lisa
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1. Tell us about Two Bears Farm.
Two Bears Farm is a little log home perched on 72 acres in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. Most of our land is wooded and steep, but we do have some decent pastureland and we harvest hay as our primary crop each year. We have a campsite at the tippy top of one of our mountains, and it's like being in our own little world up there. Someday we'd like to build a tiny shelter with a wood stove so and a couple of bunk beds so we could head up there for some quietude year round.

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2. What animals do you have? Right now we have 9 hens and a rooster, 1 border collie, 4 cats, 2 horses and one pony.
Phoenix
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Scooter
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3. How do the animals get their names? Usually I name the animals. Sometimes Paul, my husband will toss in an idea (he named Buddha hen, because she's tremendously feathered and looks like a little Buddha) but usually he says he wants to name them but never comes up with a name, so finally I just start calling them something that seems to fit. Our hen Miss Kirby, who is in my header, is named after my second grade teacher, who was actually kind of a bitter old woman. Unlike the original, our Miss Kirby is sweet, but the name works for her. My horse Phoenix was originally named Cowboy, but after I rescued him at the age of 3 from abuse, I felt like he needed a new start - which is why I renamed him for the bird that could rise from the flames.

Crockett
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4. Do either you or your husband have a farm background? We both do, although mine was just a year when I was 7, spent in a very rural part of southwest Virginia in an old rambling farmhouse. My parents raised tobacco and had some cattle. Paul grew up on a farm in Nebraska - the type with one of those gorgeous towering red barns. His parents still live there, but don't have any crops or animals now (other than cats).

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5. Do you can, cook, or garden? We have apple trees that produce a lot of apples each fall, so we have canned applesauce and apple butter in the past. Lately we've been production lining apple pies for the deep freezer with our apples. I cook all of our meals. We may eat out twice a year, if that. But I can cook just about anything, and love to cook various international dishes (I will say I can never get Indian dishes right - and have stopped trying!). As for gardening, we try but haven't been very successful. This year will be a new attempt - we have a new spot that we feel like is very fertile - lots of sun and water and soft dirt - so wish us luck!

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6.What are your hobbies? Besides blogging? I've been injured since January, but I'm a runner. I started over 8 years ago, and it's part of my identity now. I'm not very fast - just middle of the pack - but it's therapy for me. I also like backpacking, camping, riding my horses, neuropsychology, cooking, and reading. And I never get tired of appreciating nature and the earth. We try to 'be green' as much as possible.

7. Tell us about your writing? I used to really love creative writing in high school. But I kind of left that behind. Last fall I started seeing fellow bloggers doing posts with The Red Dress Club. They give out prompts each week for you to write on - be it fiction or nonfiction. So I decided for 2011 to give it a shot. I have to say - it has been so much fun to return to fiction. It's absolutely invigorating! Obviously, I'm out of practice, but I do feel like I'm growing as a writer with each attempt.

8. How do you feel about raising your boys in the country? I wouldn't have it any other way. I do sometimes wish we had friends closer their age, but I don't want to live in town. When we were first married, Paul and I lived in Houston. We were both absolutely miserable there, and all we could talk about was how much we wished we had a little place in the country. For the past 11+ years we've been living that dream.

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9. Tell us about foraging for wild edibles? Our favorite local wild edible is the morel mushrooms. We talk about them all year, but they only come out for a week or two in April. They look like little spongey pine trees. But they have the most delicate flavor, similar I think to scallops. I saute them in butter, garlic, and a dash of white win and toss with angel hair pasta. Divine! We also gather wild berries (folks around here call them wine berries) which look like a cross between blackberries and raspberries. They come out in the summer and we make pies or crumbles out of them (and my husband is trying his hand at some wine). We have a persimmon tree and this past year tried out some different recipes using persimmons. They're ugly little fruits (an anonymous commenter on my blog told me they look like little cervixes, which I found amusing) but I found a wonderful recipe for persimmon muffins and also made a bread from them.

10. Do you still teach? I teach psychology at the college level on a very part time basis. The past term they haven't had a class for me because enrollment has been down,and I've missed it. I really enjoy working with the students and sharing a subject that I have so much passion for - I don't think I could ever get tired of it! Hopefully they will have a class for me again soon. I specifically really enjoy the part of psychology that focuses on the brain - neuropsych - and I try to stay up to date on new developments in that area through journals, magazines, podcasts, online articles, and reading studies. Yes, I realize this makes me a little nerdy, but I just can't help myself!

11. What made you start a blog? I thought about starting a blog for a long time, as I followed several daily (but never commented). Then after I had the twins we had a very rough winter, and were stuck inside. I was overwhelmed with breastfeeding twins and having a 3 year old, and all those postpartum hormones really had me down. I wanted to do something to focus on the small positive parts of the day. So I started a blog and found a wonderful outlet for my creativity and so much support from the blogging community along the way.

Persimmon
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12. What's in the future for Two Bears Farm? 100,000 new followers and a ton of money rolling in! Nah, really, it's been a fun hobby for me, but I do want to grow in the quality of my posts and I often hope that information I share will be inspirational or will help others in some fashion, even if it is just to brighten a day or make someone smile. I have a wonderful group of commenters and followers who energize me every single day, and I hope to continue to build and grow from them, as well as meet interesting new bloggers along the way. So come on by, I'd love to hear from you!

Thank you to Lisa for the interview! I enjoy your blog and I look forward to getting to know you better



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9 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the interview! I can't wait to see what you create for The Red Dress Club. It's always fun to read others' writings.

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  2. I love Lisa's blog -- her adventures with her adorable little guys are always interesting and fun. :)

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  3. I love Lisa's blog. She really draws you in with her writing. I loved getting to see pictures of her farm.

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  4. heading off to Lisa's blog, but wanted to say to you how much I enjoy these interviews. Every single one of them is so much fun to read.
    I'd secretly love to be able to qualify as a 'Barn chick who blogs'.... just gotta get these cows! ;)

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  5. Thanks, Patrice, for another great interview. I admire Lisa SO much for her energy, her athleticism and health-consciousness, her writing ability, the time she gives to us fellow bloggers (and I don't know how she manages that with her 3 little fellas). Wow. had no idea 2 Bears Farm was that big. What a wonderful place! :)

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  6. Fun interview! I'm a big fan of her blog, so your interview was a nice treat.

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  7. Thanks for hooking us up. I'm looking forward to following her!

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  8. Love morels up/over here in Indiana too! Nice interview Miss P. I'm off to visit this site now!

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  9. Fun interview...and so is she and her posts:)

    Thanks for sharing more....

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