1. What part of the state do you call home?
I live in Elba, which is located in Coffee County deep in the southeastern portion of the state. Also called the Wiregrass area, Lower Alabama, the Peanut Capital of the World, and I’m sure a lot of other nicknames.
2. How long have you been blogging?
Since 2010, although I have taken a break from it for a few weeks at a time here and there. Everybody needs a break, right?
3. Why did you start blogging?
I used to be really big into writing. I wrote on any and everything. . . diaries, notebooks, computers, scraps of paper, basically anything I could get my hands on. But with helping my mother take care of my elderly grandfather, I sort of lost sight of that. After his death, I was honestly at a loss and at a low point (both of us were), so we started a farm and I began blogging about our journey.
4. What do you love most about blogging?
“Meeting” interesting people from all over the world, finding inspiration from other blogs, reading all of the fun comments left by readers, and generally the sense of community you feel in the blogging world.
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I try not to think about 5 or especially not 10 years down the road. I mean, I just got over turning 30. . . I don’t even want to think about 35. But I’ll probably be exactly where I am, now. Hopefully with a little flusher bank account and maybe a trip around the world under my belt 🙂
6. What is your favorite movie?
That’s a hard question, I have way too many favorites (movie junkie here) from a lot of different genres. Here goes: Taken, Where The Heart Is, Love Actually, Austenland, About A Boy, The Help, Bridesmaids, Stalag 17, Gidget, Steel Magnolias, and Captain Phillips, to name a few.
7. If you could use any actress to play you in your life, who would you choose and why?
Wow, another hard question. I honestly don’t know, but maybe Katy Mixon from “Mike and Molly”. She seems a little zany on there and I’ve always been told I am, too 😉
8. Name the top 5 things on your bucket list.
Have a farm (think I can cross that one off now), travelling to London (this is something I’m really, really hoping to cross off this year *fingers crossed*), live abroad, own a horse, and travel some more (after London, maybe Ireland, Edinburgh, India, Tanzania, Russia, New Zealand, and a whole lotta other places).
9. Who or what inspired you to blog?
I suppose that distinction would go to my grandfather. He inspired us to start the farm, which in turn inspired me to document it.
10. If you could be known for one thing in your life, what would it be?
Being kind. My mother is the kindest person that I know. If I could be even half that kind and compassionate, then I would be in good shape.
11. Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?
Honestly, it’s been a long time since I’ve been on vacation. Way, way overdue for one. My favorite vacation spot used to be my grandparent’s lakeside property in tiny Vernon, FL (the eccentric, one stop light town documented in the film Vernon, Florida), which is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Panama City Beach.
12. Describe the best moment in your life.
I’m single (and still searching for Prince Charming, unfortunately all I seem to find is Prince Not-So-Charming) and the only kids I have are of the goat persuasion, so the best moment of my life so far was the birth of my little cousin (first cousin once removed. . . pretty sure I got that right). He was born right before my 18th birthday and my mother and I raised him for the first few years of his life. Needless to say, he’s always been like my son more than anything else. He’s 12 years old now (oh my gosh, do I feel old or what?), but he’ll always be my baby.
13. We’re headed to your neck of the woods for one day. What is one thing we have to do, and what restaurant we must eat at? Barbecue is a big deal in SE Alabama, so that’s a definite must. There are a lot of great places with menus that almost completely revolve around it here, but (and I’m breaking the rules a little here since it’s not a restaurant) my favorite is a little food truck in Enterprise, AL. Their barbecue is the best. . . indescribably good. While we’re there in Enterprise, checking out the Boll Weevil Monument is also a must. I mean, it’s the only monument to an insect in the entire world. Pretty cool! Then, maybe just relaxing and enjoying the outdoors for the day. Honestly, there’s not a whole lot to do around here.
14. What is a tradition you and your family have?
It’s our tradition to put up the Christmas tree a week before Thanksgiving (I know, we’re complete early birds). Then, I wake up bright and early on Thanksgiving morning to begin cooking a huge meal. Later that day, we relax by taking in a movie, and then it’s time to get our shop on and hit the stores for Black Friday. Another tradition that I love is our family reunions. My grandmother was one of 10 children, so our reunions are a lot of fun.
15. We all love social media, share your links so we can follow you.
Sure! Here they are:
Maiden Hill Farm on Facebook (this is our farm’s facebook page, but I use it for the blog, too)
@MaidenHillFarm on Twitter (same goes for this one)
@maidenhillfarm on Instagram (and this one)
countrychickmhf on Pinterest
Etsy Personal Page