If You Build, It They Will Come: An Interview With Wifey!

I thought I would interrupt the “If You Build It, They Will Come” series with a special guest star… You guessed it! I would like to introduce my amazing, brilliant and talented Wifey!

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Note: Wifey is extremely shy and a woman of few words. She will not speak before at least 4 cups of coffee and when she does speak, her words are laced with wit and sarcasm. Let’s begin, shall we…

We were going to be in the JEEP for about 30 minutes, so I knew I had her trapped!  There was no escaping my questions!  Bawhahahahah!!!

Roda:  “Hey, I have a few questions for you…”

Wifey“And why are you asking me these questions?”

Roda: “Because I am interviewing you for Growing Self!”

Wifey: “What if I don’t want to do an interview?”

Roda:  “It’s too late… the interview already started. Now, for my first question… Who is your favorite animal on the farm?”

Wifey: “There aren’t enough M&Ms in my box to survive this…(deep breath) I think you know the answer to that question. Pumps is my favorite animal, as if you didn’t know that. You consistently accuse me of talking more affectionately to her then I do to you.”

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Roda: “This is very true. You do!   And, to let everyone know, Pumps is short for Pumpkin, who looks sweet, but will claw your eyes out, in a matter of seconds! Wifey carries her around like a baby!”

Wifey: “Completely not true!  It has nothing to do with me.  She flops in front of my feet.  I don’t have a choice but to pick her up.”

Roda: “What is it about Pumps that makes her your favorite?”

Wifey: “She is sassy…and she loves me…only me!  She comes when I call her…she is my farm dog!  What’s not to love about that?!”

Roda: “Big surprise….I am surrounded by sass!  And, my Wifey is in love with the cat!  Here is another question for you…What made you want to have a farm?”

Wifey: “I’ve always wanted a farm. Why? Let me get back to you. I’ll have to ask my 10-year-old self that question.”

Roda: “Seriously?  Really… how does the farm make you feel?”

Wifey: “Is there always emotion involved with you?”

Roda: “You know exactly what I mean.”

Wifey: “The farm makes me fee like I want to build something.”

Roda:  “You always have to have a project! You have built everything possible! What is left to build?”

Wifey: Really? I can’t believe you are asking that question! There’s always something to build!”

Roda: “That thought makes me think of your latest and greatest project. Tell us about your new passion for solar lights.”

Wifey: “Keep up with the questions and we’re going completely off the grid, Baby!”

Roda: “Like I said… Sass! All I get is sass.  Let me rephrase the question… Why do you feel that solar power is the direction you would like to go with the farm?”

Wifey: “Because it’s free and better for the environment…And, are you really giving me s*#% about my solar panel projects? Can we talk about all of your photography and your pictures of bugs?”

Roda: ” Now you are relaxing! Sassiness and a little sensitivity…this is working out perfectly I think! Let’s talk about gardening.  What is your favorite crop to grow?”

Wifey“Watermelons. I enjoy finding the hidden gems among the vines. It’s like a treasure hunt. Did I tell you I counted at least 30 of them? And I didn’t even look very hard!”

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Roda: “Are there any other exciting things going on in the garden?”

Wifey: “Well, Pumps likes the garden and I just put a new solar light in the garden cottage. That’s exciting!  And, I picked a zucchini the size of your head!  There’s some sass for ya!”

Roda: Is there anything else exciting that is growing in the garden? (I knew this interview would be painful…)”

Wifey: “Parsnips… Turnips… I’ve never grown those before.   My headache is growing from all of this talking!  Are we done yet?”

Roda: “Soon…What do you dislike growing in the garden, if anything?”

Wifey: “The entire bed of squash that you are going to make me eat! BLAH!”

Roda: “Why do you have such a strong aversion to squash?”

Wifey: ” I’m afraid the texture is going to gag me…no kill me…!!!”

Roda: “But you haven’t tried it yet!!??”

Wifey: “It doesn’t matter… I know the outcome!  Mealy, mushy baby food!  Yuck!”

Roda: “I think we should move onto a new question… There are many beneficial insects in the garden. We also have some that are not very beneficial. You know I enjoy photographing all critters. How do you feel about my cute little friend the hornworm?”

Wifey: “Now wait one minute… If given the chance, I think you would’ve taken a flamethrower to the aphids, that attacked our fruit trees, in the spring. I didn’t see you photographing those critters!”

Roda: “Ummm…If you would have listened to the entire question before responding, you would’ve realized that I mentioned the hornworm.”

Wifey: “Hate them…I just hate them! They are gross and disgusting and they are filled with lime- green juice. There is absolutely nothing cute about them. I’d rather hang out with a snake! No, 10 snakes!”

Roda: “Wifey, tell us how you really feel!”

Wifey: “This interview is stressing me out. Too much talking…Can I go get on the tractor now?”

Roda: “Ok…relax…What final comments do you have for the amazing souls that are reading this interview?”

Wifey: “Really?…really?!  Linda, the dragon lady from Maine rocks…Go bug her now. Everyone should go and grow something… You’ll need some therapy after reading this interview! Oh and Happy August! Go adopt a kitten. Name it Pumps!”

Roda: “Thanks, Wifey! I think we’re done here.”

Wifey: “I know I am!”

Roda:  “By the way, I thought we could have sweet potatoes with dinner.”

WifeyNo…you are constantly trying to kill me and burn my intestines with health food.  If there is not a ton of brown sugar and butter, don’t bother! Retching now…going to the barn.  I will not eat your sticks and twigs and dirt.  Don’t think I don’t notice…I know you hide that healthy stuff in my food…I’m watching you…  Do we have any Little Debbie treats? I like treats…. Now, I am fed organic chicken feed…That’s love for ya!”

Roda:  “Love you too, Wifey!”

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda & Wifey

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Two years ago today, all of my dreams came true…same-sex marriage was legalized in the United States.  Wifey and I were not only able to celebrate this beautiful milestone for all, but officially begin the planning of our wedding!

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Within four months, we were married on Little Palm Island, in the tropical Florida Keys.  This was one of our many magical moments together, in a place we hold dear to our hearts.

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Love is Love and it is such an extraordinary gift!

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