To the best of my knowledge, I have never heard anyone refer to me in real life as “traditional” or a “traditionalist.” However, I and my family have often been called “old-fashioned” and occasionally, “Amish.” Here are some of the reasons I and my family have been called “old-fashioned:”

We have no TV…. although we occasionally watch TV shows on a laptop computer.

We have only one automobile.

I mow the lawn with a reel-type mower… that I bought online and had shipped directly to my door.

When I buy a modern, center-fire rifle, I prefer it to have a wooden stock.

My wife makes her own bread, English muffins, bagels, donuts, and other baked goods… using an electric Kitchen-Aid mixer and an electric oven.

My wife makes her own clothes… using an electric sewing machine and mass-produced fabric that she buys at JoAnn’s fabrics.


There are other’s of course, but these are things that come to mind from recent conversations. Yet each of these “old-fashioned” things would be normal to luxurious not that long ago. A single-shot rifle in .308 would be an amazing luxury compared to a flintlock. Buying fabric at JoAnn’s is far less work than growing your own flax and weaving it, then sewing it by hand. The Kitchen-Aid is relatively new–my wife still regards it as a luxury, after hand-kneading all of our bread and the bread she sells for over a year.

We live so surrounded by luxury, that even one who forgoes a few minor luxuries is considered old-fashioned.

5 thoughts on “Old-Fashioned?

  1. Hah. I understand that. I get the same at work as I live very similarly to what it sounds like you do. The only time I get called a traditionalist is in a religious context.

    I’m impressed by how much you’re able to accomplish, especially your wife. With our new little one, she’s barely able to do the housework, keep the goats and chickens, and weed. If she has time to bake bread its only once or twice a week and making clothes has become a dream until we can afford a bigger place and have a dedicated area for it.

  2. Chad:
    We have neither chickens nor goats (yet) and have several weeks yet before the last frost, so the garden isn’t in yet either. (Although I’m getting tempted to put it in early, it’s been in the 60s and 70s, and I’ve already had to mow twice) The Kitchen Aid helps with the baking, and it’s not like she makes a new dress every day. Congrats on the little one, by the way. I have been somewhat absent from the internet as of late, and this is first I’ve heard of it.

  3. Moose
    Go with chickens first. We were given the goats, and we may have broken even a couple months when you factor in the milk you drink. The chickens (31 layers and 2 roosters) will pay for themselves in 8 months of selling eggs, not including what we eat. Thats with about 1000 dollar set up costs on the chickens.

    The only way I can see goats making money is if you get a breeding set up and sell the kids. I don’t have that, and won’t for awhile as I keep them on neighbors land.

    And thanks for the congrats. The last two months with baby and mother have been a blast.

  4. Chad:

    I’d like to get chickens soonish–within the next year. But I don’t think we’re ready to go as large scale as you–I was thinking of starting with 4-5 layers.

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