About (sigh) Me

Me.  Is there a topic that I like even less to write about?  Or even worse . . . talk about?

(I’m thinking.) The answer, as you might expect, Gentle Reader, is a resounding and heartfelt “No.

Ask me about my beautiful and talented kids (How’s the second grandbaby doing? He’s absolutely perfect, thank you!  How’s Andrew’s new webcomic going?  It’s awesome and you should check it out at pleasetip.us.  How’s Bethie’s semester at college going?  I’m so glad you asked!  Her new show is coming up next week . . . Has Malachi talked you into buying him a pocket knife yet? Um, No. How is Amalia’s curly hair experiment working out? and so on.) or my current chicken conunudrum (Mom brought out bushels and bushels of windfall apples that a new friend gave her, too bruised and worm-eaten for us, but perfect for my chickens. So the chicken yard is littered with them and I take my life into my hands every day I take a step in there.  So my question is: why don’t chickens like to peck round hard things?  And how can I get them to change?) or how I make so much bread in one day for Farmer’s Market every week (practice–practice–practice!) or how my garden is doing (gotta minute?  I’ll take you on a tour!) and I’ll talk until you will wish that I would quit.

Me with chickens and dogs.
Me with little Mack, my chickens and my dogs.  They are all constantly in my orbit.

Get the picture?

But talk about myself?  Not so much.  I don’t like being the center of attention.  I’d rather write a story than tell one.  I’m not very articulate, and I’m always insecure about how my hair looks.  (None of my readers are aware of this, hopefully)  That said–I feel I owe you a brief (but modest) introduction (yawn) to a few things moi.  If you’re bored already, I won’t blame you for clicking out.  There are surely more interesting things for you to read.  Shakespeare.  Jane Austen.  The cereal box.

See how blessed I am.
See how blessed I am.

My name is Amy Young Miller, and I am the wife to Bryan, and the mother to six adorable young’uns, ranges in ages from mid-twenties to six years old.  I live on a few acres outside a small town in Nebraska, and I teach my children at home.  We also raise chickens, ducks, and geese, and have an impressive array of house pets, as well.  We produce a good quantity of our own food with a large garden and a small orchard, bee hives, hazelnut bushes, and berry bushes and brambles.  We plant a lot of trees, too, just because we love to do that.  I’m an artist and a writer and a musician.  I love to draw old houses, dead things, and Nebraska landscapes.  And my children.

I found this old abandoned house in Bee, Nebraska.  (Not to be confused with Bea, our dog.)

I found this old abandoned house in Bee, Nebraska. (Not to be confused with Bea, our dog.) It needs a bit of love.

I’m a Christian and am poignantly aware of how lost and depressed I’d be without Christ in my life.  I am blessed with a very large and impressively creative and fun extended family, whom I am slavishly devoted to.  I love to cook.  I would rather be outside than inside, in any weather, at any time.  I am delighted by howling coyotes, star-gazing, climbing trees, and laying my eyes on anything beautiful or unusual.  I play the piano, the flute, and I’m trying to teach myself how to play the banjo.

These are my people.
These are my people.

In the summertime, I spend most of my time outside, pruning, planting, picking, weeding, and drawing.  In the wintertime, we hit the books and we all work together to produce a musical melodrama with a group of home school students in our area. So you can understand why I never get my house clean.  Not that I really care.  Cleaning house, to me, is nearly as boring as . . . well, as me.

There.  That wasn’t so hard, was it?  In fact it was easier than I thought it would be, but not as interesting as I’d hoped.  Oh well.  Thanks for joining me here!

33 thoughts on “About (sigh) Me

  1. The Great Gordino

    I like the revamped page!
    Anyone landing on it will get a great idea of what they’ll get from the rest of the blog!
    I would take issue with 2 things though:

    1. You say you aren’t articulate. Nonsense, you obviously are.
    2. You say you don’t like writing about you. Nonsense. The family you say you’d rather write about is the family of *you*, and we read about them from the perspective of *you*!

    I’m taking this as a nudge to revamp my own about me page, which is, in a word, woeful!
    Cheers,
    Gordon

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      You’re so sweet, GreatG. It’s really nice to have you back at the UBC! I’m going to check out your About Me page. I doubt it’s as bad as you say. And I feel a bit sorry for poor Ben Ainslie, too. 😉

  2. Dayna Camp

    Amy, I loved reading your story!! And I love the way you write. We have a lot in common. Having a farm is not one of them. I’m a musician, have 5 kids, home schooled for 14 years, love the Lord . I also love blogging. Let’s stay in touch! Dayna

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Dayna, Thanks for your kind words. I’m going to check out your blog, too. It’s true that we seem to have a lot in common! Yay!

  3. Janice

    It is lovely to read a little about the person behind Vomitting Chicken. Your hair looks great btw, much better than mine which desperately needs cutting. You are, indeed truly blessed, your life seems full and fulfilling. Long may your blog continue to to entrance us all :). I know I don’t comment often but I do drop by quite a bit since finding your haven at the last UBC, so for all the shared love and laughter, Thank You :).

    Janice x

  4. Harriet Stack

    I really enjoyed this post. Your life seems idyllic, especially with all that space, animals etc. We have at least a couple of things in common: I home educated my son from the age of 13 until, well, it’s still going on as he’s 17 and focussing on his music now. And I avoid housework as much as possible. Just a note – the reason I clicked to read your post straight away instead of thinking I’d check it out later when I have more time is because you said it would be all about you. I love reading about people’s lives and I expect many other people do. And for an ordinary woman living on the East coast of England to have an insight into your life in Nebraska is a real treat. Thank you!

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Thank you, Harriet. I would imagine that it’s natural to enjoy learning more about peoples’ lives, especially for women, who are so interested in relationships. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope I see more from you on the UBC!

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Thank you Susan, some might say that it gets a tad TOO interesting sometimes, around here. 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Shelli: thank you so much. I checked out your blog, and I thought “this gal can really write!” It’s pleasant to meet another writer, and a successful one, to boot! 😉 I hope we can connect again.

  5. The Famous Ashley Grant

    Thanks for the reminder that I need to update my “about me” page and thanks for sharing stuff about you.

    “It is necessary … for a man to go away by himself … to sit on a rock … and ask, ‘Who am I, where have I been, and where am I going?”
    ― Carl Sandburg

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Thanks, Famous Ashley, and good luck with that About me page! It’s kind of a tricky thing to do, to write about yourself without sounding too big-headed or falsely humble. I enjoyed your C.Sandburg quote!

  6. Chef William

    I just happen to be out of cereal boxes to read so I spent some time here. It is interesting and just as it should be, filled with so many things, that life never gets boring. A lot of what you write rings a bell with parts of my past life, but never all bunched together as you have. Thanks for sharing this view of a new age Nebraska frontier women.

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Welcome back, Chef! I’m glad you enjoyed my (boring) little essay on ME. Hopefully I’ll find a more entertaining topic tomorrow! 😉 Safe travels!

  7. MJ Schrader

    I think a lot of people have trouble writing about themselves. But even in saying ask me about… you were telling a lot about yourself, because it shows us what your passions are. you. You did a wonderful job. 🙂

  8. Maria

    Thanks for letting me in the window of your world. I love your writing style, your hair, your genuineness and your love for family, nature, animals, friends and God. What a refreshing breath of air you are. I even love anti-spam quiz. Need to figure out how to add that, cool.

  9. AMummysLife

    Your new page looks great! And I agree with the top commentor, you write about yourself all the time when you write about your family. Your family is you. They are a part of you and you show us them from your perspective!

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