I was at the feed store the other day choosing some garden plants from their rack outside. When I walked in, there was a discussion about the red BMW in the parking lot.
Woman: "Look at that Beemer!"
Woman: "Parked outside. That red one. Ahhh, I'd love to have that."
Sighs of approval all around.
Man: "Wonder who it belongs to?"
Woman: "I don't know."
Man: "Probably some insurance man." Said with a slight sneer.
Me (because I couldn't let everyone think that only insurance men drive little red sports cars): "No, that's my car and I'm not in insurance."
Woman: **gasp** "What do you do?"
Me: "Well, I farm now."
Woman: "Ah, are you new?"
Me (hoping for a useful tidbit): "Yes. And I don't know anything. I need lots of help and advice."
Woman: "Just do it until the money is all gone."
That car was bought back in 2006, long before we took on farming. It's not the most practical car for this lifestyle, but...it's paid for and I like driving it. We have trucks and Tom's diesel VW wagon for the heavy work. So, I haven't yet figured out how anyone makes a living on a farm. So far, all we've done is spend money. We don't have to buy eggs anymore and I sell just enough to pay for the little bit of chicken scratch that we use, so eggs are free. For periods of time during the year, we don't have to buy milk or veggies and I can see us getting to the point where we can stop buying them almost altogether - when I can store up enough milk to last through the winter and when I figure out the veggie preserving processes.