My name is Katherine Grossman.
I’m the author and creator of the now long since retired homesteading and small farm agrarian blog, GRANNY MILLER.
Over the years, more than a few people have asked about the how and the why I got started as a blogger.
So I’ll tell you just in case you’re interested.
The truth of the matter is, I was sozzled on sugar when I stumbled into writing.
Halloween 2006 was a typical no-show washout at my house. Not one Trick or Treater came to the door. Disappointing of course. But not exactly tragic. How could it be? I was left with three full unopened bags of Heresy’s Fun Size candy bars.
And you know, somebody has to eat them.
So I sat down in front of my Dell Windows 95 desktop, and started shredding candy wrappers while surfing the Internet. After a while it occurred to me that maybe I should start a Google Blogger blog. I mean after all it was free. Lots of people had them. Seemed liked a harmless enough activity. It might be a nice diversion going into a long and cold Western Pennsylvania Snow Belt winter.
So I did. I called my blog Granny Miller. I wrote about and shared images from my life on a small 5th generation Appalachian family farm.
Granny Miller stayed on the Internet intermittently for about 10 years. When I finally permanently retired Granny Miller, I decided to put into book form some of the most popular posts from the website. Originally the Granny Miller posts were published in two extremely poorly edited books. A MIND TO HOMESTEAD and GARDEN FARMING. Then in 2018 I resolved to do a better job of proof reading and editing, and combine the two books into one – THE COMPLETE GRANNY MILLER. That’s what’s available today.
I’m currently working on another homesteading book. Hopefully it will be released by the end of the year. Because of that, I figured it would probably be a good idea to put up an author’s website. Self-publishing gurus insist it’s important to look professional and polished. So presto! Here it is.
I’ll continue to build on to this website as time allows. Might even do some city and suburban homestead blogging.
My life has radically changed since my Granny Miller days.
At present I live in a small Western Pennsylvania college town. I’m a widow now. My farming and homesteading life has been left behind for the realities of old age. But I’m still an Appalachian farmwife at heart. I brought myself with me when I moved.
I invite you to look around this website and check back often for progress and perhaps new content. Maybe even some original art will pop up for sale. If you like, you can sign up for notifications. That way you’ll know when a new book is released. Or if I should start blogging again.
Wishing you all the best. Hope to see you again,
Katherine Grossman – Granny Miller
- THE COMPLETE GRANNY MILLER
- A MIND TO HOMESTEAD (Out of Print)
- GARDEN FARMING (Out of Print)