Hi Thomas, what a fun post here. I've never been to either IN or IL, so that is interesting to me! I'm kind of a sucker for nice shoulders, good picture ;)
I'm 52, and I've been around here on the permies site for a while, so feel free to poke around at any of my posts and comments, they are scattered around everywhere here.
In a nutshell; I'm living in MA now, sold a small farm a few years back, doing urban stuff now. Starting to contemplate what/where the next chapter of my life will look like and where it will be. I've been single for about 15 or so years (I forget the exact year). I raise and train dogs as both a profession and a hobby, kind of a big deal for me. But I have and like cats as well.
Lots of assorted animal care experience
; from dairy
farms as a kid to wildlife rehab to pre-vet classes, to orphaned animal care, dogs I already mentioned, and have raised sheep, pigs, ducks (love them), rabbits
as livestock. Done a bit of tanning. Would love to learn more about hunting and fishing especially. Gardening
, after dogs that's my second love. I've got home gardens as well as two allotment gardens currently.
Reach out and say hello if you'd like. Here, or messages. I don't mind chatting publicly or privately. Have internet 3 days a week so be patient if I don't jump right on a response!