June 2015

16 posts

There are times on the farm when we are faced with a quandary. The more we think about it, the more it grows, until it becomes an unwieldy problem and we just cannot seem to see our way around it. It is moments like this when I just have to step back and let go. …
  Summer is in full throttle, and we are searching for ways to cool down. One of the most traditional ways is ice cream! Last summer, I wrote a column on how to make homemade ice cream. This year, I am going to take it a step further with some ideas on how to eat …
With all this talk about food in some form or another, it’s made me hungry. So instead of comparisons with cows, a play on words or asking the question, ‘am I hungry enough’, I am just going to cook up some delicious food, share the recipe and then sit down to a soul-fulfilling meal. And …
It constantly amazes me the life lessons I learn on the farm. I can look at something, ponder how it looks, works, walks or talks, and the next thing I know, I am walking out of the pasture with a lesson on how to live a better life. Take a cow, for instance. A cow …
Hunger comes in different forms, but when you are hungry, you want something of substance to bite into. Our stomachs rumble when we need food. Our minds swirl when we want knowledge. Our bodies twitch when we need exercise. But my question is: Are you hungry enough? If you make a big batch of soup, …
Saturday night, Randy and I were in the kitchen, doing the finishing touches of putting up two hogs. He was in the process of cutting the backstrap into cubes to put in jars and can, when he made the comment, “You know, this is the true meaning of ‘eating high on the hog’. I had …
One thing being a Farm Wife does to you is to decrease your memory. It’s not that you don’t have the storage space in your brain, it’s that you tend to focus on what needs to be done, and consequently lose the ability to remember other things.  You stand in the pasture, watching a calf …
Railroads. Horse thieves. Hangings. Hidden Treasure. Bonnie & Clyde. The James Brothers (Jessie and Frank). It is amazing the stories you hear while slapping down a bone or two. Last night, as we played Mexican Train with Alona and Charles, the Country Boy and I were regaled with stories from a Village of Hall Summit …
There is just something about striving to be as self-reliant as possible that gives you a sense of accomplishment. A feeling of security. It may mean stretching your wings to learn something new, spending more time working outdoors than in front of a television, or using muscles you didn’t know you had, but in the …
Night time on the farm is a cherished time for me. It’s my opportunity to slow down, breathe and just be. I head out to lock up chickens and close the gate at twilight, and if it’s not raining, too hot or too cold, I enjoy watching the final rays of sun disappear beneath the …
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