June 2016

11 posts

I have this grand idea… These words can get me in more trouble than I can possibly handle some days. And it all started so innocently. At night, as I crawl into bed, I usually have a book that I am reading. More than likely, it is a book focused on a specific farming practice-a …
My sister, Amie, and I were talking on the phone the other day, working out the logistics of getting her yearly order of blueberries delivered. I happened to mention that I was headed out to pick plums, and she wanted to know if there would be extras. It seems she had been looking for a …
Ahhh….I love my animals, I honestly do. But what is it about me that all I get are the quirky ones? I have cows that love laundry. Baby bulls who think they can eat breakfast in the kitchen. Chickens who can climb like mountain goats. And a new dog who thinks the dryer is her …
There are some things this Farm Wife just shouldn’t do, and one of those is reading cookbooks. I will devour a new recipe, reading it from start to finish. That alone isn’t a problem. The danger comes from reading the ingredient list and seeing something that I don’t keep on hand. “I could grow that,” …
I have noticed lately how much my tastes have changed. I grew up in a home where the only ‘canned’ items I ate were usually purchased at a grocery store – with a coupon. Home canned items, that I can remember, were limited to Aunt Dot’s Peach Preserves and Aunt Evelyn’s Sweet Pickles. I still remember …
  Depression is a serious problem. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, almost 7% of adults (16 million people) have had at least one episode of major depression. That number rises slightly among young adults between the ages of 18 and 22, with 8% having bouts. That is a staggering number of people. …
Things I have learned living in the Rural South: Slow Down! Folks around here move slow, talk slow and drive slow. We have a very special neighbor that, when he walks, you need to hold your finger up to see if he is moving. When he comes to visit on his four-wheeler, I can walk …
As I am sure you can tell by now, I love having bees. I love the research. I love working them. I love just observing them, and I love their honey! In part, I also love the fact that we are doing our part on Paradise to help keep the overall bee population healthy. Without …
Did you know that you cannot stand behind a sunbeam and still see its beauty? You have to stand in front of or beside it to fully see the magnificence of the sun breaking between the limbs and leaves of the trees. It is sheer wonder to walk the farm in the early morning, and …
  Children and grandchildren are very precious and cherished beings. There is very little in this world that we would not do for them. But some days, I wonder if they can compete with dogs. I stopped by Wal Mart the other day to get a few pet supplies. The weekly 32-pound bag of dog …
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