January 2017

10 posts

Peas and cornbread.  In the past, this was considered a poor man’s supper, as it was one of the least expensive meals to make.  Most folks, unless beyond completely destitute, grew their own peas and the corn to grind for meal.  The rest of the ingredients were mostly purchased, unless they were fortunate enough to …
The phrase ‘simple living’ is a drastic misnomer.  It isn’t as simple as you think.  In fact, it truly does take quite a bit of education to do it well. People who have chosen to live a simple life may not have a college degree, but they are probably better educated than the person behind the …
    The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land. –      Abraham Lincoln Although I didn’t graduate from college, I majored in Fine Art in college.  I may have limped through English, Economics, Business Administration and all those other ‘necessary’ courses, but …
For farmers, we understand the nature of threats.  Coyotes and other predators can decimate our livestock numbers.  Drought and other inclement weather wreaks havoc on our gardens.  And, please, let’s not even discuss the damages that fire can do.  But there is another threat that looms in the background that many of us don’t really …
When someone is silently skulking around after dark on a farm, it usually means they are up to no good.  If they are caught, they could very likely be shot by the farmer. Unless it is the farmer… It’s a common idea that a farmer rises before the sun, goes to work, then comes in …
As you all can tell, I absolutely love living on my small farm.  We have just a few blades of Bermuda over 60 acres, with at least 20 of them in trees – not counting one large and three small ponds.  We are located in NW Louisiana, where the winters are mostly mild and summers …
My sister and brother don’t really understand me, nor the choices I have made in my life.  When I announced I was changing my high-heeled shoes for a pair of rubber boots, I don’t think they knew what to think.  The beauty of it is, they may not understand me, but they have both jumped …
We are all starting our New Year looking for ways to make changes.  Some of us may have started a new budget, but are secretly wondering if it is one we can finally stick with, as we eye that new pair of shoes in the store window, or pass by the tractor store and see …
“Growing your own food is like printing your own money.” – Ron Finley  Farmers are usually ‘short’ people.  Short on time.  Short on parts.  Short on money.  Because of that, we have learned the art of being adaptable.  We have learned how to multi-task; we have learned how to improvise; we have learned how to …
The culprit has been found!  And trust me.  I will be waiting patiently for paybacks.  And the next time the Country Boy goes for feed, I WILL be riding along.  Just to be safe! It seems that Randy went to Castor to pick up feed and mineral blocks yesterday.  While waiting in line, he noticed …
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