February 2017

11 posts

We spend all our time either working to earn a paycheck, working to maintain the farm, or working on keeping the house clean.  In our spare time, we run errands, cook dinner, do the laundry.  If we are lucky, we can grab a few hours of sleep before we start the cycle all over again.  …
Our neighbor, Danny, likes to call me Martha.  And I don’t mean the one in the Bible.  I think he gets tickled at all my big dreams for the farm.  Since I call myself a farm wife, he teases me about the fact that I should know everything there is to know about gardening, milking …
Learn As You Go  I am learning as I go.  Moving from the city to a farm, there were quite a few things that I didn’t know how to do, nor was there ever a call to know.  For instance, I never had a reason to know how to tube feed an invalid calf.  I …
Last year, my friend Lorea and I were trying to crochet some hats.  Our friend, Kathleen, had given us directions during a Farm Women Exchange meeting, and we were attempting to put those lessons in practice.  While sitting there, I questioned whether or not we could learn to make dishrags similar to the ones I …
Ah…just thinking these words does two things to my heart.  One – it makes it leap with joy, as it means we might actually get to escape for a day or two.  Second – it paralyzes it with fear, knowing that we won’t be close enough to handle any problems, and my budget is about …
  There are times we see a need (or probably more truthfully, a want) on the farm, but the checkbook just doesn’t agree with us.  We can argue the viability, the usefulness, and the time saving tips all day long, but there is no argument that will make that checkbook cough up the money needed …
Due to one of my jobs, I keep my cell phone with me constantly.  Our main lines are transferred to my cell so I can work from home part of the time.  It is usually a win/win situation.  Unless… I headed out on my daily chores.  First stop, the chicken coop.  As I entered, I …
  “Ellis,” he said. “You’re watchin’ a miracle right under your nose.” He gave a few of the seeds to Ellis and let him drop them into the hole he had already made. “In each of them little things, God put life. Now you take care with it, and you feed it with water and …
Back during my single years, money was tight.  I had a single income, a car note, a mortgage, and everyday living expenses.  It wasn’t unusual to find me picking up extra jobs – babysitting, cleaning house, or other odd jobs to help make ends meet.  Having extras was just not in the picture.  My Aunt …
Summers here can be brutal.  And if we even think we want to garden, we had better be prepared for high water bill.  In our efforts to be as frugal as possible, we look for ways in which we can save money. What better way to do that than to use ‘free’ water in the …
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