Category : Simply Living Monday

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It may be one of the most time consuming tasks on the farm, but I love to water my garden.  I can stand out there for hours with a water hose in my hands, just watching the world go by.  It’s the one time I can stop and stand almost perfectly still for minutes at …
    I heard four of the saddest words not too long ago.  Words that made my heart weep.  “Nobody bakes biscuits anymore.” What???  As I asked around, I found out that there are still some women who bake biscuits, but they do it more for special occasions, or only once in a while.  Some …
I love this time of year.  As I drive down the dirt roads, lined with thick wooded areas, I make sure I drive slow, with the windows down.  Spring tips her cap at you through the dangling blooms and delicate scent of lavender wisteria that has taken over. There is nothing like it. Wisteria is …
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 …
  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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
All too often during the time after Christmas we feel as if we are being stalked by the New Year approaching.  Time is flying by.  We look back and see that we didn’t accomplish that long list of resolutions we vowed to keep.  There just wasn’t enough time, money or energy.  By February, five had …
Hallelujah!  I survived Black Friday!  It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be.  We made it to Bass Pro at 4:37 am, and waited in line until 5:00 am.  It was a ‘Door Buster’ sale on some items Lorea wanted to get for gifts.  Amazingly enough, we were back in …
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