53 bottle of beans of the shelf, 53 bottles of beans… As I write this post, it is 12:30 in the morning, I am in a state of delirium and I am still not finished.  My feet hurt.  My back aches.  My very bones are exhausted.  And, at least partially, it’s Ayn’s fault. Yesterday, …
One of my favorite things in living a more simple life comes around January, when all the seed catalogs start filling up my mailbox.  Another favorite thing is when my mailbox is again filled to overflowing, but this time with packages of seeds that I ordered.  And I still get a thrill when I open …
Hide and Seek has been a popular kid’s game, probably since the beginning of time.  I loved playing it as a kid, and with my kids when they were younger.  Now that I have a grandchild, I will probably find myself playing it again, and thoroughly enjoying myself.  HOWEVER…. I am not real fond of …
Deep breath.  The past five days have been hectic.  In the last post, I announced the joys and heartaches of having calves.  The joys were that Buffy and Mya had healthy babies.  The scare came when Bossy, our Jersey, had twins.  One was born healthy, the other was scary weak.  With gentleness and extreme focus, …
It all started with a busted water hose.  We were headed to the coop this morning to feed the chickens, when I noticed we had a beautiful ‘fountain’ that had sprung up in the weaning pen.  After the chickens were taken care of, we headed around there to see the extent of the problem.  As …
There is nothing in this world that will set your heart aflutter faster than a new baby on the farm.  Especially when it is a surprise. Black Bart came to stay with us in November.  Bart is the son of Elvis – our first bull.  Elvis was sold to Danny, one of our neighbors, and …
    I just cannot tell you how many times I have heard that as a kid.  Don’t like your spinach?  Just twirl it with your fork and hopefully Mom will think you have eaten some.  Got French fries?  Oh, yeah.  Building material!  Today, as an adult, I love to ‘play’ with my food – …
    Most days on a farm are a relaxed kind of hectic.  I know.  That sounds weird.  But unless there is a major problem, you can take your time getting things on your list of things to do.  Once animals have been fed and watered, you can look around and see what takes priority.  …
I love studying the ‘Lost Arts’.  Weaving. Spinning.  Embroidery.  Cross-stitch.  Quilting.  These are just a few of the arts that our ancestors took part in – most of which was considered more of a necessity than a hobby.  Want your family to stay warm over a brutally cold winter?  You had better know how to …
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 …
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