A look at some country mailbox owners displaying their creativity.
What does this dream mean?
tree carvings, dogs made of staples, houses decorated to keep out the vagrants
A letter to Santa requesting Christmas miracles
Riding a bike is not as easy as shown on TV commericals, it is a skill that should be left to children.
Pretending to be what you are not does not mean you are crazy or insecure.
Flags flying high at a local cemetery on Memorial Day weekend.
At the end of any road can be a surprise, but especially on gravel roads.
Winter is finally ending and the hope of spring is in the garden.
Watch out for the heat over this fourth of July. Don't be a hard-headed person like me.
My first ghost was interesting but the next one is going to be intense.
Questioning why we still have zoos when it is available on-line and documentaries on TV.
Sometimes you just need a friend to get you through the greatest challenges.
A short photo list of what I am thankful for.
What happened to the crafts of the past?
Donna Rae creates and tests two styles of handmade dishcloths
From bright and sunny to dense black fog.
Dealing with neighbors while maintaining friendships.
Cave men knapped glass knives for hunting. During the Great Depression glass knives became quite the item to have. Glass knives cut cleanly and didn't tarnish like carbon knives. They were a perfect in the kitchen and at cutting cakes for tea.
The story of how we got here and who we are.
How personal experience and observation can save your sanity
For my inaugural blog post for Capper's Farmer, I'd like to take a few minutes to explain myself. Trust me, I need to.
The Raptor Research Project has followed a pair of Eagles near Decorah, Iowa, for many years. The first of three eaglets is expected to hatch between March 23 and 25. Our family is fascinated watching this bit of nature we couldn't otherwise see.
A small family farm seldom makes you wealthy – there aren’t too many trips to Europe and the retirement plan can be pretty “iffy.” But farming brings its own rewards, those that in the end mean far more than the lights of Paris.
Karen walks you through what to do when dealing with viruses or parasitic nematodes in the garden. She also provides a quick overview of her previous posts on vegetable diseases.
Let me share with you the finer nuances of canning using recipes that have been handed through the generations.
We were continually working either in the city or on the farm, and loving every moment of it.
Grandma and Grandpa had a spring piped into the house, with the help of a neighbor we have resorted to other means.
The amount and type of junk would overwhelm anyone, but we persisted in the cleanup, and now our land is lookin’ good!
A paragraph or two on what different people consider comfort foods.
How we managed to travel across the country twice only to realize that we left something incredibly important behind.
Some of the varieties of free fruits available for the taking. All it takes is a little time, a little work, and some scouting of the area for what grows in your neck of the woods.
My daddy's mix of chickens and pig
We married young and moved to the city, where jobs and responsibilities to our four children choked out dreams of any other lifestyle.
This post is about the prolific growth of the garden over 16 hot, wet July days when we were away on vacation in the Yukon.
Raising heirloom tomatoes, like all farming, is full of challenges. This year we have battled blossom end rot and the war's not over yet.
The first year of our hobby farm continued.
Kellsey loves everything about summer, with the exception of triple digit temperatures. But even the dog days of summer help her dream about the future.
Baker Creek Seed Catalog Arrives
A trip to the garden to grab some cucumbers for a delicious down-home salad sends me on a trip down memory lane. Do you remember this recipe from your grandmother's kitchen table?
Donna Rae shares her experiences from the 2013 Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello.
The story of my chicken addiction.
Dealing with bugs, snakes and oil.
Tips to help you get started working at home.
As fall begins to settle in, Donna Rae fondly recalls those first back-to-school days as a child - as well as those experienced by her father.
Memories of Dad and Horses
A rooster and his hen
A visit to an old barn that brings back memories and reveals many treasures.
Susan finally learned to appreciate homemade mincemeat after becoming a homesteader and canner. Bringing back wonderful memories of childhood, mincemeat is now a holiday staple at her house.
My mother's lessons in the garden, and my eventual understanding of the soul that is in gardening.
A short story about what happens when you turn two boys loose in a peach orchard. Even when they are supervised.
A tale of two imaginative children.
Re-discovering the simple things in life that really do make it better!
An Introduction To Our Old Place Farm
Learn to can your own homemade soups and always have a hot, hearty meal waiting in your pantry.
A story of hidey holes and the hows, and whys, of finding them on old farmsteads like my cousin did at her in-laws place.
A lesson on folklore and why it is sometimes true.
What happens when you try to show a teenage boy something and you are a preteen girl.
Reminiscing about winter and the times when Santa would visit.
Fall Honey Harvest
A short dissertation on the differences between modern farming machinery and the ones my grandfather used.