Mary Coney

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The farm was a disaster, but we were out to save it - one weekend at a time.
A blog documents your life, and hopefully entertains, encourages, or helps someone along the way.
Making scrubbies is a fast and easy way to recycle and save money.
Thanks for listening, friends, and let's meet here soon. In the meantime, enjoy being able to do whatever is before you. Yes, work is a good thing!
Getting a tractor would mean we could keep up with the weeds and thistles, claim new areas, dig post holes, and a whole lot of other needed jobs.
Even the foundations of abandoned buildings can soon be ruined.
Grandchildren certainly liven up the place, and the bonding lasts for a lifetime.
Along with the land came a house, along with the house came a disgusting basement.
We knew about most of the junk that came with the farm, but something nasty happened to us that we weren’t prepared for.
There was no way I was going to do the tedious job of preparing gooseberries for a crisp, but I discovered something better.
We have spent many days working outside from dawn to dusk while others our age are golfing, playing cards, and taking life easy. For us, there is immense fulfillment in growing our food.
I like to crochet something that will actually be used, so I am crocheting for my future great-grandchildren!
We have an unusual holiday dessert tradition.
Watching the effects of the drought saddened us.
Giving up or even postponing what you love can be a difficult decision.
Homemade ice cream is always a hit with family and friends on holidays or any other day!
What if the clouds covered the sunrise while they were here? But then, probably nothing can dampen new love! We would just have to wait and see.
We can let the beauty of our world give us the calmness and rest we need.
Caramel popcorn made in the microwave is easy, fast and good, but you could learn to make the world's best instead!
We discovered you can take the sag out of a barn roof without machinery and very little money.
Free Starbucks coffee grounds have a variety of uses around the home and garden.
The amount and type of junk would overwhelm anyone, but we persisted in the cleanup, and now our land is lookin’ good!
We winterized the house and hoped for the best, but we didn’t want to leave.
All you want to know about potato bugs and more.
We are learning not to waste anything, not even rotted trees.
Sometimes one wonders about why things happen as they do, but there is a plan here and there we wouldn't change.
Querencia, where we feel at home.
I noticed a tall, bushy weed just where Larry had cleared the thistles. What was that ugly plant?
We were continually working either in the city or on the farm, and loving every moment of it.
When you are a senior, you need to look for the easiest way to do things.
The Christmas spirit can keep us going even in the roughest of times.
When you are in pain and cannot do much, you can always recall memories of happy times.
It is difficult to get in the planting mood in the deep of winter.
It was a house that most women would run from, but somehow, I was blind to the mess.
We were bone-weary with no place to relax.
If you've become disheartened about the human race in general, you should come out to visit us and meet some of these nice country people who are always ready to give a helping hand.
There is always something new you can learn or try, even if it is just a vegetable such as Swiss chard. Experiencing it with a granddaughter just adds to the pleasure!
I found a way to move heavy countertop appliances. I hope it is helpful to you, too.
With a new front, new beams, and a complete steel roof, the barn was saved!
We are trying to eat more 'greens' and found that buying organic can get costly. I planted plenty this year in hopes of having a good crop to make many green smoothies in our new Vitamix.
You never know what will happen when you leave a garden unattended.
Much of our barn needed replacing. On the other hand, much of it could be saved. It was time to take saving it seriously.
The first year of our hobby farm continued.
We selected our trees, planted them with love, and watched them grow. Then the fun began - beautiful fruit growing on our very own trees!
The farm and rural community helped shape Erin for her future.
We married young and moved to the city, where jobs and responsibilities to our four children choked out dreams of any other lifestyle.
This building continues to serve us, even after it was razed.
Reading someone else's blog lead Mary to learn new things like cleaning and seasoning cast iron, and then making toast on a wood-burning stove.
The springtime workload can get overwhelming, but we try to stay focused and do one task at a time.
We read that one need not be hasty in destroying old farm buildings, especially if you can’t afford new ones, as they can often still be used.
Protecting our gardens from the deer is expensive and hard work.
We refer to our first year at the farm as the cleanup year. Now, we would begin the second which soon became known as 'the planting year.'
Cleaning up old buildings and saving what you can just makes a body feel good!
We are not impulsive people. We are also opposites, so it is not like us to both want the same thing and at the same time. Yet, here we were, both wanting to buy a piece of land that we had only read about on the internet. Twenty acres with a small red barn.
In reading books of yesteryear, when a young girl was about to marry, her mother purchased yards and yards of material and sewed for days making all the linens she would need for her bed, kitchen and table. Sometimes these would already have been made and waiting in her hope chest.
To all the beauty of fall that we've enjoyed in the past, thanks to our little farm, we have added the joy of the harvest!
Learning to install fence and harvesting our own cedar fence posts proved to be a very gratifying experience.
It is always fun sharing a skill with grandchildren, such as food dehydration.
We all procrastinate and make mistakes, although my husband often says, 'I thought I made a mistake once, but I was wrong!'
If you like the handiness of precooked bacon, you can learn to precook it yourself and enjoy better flavor.
You can make unique hot pads for yourself or for presents with little or no cost.
It is easy and gratifying to make hash browns in small or large amounts for the present or future.
We think you'll be inspired to keep your old buildings when you read about Todd's ingenuity, perseverance and hard work while saving the old chicken house.
Rhubarb is a gift that keeps on giving!
When you plant many trees, such as nut trees, you plant for the future.
My husband bought me a dry blade container for my Vitamix, but I put off using it. When I finally did, I couldn't believe how simple it was. Why did I procrastinate?
I started hanging clothes five years ago, shortly before we bought the farm, and I just can’t go back to using the dryer again.
Maybe an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but processing them daily certainly makes one tired!
Sometimes you just have to take out time to do something you’ve always enjoyed, such as sewing. A fun project for your granddaughter makes it even better!
Planting an apple tree appropriate for your zone, pollination and disease resistance is a science. Thankfully, the Stark Bro’s catalog gives all the information needed.

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