Mary Conley

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Do you like to reuse and repurpose? Well, here is a new use for abandoned houses!
Do you have trouble growing carrots? Try half carrots!
If you can't grow grapes, blueberries, or oranges, plant a mulberry tree and reap many of the same benefits.
Anyone can reap early garden lettuces for days with little work.
It is curious that a garden gives us hope when so much can go wrong!
It is of absolute necessity that we know the importance of reading to a child.
An old person has a lot of information that may soon be lost.
There is your body, and there is you. Make no mistake, your body will betray you!
With a little imagination, you can find art even in a woodpile.
If you sew a lot or did in the past, you probably have all kinds of left-over material stashed somewhere. I was excited to find a use for part of mine, making fast and super easy hot pads for Christmas gifts.
Dried beans are not only delicious, packed full of nutrition, but extremely sustainable.
Fall has many wonders which we all should experience, at least once a year!
If you need an answer, why ask Google when you can ask your Facebook friends!
There is a way anyone can save potatoes to plant the next season for sustainability or to save the cost of seed potatoes.
Adjusting our work for our age isn’t easy. Our minds want to do one thing, but our bodies rebel. At the same time, it is our work and goals that keep us going and interested in life.
Land is never really owned, just used. We are trespassers, stewards at best, and might as well try to fit into its ways.
After many small-town movie theaters closed, Arapahoe, Nebraska, high school students and a league of volunteers came together to reopen their old theatre and provide a safe place for the young people and the community to be entertained.
Who in our generation would ever have dreamed that we would be able to go online and download a whole book or books from the library onto our personal gadgets?
A realization would sneak into my thoughts now and then – the knowledge of the reward of previous hard work, and it brought happiness to my gardening heart.
My mother and mother-in-law were true hard-working women of the past.
When our children and grandchildren visited us, we had so much fun, we smiled for days afterward.
My Facebook friends gave me some good advice on what to do with the piles of greeting cards I have saved during the 55 years of our marriage.
You were asked what you would do with another hour on your childhood home and your answers were heartfelt.
Two bloggers realize they live in the same city and decide to meet.
You don't actually need to "play" in a state tournament to have a great time. Here are my memories!
A story of a girl who loved small town 6-on-6 Iowa girls' basketball.
For some of us, all we have left of our childhood homes are memories.
In today’s post I want to tell you about how I first started writing.
It is very easy to look trustworthy; just be a grandma and crochet booties.
Raising good children takes time and energy, but many are giving it their all and doing an excellent job.
Nothing stays the same in this world, and just as the small bookstore and the family hardware business, it is my opinion that the traditional funeral home may also be on the way out.
Instead of spending money for sweet potato plants this spring, you can start your own and watch the amazing process at the same time.
Finding ways to live in our world responsibly can bring us satisfaction and happiness.
I found a way to move heavy countertop appliances. I hope it is helpful to you, too.
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?
It is easy and gratifying to make hash browns in small or large amounts for the present or future.
Caramel popcorn made in the microwave is easy, fast and good, but you could learn to make the world's best instead!
You can make unique hot pads for yourself or for presents with little or no cost.
If you like the handiness of precooked bacon, you can learn to precook it yourself and enjoy better flavor.
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!
We all procrastinate and make mistakes, although my husband often says, 'I thought I made a mistake once, but I was wrong!'
We can let the beauty of our world give us the calmness and rest we need.
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.
It is always fun sharing a skill with grandchildren, such as food dehydration.
Maybe an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but processing them daily certainly makes one tired!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Grandchildren certainly liven up the place, and the bonding lasts for a lifetime.
Homemade ice cream is always a hit with family and friends on holidays or any other day!
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.
You never know what will happen when you leave a garden unattended.
A blog documents your life, and hopefully entertains, encourages, or helps someone along the way.
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!
When you are in pain and cannot do much, you can always recall memories of happy times.
Giving up or even postponing what you love can be a difficult decision.
Even the foundations of abandoned buildings can soon be ruined.
All you want to know about potato bugs and more.
Sometimes one wonders about why things happen as they do, but there is a plan here and there we wouldn't change.
I like to crochet something that will actually be used, so I am crocheting for my future great-grandchildren!
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.
When you are a senior, you need to look for the easiest way to do things.
The springtime workload can get overwhelming, but we try to stay focused and do one task at a time.
With a new front, new beams, and a complete steel roof, the barn was saved!
Much of our barn needed replacing. On the other hand, much of it could be saved. It was time to take saving it seriously.
Querencia, where we feel at home.
We discovered you can take the sag out of a barn roof without machinery and very little money.
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.
This building continues to serve us, even after it was razed.
Cleaning up old buildings and saving what you can just makes a body feel good!
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.
The farm and rural community helped shape Erin for her future.
It is difficult to get in the planting mood in the deep of winter.
We are learning not to waste anything, not even rotted trees.
Learning to install fence and harvesting our own cedar fence posts proved to be a very gratifying experience.
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.
There was no way I was going to do the tedious job of preparing gooseberries for a crisp, but I discovered something better.
Protecting our gardens from the deer is expensive and hard work.
Watching the effects of the drought saddened us.
Rhubarb is a gift that keeps on giving!
When you plant many trees, such as nut trees, you plant for the future.
We selected our trees, planted them with love, and watched them grow. Then the fun began - beautiful fruit growing on our very own trees!
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.
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.'
The Christmas spirit can keep us going even in the roughest of times.
Making scrubbies is a fast and easy way to recycle and save money.
We winterized the house and hoped for the best, but we didn’t want to leave.
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.
We were bone-weary with no place to relax.
The first year of our hobby farm continued.
We have an unusual holiday dessert tradition.
I noticed a tall, bushy weed just where Larry had cleared the thistles. What was that ugly plant?
We knew about most of the junk that came with the farm, but something nasty happened to us that we weren’t prepared for.
The amount and type of junk would overwhelm anyone, but we persisted in the cleanup, and now our land is lookin’ good!
We were continually working either in the city or on the farm, and loving every moment of it.
Along with the land came a house, along with the house came a disgusting basement.
Free Starbucks coffee grounds have a variety of uses around the home and garden.
It was a house that most women would run from, but somehow, I was blind to the mess.
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.
We married young and moved to the city, where jobs and responsibilities to our four children choked out dreams of any other lifestyle.
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.

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