Mary Conley

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Making scrubbies is a fast and easy way to recycle and save money.
A blog documents your life, and hopefully entertains, encourages, or helps someone along the way.
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.
Grandchildren certainly liven up the place, and the bonding lasts for a lifetime.
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!
Even the foundations of abandoned buildings can soon be ruined.
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 an unusual holiday dessert tradition.
Watching the effects of the drought saddened us.
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.
Homemade ice cream is always a hit with family and friends on holidays or any other day!
Caramel popcorn made in the microwave is easy, fast and good, but you could learn to make the world's best instead!
Along with the land came a house, along with the house came a disgusting basement.
We can let the beauty of our world give us the calmness and rest we need.
We knew about most of the junk that came with the farm, but something nasty happened to us that we weren’t prepared for.
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!
Giving up or even postponing what you love can be a difficult decision.
All you want to know about potato bugs and more.
We are learning not to waste anything, not even rotted trees.
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!
Free Starbucks coffee grounds have a variety of uses around the home and garden.
We discovered you can take the sag out of a barn roof without machinery and very little money.
We were continually working either in the city or on the farm, and loving every moment of it.
We winterized the house and hoped for the best, but we didn’t want to leave.
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.
The amount and type of junk would overwhelm anyone, but we persisted in the cleanup, and now our land is lookin’ good!
I noticed a tall, bushy weed just where Larry had cleared the thistles. What was that ugly plant?
The Christmas spirit can keep us going even in the roughest of times.
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.
When you are a senior, you need to look for the easiest way to do things.
I found a way to move heavy countertop appliances. I hope it is helpful to you, too.
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.
Instead of spending money for sweet potato plants this spring, you can start your own and watch the amazing process at the same time.
Raising good children takes time and energy, but many are giving it their all and doing an excellent job.
Two bloggers realize they live in the same city and decide to meet.
The first year of our hobby farm continued.
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.'
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.
It is easy and gratifying to make hash browns in small or large amounts for the present or 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!
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.
We all procrastinate and make mistakes, although my husband often says, 'I thought I made a mistake once, but I was wrong!'
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.
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.
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!
The springtime workload can get overwhelming, but we try to stay focused and do one task at a time.
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.
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.
You can make unique hot pads for yourself or for presents with little or no cost.
Protecting our gardens from the deer is expensive and hard work.
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!
If you like the handiness of precooked bacon, you can learn to precook it yourself and enjoy better flavor.
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.
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.
It is very easy to look trustworthy; just be a grandma and crochet booties.
In today’s post I want to tell you about how I first started writing.
A story of a girl who loved small town 6-on-6 Iowa girls' basketball.
You were asked what you would do with another hour on your childhood home and your answers were heartfelt.
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.
When our children and grandchildren visited us, we had so much fun, we smiled for days afterward.
Rhubarb is a gift that keeps on giving!
When you plant many trees, such as nut trees, you plant for the 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.
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?
Finding ways to live in our world responsibly can bring us satisfaction and happiness.
You don't actually need to "play" in a state tournament to have a great time. Here are my memories!
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.
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!
Maybe an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but processing them daily certainly makes one tired!
For some of us, all we have left of our childhood homes are memories.
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.
The story of getting our first pig this spring.
Getting my first pair of snowshoes has been great for starting my resolution of getting healthier in 2015.
The best use for all those zucchinis taking over your garden are brownies.
To name or not to name your chickens?
A story of the first time we used our woodstove.
The farm was a disaster, but we were out to save it - one weekend at a time.
My journey of raising sheep as a kid and again now 20 years later. Lots of old pictures of me back then.
My mission to find a billy goat to breed our does.
My journey about learning to eat healthier and how farm life has helped do that.
Pumpkin muffins aren't just for the Thanksgiving season. We love these muffins all year round.
My new venture of goat milk soap has many benefits for the consumer.
Shared my delicious blueberry muffin recipe and a little about our blueberries on the farm.
My journey into goat milk and what to do with all this milk.
I worked alongside my dad to build our goat shed.
The first month of hand milking my goat has not been an easy one.
This year was the first year we had babies born on the farm.
This is my journey about cooking with lard for the first time ever.
How our farm truck turned my day and yard upside down.
My soap journey has given me new knowledge of essential oils, an important part of staying healthy.
This is my journey of moving to the country and becoming a stay-at-home mom and hobby farmer. I was raising three small boys so why not add some animals to the mix.

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