Mary Conley





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12/30/2013
Making scrubbies is a fast and easy way to recycle and save money.
1/8/2014
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.
9/5/2013
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.
10/16/2013
Along with the land came a house, along with the house came a disgusting basement.
11/11/2013
We knew about most of the junk that came with the farm, but something nasty happened to us that we weren’t prepared for.
11/19/2013
We have an unusual holiday dessert tradition.
1/28/2014
Watching the effects of the drought saddened us.
2/5/2014
There was no way I was going to do the tedious job of preparing gooseberries for a crisp, but I discovered something better.
10/6/2013
It was a house that most women would run from, but somehow, I was blind to the mess.
10/14/2013
Free Starbucks coffee grounds have a variety of uses around the home and garden.
10/24/2013
We were continually working either in the city or on the farm, and loving every moment of it.
11/4/2013
The amount and type of junk would overwhelm anyone, but we persisted in the cleanup, and now our land is lookin’ good!
11/15/2013
I noticed a tall, bushy weed just where Larry had cleared the thistles. What was that ugly plant?
12/4/2013
We were bone-weary with no place to relax.
12/17/2013
We winterized the house and hoped for the best, but we didn’t want to leave.
12/31/2013
The Christmas spirit can keep us going even in the roughest of times.
2/21/2014
We are learning not to waste anything, not even rotted trees.
3/4/2014
It is difficult to get in the planting mood in the deep of winter.
4/9/2014
We discovered you can take the sag out of a barn roof without machinery and very little money.
4/15/2014
Querencia, where we feel at home.
9/20/2013
We married young and moved to the city, where jobs and responsibilities to our four children choked out dreams of any other lifestyle.
10/2/2013
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.
11/25/2013
The first year of our hobby farm continued.
1/6/2014
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.'
1/15/2014
We selected our trees, planted them with love, and watched them grow. Then the fun began - beautiful fruit growing on our very own trees!
1/31/2014
Protecting our gardens from the deer is expensive and hard work.
2/11/2014
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.
2/17/2014
Learning to install fence and harvesting our own cedar fence posts proved to be very gratifying experiences.
3/10/2014
The farm and rural community helped shape Erin for her future.
3/14/2014
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.
3/20/2014
Cleaning up old buildings and saving what you can just makes a body feel good!
3/27/2014
This building continues to serve us, even after it was razed.
1/20/2014
When you plant many trees, such as nut trees, you plant for the future.
1/22/2014
Rhubarb is a gift that keeps on giving!
4/1/2014
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.
12/9/2013
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.
4/16/2014
A story of the first time we used our woodstove.
10/30/2013
The farm was a disaster, but we were out to save it - one weekend at a time.
4/10/2014
How our farm truck turned my day and yard upside down.
4/8/2014
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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