Harvest Festival: The Cornucopia of Fall

It's the time of year to take account of the growing season, acknowledge the rewards of you labor, and note what you should do differently next year.

The Abandoned Farmhouse

Do you like to reuse and repurpose? Well, here is a new use for abandoned houses!


If you can't grow grapes, blueberries, or oranges, plant a mulberry tree and reap many of the same benefits.

The Garden of Hope

It is curious that a garden gives us hope when so much can go wrong!

That Person Inside You

There is your body, and there is you. Make no mistake, your body will betray you!

Using Your Material Stash to Make Hot Pads

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.

Potatoes and Sustainability

There is a way anyone can save potatoes to plant the next season for sustainability or to save the cost of seed potatoes.

Using Up Your Talents

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 and Reality

Land is never really owned, just used. We are trespassers, stewards at best, and might as well try to fit into its ways.

Crystal Theatre: A Small-Town Gem

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.

Gratitude for the Public Library

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?

The Value of Perennials

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.

How to Start Sweet Potato Slips

Instead of spending money for sweet potato plants this spring, you can start your own and watch the amazing process at the same time.

Happy Happy Happy

Finding ways to live in our world responsibly can bring us satisfaction and happiness.

Bread Making With a Vitamix

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?

The Best Caramel Popcorn

Caramel popcorn made in the microwave is easy, fast and good, but you could learn to make the world's best instead!

How To Precook and Store Bacon

If you like the handiness of precooked bacon, you can learn to precook it yourself and enjoy better flavor.

The Fun Of Sewing For A Granddaughter

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!

Blackberry Mistakes and Smoothies

We all procrastinate and make mistakes, although my husband often says, 'I thought I made a mistake once, but I was wrong!'

Choosing an Apple Tree

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.

My Favorite Season of the Year

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 Hope Chest

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.

Swiss Chard

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!

Sunrise, Sunset: A Love Story!

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.

Country Roads and Country People

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.

My 50th Blog Post

A blog documents your life, and hopefully entertains, encourages, or helps someone along the way.

Work Is A Good Thing!

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!

A Blarney Blog

When you are in pain and cannot do much, you can always recall memories of happy times.

Difficult Decisions

Giving up or even postponing what you love can be a difficult decision.

What Kind of Plan is That

Sometimes one wonders about why things happen as they do, but there is a plan here and there we wouldn't change.

Crocheting for the Future

I like to crochet something that will actually be used, so I am crocheting for my future great-grandchildren!

Planting for Our Vitamix

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.

One Task at a Time

The springtime workload can get overwhelming, but we try to stay focused and do one task at a time.

Saving the Old Chicken House

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.

Dear Friends

This building continues to serve us, even after it was razed.

Old Buildings

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.

An Outdoor Girl

The farm and rural community helped shape Erin for her future.

A Renewed Attitude

It is difficult to get in the planting mood in the deep of winter.

A Gratifying Accomplishment

Learning to install fence and harvesting our own cedar fence posts proved to be a very gratifying experience.

One Thing Led To Another

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 Upside Of Gooseberries

There was no way I was going to do the tedious job of preparing gooseberries for a crisp, but I discovered something better.

A January Blow

Watching the effects of the drought saddened us.

Nut and Other Trees

When you plant many trees, such as nut trees, you plant for the future.

The Story Of Our Orchards

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 Little Tractor That Could

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.

Dream Planning

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.'

Making Scrubbies

Making scrubbies is a fast and easy way to recycle and save money.

To Hang Or Not To Hang

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.

A Holiday Pie

We have an unusual holiday dessert tradition.

The New Weed

I noticed a tall, bushy weed just where Larry had cleared the thistles. What was that ugly plant?

The Weed Commissioner

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 Farm Cleanup Continues

The amount and type of junk would overwhelm anyone, but we persisted in the cleanup, and now our land is lookin’ good!

A House With History

It was a house that most women would run from, but somehow, I was blind to the mess.

Finding Land

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.

A Yearning for Land

We married young and moved to the city, where jobs and responsibilities to our four children choked out dreams of any other lifestyle.

We Are Homesteaders

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.