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When I Grow Up

Finish this question, "When I grow up...". I'm sure I'm not the only one that heard that as a kid. If you're like me, you may have more than one answer, or at least changed it a few times before you decided on one.My earliest recollection of being asked that was answering "President." Well I'm ...

Plum Tired

It happened that day just as it did almost every other day. "Mom," said 10-year-old Tristan as he walked in the door from school, “I want an iPod. Even Sophia in Grade 2 has an iPod." Cody echoed Tristan's sentiments. "I'm the only one in my class without a phone," said the 12-year-old. And ...

My Crochet Teacher

My husband and I have been married almost 30 years. As I type that number I look at it in something akin to shock to realize I have been a part of his family for that long – and survived! However, one of the best parts of his family that I was able to experience was his grandmother – or as ...

The Joy of Sharing Our Farm With Family

Dear friends,A fictional writer in one of prolific author Debbie Macomber’s books said, “Rarely did anything happen to him that didn’t show up in a book sometime, one way or another.” How true of us bloggers! Every time I do something new, or something interesting comes into my life, I ...

Pass It On

It's interesting to me, in taking this journey towards self-sufficiency, how many aspects of "going green" or being "organic" I learned growing up with my parents. However, at that point, it was just the way we lived because my parents were born to parents who went through the Great ...

From Stay-at-Home Mom to Hobby Farmer

If you asked me 20 years ago, when I was in college, what I would be doing 20 years in the future, farming was the last thing I would have said. About that time I met my husband, and he lived on the edge of a pick-your-own farm in New York’s Hudson Valley. We had the run of the place and ...

Santa’s Visit

More snow up here where I live, and I remember growing up and walking to school with my heavy old snow boots and a coat that was a couple of sizes too big so I could grow into it, and the ever present mittens. I still hate mittens! We would carry our good shoes to school with us and change ...

Breaking a Bad Habit

Just wanted to write to you about an experience I had as a child about an old outhouse. Seems after I got in bed every night I had to go to the outhouse. So, I guess my parents thought it was unnecessary every night as mom took me out before she put me to bed. Dad was a joker anyway and he ...

Invisible in the Outhouse

About 38 years ago we moved to a small farm in Arkansas. The "little brown shack" sat facing the highway. Our three-year-old son would go to the "potty" and leave the door open. I told him when cars passed the people could see him sitting there and he said, "No, they can't see me 'cause when I ...

Girl Nearly Falls in Outhouse Hole

When you asked for outhouse stories I immediately thought of my niece. In our outhouse we had two holes: one adult size and one child size. When two children went, one got the larger hole. I had the smaller hole and she was teetering on the edge of the big one when all at once down she went. ...

Editor’s Notebook

I love it when science catches up with my maternal nagging.When my children were growing up, one of my mantras was, “Eat your colors, kids.” I wasn’t trying to get them to nibble on their crayons, I was reminding them about their nutrition. I figured if I could get that one idea drilled ...

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