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DJ Wilson

Kansas Breeze, Bees and Trees By DJ Wilson I was raised on a farm where organic gardening was practiced in the 50’s and still today. I rode before I walked and continue to love and work with horses. I learned beekeeping from my Dad – who also taught beekeeping for the Peace Corps in ...

A Glider Comes Home

I have fond memories of my husband’s grandparents. They lived on a farm in southeast Kansas. That farm was set back from the main road almost a quarter of a mile and, because it was located on a hill, the front porch was a high tower vantage point. From the front porch you could see any ...

Apple Juicing the Old-Fashioned Way

Dad planted our front yard to an orchard in 1971. I remember the year well because it was one year after I was married in that same front yard. The siblings were all a bit disappointed to lose the football field. There are about 100 fruit trees out there and, although there have been minor ...

Living History: Family Clocks

There are two mantle clocks in my family, one from the Honeyman side and one from the Powers side. The Honeyman clock came to me from my mom, and I remember it setting on the mantel of Grandmother Honeyman’s apartment that she shared, late in life, with her brother Judge Fuller. The clock ...

May Day

When I was a kid, we made the most of May Day. We would take a waxed Dixie cup, add a pipe cleaner as a handle, and then fill it with lilacs and spirea blossoms. These May baskets would be delivered to grandmothers and the babysitter. It was great to ring the doorbell and run! When the lilacs ...

Spring Update

It is interesting how time becomes warped as winter just goes on and on .... It is amazing to enjoy the first warmer days of spring. Everything is waking up.One of the projects I have been working on is reclaiming the greenhouse. Pat and I built this greenhouse for Dad about 10 years ago. It ...

Signs of Spring

As I write this post, the wind is howling and the wind chill is below zero. We have a barn full of does and kids that are doing their very best to cuddle up and stay warm. Two days ago I was in shirt sleeves and hauling horse manure around to fertilize all the flowerbeds, roses and jonquils ...

Early Signs of Spring 2014

As I write this post, the wind is howling and the wind chill is below zero. We have a barn full of does and kids that are doing their very best to cuddle up and stay warm. Two days ago I was in shirt sleeves and hauling horse manure around to fertilize all the flowerbeds, roses and jonquils ...

Kidding Season 2014

The days and nights are busy. Cleaning stalls, re-bedding stalls, making sure “kids” have indeed nursed, feeding any orphans by bottle, serving a cocktail to the does after they deliver and smiling at the antics of these cute little animals. Kidding season has begun here at Green Spot ...

Cinnamon Rolls With Odetta

Odetta was my husband’s grandmother. She and her husband, Jess, were “salt of the earth” influences for my husband and his three sisters as well as Helen, their mom. Odetta knew how to cook for people, and it was one of the things that she enjoyed. Many were the times that you would sit ...

Harvesting Liquid Gold

The fall honey harvest is the culmination of extreme effort for the bees that we are privileged to have on our farm. A single hive of bees can produce about 100 pounds of honey depending on conditions in any given year. The hive is made up of several types of bees. The following description is ...

Amazing Dedication

Chickens come in all colors, shapes and sizes. One of my favorite chicken breeds is the Mille Fleur. This is a Bantam breed with feathers that go all the way down their legs. Mille Fleur is translated Thousand Flowers. They are a colorful bird. We have a number of these little chickens on the ...

The Rough Out Saddle

All my memories of Dad on a horse include the rough out saddle. For many years one of Dad's pastimes was to break or train horses. At that time there was some money in horses and horse trading. Dad would go to horse sales or buy/sell/trade with other horse people. He was gifted with an eye for ...

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