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Leah

Old Home Farm By Leah Old Home Farm consists of 40 acres that has been our family home for almost 100 years now. My father was born here in 1920, and died in 1997 about 25 yards from where the original house sat. We are four generations down now, as my son and his family live here ...

Summer Time Is Harvest Time

Summer is always the busiest season for me. Between grandchildren activities and the garden I have very little free time. Which is why my blogs have been few and far between. My daughter's children are all athletes so we have lots of summer games to attend. I find my time with them being ...

Life With Farm Snakes

I grew up in an old farm house, originally built by relatives who were not carpenters. There was no insulation in the walls, floors, or ceiling. A basement had been dug by hand, but was pretty much just a hole in the ground to give access to the under part of the floors where the pluming pipes ...

Guineas: That Great Speckled Bird

I love Guinea Fowl! When I was a teenager, Mom got the first flock for our place. It was a dozen lavender colored birds with white speckles. They raced madly around the place flowing together like a wave on the ocean. Almost immediately we noticed a difference in the pest population. Ticks ...

Things That Go Bump In The Night

I first heard it on a Tuesday night. I was on the porch around 10pm giving my latest bum lamb, Gracie, her last bottle of the day. Suddenly there was a feline screech just over the back yard fence. The woods come right up to my fence line and the sound seemed to come from just to the right of ...

Straw Bale Gardening

Every year I try a new plant as an experiment. It adds variety to my diet as well as tests the endurance of different types of vegetables. This year I went with a squash from Africa called Red Kuri Squash. It is supposed to be heat resistant (a real plus for our summers) and disease resistant. ...

Frontier Days

Rural schools in our area try to remind local children how our world has changed over the decades. Living here 20 or 30 years ago is vastly different to what it is now. So the schools bring together local craftsmen and artisans to show the children how their ancestors once lived. This teaches ...

Ozark Gold: Harvesting Morel Mushrooms

It is said that April showers bring May flowers. But that's not all they bring. For those of us in the Ozarks, the first few weeks of April have us scouring our woods for the elusive morel mushroom. There is nothing like it for flavor, and the hunt is half the fun. I've even heard it described ...

Easter Memories

Easter was Daddy's favorite holiday. It was always a special family time for just the three of us. Daddy enjoyed the other holidays, especially Thanksgiving, but we always had lots of relatives about and it got pretty noisy and crowded.Daddy was a quiet, rather solitary man who enjoyed the ...

The Ants Go Marching

Does anyone else out there have an ant problem? I am totally infested with the little guys. I used to like ants. As a child, my Daddy helped me make an ant farm with an old fruit jar and black paper. Fill the jar 3/4 of the way with dirt, find ants to add, put a lid with holes on the top, and ...

Be Stihl My Beating Heart

It is a widely acknowledged fact that the surest way to a man's heart is through his stomach. But there are other things that sets the old ticker to palpitating. Especially if he is a country farmer.First came the stock trailer. We had an old horse trailer, but it was narrow and difficult to ...

Splitting Tomatoes

I love gardening. It is peaceful, relaxing, exciting, and lots of hard work. Thankfully Greg does the lion's share of the heavy lifting, and physical labor. I do all of the planning, planting, harvesting, and tedious work. And there is nothing more tedious than splitting tomatoes.Every year I ...

Trails

In his book The Shepherd of the Hills, Harold Bell Wright referred to “the trail that is no one knows how old”. Growing up in the Ozarks myself, this passage spoke volumes to me because I had spent my life following trails. I whiled away many hours in the woods as a child and young adult ...

Roads Once Traveled

I have two best friends I've known nearly all of my life. One I met in 1964, the other in 1967.The latter came and spent the day with me last weekend. We packed a picnic lunch and set out to drive the back roads of our youth.It was a gorgeous sunny fall day and the leaves have finally begun to ...

Prince Albert

I love my chickens! I think that is a sentiment most farmers and homesteaders have. I've had chickens all of my life, and they have always been a source of great pleasure and entertainment to me.When I was small, I remember playing in the back yard making mud pies or building cities with small ...