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Stepping Into the Shoes

I put on a pot of beans this morning, and as I let them run through my fingers as I "looked them over," I found myself thinking of my mother. How many times did she do this exact same thing in the mornings before starting her daily chores?And I realized I was using the exact same old tin ...

Meanwhile, Back on the Farm…

Things have been busy on Old Home Farm. Two sets of twin lambs were born last week. Mothers and babies are doing fine. I learned my lesson from last fall, and gave the mothers plenty of time to bond with the new arrivals. So far I have one ewe and three rams. Evie has yet to lamb (she's always ...

From the Fleece to the Loom

This morning as I was giving Everest, our ram, some water, I noticed huge chunks of his wool in the floor of his shed. It reminded me that this is shearing time for owners of wool sheep.For about 15 years we had Suffolk sheep. I loved them dearly. They were friendly, funny, and beautiful. ...

Cooking With Cast Iron

As you know, I love cast iron! It is durable, easy to clean and care for, and brings back warm memories of my childhood. I cook just about everything in cast iron.Last week, we had smothered pork chops and roasted asparagus — both cooked in cast iron in the oven. I fry, bake, broil, and even ...

A Walk in the Woods

Last weekend we had a really beautiful day! And as it was around the first week of April, we headed to the woods to look for Morels.As I've said before, our forty acres have been in the family nearly 100 years. At one time there was an old wagon road that crossed our property. It came along ...

Busy Little Bees

My daughter works at one of the local schools. The Kindergarten teacher there is a marvelous woman! As it is spring, she has planned some great activities for the children. They are hatching eggs in an incubator and butterflies from cocoons. She wanted to have a lesson about bees, so she ...

I Love a Rainy Day

I love a rainy day! Especially after the drought we've been experiencing here in Northwest Arkansas. Rain to the farmer is a mixed blessing. Rain means our gardens are watered, our ponds are getting filled, our pastures are nourished, and we can finally burn that brush pile.It also means that ...

A Reason for the Green

Saint Patrick's Day has come and gone. For those of us with Irish blood in our veins its a day to party and celebrate with everything green (including the beer, or so I'm told). I am not the party type. But Saint Paddy's day is a special day for me. It is the day I begin my gardening in ...

Getting Our Hands Dirty

March has arrived and came in like a lamb! Last weekend we began to prepare the garden beds for planting.In the past, we have always bought bags upon bags of dirt for the beds and containers, but this spring Greg decided he wanted to dig from my father's old garden plot. It has lain fallow for ...

Becoming a Real Sheep

Remember my bum lamb 'Baby Bea'? I am happy to report that she has become a 'real' sheep at last. It wasn't an easy process for her, and took some time, but she is now a full fledged member of the flock.I'm sure that you remember that Bea was born in October just before my birthday. The 1st ...

Which Way Did You Say?

A friend of mine asked me the other day where I had bought my guinea fowl. I told her there is a man who lives down the road from me who raises exotic birds and she asked me for directions. My reply was, "His house is at the bottom of dump hill across from the old McEntire place." "Oh!" she ...

Ghosts of Christmas Past

Christmas is upon us once again. It seems that only yesterday we were preparing for Christmas 2016. Where does the time go? As I get ready for the big day, my mind wanders back to all the Christmases of the past.Christmas is much different today than it used to be. The celebrations were more ...

A Hunting We Will Go

As I've said before, country people live by the seasons, both natural and man-made. Its hunting season here in the Ozarks. One of the favorite times of the year.I was hunting long before it was really acceptable in my neck of the woods for a girl to hunt. I grew up in the '60s and '70s, and at ...

A Typical Morning

Every morning as Greg leaves for work, the dogs and I have a morning ramble. It's good exercise for us all, and gives the dogs some play time. Our big dog, Beauregard, is a Pyrenees and German shepherd mix who would patrol the fence line of the entire 40 acres all day long if left on his own, ...

The Vanishing Icon

What is a farm without a barn? Barns used to be essential to farm life. A place of refuge for the animals. A place of storage for feed, tools, and a variety of other necessities. A place to sit and listen to the rain on the tin roof. A place of mystery and adventure for the farm kid. A place to ...

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