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The Barn Gets a Whole New Front

Dear readers, The men were determined to save the barn the fall of 2011, so soon after finishing the north side, Larry made three more trips out to the farm to work on the front. Oh, how those “Nebraska Through The Lens” people would have loved the above photo! The other three sides ...

To Hang Or Not To Hang

Dear lovers of sustainable living. I remember when my parents bought their first clothes dryer. Mom was elderly and had a shoulder problem, so it was a real blessing for her to not have to hang clothes anymore. I always loved my reliable Maytag dryer, which got much use while raising our four ...

A Tribute to My Mother on Mother’s Day

I think of my mother and mother-in-law more and more as I get older, whether I want to share something we are doing at the farm, or wishing I could ask them questions. When Larry and I process sweet corn or do any canning, we wonder how they did it all, often by themselves and with little ...

Nut and Other Trees

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in.” Greek Proverb. Dear readers, I hope you read my last blog about our fruit orchards, or at least looked at the many pictures of the beautiful trees and fruit. This time, I’m going to tell you ...

Using Your Material Stash to Make Hot Pads

Dear friends,I had so much fun taking homemade gifts to my friends at Christmas luncheons this year, and I want to tell you about it.Last December I posted about making hot pads out of old jeans for presents.You may want to go to this link for my tutorial as it seemed to be a hit.This ...

Making Hot Pads For Presents

Dear Friends,Doesn’t the word, homemade, make you think of a creative, resourceful person? I have always wanted to be that person who could make Christmas presents that were actually practical and appreciated, but the truth is, you need to start way ahead of time or it most likely won’t ...

Mary Conley

Old Dog, New Tricks By Mary Conley When my husband Larry and I were in our late sixties, we purchased 20 acres, which we proudly refer to as our farm. Much to our city-raised children's surprise, we became consumed by this new life, spending the week working our regular jobs and the ...

Using Ice Cube Trays

Dear friends,I hope you haven't thrown away those old ice cube trays. You may have used them to freeze coffee for iced coffee, or cubes of juice for punch. My favorite is to use the trays for vegetables. For example, I like to run zucchini through the blender and then fill a tray. After the ...

Overlooked Local Sites

Dear friends, Have you noticed when on vacation, we are interested in everything, including listening to the tour guide's stories, and reading all the signs, plaques, memorials, and historical markers? But, do we have the same interest locally? How many times have we driven past a historical ...

Uses for Cotton Bowl Cozies

Dear Friends,I'm excited to tell you about some fun I had over the holiday season with a new sewing craft I discovered. In the late fall, my husband, Larry, and I went to a huge craft show to see our friend's photography booth. While there, we scouted the whole place to see what was and wasn't ...

Denim Rag Bedspreads and Pocket Pillow Shams

Dear Friends,Once upon a time, many, many, many years ago, I decided to save all our worn-out denim jeans. I had some here and there in sacks in our attic, but eventually found a tall box, and continually added to it until the box was overflowing. I am now 74, and suddenly got in the mood to ...

Harvest Festival: The Cornucopia of Fall

Dear friends,When I was growing up, our small town of Washta, Iowa had fall harvest festivals to raise money for the Methodist church. I remember the first time I attended and the excitement of the evening. However, while the grownups were probably interested in all the donations and money ...

The Abandoned Farmhouse

Dear friends,I may have mentioned before that our hobby farm consists of a house surrounded by a barn, other outbuildings, and a little land cut off from the rest of an old fashioned farm. We were told there was a time when you could drive down our road and see many such places. A farmer and ...

Carrot Time Fun Time

Dear Friends,I know. This is the third post I've done on our garden this season. I can't help it. I've had somewhat of a garden many times, but I've never had such a beautiful, complete kitchen garden like this one in my whole long life! It is such a delight to go to it almost daily and pick ...

Mulberries

Dear friends, We have mulberries! Yes, wonderful mulberries! I'm not talking about the wild mulberry trees in our lower pasture, under which Larry has often stopped the tractor, while mowing, to eat his fill. Then he comes home with stains on the seat of his pants, where the berries have ...