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The Old Bird Feeder

There's an old bird feeder that sits just a few feet away from my kitchen window. It was built from scrap pieces of wood and shingles about 20 years ago. It's seen better days and really needs to be replaced.Photo by Fotolia/kelenyThe wild birds, however, don't seem to mind. They flock to it ...

A Long Three Weeks

As I write this, we have made it to February. Looking back on the first month of 2016, I have realized how much I have come to depend on a computer and wi-fi a little too much. It took the library closing for three weeks for it to really sink in.The new year came with great news for the ...

Dealing with Cabin Fever

Christmas and New Year's have come and gone. New Year's resolutions have been made and broken. Snow has fallen on a lot of us. Some have gotten more than others. The snow here has melted, but it's still cold. So I'm still left with trying to fight cabin fever.During the early mornings and ...

Winter Outside

I openly admit that I've never liked cold weather. Give me a nice 50-80 degree day and I'm happy. Of course, being an amateur photographer, I won't pass up the chance to go out and capture the season with my camera.There's something about ice and snow. The way the sun shines down on it, I see ...

Christmas Lights

It's now that time of year again. The Christmas season is now upon us. I don't know about anyone else, but around my home town, the Christmas decorations and Christmas trees goes up earlier every year. It all goes up before Thanksgiving. The stores have holiday stuff on the shelves along with ...

Bath Time

Bath day for Jake.Jake and I have a ritual that we go through once a week. Jake hides from me when I want to give him a bath and I attempt to lure him out of his hiding place to give him the bath. Who knew it would be so challenging at times just to get a small dog into a tub?Jake thinks that ...

Lessons from Grandpa

My Grandpa Boone had a way of making learning fun. Looking back, as a four year child, I didn't realize that I was actually learning anything. I just knew that I was having fun with my grandpa.Whenever when we were driving and had to stop at a railroad crossing, the "train game" would always ...

My Pets Puzzle Me

I've spent my entire life around pets. Dogs, cats, horses, a parrot just to name a few. Even though I may not remember all of their names, they all share one common bond. They weren't just pets, they became a part of the family.Recently, I got to thinking about the sleeping habits of pets. ...

Changing Seasons

The leaves are starting to change color at the family farm.Each changing season is another chance for Mother Nature to use her own set of watercolors. With each season, brings a different set of colors. I can't say that I have my favorite season, simply because I know that I can always catch ...

Combines

It was quite a day during one fall day in the early 1980s when my Grandpa Roe had a Massey Ferguson combine delivered to the farm. One of grandpa's older brothers, Glen, stopped by to look over the new purchase soon after it arrived.I couldn't have been much older than five or six at the time ...

Halloween Memories

My favorite holiday comes at the end of October, Halloween. It always has been since I was a young child. It beat out Christmas and my birthday, which ironically, happens to be four days before Christmas. The first Halloween that I can remember, I dressed up as a witch. My last trick or treat ...

Overcoming Worn-Out Shoes While Moving West

My great-grandmother and great-grandfather came to Missouri from Tennessee in a covered wagon.Great-grandmother pulled off her shoes and walked barefoot behind the wagon, to ease the wagon weight for the oxen and to save her shoes. She would put on the shoes to walk over the roughest spots.But ...

Second World War: A Kind Mailman in St. Joseph, Missouri

During the second World War while my brother was fighting in North Africa and Italy, my mother made sure she got a letter in the mailbox every day for him. Our home was on a side road, one-quarter of a mile from one crossroad and three-quarters of a mile from the other. Although a mailman went ...

Border Warfare Forces Family to Flee

When the border warfare between Kansas and Missouri broke out, it became necessary for my grandfather and grandmother to leave their home because Grandfather had spoken his views too freely and had made enemies. In fact, he had to remain hidden to save his life.One night, they put a cover on ...

Railroad Stories: Katy Railroad Ran Through Farm

Most of my life has been spent living on a farm between Matson and Defiance, Mo., which are two small towns about two miles apart. The Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad, also known as the Katy Railroad, ran through our farm. The lower part was our farmland and the upper part was hills and ...

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