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A Fixer-Upper Farm

I remember the first time it hit me. I was standing on the back porch after a long day's work and all of a sudden reality set in. This is never going to end.Let me pause here and say this is not going to be a doom and gloom story. There's reality, and then there's truth. Reality is what gets ...

Music to My Ears

Every evening we get treated to the most wonderful music from the back of our acreage. If you don't already know, we have two and a half acres in the middle of the Central Valley of California.The foundations for this music were created back in December when Marty accidentally left the water ...

An Old Schoolhouse

Way off in a large field of scrubby bushes a herd of pronghorn antelope are grazing. One looks up suddenly at the sound of children playing. It's a rag tag bunch of boys with bowl cut hair and girls in pigtails. Some are very young and some are almost teenagers.There's a woman standing on the ...

Homesteading: Hard and Rewarding

"I love to garden." "I would like to build my own house." "I want to be my own boss." "I want to be self-reliant." "I want some peace and quiet." "I love animals." "I think chickens are neat." "I would love to have milk from my own cow or goat." "I want to live far away from the city." " I'd ...

There’s No Need for Language!

Marty and I were making the bed the other day. Some people say that people who make their bed right when they get up are more likely to be successful. I don’t know about that but in the middle of making it here comes, completely out of nowhere, a word from my childhood on the Iowa farm. I ...

Gramma E’s Stereopticon

The stereopticon and how the postcard is insertedAn example of a postcard How to look through the viewfinder Long before we had television and all the electronic-based instruments we now have, people had to entertain themselves somehow. Can you imagine that? Some learned musical instruments. ...

Easy Natural Bracelet Holder

Happy New Year everyone! Let's hope this an even better year for fun, learning and adventure!Let's get to it!Recently, I got fed up with trying to cram all my bracelets into my jewelry box. It just wasn't working! As a crazy old lady, I feel that it's my time to shamelessly strut my stuff and ...

A French Country Christmas

My husband's family has French on his dad's side just like I do. They have two recipes that were traditionally made at Christmas that I love, too. They are definitely not haute cuisine. They are substantial, hearty and made for hard work on the farm in winter. Neither one is difficult to make. ...

Gramma E’s Christmas Fudge

My wonderful Gramma E. holding my cousin.When I was a kid, every Christmas we got a giant box of goodies in the mail from my Gramma E. There was so much stuff in there we kids went nuts! Once she made Raggedy Anne and Andy dolls. Another time she made sock monkeys. Then, down in the bottom, was ...

The Right Dog

Sam relaxes in the sun by the creek.I volunteer at a local animal shelter. We have dogs and cats, pigs and chickens, horses and sheep. I think we even had an emu once! Every day people come in to look for their next pet, which is a wonderful thing. Unless you have a specific need for a special ...

Ouch! Roses and Fire Ants

In the Central Valley of California, my roses and I are subjected to hot summer temperatures, which leave both of us a little worse for wear. This past summer it was over 100 degrees for 70 days out of the 90 days of June, July and August. I know. I kept track. The bad part is this: when it ...

My New Litter of Pups

Here's one of our incredible sago palms near our front door. We have two big ones. This is the biggest. As you can also see, there's a lot of vegetation near the base. Those are the sago palm's children huddled up around the base of mom. Upon looking, I observed that I had some teenagers in ...

Growing Saffron

Photo by Getty Images/FotoCuisinetteI love to try growing new things. I love to grow the tried-and-true things, too. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, but I always learn something new. Recently, I started thinking about what new plant I could try that would work well for my climate ...

Dudley Do-wrong in the Garden

Dear readers, It's been a while since I've posted. I've missed you! I can only say that putting up a brand new homestead from (nearly) scratch is a lot of work. Especially if you have a day job like I do. However, things have simmered down and now I hope to post on a regular basis. I have so ...

My Dowsing Experiment

The two wires I held loosely in my hands quivered. As I walked slowly forward, they began to sway back and forth. In a flash they crossed and stayed crossed. I stopped and backed up a few steps. They uncrossed. A few steps forward and again they crossed. A palpable sense of energy was there, ...

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