Pioneer Spirit: A Message from Leafa.

 Leafa Numbers was my paternal grandmother. We had a chat this week. She was born in 1888 in a sod shanty in Kansas....more
I love this story, how magical it must be to listen to your Grandmother speak....more

NABLOPOMO - The days are too short... or, are they?

What do you wish you had more time to do each day? Now this is an interesting question, one that threatens to send me off in philosophical directions...I lead a busy life. Nobody who knows me would ever argue about that. The farm keeps me pretty busy, I write at least one book a year, I work as a freelance publicist, review books, lead workshops, give school presentations, perform as a storyteller, do occasional radio appearances, and, most recently, have started recording audio books....more

Glass Half Empty, Half Full, or Half Frozen?

Prompt: Do you see the glass as half full or half empty [on the farm]? I'm looking at my Iphone screen right now and having a serious glass half full/half empty moment: ...more

Missing things...

Sometimes I love living in the country, but other days.. Well, take the internet for instance, I haven't blogged for a few days because my internet was not working. We have satellite internet service and it's slower than dsl and at times frustrating. I'll type a post or try to send an email and then the connection is lost. Even on a sunny day. I hope satellite internet service gets better. I'm sure it will, but when it takes two days of trying to send an email to a friend from the East Coast, bad words come to mind. I'll stop whining now. Have a great day!...more

Hay part 2

Hauling hay was fun when I wasn't actually hauling it. It was nice to watch the guys doing it. Well, my husband comes in Saturday evening and asked me if I wanted to help. I didn't know what I was getting into. I know how to drive the tractor, but not use all of the levers and switches inside. My sweet husband rode with me and was showing me how everything worked. My husband is the same heigh as me (around 5' 9") but his legs are shorter. So, the chair was set up for him. My knees were bumping the steering wheel and it was bumpy out in the fields! I moved around 10 big bales of hay....more

Hey Hey Hay

Hey, it's hay time! We currently have no cattle, so we don't need our hay this year. So another farmer will enjoy our hay this year. My husband works a full time job outside of the farm. Actually, our farm is starting over from the ground up. Until a couple of years ago I lived on the East Coast. (That's a story for another time.) Anyhoo, another farmer mows, rakes, and bales the hay and he takes 2/3 and we get 1/3 of the profits from the sale. Pretty good, considering the other guy does all of the work!...more

When Life Hands You Lemons....

We've all heard that expression when life hands you lemons, make lemonade! Sometimes the lemons aren't exactly our own. Life is funny. You live one way for most of it and then age, circumstance or whatever sends you a giant curve ball and things change. That's when it's time to reassess and make lemonade! ...more

Making Lemonade...

We've all heard that expression when life hands you lemons, make lemonade! Sometimes the lemons aren't exactly our own. Life is funny. You live one way for most of it and then age, circumstance or whatever sends you a giant curve ball and things change. That's when it's time to reassess and make lemonade! ...more

Caution: Cows Ahead

From my blog Happy Hippie Homemaker "What is that?" Nora asked looking out the window.I answered absentmindedly. "I don't know, honey. What's it look like?""It's a big, dark animal. Like a beaver!"...more
giggle. Good dog! Moo!more