A Cat and Mouse Game

What is a farm without cats to catch  mice? Once we stared raising animals, which meant storing grain,  I quickly changed my  perception of the  little, cute creatures. I no longer cringed at the thought of our cats hunting  them down and slaughtering them.  Mice eat grain. Mice make nests and shred grain bags. Mice droppings are messy, their urine stinks and no self-respecting farm animal will eat  contaminated grain....more

Canada Day , July 1st: Time to Toot Our Own Horn Again

As Canada Day celebrates its 147th birthday, I celebrate Canada’s triumphs. Next to the United States we might seem insignificant but remember,  looks are deceiving....more

“Don’t Worry Sir; My Boyfriend is Like my Trampoline.”

One of the disadvantages of a large family is that the younger children are exposed to pop culture via  their older siblings.A prime demonstration of this phenomena was during ’circle time’ in kindergarten. Sometimes the teacher encouraged the children to sing a song, expecting to hear something like “Twinkle, twinkle little star”. She did not get that sort of song from my youngest two.children . This teacher laughed with amusement as she told me what my offspring sang for the other five-year olds....more
TheBlackTortoise my youngest is never at a loss for words..usually delivered with flair and humourmore

Choosing to Laugh Instead of Cry

Every single time Michael, my husband, attended a conference or left for a long weekend, something went wrong on our hobby farm. ...more

Dogs With Personality Disorders?

Were we crazy to keep theses canine misfits? Definitely. Perhaps only a family with nine kids, pets, farm animals and surrounded by wild animals could cope. We often took in animals, usually dogs, who were suffering in the city....more

Finding Joy in Chaos

“Welcome to OUR home. We love kids, animals, plants and even you. Just come on in!”...more

Horses and Bicycles. Yup, It Was Horses and Bicycles

Have you ever tried to catch an animal that does not want to be caught?...more
Linda Anselmi  laughing, it was quite the scenemore

Mental Kung-Fu.

My family’s word for over thinking is Mental Kung-Fu. Try saying it and soon you will smile at the image of  thoughts wrangling with each other. Soon a smile turns to soft laughter and Laughter cuts through our  anxiety because...more

Listening to God: CHILD’S PLAY -March 27

 We all have an awareness of good and evil or a conscience, even the smallest child.The problem is tapping into and living out from my core where God has inscribed a moral code on my heart. It is hidden in my deepest self. Actually, if we can block out our own ego and selfishness, and simply stop and listen, even a child knows what is right and what is wrong. In my experience, children are capable of the highest moral action, acting purely from a heart full of love....more

Let Me Guess: Daddy Dressed Her

 When a writing prompt asked what was the weirdest thing about my health, the question stumped me until I realized that my good health is weird; I mean, I had nine kids but I am tiny with the best good cholesterol my doctor has ever seen and such low blood pressure that if it was any lower I would drop dead. not one but three doctors have repeated the same words. This good health is a pure gift....more