A Rural Journal

I am a 53 year-old farm wife and mother of two grown sons. My union iron worker husband and I live in a 100+ year-old farm house in eastern Nebraska, United States. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, knitting, reading, cooking, hiking and blogging (which I've been loving since 2007.) We live on 80 acres of conservation reserve land in a rural county of about 20,000 people. We have three dogs, several farm cats, geese, ducks, turkeys, chickens and one guinea -- all of which keep me company and extremely busy. My blog is primarily a place to feature my rural photography, talk about what's happening on our quiet, lazy farm and to meet talented, friendly people from all over the world.


Perhaps one central reason for loving dogs...more

Beating the heat

Sharing with Weekly Top Shot, Camera Critters : : : ...more

Random 5 Friday

Wow -- with Labor Day on Monday, this week seemed to be rather confusing (what day is it anyways?)....more

Don't mess with a seasoned farm cat

There will be no mowing today -- got it? Good. (To say Gibbs is protective of her favorite perch is an understatement.) Sharing with : : : ...more

Something old, something new

This is actually the "something new" although it looks rather old -- how I imagine the farmhouse back porch would have looked back in say, 1908. Ah, the magic of photo editing. The "something old?" A past photo from August I chose for the following meme hosted by Kat at KatEyeStudio ....more

Tuesday Muse

I don't know about you, but I'm wondering what happened to Summer. Ffffft. Gone ....more

First Apple Pie of the Season

... homemade with our own orchard Granny Smith's. And having all of my boys here on Sunday to enjoy -- made every bite that much sweeter ....more

September: Let's begin.

Be willing to be a beginner every single morning. ~ Meister Eckhart ...more

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

This butterfly spent a good 10 minutes at my zinnia washtub planter by the clothesline earlier this week -- long enough to get some decent photos. The "tails" on this one are still intact -- I don't often get to see them in this form -- usually the tails have disappeared. This must be a young one -- a visual treat ....more

Random 5 Friday

Good grief -- she cleaned the windows! 1....more