Category Archives: life in the country

Morning Light, Mourning Doves and two thoughts about Profit

Sunrise this past Saturday.     Waiting for new tenants Sunrise on the plains Spring is stirring again here (finally). Waking up to the sound of just birds chattering satisfies something deep in my soul. This morning I could hear … Continue reading

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Eye Spy

This post is for you  Georgette …. Shaving horse I built this weekend out of reclaimed lumber to enable me to make some primitive items with a draw knife. If you were to have grown up in our home you … Continue reading

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Living close to the land, financial choices part 4

Sunrise on the homestead Today I met with another “picker” who was interested in several antiques I had listed on Craigslist. He ended up buying $288 worth of “stuff”. (This makes the 4th picker in 2 weeks.) Earlier this week … Continue reading

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Financial Choices part 2

One of the triggers that caused me so much financial angst a few weeks ago had to do with the propane (LP)  fuel we use to heat our farmhouse. It jumped from  $1.34 a gallon to over $5.00 in a … Continue reading

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My Dream House… An Earth Bermed House

We are giving serious consideration to selling our wonderful little slice of  peace and quiet in order to downsize and simplify our lives.   Want to buy our acreage? :-)  It’s not listed (yet) so if you’re at all interested, shoot … Continue reading

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Two Sets Of Jones

Or  how I became an ardent supporter of live music and the arts on a limited budget. _________________________________________ I stood among forty newly planted apple trees April of  2002.   All you would have seen had you driven by our place … Continue reading

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Living in a one room cabin, off the grid and beyond the American Dream

Milk Weed going to seed behind the barn ________________________   At the beginning of 2007, I returned to America after a decade of aid and conservation work in Africa and Latin America.  It was a rough homecoming.  More than simple … Continue reading

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Snow Day

I shot  Jason and Chris a text this morning: “Let’s take the day off since the stuff  is coming.  Enjoy a well deserved day off. We can  hit it again tomorrow.” I own a small construction company.   Jason and Chris … Continue reading

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Behind the scene @ Dinner for Threshers

Grant Wood’s Dinner For Thresher’s hangs  on our kitchen wall. One art critic said it was Grant Wood’s version of The Last Supper…  I can see that. :-) The latest issue of Our Iowa (regional magazine) gave a behind the … Continue reading

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The Ruth Stout Gardening Model

 View from our 2nd story farm house window I discovered the soil in my little “Ruth Stout” gardening plot  teeming with bugs and earthworms this morning.  Picked up a square of moldy hay and dozens of  crickets and other creepy … Continue reading

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