Category Archives: life in the country

Better than Pumpkin Pie

Last Fall, during the busiest part of harvest, I still had several smaller pie pumpkins left over.  I hated to just throw them away  but I didn’t have much time to mess with them either, so after doing a little … Continue reading

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DM’s Coffee Fund

Kristina the Home Engineer (a fellow WordPress blogger and good friend) stayed with us this past week.   One of her acts of kindness was to set up a link to a Paypal account called “DM’s Coffee Fund” If you look … 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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The Hazards of backyard Hens

Posting this for a couple of my regular readers. You know who you are. ;-) Lest you think you’re the only one in need of “intervention”, here are a few recent shots from our place: Son John telling Jake he … Continue reading

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Thin Places Revisited

“Doug, I was wondering if you had any more apples that needed picking….I really enjoyed doing that last weekend, it was so relaxing.”    Message on the answering machine from our friend Marilyn      Later when Marilyn did stop out, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the approaching blizzard

As I write this, a blizzard  is barreling our way. 8 to 12 inches of snow, with sustained winds of 35 miles per hour with higher gusts possible. White out conditions.  Travel not advised. _____________________________ I LOVE blizzards. I really … Continue reading

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Living Simply in a stuff oriented world

“For me living simply surrounded by nature is invigorating, a natural tonic to help soothe the soul, an antidote for what so many people, surrounded by gadgets and material things, embrace as “modern living….     ” …..most people in the … Continue reading

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