Tag Archives: History

The Good Gift

This will be short. Picture of our property in 1921. The young girl in the middle surrounded by chickens was the previous owner before we bought it.  Her name was Cecelia.   She never got married.  She loved cats.  Had over … Continue reading

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Success

Finally. I finally cracked the code on how to make thick, healthy yogurt at home. It happened on Wednesday. I’ve watched videos on YouTube, read multiple blog posts, talked with Nicole our neighbor who knows how to make it.  Had … Continue reading

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Amish Barn Raising Pictures

This afternoon these pictures of an Amish barn raising came across our Facebook feed.  As I scrolled through the comments, I noticed the photographer (Randy Fath) said he was fine with anyone wanting to share them. He didn’t have to … Continue reading

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Snapshots

Two years ago, my aunt Rosie gave me a cardboard  box of 35 mm slides she’d inherited from her aunt Annie from Germany. there were probably two to three hundred slides.    Most of the slides were taken before I … Continue reading

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Timber

Stand of timber just west of my parents by my buddy Jim’s __________________________________________________________ Wood heat. I grew up with it. My parents still heat their  farmhouse with wood,  and dad is 84. I love wood heat. I love everything that … Continue reading

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Wildness

Spent an hour and 1/2 moving wood chips with my brother’s skid loader yesterday. We had a thunderstorm sometime in the middle of the night.  I vaguely remember stumbling out of bed and unplugging the computer.  Even with a surge protector … Continue reading

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Grandpa and The Overton Window

I (DM) became a grandpa twice more in 2014. Inconceivable! How can I, a young man of 27  be a grandpa four times over??? Wife was asked to babysit with Kasen  Saturday night so I tagged along. Sitting on the … Continue reading

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