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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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Sun Dog

Sun Dog 1-24-19 (Took that at sun set last night). ++++++++++++++++++++++ I love winter. ( I really do). It gives me a chance to do things I normally don’t have time to do when I’m building houses. +++++++++++++++++ Writing 80% … Continue reading

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Back To Eden

Eden:  Paradise The garden where according to the  account in Genesis Adam and Eve first lived   A place of pristine or abundant natural beauty.   The scent of  freshly ground wood chips is still on my fingers. I stumbled … Continue reading

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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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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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The Native Americans called it…” this is the place”

The Ioway called this place, “this is the place” or beautiful land I call it home. In the Winter, things slow way down…. Cornstalk bales just over the hill to our east Wild turkeys strutting in our driveway Asparagus going … Continue reading

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Ruth Stout

Take a moment to watch this clip…. _________________________ That video  was  rumbling around in my head   last night  while I was sitting next to the produce department @ Walmart waiting for my wife. All of those beautiful, multicolored, textured, near … 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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Gardening and Depression

Once in a while I will re-post something on the blog that catches my eye. This is one of those article.  You can find the original article    here DM ______________________________ While mental health experts warn about depression as a … Continue reading

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