Saturday, October 15, 2016


Well, that's how it goes I guess.

As I've mentioned in the past, I was writing a monthly column for a family newsletter and it seemed like my creative juices kept me writing more for that and less for this little old blog 'o mine. But alas, ye old family newsletter is at an end (or at least on hiatus) so I suddenly find myself at a loss for words...Well not really. I'm just at a loss as to where to put my words.

And then I remembered my beloved blog. So here I am again.

When I started writing for the newsletter, I found it was sometimes hard to figure out what to write about. You see, the hard thing about writing about farm life is while each day is different to me, it's hard to write about it without it sounding repetitive to the reader. Or, even worse, boring.

So I struggled at first. For two years I wrote that monthly column and gradually, I found it a bit easier to find inspiration. Sometimes it literally leapt out at me (or, in the unfortunate skunk incident, ran under me) and sometimes I had to hunt, but I always found *something* fun/interesting/humorous/crazy to write about.

And now I'm in habit of writing things down because I never know what will strike me as good column fodder. I'm in the habit of producing a monthly column and I'd just started a puzzle feature as well. But my place of publishing is no longer there. I'm sad but I understand all too well how life has a habit of getting overwhelmingly busy and sometimes you need to stop something because of that.

So I'm back. I can't guarantee a daily blog entry. I can't guarantee a weekly one either. But I can say that now that I'm in the habit of writing at least once a month, I'm going to try and keep it up here.

I've missed my blog. It's like an old friend.

Sunday, June 12, 2016


The title says it all. I haven't written in months again and a large portion of that is due mind blank.

Cows got moved in May, kids are growing as fast as the weeds in my garden (which is suspiciously the wrong color of green-quack grass green to be exact), and I'm loving my lawnmower now that we did some landscaping so I've now got lawn instead of thistle patches and dirt piles. Hay is being cut/raked/baled/hauled/wrapped, corn is being cultivated, and if the level of milk in the bulk tank is any indication, there are large black/white/brown/gray animals being milked on a regular basis.

In short, it's life as usual.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Howdy, It's Been A While Hasn't It?

Sorry. Life has a way of taking up my time of late and I'm writing a monthly column for a family newsletter too that seems to suck up my grand post ideas. After all, I don't want to repost things that family are reading so it's hard to write without overlapping topics. Multitasking is not my forte and this extends to writing these days.


What's been happening over here? Not much. Just the usual. Same ol' same ol'.

Spring has apparently started to tippy toe into the area so we are playing musical parking spots. If we don't, one's vehicle needs to have 4 wheel drive capabilities to even think of moving in any direction other than down and even then, it's iffy you'll budge. So we're parking hither and yon in the dry-er spots in the hopes that Mother Nature will take pity on us and dry up our parking area enough to again park vehicles without digging ruts to China.

This also means the driveway is the usual grease slide, I'd be wearing rubber boots everywhere if I had a pair without a hole in them (it's #1 on my list to get next time I'm in town), and every vehicle in our fleet have turned to the oh-so-glamorous Muddy Brown.

Oh yeah, and the Electrical Gremlin that lives under the hood of my barn wheels has come up with a sorta nifty new trick to add to his/her repertoire. I now have automatic headlights-which is nice when one drives after dark but it's not so nice when you park because they don't turn off. The only way to turn them off is to pop the hood and unhook the battery cable. Fun. (Sarcasm there...)

Aside from that? We're busy. Tractors need tinkering, fertilizer needs ordering, seed needs choosing, cows need milking, houses need cleaning, kids need raising, laundry need washing, food needs cooking, and life needs living.

Like I said, same old same old.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Winter Shminter

After a little bit longer Fall (beautiful weather right into November), Old Man Winter came a'snowing. We've got the chilly wind, the cold snow, and even colder fingers/toes/noses.

But since we had the White Christmas I was hankering for, I'm not complaining...Much...

But I've got plenty to keep my mind off of the cold. Christmas came and went, the New Year rolled on by, and now it's time to focus books. Tax time is upon us if the envelope bearing our tax accountant's name that arrived in the mailbox is any indication. I'll be in a bookkeeping haze for the next six weeks or so as a result so there will be little time to think about the weather.

Then there's my vacations. I'm going to Florida in a few weeks and when compared to Brrrr-y temps of home, it'll be awfully roasty-toasty wonderfully warm. I'm thinking of sandy beaches with ocean views and sunshiney days. Daydreams and, once I'm back, all those memories are DEF going to take my mind off of snow and cold and ice...*sigh*

My next vacation arrives a month or so later. We dreamed about a hiking trip for over a year but lately, we've been thinking about postponing that vacation in favor of other options. Like Maine. In March...Seems counterintuitive to go somewhere with as much (if not more by the time we leave) snow as we have here if I'm looking to escape Winter but it'll be snow somewhere else so it doesn't count. *wink* Plus, if we head northeast, we'll be heading that way to see family and visiting ALWAYS makes you feel all cozy inside. :)

And finally, through my sis-in-laws, I discovered this ah-mazing little gem of a coffee shop in a nearby town that I will now be stopping at any time I'm in the vicinity (which may or may not be due to slightly manufactured reasons...:P) because it's that good. Nothing like a warm delish sandwich or a cup of oh-so-sweet mocha to warm a body up, right?

So there are my plans for keeping myself roasty toasty this winter.