Fridays at the Funny Farm: The Great Skunk Kerfuffle of 2016

Fridays at the Funny Farm: The Great Skunk Kerfuffle of 2016

Fridays at the Funny Farm: The Great Skunk Kerfuffle of 2016

or  When Drugs Helped Me Learn to Get a Straight Story from My Slow Talking Texan Husband “Houston, we have a problem.”  I’m not sure I can convey the feeling of panic those few words conjure for me.  They form my husband’s pat phrase for problems of all sizes. If he wants a sandwich for lunch, and the pastrami is frozen: Houston, we have a problem. If the mortgage company accidentally takes the mortgage payment out twice: Houston, we have a problem. If the tractor won’t start, the lawn mower has a flat, or ‘someone’ forgot to turn out the

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Our Farmhouse Laundry Room Makeover (on the Cheap)

Our Farmhouse Laundry Room Makeover (on the Cheap)

Never Ending Love, Laughter, and Laundry I’d like to think, we all have those not-so-pretty places in our homes.  Those spaces that are purely functional.  Otherwise known as ‘the areas that home décor forgot’.  However, in some unfortunate cases, functionality and décor seem to join the cat and the spoon and run away together.  When that happens, we’re left with an ugly disaster, that can’t even get its job done. Enter my laundry room.  Actually, for the last couple of years, I would have said, “Don’t enter it!  Or, at least enter at your own peril!”  It was a little

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Sometimes, Farming Isn’t Fun

Sometimes, Farming Isn’t Fun

If you have livestock, you’ll also have dead stock.–Anonymous One of the reasons I started this blog was to share our weird crazy wonderful life.  However, I think it’s only fair if I share the heartbreaking along with the hilarious.  I think we get so caught up in the perfect families on Facebook, Instagram, and blogs that we feel their lives have something ours is missing.  So, in an effort at providing you with a more realistic view of our life, today were going to touch on a bit of the heartbreaking. I’ve told you before about our small flock

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Fridays on the Funny Farm: Weeing Pigs and Raining Hay

Fridays on the Funny Farm: Weeing Pigs and Raining Hay

…We Looked REALLY Redneck!

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Climbing the Beanstalk: Texas Red Beans and Cornbread

Climbing the Beanstalk: Texas Red Beans and Cornbread

There are certain foods that inspire debate.  New York is certain it makes the only ‘real’ pizza.  New England thinks its Clam Chowder is the only legit version.  I’m not going to enter into the whole BBQ debate! Heck, Americans can’t even agree on how to spell that one.  (Although, we all know Texas BBQ is the grand-patriarch of smoked brisket!)

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Climbing the Beanstalk: Cooking Dried Beans 101

Climbing the Beanstalk: Cooking Dried Beans 101

I mentioned before that Red Beans and Cornbread is more than just a staple meal in Texas.  It’s comfort food, but it’s also a clear indicator of a family’s finances.  If there’s ham in the beans, the family is sitting pretty.  If the ham is replaced with bacon, things are tight but manageable.  If there isn’t any bacon and we’re really broke, we add a little saved bacon grease for flavor.  If there’s no meat and no saved fat, those are ‘naked beans’.  Naked beans mean we’re worried about keeping the lights on and the bellies full.  We have eaten

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Fridays at the Funny Farm: The Definition of Futility

Fridays at the Funny Farm: The Definition of Futility

Bear with me, I’m going to be nerdy for just a second.  I promise it’s relevant later. Ralph Waldo Emerson has been quoted as saying metaphysics is “a blind man, in a dark room, chasing a black cat which isn’t there.”  For today’s post, allow me to go with the spirit of the quote, rather than the letter.  I say that’s the definition of futility.  After all, I think the futility of metaphysics was Emerson’s point. …I became the definition of futility! We have rabbits.  More specifically, we have a breeding trio of rabbits.  I like rabbits.  They are quiet,

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We Turned a Closet Into a Restful Retreat (and built a Desk)

We Turned a Closet Into a Restful Retreat (and built a Desk)

Flowers, Fairies, Tea Cups, and hiding in the closet

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Filling the Pantry: Worth the Effort

Filling the Pantry: Worth the Effort

  There are a few unfortunate facts I’ve had to face in life.  Facts like: I’m never going to be a size 2. I missed my chance to become a concert pianist, Olympic gymnast, or extreme climber. I’m never going to be a famous mezzo-soprano. If you have a farm, you have dirt. Typically, it’s in the form of mud tracked through the kitchen. Rosie the Robot is never going to move in and do all my housework. Until the day I shuffle off this mortal coil, my left knee and right shoulder are going to be better barometers than

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Fridays At the Funny Farm: The Oolie Goolie Swamp Affair

Fridays At the Funny Farm: The Oolie Goolie Swamp Affair

“Mama, I have your next Friday Funny!” Grace and I had a chat the other day about this week’s Fridays At the Funny Farm post.  She asked what I had planned.  I said, I’d considered either The Great Rabbit Roundup or Lambs: Tag You’re It.  She was afraid we’d eventually run out of hijinks.  I figure with three kids and a farm full of animals, we have a never ending supply.  After our chat, I went to bed.  (I’m a night nurse and a day sleeper.) When I woke, she greeted me at the foot of the stairs.  With barely

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