The Assault and Battering Ram

The Assault and Battering Ram

The Assault and Battering Ram

First, let’s start with a couple of facts: Fact one:  I am not dead.  I’m not even ‘not quite dead’.  I know this contradicts rumors circulating through the ranks of my nearest and dearest.  However, they only think I’m dead, because, they haven’t seen me by the light of day for a couple of months.  The truth is my job opened up some overtime, and I’ve been taking full advantage. Fact two:  Every moment I’ve been free has been filled with farmy chores.  We’ve butchered chickens.  We’ve canned chicken, beans, tomatoes, and asparagus.  (I saved some chicken to do a

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Fridays at the Funny Farm: Murder in the Pantry Express

Fridays at the Funny Farm: Murder in the Pantry Express

I know someone, somewhere will find this story offensive.  However, I’m pretty sure it won’t be someone who lives in the country! Life in the country is wonderful!  Yet, it comes with a few unavoidable downsides.  One of these is the guarantee that every fall, field mice will decide their pantry is running low and the heater is on the blink.  So, they’ll venture into my heated home and fully stocked pantry!  Because of this, my pantry is populated by several million airtight glass jars. Normally, we don’t face the invasion until October.  But, recent flooding has driven the nasty

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Raising Kids: The Difference a Farm Makes

Raising Kids: The Difference a Farm Makes

I’m not sure how we managed it, but the spacing of our children set us up for Clash of the Titanic Parenting Battles!

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Fridays at the Funny Farm: The Fall of Woman

Fridays at the Funny Farm:  The Fall of Woman

If you have more than one child (or siblings), I’m sure you’ve experienced the oldest and most annoying game in the world!  Thankfully, my kids are past the age for this ‘entertaining’ game.  However, I noticed a friend’s boys indulging in a rousing round the other day.  Suddenly, I remembered my husband saying he used this strategy to annoy his older sister. I was struck that though kids change, they remain the same.  I mean they may live on cell phones, game systems, and computers, but a good round of sibling baiting gives joy and meaning to childish lives!  In

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Home Canning: Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

Home Canning: Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

Picture the scene!  Mom stumbles in at 10:00 am.  After a long shift, she’s wiped out.  Trudging up the stairs, she narrowly avoids a collapse that would send her sliding to ground level with her chin thudding on each step.

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What’s New On the Farm? 3×1=3, 3×2=6, 3×3=9…

What’s New On the Farm? 3×1=3, 3×2=6, 3×3=9…

I really hesitated when it came to writing this post.  I never want this blog to seem whiny or attention seeking.  However, due to an influx of emails, texts, and comments worried because of my ‘internet silence’, I thought I’d give you a quick rundown of the last couple of weeks. You know how ‘THEY” say trouble comes in threes?  Well, sometimes, it comes in multiples of threes!  In the last two-ish weeks:

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“Well, I couldn’t do that!” – Defending Our Choices

“Well, I couldn’t do that!” – Defending Our Choices

  If you make any unusual lifestyle choices, I promise you’ll hear this remark.  Sometimes, it’s made in a wistful way, as though the person wishes they could do whatever it is.  As if they really mean, “Wow, that’s wonderful!  I wish I could, but I don’t think I’m strong/clever/brave enough.”  Other times, it’s merely criticism masked as a benign statement.  Then, it really means, “That’s terrible! That makes you a bad person/parent.  I could never do THAT!”  On occasion, it means exactly what it sounds like.  “Hmm, that’s interesting, but I couldn’t do it.”

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Fridays At The Funny Farm: Mission Impossible Accomplished

Fridays At The Funny Farm: Mission Impossible Accomplished

Jonah recently had a birthday.  The Saturday before said birthday, we had the ‘Family/Family Friends Party’!  This is a very odd mixture of people.  It is also a mixture of very odd people.  I mean there are a couple of ‘normals’ thrown in to keep things interesting, but most of us are knowingly guilty of oddness aforethought.

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Filling the Pantry: Where Do You Shop?

Filling the Pantry: Where Do You Shop?

There are only two grocery stores within a thirty-mile radius of my house.  One is VERY expensive, and I’ve gone there exactly twice in the two and a half years we’ve lived here.  The other is a Wal-Mart superstore.  Wal-Mart isn’t my favorite place to shop.  Our Wal-Mart has poor quality produce and meat, but I tend to shop there once a month for staples, household goods, and toiletries. I try to work the rest of my shopping into trips to ‘the city’.  Since I work in a huge city located 80 miles from home, I have lots of options

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What Makes A Good Homesteader

What Makes A Good Homesteader

Fire and Ice.  Oil and Water.  Black and White.  Day and Night.  Seth and Jonah. My two older boys couldn’t be more opposite! Seth is fair-skinned, red-headed, blue-eyed, and fearless to the point of recklessness.  As a kid, before learning to swim, he jumped into the deep end of pools…twice.  The first time, age three and a half, I pulled him out and he said, “I wanted to see what the deep part was like.  I knew you’d pull me out before I ‘drownded’.”  He repeated the experiment at age four and a half.  That time, when I pulled his

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