Farmgirl School

"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." -Tolkien

I don’t know why I was annoyed that day, but I was.  I needed to go to the health food store in Parker.  Emily wanted to come along.  She wanted her boyfriend, Bret, to come along too.  However, he couldn’t get to our house.  He was seven miles east of our town at his friend’s  …

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Our landlord that owned the house was so sweet.  We were instantly drawn into long conversations every time we saw each other.  She wanted to come out and garden with me that first year.  She would come to the farmer’s market and visit with us that summer.  We loved so many of the same things.  …

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It was a lovely spot.  It was built in the late 1800’s in the parking lot at the end of the block but in the 1970’s was taken down and rebuilt at the end of four circa 1800’s store fronts.  Large windows with the cross window panes and old wooden floors, cracked and creaking, bead …

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It was not worth it for him to keep working in the field he was in.  Our lives were short, we realized.  There was no time to waste.  Even though we battled morally within ourselves about it, we gave our house back to the bank with our condolences and good ridances.  We gave the mini-van …

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We loaded the children up the first week of December in 2009 to find adventure and a new life in New Mexico.  I had already scouted out a few rentals in charming adobes for us and we were going to stay a week near the plaza in Santa Fe.  A week of rejuvenation is just …

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A long, long time ago in a magical place called Denver, two people met.  In a seedy bar.  It was not romantic in any way, nor was it a place one would imagine meeting their soul mate.  It was, however, a convenient place to work after my very small children went to sleep so that I could …

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Seed catalogues in the mail they come now every day. I sit with a pot of tea, four more months till May!   I pore over every page and circle everything. I make lists of what I need, I cannot wait till Spring!   Pretty purple cauliflower I must have some of them. Yellow, speckled melons, …

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I wonder what Laura Ingalls Wilder must have felt like at the end of her life.  To have seen the wild west as truly that.  To have only used candles, wood stoves, and root cellars.  Then to watch as electricity took the nation by storm, coffee makers and dishwashers plugged in, refrigerators and stoves.  I …

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‘Tis the beginning of the year and my eye for decorating seems to intensify.  The beginning of Autumn and the beginning of the year is when I start nesting.  I redecorate in the fall, but in January I have time to deep clean and paint.  My closet was cleaned out this week.  So many clothes …

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Delicious Italian risotto is an elegant dish to serve for dinner or simple and cozy enough to eat on the couch curled up in a blanket.  It is easy to make as well.  I am giving you the shortcut version, but not the too short cut version.  The too short cut version is essentially making rice with a little wine …

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