Farmgirl School

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

I know how the memoir will read, it will be filled with humorous stories that make the reader laugh out loud, and ones that make the reader’s breath catch and tears well, and ones that make the reader cheer, and want to visit our new farm.  It cannot be written yet.  Next year with full intention …

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Tank takes a “selfie”. Henry Higgins impressing the ladies. Buttercup enjoying the sun. Watermelons starting to dream of summer. Isabelle wanting more sweet feed. Signs of the season. Priya and Elsa playing together. Irene, Nellie, Sylvia, and Cleo taking a break from standing in their water. Six week old Priya playing among the sticks. Today …

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A few years ago I vowed to have a farm by the time I was forty years old.  I would put it out to the universe and God and watch it transpire with hard work and quite a bit of blessing.  In forty eight days I will be forty years old.  Bummer, no farm.  My vision …

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Wouldn’t that be a fabulous exclamatory sentence?  “For the love of ducks, get in here!!”  I might start using that. I have been talking about getting ducks for years.  I have researched them and coveted them.  Nancy had some ducks this year that she inherited.  They were called Chocolate Runners.  They looked like Walt Disney …

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If you were driving down the Kiowa-Bennett Road you might be distracted by the thoroughfare as it zips across the country, the rising speed limit sign ahead.  But, if you were to look quickly to your left before leaving the town you might startle yourself wondering if you just saw what you think you saw.  A puppet?  …

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I am inspired by so many things and people.  From the Amish countryside to the Tuscany hills, there are people and principles there that appeal to me.  Perhaps the aspects that I so desire are the same. I am inspired by simplicity.  In having few material items.  More meaningful open spaces that are easy to care …

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Pop quiz!  Who is the best guard animal here at Pumpkin Hollow Farm? a. Bumble the greyhound b. Henry Higgins the rooster c. Aretha the slightly off chicken? Our new neighbors were a little worried when the alpacas came to live in the back yard.  They were concerned that their dogs would never stop barking.  …

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Well, the cat’s water in the room behind the kitchen only has a thin layer of ice on it this morning.  It’s warming up!  Folks, can you believe how cold our country has been this last week?  When the wind chill hit -23 I was pretty certain I had been transported to the North Pole …

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Most of you have read about our adventures with two of the most adorable goats (on the couch) that God ever put on this earth.  Less cute running down the street and through the fairgrounds and hanging out at the neighbor’s house.  For six weeks we bottle fed, adored, cuddled, cussed under our breath, and showed off …

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To the tune of “Christmas is Coming”: The alpacas are coming the goats are getting fat. Please put a penny in the farmer’s hat. If you haven’t got a penny, then a glass of wine will do, if you haven’t got a glass of wine, then God bless you! Tomorrow we go meet the alpaca …

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