Monthly Archives: March 2005

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Dare I say it? A piece fell into place today. I’m afraid of jinxing this little bit of good luck by typing it out loud, but with the run of bad luck we’ve had… Let’s just say I will not … Continue reading

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Welcome, Rudy!

Another new calf this morning! I was in the bathroom about 7:45 getting ready for work when I heard a strange “moo” outside. Having animals is about like having kids – you can tell more about what’s going on by … Continue reading

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Working the Plan

I spent a lot of time as a kid with my maternal grandmother. At almost 90 years old now, she was a newlywed at the height of The Great Depression. “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” is a way of being, not a … Continue reading

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Noon Scenes

Each weekday at noon I emerge from the confines of my office and make the rounds outside. Today is (finally!) a beautiful spring day, sunny and in the mid-60′s. Everyone seemed to be a good mood. I had my camera … Continue reading

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Happy Easter

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Free Range Pork

The piglets are getting adventurous! The backside of their pen is just general livestock fencing instead of hog panels and the squares are big enough for them to squeeze through. They run about as a group looking for things to … Continue reading

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Birds of a Different Feather

We had a few visitors yesterday afternoon. Three bald eagles were hanging out in a tree in our front yard. I couldn’t get very close before they flew away. In this picture there is an adult eagle in the upper … Continue reading

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Inspiration

There is an art gallery in our county – a rare thing in rural northern Iowa. Unionhurst Gallery is located in the tiny town of Toeterville, population 298, and features exclusively the work of Atlanta Constance Sampson . If you … Continue reading

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I struggle sometimes with what “tone” to take on this blog. It started out as a way to capture our journey in trying to build a successful, sustainable little farm. But it’s such a great way to capture everyday moments … Continue reading

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Sled of Death

From my office window right now I can see Olivia sledding. On the one hand, I’m a pretty laid-back mom. On the other hand I’m a neurotic worrier who always imagines the worst. If I have the slightest ache or … Continue reading

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