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Month: June 2017

2017 Ruminations: Six Months In

2017 Ruminations: Six Months In

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but 2017 is already half over! This year is flying by, and as I think about these last 6 months I’m realizing that we’ve crammed a lot into that time. I’ve also been ruminating over our goals and considering all the things that we set out to do. I shared some of our goals for 2017 at the beginning of the year, and I wanted to share on the progress we’ve made on them….

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I’m All About the Goats

I’m All About the Goats

It always seems to me that most guys are all about fast cars, professional sports and toys – you know, boats, four wheelers, snowmobiles, that kind of thing. Frankly, I dislike cars for the rotten money pits that they are (I’ve more than once said that I was going to switch to using horses, and in the heat of the moment I’m not sure I was kidding.) Though I have enjoyed recreational activities like boating I’d rather spend the time paddling…

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Trimmed Bonnets & Greased Shoes

Trimmed Bonnets & Greased Shoes

The question was recently posed to me: If Friday [payday] came and money was no object, what would you get for yourself? The only thing that I could think of was a cream separator*. That made me realize 2 things; firstly, I must be a farmer’s wife, and secondly, how blessed am I? A few months ago I did have a long list of all the things I wanted.  But I had let the “Things I Want” list masquerade as…

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Strange Conversations

Strange Conversations

We’ve had a lot of strange conversations since we started living here. So strange that it would be hard to explain to someone from the outside looking in. Conversations that I couldn’t have ever imagined having. So for your entertainment, here they are:   Rachel: What do you think the leash laws are for goats in town parks? Steve: Umm, there probably aren’t any.   Rachel: (spinning) You know, there are people who spin the fibers that they get from…

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Eating Crow – I Mean, Duck?

Eating Crow – I Mean, Duck?

I have to admit, the ducks have grown on me. So much so that now I feel compelled to write about the superiority of ducks over other barnyard fowl. I suppose most of it has to do with the fact that we now have Silver Appleyards rather than Cayugas. Silver Appleyards lay more, and they’re far quieter than the Cayugas were. They’re just as messy, but that’s forgivable considering the number of eggs they supply us with and that they’re…

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