Category: Fearless Farm Frau

Google Maps: adventure travel

Sometimes I wonder what we did before the Internet and smart phones. Sure, I remember having to negotiate trips to the library to find things out (since their reference materials were always more current than the set of 1978 World Books we had at home). I vaguely recall speaking to actual people to find out the best recipe for leftover […]

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We’ve made room for a loom

A monster is lurking in my living room. Its hulking, silent, wooden presence has overtaken an entire corner. Jagged metal teeth protrude at unlikely angles, steel wires mimic a forest of eyes, and its joints creak, clank, and groan. Stained ropes are tied to and knotted through it. My family and I brought it home and carried it in, piece […]

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Daughter takes on chickens

As parents, we tend to think we’ve seen it all. From projectile spit-ups to teenage pranks, diaper blow-outs to drivers’ ed, it sure feels like we’ve been there, done that, got the T-shirt. And heck, even if we don’t have a clue, we know that we need to act like we’ve seen it all, since kids are experts at finding […]

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Picking up important lessons

“Have some kids,” they said. “It’ll be fun,” they said. I openly confess that, even after major cash outlay into the “What to Expect” books (from pregnancy through the toddler years), I still did not feel adequately prepared for parenthood. It starts with the daily struggle to keep your children alive. Kids aren’t plants, after all, and take a bit […]

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Close encounter of a farm kind

It was a dark and stormy night. The air hung oppressively hot and humid over the prairie. Each breath brought with it a vague sense of unease, almost a primitive urge to flee before the oncoming storm. Stars glimmered feebly overhead, disappearing into the flashes of lightning from the fast-building clouds on the horizon. As our truck swept down the […]

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Adults can be silly occasionally

Act your age. Settle down. Be serious. Stop being so silly. Don’t do that in public—it’s embarrassing. Most of us heard these words (or others like them) often as children. And, as we aged, they somehow sunk in and became second nature. Or maybe they didn’t, at least for some of us. As I recall, my parents were pretty keen […]

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Life is unpredictable, isn’t knit?

Sometimes I look at my life and have to laugh at how much it differs from what I thought it would be. It seems there really is something to that saying about a butterfly in China causing a tornado here. Small incidents can indeed cause vast changes. If you would have asked me to knit you a pair of socks […]

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Real life is stranger than fiction

Is it real or fiction? Some people have extremely realistic dreams. Other people are extremely gifted at creating a work of fiction that seems real, but is entirely fabricated in imagination. And still other people seem to have the gift of finding themselves in real situations that seem stranger than any fiction or dream could ever be. I seem to […]

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Pet history reeks of mystery

Way back in the mists of prehistory, I remember asking my parents to let me have my first pet. Our cave—er, I mean house—had theretofore been pet-free, unless you count my small self as the youngest resident rug rat. My brother, the yard ape, was a bit larger than me, and didn’t particularly see the need to socialize with me […]

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Chickens will rule the roost

It isn’t easy being a chicken. Especially one of my chickens. I’m really glad they can’t read about those pet chickens that are so popular now. You know, the ones who have heated coops with padded perches, get daily gourmet meals prepared by a chef, and whose owners actually believe that chicken sweaters are a cute and useful item. Some […]

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