Category: Fearless Farm Frau

Getting through winter like an old wizened man would

Long, long ago in a land far, far away, a wizened old man lived alone in a little cottage on the moor. Some of the locals whispered that he was a wizard, but he himself would be the first to tell you otherwise. He just preferred his own company, and the visits of the local wildlife, to the hubbub of […]

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Bad decisions make good stories

If you had to describe yourself to someone else, how would you do it? Would you describe your looks, your heritage, your political leanings? Or would you strive more to describe who you are inside your skin, what makes you tick? Sometimes it’s hard to describe our true feelings and initiatives, to put those amorphous ideas into concrete words. But […]

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Even the cats are in the Christmas spirit

“Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” Well, of course the mice weren’t stirring. We didn’t have any. My mother was very proud of running a tight ship during my childhood, and mice simply weren’t tolerated. Plus, there was the fact that we lived in town, which in […]

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Finding some reasons to be thankful

I turn my SUV into the pasture and follow the hedgerow to the back. The cloud of limestone dust rolls lazily down the road as I pull up near hubby’s truck. I open the door and swing down into the tall grass and start walking. The dry grass crunches beneath my feet as I approach the bent figure chainsawing through […]

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Lots of action lately with the cats

Kid, petting the cat: “This kitten has fur growing between his toes. Why does he have fur between his toes? The other cats don’t have that.” Me: “I don’t know, but I do know that it has a name. Do you know what they call that toe fur?” Kid: “What do you mean it has a name? Why would toe […]

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Noticing the art of a passing train

It’s a hot, sticky August afternoon. Going outdoors is like walking into a wet blanket. Cicadas buzz into the still air. But I’m free. The kids are back in school, and I’m going to shopping all by myself. You parents out there know what I’m talking about—shopping without kids is like a miniature vacation. I hop into my SUV, turn […]

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Taking in the skies with the kids

Look, a shooting star! Quick, make a wish! For as many times in my life as I’ve scanned the sky looking for a shooting star, only to finally make a wish…I can’t really say as any of those wishes have come true. I remember wishing for a certain toy, a certain item of clothing, or even for a certain person […]

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Coming closer through the art of the road trip

Before this last week, I thought our family was pretty close. I mean, we share a major hobby, which we all enjoy to varying degrees depending on how sore we are after training. We communicate well with each other most of the time, at least unless the kids are hungry (which, let’s face it, is all the time). And we […]

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Embrace planning, then change

Plans are such reassuring things. Knowing where you’ll be, when you’ll be there, and what you’ll be doing, instills such a sense of security. Planning your life, from the daily grind to the years-long goals, can even give you the sense that you control what will happen. Sometimes, though, plans were made to be broken. Take yours truly for example. […]

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Sun came out, but not before the floods

“The sun will come out, tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there’ll be sun…” Yes, friends, back in the mists of prehistory (AKA grade school), yours truly was in a presentation of the musical Annie. To this day, I find myself singing some of those songs at certain points in my life. And indeed, the sun has come out. […]

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