Category: Fearless Farm Frau

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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We survived the ‘Icepocalypse’

Happy New Year, everyone! Now that the holidays are over and everyone thought it was safe to get back to normal life as we knew it, apparently we needed a little more excitement. Remember when we were kids and snow days were something that happened seemingly without warning? Snowstorms usually started the evening before, accumulated like crazy over night, and […]

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Christmas decorations evolve

Well, my friends, it’s been another whirlwind year. From the Chicken Spring to the summer screen door blues, the Great Birthday Blowout to the defective cookie jar, I find myself wondering how on earth we managed to squeeze it all in. And now, all of a sudden, it’s Christmastime. I’m not usually one to follow fashion trends, but going through […]

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Does your cookie jar leak, too?

As I advance in age, I find myself realizing more and more often that my parents were right. “Take a jacket,” they said. “It might get cold later.” It usually did. If it didn’t, I did. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Funny, it never seemed to cut down on doctor visits, but it was a healthy, convenient […]

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