Category: Fearless Farm Frau

Good times in New Orleans

Some of you might know the old Duke Ellington tune “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” Little did I think that the title applied to me. I mean, I get out. I go to McPherson for errands, I’m in Hillsboro several times a week, and sometimes we even get to Wichita for special occasions. I’m no stranger to larger metropolitan environments, […]

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Double-digit ‘blowout’ party

When you talk about parties, you’d usually associate the term “blowout” with a full-on, adult bash. You know the type—loud music, adult beverages, the whole shebang. It’s not usually something you’d associate with a 10-year-old’s birthday party, but that’s what we had. To be honest, if you’d have asked me 15 years ago if I’d even have kids, let alone […]

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Farm living grows new ?sense?

Most people understand the idea of common sense. After all, cause-and-effect is a pretty basic concept. If you put your hand on a hot stove, it?s going to get burned. While some things are obvious, sometimes it takes living on a farm to teach you some exciting new ones. And, me being me, I?ve learned them the hard way. I?ve […]

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Our chickens aren?t pampered

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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Chickens face challenges, too

It ain?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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In this rough world, don?t forget the good

I find myself having some trouble getting into the Christmas mood this year. Somehow it just seems wrong to sing ?White Christmas? or ?Let It Snow? ?or most Christmas songs, for that matter?when you?re walking around in short sleeves and soaking up sunlight. As a kid, it always seemed that Christmas was the bright snowy time that one looked forward […]

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Keeping pace with the munchies supply

The weather has been remarkably cooperative recently, so we?ve been trying to catch up on all of those outdoor projects that, just yesterday, it seemed like we had all summer to do. Of course, in the midst of all of the added activities, some things seem to slip through the cracks. Plan?ning birthdays and holidays around chores, or vice versa, […]

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Storm has passed, but not the craziness

I?d say it?s been a quiet month, but you?d have to take it with a grain of salt. Of course, compared to last month and the microburst that hit us head on, just about anything is quiet. We?re starting to whittle down the piles of limbs (ha!), we?ve located the chickens, and fixed the horse fence. I?ve been gunning for […]

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Sometimes we need to depend on others

When we?re young, most of us can?t wait to grow up. We?ll know everything there is to know, and we won?t need help or permission to do whatever we want to do. We spend our childhood, teenage years, and even most of young adulthood, chasing the elusive specter of complete independence. If we do this one more thing, we think, […]

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Memo to spiders: Let?s try to get along

Have you ever looked at your calendar and gone into instant denial? No, it can?t be today, it was only June yesterday. Maybe I should run out and accost someone and demand to know what year it is. This summer sure has gone cruising by. What with swimming, county fair and school shopping, fall seems to be sneaking up on […]

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