Category: Fearless Farm Frau

Small words, like ‘no,’ can carry big impact

Words are such wonderful things, aren?t they? From asking a simple question to receiving a succinct answer, to mellifluously meandering on the meaning of melodies, every word seems to have its own texture, its own flavor. Some trip teasingly off the tongue, others torturously torrent through your teeth. And the meanings, oh, the meanings. The various flavorings and nuance come […]

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Be grateful for things that really matter

All of the Halloween costumes have been put on the clearance racks. Everything you eat or drink can be ordered in Pumpkin Spice flavor. The Christmas decor has been up in most stores for a month. The leaves (and snow) have been falling. This can mean only one thing: it?s Thanksgiving season. Yes, that often overlooked, if not dreaded, time […]

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Green tomato jam a way out of a jam

As many of you know, I?m pretty good with snappy comebacks. Some folks even say I?m pretty punny. So, when someone asked me the other day which season is my favorite, I opened my mouth to deliver a quick bon mot. And there I stood, mouth hanging open, while the seasonal equivalent of a bar fight tried to brawl its […]

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Old farm buildings have stories to tell

I?ve been spending a lot of time on the road lately. For?tunately, I love driving. It gives me time to let my mind roam. I can see the beauty of the landscape, the clouds, and sometimes indulge myself in flights of fancy. Rarely do my trip memories involve full-length videos. More often they resemble a series of snapshots, moments caught […]

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Chickens, kids share similar attributes

I was sitting on the porch, enjoying a lovely summer evening. The breeze was cool and the sun was painting everything in a wash of sunset gold. Tranquility enveloped the farm. Suddenly, a horrific ruckus broke out from the chicken coop. No, none of my chickens are named Horrific Ruckus. From the sounds of things, Godzilla, King Kong and aliens […]

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Unexpected weather keeps us on our toes

?A year passed: winter changed into spring, spring changed into summer, summer changed back into winter, and winter gave spring and summer a miss and went straight on into autumn?.? ??Monty Python and the Holy Grail? Normally, sane people don?t equate Monty Python with anything close to reality. This year, it sounds fitting. As we all know, it?s been dry […]

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Not so hooked on kids fishing

I?m sure you?ve all seen the ?Take Me Fishing? ad. You know, the one with the happy smiling dad and kids, out for a day of fishing. To be brutally honest, I think whoever came up with that one must either not have children or assume that all parents are well-medicated. I love to fish. The sun on my skin, […]

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One more crack at incubating eggs

I swore I?d never do it again. I mean, twice is enough, right? The constant checkups to make sure development is proceeding properly, the checking off calendar days till the due date, the sleepless nights spent achieving the perfect temperature and proper position…and the breathless anticipation of impending new life. It?s just so stressful. So I did it again. I […]

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City folk have a lot to learn about food

Class warfare is an ugly thing. It seems like you can?t turn around these days without hearing how certain groups get preference, certain groups are discriminated against, or some groups are just plain evil because they don?t brush their teeth the way everyone else does. Heck, even reading this column, you can?t escape it. Well, folks, I?m gonna come right […]

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Prize pullet purchase at poultry ?museum?

It was a dark and stormy night when I sat down at my computer. (Aren?t all nights dark anyway?) The wind howled through the trees and clouds raced across the sky outside my window. Brrr. Enough of that. About a month ago, I came across a notice in my beloved Backyard Poultry magazine that a poultry show was planned in […]

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