Winter Work

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During our previous life before homesteading when we were doe-eyed and innocent, I thought that life on the farm would be idyllic and relaxing. “Sure” I thought, “A farm is a lot of work, but when the harvesting is done I’ll just hang up my work gloves for the year.”

I could not have been more mistaken.
Tree Falling.  Clearing for growth

    Here the trees are thinned to allow others to grow. Read More

Winter Blues

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When winter hits and the cold weather closes in, sometimes I wonder if our move to the country was worth it. It’s the little things that really get me down. I’m not talking about the hour drive to Eugene to get to the theater or enjoy some clothes shopping.  It’s just …

As I tromp in my mud boots to feed the animals, I miss sidewalks.

As I loose purchase on the clay-based mud and land on my backside, I miss non-slip surfaces.

As the storm clouds open and the fields get flooded, I miss city drainage.

Shivering, as I rush out to the woodpile and refresh the stove, I miss adjusting a thermostat.

Mostly I miss friends drop-ins, and sharing a cup of coffee and conversation.

Yes, I miss that the most.

Saucing Garden Tomatoes

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Tomatoes: Fruit or Vegetable?  I’ve heard it called both.  Either way, I love them fresh from the vine, dried with spices in oil, sauced,  or pasted.  Nothing tastes like summer more than a sun-ripened tomato.  So needless to say, tomatoes are a big deal around the farm.

By March seeds were planted and kept indoors by our south-facing window.  In April, with snow still on the ground,  the seedlings were taken out to our make-shift hot house.

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