Tag: Rural Life

Monday Miscellany: 4-H, Back to Basics, and the Approach of Autumn Edition

And, we’re back. We spent last week — one that was at once both very long and very short — at the fair. The Small Humans finished out their 4-H projects for the year and have already begun planning again for next. Best of all, […]

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4-H: Not All Poop Scoopin’ and Shit Kickers

A few weeks ago I had tea with a friend from the city. Somehow we came upon the topic of 4-H — I probably brought it up as I am wont to do — and she said something that made me laugh. “People out there […]

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Little Things: Old Dogs Edition


Having a pup around this year has reminded me how valuable old dogs really are. It’s easy to take their self-sufficiency for granted, the way they just know what they should be doing and do it without being asked. I’ve found myself being more lax with them in their old age. I found all 190 pounds of farm dog on our bed yesterday afternoon, both of them curled up atop our quilt, snoring the day away. They were never allowed on the furniture before, but there comes a time when you see them willing to give their life for yours, their desire to serve even if their age puts limits on how effectively they can do so, and suddenly a little fur on the bed doesn’t seem so bad.

Five Little Things I Appreciate This Week:

1. Aging Mutts.

2. Classic Christmas Programming on TV. It’s just not the holidays until Rudolph graces primetime.

3. Hot tea.

4. Good Wine.

5. Small Towns.

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Miscellany: Seed Chatter, Sow Teats + Gratuitous Critter Photos

According to my editorial calendar I had intended to share a Cranberry Scone recipe with you today, and if we’re judging by the unused carton of cranberries in my fridge, that sounds about right. Unfortunately, intentions are not nickels. Because if I had a nickel […]

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