Some Good Ideas and Some Things You Should Avoid at All Costs: Lessons from My Summer Garden

This blog post might be more aptly named “Everything-I-took-photos-of-since-May-but-never-blogged-about-because-the-summer-was-too-crazy-and-I-wanted-to-look-at-the-sky-rather-than-a-computer-screen”. So here we are.  End of August.  Rain outside for the first time in months.  Oak leaves all over the lawn.  And I am coming to terms with the summer ending.  I am pulling things out of my summer garden and getting fall/winter crops going (a…

How to Make More Chickens the Old Fashioned Way: With Chickens.

I always have had a strong fascination with seeds and eggs.  These beautiful inanimate objects that create new life. When I was a kid, I loved to climb the apple trees at my Oma’s house and look in the Robin nests.  All those beautiful, small, perfect orbs that little baby Robins would come out of. …

Meeting my Meat: Reflections on Our First Rooster Butchering

If you eat meat, hopefully you are aware that it is not created in a factory and it does not originate in Styrofoam packages.  It was once a living, breathing, animated life walking this earth.  So if you are willing to eat it, you must be OK with its life ending for that purpose.  But…

Life: The Free Miracle

No, life is not cheap.  I know too many people who have gone through too many heart breaking losses to think that.  But life keeps going on and on all around us every day, without any intervention or cost, and we often barely notice.  If you have ever been there when someone has either been…