Category Archives: A-frame in a flood plain: homesteading in unusual circumstances

April 13, 2013: The Home of Country (Life) Music(?)

In the last few weeks, I’ve been struck by the many humorous and incongruous situations that living in the country affords, and I wanted to set poetic descriptions of them to music for your entertainment. I’m having trouble picking one … Continue reading

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March 19, 2013: Mighty Muck and Beaver Boy

I am Mighty Muck, fearless facer of bodily wastes of all kinds. Intrigued now, aren’t you? Now I know the first thought on your mind during Spring Break is “Can I please take a multiple choice test about poop?”, right? … Continue reading

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Feb 26, 2013: cold slushy hope

It’s cold. It’s wet. We’ve gotten multiple layers of snow that hasn’t stuck or frozen, so we’ve got slush everywhere. We’ve got cloud cover and rain and hail and heavy winds and… Can I sue the groundhog for false advertising? … Continue reading

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Jan 6, 2013: out with the old junk, in with the new junk

After several of our ducks were killed by raptors in the wee hours, and our neighbors reported a burglary, we decided to significantly upgrade our security in two ways: 1)by replacing our ground-level doors that are cracked and old and … Continue reading

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Feb 10, 2012: Basking in the mud of it all

You know, sometimes you just have to marvel at all the mud in the world. I mean, 70% of the earth’s surface is water, and most of the rest is dirt, right? It’s no wonder sculptors and architects and little … Continue reading

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Dec 16-30, 2012: The respiration date

Confusing title? Lemme ‘splain. Food has an expiration date, when it ceases to be safe to consume. People have an expiration date in a different sense, when their bodies stop functioning, and we call them dead.┬áBut rather than an “expiration” … Continue reading

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Dec 9, 2012: It’s the most stre-ess-ful tiiiime…of the year

I love the transition from fall to winter for many reasons: bowl games on tv, Christmas music and lights, unusual kinds of food everywhere, and more reasons to never visit the ┬ámall, but what I love most is the stark, … Continue reading

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Nov 25, 2012: Forced Family Fun

Take dozens of relatives from all corners of the globe, with different schedules, tastes, styles, and vocabulary, mix in tight company when all are tired/hungry with some extended Scripture readings and hymn-singing before anyone is allowed to eat, and call … Continue reading

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Nov 18, 2012: One even, one odd, one end

We saw a hawk attack one of our ducks early in the morning this week, and we saw our cat scare it away. I never thought I would be cheering for a cat…sorry, Pastor Craig. However, the hawk returned the … Continue reading

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Nov 11, 2012: Sorcery and sudden puddles

“Sorcery and Sudden Vengeance” is the title of a chapter in C.S. Lewis’ Prince Caspian, part of the Chronicles of Narnia, for those curious about the title. I care about these things, so I want to satisfy the curiosity of … Continue reading

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