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Happy Halloween!

October 30, 2022

The kids don’t trick-or-treat anymore, and the costumes are hidden away in the attic. But we will carve a pumpkin tomorrow afternoon and light it tomorrow night because… …it’s still Halloween!  And for any sweet tooth candy hound like myself, it’s an excuse to eat candy like it’s your business! So that’s what I will be doing today, Monday, October 31.  Preparing for my trick-or-treaters–who this year will…

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Calling All Gnomes

August 21, 2022

It’s time for the fair! Once this hits your inbox, we will already be moving the cows in, shaking the flakes of hay out, and raking the alleyway for herdsmanship. Below is a piece I wrote years ago. It was prompted because one of the FFA leaders was looking for a garden gnome to complete their display at the fair.  The request gave me pause to think and recollect…

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P.S. Get in the garden

June 12, 2022

“In every garden, there is a depth, and planted just under the surface is a foundation of hope…” –Author unknown I dig, I plant, I water…I love it! It’s been a week of gardening, yahoo!  We have waited all winter for this.  And this year, we planted some trees too! Trixie supervised, and now we water, water, water, and water some more. Not much to say this week,…

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The Old Barbed-Wire Fence

June 7, 2022

It was a sweet, summer night, early in August. The air was perfect as the sun was beginning to get low in the sky. The call came in during evening office hours. The farmer had a down heifer, up in Northfield, and needed the doc to come up and take a look. Donna was the vet on call that night; I was 18.  Matt, the vet student, was…

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Laughing in Church

May 1, 2022

Dear Readers, It’s been a busy week!  Lacrosse is in full swing, the leaves are about ready to burst out of their buds and I think, by the time you open this article on Monday morning, there will be lilacs ready to be picked.  I do love this time of year, it’s so fresh. What I wanted to share this week, is just a little piece of a…

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Daylight savings time

March 13, 2022

Daylight savings time… …how I loathe thee. You feel like an archaic institution that has not yet been thrown out. Can we get rid of you?   Your presence means that I will wake up even more tired and grumpy than usual on a Monday morning. From my perspective, you mess everything up.  You wreak havoc with my rising time. I must wake to darkness with no sun to…

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A late winter walk

February 20, 2022

This morning on my walk up to the pasture, I heard Spring.  Birds… When I walked by the woods, I noticed the blue tubing was up — the sap lines were ready to receive and transport the sap run. In the air, a hint: The very faint smell of earth, gently nudged at my nose on its way by. It gave me an extra spring in my step…

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Basketball on a cold winter’s night

February 6, 2022

I love watching my kids play basketball. Every year, it gets more fun as they grow, change, and all of the kids get better and better at working together as a team. It’s a culture also, an institution of going to games every Friday night in the dark winter months.  Truly, it helps me get through the bitter cold. The games are about sitting in the same spot…

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The Routines of an Office Dog

January 30, 2022

This week, Trixie helped me put together a video for the Morning Ag Clips. She played with her toy squirrel in the office and tried fervently to work on a new trick with Margaret..but failed.  She got too anxious and started to bark.  Marg did not reward her sassy behavior. It’s very hard being an office dog.  🙂 But so special to us! She provides much-needed love…and daily…

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An old farmhouse in the winter

January 9, 2022

Anyone who has ever lived in an old farmhouse during the winter has a special appreciation for what it is to feel warm, inside.  🙂   In an old farmhouse, it’s about waking up to frosty windowpanes, and watching the curtains blow, ever so slightly, to the rhythm of the wind blowing in through the cracks in the casings. It’s listening to the sporadically rattling old storm windows that…