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Memorial Day Weekend in New Hampshire

May 29, 2023

Memorial Day Weekend in New Hampshire. Nestled up near the Canadian border, Pittsburg sits unassuming.   It’s crufty, worn, and strong like the old barns that dot its landscape.  The old barns are a nod to the farming landscape that used to be abundant, vibrant, and thriving as a way of life. Every year I get to trek up to this country. I think about the family members I…

Travel

The Role of Mother

May 14, 2023

15 years ago, being a mother was doing tubs in the kitchen sink and then tucking three little boys into their beds every night.  Now it’s a “Mom, I am home” at 1 in the morning after they have come in from being out with their friends. I think about all the days I balanced a child on my hip while I made supper or filled sippy cups…

Lifestyle

I Have a Royal Confession to Make

May 7, 2023

I have a royal confession to make.  I am a card-carrying royal watcher.  I receive notifications from People Magazine about the latest going’s on at the palace.  And I OWN IT!  (please don’t think me pathetic) This “interest” goes way back to when I was younger and visitted England.   I can’t help myself!  All those jewels, fineries, and stories, oh, the scandals! So, of course, I tuned in…

Perspective

No one understands, like a dairy farmer…

March 5, 2023

The decision has been made, and a deep sadness permeates everything. There are visions of what life will be, how life will feel.  Emptiness. The last headlock clanks, and the pump stops.  Silence fills every space on the farm. A final cow is loaded, and the truck and trailer head down the laneway and out the gate.  It’s over.  The feed wagon will sit idle, and the birds…

Family

And like that, it’s almost over

February 12, 2023

Dear Jakey, Watching you play basketball has been one of the greatest joys of my life.  Seriously, it has.  I am your biggest fan! Through primary basketball, AAU, DAGS, and Varsity.  Late nights coming back from practices and weekend-long tournaments, it has been so much fun, and I wouldn’t trade that time with you for anything. Your feisty defense and serious offense—you never let up, always working hard…

Business

It’s a podcast kind of world

February 5, 2023

It’s a podcast kind of world, helping us to collect many grains of sand along the way. With busy schedules and minimal time, it’s nice to multitask by taking information auditorily.   Recently I have had the opportunity to speak with 2-podcasters and be a guest on their shows.   It was a lot of fun!  Thank you, Chrissy Wozniak of North American Ag and Matt Brechwald of Off Farm Income.…

Perspective

Connection with Faith and Farming

January 23, 2023

If you farm, you have faith. We have faith that the rain will spill over from the clouds when it’s dry.  And understand Mother Nature is on her time, not our time. Faith. Farmers have faith that the baby calf is going to live.  Praying that the sparkle comes back to her eyes, her coat shines again, and she jumps up at feeding time.   If the calf takes…

Travel

Just me, Kate… and this guy!

January 16, 2023

Last week when I attended the annual New York State Agricultural Society meeting, I connected with our state Ag Commissioner, Richard Ball.  As you can see in this picture, we shared a laugh and a smile, and I am here to say, Commissioner, this one is for you!  🙂     From the bottom of my heart, I can’t say enough good things about this man and all he does…

Business

Cheers to the Holiday Party!

December 18, 2022

It’s the clinking of glasses, the spread of amazing food, and the twinkling candle light nestled in nooks all over the warmly lit house. It can be one of the most magical times of the year. Last night we had the office Christmas party, here at my house.  Unfortunately we didn’t have the entire Morning Ag Clips crew, but we had most!  8 out of the 11, not…

Lifestyle

We got a star amongst this crew

December 4, 2022

We got a star amongst this crew!  Our very own MAC editor, Chandler Hansen, from Hansen’s Histories, is an actor extraordinaire! I bet you didn’t know how deep our team goes!  And he has a beautiful singing voice too! I am so proud of him and was able to spend a fun evening last night being entertained by the cast of “There is Still No Business Like Snow-business”…