Labeling … of People

Name calling.  In grade school it’s a tool of the bullies to make others feel bad.  Even though you can SAY “sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” truth is, words, be it name calling or labeling, CAN hurt. Maybe not physically, like sticks and stones, but personally, emotionally, and spiritually? Certainly. Labeling people … Read More

Environmental Balance

Recently I was awoken by our new kitty, George, racing through the bedroom and bathroom.  The pounding of his little feet on the wood and tile floors sounded like a herd of elephants rather than the patter of kitten paws.  On the bed, under the bed, onto the dresser, into the bathroom, back on the bed.  Round and round he … Read More

Humongous Mushrooms

Went up to the barn recently and found an amazing thing pushing up under the empty grain bags… gigantic mushrooms, 6 of them in a big clump.  They were so strong that they pushed the grain bags aside in the rise from the underworld. Just to get an idea of the size, I placed an egg from the chickens next … Read More

First Snow

Last night we got the first snow of the season. Not much, but enough to stay on the ground for a little while, and it snowed off and on all day.  It’s early this year – I don’t ever remember there being snow in November.  Usually it’s late December or January when we get the first snow, and many years … Read More

Culvert Inspection

Today was the day for inspecting the culverts that were recently installed on the Barn Road. I went with Coven, my 4-year-old grandson and Tom Purvis, from the local office of the NRCS (National Resource Conservation Service, part of the USDA).

Ground Burning the Oak Savannah

It’s not often that one gets the opportunity to set fire to 25 acres of grass, brush and slash, but that’s what we got to do yesterday.  “Why?” you might ask.  Well … An Oak Savannah is an area that typically has about 20 – 30 mature oaks per acre, with grass underneath.  Untouched by humans, they generally burn every … Read More

Welcome to George

We just recently welcomed a new addition to our menagerie, George.  He’s a 12-week-old orange male kitten, adopted (rescued?) from a household of about 30 cats and kittens.  So far, he’s fitting into our family life well.

In Memory of Mr. Kitty

Mr. Kitty, my faithful mouser and companion of 12 years, succumbed to feline diabetes a few days ago. He had been diagnosed about 2 years ago and has been better and worse over the course of time, but it finally caught up to him. We got Mr. Kitty in Los Angeles, and a bitty baby. He was actually my daughter’s … Read More