Category Archives: Farm life

One More Step To Growing My Own Food

For years, we have raised our own beef for food. Last year, I bought chickens to give me eggs. In a couple of weeks, my bees will arrive. Friday, my meat chickens arrived. I ordered my chicks from Nelson’s Hardware Store in Cave Springs, AR.  Tim, the owner, is a former high school classmate and […]

Beware the Urge to Plant

The days are getting longer and warmer. The grass is getting greener and the ground is warming up. And I’m ready to play in the dirt and plant my garden! While it’s ok to plant cold season crops like broccoli, lettuce, and spinach now, it’s still too cold to plant tomatoes and peppers in the […]

Please Go Away, Winter

I said please. Just glad I’m not a cow.  It would stink to be a cow in this weather. It also stinks to be Sheldon in this weather. Sheldon met up with a skunk last week and still stinks to high heaven. Smelly Shelly.  No sleeping in the house for you. The day before the […]

JFK and Frozen Garlic

I spent the better part of last week in Dallas for meetings.  Friday, Dallas saw temperatures in the lower 70’s, so it didn’t take much to convince me to skip out of the afternoon meeting and take a field trip. As many times as I’ve been to Dallas, I had never been to the Sixth […]

It's Time for a Meet and Greet

When you scramble your eggs in the morning, do you ever think about where they came from?  Do you wonder where those chickens live?  Are they happy?  Are they healthy? I recently read an article that stated only one-third of children know where their food comes from.  Amazingly, the same article stated only one-third of adults know […]

Out With The Old

When we built our house years ago, I planted ‘Goldflame’ Spirea in the front beds. 15 years later, those Spirea have seen better days.    A few late freezes, an extreme ice storm, and brutal hot, dry summers have wreaked havoc on their old limbs.  Many had dead centers, a couple were completely dead and the rest were just pitiful. Thus […]

Armadillo Update: A How-To Guide

I never thought I would be writing a post like this but, here’s how I got the armadillo out of the swimming pool. The phrase that kept coming to mind was, “I wouldn’t touch that with a 10 ft. pole.” But that’s exactly what you need. It also helps if it has a big net on the end. […]