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An Exciting Way to Become a Father

My brother-in-law will become a father again today. He became a first time father 3 1/2 years ago when they adopted their son from China. Today, he will become a father again as they adopt another son from China.  I can not even begin to tell you the story of their journey, but my sister […]

Back on Track

May has a way of slipping by me. But the garden is planted and growing quickly. The chickens will be leaving tomorrow (they are 9 weeks old already!) The bees are buzzing along.  I added another body a few weeks ago but I’ve not been able to check them due to the rainy weather. My […]

What in the World is a Chicken Tractor

Those were my Dad’s exact words when I told him how I was going to raise my meat chickens. When I showed him some pictures of different “models”, he said, “Well, I probably have all the stuff to make one.” “You’re hired!” And that’s how I roped him into helping me. First of all, we […]

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 […]

Attracting Swallowtail Butterflies

Last fall, I showed you a glimpse of the monarch butterflies life cycle. I also want to show you another caterpillar I had in my flowerbeds. The spicebush swallowtail butterfly will lay its eggs on a spicebush tree (Lindera benzoin) or sassafras tree. I have 4 spicebush in various flowerbeds and this seems to be their favorite […]

I Did It Again

I started another project. Before you all start googling “therapy for addicted gardeners”, or “rehab facilities for crazy gardeners”, I have to tell you this is not about gardening. Or animals. Or sewing. Or cooking. Last month, Al and I bought a house.  We had been looking for just “the right” house for an investment property.  […]

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 […]

Sunday Snow Day

It’s one of those days where I’m pretty sure I won’t be changing out of my pajamas. The birds are the star of the show today. Lots of activity at the feeders Suet is always a favorite The heated birdbath is always popular I’m sure these goldfinches are wishing for spring like me I would like to […]