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Meet Number Nine!

Jan 12th, 2015 | By
Meet Number Nine!

Nine years ago this week, I brought my first Jersey cow home to the farm. Not long after, she gave birth to a beautiful, mischievous heifer calf we named Rosalie. Our Rosie grew up and eventually replaced her mama as our family milker. She’s since gifted us with nine calves (including twins) and a whole
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This is spring?

Mar 25th, 2013 | By
This is spring?

Mother Nature has a sense of humor, doesn’t she?  All winter, she delivered lovely stretches of unseasonably warm weather. Then, the first weekend of spring, she dropped a load of winter upon us. The snow didn’t fall as deeply here at the farm as where I’d intended to spend this past weekend . . .
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Snow day!

Jan 22nd, 2011 | By
Snow day!

When it snows, the four-legged barn children aren’t so very different than the two-legged little humans I raised.  Before the sun is high in the sky, they beg and complain and bounce about until given permission to race out the door  to play in the white stuff.   Baby, our newest calf, can barely restrain  her excitement as I finish
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Baby’s Here!

Jan 11th, 2011 | By
Baby’s Here!

The week before Thanksgiving, Rosie the pregnant Jersey cow exhibited symptoms that made us worry about  another premature birth. So we moved her to the barnyard where she could bask in the afternoon sunlight and spend her nights in the safety of the barn — and more importantly, where we could more easily monitor her
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Getting older

Dec 10th, 2010 | By
Getting older

I wanted to write something profound, funny, pithy, and wise to explain my long absence from this blog.  Unfortunately, I’m not having a profound, funny, pithy, or wise season.  I’m simply feeling old and grumpy. It’s like this — twenty years ago I didn’t need glasses to read the copyright notice at the bottom corner
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The mowing crew

Oct 3rd, 2010 | By
The mowing crew

The grass along the driveway was getting a bit tall, so I called the mowing crew.  They come pretty fast most of the time.  I just open the gate and yell ‘cow’ a few times. We’re a family friendly workplace.  We’re happy to let the young mothers in our employ bring their babies to work,
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Healthy Veggie Pizza

Sep 29th, 2010 | By
Healthy Veggie Pizza

Pizza is a family tradition at our house.   We’re particular about our toppings and crust, and harsh in our judgments about the not-quite-freshly-made pizzas sold at certain well-known chain restaurants.  Even though none of us have so much as a drop of Italian blood in our veins, we’re all pretty sure we know the secret
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GM salmon on your plate?

Sep 16th, 2010 | By

FDA public meetings start September 19 on the approval of genetically modified salmon for food.   Even if you can’t attend the meetings — and most of us won’t be able to — anyone who feels strongly pro or con should speak up now.  Many organizations have online petitions and other info available online — just Google the keywords ‘no GM salmon’
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A short strange cow tale

Sep 15th, 2010 | By
A short strange cow tale

There I was, wandering around in the pasture, checking every tall stand of grass and cluster of brush for the day-old calf that was hiding somewhere out there in the pasture. And I saw this . . . Rosie apparently had a bad itch.  Her daughter, one of the twins from two years ago, helped
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Spicy Pork Skillet Supper

Sep 10th, 2010 | By
Spicy Pork Skillet Supper

Sometimes when the kitchen’s hot, and the stove is dead, and the cat nibbled on the pork shoulder roast that was thawing . . . and the houseguests still expect to be fed . . . well, there are choices.  Eat out or improvise? When you live in the middle of nowhere, it’s usually easier to improvise.   First, I
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