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Digging Out Our Farm After Winter Storm Jonas

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="499"] Walking out to fetch the tractor[/caption] It took me 7 hours to dig out with our tractor yesterday. Without the tractor, we wouldn’t have reached the street for a week or more. The good thing about being on the farm is that...

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New Year’s At the Farm

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400"] Smoky[/caption] We didn’t exactly celebrate Christmas this year because we’re hunkered down with work on our farm. That meant no tree, no decorations. Jill didn’t even get her gifts because I couldn’t find them in the mess of our belongings, stacked in...

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A Scream in the Night

Jill and I were making dinner last night when we were startled by screaming from our western field. Neither of us had heard anything like it. It was so high pitched and piercing, I was convinced it was a large bird of some kind, maybe...

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A Bad Week At the Farm

Here’s a schadenfreude buffet about our latest farm adventures: 1) We’ve been without water for five days so far. Our well pump broke on Saturday. The pump was only two months old, installed by a company that “raised” our well. This company gave us a new...

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Our Third Week on the Farm: Stalled & Wet

I startled Jill from sleep last night when my ice-cold elbow touched her back as I came to bed. Ice cold because I have to soak my elbows in ice water several times a day to keep the inflammation down: chronic tendonitis from too much...

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Our Second Week on the Farm: Digging Out

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="400"] Everything we own in one place[/caption] It's been a tough second week, I will not lie. Jill and I have been weeding, digging, raking, mowing and mowing. It's one thing to let a farm go "natural"; it's a very different thing to...

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Our First Week on the Farm

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Good Contrivance Farm, circa 1960[/caption] If a fortuneteller had waved a hand over her crystal ball--let’s say 10 years ago or even 3--and told me that I’d be living on a farm right now and spending hours and hours every day mowing...

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Our Massive Move Out of 2746 Saint Paul

Jill and I are camping today, trying to recover from our move yesterday. The move -- emptying 5,000 square feet of belongings we’d spent 15 accumulating -- took two days. Yesterday we got up at 6:00 and didn’t finish clearing out our house, once and...

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How To Sell A House

I’ve never sold a house, so I don’t really know how it's supposed to go. And I never imagined I’d sell this one. But here it is, for sale: Fabulous Baltimore Victorian for Sale! It’s the only house I’ve owned. Jill owned a tiny house many...

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A Return from China

A package I sent to China last September just came back to me. What’s remarkable is not the fact that it has been in the mails--going to and from--for six months but, rather, that it came back at all. I didn’t imagine anything that went...