Great Expectations

  (Mooresville, Indiana)
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Thanksgiving is more than just dinner.

Thanksgiving - it's more than pilgrims and dinner.

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Autumn has arrived!

Autumn!  What a wonderful time of year with a homage to the farmers who are unsung heroes in today's world.  Thanks for all you do!  [Read More]
 
 

What a year!

I can't believe it has been months since I posted a new entry to our little site.  My mother was right when she said time flies by faster as you get older.  I guess it is a bit like that ride downhill on a bike... it's harder to keep your feet on the pedals and slow things down!

We just took in a batch of chickens to be processed.  I find I'm less anxious to sell them to than keep them for our own use this time. It is such a labor-intensive process that raising food for our own use is probably easier when we're working fulltime.  Now, if I had a fairy godmother, I'd develop my own processing center for folks in this area so we didn't have to drive 90 miles one way to have poultry processed.  I mentioned this to someone and joked that I was soliciting investors.  The response was that it hardly seemed like a money-making proposition.  My response back was that I thought it would be but you know what, it wouldn't matter that it didn't make "buckets" of money.  It would need to make it worth my time and pay for itself.  Anything past that would be "gravy".  Why does everything have to be about big money?  I think the real value would be that people would have a reasonable alternative to food from the big factory-type farms where a bird never sets foot on the ground.  We, on the other hand, worry that our birds live a normal life, including coaxing the less than perfect birds, like our one-eye "Winky", to get along and act like a normal chicken.

Regardless, we are still plugging along despite having to work elsewhere to make ends meet and keep the lights on.  We, who get to live out in the country and raise our own food, maye share it with others on a big or small level, are very blessed, indeed! 

 
 

When Love is Not Deserved - Updated

In these difficult times, people abandon the extra expenses in their life.  Too often, it just happens to be identified as a dog that has to go.  I understand that, I suppose, but it doesn't have to be cruel.  [Read More]
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Not exactly our best year ever...

What a summer... not much has gone right.  The garden was a mess, a fox dined on quite a few of my chickens, the new paint on the barn flaked off part already - not sure what went wrong there... It's been one thing after another!  [Read More]
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What was that??

Is that our cat chasing a fox???  [Read More]
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Roller Coasters

When is a roller coaster like having a small business?  Kind of like this past week at our place.  I've got some thinking to do...  [Read More]
 
 

Reality Check

I've read the stories from dozens of others, knew it was likely to happen, yet, somehow I thought it wouldn't.  [Read More]
 
 

Confessions of a Tomato Killer

I know there are folks with a real knack for growing things.  For some it is just an instinct, others study how, and others learned by watching family members for so many years. So far, I haven't perfected this at all.  Tomato seedlings everywhere should be shaking in their pots.  [Read More]
 
 

Hooray for Spring!

There's so much to do that it's hard to know where to start! Although Winter may try to push back into our days, Spring will rule soon.  [Read More]
 
 

Time Travel

It is with some measure of surprise that I see how long it has been since I posted anything to my blog here on Local Harvest.  What happened to the time between my last post and now,  I wonder?

 

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Cabin Fever and Snow, Wonderful Snow

It snowed today.  What a great day!  [Read More]
 
 

Things I hadn't considered...

With all the vast sources of information we have at our finger tips to make sure we stay as informed as possible about which politician did what and what part of the economy fell apart today, which celebrity got arrested and on and on...what about all the other things all around us that we never think of or rarely even consider?  Seemingly so unimportant on the surface, in the end, these odd bits just may be the tiny stitches that keep the fabric of our lives sane.  [Read More]
 
 

An Empty House - Again.

I'm suffering from Post-Holiday-Empty-House Syndrome!

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Slip Slidin' Away!

Driving on ice?  Not a good idea regardless of what you're driving!  [Read More]
 
 
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