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Life in the Slow Lane: "Frankenstein's Tail"
Well, he did it. Moosie finally bit off more than he could chew. Or rather tried to bite something that could chew him.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Life in the Slow Lane: Unexpected "Vacation"
After a lovely holiday weekend spent with friends who came up from Phoenix to escape the heat, I did something stupid. That's not an unusual thing for me. I mean, I'm the woman who scooped a rattlesnake into a bucket with a piece of cardboard.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Life in the Slow Lane: "Pig-erators"
First, I want to thank Joel Salatin for (1) being Joel Salatin and driving the cutting edge of the sustainable ag movement. He's the one who coined the term "pigerator" and from whom I learned that you could use pigs to do one of the most important farm chores around-rototilling.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Life in the Slow Lane: Greedy Pig
The sheep occasionally escape over the electric tape that's supposed to contain them in their piece of pasture. This isn't a huge problem because it's usually only one at a time and they hate being separated, so that one just keeps grazing at the other side of the tape from the rest of the "flock". (Do three sheep make a flock?) The problem is reuniting them since the outlier doesn't want to be rerouted away from the others. Thank heavens that all three of them now recognize the gate on the front of the orchard as the way back to home and family.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Life in the Slow Lane: Here kitty, kitty, kitty
Well, it's been one of THOSE weeks again. It kicked into high gear on Thursday morning. Just as I finished morning chores and went inside to brew tea, the dogs went crazy, barking and going on. This isn't unusual and I figured it was a critter walking on the hillside across the road (which it usually is). But after 5 minutes of non-stop barking, I decided I really needed to check. So I sauntered out the kitchen door.
Monday, August 8, 2016

Life in the Slow Lane: Yet more storms and catsup
It rained all night last night, leaving Oak Creek once again Willy Wonka brown. Plus, the water is very high, or at least higher than it's been since the last flood, which was up to the back of my barn and rerouted the creek to the other side of the island.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Life in the Slow Lane: Another Storm's on the Way
I'm typing as fast as I can as yet another storm makes its way in my direction. The wind is picking up, so wish me luck.
Friday, July 29, 2016

Life in the Slow Lane: "Elsie"
I got the call early last week. Elsie's new owner was in tears. "I had to let you know," Becky said. "Elsie's dying and I don't know why."
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Life in the Slow Lane: "Boinker and Oinker"
Yes, the little gilts have names now, thanks to my friend Ken Sanchez.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Life in the Slow Lane: Got Pigs?
Years ago, I heard an NPR article about a hog rescue farm. The farmer said (and I'm paraphrasing), "Dogs have masters, cats have servants but a pig thinks everyone's a pig."
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Life in the Slow Lane: We're All Melting
What a week! Okay, so I know other places are hotter than Cornville but I don't know that I've ever been more miserable...not even when I lived in Corpus Christi, Texas or New Jersey. I'm a Westerner, born (Montana) and raised (Denver, mostly) and have lived most of my adult life in Arizona (Phoenix, mostly). It's dry out here while on the other side of the Rockies mid-summer days can feel as though like someone turned on a sticky, warm, trickling shower. The only upside is that my hair curls in the humidity.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016


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