Dinosaurs are NOT Extinct!

May. 28, 2016 by

Well, maybe the title is a little dramatic.  Still….. the chicks that were sweet balls of yellow fluff only a few weeks ago now remind me of the voracious raptors on “Jurassic Park”.  They are right in the middle of

A Down Payment on the Future

May. 27, 2016 by

The day before Mother’s day, there was an unexpected knock at my door.  I opened it to reveal an earnest young man who wished to know if I’d like my sadly overgrown lawn mowed (In my defense, the lawnmower had

Life Without Wheels

May. 26, 2016 by

The last couple of days have been wet with some dramatic thunderstorms so my umbrella has been my best friend.  Six weeks ago, I made the decision to sell my little truck and spend some time without a vehicle of

And the Ants Go Marching…

May. 23, 2016 by

Ah yes, the sweet warmth of Spring!  Flowers bloom, berries ripen, and the world is delighted with herself.  How I look forward to the long, warm days during winter’s cold grey.  Somehow my visions never include my current unwelcome guests….

Taming the Wild Vine

May. 22, 2016 by

Sometimes one must go back to the beginning to go forward correctly.  My hardy kiwi vines are the perfect illustration of this principal.  Space is definitely at a premium on an Urban Homestead so nothing can be allowed to fill

Milkstand Musings

May. 21, 2016 by

One quickly discovers that having a goat (or cow) in milk determines the rhythm of the day on the homestead.  She becomes the hub of chore life and everything centers on her needs and pace.  The day begins and ends

Tiny but Tasty

May. 20, 2016 by

It’s mulberry time!  While many consider these tenacious trees nothing more than annoying weeds, to me they are an amazing gift from Mother Nature.  I often see their and distinctive bright green leaf shapes pushing their way through sidewalk cracks,

Life and Death on the Homestead

May. 18, 2016 by

Spring has come in earnest to southern Missouri.  The trees have donned their emerald robes adorned with honeysuckle that perfumes the air with such rich sweetness one can almost taste it.  The little death of winter has gone and life