There’s a lot more I can say on all of these things, and more will come. But for now, a couple of briefs:
Last week, Jeff and I celebrated our first anniversary. This week, the nightmarish calving season ended with another nightmare as a cow I was given for Christmas lost her calf and twisted her hip after the difficult birth; our dog, Toby, was put to sleep Wednesday night; and my grandmother is in hospice care at home.
“Life comes in such layers of grief, joy, and mundane.”Continue reading “Layers”
In September and October, I wrote a couple of blog posts on how I’d written a story for a contest after losing a very special sheep, the ewe that brought the rings down the aisle at my wedding. I had her in mind as I crafted the tale.Continue reading ““Vedette”: A Short Story Now Available”
The morning bird chorus, Virginia springbeauty weaving in and out of the waves of the wind, a cow from far away. This is a suspended moment in time from the woods. New life growing out of decaying sugar maple leaves.Continue reading “Virginia Springbeauty in Woods”
Here it is! Our “Small Town Big Deal” episode! It’s a fun episode, and it was so exciting to watch … Continue reading See Our “Small Town Big Deal” Episode
Calving season has continued to have its bumps, but there are 11 calves on the ground.
And now, lambing season has begun!Continue reading “The Start of Lambing Season”
The rain pours today. Sheep hunker down, round balls of wool with faces. Cattle munch on hay. Horses enthusiastically chomp on grain. The dog curls up on straw piles in the barn, tail wrapping around ears.
Calving season started last week, two weeks early. Four calves have been born; only two have lived. Most of the mothers have been heifers, first-timers.
I ride a quad bike through the cow pasture, counting to 31 to see that everyone is present.
The number was 32 for a little while.
But when I made my rounds Thursday night, looking for signs of new or about-to-be-born calves, I found a heifer lying to the side. She wasn’t breathing hard, but she didn’t move when I approached, either.Continue reading “The Start of Calving Season”
Last October, a film crew from Small Town, Big Deal visited Parke County to tape an episode about our covered bridges and rural attractions. I was interviewed at the bridge where Jeff proposed to me, and the show hosts, Rodney Miller and Jann Carl, talked to my great-aunt on the farm. I couldn’t hear all of that interview because I was working with the horses in the background, so the first time I’ll really hear it is on TV.Continue reading ““Small Town, Big Deal” Episode Filmed Here Showing Next Week”
Just a short post for now…. At the end of February, I announced that Root 61 Communications is now offering … Continue reading Audio and Video Memoir Order Form Now Up
I just finished Thinking Like a Prairie by Maurice Telleen. It’s a book of three essays by a former editor … Continue reading Book Recommendation: Thinking Like a Prairie