This Is Me


This is me.

I’m in the barn on the farm where I grew up, holding the first lamb to be born there in seven years. She’s one of the realizations of a tightly held dream: to be a farmer and shepherd when I grow up.

Ten minutes after this picture was taken, I nearly fell, my knees giving out, suddenly becoming desperate to lie down.

That was nothing new, though. That sort of thing had been happening for several weeks because of weird health issues. Those challenges have continued, but we’re getting closer to an answer. Continue reading “This Is Me”

The Kiwi Hoosier’s Top 10 Posts of 2018

The Kiwi Hoosier’s Top 10 Posts of 2018

Christmas wreaths on the Jackson Bridge.

Buried deep in winter, it’s startling to look back at photographs taken in the summer. Deep, green grass feeds cows and calves, and everyone is in short sleeves. 

Winter is a good time for reflecting on the past year and planning for the new year. For me, 2018 was the first time in three years I’d experienced all four seasons. I started a chicken enterprise, continued to adjust to driving on the right side of the road, and moved to a new house.

These events and other thoughts have been chronicled in some way on The Kiwi Hoosier. so to reflect on 2018, I present the top 10 blog posts from this year: Continue reading “The Kiwi Hoosier’s Top 10 Posts of 2018”

Shorts for the New Year

Happy 2016! Here, it has been warm with a couple of days of extreme cold and slick conditions. There’s been only one two-hour delay, and I’ve only had to break the ice on the cattle water tanks once. The first day all winter I had to pull out my Carhartt coveralls was January 11. Weatherbug shows temperatures hovering around freezing this next week with a bit of snow on Wednesday.


Thursday’s class. Special note: All students in the following convo are male.

Student A: “Why do you still play VHS?”
Student B: “Because most of the videos she has are still VHS.”
Student C: “I still have a VHS.”
Student A: “Wow, do you use it?”
Student C: “Yeah, I watch Winnie the Pooh.”


Our baritone players were unavailable during the high school homecoming game last night, so I filled in.


It was a lot of fun, and I sounded a lot better than I did last year when I played for Alumni and Friends Night. That was encouraging. Continue reading “Shorts for the New Year”