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This is the real farmer’s daughter

Thursday, September 30, 2010

“I was haulin’ hay, I was feedin’ the hogs and that summer sun had me sweatin’ like a dog. So I cooled off in the creek, then it was back to work in the dad-gum heat. I was cussin’ out loud, thinkin’ bout quittin’. Lookin’ back now I’m sure glad I didn’t. Cause just when […]

Some things haven’t changed since 1913

Thursday, September 16, 2010

“The idea that the chemical analysis of soil gives an accurate showing as to its needs for fertilization has long since been shown by scientists to be far from true.” — from Making Special Crops Pay by Delbert Utter While reading through this little book, which was evidently one of a series in The Practical […]

1913 farmer’s advice still relevant

Thursday, September 9, 2010

“In going over my farm records, I note a large increase in the cost of labor, fertilizers, crate material, horses, wagons and travel expense.” – Delbert Utter, 1912 Among the books in my small but growing library stands a tiny publication titled Making Special Crops Pay by Delbert Utter. Its publication date is 1913, and […]

Past is new again in reprinted book

Thursday, September 2, 2010

“For although he was insatiably a farmer and his father and grandfathers and great-grandfathers had been Owen County farmers, he did not live on his farm. When Walter married Clara in 1903, they began housekeeping in the town and never moved to the farm. That was before rural electricity, furnaces, power mowers, good roads, or […]

Summer goes by quietly at our farm

Thursday, August 26, 2010

There are so few things we can hold on to, no matter how tight our grip. Summer is most definitely passing for another year. I watched from the back pasture as a huge flock of geese gathered overhead, some flying in from the north, another flock joining them from the east. As I walked back […]

Childhood storyteller lived life right at home

Thursday, August 12, 2010

With the heat and humidity bordering on torture, after the chores were done and all the animals well watered, my hubby and I decided a ride in an air-conditioned truck sounded like a great idea. We both agreed the longer the ride, the better. If that truck decided to stop at an ice cream shop […]

Every town should have one…

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Last week, I wrote of my lucky find at the Jeromesville Homecoming, landing the top bid on my father’s senior high school yearbook. I need to give credit where credit is due. The opportunity to even bid on such an item would never have presented itself without the kind heart and the keen eye of […]

Yearbook awakens memories of small town life

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sometimes, the smallest contribution pays big dividends. This past Saturday my hometown held its annual homecoming festivities. Though it was hotter than blue blazes, I just had to venture down the hill to the park to be a part of the day. After chatting with friends and family, I went to see what was being […]

Lesson learned during relaxing weekend get-away: Never say never

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sometimes, it is hard to imagine a different life, the possibility of the sun shining just as brightly in an entirely new place. No retirement My hubby has always said he has no desire to retire — he loves what he does, he is constantly challenged in a great way every single day. It has […]

A picture is path for memory lane

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Old photographs, especially those discovered which had never been seen, are like a happily successful archeological dig. There is nothing more exciting to me than this kind of find. Kitty Sutherland, married to my husband’s older brother Dick, urged us to come see something that she knew we would be thrilled to share. As she […]

Set for fun with Clover and Alfalfa

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Farm and Dairy Columnist While all of our neighbors were busy in the hay fields, we were finding a unique new way to add timothy and alfalfa to clover. Maybe I’d better start at the beginning. Remember my present? Last Christmas, my wish list included a swing, hanging from a good, sturdy limb, and a […]

Summer leaves indelible memories

Thursday, July 1, 2010

“The wise will start each day with the thought, ‘Fortune gives us nothing which we can really own.’” — Seneca The full moon and an amazing summer night sky filled with brilliant stars seemed to shine just for us this past weekend as we gathered for the incredible annual summer neighborhood party. Summer party Mike […]

Two friends, a world apart? Or not?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

On Saturday, a dear friend who lives in Tampa sent me a quick message, saying she and her hubby were going to drive out to the beach to enjoy the beauty of that amazing place before it is no longer perfect. It was a hot day, and Candy really hates the heat, but this was […]

Is it puppy or horse love? Spring has arrived

Thursday, May 27, 2010

There were all sorts of signs. One by one these signs sort of tapped me on the shoulder, trying to get my attention. My husband has fallen in love. There seems to be nothing I can do about it. I met her, and I have to admit, I see the fascination. Young love The sweet […]

Young injuries meant life’s lessons

Thursday, May 20, 2010

“Perhaps because of our storehouse of knowledge of home remedies, parents were remarkably complacent about all the injuries that were a routine part of the lives of free-range farm children — cuts from knives, stone bruises caused by bare feet on rocks, blood blisters, and all the bloody, oozing scrapes on knees, arms, elbows, and […]

Marriage is not a sport, it is a team effort

Thursday, May 13, 2010

It was just a little something I overheard from a television report. I don’t like television much and could very happily exist without one. This little blurb that has stuck with me is one reason I would prefer not to hear so much of what is reported as news these days. Actor Charlie Sheen, having […]

Dance under the stars and the moon

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Dance under the stars and the moon. Dance because it is springtime. Dance because you can. As a kid, I knew that other kids had lots more leisure time with their family, and many of them went on far-off vacations that sounded like foreign lands to me. A dairy farm family knew no such things […]

May Day, pillowcases and mushrooms

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Dancing through the woods, pretending we were gypsies in search of food, my sisters long ago taught me that somewhere around May Day we might stumble upon mushrooms, and a day of play would become an evening for a feast. One particular year, after a very snowy winter followed by a rainy spring, we were […]

Farms have lexicon only natives know

Thursday, April 15, 2010

By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy Columnist Every farm comes with a unique little map, complete with a language known only to those who live and walk upon those acres and climb in and out of the old barns. As a kid, if my dad asked me to put something away in “the granary in […]

Easter awakens precious memories

Thursday, April 8, 2010

“Sitting under the oak tree, watching the neighborhood children enjoy the first nice, warm day makes me feel so happy to be here on this farm, surrounded by God’s beauty. There is no other place I would rather be than on this lovely land, away from the world.” – Mary Cavish, 1948 By Judith Sutherland […]

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