Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Marking another first for me, the mom who could be a grandmother by now, I smoothed down the drama and trauma of missing my youngest daughter's recent visit to the family doctor.

You don't always get what you want. That lesson seems so simple and yet can be so complex over the course of a lifetime.

I am not, nor will I ever be, the 'roughing it" type. My husband, bless his heart, refuses to believe this.

The finances of Dairy Farmers of America are souring faster than cream in a July sun, according to a May 9 Moody's Investors Service report.

Helping prepare a program for my Monday (reader's) Club prompted me to dig out the correspondence my family has saved over the years.

While reading the book written by Bettie Youngs, I couldn't help but notice many similarities to so many farm families I have known over my lifetime.

Feed is the most expensive input on a dairy farm. Dairy operations typically incur annual feed expenses amounting to $1,000 to $1,200 per cow per year.

Now that I'm a "real writer" (as opposed to my former slacker's life as a married mother moonlighting as a writer), I'm amazed at all the similarities - besides sleeping late - between tortured artists and me.

Although I've noticed the graduation cap and gown hanging in my daughter's closet on those few occasions when I invade her private space, nothing brought her imminent graduation home so vividly as an awards night ceremony where her classmates were honored for their high school achievements.

There has never been a time in my life without dogs. I can't imagine it any other way. I remember a black and white photograph in an old family album.
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