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October brings bittersweet memories

Thursday, October 7, 2010

“If you want a happy ending, it depends on where you stop your story.” — Orson Welles By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy Columnist The steel gray skies of autumn have most definitely arrived with the turn of the October calendar. The once-green fields of endless soybeans of early September slowly turned golden, and now […]

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 […]

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