Enjoying all the gifts life has to offer
A recent trip to the barn to milk her old milk cow, Rita, reminded Eliza Blue why she is thankful for her life on a ranch and all its gifts.
Preparing for a long winter
Eliza Blue prepares for winter on her South Dakota ranch.
Enjoying the spring season of a dairy cow
Spring milking is a dream within a dream for Eliza Blue, and an orphaned calf named Little Jones, too.
Coming out of the darkness of a long and cold winter
Maybe, this will be the year Eliza Blue sets some better boundaries around her time so she can say "yes" more often to the things that feed her soul.
Backyard gardening: Feast and famine in equal measures
Eliza Blue finds herself with too much cabbage for one family to ever possibly consume and not enough strawberries or peas.
Complicated barn cat politics
Barn cat politics are complicated. They are full of alliances, double-crossing and violent overthrows.
Learning from the cottonwoods
Eliza Blue marvels at the small grove of cottonwood trees on her South Dakota ranch, recalling indigenous Americans' teachings about the trees.
The excitement of seed catalog season
Eliza Blue explains why she is going to think of the cold months following Christmas as a celebration of the wonders of seed catalog season from now on.
Finding the joy in everyday tasks
Perhaps enlightenment isn't an antidote to the drudgery of mundane chores. Rather, enlightenment is discovering the joy inherent within these tasks.
The priceless value of a fresh egg
Rising egg prices remind Eliza Blue to be grateful for the small bounty her aging flock of hens provide her and her family each day.