Words and Birds

The weather beams warm one day; another morning, I look outside to see 6 inches of snow drifted across the lawn with an awful wind whipping through the bare tree branches. Winter in Oregon. The next week, we get drizzles of rain for a day or two..the ground turns into a quagmire of soft stickyContinue reading “Words and Birds”

Gratefulness

I am thankful for little things. The other day in a writing group, we were given the assignment of writing a list of 100 things to be grateful for. It took a bit of thought to come up with that many. But once I got to the upper 90’s, even more blessings popped into myContinue reading “Gratefulness”

Winter Days

I’ve found one benefit of foggy mornings.. when it finally clears, the whole world is bathed in fuzzy outlines of silvery whiteness. Today the air was crisp and the very trees crackled as I trotted past them on a brisk walk with Buster. Nothing pleases the two of us more than to head out acrossContinue reading “Winter Days”

Of life and holiday spirits

Cure for bad-tempered cats: Pull on welding gloves. Grab bad-tempered cat and stuff into a large garbage can with lid. Close lid tightly. Place on four wheeler and drive rapidly to farm 2-3 miles away. Dump cat out and drive rapidly away in the opposite direction. Take a completely different route home so bad-tempered catContinue reading “Of life and holiday spirits”

Life Down Highway 20

It’s been awhile, I realize, since I’ve let y’all in on the details of our life so maybe this post will be a newsy sort. (Beware.. newsy means long.) We haven’t run out of work or things to do, and the future doesn’t look hopeful either. Between trucking all week, farming on the weekends, andContinue reading “Life Down Highway 20”

Perspective is Everything

Have you ever seen the Grand Canyon from 30,000 feet in the air? Or felt the hugeness of the universe in your soul? Have you ever felt small beside the gigantic stretch of water we call an ocean? Ever thought just how tiny a passenger plane is compared to a cloud? Or how small aContinue reading “Perspective is Everything”

Bright Spots in Life

Some days bright spots are as simple as catching 2 gophers out of one gopher mound. Tiny springs of alfalfa pushing through on spindly stems, coating the field with green. Washing the flatbeds and not having to scrub them entirely by hand… Other days it’s getting out of my 30-mile radius and hauling a loadContinue reading “Bright Spots in Life”

These Are The Days

These are the days of early mornings, crisp air, and icy water. Of muddy boots, muddy jeans, and muddy floors. Of sunburn and chapped hands. Of sore muscles. These are the days. Of late nights. Moonlit walks, twinkling stars, and a strong warm hand to hold. Of alfalfa peeping through the crusty soil, of changingContinue reading “These Are The Days”

Farming Down Highway 20

We’ve been busy…the type of busy where you work from dawn till dark, then work some more. Scarf down some quick meals in between and fall into bed aching and exhausted. But it’s a good feeling of tiredness. Knowing that the gated pipe and wheel-lines are put together right, the alfalfa is planted, the weedsContinue reading “Farming Down Highway 20”

Thoughts on Life, Spring, Food, and Miracles

…and getting locked in bathroom stalls at truck stops. Most times I think it’s great when the doors go clear down to the floor. Gives a person more of a feeling of privacy. But when you get locked inside one and the space down at the bottom is real small, you start rethinking. Thankfully afterContinue reading “Thoughts on Life, Spring, Food, and Miracles”