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”

Atlanta Bound

A last-minute decision, a few changes of plans, and much rushing around preparing food and packing…and before we knew it, our truck was southbound. I was thoroughly enjoying the ride after a summer at home on the farm. Wyoming proved fairly barren as normal, Nebraska mostly acres of harvested fields. In Missouri, we took aContinue reading “Atlanta Bound”

Life is Good

With a snap of its fingers, summer disappeared in a whirl of watering wheat, trapping gophers, and a final soaking of the flowerbeds and lawns. Fall burst in with vibrant yellow leaves, crisp air, and that feeling of brisk energy infused into everything. Everything except me. Who would have thought one tiny little someone insideContinue reading “Life is Good”

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”

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”

Trucking’s in our Blood

Just a late night stroll, windows down…listening to the jakes throb. A joy ride down the highway, no reason but to get out on the open road. To clear the mind, let go of life’s tensions and busyness for a moment, and just enjoy the rumble of a 3406E Cat. Sometimes you find romance andContinue reading “Trucking’s in our Blood”