Unexpected Mending Project

My favorite jacket is a third hand handmade hand me down given to me by my dearest friend who happens to be Amish. I wear this jacket all fall, winter, and spring. It is the absolute workhorse of my cold weather farming clothes. Around here we believe in repairing valued daily items and using them until they are worn to completion instead of replacing them. … Continue reading Unexpected Mending Project

Monday’s Musings : I Can’t Do EVERYTHING

I was raised in a time of shifting ideology in this country. Traditional gender roles and second wave Feminism clashed in the media and stereotypes clashed around me as the child of a single mother in a male dominated industry. A male teacher told my mother he was shocked at how “well adjusted” I am considering I was from a “broken home”. Mom’s reply “children … Continue reading Monday’s Musings : I Can’t Do EVERYTHING

Friday’s Farm: Making Bamboo Trellises

Enter the humble River Cane or Arundinaria. In the native Ani-Yunwiya (Cherokee) language it’s known as “i-hi”. In my personal language it’s known as “blessing cane”. Not only is it a viable material for weaving baskets, feed for the cattle and sheep in lean times, bedding for the chickens, erosion control on the creek bank, and fishing poles, it’s also a wonderful building material for small portable structures. Continue reading Friday’s Farm: Making Bamboo Trellises

Monday’s Musings: The Illusion of Control

Today (Sunday) was one of those days. I overslept, and while stumbling from my camper up to the main house I discovered the cattle were out. Cash had “the calves” out front and upon seeing me directed them towards to logging road leading up to the woods – and eventually Kentucky. I hollered at mom and ran after them. Remember that running… it’s a theme. … Continue reading Monday’s Musings: The Illusion of Control