17 Unrelated Paragraphs

Normally when my turn rolls around for this column I have an idea for a topic well ahead of time. I only have to write every third month, so really, how hard could it be, right? In fact, often I’ll wake up on any given morning and the entire essay pops right into my head [...]

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Welcome to our Blog

We plan to bring you news and tips here in the coming days. We’re excited about the changes we’re making to our site and we look forward to helping you as well!

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The Real Story on Farmhouse Decor

December 1, 2020 The nature of my business takes me into people’s homes on a daily basis, not just up here in the foothills but also down the hill in the thick of the suburbs. In addition, I enjoy looking at sites and magazines for the current trends in "farmhouse décor.” So, on a regular [...]

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Marco Polo an other games to play with a blind cat

August 3, 2020 So our household had a couple of birthdays early last month. Milla, who turned 16, is now old enough to drive. Except that she’s blind. And a cat. Murray Thunderpants, also a cat, turned 17. Considering he’s diabetic, toothless, and a bony shadow of his former magnificent self (although still magnificent), we [...]

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The Muck Stops Here

August 3, 2020 I like to celebrate things. Birthdays, holidays, events, a productive day, a lazy day, Tuesday. And sometimes I like to celebrate with a little present – you know, a treat. Such was the case at the end of July when I’d had a particularly fruitful work week. My husband and I were [...]

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A Little Sick Humor Literally

April 1, 2020 In a brief change from my usual Adventures in Farming approach to this column, I, too, will be jumping on the health information bandwagon. Because, really, we haven’t seen enough articles and received enough emails on the subject, have we? First, in these challenging and downright freaky strange times we are in, [...]

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If the boot fits, a life in shoes

August 1, 2019 This veers off my normal Adventures in Farming topics, but as I recently had to move my mom from one nursing home to a new one, I’ve been thinking a lot about shoes lately. Ok, truth be known, I think a lot about shoes on a regular basis, really, who doesn’t? I’ve [...]

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Moving: You’d think we’d be good at it by now

January 23, 2019 Since I’ve been an adult I have moved 17 times. 17. Count ‘em. Everything from being 20 years old, throw everything in the car that will fit, leave the rest, and move cross country without a plan, to the full service corporate move where you just stand around and drink coffee while [...]

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It’s Not Always Bucolic

January 3, 2019 You’ve pictured it: Gentle, fuzzy alpacas grazing in a green pasture, those big eyes welcoming you as you stroll out for a visit, maybe even a slow motion running to greet you. Or perhaps you’re spending a warm afternoon under a tree, reading a book, as they sit nearby humming happily. Ahhhh, [...]

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Shearing Day, or Why I Don’t Join a Gym

April 16, 2018 A lot of folks ask me about alpacas in general, but the most interest is always around shearing day. How often do you shear? Do you do it yourselves? Does it hurt the alpacas? Can we come watch? Do they spit? Do they kick? What do you do with their wool? Is [...]

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