Living in the Moment

Have you ever ridden a cow?  I thought I might have been the only kid to give it a try until I saw a video of a girl riding a cow like I used to do when I was a kid. I watched the short Facebook video a time or two. This girl had perfected…

My Influential Distant Relatives

Perhaps you too have a person in your life that has always remained a fond memory, even after they have left this earth. Herman and Mary are two such people that touched my young life. Perhaps you will be the Herman and Mary in someone’s life today. I have no pictures to share, only memories. …

Daddy & Mother Schooling us for Winter on the Farm

Dear Friend, Winter is here in Ohio. We have about 5″ of snow (now we have 5 more inches)  and a record breaking  -15 degrees this week. During the winter,  we ritualistically prepare for winter inside and outside.   Perhaps you can gain some useful knowledge for your place, based on what we did here…

A Farm Girl Story From the Sixties

 Did you know I have been writing  A Farmhouse Journal  for our local newspaper, the Brown County Press? For this column, I share many of my childhood stories of long ago  growing up on a farm in the sixties.  Here’s one that ran recently. The story is very fresh for  me today just as it was…

I remember the smudge pot on the farm?

I grew up in the sixties and  farming practices learned from Dad on the  farm of my youth,  still guide me today.  I like to reminisce, don’t you? There is much to learn while doing so.  Just  the other day Mom and I were chatting about cold weather practices  on the farm of my youth….

A Cup Full of Simply Marvelous!

Click to buy a book. While grocery shopping the other evening with my husband, I had on my list to purchase lard. “Lard?” he asked surprisingly. “Yes.  It is the old fashioned shortening used before Crisco and oil.   My grandma Phillips used it for baking and frying.  My Dad loved her fried potatoes.  Almanzo Wilder’s…

To this day, we still remember Scarlet

Keeping goats on the farm We loved our days of  keeping goats on the farm and fully understand Tasha Tudor’s love of goats.  On the farm children and farm animals go together like peanut butter and jelly on bread.   On the farm of my youth, I did not grow up with goats or sheep. We…

A Time To Remember: A stroll down Memory Lane

Sustainability, also means fishing for food!  My two older grandchildren, Taylor and CJ came to spend a couple days with us at the farm, now that school is out for the summer.  I expected to enjoy our time together as I always do, but it turned out to be better than I expected as I…

Where Have You Been?

Oh my goodness. I kept procrastinating until I finally made myself  get back on the computer to post to my  blog what has been going on here at Cherry Ridge.   Where does the time go? How can it go by so quickly? This past month has been a whirl-wind of activity. Springtime, here on…

Pack up the thermal underwear

Can you believe it?  Looky, looky. If  hadn’t seen it with my own eyes I would have second guessed my husband’s comment, “It feels pretty good outside.”  The temperature is rising and I was so surprised when I went outside to feed the chickens and rabbits and saw,  fifty-five degrees.   I then fed the…