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Farm Name: Heart's Haven

Year Farm Established: 2005

Location: 2000 Cow, 20 people land, MO

Years I’ve been farming: 10 years

Animals I raise: Rescue Dogs; Gold Laced Wyandotte Chickens. I'm researching adding Guinea Hens, some form of dairy cow and guinea hogs in the Spring. The goal is to be completely self-sufficient as far as food goes.

Crops I grow: Using Raised beds to serve the disabled, we produce organic vegetables(espe- cially garlic, collards and melons), pecans, apples and pears

Hobbies I enjoy: Helping others with Disabilities; Crocheting, Reading, Clipping coupons to send to the military overseas, renovating the farm/shop on the property into a home to live in.

The proudest moment on my farm: Being able to get out of my wheelchair and onto my garden tractor for the first tour of the property

Pets: 5 Dogs: a Border Collie-Suki; a Bernese-Kittie; a Bull-Mastiff/La- b Mix: Missy; A Black & Tan Coonhound-Foxie and a Red-Boned Coonhound-Zeus

Farm Motto: Do your best every day. No matter how small the step, it can be a step forward

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  I love your motto, and the picture is beautiful. Can you believe the weather we're having, I have to keep telling myself its to early to start garden plants yet, but oh how I want to. I'm trying to wait another month. We got two more rabbits this past month, can't wait for spring to breed them, they sould make beautiful babies and the hens are loveing this weather their laying more eggs again. I'm located about 14 miles south west of Sadaila,our nearest neighbor is about a mile away, but I like the privicy. We are surrounded by big farms, and have a lot of wild life in the area.Last winter I saw a mountin lion in the field next to the house, and we see deer and turkey all the time.

Come visit me, PB&J.

01/11/2012 12:02.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Safety Always an Issue
My next-door neighbor was run over by a tractor today. He's a person who uses heavy equipment nearly every day, so I don't know if something didn't work correctly on the braking system; he got in a hurry; or? His pelvis is broken in 2 places, and kidneys, spleen and liver have also been damaged. It's a terrible reminder that farming is one of the most dangerous jobs on the planet - and we can never be too careful. Unfortunately, this may signal the end of another family farm.

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

12/29/2011 05:16.11 PM Report This Comment  
  I give up! This morning a completely black wooly worm was sitting smack dab on my doorstep -- usually meaning deep snows and a hard cold; and this is the first time our pond has been melted through and available for wildlife to use this late in the year. We went back and reviewed temp records we keep on the farm, and this is the warmest it has been since 2007. I keep having this sneaky feeling that Father Winter is just lurking behind a Cedar tree waiting to blow down when we least expect it, but who knows?

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

12/25/2011 05:10.14 PM Report This Comment  
  The Heavy-Duty Outdoor Kitty Mat works like a charm! Stormy cat only took a few hours to figure out that when she snuggles down on it - it ramps up to a toasty warm 102 degrees. The way we have it set up, she can either snuggle there, or let it heat up the mini cat barn, then snuggle into the adjacent straw-filled area. When she gets off the mat and becomes "the mighty hunter" again, it automatically drops down to just a few degrees above the ambient air temperature. Yay - I'm sleeping nights again, now that it's going back into below-freezing temps.

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

12/15/2011 07:15.21 PM Report This Comment  
  We May Be In for Snowy January
According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, today's weather in your area should predict the type of weather you can expect in January. If so, today was stormy, verging on almost violent rain and thunderstorms. If so, and the persimmon seeds in my pasture are correct, we're going to have really heavy snows come January. My energy is renewed to try and be ready to hunker in for weeks on end!

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

12/14/2011 05:41.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Deer Herd in Serious Decline
Doe season is almost over here, and the total number of females culled is significantly below what other years have been. Because this is a rural agricultural community that relies upon deer meat, much as the Native Americans who came here before us, many are looking at nearly empty freezers and starvation. Why? Who knows -- there are many theories. Mine is that the crazy almost summer-like weather now and extreme heat and drought during the summer meant that many deer didn't survive at all or are so depleted from everything that they're hiding in extreme locations to simply try and survive.

I've had markings on my property, but that's because I've been actively planting and working my pastures to support as much wildlife as possible. I've even ordered chicory and turnips to be added next year to farther-away parcels.

Now to just figure out how to help hundreds of families through the rest of the winter.

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

12/13/2011 06:29.58 PM Report This Comment  
  I've always dutifully followed normal planting recommendations, and most of our garlic went in the ground in late September and early October for summer harvesting. I had one lone bulb left that I was going to mince and freeze for future use. But the days have been so mild and beautiful, I decided to experiment... so each of that last bulbs cloves went into a newly-completed compost area. We'll see what planting later than normal here does -- who knows, maybe I'll continue to be able to harvest later too!

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

12/12/2011 07:25.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Moving without Thinking
Yesterday my neighbor moved one of his herds of Angus to another pasture higher up our gravel road. It was funny to watch him herding them with mini-SUVs. I couldn't help wondering if 2000 pound cars running over a clay pasture could be that good for the future grass.

In any event; one of the older mama cows didn't like the new digs. No trees whatsoever, and being at the highest point in our entire county, it is almost always windswept at 20mph or more.

I'm still not sure why cattle raising here includes completely removing any shade or trees. My grandfather ran 5000 head, and always made sure to keep them cool at mid-day with tree cover and juicy fencerow plants -- said it kept them eating and more weight on).

Anyway - Bossy decided she wanted back to the older pasture down lower; and managed to push the barbed-wire gate down low enough to get out. I found her jaunting down the road towards a busy highway. My suburban was big enough to get her moving back up in the opposite direction, but she went onto another rancher's land, then came barreling back down after his dog let her know she was unwanted LOL. So there I am; in the middle of the road, trying to get this crazy pregnant cow back into HER pasture, with nothing but a 4-strand wire gate between me and her. At the VERY LAST MINUTE (I could smell her breath sheesh) she decided to turn and go it. If not, it would have been 2000 pounds against my 5' body. Why is it in farming we do things first - then realize what could have happened later?

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

12/11/2011 06:51.35 PM Report This Comment  
  There's something intrinsically satisfying in cutting wood to heat your home off of your own place. One of the reasons we chose to plant pecans and fruit trees was that the culled branches and trees that weren't the best could be used in our wood-burning stove. The smell of apple or pecan wood burning in a winter evening is heavenly, and goes full circle, with the ash after burning going back to fertilize the pastures and pecan orchard.

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

12/10/2011 06:51.17 PM Report This Comment  
  Ice is On the Pond - Winter's Officially come
The edges of the pond were slightly frozen 3 days ago -- now there's frozen 3" thick; and we have to run the wellhouse pump a little all the time to keep the line to the house that wasn't buried deeply enough or insulated from filling with ice. It's no fun having no running water for a week or more.

Although we have a heat tape attached to the pump head, which produces warm water there, it can take more than a day to melt all the ice in the line if it gets filled. It's amazing how much water you use with humans and dogs in the house!

In any event, today the entire pond was covered with a layer of ice, and only the deepest part thawed by late afternoon. That means winter's officially here - even with the light snow we've gotten so far. Hunker down time.

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

12/09/2011 06:46.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Came and Went
Well, we got snow yesterday, but just light airy flakes, and they were gone today by noon. The Cat Hotel seemed to have worked, because despite the temps last night plummeting to 17 degrees, Stormy came stretching out of the straw bale haven all cheerful and sleepy-eyed. It's the small successes that keep self-sufficiency moving forward!

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

12/07/2011 05:53.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Our first snow crept in this morning on the proverbial "little cat feet." There were just tiny flakes, and barely enough to make an inch -- soft powder. But it browned out everything else that was still trying to grow above ground; and Stormy finally decided to use the Straw Barn built for her. Guess she decided that having a great view from the upper deck greenhouse windows wasn't worth suffering through 15 degree weather. Now she's warm and toasty and I'm beside the fire dreaming of seed sprouting next spring.

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

12/06/2011 04:03.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Snow stakes went up today; the bird feeders got moved close enough to the house that they can be easily re-filled even with tall drifts. It's getting too cold and windy to do much else outside. Time to start planning inside projects - or just take a nice winter nap!

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

12/05/2011 05:16.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Kitty Barn is Up
Unwittingly my adopted kitten, Stormy, now has the best insulated place on the property LOL! My neighbor sold me 5 bales of straw at a very good rate, and we stacked them to produce a mini-barn. I found out that straw bale R-values range from 1 to 2.5 per inch, and at 24" inches thick, that's one well-insulated cat hotel! Covered with plastic tarping, and with loose straw for bedding over a set of free pallets from the local lumberyard, the place is quite snug and dry. Whether or not this mighty hunter decides to use it is up to her.

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

12/04/2011 08:03.10 PM Report This Comment  
  Thank Heavens for Country Manners!
Today was not the best one I've ever had. It was heavy rain; and I needed to get multiple bales of straw into the car to built a kitty hut for the feral cat who has adopted Heart's Haven. She deserves it - keeping mousies at bay -- but the old Beast Suburban wasn't cooperating. I couldn't get doors opened and the straw up without help; and no one was around to offer until a nice couple I've never seen in town drove in to where I was at the feedstore; stopped; figured out what was wrong with the Beast and loaded me up. Wouldn't find that anywhere in the city. I'm sooooo glad I moved!

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

12/03/2011 03:49.30 PM Report This Comment  
  And then again, maybe not!
Today there was no frost on the pond, where it was half frozen over yesterday; and the air was almost balmy. It got up to the mid 60's, with sun so bright and skies so blue they looked like the pictures you see in photo journal calendars. The Great I-AM must be having a good laugh at us puny humans. Winter one day; spring the next. Even my trees are confused. A couple of the mulberries are trying to leaf out again.

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

12/01/2011 06:57.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Winter is Here?
Snow is coming. Each early morning when I walk the dogs, they can sniff it on the wind. My pond was partially frozen today; the beavers have taken every willow within hauling distance; and heavy frost has taken out all but the hardy last collard leaves and snapdragons (amazingly enough!). Then we have a 71 degree day followed by a 19 degree night. Don't even know how to deal with that. Once I light the wood stove, I want to be able to keep it going, but who needs 95 degrees in the house. As much as I get sick of being snowed in, I think I'm ready for winter to really begin.

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

11/30/2011 07:54.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Deer Season Progresses
"Normal" Hunting with Rifles began here November 12th. Unfortunately, a number of the nearby hunters seem to be sipping a bit too much white lightening lately, because I have random shots at my trees, and gun shots all through the night - even though they're supposed to end 1/2 hour after sundown.

What's funny is that the deer aren't stupid. I don't know how, but they know which properties have hunters, and which don't, because all of a sudden, I've got little deer feet tracks and scat all over my pastures. They show up after my last walk with the pooches, and hang out where there's cover on the farm as long as they can. It's funny to hear the hunters talking about not being able to find any deer, when I've got four or five good-sized does sneaking around my barn!

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

11/13/2011 09:18.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Pioneer Living
I know the Amish by me live with few conveniences, carts and horses, but I've often wondered how they did it. This past 3 weeks gave me a real taste of what being an isolated pioneer woman must have felt like.

We had a really crazy freak storm with microburst mini-tornadoes all over; rapid temperature changes, really severe thunderstorms and flooding, and lightening that was incredible. The nearest cell tower was put out of commission; my satellite dish became a lightening rod (not good); and the electrician who came to fix things said he thought there must have been a major surge through the whole place, because I also lost my printer, computer and a few other electronic items -- despite all of them being hooked up to surge protectors (REALLY BIG SIGH).

So, for almost a month, There was only sporadic cell service, no internet, no contact, no nothing. If I wanted to get on-line, I had to drive miles to the nearest town library - and who has pay phones anymore.

Day after day I found myself wondering how all those pioneer women survived. I was only a 2-hour drive (by horse & buggy anyway) from a town and coffee-shop conversation -- They were hours or days from anything or anyone. I've heard of them writing poems that blew in the wind - just hoping to contact someone. Now I understand. What a hardy breed of ancestors we must have had - to build a country as large as ours is.

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

11/11/2011 08:43.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for the greeting.
Arbela is in Extreme North East Missouri. I haven't had an opportunity to take anything from here to the market as the dry weather put a stop to my peppers and tomatoes growth until just recently and then they didn't have time to ripen before the frost. Lots of green tomatoes though so am making salsa with the few peppers I got. Next year I hope to make it to market. Our little doggie is a dobe she is a real good girl and awful smart, good with the grandkids and just everybody.

Come visit me, Garlic Joe's Organic Farm.

10/23/2011 01:01.08 PM Report This Comment  
  On Ritz and Rituals
While living in the city and scurrying up the career ladder, you needed a watch, PDA, smart phone and 12 other gadgets to keep you in step. Constantly you would hear: “Change is Good. Nothing is constant but Change. Only those who can keep up with change will survive.” And most of us bought into the carrot constantly dangling outside our reach.

The problem with that belief is that it’s not realistic, and it leaves the rat wheel spinning faster and faster out of control. Much of our world’s current craziness comes from that spinning wheel. So I’m glad to be one of those who have now chosen country life – one more in keeping with natural rhythms. The seasons repeat themselves over and over; fall comes after summer; winter provides us a time to rest and re-group.

Just last night, my dogs reminded me that things don’t always change, nor should they. How? Normally we have a snack before bed – the pups and the people. Their favorite is Ritz Crackers. Not just any Ritz – Vegetable Ritz, no less. Ok, I know, they’re not the best nutrition, but who is going to disagree with popularity? But this once I was too tired, worn-out by trying to figure out how to get the place ready for winter in the face of my disability, to remember the Ritz.

But the dogs didn’t. One by one they came into the bedroom; sat down facing me with mournful eyes, and just…. stared. Then the Lab went to where the crackers are kept and started whining – which became a low howl as I ignored her. The rising crescendo eventually became impossible to ignore. Finally, the Ritz ritual was fulfilled. Quiet dogs; happy house. Who says we always have to change? Sometimes it’s just fine to keep things as they are; maybe more than sometimes.

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

10/09/2011 07:43.24 PM Report This Comment  
  So I'm cleaning out all the flower/food beds, preparing for the coming frost. Being laid up has some advantages -- I wasn't able to cull my spring Collards like I wanted, and now they are throwing up new green shoots by the tons. Maybe I'll experiment with not re-seeding, and just seeing if I can get them to come back.

I also noticed bumblebees, wasps, moths and some sort of other insect that was pollinating anything they could find. Maybe the concerns about the standard bee disappearing are not as serious as originally thought -- or maybe it's just that I've worked so hard this last year to be completely organic, so they're showing the farm their approval.

One thing I did notice is that as much as I hate annuals, because it's just more work when every movement is a trial and painful -- I'm planting a zillion Cosmos next year. Despite harsh drought, heat and every other crazy weather crank that could be thrown at us this year, the Cosmos are still blooming furiously - probably will until the first real heavy freeze - and are feeding all the pollinators when everything else is pretty much fading

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

10/08/2011 06:38.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Last night was a first; and left me wondering exactly what is going on with nature. I went out to give my older dog her final walk, and was confronted with at least 300 black birds filling the oak trees, attacking the front pasture, diving into the wetlands and generally making a racket.

At first I thought they were crows, which I know mob together, but no. These are smaller, fleeter, and have a higher shrill call. The only thing I can think of is that this was both the 17 year and 13 year cicada cycles coinciding, and whenever I've mowed the pastures, there have been an incredible number of hopping, flying and clicking locust everywhere. Maybe the blackbirds are migrating and taking advantage of the bounty. If so, thank you birds! If not, then Hitchcock was right and the Birds are coming!

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

10/07/2011 07:43.31 PM Report This Comment  
  So we've been adopted, it seems. I'm a dog person, and have even developed allergies to cats, although we use to have many of them when I was small. Notwithstanding that, a small grey and black-striped tabby kitten has been showing up each morning on our deck - driving the dogs mad. She refuses to leave, and inquiries to neighbors and shelters has provided nowhere to take her.

So now what? She can't be inside- the dogs would eat her (well, maybe not literally) or my eyes would swell shut. I noticed she was painfully thin, so broke down and fed her today. She rushed over to me immediately when I called her -- a very riendly, gratefully purring puss when I gave her cooked chicken and rice (easy on an empty stomach). How do I keep a maybe 3-4 month old kitten as an outside cat with winter coming on? Dilemma, dilemma.

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

09/30/2011 09:02.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Nature seems a cruel taskmaster this year. Our baby tomatoes and peppers, which struggled back so valiantly after the hailstorms aren't quite ripe; and our Hale cantaloupes are more than mid-way, but not yet ready to slip off the vines -- stopped mid-season by extreme heat. Now we're supposed to have 40 degrees tomorrow night; and it's impossible to keep the air around them heated hot enough, as they do in California. So do I toss in the towel and pull everything out, or hang in for a few more days, and hope it warms enough again to finish their growth?

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

09/29/2011 08:28.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Of Ritz and Rituals
When I was a city dweller, we were told that nothing stays the same; that we needed to rush around like mice on wheels, always hurrying to keep up with whatever or whomever was getting ready to run us over.

Now that I live on property, the seasons remind me that isn't true; that fall does finally come after summer - no matter how harsh; that even without a great green thumb, seeds inevitably want to grow and bloom. In fact, my Native American friend doesn't wear a watch, and couldn't care less about what time it is. He marks his life by the Catfish moon, the Wolf moon - knowing when the hunt, plow, and plant, by the rhythmic repetition of the seasons - no rush, just being in step.

And today my dogs reminded me that there is much to be said for rituals that mark your days. At the end of a hard day, we normally sit back to enjoy a DVD and a snack. I was tired and just wanted to lay down. But my red-bone found the Ritz box, brought it to me; and they all sat expectantly waiting for a bite. Just like family dinners, I guess Ritz crackers can become a soothing end to a long day LOL

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

09/27/2011 07:18.58 PM Report This Comment  
  It Had to Go
I was raised by a pioneering woman from Arizona that taught me the old maxim, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” While it is a strong survival skill in today’s miserable economy, unwittingly, she also created an entrenched pack rat. After all, I might need that some day. But recent events of other people’s needs, coupled with facing death, not once, but twice, made me realize that having so much stuff makes no sense. Who would want to have to sort through it all if I were gone? And, why not get it to someone who really does NEED it right now?

So Heart’s Haven is a lot lighter today than it was last spring. Not just clothes, but dishes, jewelry, sheets, quilts and anything else that hadn’t been used in the last year or two has been weeded out.

Actually, I’m a lot lighter too – no more junk left to walk around or through; no more wondering what, if anything, I can do with much of what was there. Now if only I could find someone who wanted three not-yet bald tires LOL.

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

09/26/2011 11:39.48 AM Report This Comment  
  As long as your stock comes from a rabbies free herd and you keep your herd closed by breeding through AI(ing)...which if our 9 yr old did it you can too....:) you can do an all natural pork. The reason why I say all natural is because you still need to worm them. But if you use pumpkin seeds and FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous Earth (A.K.A. DE) you are good to go.

Can you take a PQA (Pork Qualtiy Assurace) class thorugh your AgCenter?

We vacc only because our son shows and we don't want to transmit another different type of illness to the ones that he left at home.

When he brings one back home, they are washed down well, rinsed with vinger and stay one the other side of the property for 30 whole days to make sure that they shed anything that could be brought back to his herd.

Come visit me, The Homestead.

09/22/2011 06:32.49 AM Report This Comment  
We had a mystery, and since I’m not normally an avid mystery reader, at first this was much more frustrating than interesting. “Something” had downed an Eastern Red cedar near the pond. Who knew why. Hereabouts cedars are considered “trash” by most, but I nourish and cherish them as the only evergreen that survives our tough winters and beats out the pine beetles [who did in all the other species neighbors were brave enough to plant]. (Just goes to show that using plants native to the area probably works best.) So I was a more than a bit saddened by the loss of the largest evergreen on the property.

Shortly after, a Cottonwood tree right by our driveway was down. Now this is logging season, and the quest for free wood is the topic of constant conversation. So I wondered if our neighbor’s tractor had spun out of control again or we had some sort of vandals. Earnest questioning said neither were the solution. Plus there were long flat lines in the wetlands, and within a day or two, the smaller branches of the cottonwood were dribbled here and there along them. The final straw was when I went out to mow and found two of my river willows toppled. Not as disturbing, since I had been telling myself I wanted to thin them a bit anyway, but what the heck? A nighttime hunt revealed two very large and diligent rodents chewing the branches happily off the willows; and a good inspection the following day revealed an ever-growing mound in our two-acre pond. It’s official -- we have beavers! By the looks of it, they’re quite healthy too. Local ranchers I mentioned this to recommended them for dinner, but I came here partly for the wildlife, so it’s exciting to see what develops next.

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

09/21/2011 07:55.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Well our son shows and the stress alone is enough to kill a pig if they are a stress carrier. Which is always why you should take the time with the breeder and ask those questions that are on your mind. Just because your animal is healthy and your child is showing them doesn't mean the animal next them are at the same health level or care.

www.jefferslivestock.com/category. asp?camid=LIV&c=3401&c2c=sch

Check the above site for the different vaccines they have for swine. If I missed a word let me know and I will repost it.

Come visit me, The Homestead.

09/21/2011 06:30.44 AM Report This Comment  
Whatever happened to transitions? Remember those slowly waning weeks where winter gradually warmed to a glorious spring, or those gently cooling days and nights that signaled autumn was on the way? Not this year. We went from winter, speeding through two weeks of Spring, directly into the hottest summer ever. Now we’ve done the same. Just weeks ago it was 98 degrees and so humid you couldn’t breathe. Overnight the Locust trees have turned brilliant red; the old oak at the bottom of the valley has turned orangey-brown, and my river birch by the pond are showing brilliant yellow. Fall, it seems, just plopped into my lap unannounced.
And frankly, I’m not ready. I don’t know about you, but my to-do list still has a million things that the ridiculous heat we had this summer prevented me from completing. Now I have to plan to forego many of them, and start the wrap up in preparation for winter – which the Old Farmer’s Almanac says should be heavy with snow. (Yikes!) I need to figure out which department’s suggestion box up in heaven I need to send a note to. Not a complaint, really. I’d just like a little better sense of what’s coming along, back to the original early warning system that came Spring and Fall used to be, so I wouldn’t be left feeling like the seemingly desperate field mice I saw scurrying about so fast with their pouches full last night.

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

09/20/2011 07:35.47 PM Report This Comment  

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09/20/2011 10:25.01 AM Report This Comment  
I like your motto. One step at a time, sometimes slow is best anyway!

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09/19/2011 02:51.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Sometimes simply Surviving is Success
This year has been a hard one. The weather extremes play havoc with my disability, making it hard to move, let alone walk, and I've lost a lot of my experimental plantings and some of my newer fruit and nut trees to the extreme temperatures and crazy hailstone/tornado attacks this summer.

However, it's calmed down now, and as I've been able to finally move around a bit outside, I've noticed that nature has a lesson to teach me. Yes, one old oak tree has succumbed to the heat, but tomatoes, sunflowers and peppers that had been beaten to the ground by the hail have come back and are producing gloriously.

Yes, the muskmelons suffered in the drought when no one could water them for, me, but the recent two-inches of rain have them sprawling all over their hills again.

Even the seedling pecans that had been mowed down by hungry deer during our crazy 6-month winter and dried out by the 2-month long lack of water are sprouting again.

Just because things cut or beat us down, that's no reason to give up trying. I may not be moving forward on the land as I originally dreamed, but every fresh tomato, every ripe pepper tells me I'm moving forward. I'm finally learning that sometimes simply surviving until the next season is a success of its own.

Come visit me, Heart's Haven.

09/18/2011 08:54.05 PM Report This Comment  


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