"In the central portion of the great North American Continent there lies an arid and repulsive desert, which for many a long year served as a barrier against the advance of civilization. From the Sierra Nevada to Nebraska, and from the Yellowstone River in the north to the Colorado upon the south, is a region of desolation and silence." - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Wait for the Pie

A short excerpt from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Farmer Boy includes a delicious reminder about Thanksgiving priorities:

Almanzo simply ate. He ate ham and chicken and turkey, and dressing and cranberry jelly; he ate potatoes and gravy, succotash, baked beans and boiled beans and onions, and white bread and rye ’n’ injun bread, and sweet pickles and jam and preserves. Then he drew a long breath, and he ate pie.
When he began to eat pie, he wished he had eaten nothing else. He ate a piece of pumpkin pie and a piece of custard pie, and he ate almost a piece of vinegar pie. He tried a piece of mince pie, but could not finish it. He just couldn’t do it. There were berry pies and cream pies and vinegar pies and raisin pies, but he could not eat any more.

Source: "Every Meal Almanzo Eats in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Farmer Boy"

Monday, October 30, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Jack Frost's First Visit of the Season

With temperatures in the high 20s last night, it is the end of the season for tomatoes, peppers, and pumpkins:

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sunflowers & Butterflies

This year's sunflowers were a great success and helped bring in the occasional cloud of butterflies.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Basket of Plenty

From our first tomato and pepper harvest, with a few cucumbers thrown in as well:

And radish pods, the treat left over when you let radishes go to seed:

Thursday, September 7, 2017

State Fair Straw Poll for 2018 House and Governor Primaries

If [straw] could vote, Marty Jackley would be the Republican nominee for governor and Dusty Johnson would be the GOP nominee for the U.S. House.

The state Republican Party held a "staw poll" during the run of the State Fair at their booth.
Marty Jackley won with 58%, Dusty Johnson with 54%. Click here for the full results.

The primary election will be June 5, 2018.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Garden Updates: Vegetables, Butterflies, and Morning Glories

After the grasshopper-ravaged onion harvest, the other quarters are still thriving:

Elsewhere, the sunflower patch has been hosting swarms of monarch butterflies:

 And our "heirloom" morning glories (from seeds originally planted in Virginia in 2009) provide some color around the compost bin:

Monday, August 28, 2017

Grapes and Cats

Our first grapes--Somerset seedless, one of few varieties that grow in Zone 4:

Farm cats seeking shelter in a bucket of straw:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Friday, January 27, 2017

Snow Mountain Sunset

The sunset, from what is actually a long pile of snow created from clearing our road, from last January:

Thursday, January 12, 2017