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Gift of snow

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We hear warnings on the radio and NOAA confirms cold weather coming. Really cold for our region: nights in the teens, days in the 20s. This is not normal, and the forecast of snow is also surprising. We’ve had sprinklings in past winters, but here we’re looking for inches. We know what to do—we’re from the Rocky Mountains. We go …

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Nine lives — going fast

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Dennis just jumped up on the desk and is purring and rubbing to distract me from the computer. (Remember that feral cat who was going to live in the barn?) He wants to say he has forgiven us for the terrible fright he had yesterday. We didn’t see him when we came home last night, but he is often out …

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We thrive on the quiet – listening

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How does one convey the healing values of the quiet on a dew-laden spring morning.  It rained last night, just what the spring grass (and the lambs) need.  As the sun came up I sat on my porch and watched a ewe take her first drink of the morning  The Canadian geese were making their usual “honking” spring pass down …

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Snow in the mountains, geese swooping In

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There is fresh snow in the mountains — the cat asleep on my new sweater — I hear the “swoosh” of a pair of Canadian Geese coming in for a landing on our pond — there is a fire in our wood stove.  Spring is here on our farm. I delight in these experiences of evolved existence. In our modernized, …

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Cows?

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This place is really all about the animals. Bill and I spent our first ten years together on a large farm in the rural South—several thousand acres of pine, pasture, soybeans and corn. And on the pasture were brood cows and their calves. Before long I, a city girl, was helping to herd them into the squeeze chute, vaccinate them, …

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Yes, he moved in . . . to the house

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Dennis is a very handsome, green-eyed fellow, and he is almost as social as a dog, following us up and down the property and riding in the car and truck. He tried to go home with the electrician one day—his van was full of interesting cubbies! As the house was being finished, a professionally installed cat door went in, six …

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And then there was Dennis . . .

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I am a dog person. I don’t want a cat, but on a farm we need a feral cat who lives in the barn. I will NOT have a cat in the house, NEVER, EVER. Soon after acquiring the property we moved into temporary quarters (the garage and our camper) and the place was invaded by carpenters, excavators, electricians and …

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Traveling and moving in search of . . .

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My wife and I have spent some of our married life looking for, sometimes living in those places we thought would be beautiful, interesting and meaningful.  No one place has been perfect, but each has warmed our souls (those intangible parts of ourselves in search of intangible values) in some special ways. The active search is still adding to a lifetime, increasingly …

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