My husband and brother-in-law (BIL) both have the amazing ability to treat me like a princess while concurrently challenging me to expand my horizons. They also know that while I am likely to insist that I just want to watch first if my husband shows any intention of getting me to try something like using… Continue reading Driving a tractor
When we were visiting family in Texas this summer, my husband was stung on the forehead by some red wasps that he was attempting to evict from his aunt's house soffit. We were both surprised when his aunt exclaimed that she was going to get the toothpaste and disappeared into the house. We were even… Continue reading Bee stings and toothpaste
There's a progression to my career path that for now ends with farmer: electronics technician, computer programmer, English teacher, and tree farmer. It's an odd mixture, but it represents my personality and my eclectic range of interests and abilities. I do so love the logic and the beauty of math and science, but I also… Continue reading Adding "farmer" to my resume.
Figs: We have had a fig tree in our yard for 10 years, but have left most of the figs for the birds until this summer. As our thoughts moved toward retirement and how and where we want to spend it, I decided to retry canning -- something I have done sporadically since learning how… Continue reading Experimenting with canning.
I finally made a successful batch of bee fondant using the recipe from Honey Bee Suite. I like the common-sense approach of the author, and I was able to use my experience from three failed batches to improve what I was doing with recipes in general. Five pounds of sugar yielded six paper dinner plates… Continue reading Cooking for bees
Next week, we will take the second major step in our journey toward retirement in the countryside on what will become Magnolia Hill Farm -- closing. The first step was finding the right piece of land. Our real estate agent, Kent, Morris, not only helped us, he has also restored our faith in real estate… Continue reading Embarking on the project