Our Neighbor Has a Dog Eating Turkey

LauraFarm Life

(This story is inspired by Gooney Bird Greene, a little girl who I wish I had met a long time ago, but who taught Vivienne and me tons about how to share the stories of our lives. If you’ve seen her name on recommended readings lists, don’t be turned off by the title or the cover. It is a delightful … Read More

Climb Up My Apple Tree

LauraAll Posts, Farm Life, Healthy Living

(Remember that rhyme, “Cici, my playmate…”?) Our one huge apple tree has been transformed into pies, pies, and more pies, not to mention a shelf full of applesauce and canned apples. Delicious. That’s not without some old fashioned labor though, which you’ll have to imagine for yourself. (I didn’t snap a picture of Ryan balancing on a tree limb whacking … Read More

Winds of Change

LauraAll Posts, Farm Life

This summer, Ryan built a windmill. The wind spins the blades, which send power through a long black tube, running across the field and into the pond, where it is attached to an aerator that sits in a bucket at the bottom of the pond. The aerator sends air bubbles up to the surface of the pond to control the … Read More

Autumn Decorations

LauraAll Posts, Farm Life

This girl couldn’t be giddier: a new home and a new blog… in the FALL!  Needless to say, I’m in nesting heaven. I pulled the “Autumn Decorations” bin out of the attic and was not impressed by the handful of pumpkin-like-things that stared up at me. What had filled our old house “to the rafters”,  shrunk considerably in this larger … Read More

It’s In the Savoring

LauraAll Posts, Farm Life, Motherhood

Is it summer, beauty, youthfulness, flavor, or joy? Whatever good is before you today, savor it full… and your heart will well up in grateful praise. *** *** *** *** (Oh, you never know the tidbit of inspiration that may come your way at 10 Million Miles… Subscribe today!)

A Fireflyologist

LauraAll Posts, Early Elementary Education, Farm Life, Kindergarten

Enjoy the remaining summer evenings by joining the firefly watch! The Museum of Science in Boston is asking regular folks like you and me (and our firefly-loving kids) to observe the fireflies that frequent our habitats. We typed in our first field journal entry tonight. The website provides a simple explanation of the differences in color, flash pattern, and behaviors … Read More

What they don’t tell you at the Farm Store

LauraFarm Life

I’ve been countin’ on the folks at the local farm store to be my wealth of information. But, I’ve discovered a few important things that they seem to overlook. For example, they don’t tell you not to paint your toe nails red. And they really should. Being farm specialists and all. It would make strawberry-picking a lot easier. Fewer false … Read More

Here, Kitty-Kitty!

LauraFarm Life, Motherhood

(This post is dedicated to my sister, Erin. Who, if memory serves me right, once had 3 cats walking across her out-stretched arms at the same time.) And who got all of the cat-loving genes in our family. In fact, she got so many of the cat-loving genes, that I got negative cat-loving genes. Or, so I thought. As it … Read More