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Donna Wood
"I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes..." Thoreau
"I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes..." Thoreau

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I guess I'm just a cat farmer now
It was very hard for me to get rid of my last Jersey cow.  It left me feeling sad for awhile.  At least I still had the chickens, and consoled myself with that idea for a while.  But I never was chicken-crazy the way some folks are, definitely not in the wa...

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Tribute to my Cousin
My husband, Cliff, was born and raised in the city, but as a kid his family visited relatives in a rural area.  He developed a fascination with tractors back then.  He recalls the first time he drove a tractor, a John Deere B his uncle had.  The uncle rode ...

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For the love of tractors (part 2)
We had lived south of Oak Grove for seven years when we decided to put our twenty acres up for sale and buy ourselves a farm in north Missouri.  Now, any farmers reading this will understand just how crazy this idea was when I tell you the year was 1974.  P...

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How my husband's love for tractors turned into a passion (part 1)
Cliff was born in Versailles, Missouri, but he was raised in Kansas City.  His only ties to farm life were aunts, uncles, and grandparents in Morgan County.  We've been talking about his love of tractors this morning because I'm trying to document the journ...

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Some recent Facebook connections
Everybody, including me, complains about Facebook:  too many political posts, too much complaining, too addictive.  All true, as it happens.  But wonderful things happen there, too.  I have reconnected with several people from my past, even a few from my gr...

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Times are hard
I'm in a bit of a funk lately.  This is normal for me in winter, but it's somewhat worse when you have a friend dying, suffering greatly in the process, and can't do a thing about it (I know, it sounds like I think it's "all about me", but I don't; I just f...

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I was really enjoying the Keurig until...
Unfortunately, it stopped working after three months.  I called the number provided by them and was connected to a fellow who thought he could tell me how to fix it.  First of all, he asked what water we were using.  I told him our water goes through a wate...

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Gathering my favorite music
My daughter insists neither Cliff nor I will ever go into a nursing home, in spite of my orders that if I get to a point I don't know who I am or where I am, I would rather be in a nursing home.  My daughter-in-law is taking care of her mother in her home, ...

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Emmet Squash
I told this story for my Facebook friends; I think my Blogger buddies will enjoy it too.   To begin, I must tell you that Cora has an active imagination and will pretend along with any scenario Cliff and I make up.  We like to claim responsibility for this ...

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Oh, this bread machine!
First of all, had I realized how big a bread machine is, I might not have purchased it.  After reading many reviews, it seems this one isn't as big as most, but I live in a trailer house, remember, and my kitchen is small.  I won't be leaving this on the co...
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