Category Archives: Reflections

Blessings At The Farm

In spite of the state of the world right now we continue to count our blessings each day.

Inside The Hoop House

Saturday April 4, 2020 – around 2:00 P.M.


The outside temperature was about 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 C) while the temperature inside rose to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 C). The sun had been  shining earlier but the clouds had covered the sky. Rain showers were on their way.


The seed trays on the left are cabbage seeds that my husband planted this past week and the boxes on the right are lettuce, spinach, beets and swiss chard. I expect to see all of them sprouting soon.


My husband bought me two flats of pansies from his former employer and I happily potted them. He knows how to make me happy. 🙂


I find pansies to be such a cheery flowers.

Sunday Afternoon 

Snapshots of the farm.

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We discovered another crocus

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and another. 🙂


Lilac buds


and Forsythia wanting to flower.

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A lovely spring day.

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Just a bit too soon for swimming.  LOL!

How have you been blessed today?

What are you grateful for?

55 Things #15 – Ranger Writes

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Ranger has really taken to my husband. He follows my husband around, watching his every move, and when my husband is not moving sometimes he will just sit and stare at him. When my husband asks why he is doing that I tell him “he wants to be you.”

Usually when my husband is away Ranger turns his attention to me and what I am doing. Often it’s when I am sitting at my computer desk trying to type that Ranger will come put his paws on my leg. Then, before I know it, he wiggles his way up on my lap and I’ll have 20 pounds of beagle between me and the computer.

Today I decided to let him help me write.

A Nap On Your Lap

By Ranger and Ruth

Our walk is done, now take off your cap.
A bite to eat, then it’s time for a nap.
A nap I say – sit down, sit down
It’s time for a nap –
a nap on your lap.

What’s wrong with you?
Did you hear what I said?
I’m a tired pup – can’t hold up my head
If you won’t listen, if you won’t sit
I’ll just have to nap on your bed

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Time Marches On

Wow! It’s hard for me to believe that March is over already. I have to tell you that despite the chaos that is going on around the world in many ways things here haven’t changed.

Let me show you.

Spring has sprung –

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– things are greening up as they always do.

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Trees are beginning to bud.



Chives, daffodils and Irises are awakening from their winter nap.



There is no longer ice on the pond. But there is mud everywhere.


Strawberry leaves are turning green, as are thyme, oregano and some others that I do not have photos of.

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The garlic is sprouting. 🙂



Our gardening season has begun. The first seeds we started currently reside in our dinning room along with some of our house plants. My husband set up extra lighting for them.

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Here we have nasturtiums, calendula, and marigolds. Since only a few marigolds sprouted I replanted them two days ago. All of these will be used as companion plants within our garden to keep various pests away. Since this is the first time we will be doing this I plan to report the results in future posts.


Last week my husband spent countless hours building our hoop house. “It’s not pretty” he said but as long as it’s functional we agree we can live with it. He worked until dark on Friday to get it put together before the rain arrived on Saturday and the wind on Sunday. If it could pass the weekend weather test we would be ready to start using it this week.

With a few adjustments it did withstand the heavy rains and 40-60 mph winds we had over the weekend. As I write this he is preparing to plant lettuce, spinach, swiss chard and cabbage.


On Thursday, when he was still in the building process, he had some help. Peanut (the cat) who hasn’t been around much this winter stopped by for a visit. He and Ranger spent some time getting acquainted.

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This chickens are very happy this time of year. They enjoy a diet of bugs, grubs and fresh greens.


The farm had been drying up a bit but the rain that came Saturday caused puddling and ponding all over again.


That is a typical spring in Michigan.


Perhaps it was also the rain that brought this crayfish out. When we crossed paths in our back field on Sunday he had no objections to me taking his picture.

While our world has changed so drastically in just the last few weeks I find peace in looking at the ways that it has not changed.

What things in your life have not changed?

Will you be planting a garden this year?




55 things # 14 – An Earworm

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This song that I haven’t heard or even thought about in ages started playing over and over in my mind on Monday and has stayed with me through the week. It’s not driving me crazy like earworms sometimes do, in fact it is just what I needed this week.

When I looked the song up on YouTube I was surprised to learn that Anne Murray was the original artist. Did you know that?