Tough Skin

Friday brought very balmy, warm weather, the likes of which Oklahoma had not seen in a few weeks. While folks up north were experiencing the “Siberian Express” hurtling down the plains and bringing bitter, below freezing temperatures along with it, I was enjoying the last hours of our unseasonably warm conditions. I intended to make the … More Tough Skin

Protective Fences

I admit I felt much better after we completed the installation of mesh tarps all around the inside of the welded-wire fencing of the deer pen. This not only provides a more visual barrier, it also provided a protective blanket of sorts that would hopefully keep Emma and Ronnie from harming themselves if they hit the … More Protective Fences

A Passion for Pecans

Until recently, I did not fully realize just how connected I have been with pecans over the course of my lifetime.  My first memory of pecans came when I was a young girl, slowly nibbling my Grandma Knuth’s (Kuh NOOTH) pecan sticky rolls in order to savor their gooey wonderfulness for as long as I could. She did not make them often because she … More A Passion for Pecans

Neighborhood Burglar

After two consecutive weeks of entertaining family visitors to Ten-Acre Ranch, FD and I decided it was time to get serious about catching up with projects around the property. Mowing both the yard and pasture were top on the list. So last Sunday, I got on the zero-turn mower to start cutting grass while FD finished up … More Neighborhood Burglar

Leonard The Bull Calf

While our niece Emily and nephew Sid were here for a week-long visit over winter vacation, we managed a lot of time outdoors. A recent ice storm and subsequent snowfall in Oklahoma provided excellent conditions for some Hillbilly skiing and sledding, and for finding clues in the fresh snow, such as animal tracks and scat, of recent visitors to our own woodlands. One … More Leonard The Bull Calf