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Kittens Are Like That

Every spring the promise of new life surrounds us.  First we notice little green shoots from dormant plants.  Or we see reddish buds bursting forth from bare trees.  But in a country barn you'll find the cutest and cuddliest new life. Last winter a stray striped kitten showed up at our back door.  We named "him" Terrence.  "He" was very shy at first, but soon became friendly.  Kittens are like that.

This spring before we could take Terrence to the vet "he" started look like "he" was really putting on weight.  Finally, my 21-year-old son, who happens to be a farmer said, "Mom, I hate to break this to you, but Terrence is a female and is going

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Posted in: General
Cabin Fever

What is the exact meaning of "cabin fever?'  The term cabin fever was first recorded in 1838.  It's meaning somewhat describes one with claustrophobia (fear of closed in spaces).  Cabin fever occurs after being shut up in doors for an extended period of time.  People who suffer from cabin fever may become irritable, distrustful of others, and have an overwhelming urge to go outside even in inclement weather. 

But does the term cabin fever take on a new definition in the 21st century? 

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Posted in: General, Activities
A Real Country Christmas
In real life country Christmas decorations you don't have to add work boots and cats and homemade wine to make the picture more interesting.  It's just the way we live. Real Country Christmases have a little rust, dust, and trust. (There's...

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Posted in: Holidays
These Are a Few of My Grateful Things

To be truly grateful we must be extra-sensory humans paying attention to the little details that make up a fully lived life.  When we rush through our day and forget to listen to birds singing or tea pots whistling we have missed a chance to be grateful.  When we hurry to our next appointment missing the sun rising up in the distance outlining clouds in red and yellow and orange.  We've missed a chance to be grateful.  When we don't even notice the smell of coffee anymore because we've become too jaded - we've missed a chance to be grateful. 

So this Thanksgiving be grateful for the big things, but look closely at the world around you and take note of all the small things that will tell you exactly why you appreciate those

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Posted in: Holidays
The Balancing Act
A delicate balance of alignment is needed for almost everything we do in life.  If the scales are tipped too much one way or another, mechanisms get out of balance and fail to work properly.  Just standing still your body uses 300 muscles to balance itself.  That's a major accomplishment, and standing still is one of the easiest things we do on a daily basis.

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