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April 20, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
We let the oldest lambs outside this week. The two rams in the pen next door were curious to meet their offspring through the safe fence. Bob doesn't text, so he left this note for the kids when he went to work. All of our kids were home...see all
April 15, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
We are in the full swing of lambing and grateful for the fine weather this week. Most ewes are dropping sets of triplets with ease. Bob helps a few with more difficult births. I shot live video on Facebook if you want to see the birthing process. (A...see all
April 6, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
April has been cold and wet so far. Bob took this photo of a neighbor who was too eager to work the fields for planting.  Meanwhile, a few miles away, I took this photo of a combine harvesting corn in April. Better late then never. This dead...see all
March 29, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
We sheared the sheep last week and I captured live video for Living the Country Life on Facebook. Check it out below. The video has more than 23,000 views and hundreds of comments. A few people thought the sheep were being harmed, but most had...see all
March 23, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
I took Caroline to New York City for spring break. It's her senior year of college, so a trip to the center of the art world was in order. Caroline's favorite portrait, Madame X, by John Singer Sargent, is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art....see all
March 11, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
Successful Farming and Living the Country Life hosted a Women in Ag focus group at our office this week, and the discussion was lively and helpful. Many of the women write blogs about farm life, and know the challenges of communicating about...see all
March 3, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
Everyone needs a pick-me-up in these gloomy winter days, so I grabbed Caroline and drove to St. Paul, MN, to see Bruce Springsteen in concert. We stood in line with 1,200 others to try to get in the "pit," the enclosed area in front of the stage....see all
February 24, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
Bob and his business partner, Brian, have been expanding and remodeling the vet clinic for almost a year. Have you ever remodeled your house? It's that much fun. The work should be done in another month and the end result will be awesome. We may...see all
February 16, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
It was -7 F as we loaded the remaining 15 lambs from last year's crop. The sheep didn't mind the cold. It's that time of year when you just ride out winter until it gives up. While at the livestock auction, we warmed up with a homemade bun....see all
February 11, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
February is the longest month. It's 8 degrees this morning and heading to -7 overnight. I've decided to cheer myself up by looking at photos from my yard last year. Try it! Spring is just around the corner...  see all