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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
February 1, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
The key to surviving until spring is to enjoy winter! We've had lots of traffic to our pond for ice fishing lately. Check out the big bass below, and some pretty winter scenes. Rick Nelson caught this big bass on our pond. The pond earlier...see all
January 26, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
Bob and I spent last week in Maryland celebrating birthdays and enjoying time with family and friends (the day after we left, the Jonas blizzard dumped 2 feet of snow on the farm). Dad's winter project is organizing and displaying his collection of...see all
January 13, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
Caroline spent three weeks in Ghana, Africa, with Iowa State University over the holiday break. The small group of students studied Ghanaian indigenous arts and crafts, focusing on the production processes. They also visited historic landmarks and...see all
January 6, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
Iowa is full of politicians leading up to our first-in-the-nation vote on February 1. If a candidate of either party comes to a coffee shop, pizza place, or pub near me I try to go. Last week, my oldest son, Nowlan, his wife, Daniella, and two...see all
December 29, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
For Christmas, I gave Bob a turn table called the Spin Doctor, made by Sydell in South Dakota. It was really a present for both of us. In the past, while Bob trimmed feet on the sheep I had to hold their legs from kicking. The task was hard on his...see all
December 21, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
(Photo by Lisa Tome, Rising Sun Herald) Congratulations to my parents for being named Citizens of the Year by the Calvert (Maryland) Grange! You can read the story here: all
December 16, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
So far, winter is a muddy mess. This photo was taken before we had 3 inches of rain in a day. Middle River by our farm is out of its banks and the main road I take into Des Moines is shut down all week due to Raccoon River flooding. I guess we...see all