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February 7, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
It was 8 below zero when I took the first photo yesterday. Bob has had enough of morning snow plowing. The second photo is from last May. I posted it on Facebook and several readers asked if that was Forrest Gump on the mower. Yes, I think it is! see all
February 5, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
More than 288,000 people desperately want this winter to be over. How do I know? I posted this old photo of lilacs from my backyard with the comment "Who is ready for spring?" to the Living the Country Life Facebook page and 3.478 million people saw...see all
February 3, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
Mom's birthday was yesterday and I want to mention it on my blog because this has been a tough few weeks since my dad fell in his shop. He is recovering from a brain injury and may come home from the rehab hospital on Friday, when Mom will become...see all
January 30, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
Bob put the finishing touches on our new sheep shed made totally out of scraps and recycled material. You can see pieces of the red tin from our big barn. There are also pieces of the old hog confinement barns we tore down three years ago. It is Bob...see all
January 27, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
Mom has a gas fireplace that creates the perfect cozy spot to read on a cold evening. I enjoyed the warmth on my visit there last week. The open flame gives that fireplace feel without messing with firewood. The only problem with this fireplace is...see all
January 23, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
I've returned from an unexpected trip to my parent's farm in Maryland. Dad fell in his shop last week, bashing his face on the concrete floor and causing a brain bleed. He spent three days in intensive care and three days in the trauma ward before...see all
January 16, 2014 | Lisa's Kitchen
Last weekend, we had a lazy morning at home, which is a really rare occurence with three sons involved in sports, music, Scouts, and other activities. It was most definitely a breakfast casserole morning. I looked through the pantry and fridge,...see all
January 14, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
Mom gave me this quilt as a combined Christmas/30th wedding anniversary gift. It was made by her friend Linda Brammer of Elkton, Maryland, and is called Heavens to Betsy. The photo doesn't do it justice (Bob was holding up the quilt last night in...see all
January 8, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
Caroline's boyfriend, John, gave her vanity plates for Christmas. They go on the old, rusty, white minivan we make her drive, which needed a little boost of decoration. The plates mean "I Like Pigs" not "I Lick Pigs," as some have suggested. Either...see all
January 7, 2014 | Lisa's Kitchen
Yesterday, my boys had a snow day on what was supposed to be their first day back to school after Christmas break. Only we didn't really have much snow. The real reason classes were cancelled is that it was well below zero, with wind chills up to...see all