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March 3, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
"Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?... Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself." When I was talking to Mom on Saturday she brought up this Bible verse. At church yesterday, the same...see all
February 27, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
I am a movie buff, so here are my Oscar predictions just for the heck of it. I will make it a Top 10 list with the predictions inside. 10. Blue Jasmine -- Clever and depressing. I felt like I was there on screen with Cate Blanchett, living her crazy...see all
February 24, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
I attended the Western Veterinary Conference last week with Bob and checked out the latest in new treatments for pets and livestock. This is one of the largest vet meetings in the world, with 15,000 attendees from 40 countries. Here are the most...see all
February 13, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
My cousin Jen Arter posted this photo on Twitter this morning from northeastern Maryland. My parent's farm is in the background. Jen says there was 10+ inches of snow by 8 a.m. Who is ready for spring? I'm flying back to Maryland in March, so I'm...see all
February 10, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
Dad is finally home from the hospital after falling in the farm shop in January and suffering a brain injury. Mom is taking care of him and other family members are helping with day trips to rehab. It's a big job and the future is uncertain. We hope...see all
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