Blogs | Living the Country Life


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
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