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2021May14

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May 20, 2021

Spring has finally arrived and as I look out the window I see trees in leaf, flowers in bloom, birds flitting from here to there and am reminded of all the beauty that is nature.

COVID UPDATE

Surprisingly, the hubby and I didn't have to wait as long as I expected to get a covid-19 vaccination. We simply did a search for our state's locations and filled out the form and scheduled our appointments. It was easy and we each had good experiences at our respective locations/appointments. I highly recommend it.

If you have not gotten your vaccine or are just not ready to be "back to normal"... not to worry, the exchange of goods for payment at a distance has been working very well and I see no reason why we can't continue with it for as long as necessary... just ask for the "at a distance" exchange when you contact me. Stay safe, wear your mask (correctly) and have faith in science.

By the way, I am one of those people who isn't ready to be maskless inside with people I don't know. I know people who are okay with it and that is fine for them... it isn't fine for me, yet; and I need to do what makes me feel safe. This is about me and no one else. Outside is a different matter so long as we social distance.

HONEY

Raw Honey is available here at the farm (or for delivery under the restrictions posted, but not shipped) AND at a local boutique in Odessa Missouri: Marmee's. Prices are the same whether you go to Marmee's or get it directly from me.

I'm noticing that this most recent batch of raw honey has started to crystallize. We think it is due to the time of year we pulled the supers off the hives... more clover honey and less fall honey. Regardless, it is perfectly fine to use crystallized.

Since I have sold out of the 2-lb jars, I will gladly substitute two (2) of the 1-lb jars for the 2-lb price. You'll have to ask me for that (one of the benefits of reading the website update).

I've sold all the beeswax from 2020. Come fall, I will have more and it will once again be available in two (2) choices for cosmetic grade beeswax: 1-ounce ingots and 1-pound blocks. Contact me for more info on this.

All the info about pricing etc. is on the page devoted to honey and honey-products, click here to go there.

BERRIES, FRUIT, ETC.

The transplanted strawberries are looking FABULOUS! There are blossoms and berries in both raised beds. And with the cool temps and lovely rain, it looks like the strawberries will be plentiful and good sized. At this rate, I expect they will be ready to harvest around Memorial Day. Contact me to get notified when they are ready.

It is too soon to tell about the rest, but I'm seeing lots of flower buds out there! Unfortunately, we had freezes around the time that the fruit trees were in blossom, so it's anybody's guess about apples, pears, etc.

The rhubarb corms that arrived this spring have survived (so far) but won't be big enough to harvest this year. I also planted raspberry and blueberry starts in addition to expanding to a 2nd elderberry patch. So cross your fingers for rhubarb, raspberries, blueberries and LOTS of elderberries in 2022.

SOAP BOX SERMON

I've decided to leave my "Soap Box Sermon" in place here. The more we say the words and feel the feelings, the stronger the actions of Kindness, Gratitude and Joy become.

There is so much unpleasantness going on around the world, why haven't people learned to be kind to one another? My intention for 2021 is KINDNESS, JOY, and GRATITUDE. So I'll be doing everything I can to spread those around.

And, in case I haven't been clear; we are liberal environmentalists. We think that EVERY THING is interconnected and what is done to ANYONE or ANYTHING ELSE affects EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING. For those who believe in "God, Our Father", this should be obvious since God is IN EVERYTHING because God IS EVERYWHERE. Which is where the "what you do to the least of my brothers and sisters, you do unto me" comes in to play. Every religion has their version of the Golden Rule which is: treat others as you want to be treated.

Science is Real. Water is Life. Black Lives Matter. Women's Rights are Human Rights. Evil triumphs when good people do nothing. Love is Love is Love is Love.

"Superiority" and "Race" are constructs created to justify treating others badly. They are not real. We are all unique and still we all have SO MUCH IN COMMON. Stop, just stop, being hateful. Be Unconditional Love.

GREEN BUILDING PROJECTS

Gratefully, the pandemic has not stopped our ability to keep working on the house. We have several inside projects to do and will tackle the ones we can do ourselves first. Check back for updates.

Hopefully, by the time we are ready to do projects that require hired crews, the pandemic will be contained and a playbook put into use for any future outbreaks of disease.

MERCHANDISE (formerly General Store)

I'm selling the rest of the cattle supplies/equipment. There are polybraid, reels, t-posts/insulators, and step-in posts for strip grazing. Plus a covered mineral feeder, insulated stock tank and de-icers for sale in addition to the portable cattle panel corral. Details about all the used equipment is found HERE.

Get a limited edition print for yourself or as a gift for someone else. I will be adding more hand-made items for sale now that the income from edible products has diminished. I am also setting up an Etsy account... information about that will be found on the Merchandise page with a link once I've moved the inventory .

COMMISSIONED ARTWORK

You can see examples here. Please contact me to schedule a commission.

REMINDER: NO MORE BEEF

I no longer sell beef. What was left from the last steer has been sold or donated to Harvesters. I am happy to provide my meat customers with alternate sources if you contact me privately.

Have I "converted" to a non-meat livestyle? No, I haven't. Science has proven that even plants react to their environment and/or predators. Since we have to kill something in order to eat it, I simply give thanks to and for whatever provides me nourishment. I take no joy in killing anything and understand that everything has a beginning and an ending.

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March 4, 2021

Winter is winding down and, after a week-long burst of sub-zero temps, we are being treated to balmy days in the 50s to 70s (degrees Fahrenheit). The witchhazel began blooming in February and is still going strong... the scent of the flowers is intoxicating. We are grateful that this year the weather is cooperating to let the honeybees get out and collect both pollen and nectar from the witchhazel.

COVID UPDATE

The State of Missouri is among the worst at providing services and, no suprise, vaccination plans are sketchy at best. Since the hubby and I are near to but below retirement age and we are very isolated, we expect to be among the last folk to get a covid-19 vaccination. Not to worry though, the exchange of goods for payment at a distance has been working very well and I see no reason why we can't continue with it for as long as necessary. Stay safe, wear your mask (correctly) and have faith in science.

REMINDER: NO MORE BEEF

I no longer sell beef. What was left from the last steer has been sold or donated to Harvesters. I am happy to provide my meat customers with alternate sources if you contact me privately.

Have I "converted" to a non-meat livestyle? No, I haven't. Science has proven that even plants react to their environment and/or predators. Since we have to kill something in order to eat it, I simply give thanks to and for whatever provides me nourishment. I take no joy in killing anything and understand that everything has a beginning and an ending.

WATER ONCE AGAIN TELLS US ABOUT A PROBLEM

The most recent field water hydrant made it through five (5) winters... almost. Check out the story about our NEW field water hydrant here.

HONEY

Raw Honey is available here at the farm (or for delivery under the restrictions posted, but not shipped) AND at a local boutique in Odessa Missouri: Marmee's. Prices are the same whether you go to Marmee's (which is LOVELY and I have gotten several plus-size clothes there in addition to other items) or get it directly from me.

I'm noticing that this most recent batch of raw honey has already started to crystallize. We think it is due to the time of year we pulled the supers off the hives... more clover honey and less fall honey. Regardless, it is perfectly fine to use crystallized.

The few remaining jars of the 2018 Honey are being sold as "Crystallized Raw Honey" since it is FULLY crystallized. You'll probably notice there is a price difference between it and the 2020 Raw Honey... this is due to the increase price of jars for the 2020 honey. I have absorbed as much of that increase as possible.

I've sold all the beeswax from 2020. Come fall, I will have more and it will once again be available in two (2) choices for cosmetic grade beeswax: 1-ounce ingots and 1-pound blocks. Contact me for more info on this.

All the info about pricing etc. is on the page devoted to honey and honey-products, click here to go there.

BERRIES AND FRUIT

It is too early to say if there will or won't be specific crops in 2021. By the look of things going into winter, I would hazard a guess that all is well with the plants and am optimistic.

NEW LOGO, NEW NAVIGATION BUTTONS

You may not have noticed, but I've changed the logo image. (You'll find it at the top of the page on the right side.) I had to remove the Belted Galloway cow anyway, so I decided to give it a fresh look as well.

I've also updated the navigation buttons since I had to remove the one for beef. To simplify things, I put:

The rest of the navigation remains the same (why mess with what works, eh?).

SOAP BOX SERMON

I've decided to leave my "Soap Box Sermon" in place here. The more we say the words and feel the feelings, the stronger the actions of Kindness, Gratitude and Joy become.

There is so much unpleasantness going on around the world, why haven't people learned to be kind to one another? My intention for 2021 is KINDNESS, JOY, and GRATITUDE. So I'll be doing everything I can to spread those around.

And, in case I haven't been clear; we are liberal environmentalists. We think that EVERY THING is interconnected and what is done to ANYONE or ANYTHING ELSE affects EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING. For those who believe in "God, Our Father", this should be obvious since God is IN EVERYTHING because God IS EVERYWHERE. Which is where the "what you do to the least of my brothers and sisters, you do unto me" comes in to play. Every religion has their version of the Golden Rule which is: treat others as you want to be treated.

Science is Real. Water is Life. Black Lives Matter. Women's Rights are Human Rights. Evil triumphs when good people do nothing. Love is Love is Love is Love.

"Superiority" and "Race" are constructs created to justify treating others badly. They are not real. We are all unique and still we all have SO MUCH IN COMMON. Stop, just stop, being hateful. Be Unconditional Love.

GREEN BUILDING PROJECTS

Gratefully, the pandemic has not stopped our ability to keep working on the house. We have several inside projects to do and will tackle the ones we can do ourselves first. Check back for updates.

Hopefully, by the time we are ready to do projects that require hired crews, the pandemic will be contained and a playbook put into use for any future outbreaks of disease.

MERCHANDISE (formerly General Store)

Get a limited edition print for yourself or as a gift for someone else. I will be adding more hand-made items for sale now that the income from edible products has diminished. I am also setting up an Etsy account... information about that will be found on the Merchandise page with a link once I've moved the inventory .

COMMISSIONED ARTWORK

You can see examples here. Please contact me to schedule a commission.

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January 1, 2021

Happy New Year! Here is to 2021 being a rebirth of awareness and dedication to the importance of our connections with each other, nature and kindness. I don't think most people will take health and precautions as much for granted as we have in the past. I know I will continue to mask in public and do everything I can to NOT spread disease for as long as necessary now that we have a vaccine for our current predicament.

It is official: I no longer sell beef. What was left from the last steer has been sold or donated to Harvesters. I am happy to provide my meat customers with alternate sources if you contact me privately.

Have I "converted" to a non-meat livestyle? No, I haven't. Science has proven that even plants react to their environment/ predators. Since we have to kill something in order to eat it, I simply give thanks to and for whatever provides me nourishment. I take no joy in killing anything and understand that everything has a beginning and an ending.

NEW LOGO, NEW NAVIGATION BUTTONS

You may not have noticed, but I've changed the logo image. (You'll find it at the top of the page on the right side.) I had to remove the Belted Galloway cow anyway, so I decided to give it a fresh look as well.

I've also updated the navigation buttons since I had to remove the one for beef. To simplify things, I put:

  • an updated image of the house for "Greenovation",
  • images of semi-precious gem products and my drawings to represent non-food products or "Merchandise", and
  • the honey, fruit and plant products under "Nourishment" with the image of berries and honey jars.

The rest of the navigation remains the same (why mess with what works, eh?).

SOAP BOX SERMON

I've decided to leave my "Soap Box Sermon" in place here. The more we say the words and feel the feelings, the stronger the actions of Kindness, Gratitude and Joy become.

There is so much unpleasantness going on around the world these days, why haven't people learned to be kind to one another? My intention for 2021 is KINDNESS, JOY, and GRATITUDE. So I'll be doing everything I can to spread those around.

And, in case I haven't been clear; we are liberal environmentalists. We think that EVERY THING is interconnected and what is done to ANYONE or ANYTHING ELSE affects EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING. For those who believe in "God, Our Father", this should be obvious since God is IN EVERYTHING because God IS EVERYWHERE. Which is where the "what you do to the least of my brothers and sisters, you do unto me" comes in to play. Every religion has their version of the Golden Rule which is: treat others as you want to be treated.

Science is Real. Water is Life. Black Lives Matter. Women's Rights are Human Rights. Evil triumphs when good people do nothing. Love is Love is Love is Love.

"Superiority" and "Race" are constructs created to justify treating others badly. They are not real. We are all unique and still we all have SO MUCH IN COMMON. Stop, just stop, being hateful. Be Unconditional Love.

HONEY

Raw Honey is available here at the farm (or for delivery under the restrictions posted, but not shipped) AND at a local boutique in Odessa Missouri: Marmee's. Prices are the same whether you go to Marmee's (which is LOVELY and I have gotten several plus-size clothes there in addition to other items) or get it directly from me.

I'm noticing that this most recent batch of raw honey has already started to crystallize. We think it is due to the time of year we pulled the supers off the hives... more clover honey and less fall honey. Regardless, it is perfectly fine to use crystallized.

The last of the 2018 Honey is being sold as "Crystallized Raw Honey" since it is FULLY crystallized. You'll probably notice there is a price difference between it and the 2020 Raw Honey... this is due to the increase price of jars for the 2020 honey. I have absorbed as much of that increase as possible.

There is also beeswax this year! I have two (2) choices for cosmetic grade beeswax: 1-ounce ingots and 1-pound blocks. Contact me for more info on this.

All the info about pricing etc. is on the page devoted to honey and honey-products, click here to go there.

BERRIES AND FRUIT

It is too early to say if there will or won't be specific crops in 2021. By the look of things going into winter, I would hazard a guess that all is well with the plants and am optimistic.

I'll be cutting the elderberry canes in January (since that worked SO well last year). If you want cuttings, let me know!

GREEN BUILDING PROJECTS

Gratefully, the pandemic has not stopped our ability to keep working on the house. We have several inside projects to do and will tackle the ones we can do ourselves first. Check back for updates.

Hopefully, by the time we are ready to do projects that require hired crews, the pandemic will be contained and a playbook put into use for any future outbreaks of disease.

MERCHANDISE (formerly General Store)

Get a limited edition print for yourself or as a gift for someone else. I will be adding more hand-made items for sale now that the income from edible products has diminished. I am also setting up an Etsy account... information about that will be found on the Merchandise page with a link once I've moved the inventory .

COMMISSIONED ARTWORK

You can see examples here. Please contact me to schedule a commission.



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