Category Archives: Self-Sustainability

Espresso

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Hail to the Kale!

I answered the phone reluctantly knowing it would be more work to stack my pile higher. “Really?  You have too much kale in your garden and I should come pick it?  I’ll be right there!” I love picking, cooking, and … Continue reading

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The Cheese Whiz

  A short drive West of Nebraska City, NE among green pastures spotted with beautiful milking cows, there is a farmer who lives in a 100-year-old home and works in her modern milking barn.  The home is heated with power … Continue reading

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The Old Goat

  At the office today, a technical problem with data causes bad information on the Web which then creates human emotional despair involving at least two humans.  Unable to fix the problem after several hours, I grab a cappuccino and … Continue reading

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Quiet Pear Tree

QUIET PEAR TREE We leave for work early most mornings, feeling rushed and late.  Work is hard, especially on Mondays with backups from the weekend business.  We get home later to find household and lawn chores, homework to help with, the news, … Continue reading

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Coming Clean

  Friday evening’s return home from a long day brightened considerably when I found a Fed Ex package on my front porch.  It was a heavy, odd sized envelope from a friend in Alabama.  Hey, I never get packages from … Continue reading

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Gooseberries BLUE GOOSE CHUTNEY

A dear friend of mine delivered to me today a container of “Gooseberries!”  I know….you are wondering..What are gooseberries?  They are the smallest, most beautiful, tart, little stripy beads of wonder you can imagine.  Grandma used to make gooseberry/mulberry jelly … Continue reading

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Changing houses

  After nearly 24 years of living in my house, I decided it was time for a change.  Perhaps I needed a new challenge.  Or maybe it was a desire to live among fruit trees and berries in solitude far … Continue reading

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Cow Talk

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Five O’clock on Thursday, a friend summons me to her farm.  Excited, I rush from my day to find her 12 miles away at the back of her house on a plank that overlooks green rolling hills dotted with cheerful … Continue reading

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Peonies bloom in May

Every May I am distracted from life by the most fragrant, plump, blooms of peony bushes in parks, allies and yards of others.  The peony has always been my favorite flower, pink, white & reds,a silky soft and fluffy with … Continue reading

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Bean Truth

Ok folks… For most of us, beans are not a luxury.  But, you must rethink this untruth! Legumes and beans of every sort, are high in protein, available year-round and can be purchased and stored dried.  Therefore, they are a … Continue reading

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Day at the Farm

This week work randomly took me to three self-sustainable farms in Otoe County, Nebraska.   Between real estate conversations, I learned that all three farms were growing and raising their own food, processing it, then selling or bartering the produce … Continue reading

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Peachy

Peachy We’ve always had peach trees with the exception of a few years, when the harsh winter had her say with a fit of strong wind and heavy snow breaking limbs.  The new young trees we planted raced to produce … Continue reading

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Wine, Vinegar or Juice Bottle storage

This week, I visited a darling bungalow built in the 40’s with hardwood floors, panel doors and old-fashioned windows.  As I looked around the house, the grape vines outside appeared in clear vision from the sparkling pane; leaves large, green … Continue reading

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What to do with the Pits?

The pits can be a warm solution to a tired neck, a cold solution for a bump on the head or responsible for that hint of fruit flavor in vinegar. Today I climbed a ladder to begin picking perfectly red … Continue reading

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Raid the Cabinets

It’s time to “Raid the Cabinets.”  That’s right.  Use what you have.  See whats it in those cabinets and create something beautiful, healthy and delicious!  I went to the cabinet searching for something… something….Hum.  A can of artichokes, some tuna, … Continue reading

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