Pet Project

When it comes to unconditional adoration, nobody does it better than our pets. That’s why most of us just can’t leave the lil’ critters out of holiday gift giving. But there are better ways to thank your pet than with a mass-produced toy made who-knows-where or a store-bought treat full of who-knows-what. Nothing says love like homemade—and even the furriest and most feathered among us will notice the difference.

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Luna the Leaping Cow

This girl from Germany wanted a horse, so when her parents said no, she set about to ride the next best thing—Luna, her cow. (Check out the last name of the neighbor they interview.)

Have you heard?

There’s still time to solve your gift-giving dilemma. For the person who has everything, how about giving them peace of mind? Here’s how …

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Big ol’ Apple

Now, that’s a BIG apple.

Ace found this behemoth at our local co-op the other day.

A 4″ Honeycrisp. The apple of that farmer’s eye, no deny.

it’s the little things

We’re always looking for ways to make our operation more eco-friendly around the farm. Did you know that 100% of our electricity comes from alternative, renewal sources? Today, Lucas came up with the great idea to re-use our pay envelopes. All we have to do is tuck our paycheck into our purse or pants, grab the envelope and take a little stroll to Brian’s office to return it.

It’s little ideas like these that contribute to our world communities’ BIG goal of reusing and recycling. What kind of unique efforts do you make to reuse and recycle?

Reindeer Cam

You know Dasher and Dancer
And Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid
And Donner and Blitzen.
But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of all?

Rudolph, of course!

click here to see the live web feed of Santa’s reindeer! This is his live camera, at the North Pole of course, operational all day. Santa comes out to feed at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST. See the nice list in the background? Want to get on it? Well come on over here

Holiday Decor for the Little Janes

We’ve been getting crafty. The girls had a few friends over and we worked on some holiday decor. Using several wood-framed 8 x 10 pieces of canvas, we got started…

We painted. Kids can paint for hours …

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mail call

Mail for International Glamping Weekend keeps on rollin’ on in. Have you sent in for your bumper sticker yet?

They’re free!

Send a self-addressed, stamped, standard-sized envelope to:
PO Box 8691
Moscow, Idaho 83843
(limit one per address)

I’d rather be GLAMPING.

Have you also listed your glamping event with us on the “gatherings” portion of the site? Send an email to …

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National Bathtub Party Day?

Did you know that December 5 is National Bathtub Party Day? This sounds like a farmgirl holiday thru and thru … why, of course, I’ll proudly celebrate this one! Just FYI, I should clarify, my party will not include any guests. A nice cold beverage, a good book, and I’m set to celebrate. Happy soaking!!

when I am an old cowgirl

I shall wear diamonds
And a wide-brimmed straw hat
With silver and leather on it …

and I shall spend my social security
On white wine and carrots
And sit in the alley of my barn
And listen to my horses breathe.

I will sneak out in the middle of a summers’ night
And ride the chestnut mare
Across the moonstruck meadow.
If my old bones will allow.
When people come to call I will smile and nod
As I walk them past the gardens to the barn
And show, instead, the beauty growing there
In stalls fresh-lined with straw.

I will shovel and sweat and
Wear hay in my hair as if it were a jewel.
And I will be an embarrassment to all
Who look down on me.
They’ve not yet found the peace in being free
To love a horse as a friend,
A friend who waits at midnight hour
With nuzzle and nicker and patient eyes
For the kind of woman I will be,
When I am old.

Old Cowgirl by Patty Barnhart
Originally published in The Arabian Horse World magazine in 1992.