Monthly Archives: May 2018

Angle of Repose

Hmmmm, now where is my riding writing saddle? I can’t seem to locate it. It’s hard to get back into the saddle of things when it’s gone missing. Meanwhile, I hope I don’t forget how to type. But to be honest, I’m not feeling too sorry for my keyboard, because my bees, cows, chickens, grandgirls, and gardens are getting lots of attention these days. Also, my bike, the one I bought 35 years ago when my oldest was a toddler. Oh, and wildflower walks. Slow food. Naps. Tree planting—apricots and honey crisp apples. Campfires—I created a fire pit in the shade of my garden shed with two comfy Adirondack chairs for hubby and me (and visiting grandgirls). And kitty cat Jasper. And I built a chicken coop on my office balcony for Hilda and Matilda, two adorable, mellow Cochin Bantams who give me exactly two delicious eggs every day. Hilda and Matilda (named after my great-granny Hilda Matilda Stevens) get pampered with bowls of fresh milk from my cows, apples (they like Honey Crisp better than Gala), fresh worms I find while gardening, sunflower seeds, polenta, and wheat grass that I grow on lunch trays (future magazine show-n-tell). Slow. I’m in the slow lane, girlfriends. It’s been a long time coming. I’m finding my angle of repose (the steepest angle of descent relative to the horizontal plane to which a material can be piled without slumping), and it’s feeling mighty comfy.

GIVEAWAY: “All American Clothespins, Out on a Limb”

Thank you for dropping by my Raising Jane Journal to participate in my giveaways! We’ve chosen a winner for this giveaway already (see below), but don’t be afraid to leave a comment anyway. I love reading them. And stay tuned for more great MaryJanesFarm giveaways.

For a chance to win 20 FREE beautiful, handmade clothespins from All American Clothespins, tell me how long you’ve been reading MaryJanesFarm in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-September.


Albert Crooks and his 15-year-old son, Al, craft beautiful, sturdy clothespins from ash (the perfect hardwood for clothespins) and heavy-duty, stainless-steel springs manufactured in the U.S. “No more using four or five cheap clothespins to hang a wet towel to line dry. Our clothespins are tumble sanded and are finished with tung oil, which will not leach out and stain your laundry.” For beautiful clothespins that will last a lifetime, visit

Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways. If you’re not yet a subscriber to my magazine, MaryJanesFarm, subscribe here for $19.95/year.


The winners of our clothespin giveaway are:

Suzanna Drozd-Kowalski, who said in response to our question, “Tell me how long you’ve been reading MaryJanesFarm.”:

“I have been reading MaryJanesFarm from the get-go. I have your books too. The magazines have been passed to my daughter-in-laws or squirreled away for future reference. I was just watching my grandson’s today and looking at their bookcases and there was a stack of MaryJanesFarm magazines and MaryJane’s Outpost book that I borrowed for the camping mixes to go with quinoa. Love your books, mazagines, and products. Also love hanging laundry.”


Deborah Jackson, who said:

“I have been reading MaryJane’s magazine for so long, I couldn’t put a date on it. I remember the first time I saw it, I grabbed it and said yay!, a magazine that really has my personality. Love it! And keep up the good work.”

Congratulations, Suzanne and Deborah! Watch for an email from the farm.

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WINNERS!!! Giveaway: Picnic Quilt

The winners of our “Busy Bee Quilt, Le Picnic” giveaway are:

DeAnna Hoyt-Zoeller, who said in response to our question, “Tell me all about your favorite picnic experience.”:

“Our favorite picnic is at the beach. Blanket spread out on the sand, not too far from the waves, with our favorite sandwiches and iced tea to go with it. Of course, having the beach umbrella is always helpful. The kids love to gather shells and sea glass while the hubby and I soak up the rays. Such a gorgeous quilt! I love the idea of a bassinet for a picnic basket, fabulous!!”

and Dolly Sarrio, who posted:
“Love the quilt and pillow! Let’s see a picnic that stands out in my mind. As teenagers, a group of us decided to go to a state park. Guy and girls, and it was a fun time. I fried chicken and made potato salad, of course. One of the girls decided that her boyfriend was paying me and my picnic basket too much attention. (Little did she know he just loved my fried chicken … lol). She brought boiled eggs, so she politely walked up to us and threw a few of her boiled eggs in the shell at him …. Funny stuff! Truthfully, the most important picnics were held underneath a Weeping Willow in our back yard with my babies and the kitty cats. We did that almost daily when they were young.”

Congratulations, DeAnna and Dolly! Watch for an email from the farm.

Thank you to the 391 women who responded with such lovely comments. I thoroughly enjoyed reading them!

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