Bitten, not smitten

I received a call late at night a week ago from the emergency room. Alicia, our ‘Ace’ photographer, had just walked in the door of her friend’s house when his nervous pit bull bit her … in the face! Horror of horrors. Thankfully the bite wasn’t too deep and is healing well. While at work this week she received a little gift from some really thoughtful family members.

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  1. Jonni Lynch says:

    I’m sorry about her bite…Mary Jane, I love your magazine and am a devoted member of the forum, long term, but please, please, please don’t write, “pit bull”. Just say “nervous dog”–as inocuous as this post is, it just perpetrates the terrible stigma attached to this breed. In my whole life, the only dogs I’ve been bitten by was a “nervous” schnauzer and my auntie’s mean chihauhau…my Pit Bull runs from thunder claps!

  2. micki says:

    That jumped out at me too….as I’m reading it a week later :/

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Standing at the kitchen sink eating

Standing at the kitchen sink eating, I …

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  1. Uh-Oh! How bad is it that I was standing at my desk eating while reading this? Very, pretty, really, awful bad! Thank you for the blog head slap. I will do better. Today. At lunch…

  2. I was thinking along these lines this morning as I peeled the last of my peaches and froze them..and on my way in from the garage I thought to myself how fortunate and grateful I am to have green tomatoes ripening nicely for our late fall dinners. Thank you for posting I am truly a grateful farmgirl.

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Finding Peace at MaryJanesFarm

Ahhhhh, how sweet. My sis came weekend before last, arriving with her daughter and husband from southern Idaho. I decided we’d really, truly take the weekend off. No NOTHING on the agenda other than good food and conversation.

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I’ve fallen madly in love … again

Mom and I were summoned to testify as witnesses after someone stole our store sign recently.

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  1. Alyson Outen says:

    Ain’t love grand!!

    I just met my “soul” mate at an antique store in Dallas, Texas! Beautifully stitched, perfectly pre-stretched, gently worn tan boots…just sitting there, waiting for a size 9 country Cinderella to come along!

    Happy boot-scoot-boogie birthday, Megan!!

  2. Anne Cooper says:

    I worked in a western boot store when I was in High School. These look like “Tony Lama” boots. Are they? They are wonderful!!

    • Meg says:

      Oh, I’ll have to look when I get home…think they start with an A though. You probably know more than I do though! 🙂

  3. Debbie says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Meg!
    Love those boots girl!!!
    Deb ( beach farmgirl )

  4. Meg says:

    Thanks Ladies! A birthday with boots and my Momma is a perfect one!

  5. CJ says:

    Love them! Robin will be sooooooooooo, so very jealous! Happy birthday!!!! Glad you had a change in plans and could ENJOY the day!

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Before I Die, I Want To …

I’ve always thought that one of the most profound ways I can show gratitude for the good things in life is to GO FOR IT.

For what?

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  1. My dream is to meet you! To say thank you in person. How’s that for inspiration….

    • MaryJane says:

      I’ll leave the tent flap open, my friend!

      • Yippee! However, since it is unclear at this time how long you’ll have to leave the tent flap open for me, I suggest you position and park(?- I do not have experience with horses of any size and don’t know if you “park” them like a car or not) Nutmeg, the tiny wonder horsey, by the tent to keep out intruders, such as Moose, until I get there…

  2. Anna Russiano says:

    My dream is a ranch… a place for people who serve others to come and recharge at no cost to them.

  3. Chrissy says:

    My dream is also a ranch, but I would like to have it be organic with a small herd of cattle. But more realistically I’d settle for some chickens. I severely miss living on the farm. I do the best I can in town with a garden and a dog.

  4. Lis says:

    I love your take on gratitude! I like the idea of doing something, taking action to show your gratitude, rather than just acknowledging that you are grateful. I think this will help me stay focused on what matters! Thanks!! (by the way, I have been making your Bakeovers and my family and I simply adore them!)

  5. Meg says:

    Lis, glad to hear the BakeOvers are a hit. Taking action is always on my list of things to do too. Happy day to you!

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Girls, let’s talk about our babies’ or in my case, my grandbabies’ butterbeans.

What? You didn’t think this journal was all about discretion, did you?

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  1. carol branum says:

    Hi,yes,I remember doing that too,I used about 4 doz a day at first I think,washed them all,I also miss those hard white leather shoes babys wore and the drawstraing nightgowns,babys used to look like babies,not grown adults.My baby is 35 now,I don,t regret being a stay at home mom,or washing all those diapers.I did not breastfeed,and I regret that,I would of but,the formula companies were pushing formula then,and I felt pushed at the hospital to get a shot to dry up my breast,bad idea,my entire hip turned black as cole,and I hear now that they have stopped that all together,and that it posibly could cause cancer,I hope not,It was a shame because I had lots of milk.And if I had it to do over,I would breast feed.I was only seventeen,and I wish I hadn,t of been pushed.I was timid and let them walk all over me!They sent me home with four samples of formula,and brand new product,called newborn “Pampers”,they were so new that they were not sold yet in our town.My hospital stay cost $800.00,thats all.have a great dy,blessed be,carol

    • MaryJane says:

      Memories! Yes, it’s good we’re past that anti-breastmilk era. You’re not alone, I’m sure. My baby is 32 and I just returned home from taking her and her little family out for breakfast to celebrate that wondrous day 32 years ago.

  2. Janelle says:

    I’m a cloth diaper mama of 5 – I was given a bunch of the “new fangled” pocket diapers, but have also made a ton of my own in various styles – old Tshirts are awesome as “prefolds”.

  3. Anna Russiano says:

    I miss all the diapers on the line and never seemed to mind the extra laundry. My youngest is only three but I do miss all of the baby things. When you are in the throws of it it seems never ending. I had 4 under the age of 5 and was just tired. Joyful and grateful but tired. As far a nursing I always had plenty of milk and even over-nighted milk to my sister who had a 3 lb baby and not enough milk. It wasn’t all that long ago for me but even several years out I still worry that my milk will come in when I hear a newborn crying. I guess each stage brings new work and new joy. Now its patching holes in knees, tying hair bows and of course still all the laundry! The old diapers are now used on my daughters babydolls. I’m so blessed!

  4. Jeannie says:

    I tried cloth diapers…..I only had ony child, so one would think I could ace it. Nope. The smell, and it seemed I could never get them really clean…..and the time it took me…..was not long before I found myself buying one of those handy bags of diapers. My daughter is 32, and disposables were pretty new then. I kept buying them. I failed. Could not take the smell and thought of all those germs living in that pail….oh, and she got a big rash, which went away when I used the dispoables. Oh well…..

    • MaryJane says:

      You’ll appreciate this quote (by my book editor) that I included in my first book: “As a new mom in New York City, after hauling buckets of soiled cloth diapers up and down four flights of stairs to a community washing machine, I vowed I would never, ever, for the rest of my life, buy another paper napkin or towel as compensation for switching to disposable diapers. Too much is just too much!” -Pam Krauss

  5. Cindy Baugh says:

    Butterbeans???!!! I thought only southern women called their baby’s bottoms butterbeans? Oh how I laughed when I saw that MaryJane! Do other folks also call girl parts “pookahs” Years ago, my 80 year old ob/gyn confided that “pookah” was his non-medical word for the female anatomy. I was so relieved to know that doctors had words like that instead of the awful technical ones, that I immediately adopted “pookah” for my own use. 30 something years later, all the females and most of the males in our family of mostly girl children use this word both seriously and affectionally for all the girl parts. And we are fine with that.

    • Samantha says:

      Mary Jane, I have you to thank for my “stash” of cloth diapers. I read in one of your books how much you loved cloth diapers, and it got me thinking that if and when I ever had a child, I’d use them. Now I have a 3 month old son and the diapers are in the wash as I type this. Maybe you could do a tutorial on making flannel flats, I’d love that!

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