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This is Ralph!  He arrived, unannounced at my house, in the arms of my eldest son a couple of weeks ago.  My son had been nagging for another dog for ages but my view was that since he was a fully fledged adult he didn’t need my permission to get a dog, and if I gave my permission I feared that somehow it would convey paternal rights on me in some way.    922 more words


Socks and Soup

Hygge: A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).

This first week of wintery weather has seen me getting my “hygge” on. 545 more words

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Musings and a frosty dawn

Slowly winter is creeping in at the farm. This weekend will be filled with some more work outside as we try to get everything wrapped up before freezing temperatures are here to stay. 41 more words

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Bed and Breakfast for Small Birds

Farmer Man is building nest boxes for small birds. The opening is wide enough for our small birds — chickadees,  tufted titmice, bluebirds, wrens — but not large enough for the house sparrow or other larger birds. 58 more words

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Pet Safety Over the Holidays


All of a sudden, it’s the holidays! I don’t know about you, but I’m surprised. They seem to come earlier each year. But there’s no getting around it; it’s time for thanksgiving, and Christmas is just around the corner. 387 more words

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