The Unneighborly Neighbors

When new people moved in across the road from us several years ago, my husband Steve and I went over and introduced ourselves.  The new neighbors were a middle-aged couple and their adult son.  Since they said they owned a car repair shop in town, from that point on Steve and I referred to them in private as the Mechanics.  We have private names for all of our neighbors.  We call one the Golfer because he likes to golf in our field.  We call another Chipper Shredder because he is always cutting things down and running them through a chipper.  Steve and I welcomed the Mechanics to the neighborhood; something we would not have done if we had known what was to come. Continue reading

The Good-Looking Goat

I saw the goat first.  It was walking along the woods at the edge of the field heading towards the road.  When I pointed it out to my husband Steve, he went into the garage and came back with some dog food in an old metal coffee can.  Standing in the driveway, he began shaking the can.  The goat turned and headed in our direction. Continue reading

Hey MLB! Bring Day Games Back to The World Series

A game for the ages was played on Wednesday night, the type of game baseball fans live for.  Game seven of the 2016 World Series had everything die-hard baseball fans love, two franchises that haven’t taken home the title in forever, home runs, comebacks and extra innings. As a fan of the game I know that those who were lucky enough to see the whole thing will probably remember it forever.  I wasn’t lucky enough to see the whole game.  Oh, I tried to see the whole game, but I couldn’t stay awake. Continue reading

Hello. Pretty Boy.

A few years after we bought the house we currently live in we dug flower beds.  And so it was that I found myself one hot July evening planting 104 day lilies that my friend Bob had given me. He bred the day lilies himself and although I thought them all beautiful, they did not meet his standards.  So I was the fortunate recipient of his lovely “mistakes”.  It was hot dirty work in ground that was not the best; full of rocks and clay.  But I was determined to get all of the flowers Bob had given me planted over the course of the next two days. Continue reading

Is That Your Ostrich?

A few seconds after the doorbell rang my son Aaron knocked on the bathroom door, “Mom, there’s a state cop at the door”.

Although it was only the middle of October and not yet seven o’clock in the evening, I had been taking a bath because I was cold.  “I’ll be right there,” I said, trying to keep the panic out of my voice.   Continue reading

Lucky the Pig

I was upstairs putting laundry away one summer afternoon when I heard a loud commotion in the backyard.  I heard my husband Steve, our son Aaron and the neighbor Bud yelling and our dog Kelly barking like crazy.  I ran to look out of the window fully expecting to see some type of catastrophe, but what I saw was a pig running up the middle of our driveway. Continue reading

The Great Lamb Chase

At some point my husband Steve decided that having our two kids raise lambs would be a good idea.  He thought that it would be a good experience for the kids and that the lambs would help to keep the weeds down in the back yard.  And so the plan was hatched.  I wasn’t convinced that raising lambs for six months only to sell them at the livestock auction was that great of a plan to hatch but of course when Steve mentioned it to the kids, they were all in. Continue reading

Skunked Again!

For several weeks my German Shepherd, Kelly, had been acting strange in the evenings, pacing from room to room and looking out of the open windows.  After pacing and checking windows for about thirty minutes she’d stop and go lie down.  Her behavior was odd enough that over the course of those few weeks, I walked to the windows and looked out myself wondering what she was smelling or looking at, but I never saw a thing out there. Continue reading

Listen to the Mockingbird

Every evening, just before dusk, the mockingbird would land on the roof outside of our bedroom window and sing.  When he first began showing up, he only sang bird calls.  He sang a variety of them, repeating each a few times, always in the same order.  After visiting our roof, he would fly to the neighbor’s barn roof and do the same bird songs in the same order before flying off again.   Continue reading

Stoner’s Steer

Our neighbor Judy had two dogs named Bigfoot and Danny and a goat named Rammy.   Every morning before work she would get Rammy out of the barn and walk with all three in the field between our homes.  The dogs and the goat would play and run around together with Judy following behind. Continue reading