Who’s Gabbing and Who’s Gushing

they have arrived

Posted on April 1, 2015 by Judy Torola, Sister #599

I thought it was busy enough around here with sugaring, we just stepped it up a notch with the arrival of 50 chicks ... Read more →

Brian Stavig, Author

Posted on April 1, 2015 by Gina McKnight, Sister #5281

Known as the ex-left hander, Author Brian Stavig connects with horses. His first book, The Ex Left Hander was released in 2007 and is the autobiographical account of a young man who's trying to get on with life after sustaining a severe traumatic brain injury from a car wreck involving a drunk driver. As a result of the accident, Brian is handicapped, but a driven biped. Brian says, I could do better, but it's tough. I'm a work in progress, who will not quit- for to quit is to die. I would like to be considered an example for all the young people who each year are unfortunate enough to be in a car wreck involving alcohol. Many die, but many others survive, with a traumatic brain injury. My book can and should be read as an example of a young person's life after such a calamity.

For 9 years Brian was employed as a horse exerciser, often referred to as the Horse Whisperer. Brian's second book Euphany - Horse on the Track has just released and will quickly become a favorite ... Read more →

My New Shade Garden ~ The Planting Part 1

Posted on April 1, 2015 by Rosemarie Thompson, Sister #6055

My shade garden is in process! I was planning to work on my entire shade garden all at one time (then share it all with you), but one of my nursery orders has yet to arrive. It seems that the weather is still too cold in Minnesota to ship to me – the plants might die enroute! The plants that I’m waiting on are all for the main shade garden on the back yard side of the house. Because I had all the plants for the front side of the shade garden – dubbed the “L Garden” – I decided to go ahead and work on that part now.


Here’s what the front yard portion of the side of my house looked like before I put in the L Garden. I have two white hydrangea planted in the bed along the fence and nothing on the other side of the fence gate ... Read more →

Learning Tree Identification

Posted on March 31, 2015 by Sarah Houlihan, Sister #3828

Living on a lot covered in trees and planning to use anything we cut to it’s fullest advantage, we need to learn to identify what we have. Each type of tree has different uses and each need we have can be best fulfilled by different species. There is hardwood and softwood. Trees that coppice well and trees that don’t. Some trees are nitrogen fixers and some trees produce fruit or nuts. The sap of different trees can be turned into soaps or drinks. Some trees make good fence posts and other trees will rot soon after we cut them. The list goes on.

So we are learning to identify the trees we have. It is still pretty much winter here, so there are no leaves to help us in our identification process. This makes it very difficult for beginners to identify anything. All we are doing right now is trying to get a general idea of what we have in the area we plan to cut anyway ... Read more →

April 1st CDP Theme~~~~My Camera shy self portrait

Posted on March 31, 2015 by MaryBeth Schwartz, Sister #46

I truly don't care to have my picture taken and maybe it's because I'm not all there!

So here's what keeps me going.--Hiking is and was one of my favorite things and I will get back to it once the fractures heal. This picture is when we were 5000 ft up Mt. Baker. This summer is back to the mountain time ... Read more →