16Jul

The Farm: Chapter Next

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I’ve lost track of how many chapters the farm has been through so far, so this is just the Next One. The last chapter I wrote about was about writing a book! And that chapter isn’t even over yet, but things are changing again. Guess I’ll just get right to the point. I’ve sold the […]
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29Apr

I’m Writing a Book!

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And you can help!  The whole Jacob’s Reward Farm community is banding together to help fund this important work.  Not important because I’m writing it, but important because it’s about US…about how we came to be, about how important we are to each other and the world, about the primal skills that keep us woven […]
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14Apr

A Gold Watch for Ruthie – A Mighty Fine Dog Retires

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Most folks are put out to pasture when they retire.  Ruthie is getting pulled off the pasture. Ruth came to us four years ago – almost to the day… April 16, 2010.  A gal called me up wanting to know if I needed another Great Pyrenees dog to guard the alpacas.  (We had recently acquired […]
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07Apr

3 Dangerous Mistakes of New Alpaca Owners

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Owning alpacas can bring lots of fun, entertainment, and financial benefits to our lives, if we start off right with our new animals.  But three common mistakes can spell disaster for inexperienced alpaca owners, if you don’t see them coming.  The key is to settle these vital issues at your farm or ranch before ever […]
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03Apr

The Harlot Was Right

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When circumstances converge and draw your attention over and over to a single message, it’s time to sit up and take notice.  So I am. Last week at the DFW Fiber Fest, keynote speaker Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (AKA the Yarn Harlot) made several insightful points that weren’t especially new, but came across in a way I […]
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11Mar

Minding Your P’s and K’s – Stockinette Without Tears

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“How do I tell the purl side from the knit side?” asked my six knitting students today.  We’re at a critical point in the knitting journey – gaining competence at looking at the fabric and knowing what you’re seeing.  If you’re trying to make stockinette fabric, you need to know whether to knit the row […]
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09Mar

I’m Farmer, Plumber and Rube Goldberg

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It’s the automated fodder system. I’ve been anxiously looking forward to the day I can turn the fussy business of daily watering the sprouting seeds over to machines. If you’ll remember, previously, I hand watered the pans of seeds in the utility sink every day, but at only one pan at a time, that job […]
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28Feb

Shearing Joy

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Danny Smith called me the other day and said, “how about Saturday?”  And so the party was set, and you’re invited! Tomorrow around 11 AM, we’ll once again separate the sheep from their year’s growth of beautiful wool.  Danny will set up his shearing stand inside a small pen that I’ll set up for the […]
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20Feb

The Joy of Less

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I’m in serious purge mode. I guess it’s just a predictable continuation of the path I’ve been traveling – trimming weight off my body, streamlining farm operations, and now, jettisoning useless stuff from the house on an epic scale. We’ve lived in this little house for going on nine years now.  Boggling to realize.  And […]
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06Feb

Texas Snow

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It doesn’t happen often around here, but when it does, it’s usually in February.  The kids were all very disappointed this morning because, as skittish as we are about snow in Texas, the authorities didn’t deem this dusting as a sufficient reason to close school. All the chores needed doing, however, and so up I […]
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