Drinking Beer & Building Shit: Donkey Shelters

First, a warning: Sad farm shit ahead.  About this time last year, I walked out to the barn one morning and found the older of my two donkeys, Doc, laying unresponsive on the ground. He was alive, but barely. The vet lives

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On the Art of Not Living a Careful Life

I started off the year by writing about measuring sticks. The metaphorical kind, not actual tape measures (although I’ve written plenty about those too.) And while I used bodies and physical aesthetics as an example, that is really just one of many

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The Lake House: A 2020 Update

If there’s a satisfying update to be had this year, it’s most likely because my mom has been making a lot of progress updating the Lake House, almost entirely without my help. I did build the deck stairs, and one time wedged

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Drinking Beer & Building Shit: The Deck Stairs

If there ever was a summer in my life that I’d want to be on a roll with building shit, this would have been the one, obviously. Was I? Absolutely not.  I’ve never been able to fully articulate the difference between when

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These Strange Times

This was meant to be a post about the kitchen projects I worked on during the early days of quarantine. (I know, I know, you’re mostly here for the kitchen.) Look, I did do some shit…  But it is almost impossible to

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Kick Ass or Die

Well, shit.  That’s about the only articulate thing I can say about 2020. To be fair, I’m out of practice. However, I’d also  guess I’m not the only person stuck in the space between “there are a lot of things that should

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Endings and Beginnings

Even before I knew how to name it (or identify it) one of the core principles of my life was always to follow my energy. I used to say that I was a jack of all trades, or that I had a

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Garden Upgrades 2019, Part 2

Let me start by saying that I have had mixed feelings about my veggie garden, pretty much since I put the first beds in six years ago. Because, first of all, this was not supposed to be a six year project. Also,

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The Greenhouse Returns

This thing… I’m not sure if I’ve had a single project on the farm that has brought me such varying levels of joy, frustration, and what the actual fuck. (That was the “what the actual fuck” part, in case that was unclear.)

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Garden Upgrades 2019, Part 1

Last year I used the word “manageable” to describe spring on the farm, and, I mean… that’s hilarious. I didn’t know that was even an adjective that existed in my vocabulary related to spring on the farm. But, to be fair, I

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Lake House: Winter Work and Spring Plans

Remember how I was on a cabinet building kick a few months ago? My energy level–and that magical ability to knock together a cabinet on a whim using nothing but some scrap wood and a bottle of wine–came to an abrupt halt

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Victory Lap: Year Seven

Can I just start by saying, holy shit… year seven? I mean, what the hell have I been doing for the last seven years? (Besides digging post holes, because… obviously.) Here’s what’s crazy about that. 1.) I am way older than I realized.

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A Girl and her Tent

Well, technically, it’s really a girl, her tent, and another 30 lbs of gear strapped to her back (while she hikes up a mountain) but who’s counting, really? (Uh. I am, you guys. I am counting Every. Single. Ounce. in that pack,

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The Big List: 2019

2018 was a weird year for a lot of reasons, one of which was THERE WAS NO LIST. … I know, right? This farm has basically operated on a big list written on a big chalkboard for the last, oh, five years.

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On the Art of Not Living a Careful Life

I started off the year by writing about measuring sticks. The metaphorical kind, not actual tape measures (although I’ve written plenty about those too.) And while I used bodies and physical aesthetics as an example, that is really just one of many

Read More

The Lake House: A 2020 Update

If there’s a satisfying update to be had this year, it’s most likely because my mom has been making a lot of progress updating the Lake House, almost entirely without my help. I did build the deck stairs, and one time wedged

Read More

Drinking Beer & Building Shit: The Deck Stairs

If there ever was a summer in my life that I’d want to be on a roll with building shit, this would have been the one, obviously. Was I? Absolutely not.  I’ve never been able to fully articulate the difference between when

Read More

These Strange Times

This was meant to be a post about the kitchen projects I worked on during the early days of quarantine. (I know, I know, you’re mostly here for the kitchen.) Look, I did do some shit…  But it is almost impossible to

Read More

Kick Ass or Die

Well, shit.  That’s about the only articulate thing I can say about 2020. To be fair, I’m out of practice. However, I’d also  guess I’m not the only person stuck in the space between “there are a lot of things that should

Read More

Endings and Beginnings

Even before I knew how to name it (or identify it) one of the core principles of my life was always to follow my energy. I used to say that I was a jack of all trades, or that I had a

Read More

Garden Upgrades 2019, Part 2

Let me start by saying that I have had mixed feelings about my veggie garden, pretty much since I put the first beds in six years ago. Because, first of all, this was not supposed to be a six year project. Also,

Read More

The Greenhouse Returns

This thing… I’m not sure if I’ve had a single project on the farm that has brought me such varying levels of joy, frustration, and what the actual fuck. (That was the “what the actual fuck” part, in case that was unclear.)

Read More

Garden Upgrades 2019, Part 1

Last year I used the word “manageable” to describe spring on the farm, and, I mean… that’s hilarious. I didn’t know that was even an adjective that existed in my vocabulary related to spring on the farm. But, to be fair, I

Read More

Lake House: Winter Work and Spring Plans

Remember how I was on a cabinet building kick a few months ago? My energy level–and that magical ability to knock together a cabinet on a whim using nothing but some scrap wood and a bottle of wine–came to an abrupt halt

Read More

Victory Lap: Year Seven

Can I just start by saying, holy shit… year seven? I mean, what the hell have I been doing for the last seven years? (Besides digging post holes, because… obviously.) Here’s what’s crazy about that. 1.) I am way older than I realized.

Read More

A Girl and her Tent

Well, technically, it’s really a girl, her tent, and another 30 lbs of gear strapped to her back (while she hikes up a mountain) but who’s counting, really? (Uh. I am, you guys. I am counting Every. Single. Ounce. in that pack,

Read More

The Big List: 2019

2018 was a weird year for a lot of reasons, one of which was THERE WAS NO LIST. … I know, right? This farm has basically operated on a big list written on a big chalkboard for the last, oh, five years.

Read More

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