Pickin’ Peas

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The hot, dry sun was beating down hard on my back, and the pebbles and puncture weeds were really digging into my knees as I knelt in the parched dirt next to our pea patch the other day.

I’ve spent a LOT of time out there lately, crawling slowly through the thick, tangled vines…

And although my face was beet-red and the sweat was trickling steadily down my back, I have to admit, I was having the time of my life! Continue reading “Pickin’ Peas”

THOSE People

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I love livin’ on a dirt road. I really do.

Sure, it has its disadvantages. Things get pretty dusty in the summer. You’re the last ones to see a snowplow in the winter. And no matter what time of year, it’s dang near impossible to keep your car clean.

(It’s a good thing both our vehicles are white…)

But, as with most things rural, the pros definitely outweigh the cons. Continue reading “THOSE People”

The Stuff That Covers Me

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Why is it that so many of my stories take place during the wee hours of the morning?

I swear, this blog is starting to sound like a broken record, and I apologize for that.

Nevertheless…

I found myself (once again) peeling off my dirty clothes, brushing my teeth, and stumbling sleepily through the rest of my bedtime routine — while those ominous red numbers on my nightstand alarm clock ticked closer and closer to 1:00AM. Continue reading “The Stuff That Covers Me”

The Routine

I’m standing in the kitchen, stifling a yawn and rubbing the sleep from my eyes as the timer on the microwave counts slowly down to zero…

When it’s finished, I open the door and remove its contents: a little yogurt cup filled with (now) warm, soapy water. Then, using my free hand, I pick up a recycled pickle jar, a well-worn clear plastic cup (the kind most people just chuck in the garbage), and head out the door.

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MORE Goat Drama

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Can I just start by saying that I HATE drama?

Really. I do.

I’m definitely more of a “peace-and-quiet-and-good-tilled-earth” kinda guy. I bend over backwards to avoid unnecessary drama in the workplace. I do everything I can to reduce drama in family interactions. Heck, I don’t even watch television or movies all that often because I can’t stand the drama!

It seems like I’m always going out of my way to rid my life of excess drama, and then what do I do?

I go out and buy some flippin’ goats — and bring in more drama than I could have ever possibly imagined! Continue reading “MORE Goat Drama”