Reflection, The farmgirl life

A shot of nostalgia… and ducks!

I’m going to confess up front that I’m riding a wave of nostalgia right now. It’s sharp, it’s somewhat piercing, and the memories are sometimes so sweet that they make me ache.

I created a Facebook group last night to spur conversation for my graduating high school class’ upcoming 20th year reunion next summer, so my mind is, for the most part, awhirl with memories of life in and around the small town of Hanover, Indiana. This morning on the hour-long ferry commute into Seattle, I pulled out the latest issue of MaryJanesFarm magazine, which is almost a spiritual text to me in its place of importance in my life, and discovered that this particular issue is all about chickens and eggs, with adorable ducks making a few appearances because Mary Jane is, obviously, a genius.

Chickens and ducks – namely the waddling waterfowl – send me right back into my spiral of whimsy.

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About me, Home, The farmgirl life

Updating my homemade deodorant recipe

It’s time to go au naturel again when it comes to deodorant. I became lazy and started using Shaklee’s cream deodorant and even some ladies Speed Stick, but the itchies have returned. I went with some different ingredients this time, as opposed to the first time I made it.

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The farmgirl life

It’s a MaryJanesFarm-apalooza up in my house!

I am a disciple of MaryJane Butters/MaryJanesFarm. I spend time with her books, studying and reading and getting to know them like old friends. I cart each new issue of the magazine around with me for days until I’m finished with it, and then it goes on an honored place on my bookshelf and not into the recycling bin (like every other magazine subscription that I have.)

Dedication aside, I’m not a very good disciple. I don’t live an agrarian lifestyle and I only eat organic about 30% of the time. I used to sew by hand and craft a lot, but psoriatic arthritis in the fingers means my hand-sewing days are over with, at least for the foreseeable future. That’s the great thing about being a FarmGirl, though. We come from everywhere and we’re all very different.

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faith, Family, The farmgirl life

Farmgirls, church ladies, and Sunday mornings

Early Sunday mornings, well before the sun peeks over the Cascades range, I love to climb from beneath the warmth of my quilts, close the cracked window letting in all that chilly Pacific Northwest air, and head downstairs.   Continue reading “Farmgirls, church ladies, and Sunday mornings”

Home, In the kitchen, The farmgirl life

Starting 2015 off with a giveaway!

I was planning one of those introspective posts that are so popular at the start of a new year, but I have the rest of my life to subject myself to analysis.  Instead, I’m giving away two vintage aprons!  Here they are:

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