As I told to Husband his first winter here: 1. Green light does not mean ‘go’, it means check to see if the other direction can stop. The car sliding sideways through the intersection on a red has the right-of-way. 2. On a snowcovered road, if you sometimes see the lane stripes, ignore them. It[…]
Laura Ingalls Wilder and The Long Winter When I lived out west for ten years or so, and it never snowed and summers were brown and winters were rainy, the book I most read and reread when I was homesick was “The Long Winter”. I can’t say it’s my favorite of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little[…]
Naturally it was right after the big foot-and-a-half snowstorm that I first saw the lone baby deer struggling through the snow toward the house. It’s rare to see a deer alone here. Usually they’re in groups of four to a dozen, except for the occasional lone buck. But this baby was alone. And little; barely[…]
It’s November 12th, and I’ve now passed through the first stage of Christmas Lights Denial. This is the stage where I sigh heavily, look around the place, and decide putting up lights is really far too much work and I Just Won’t Do Lights This Year. This stage begins to be a bit battered on[…]
It’s Boat Day today but, alas, not the good kind of Boat Day. We’re going up to the lake to take the boat out of the water for the season. Today is all about utility–getting the trailer hitched up, getting the boat over from where we dock to the boat launch, getting that huge pontoon[…]
The Ghost in the Little House: A Life of Rose Wilder Lane by William V. Holtz, reviewed by Deb Houdek Rule. A biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s only daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. It is rather controversial among Laura’s fans as a major premise of the book is that Rose, not Laura, was the real writer of the beloved Little House series of books.
Little House in the Ozarks: The Rediscovered Writings, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, edited by Stephen W. Hines, reviewed by Deb Houdek Rule. A collection of articles Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote in the decades before the first of her “Little House” books came out. For about twenty years before her first book, “Little House in the Big Woods,” Laura was a regularly published writer of articles and essays in regional newspapers and farm magazines beginning in 1911.
The Iowa Story: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life in Burr Oak, Iowa by William Anderson Reviewed by Deb Houdek Rule This is a small book, only fifty-two pages long, but it ably fills in the story of the Ingalls’ year in the town of Burr Oak, Iowa. Of the many who research and write about Laura’s[…]
Our sweet little Siamese girl, Sheba, thinks proper cat-parents should be furry like her. She loves her papa’s winter beard.
We just drove through Iowa. Where most people may have seen lovely farm landscape, I’m a farmer and I saw nothing but a toxic nightmare with ruined soil. The only crops were corn and soybeans–both of which I avoid in food–with the few cattle in no-pasture feedlots. We couldn’t see the pigs or chickens; no[…]