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“Your Mama wears combat boots to church.”

Rebekah, as a 6th grader

May Farm Report from Rebekah’s Farm
Ah, well…..the thing is…..the farm is coming along…..not so much.

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  1. Cindy says:

    I have always wanted a Farmer’s Almanac! Little by little, everything will come together. It’s the journey that matters! Bless your happy weeds…Cindy

  2. Rebecca says:

    Whew! Sounds like you’ve got your work cut out for you! I love all that you have going on, though. Chicks and wildflowers AND boots and horses….. It all sounds so wonderful. The Mortgage Lifter tomato seeds are the only ones of your collection that I recognize. They’re actually very, very good tomatoes.

  3. Meredith says:

    I love your blog with all the information and your experiences which are so valuable. It gives me courage to continue with my farm project. I’m breaking ground on my farm house next month. EEEE! 🙂

  4. april says:

    It will come together soon just enjoy the process! I think i live close to where you live and understand about the rain! Hang on it should stop soon and we only should get a shower here and there till this fall. Love to read your blog and love the boots! never saw green ones before i say wear them everywhere

  5. Barbara Klein says:

    Why would your shoes and socks get wet when you have a perfectly good, new pair of combat boots!

  6. Sharon Crosswhite says:

    Almanac sounds wonderful;please pick me!
    Hope your seeds sprout and garden grows as well as your weeds! The teenage stage of chickies can be so frustrating, especially with them in he house. May it pass quickly. Oh, and you are spot-on with the comment about the chicken house taking longer and costing more than ev imagined!
    Have a beautiful week.

  7. Maria says:

    Just read your post, lovely. Suggestion if you want to make your enchiladas heathy and not use so much cheese and if you like cauliflower, you steam them mash them and then add your cheese. Just a suggestion. Have a wonderful Day!

  8. Jan says:

    I think that maybe you should go small on the garden this year! You have enough on your plate, and this year will give you some time to talk to the neighbors about how and when they do their plantings. For example, it takes awhile to start tomatoes and get them ready to set out. We don’t actually plant the garden here in eastern WA until about the 1st of June. We still might have a frost coming tomorrow night!!
    I once had an Arabian horse named Sheik. He was a beautiful palomino and I was a novice rider. My experienced horse mentor could jump on him and make him do wondrous acrobatics. I could not…I would suggest that you do some equestrian classes while your beauty is being ‘trained’. Confidence is something that your horse will recognize..Good luck!

  9. Barb Delaney says:

    Your life is my dream.

  10. Amy says:

    I so enjoy reading of your beginnings into rural living. We have purchased my husband’s family farm and wish desperately to move there but finances are holding us here in town. Keep plugging away, your doing great!

  11. Joan says:

    As I was always told – when one is busy, one stays out of trouble – YOU ARE ONE BUSY ONE!! What fun to read about it. So sorry sweetheart is having issues, hopefully the teacher will give him an attitude adjustment and he will be so happy to come home and be all that you know he can be. Love the boots, I had a pair back in the day, but mine were boring black, love the green . Chick chick chick another great love of my life, sorry for the loss but the others seem to be great fun. I once did the ‘chick before the house’ and ended up building a quick house, it is a house that I moved them outside before the real house was ready and also so that they could come inside at night, just a wooden crate,chicken wire and a run, oh the memories you bring back for me, thanks! My garden is still sitting in the kitchen, cold,snowy late into planting time and now we are getting rain, not really complaining because we have drought for years, so will put things out when I can. JEEPERS IF ONLY I HAD HAD AN ALMANAC – maybe I would have known that gardening would be delayed. Anyway whom ever gets the Almanac – congratulations and what a sweet idea of sharing with others. God Bless

  12. Doris says:

    Hey Rebekah,
    I always love your blog. Your pictures are beautiful. I think your middle picture of your "weeds" is Creasy Salad. We love it cooked and served with vinegar and a Big slice of cornbread. Check it for sure before you try it:)

  13. Rebecca says:

    I would love to win the almanac.

    About the garden situation, I finally was able to get my garden in last week but we have had nothing but rain, rain, rain also here I Mid-Missouri.

    Have you ever considered raised beds. That is what I did this year and you don’t need a tiller. It is a lot easier than tilling up a garden every year. I have about six raised beds and you can add to them every year. Make walking paths in between. I really like it better than a traditional garden which I have had for years. Much easier for this "over 50" girl.

  14. Dorothy S says:

    You are one busy lady. We haven’t planted a garden yet because of the weather. We have planted the brandy wine tomato before and it is very good. Like the idea of the cauliflower in the enchilada recipe you posted. It all takes time and nothing happens fast enough when you are on a ranch or farm. Keep plugging away – that is what I do.

  15. Kim says:

    I LOVE all the adventures you are having! I live vicariously through you since buying a farm is not an option for us. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Molly Welsh says:

    Oh dear, I hope you do not become disappointed in the results of you grdening experience – that is a VERY BIG bite for the beginning.
    It is wonderful to grow one’s own food. We have gardens, small orchard, & berries on our lot in a very rural eastern WA townlet. I also have chickens for eggs, but I must tell you that we do eat our chickens when they have come to the end of their producing life. This does not mean we respect them any less or care for them in a haphazard manner. And, yes, they do have names & personalities all their own.
    But, everyone has their own ideas about this. I am glad you are having your horse trained. It is a good thing to be able to have a "horsey" friend to ride and enjoy.

  17. Mary Rauch says:

    I hope you change your mind again about eating chicken. It is SUCH a gift to be able to raise your own NO CHEMICAL fed chickens for your family table. Enjoy the clean meat and maybe the FRESHEST eggs in the world when the time comes, and be happy to have it.
    The almanac offer sounds wonderful. Hope it is Moi!

  18. Kelly says:

    So happy I stumbled upon your blog! I am a newly minted citygirl farmer and loving every minute of it. We are fortunate not to have the rain you have had so I was able to build 5 raised beds and a compost bin over the last 2 weekends and get my lovlies in the ground. I can’t believe I still have some room, so off to the store for more seeds! I would love to have an almanac if that were to happen. Best of luck to you and hope you dry out soon! Kelly

  19. Meredith Wiliams says:

    I can whole heartedly second Jans suggestion of getting more training yourself while your boy is at boot camp. A less schooled horse with a novice rider who figures out he has a novice rider may go to school and come home smart, but he will remember your skills or lack thereof! It’s not so good if he is aware he knows more than you, so surprise him with more skills of your own! Good luck!

  20. Elizabeth colvin says:

    I love reading your blog and am in LOOOVE – did I say In LOOOVE with those combat boots….how cute…just LOOOOVE the color!

  21. Rebekah, love the boots, and I hope your lovely horse learns some manners, also I love the turkey. my friend back home in La. had one come up on her property and he actually ended up living there and being a great protector over her hens. She named him "Gordy". I hope you get all your seeds planted if not this year put them in the fridge and they will be good for next year. Happy farming, and love seeing all of the updates on your new farm. Be Blessed. neta

  22. Diane Van Horn says:

    The simple life is not so simple! You are doing an amazing job! Keep it up. Your Mama!
    I would love an almanac and I love the Greenhorns!
    I think you may be a little too late with some of your seeds, but some of the shorter season crops would be fine to plant now. Maybe you will just have to shop at farmer’s markets this year and garden next year. I am sure your seeds will still be good. Just store them in a cool, dark place.
    I love your boots!

  23. Rene Foust says:

    I wish you much success and I am sure it will all work out eventually. I love the combat boots and the permission that you have given yourself to wear them. The chickens are cute as can be and I agree with you and your daughter; chicken would be off my menu (I am not a vegetarian but don’t eat much meat for the same reason I love animals too much). I am sure you will be riding your beautiful white horse in the very near future and you will feel so free and happy when you do. The garden problem is one that I have going on as well; maybe next year. The dream that we have is a big wonderful dream and the good thing is that we have actually taken the step to live it, the sobering part is that it is going to take work, money, patience and time…but we will get there. The journey is the destination anyway. Much success to you and I love the chance to win a copy of the almanc. Thanks

  24. carol branum says:

    hi,here in the real world,my farmgirl dreams are on hold this year,if you remember the Allen Jacksons tune.But I will ask Spirit to help you with all the work,maybe you should hire a hi school girl to help you. carol

  25. Peggy says:

    The list of seeds you bought are really interesting. It would be fun researching some of them.
    I love the way your new farm life is coming together.
    Where did you get the beautiful combat boots in that color?

  26. jaylyn morehouse says:

    Beautiful pictures! Count me in for the giveaway please!!!

  27. bobbie calgaro says:

    I need a farmer’s almanac. i have planted a porch container garden with gro-boxes (brand name) and they are great. Maybe you could start there and work up to the big one. Rain here in Clemmons, NC has been over-abundant too. Unfortuneately we know how easily we slip into drought to complain. i have a big troy built tiller that we don’t use. Interested? lol have a great day. nothing was ever done in a day.

  28. Leslie says:

    Beka- love your boots and stories. We have a little dog -remi– who like your beloved horse — forgets the rules and though he tries to be good, he just forgets the rules. Fortunately he gets by on his sweet looks and personality. Would you believe my family may actually need a farmer’s almanac? A very slight distance from our current house but quite a change is in store for us– holding my breath til may 31… But Steve is very excited.

  29. jonna says:

    hi Rebecah, I’m a first time chick mom too (thanks to MJF & a friend who thought it would be a win win to give me 11 orphaned 2 day old babys); now they are 14 days old & in the house as are yours; not cuz they dont have a coop; cuz mama is afraid something will get them ; ) anyway, rosemary essential oil is helping w/ the smell & it is good for the chicks! might give it a try…

  30. carol says:

    I so look forward to reading your updates, Rebekah. I am living through your life—doin’ all those things I’ve dreamed about. I hit my big 60 this year and guess I’ll just have to be satisfied with your virtual farm-life. (I have made a request to the FATHER, that my mansion in the sky is a rambling old house on some land where I can fulfill my dreams. So for now, I am contentedly living in the old part of Omaha with my hubby of 40 years and our dog, Matty–caring for our plot of land, home, and reaching out to those HE brings across my path and serving HIM the best I can. See you in the skies!

  31. Nancy Adcock says:

    Enjoy your blog so much…and understand…three years into a country home from the big city for us…don’t know if we will make it! It is challenging…to say the least!

  32. Mary Beth Schwarz says:

    Love those blue boots and ___where can I get some___ (do they have to be painted with shoe paint?)?!!! The Green horns sound neat and I love almanacs! Mr. Snow will be a quick leaner since he is a smart guy, and he will come back to you Ready To Ride! It is quite freeing to be a woman of a certain age able to do what you want without wondering what others will think. When you become 60+ you are nearly invisible, but I guess I have always had an independent streak a mile wide. Good luck on the garden drying out enough for planting! Mary Beth

  33. Carol in NC says:

    Just reading your seed list made me weak in the knees. I say save the bulk of it for next year, buy a few tomato plants and enjoy the farmer’s market. Squash is easy to grow from seed, and you’ll want a cucumber plant or two, and some bell peppers. Some herbs of course. The greens you can plant later for fall. See, it’s already getting carried away!

    Google chicken moat. I’ve never done it, but it looks like three birds with one stone. It’s a protected chicken run, deer deterrent (because of the double fence) and pest control at the same time. Love the almanac. Count me in!
    Here’s to boot camp!

  34. Marcie says:

    love our mini NE TN farm with chickens and garden and fresh air and yes, we have had lots of rain too. When I have to slog about outside I wear my LL Bean mocs (they are waterproof) … feet and socks stay dry. Hubby wears his Bean boots. Check out the neat stuff they have, you’re bound to find some waterproof things.

    Hope the horse comes home from boot camp with a respectful attitude.

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50 Years Of Livin' and Learnin'

I don’t know. 50 years old?
That’s crazy talk. But when I do the math the number comes out to be 50. So I guess it’s true. 2013-1963=50. I’m still 49 years old today, but by the next time I post here the big five-o will have come and gone.

And you know what?

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  1. auntpammy says:

    ♪♫ Happy (early) Birthday to You! ♫♪

    Love your truck…you need it!

    I am 55 years old this year and I take all of my learnin’ from my sweet auntie (who just turned 90)! She lives life to it’s fullest everyday!

    I call her every morning just to chat a little. This morning she told me her son took her shopping for a couple of new britches and she found the most "darling" pair of capris…they had bright orange flowers embroidered all over them. She told me she stood there looking and loving these pants, but kept wondering if a 90 year old could wear them!? She had to have them so she said she bought a bright orange shirt to match and a cute pair of shoes with orange on them as well!! haha

    I had to laugh…she has to live in an assisted living facility now. But I bet she puts a smile on everyones face when she dons her new duds. Age is only a number, your heart and spirit know exactly where you are at!

    Glad the chickies are doing well. They sure are cute!

  2. Junebug says:

    What I have learned is I may not be where I want to be in life but I’m making the most out of everyday! Sometimes things just don’t turn out the way you planned or dreamed but you are so right about attitude.
    There is that saying, when you have made it to the end of your journey of life I want to slide in side ways, totally used up and shouting – WOW what a ride!!

  3. monique says:

    Love the truck (especially the color), Wylene is the perfect name, and I need to do something about these grays, but I’m just too lazy!

  4. Sherry says:

    I’ll be 54 in September….I have learned that if you can’t do the grand thing you want…do it on a smaller scale. My dream is like yours, a farm…the whole homesteading thing on 40 acres or more..but I have 3. I do what I can….and dream of doing more. But I’m pretty content..(Until I read your blog) 😉 BTW, I think your truck looks like a Melba. No idea why, but that name just popped in my head when I saw her.

  5. Joellen says:

    Happy 50th Rebekah! I turned 65 this year — Medicare age — oh no! You’re right though, attitude is everything and how I fall short on this one at times! I appreciate your wisdom here — such a positive outlook I need right now. I have been a full time caregiver for my 95 year old mom in our home for 6 months now. It has been quite a life change for me and instead of seeing all that I’m missing by being home all day every day, I realize life is what you make of it.I’m going to enjoy every minute I have with her, because it could come to an end when I least expect it. I still have much to be thankful for and if I can’t go out, then I’ll just have to invite life’s adventures to come to me. Love you chickens, your beautiful truck, home and family. Such a joy to read your post!

  6. Diana Henretty says:

    You will find your 50’s to be the best of all your years I think.
    I find myself settled in every way, independent of what others think or do or what they may think of me, and new freedoms I’ve never had before!
    Even though rheumatoid arthritis has decided to come and live with me,
    my 50’s are the best years of my life!
    There’s time for what is the most important that I never made time for before, and you put on a new pair of glasses each day and see the world differently.
    Blessings to you from the Ozarks this morning, its time to go plant our gardens finally, winter has decided to leave us finally!
    Hugs, Diana from Noel, Mo.

  7. Kristy says:

    What are you going to do with Dried Dandelions Blooms? I can’t imagine a use for them, but now that my yard is full of them, I should be collecting and drying them too.

  8. Meredith says:

    I truly love your sense of humor and your outlook on life! You just crack me up. I, too, just bought a truck. Mine is a Chevrolet. I have never owned a Chevy before..I thought I was a Ford girl. Gotta admit, I think I am just a TRUCK girl, no matter the make. Mine is Red, really Red! She (definitely a she) is a dually, a 3500, and I named her-get this- Honey Boo Boo! She is meant to pull our stock trailer x country as we travel to Hereford shows with our daughter- I can tell I am gonna love the trips! Enjoy your new baby! And by the way, your horse looks great!

  9. kay says:

    Howdy… little Black Cochin, what a sweetpea!

    Was trying to think of something profound to say about aging, so in my opinion, just live one day at a time. Seems to be enough…

    Happy Birthday Miss Rebekah

  10. Kim says:

    I turned 50 last year (will be 51 in June). I’m not sure I’ve fully embraced the number but I try to just not think about it.

    As far as lessons I’ve learned in life, mostly just that you never know what adventure lies around the next corner.

  11. Sandtruck says:

    Happy birthday you (very) young lady from 67 yo me! What I have learned is that first just put your trust in God and it will all work out in time. Also, it doesn’t matter if I tan or not, or if I wear glasses or not or if I have the perfect body or not. What does matter is love and loved ones. And fyi, gotta love those grandchildren!

  12. drMolly says:

    Happy Birthday dear!

    This year I am 65 – this month in fact – and I would not trade it for any time. Yes, the body does give one fits (keep the faith, the hot flashes doe eventually stop!) and one sometimes just does not have the "oomph" to get it all done at once, but hey!! we have love and so many blessing to count that we go way beyond 50 or 65 or ………..

  13. John says:

    Happy Birthday! I’m 59, and the bigest thing that I have learned is: what is going to happen, is going to happen. There isn’t anything you can do about it one way or the other. So get over yourself and just chill. The one thing you do have control over is your reaction to what happens. So get it right the first time or you will face the same test(s) over and over again until you finally get it right (like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day). Enjoy your birthday!

  14. Debby Carrico says:

    Do it right now! Before you know it, the body will no longer comply. Enjoy it ALL, because you can learn from ANYTHING! I will be turning 63 this week and I plan to do and be whatever I can fit in, while I still CAN. Good luck and I’m with you on the cats and the chicks.

  15. bobbie calgaro says:

    50 you’re a baby. I just turned 60 in Feb. I am a 23 yr. survivor of breast cancer. I learned a long time ago that age is nothing but what you do with your time that counts. People never believe that I am as old as I am. That is partly good genes, partly haircolor and mostly that I never act my age. Not quite sure what a 60 year old should act like but young is it for me. I also like the fact that I can say that I am old and have some wisdom to pass on and don’t need to take any guff from youngsters who think that they are in control. Here’s to a life well lived and time worth living. Happy happy birthday! The best to you always.

  16. Kim Denn says:

    You are gonna LOVE 50! I’ll be 53 this year and haven’t had this much fun ever. Betty White said it best – she’s been coloring her hair so long she doesn’t know what color it really is and she doesn’t plan to find out. Your new truck is beautiful – enjoy and thank you for your wonderful blog. You make me smile!!

  17. Lori says:

    When I turned fifty I experienced a quantum shift in the universe. I had been coloring my hair for over thirty-one years, and I eased into the land of silver-haired divas. I have never felt more authentically me before in my life and it’s a grand thing! To wake up at fifty and finally be at home in your own skin and in your own life is a remarkable thing. Now if we can only teach our children to reach that mark in their thirties…oh how much happier their lives and our world could be! So welcome to the club my beautiful friend….enjoy the view and keep tithing those talents because what you have to share with the world….is a priceless gift. Never underestimate the power you possess…at any age! 🙂 It just keeps getting better and better! I promise you that!

  18. Beth says:

    Will be 53 in June. Only a number I think, though somedays I wonder when I got this old, though my husband turned 64 this year, we still dream of living on our land 80 acres and having the animals we want.

  19. Catherine Harrop says:

    Someone asked me the other day, "If you didn’t know your age, how old would you be?"

    I am a 1963 baby. This is the first year I paid attention to my age. I suddenly stopped my rushing life and said, "Whah?? How the hell did that happen?"

    Then I started thinking, about the next few years as I head towards retirement from my present all-consuming career. What do I want to do NEXT? What a wonderful, scary, crazy time.

    The best advice? At least 15 minutes a day of sitting absolutely still, walking through the day in my head, and thanking God for the smiles, the touches, the ability of a leaf to gather sunlight, and another day of possibilities.

    Happy Birthday.


  20. Denise says:

    Hi Rebekah
    Happy 50th birthday, belated by now I’m sure, love your posts, I’m 41 and really beginning to love life in a full way. I’m not where dreams are yet, but it’s all in the attitude as you say, and I want to be content wherever I’m at in my life, trying to teach my children tat one too, they’re 17,15 and 7.

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