Joyful Toadings of Spring Time

Last year was my first spring on the farm. It happened so fast. Brown and cold of winter turned into warm and green almost overnight. And then WHAM! Everything went out of control so quickly we never caught up. Ever.

I love winter, I do. The cold, the snow, the ice, the fires, the soup, the sweaters.

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  1. Diana Henretty says:

    Isn’t it wonderful spring always follows winter? Our Ozark winter was too long, but now its time to plant here and get going!
    This year Im taking my front porch that has two rocking chairs where we sit at the end of each day, and filling two baker’s racks with thrift store pots to grow things in! One will be a little herb garden to grow all summer, the other will have succulents growing.
    Its such a fun project to make the front porch more inviting and cozier.
    Happy Spring, Happy Days, Happy Everything!! Hugs, Diana, Noel, Mo.

  2. Cool photos of eggs! Love the “noise” of frogs so much I bought a CD so I can listen to them in the winter also. I’m headed to my pond to see if I can see the same things you’ve found. Happy spring Rebekah.

  3. Rachann says:

    Making the transition from Midwest farm girl to doctoral student (and 20 years later) back to farm girl in Maryland has been a life long learning curve. Thank God for the gift of humor.

    It’s amazing, when I look at farm photos how I see the beauty and not the work…yet another gift. Enjoy all the mosquito feasts those frog and toads will be helping with soon.

  4. denise says:

    Love reading your posts!

  5. Joan says:

    Ah yes, Spring!!! the renewal of life, inside and out. I agree the Blue Ridge mountains skies are beautiful but I do say the blue skies of the Rocky Mountains give a very similar happiness. Thanks for sharing all the awakenings on your farm. God Bless.

  6. Debbie says:

    Howdy Rebekah! We love the sounds of spring peepers her in New England. My in laws have a pond out back of their old farmhouse and those little peepers always let us konw when spring was finally here! Sure looks great at your place! Happy Spring sister!
    hugs, Deb

  7. Denise Ross says:

    Springtime is beautiful. In my part of the world we are in Autumn. I love this time of year too; the pretty colours of the leaves, the cooler temps so I can go out and really enjoy exercising, and the change in food – yummy casseroles etc, all the things you’re coming out of :). It’s encouraging to me to read your blog not just the huge change in lifestyle but also in the way you approach challenges and choose to look at the sunny side of life.

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I Mustache You a Question

“Mustache” = “must ask” haha.

I’d like to introduce you to my new cat. Isn’t he stunning?


Well, maybe not “new.” I mean, I’ve had him for a month now.

Do you want to know how soft his fur is? Well, I don’t have any idea; I haven’t been able to touch him. He is wild.

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  1. JoEllen says:

    Absolutely love that cat! I think my “hat” for some time now is that of a caregiver. I think this word was “coined” some years ago, but I find myself filling that role every day. I think all of us do, we just don’t realize it. Whether it be your family, friends, strangers, with your animals, garden or anything else, we take care of them according to their needs. At this season in my life, my 96 year old mother has been living with us until the good Lord calls her home. Like being a parent, it is the hardest and most taxing work I have ever done, but I’m sure there are many rewards that I haven’t even discovered yet. So many changes to my selfish self — wanting my freedom again etc etc., yet I know this is where I need and want to be. We are discovering each other again on a whole new level!

  2. Sharon says:

    Hi Rebekah:

    I so look forward to your posts! You teach all of us where our priorities should be – in the little and small things of life but family is precious. You bring hope and cheer to so many. Wishing you many blessings!


  3. Margaret Taffi says:

    You do wear many hats and I’m inspired by your zest for it all! I have worn and do wear many hats! At the moment I love wearing the grandma hat! I have discovered that the word does not mean what it used to, I can go to football games and cheer as loud as anyone and give advice and enjoy lots of hugs! I have had their back up and strength to get me through a battle with cancer and plan to be here for a long time to see where their lives take them. I think that I have made the most of all the hats I’ve worn over the years and would not change anything even if it would have been easier! Keep up the good work with this blog and happy farming!

  4. Pamela says:

    Please ,please, Rebekah, don’t give up on the TNR program. These cats need your help. Please contact Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah for any help you need. Your mustache cat could get caught again and returned to the shelter. Oh, and I once knew a cat who looked just like this, who was named “Hitler”. Good luck, and thanks for all your posts!

  5. Tracey h. says:

    Rebekah, thanks for sharing your life. I always look forward to your posts. You are living the life I have always wanted by living on a farm! This is disgusting they are killing these cats! I love your little man you saved.
    My memory stinks. It’s really a joke in our family. I have migraines and figure it’s what caused me to remember so little. I will from now on tell people what your aunt said! She hit the nail on the head!
    You make me happy.

  6. sharon says:

    You make some very interesting points about putting down cats which I had never thought about before. Your tuxedo dude with the mustache is irresistible and I think if anyone can help him overcome his early hard life it will be you and your sweet daughter.
    My favorite go to recipe for brownies:
    1/4 c butter melted, 6 T best cocoa, 1 c sugar, 1/4 t salt, 1/2 c flour, 2 t vanilla, 2 eggs, 1 c chopped nuts. Melt butter. Stir in cocoa, sugar, salt, vanilla. Beat eggs and add to mix. Stir in flour. Add nuts. Spread in prepared 8 x 8 pan. Bake 30 min, just til edges pull away from pan. Do not over bake.

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