Trekking Through Hobbit Holes "You…have set my feet in a spacious place." Psalm 31:8

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I am the worst blogger there ever was and shall be, amen. (*makes obligatory apologies for not posting in two weeks and excuses for how busy I am yadayadayada*) Summer may be relaxing for some people; it is not for me! I’m here first and foremost to announce the birth of Liesel’s twins! She was […]

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“You were wrong, you know. You do count. You’ve always counted, and I’ve always trusted you.”–Sherlock Holmes to Molly Hooper, “The Reichenbach Fall” Ah, Molly Hooper. Thwarted in love and utterly adorable. I’m convinced Steven Moffat will eventually corner Sherlock Holmes into realizing the depths of his admiration love for Molly Hooper. Heavy emphasis on “eventually.” […]

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Yesterday it SNOWED! Okay, technically it was Thursday night/wee hours of Friday morning. But it didn’t all melt until this morning, thanks to the fact that it never got higher than 29 degrees yesterday. Now, I realize some of my readers live up in the Northeast or Midwest, and 29 degrees is balmy weather for […]

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It’s about that time of year again: time for a recap of the past year! This is always so fun. I love remembering what momentous things happened and thinking about how I’ve changed over a year. Truly, I think I have changed in twelve months. A year ago I was still smarting from the 2012 election fiasco. I […]

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I’m terrible at titles. I’m sorry! It’s especially hard when you talk about lots of different things, like I will do in this particular post. First off: I finished editing Second Book on Tuesday! Happy is the writer who finishes editing after weeks of slogging through all 267 pages. Especially when at least two of […]

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I am not losing another goat on this property without a hard, slogging fight. I shall not flag or fail. I shall go on to the end…I shall fight with growing confidence…I shall defend my goatsies, whatever the cost may be. I shall fight the barber-pole worms, I shall fight the liver-flukes, I shall fight in […]

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Today is my BFF’s birthday! (For your information, “BFF” means “Best Friend Forever.”) I’m so excited to introduce my blog readers to this lovely individual; she has my highest respect and love, she’s been patient with me through many trials and tribulations, and she is a stellar example to me of Christian womanhood. Outside-the-family friends […]

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Why did I take these pictures on this side of the fence, do you ask? Because if I didn’t, I’d have eight baby goatsies climbing all over me, nibbling my hair, and fighting for a place on my lap. There’d be no pictures–and if I DID have pictures, they’d be hopelessly blurry 😉 Baby goatsies […]

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It’s been a rough week. All week, Mom and I nursed Puppy as best as we knew how. We researched, we bought all the medicine we could find, we rolled her from one side to another, Anna turned physical therapist and exercised her legs–we even figured out how to wrap her up in a sheet […]

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“My name is Marius Pontmercy . . .” “And mine’s Cosette!” Introducing Marius and Cosette, Puppy’s babies. (Surprise–I didn’t name them!! Daddy did. But I didn’t argue with the suggestion, not even a wee little bit 😉 ) Here’s the story on Puppy. It turned out she hadn’t hurt her leg at all; the “bum leg” […]

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Before anybody goes crazy over the title of this post–this is NOT, I repeat, NOT a post about the two nephews of Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit!!!   Nuh-uh. Not these guys. THESE GUYS!!!!!!!!!!! Maggie had twin bucklings this afternoon. Her delivery story is much different from Gretel’s. I realized Maggie was in pre-labor very early […]

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I didn’t wake up this morning expecting to have two wee additions to our goat herd. Okay, so I knew there was a possibility we’d have one baby, but I didn’t expect two! (And no, the proud mother is NOT Puppy. She’s still very much pregnant. *cough*) I knew after breakfast that Liesel’s beloved Gretel-Mommy was in pre-labor, so I […]

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It seems like a long time ago since I posted for the Literary Heroine Blog Party. We’ve had a lot going on at Sunny Patch–just life in general, nothing earth-shattering–so that probably explains the feeling. Here are a few fun things that have kept my attention over the past week . . . First of […]

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I’m back! Bet y’all were missin’ me, huh? It’s been a busy couple of months, that’s for sure, full of danger and–oh, I wasn’t ever in real danger, Mum? Well, being stuck in between a tree and the barn with nothin’ but rising pond at my feet seemed pretty dangerous to me. And y’know, Mum, you did holler, […]

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Please forgive the randomness of this post. My characters are at a critical point and I’m back to that feverish “I-must-not-stop-they’re-calling-me-every-second-if-I-don’t-get-them-out-of-this-situation-they’re-gonna-DIE!!!” stage. I love every minute of it. I feel like I’m walking around with a perpetually giddy smile of my face. But desperate scenes and desperate characters call for Quickie Blog Posts. That movie […]

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First off, without any delay: Houston is FINE! He had his surgery yesterday morning and came home in the evening. Liesel is quite put out with me over the fact that I’m not letting her write this barnyard update, but the fact is that Liesel’s been moved to our other yard with Maggie so they […]

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{Liesel is guest posting today.} Lovely grain, lovely loooovely sweet grain…oh hi, Mum! Yes’m, I have an article, just let me finish my breakfast. {*Cough-splutter-sneeze* *scrape-scrape of hooves on the floor* *flexing of hooves above keyboard*} Howdy! It’s me again, Liesel. Mum said it was time for me to give another barnyard update, seeing as how it’s […]

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What follows is a guest post from Liesel, who I’ve designated as FC’s Barnyard Correspondent. All goat-related posts will be “written” by Liesel from here on out. Oooh! My gosh! Is that a camera?! *sniff sniff* Hi!! My name is Liesel. I live at Sunny Patch Farm–me, and Gretel-Mommy, and Auntie Maggie, and Auntie Puppy. […]

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On Friday we went to one of the most successful fruit and vegetable stands in our area. They have everything you can imagine: peaches, tomatoes, nuts of all kinds, local honey, beans, peas, potatoes, lemons (and lemon trees!), etc. etc. etc. It was the Granny Smith apples, however, that caught our attention. Suffice it to […]

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Our electricity came back on Friday evening at 9:00! We figured we were without power for only 59 hours. This, my friends, is amazing record time after a hurricane–at least in these parts. My mom says that this is the only time our family camps. We hate camping. However, it’s required of us every few summers after […]

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