Empty Nest

My beans didn't come up this year, nor did the peas, cucumbers or sunflowers.  And I planted them twice, first with a reputable brand of package seed, then bulk seed.  It was dry, yes, but …

I thought it was allergies, after all, it's late summer and I'd been planting grass seed in a bare spot our landscaper left us, and had been tilling up the dry soil.  My left eye kept watering …

Jim Dougherty, known as Libertyville's Greatest Barber, retired after 62 years cutting hair in the same town in the same location.  On Sunday, July 30, Libertyville threw a barber-pole …

No one told me it would be like this.  I thought growing old was supposed to be the “Golden Years” where you sort of enjoyed life with your spouse, traveled, spent leisure time with …

Tim Haeffner doesn't remember hitting the ground.  He came to being loaded onto a gurney, with EMT's asking, “What's the other guy's name?” “Lance,” Tim mumbled.  …

They're back!  The Japanese Beetles are once again attacking our aronia bushes, fruit trees, grape vines, roses, and even the rhubarb, Indian corn and “punkins.”  Grrr.  In …

It was 2:00 am.  Even on vacation I get up early.  I just wake up.  I was trying to read my morning meditation.  The words were blurry.  I wiped the tears from my eyes.  …

I baled hay once as a teen where the farmer used a hay trolley to lift and convey the bales into the barn instead of an elevator.  It worked pretty slick.  The farmer used a little Ford …

How do you describe an artist? You talk about their art. Well, what if the artist has more than one art form as most artists do? You talk about each of their art forms as defining part of the artist, …

Strange year.  My first clue as to just how strange '23 was going to be was when our McIntosh Apple Tree didn't bloom.  Ginnie and I have lived on the Empty Nest Farm going on eight years …

Rich Seberg attended the first Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant in 1950.  He was born in July of that year and his mother took him in a basket and stowed the basket under a table.  He …

It was hot and muggy, with temperatures in the low nineties in Missouri (making it misery) and high eighties in Iowa—unusually hot for early May.  Ginnie and I had been in Liberty, …

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