Old Photos Reanimate the Past

Dad-Santa Maria CA - 1952

Don’t you love looking through old photographs?  Especially ones of family and friends back before you knew them or were born.  It’s like the spirit of the people they were then are still around, and always will be.

The above is one of my favorite pictures of my dad.  He would have been 18-years-old when this was taken and his sense of humor shows through his smiling, handsome face.


Fascinating Fungi

I remember hunting morels in the spring forests near our small farm. My neighbor was the Morel King–I swear he could sniff them out like a truffle hog.




A fungus is a member of a large group of organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and moulds, as well as the more familiar mushrooms. These organisms are classified as a kingdom, Fungi, which is separate from plants, animals, and bacteria. The discipline of biology devoted to the study of fungi is known as mycology. Mycology has often been regarded as a branch of botany, even though it is a separate kingdom in biological taxonomy. Genetic studies have shown that fungi are more closely related to animals than to plants. [Source]

Abundant worldwide, Fungi perform an essential role in the decomposition of organic matter and have fundamental roles in nutrient cycling and exchange. They have long been used as a direct source of food, such as mushrooms and truffles, as a leavening agent for bread, and in fermentation of various food products, such as…

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Meet Sophie


Sophie is my two-year-old Papillon mix anti-depressant. In the photo above, we have stopped along our walk to just sit in the grass.  She loves to just sit and sniff the smells in the air and watch the action around her. She is so happy all the time, it’s impossible to be in a bad mood.

In the video below, we are at the dog park playing with some of her friends.  The Shih Tzu is one of her favorites, Gizmo, and the brown puppy is a new friend they are just getting to know.

The Slanted Little House | Chickens in the Road

I found this wonderful website about country living I wanted to share.  There is so much goodness to read here, that I’m afraid it’s going to be a long while before I can drag myself off to bed, but I wanted to call your attention to this post Author Suzanne McMinn writes about why she chose to move to small town West Virginia.

It reminds me of the best things about country living.  Click through the link below to explore more country goodness.

My kids eat sandwiches sitting in apple trees. They jump fully clothed in the river if they want to. They skate on frozen creeks and they know how to pick a hoe out of the shed. They know what a low-water bridge is, and how to set a turtle trap. We don’t worry about burglars at night but raccoons. They eat corn on the cob and know they planted the seed.

via The Slanted Little House | Chickens in the Road.