Walking the Fence Line by Bonnie Bird http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/1597/ en-us Potluck Sunday http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/1597/entry/71174 It is a very cold morning here in Missouri and Spring keeps teasing us with a promise of flowers, budding trees and intermittent sunshine. However, I am feeling blessed beyond measure as I sit in my living room drinking my coffee. It is Easter Sunday and April Fools day together again and I can tell you exactly what transpired on this day twenty-eight years ago. David and I shocked his family with the announcement of getting married and a wedding date was set for July 27th. (I didn't get... Sun, 01 Apr 2018 09:00:10 -0600 Five Christmas Gifts http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/1597/entry/70563 Traditions are wonderful ways to make memories with young children. This year was a little different because we had to bump up our shopping and Christmas party with our five grandchildren. Last year, I had the luxury of time to split up the kids with a separate shopping trip and individual grandma time. This year, we had to be a little more courageous because last Saturday was the only day that all five kids could be together. So, with naive enthusiasm on my part, we piled into the mini-van... Mon, 25 Dec 2017 13:46:11 -0700 Gone to Texas-The American Spirit Takes on Harvey http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/1597/entry/69772 Thousands of individuals answered the call for help. They hooked up their boats and loaded up their horses and they headed for Texas. Everyone who has been watching the news and social media have witnessed this unique brand of courage and determination. On the Federal, State and Local levels, elected officials gained my respect by allowing those individuals to pitch in and help with the rescue efforts. My heart breaks for the loss of homes, animals and pets and I grieve for the lives that... Sat, 02 Sep 2017 21:30:48 -0600 Alum Time http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/1597/entry/69539 I used to get canker sores in my mouth often while growing up. My parent's cure for canker sores was a dose of Alum in my mouth. Alum is very bitter and immediately dries up your mouth. I can tell you that I would wait a very long time before I complained about a canker sore because the cure was almost as bad as the sore in your mouth! There is an old wives tale that if you have canker sores, it is because you have told a lie. I am thinking that there are surely millions of lies being... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 20:25:58 -0600 There is Always Room For One More http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/1597/entry/68451 Our home has been filled with the happy noise of children. Five grandchildren! Five different blessings! Over the years, we have watched them grow into some rather interesting individuals. KaeLynn Grace arrived in 2006. She has grown into a tall graceful young lady. She is great company and fun to do things with. We have spent many hours visiting flea markets and thrift stores. It will be a very sad day for me when she outgrows her grandma. Nathaniel David Allen arrived in... Mon, 06 Mar 2017 21:45:48 -0700 Free Range Pigs http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/1597/entry/66766 Homesteading is becoming a popular trend for those who want to get away from the trials and tribulations of the world. In theory, it should work. All you need is some land, a shelter and a few animals right? Actually on the top of that list should be common sense and careful planning. Take the time to ask yourself some pretty serious questions before you abandon all civilization to live off of the land. (1) Does the land have a good water source? (2) Are you a skilled hunter... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:29:01 -0600 Useless Band-Aids http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/1597/entry/66516 My heart breaks for the families who have found themselves in the crossfire of a world gone mad. We have witnessed terrible events these past few months. Families who have been shattered as individuals with murderous hearts have killed their loved ones without mercy and with complete brutality. There are no words to describe the jagged cuts that have been inflicted upon our nation. The salt poured out on our wounds have kept us from healing as we are bombarded daily with useless talk and... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:42:18 -0600 Sorting Cows http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/1597/entry/64474 The past few days has created more open wounds in our country than ever before. And even more heartbreak and fear than anyone should ever feel. As I hear the conversations swirl about through the media; by the political talking heads and various religious groups and communities, I begin to think that we are asking the wrong questions on how to keep the right cows in the pen and to sort out the rest that will be relocated to different pastures or off to the sale barn. A cow's life is... Sat, 05 Dec 2015 10:27:49 -0700 Giving Thanks http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/1597/entry/64295 I don't think that there was ever a better person who personified the act of being thankful than Corrie ten Boom. Corrie and her family lived in the Netherlands and were active in the Dutch Underground hiding refugees. They opened their home to both Jews and members of the resistance movement being sought by the Gestapo and its Dutch counterpart during World War II. Many of you will remember her book, "The Hiding Place and subsequent movie in 1975. Corrie gave her life to helping... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 14:47:35 -0700 Changing My Heart http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/1597/entry/63515 When I started this blog a few years ago, it was to honor my dad and to express my grief in a positive way. I discovered on my journey new insights to my own self. Our Dad didn't use the word accountability but he taught us life lessons in many different ways. We learned to treat a horse like we would want to be treated and that hard work wouldn't kill us. There was a certain freedom in following the rules that he and our mother set down for our household. We knew exactly where we... Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:31:39 -0600 The Little Things http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/1597/entry/62730 On the 14th of May; I was minding my own business and waiting for the traffic light to change when an SUV attempted a left hand turn at the intersection and lost control of his vehicle. All I can say is that it is just like the movies. I heard the squeal of tires and watched helplessly as the back quarter panel of a Chevy Tahoe began moving toward my little economy car. The impact was both deafening and painful. And the monster who inflicted the damage, never slowed down. He was arrested... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 21:34:38 -0600 Moms http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/1597/entry/62296 This year has been very difficult for some of my friends and their families. It will be the first year without their mothers and they will be a little sad. My oldest friend Glenna has recently lost her own mother. I hurt for her because I know that holidays are particularly difficult that first year. Glenna and I had our ups and downs with our friendship. As we grew up, there were times when we were not all that close. However, I do believe that our childhood memories have kept us... Sat, 09 May 2015 21:32:22 -0600 Thanksgiving Turkeys http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/1597/entry/60462 I didn't have to cook a Thanksgiving Turkey until I was well into my twenties. I am a fairly accomplished cook, but turkey can be a challenge. Everyone seems to have an opinion on temperature, length of time for cooking and to stuff or not to stuff. The dilemma to season traditionally like Julia Child or to throw caution to the wind with new spices, cooking methods and basting sauce of your own making. Our dad smoked the turkey every year. He would make up some wonderful concoctions of... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:27:43 -0700 Honor A Vet http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/1597/entry/60294 George Washington once said this," The Willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their Nation." November 10, 1781. We are all painfully aware of the shameful times in our nation's history when our military has not been treated with the dignity and honor that they deserve. Our most recent memories, if you are of a certain... Sun, 09 Nov 2014 12:30:36 -0700 Poor Old Michael Finnegan. http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/1597/entry/60000 I am beginning to feel like Poor Old Michael Finnegan. I have had to begin again more times than I care to count on this blog. Well, no one has broken my fingers, but my personal discipline had gone out the window. And I am struggling to find a positive perspective to the world events. There are people out there who quietly make a difference every single day. They are not rewarded with ticker tape parades, movie deals or even a headline above the fold. They just do what is good and... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 23:06:52 -0600 And Then There's Maud http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/1597/entry/59724 This is not about the TV Show, but a quirky piece of office equipment that our company had years ago. Maud was a copy machine that could produce an astronomical number of copies per minute. Unfortunately, Maud would go off the rails occasionally and produce skewed versions of the original or take a notion to break down just when you were needing her the most. I hadn't thought about Maud for a very long time. But for the past few weeks, I have been going through old records at work and... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:47:06 -0600 One Load at a Time http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/1597/entry/59509 On television, they used to portray the Maytag Repairman as a lonely soul. Supposedly, the Maytag Company made their product so well, that the repairman spent his days waiting for the phone to ring. I think that the way that we approach our laundry chores can sometimes parallel just how good or bad our lives are going. I learned to do laundry when I was about seven. My mother showed me how to sort clothes and how to operate the washer and dryer. In fact, it was one of the few machines... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:36:38 -0600 Horse Tails, Spurs and Curry Combs-Oh My! http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/1597/entry/59079 Fair Time brings back some memories of being in 4H or participating in parades. Our dad had high standards for both his horses and his kids. Not necessarily in that order. Dad was a good teacher and I am sure that I challenged his patience on more than one occasion. I have been missing my dad these past few weeks. Memories of fairs, 4H meetings and trail rides linger upon my heart with a wistful ache. I wasn't the best cowpoke in the bunch, but I did benefit from the teaching and... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:49:49 -0600 Two Lane Highways http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/1597/entry/58836 Road Trips can be a lot of fun. Especially, if you don't have any particular time-table or destination in mind. David and I took such a trip on the 4th of July. Our journey began in Saint Joseph, Missouri; where Jesse James had a few run-ins with the law, and if I remember correctly was fatally shot by that the dirty little coward, named Mister Howard. Saint Joseph is the starting point of the Pony Express and considered one of the jumping off spots for heading out to Oregon... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:46:32 -0600 Stars or Stripes? http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/1597/entry/58709 Does anyone remember the Texaco Service Man Commercial growing up where he is stripped of his service stripes because he didn't perform up to Texaco's high standards? I am sure that dates me a little bit. Lately, there is some confusion in America about who is a star and who deserves to have their stripes removed. We should all sign on as Americans and accept that there are rules and a Constitution to follow regardless of circumstances. No more hyphens or pushing and shoving to the front... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:26:06 -0600