In earlier American rural life, communities raised barns because many hands were required. These events occured in a social framework with a good deal of interdependence. Members of rural communities often shared family bonds going back generations. They traded with each other, worshipped with each other and celebrated with each other. Barn raisings were an integral part of life and socializing.

In our modern American life, communities don't mean nearly as much as they did back then. It is our family's goal to bring a sense of community back to our lives and those lives that touch ours.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Today will begin an idea that has come to me which we will call, "Wednesday Wonders". This will be a recurring subject that happens on, wait for it, Wednesdays.
This Wednesday we have two wonders.
Wonder number one: Craigslist is my online bff. I have purchased amazing things, sold useless things and been entertained for hours in the search for more. Craigslist in Ranchland is almost nonexistant. This should make me quite sad. And it would except for the free paper that appears magically in the mailbox every Wednesday. By magically what I mean is that our mailwoman drives like a bat out of you know where and how she doesn't lose all of our mail out her window is quite magical. She's like the mailman in "Funny Farm". I digress. So this paper has everything in it. EVERYTHING. Last week there were four whole pages of Valentines to and from local sweeties. How great is that?!
 This week we were able to find many things which brings us to Wonder number two: our search for animals. We already are blessed with two great dogs, one sweet cat and one terrible cat and a bunny that looks like a dust mop. This is alot of pets, right? Well not for us. We need barn cats. And a puppy for the kids. And goats. And chickens. Barn cats: check. There were around a dozen cats/kittens needing to be rehomed. Not that we are getting a dozen. That would make us crazy. Or crazier. But I do believe one or two cats will be joining our brood by the end of the week. Puppy: possible check. We were able to find a great rescue near Telluride that has a whole litter of pups needing homes. Will hopefully be adding one soon. Goats: Ummm... Let me quote for you the most entertaining ad I read today, "2 Goats, Both Female, Make Offer, You Catch." You catch? Way to make it sound tempting! Although, really, I was tempted. I like a good challenge. But since I want a calm, sweet milking goat, maybe not the best option for us. We will have to keep searching. Chickens: double check. We were able to order the heritage breed that I really want and able to find out that the other breed we wanted will be in the feed store next week. So be sure to watch for adorable postings of chicks. I am sure there will be multiples. 


  1. What a sexy cup cozy you have there...Remind me to tell you the story of the ducks my parents 'caught' sometime.

  2. Heheheeeh Good luck with the goats. Hey on my FB my sister-n-law katie enright raises goats for milkin' she'd be a good source. Send her a note or I can get you her phone No.