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Waiting for Spring


It’s been so warm and sunny here lately that daffodils are blooming and the pastures are turning from dull brown to vibrant green. So, this past weekend, Farmguy and I decided it was a good time to gather our sheep to administer their yearly vaccines and attend to other routine care practices like trimming hooves and de-worming.  After we finished, […]

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Something to Ponder

Before Christmas, I read an article along the lines of self-empowerment and jotted down some highlights that made an impression.  I know I’ve heard much of this advice at one time or another, but seeing it all together resonated.  I looked for the article the other day, but unfortunately, I misplaced it.  I did, however, manage to find my scribbled notes.  I thought they were worth sharing.   —Be Bold. Go for what you want and don’t be afraid of hearing “no.”  Embrace your choices and own them.   —Know when to walk away. Cultivate a no-B.S. attitude.  Never invest your time and energy into something or someone who isn’t offering respectable returns.   —Communicate your needs and set boundaries. Never sit silently in front of someone who disrespects you.  Set a boundary right then and there…and move forward.   **–Bounce back from problems. Look for a solution.  Learn the lesson, apply it to the future, and move on.  Don’t waste time regretting.   —Actions speak louder… Never rely on words.  Only through actions can we gauge the true motives and feelings of others.   —Know when to say “no.” Don’t be a pushover.  And, NEVER apologize for doing things that make you happy.  Never bend yourself backwards, forward (and backwards again) to please people who wouldn’t do the same for you.   **–Don’t play the victim. You’re in total control of how you react to a situation.  When things […]

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Mountains and Flowers and Sky….Oh, My!


“Vexation,” 11 x 14 oil on canvas by Tonya R. Hengerer        I started painting about a year ago, and I’ve probably painted fewer than 10 paintings—total.  I am a novice. I always have a flutter of anxiety before beginning a new painting, worrying that my next endeavor will be terrible. When I paint, I usually use a […]

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