Category Archives: rural life

Sometimes I Just Want to be a Girl

Lately we’ve been spending a lot of time at our barn. We have had a huge herd turnover after years of no changes. We sold two horses and bought three. The only remaining long-timer is my old gelding, Payday, who … Continue reading

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The Bobcat

Once, driving down a road in Flat Cotton North Carolina somewhere directly west of The Dismal, my daughter and I saw a bobcat trotting down the road. Here’s the story. We were headed out to pick my son up from school … Continue reading

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Interior Photos, Corapeake home for rent

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The Clampets Move to the Big City, Or, the Esserts Move to Chesapeake.

It’s time for true confessions: we have ten cats and two dogs. Yes, ten, 10, T. E. N. cats. We live in the country. We have a barn. There are field mice everywhere. Mark argued with me every time I … Continue reading

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To the Gossip

You know who you are. I know who you are and what you do and I think I’ll out you. You talk about everyone. Wait, I must rephrase: You talk badly about everyone. I’m not sure why people listen to … Continue reading

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Garden Fantasy

In this little fantasy of mine, friends and acquaintances from the homeschooling community all gather together and farm a little patch of land near my house in Chesapeake. We use the labor of our hands to grow delicious, local, chemical-free … Continue reading

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When the Vet Brings Good News

I know it’s been a wonderful day… My horse is old. 25 to be exact. The normal life expectancy for a horse was 26 last time I checked, so while he’s not on borrowed time, he is old. The vet … Continue reading

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