About


A friend asked me, "What is a blog, anyway?" I told her that for me, it is just my version of a journal. A way to record things that happen in our family and a place to collect the recipes that I use. I tried writing in a daily journal years ago, but my handwriting is so bad and it was so slow to write, that I gave up. Now, I am happy to do it here online, where my fingers can fly across the computer keyboard and I can write as fast as I think. I wish there had been a way to do this for the first 30 years of our marriage!


These posts are mainly written so that our scattered family can keep up with what's happening here on the farm. I have no ads here. This blog is not a business. It's just my own view of the world. A few other folks have found it fun to check in every now and then, too. Welcome!


We live on a farm in the deep South. I never imagined that I would end up living a rural life, but I love it. Someone asked what I did on the farm. I told them my only contribution to the actual farm work was to feed the farmer!



A farm is a wonderful place for the grandchildren to make memories. Everyone here works—at least a little.

 






 And everyone here has fun. Sometimes a lot!


We hope they will always remember the fun things they got to do here, like climbing on hay bales, walking in the creek, checking cows, picking vegetables and apples, running through the "sprinkles" and helping Daddy-O drive the tractor.


The recipes on my blog have come from all over—some are family recipes from years ago, some come from friends. Others, I've found in books, magazines or online. As most cooks will do, I usually redo them, if only slightly, to make it work for us. And I've tried to write down some of the dishes that I've made for years without a recipe. Just in case my girls want to know the "how to" in years to come.


These really are the recipes that I cook. I don't post the ones we didn't like. You may find that some recipes you like and others that you don't. Even within our family, we don't all like the same things!

My degree was in home economics and I worked as a home economist before I became a stay-at-home mom, where I learned the practical part of what I studied in college.


After living in different states for years, the daughters now live closer together—still in a different state from us. We count on technology to keep up connected.  I am thankful for the new gadgets that let us communicate and for airplanes and interstate highways that get us there quickly. They love to come home when they can. And the farm is always here, ready for them to visit.


“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. 
In all the ways you can. 
In all the places you can. At all the times you can. 
To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” 
~John Wesley  



2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello Mimi!

I have a client who would like reviews on their children’s book. Would you be willing to write a review? We would love to send you a book. The book is Silver Tales Stories for Children (there will be 9 books, maybe more), and it’s about grandparents telling their grandchildren stories about their parents when they were growing up. They’re aimed toward preschool-aged children. We would love to send you a book in exchange for a review. We are willing to discuss your terms for reviews. If you’re interested please reach out to me at Rocky@Somediasolutions.com. If you would like to learn more about the book please visit www.silver-tales.com

I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Rocky

JT said...

Mimi (I have a grandmother named Mimi too!) -

My name is JT and I am about to become a Dad for the second time in 4 weeks (give or take!). I couldn’t be more excited to get started on another adventure with the new addition to our family. Part of that journey for me involves taking paternity leave, something I did for my daughter back in 2014.

Back then I didn’t really know what I was doing; no big surprise, haha. At the time I was very hesitant to take paternity leave but my Mother, a fellow boomer who is now affectionately known as ‘Gam-ma’, convinced me to go for it. She said things like - ‘You will regret it if you don’t take advantage of it right now’ and ‘this is a once in a lifetime chance to be there both for and with your family’. I followed her advice and I am SOOOO glad I did.

The leave went well, but it could have been better. I could have been more supportive and helped out more both physically and emotionally. Also, my interactions with my office could have improved to make the transitions out and back less painful. Knowing what I learned from my first experience I feel compelled to share some tips that I think would help get more Dads to not only take paternity leave to be with their families but to do it without damaging their careers.

Since my mother played such a huge role in convincing me to dive into that wonderful experience I thought it might be something that your readers might be interested in. Please let me know you would be interested in collaborating in any way. My website is paternityleavepioneer.com & is written to help convince new Dads to really step up right from the start. I’m not selling anything, but really just want to be a positive voice that I think is lacking - there is literally no good information out there publicizing the benefits of paternity leave.

Wishing you a fantastic day and looking forward to hearing from you!
-JT