Blind Faith

It was right after Sili had dug a hole to let herself out of the dog/chicken run 2 days in a row. It was clear things were not working as they were. Sili was going to have access to the whole 2 acres whether i wanted her to or not. I made up my mind. …

My Heart Halved

Sili was my soul. She was my heart. She was my dog; my everything. She was on my heel wherever i went. She was next to me in the car wherever i drove, and she always slept in the bed at night. Sili was very bonded to me. She paid close attention to me and …

Plywood Window Shades

As spring began to make its presence known temperatures became more bearable and an unexpected side effect arose. Now it was too hot. The sun was streaming in through my untinted windows and warming the little tiny house like an oven. The air conditioner unit was struggling to keep up with the relentless trajectory of …

8 Little Leaves

It started with 1 branch. On this branch were 8 of those pink bud-looking-things that were just a couple days older than the rest. Those pink buds turned into brown wads and on 1 single branch those brown wads turned into 8 jungle-green leaves. Days later hundreds of the things would unfurl and the whole …

The Dog Disaster/ Chicken Run

I don’t know what idiotic idea i got lodged in my head the day i decided to pay thousands of dollars for a crew to build a 65 by 65 ft chain link dog run. Perhaps i thought if i made it big enough and nice enough she wouldn’t want out and therefore wouldn’t dig …

Buying Directly From the Farmers

The potatoes and the butternut squash came from a local market called “Jenschke Farms”. Its a little white shack with a porch that sits adjacent to the local grocery store in town. They don’t have a neon “open” sign in the window. They have two flags mounted in holders on either side of the porch. …

The Comings and Goings of the Wildlife

Sili has never been one to eat poop so back when she was an only child i had a pretty good idea of what was on our property, where it was spending its time, and what it was eating. For instance, the fox scat always had berries and seeds in it. One fox in particular …

Insects of the Hill Country

I tend to write about insects and arachnids that i live in harmony with. I tend to write about insects i’m at war with; either because they eat my plants, my house, or sting me agressively. However, i realized i was leaving out a whole other category of insect that i exist alongside peaceably; neither …

The Neighbor’s Cows

I’ve never actually met my neighbors. I prefer it that way. There is an access road to my one neighbor’s property that runs along the length of one side of my property. I see their truck and their suv drive along that dusty white road all the time but i never say hi to them …