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Too Fat To Fly
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Snow Happens - So Do Joy First
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Vicki Biggs-Anderson is a volunteer producer at WTIP North Shore Community Radio. Each week, Vicki shares a bit about her life and the lessons she learns tending her north woods homestead and farm.
Winter was hungrier than usual this year. Our well-stocked woodshed is nearly bare. So too the hay storage garage. And the last bales are so dry and yucky that even the goats turn up their noses at it. It’s not that I can’t get hay and wood this time of year. But, it comes dear. In my March madness, I wonder if it wouldn’t be cheaper just to chop up and burn the furniture. The goats would love upholstery. Oh, dear. The wheels, they are surely comin’ off. ‘Tis the case every year when - regardless of the amount of snow or cold endured - I look out the window and hear a voice whispering, “I’m not going to make it!” And the voice, of course, is mine,
And still, have not been so battered in mind or spirit to contemplate doing something drastic, like moving someplace crawling with kudzu or cactus.
However, one of my white Chinese geese tried to hang herself yesterday. She failed, but j...
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Vicki Biggs-Anderson is a volunteer producer at WTIP North Shore Community Radio. Each week, Vicki shares a bit about her life and the lessons she learns tending her north woods homestead and farm. In this commentary, Vicki vets her injured goose, plucks cashmere from her goats, and reflects on the changing landscape of her farm.OUTRO:
That was Magnetic North from WTIP North Shore Community Radio, online at wtip.org. Support for this feature comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Support for this feature comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.