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Wendell and Aldo and the Peculiar Case of the Bags of Organs

Something sinister is afoot on the mountain these days… or at least something smelly.

Wendell and Aldo are true Appalachian dogs, meaning we let them have the run of the land and romp where they please. Unfortunately, sometimes that means they get into mischief.

Or rather, mischief finds them.

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Ian’s New Pet Project

This is just about the final result of Ian’s most recent homestead obsession- all it needs are a few key extras to be complete.

Short of terrifying, does anyone have a guess for what it is?

If you don’t, no worries. It’s probably a sign that you’re in the sane majority not being continuously haunted by blue rain barrel fountains.

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Why I Write

November has extra significance for me this year.

It marks six months since I started freelance writing, and three months since I began doing it full-time.

Back in May I was feeling stuck. Much of my working time  was spent deep inside myself, writing and reforming blog posts in my head until I had the freedom to take out my laptop and type them up. This left me feeling split in two and never fully present. I resented the confines of an outside schedule on my life and wanted instead to spend more time in the world of my thoughts, giving myself the space to methodically pull them out.

I had no idea that a few short months later I would be fully committed to this practice, or how incredibly fulfilling it would be..

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Pets vs. Livestock: The Paradoxes of Farm Animal Ownership

For the past few weeks on our property we’ve had a chicken with a phlegmy, body-wracking cough and a chronically limping dog.

Poor Wendell has been on three different vet visits and undergone multiple x-rays of his stiff leg. Some were taken while he was unconscious from heavy-duty (and costly) anesthetics, all to see if he was a candidate for an eye-wateringly expensive reconstructive surgery to remove cartilage from his shoulder.

The chicken? She’s in the compost pile.

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Our Pallet Pig Pen: Best Tips for Success

Shipping pallets are a popular building material right now. Just look on Pinterest and you’ll see plenty of pallet crafts and DIY projects. With a little internet browsing, you can find everything from cute pallet coffee tables to fully functional kitchen shelves.

But a pallet pig pen? That’s probably the only pallet project capable of exciting Ian.

Surprisingly enough, Ian does occasionally venture into the visual world of Pinterest, and when he saw photos of pallet pig pens online there was no going back. For the past five months, he’s been scheming ways to acquire enough pallets to tackle this project, and a few weeks ago he made it a reality.

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