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The Adventures of Being First Time Parents- To Our Dogs

There’s no more use denying it.

We are THOSE people. The obsessive dog-worshiping ones that somehow think that every action of their precious pooch needs to be celebrated and shared- preferably with any and all applicable pictures.

A year ago, Ian swore after an unfortunate incident with my parent’s husky and a bag of dog poop that he would never own a nasty canine of his own. Fast forward to the present and I’m finding myself living with a simpering fool who melts at the sight of a tail wag.

Make that two tail wags.

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Freelance Writing: 7 Weeks In

When I started this blog eleven months ago, I viewed it only as a way for me to connect with friends and family back home. I never imagined that less than one year later it would become foundation I needed to start my own writing career.

Actually, I had such low aspirations when I started that I simply created a free blog through Google. And then cried for a whole day when, a month in, I lost that blog when the college email address I used to create it was terminated.

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Oh the Ways You Can Grow: Trash-to-Treasure Style

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Welcome to my near-constant inner dialogue this time of year. Living deep in the woods of Appalachia has made me acutely aware of the changing seasons in a way that no other life experience has. A little surprising, because in my memory I’ve never worked a job that wasn’t predominately physically active and outdoors. The minor exception was my college job of working in the campus dining hall, but even then my preferred shift was “night crew”; a position that allowed me to work largely unsupervised and outdoors behind the kitchen cleaning floor mats. Suffice it to say I take advantage of any chance to play outside. Especially with plants and animals. Most working summers of my life have been spent landscaping, but the best ones have been spent farming. Having complete ownership of a vegetative plant from one end of its life cycle to another is a thrilling endeavor; one I believe I could devote my entire life to mastering.

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Nesting with the Clubhouse Bedroom

“The groups are coming The Groups Are Coming THE GROUPS ARE COMING.

Such has been the chorus in my head as the calendar days slide through February and approach March with alarming speed. With March comes spring breaks for college students around the country, meaning that Big Laurel will soon be inundated with service groups seeking respite from their workaholic lives. But the beginning of their break signifies the end of ours as Ian and I reenter our roles as program directors and help to lead these trips.

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Brassicas, Bunnies, and a Bargain Bird

It’s been a week of unexpected progress at the Knob house. Unseasonably warm weather has jump started our sense of spring and has catapulted us into homestead project mode. I’ve been exhilarated about all the excuses to be outside and I’m excited about everything that has gotten done…and also a little overwhelmed with the number of new projects the two of us are diving headfirst into. Some projects haven’t gotten as far as others. The greenhouse hasn’t been touched yet mostly because I spend a good portion of my spare time trying to adopt every new dog I find on Craigslist. (I’ll find you a friend yet, Wendell!) But even with that massive time waster, we’ve still gotten a ton done.

So let spring come.

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