Just a few odds and ends today:

We had about 8 inches of snow last week. Here’s what our place looked like on Saturday:


See our place?  No?

Here you go:


Yes, I know, it’s hard to make it out. But I was wanting you to see just how remote it is where we are. Some people are uneasy in such openness, but a person gets used to it. When I moved from MO to KS over six years ago, the barrenness was intimidating. But I love it now.

Here’s what Kitty was doing on Saturday:


“Do you need something? I’m busy right now.”

Our washing machine broke down a couple weeks ago, so I had to take our laundry to town to the laundromat. The only good part about that is you can get 4 washers going at once and do all your laundry in less than an hour.

Back home, I had the drier going for several hours. Kitty is SOOO glad it was the washer that broke down and not the drier.


The washer repairman came yesterday and got it back up and running.  Never thought I’d say it, but I can’t wait to do laundry..at home!

Here’s my Christmas cactus:


Every year it blooms around Thanksgiving, then it takes a break. It grows more flower buds, and blooms again around Valentine’s Day. Then it’s done for the year.  All I do it water and fertilize it regularly.

Hope all is well with you and yours, and you’re having a good week!

Take care, Suzanne.



Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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22 Responses

  1. Glenda says:

    Love the Christmas Cactus! Seeing flowers this time of year is good for the soul! My amaryllis is wonderful again and hubby just got done perusing the new Jackson and Perkins catalog which he exclaimed mightily over! So glad you are up and running with the washer again!

  2. Lorraine says:

    So good to hear from you. It does look like you are keeping busy. The pictures are pretty. Thank you for sharing. Take care.

    Please don’t bother Miss Kitty she looks extremely busy!!!

    Let us hear from you again, soon.

  3. Alica says:

    Your Christmas cactus is beautiful!! I think it would be hard for me to get used to the remoteness of where you live, but I’m sure you get used to it. I’m such a people person, and like to see what’s going on around me! Happy Kitty! 🙂

  4. Becca says:

    I love the beauty of all that space!
    I’m so glad Kitty’s needs are being met 😉
    Your Christmas cactus is just beautiful!
    My very best to you and Harland.
    Florida hugs,

  5. Amy C. from NC says:

    It is so nice to hear from you and Kitty! We have around 8 inches of snow here in Western North Carolina. Hope you are doing well. Tell Kitty not to roll off that dryer!

  6. JB says:

    Glad to hear you are up and running again. Never thought about the dryer being a good hangout spot. I’m so tired of winter cold….I’ll try about anything!

  7. Lee Ann L. says:

    Oh, that is one gorgeous Christmas cactus! I just bought one from Walmart recently because they remind me of Mother and I’ve always like them. I am hoping it will thrive and bloom for me in the future. We shall see.

  8. VICKY K. says:

    Thanks for the photos. I love the wide open fields and would not be bothered by the remoteness at all….I grew up in Kansas and love your sunsets. In Maine the woods are all around and I would need a hill or two to see the sunrise and set. Miss the sunflower state.

  9. Tina says:

    I lost my Christmas cactus when I put it outside on the porch. I think it got to hot. Yours is great! Miss Kitty is really loving her perch on that warm dryer. She has such a diva look on her face! Yes I think your remote location would take some getting used to, it may not be for everyone. That is a lot of snow you have there!! I know you have cattle due to give birth in the near future hope they are good. My best to Harland and so glad to hear from you.

  10. Kitty knows a good spot when she finds it.
    That Christmas cactus is going to town!!!! Beautiful!

  11. Euni Moore says:

    I love your wide open space but would still need the mountains once in a while. The Christmas cactus is beautiful. I have one my mother started many, many years ago from a start from her mother’s plant. I have been steward of it now for 15 years. It needs repotting but am concerned about trying. It is awful to go without either the washer or dryer. My Molly sends warm greetings to Kitty.

  12. Jeanne says:

    It’s very nice to hear from you! Kitty is such a kick, sitting there!
    We’re getting rain here in western Oregon now, and the rivers are very high! We’re supposed to have a couple more days of heavy rain…
    I love the picture of your cactus, but it really made me long for the ones I used to have. For some reason, mine all died suddenly. Broke my heart. They were so beautiful.

  13. Rural TN says:

    Good to see the blog up and running. The Christmas cactus is beautiful and so the landscape. I love the open spaces and no neighbors.

  14. Lynda M O says:

    What a wildly remote location. Certainly would take some getting used to. My nearest neighbor is in her front yard planting-I can see her out my living room window over the back of my own gorgeous kitty.

    Glad your washer is set to rights; laundromats are a weirdly interesting locale in which to be stuck for any length of time. CatCat likes her spot on our dryer too. I folded her an old cashmere robe to lie on so when the dryer’s not running, it’s not cold to her furriness. Spoil my pet? No, what makes you ask ?~!

  15. Teresa says:

    Beautiful cactus. Mine needs repotted. Poor thing. Kitty looks awfully cozy!

  16. Carol says:

    Hey Suzanne, I’m back on the air! My computer died, so I have been catching up with your news. I am praying for you and Harland, Suzanne, you both deserve all the happiness in the world! Kitty and the dryer, she is a hoot!

  17. Lorraine says:

    56* and sunny! Sending you warm uplifting thoughts and hope you all are doing well. Spring is around the corner. We had our first thunderstorms last night here in Lexington, KY.

    Take care, rest when you can. I look forward to your next post.

  18. Doe in Mi says:

    Now that’s what I call living in the country. I was brought up in the country but, not quite that much country. LOL Love love your cactus, I wasn’t that “good” with mine. Kitty looks so comfy. Bet that feels good in this cold ol’ winter.

  19. katie says:

    It would be nice to have an update.

  20. Tina says:

    Thinking of you as it nears March and your surgery date approaches. Remember there a lot of people pulling for you and praying hard! It will all be okay. Hang in there, both of you and give Miss Kitty a squeeze. Hope you are not getting too much snow! Darn polar vortex. Until your next update I wish you peace.

  21. Carol says:

    I miss you Suzanne, I hope you guys are well. Kitty is enjoying the dryer this winter, does she ever fall off the dryer? My cat likes the fireplace mantle, on occasion she has fallen off and looks very surprised! I want to thank you for teaching me to make jelly. The recipe is so good! Sending prayers and hugs, please come back if you can, miss you guys and Kitty.

  22. All that space is amazing and beautiful! Suburbanites like me are all crammed onto one little block. Stay warm, Kitty!

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