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Monday is Columbus Day. That isn’t a major holiday for most of us, but I think the man deserves a holiday in his honor for having the courage to set out in three little boats across an ocean he knew next to nothing about. Add to that the fact that just about everyone in the world except him …

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It’s October and I finally had to admit that whether I like it or not, summer is over. The summer flowers have been replaced by scarecrows, pumpkins and mums. The soybeans have turned brown and are ready to harvest. The garden is done except for those tomatoes that just refuse to quit. The l…

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My vacation was a wonderful mix of good times with good friends and family, good weather, a great beach house and the Atlantic Ocean at our front door, but the best part was my plane touching down in Pittsburgh and knowing that John was there to bring me home to the farm we both love so much…

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As of today, I am officially on vacation. It’s Golden Girls Week at the beach. Four of us have been spending this week together at Topsail Island for 20 years now. We rent a beachfront house and Hurricane Dorian was nice enough to not blow it away.

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We made our annual visit to the Farmers and Threshermens Jubilee in New Centerville, Pennsylvania, this week. It’s always fun for me to see the operating steam engines and the many other features of the jubilee, but this year was even better. After telling John that I would sell my soul to r…

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John and I both have birthdays coming up before long, so we both have been indulging in our annual bout of bemoaning our advancing age and feeling sorry for ourselves because we are one year closer to being seriously old codgers. This week, we spent four days climbing ladders and pushing pai…

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Students in the Derry Area School District go back to school on Monday, Aug. 26. The Diary wishes everyone a safe and happy year of learning. Please be extra cautious when you are driving. Sometimes the kids aren’t as careful of traffic as they should be so it is up to us to make sure their …

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Here we are, right smack in the middle of August. Can you believe that? It seems like yesterday that summer was just starting and we thought those long, lovely days were endless. Now they have become time limited and precious. I’m seeing late-summer signs all around me. The goldenrod and Jap…

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I love this time of year. We work so hard in the spring with nothing but faith and hope that these days will come. We are finally eating, canning and freezing things from the garden, getting ready for the second cutting of hay, picking peaches and making jam, eating fresh sweet corn and maki…

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It’s interesting how years change one’s perspective. When I was a child, we had a huge garden and my mother canned just about everything that grew in it. We kids were expected to help keep the garden hoed and weeded, then help with the canning when the plants started to produce. I remember s…

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Last weekend, we attended John’s annual family reunion. People come from all over the country for the event. Family reunions have become rather unusual in this day and age, but his had something especially unusual about it. People of all ages were talking to each other, enjoying an incredibl…

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It has been a lovely week to live on a farm. For starters, it was the first time this year that we had four days in a row without rain. While John was getting in the hay that he has been trying to cut for a month, I was churning butter and making cherry jam. The garden is growing, the flower…

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