Who We Are

The past few years, the area where I live, Crawford County, Ohio, has seen a wonderful explosion of younger families who are embracing the joys and challenges of living off the land. Because of them, amazing things are happening which have been embraced by our community. Farmer’s markets have been created and on-farm stores have opened. Families dedicated to growing organic produce and naturally raised meats are meeting the public’s needs for locally raised foods. And at the heart of this movement are the women.

Ohio Country Journal is my attempt to share the essence of farm life, focusing on, but not limited to, women. My goal is to bring you into our circle of friendship by inviting you to share your stories and experiences with us. You don’t have to be a full time country woman to benefit from joining us; you just have to be you.

The full-time country women featured in Ohio Country Journal are an inspiration to anyone who dares to follow her dreams, whether it is to live in the country or to bring the country life-style to their urban neighborhoods.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Ploughman

Yesterday's snowfall reminded me of the day that my daughter Meghan was born. The flakes were large and fluffy and thoroughly enjoyed their air time. The happy flakes whirled and danced around a bit before landing. By mid-afternoon, after holding our new bundle of joy, I rested while Jim went to work. It was first day of Christmas tree sales and he had snow-plowing to do. Plus we had two other children waiting at home for him. 
Now, we know that most men are not so good at multi-tasking, so I imagine that Meg's birthday was a bit overwhelming for Jim. Not for me; all that was required for me to do was to hold and feed my lovely new daughter and watch the relaxing snowfall from my hospital room window.
The "real" snow that we have this week provides fun for some, relaxation for a few, and work for most. For me, my work was fun....but Jim's work? Not so much. Let me explain:

Jim re-fueling his plow truck after a long day of snow removal

Yesterday after lunch I hitched a ride into town with Jim and his plow truck. My mission was to go to the library to pick up The Red Green Show videos that were on hold for me (and, really, just to be out and about for awhile).
Two blocks before the library I found activities to photograph for the Inquirer, so Jim and I parted ways.
The falling snow energized me and I felt happy as I took pictures of people who, despite having to shovel or salt sidewalks, also seemed happy. The flakes definitely put a festive feel in the air.
A half hour later, I had my pics for the paper and my videos checked out. Jim was done with his banking, and so the real work began. I kept him company as he plowed out parking lots for a day care center and a restaurant. Back and forth, back and forth, avoiding parked cars and people walking...snow plowing is not for the faint of heart, that is for sure.

After those two jobs, Jim brought me home where I joined the ranks of snow-shovelers. After I had the walks and porches cleared of snow, I came inside and happily prepared 5 of my pics to send to Rachel at the Inquirer.

Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look at what they
can do when they stick together. Unknown author

Jim left again to do more plowing. While he continued to work, I made an apple crisp, which warmed the kitchen, filled the house with a nice aroma, and was much appreciated by my tired husband when he returned home.
Snow. Work or fun? Love or Hate? It is all in the eye of the beholder, eh?
Marcheta *lovin' fun snow


  1. Congrats! Your article is front page on "Acres" which came in the mail today. The article about Mendy is inside.

  2. Enjoy the Red Green DVDs ... 72 episodes should keep you busy for a while!

  3. Thanks to both of you! It always makes me happy when my work makes it to Acres. Many thanks to the Inquirer editor, Rachel Mendell, for submitting my work.

    Ahh...Red Green. It seems like that show got a slow start, but I know that it gets better so will continue to watch the videos. :)

    1. do keep watching ... they get better ... and had me in stitches several times!