Rural Life Still Suits Me {Random Ramblings)

Even with a portion of the road closed leading to our house, even though FedEx, after 5 attempts, still can't figure out how to get to our house (yeah, it's a real head-scratcher -- our UPS driver figured it out ALL ON HER OWN.... FedEx even has the advantage of our given directions, twice now ... DUH) ... and yes, even though I am still working two jobs..... I STILL LOVE OUR RURAL EXISTENCE!

Obviously though, my two jobs do not suit my blog.  :-\  I can't believe I have not posted during the month of March at all.  Terrible, huh?

So what's new with Oz Girl?  

Well, I did manage to take some well-deserved time off work and go to Ohio to visit family.  Leah is growing by leaps and bounds - her little 9-month old self is sure different from last September when I visited and she was only 3 months old! It was so much fun to spend the time with her, my son and my daughter-in-law.  It would be grand if they would move to Kansas, but I know that will probably never happen.  :-(

I was very fortunate to have great driving weather to and from Ohio... sunny days.  Hallelujah!  The drive back was a bit windy and tossed the car around, but I really cannot complain - at least it wasn't snowing!

The guineas are now up to 2 eggs a day, almost every day.  We still haven't added chickens to the coop, but plan to get some chicks in the coming weeks.  Honestly, with only 2 guinea eggs daily, which are smaller than chicken eggs, I'm having a hard time using them.  

This morning I searched for a good egg souffle recipe.  I ended up adjusting a recipe I found by adding asiago cheese, a bit of cheddar and some canadian bacon.  I was pleasantly surprised when my individual souffles (4) turned out scrumptious.  Perhaps the next time I make them I will take piccies and include my recipe in a blog post.

I guess I'll be searching for more ways to use eggs, aside from just selling them at some point.  I remember seeing an email from Community Chickens several months ago which had an article on how to use up surplus eggs -- I'll have to dig into my email and find that one.

Our garden is doubling in size this year and we will triple it next year.  Hubby has already tilled a new plot in addition to last year's plot - our tax refund money bought us a rototiller this year.  Woohoo!  In our old plot, I planted lettuce and spinach last week - as soon as our cold snap passes (hi's in the 30s today), I'm going to plant a row of green onions.  Today I'm going to start some spearmint seeds on our enclosed back porch. 

I have big plans this year -- lavender plants are already on order and scheduled to arrive end of April.  I'm going to plant more roma tomato plants - those roma tomatoes provided us with some delicious tomato sauce last year.

We're going to start a small orchard by buying two apple trees this year.  Each year we will add approximately two more trees.

I've been reading more about beekeeping - ever since I moved out here in 2008, I've been interested in having our own beehives.  I'm thinking maybe next spring we will start our first hive.

The last few weeks my sleep continues to be interrupted at night - it seems my brain is always thinking up new ideas for our small plot of land here.  I did manage to come up with a new name that I like a lot -- Flyspeck Farm.  So appropriate, given our 27 acres!  I've already bought the domain name and hope to use the new name by next year.  If I ever have the opportunity to start a small CSA (community supported agriculture), this will be the name of our farm.

So much for my random ramblings which I'm sure appear to have no sense of direction.  I just wanted to drop a post here so everyone knows that Oz Girl is still alive and kicking, even if she is tired and harried....  my blog will never go away.  I may be absent much of 2011, but I aim to be back in full force by 2012.  :-)

Let me close with a photo of a storm we had last Thursday night, my first full day back in Kansas upon returning from Ohio.  After 3 years of Kansas skies, I'm amazed when I still see something new above me that I've never witnessed before!  This storm was characterized by bizarre skies, wind, lightning, and hail.  Luckily, no tornado warnings this time.

Straight out of the camera.  No manipulation, I swear!


  1. Yay! Happy to see a post from you! Glad to see things are going well. Your little granddaughter is a cutie!
    Stop by my blog sometime, if you have a minute. I'm doing a maple syrup giveaway and will draw a winner on April 1st! Since you already follow me, you'll get two chances if you leave a quick comment :-)

  2. Glad to hear all things are working out.

  3. Great post you have a full plate, you will love having chickens, there is something about chickens pecking and scratching around that make a farm seem complete. I look forward to hearing about what new project you take on next. I have to live vicariously through all of my blog friends until I have some land of my own again and can rebuild my own little self sustaining place.

  4. Leah is adorable! If you don't have Skype, I'd really suggest getting it. That way you could see that precious baby 'live' whenever you wanted to.

  5. Ohmygosh. Leah is so beautiful! I love those eyes. I know you loved every second you had with her and your son and daughter-in-law. I know you've been busy, busy, busy, but it sure is nice to hear from you and know you are hanging in there and loving your life. Congrats on getting eggs! And I look forward to hearing about your adventure with honey bees. They really are the best little creatures. XXXXOOOO

  6. Hey Oz Girl..good to hear from you! Leah is getting so big...seems just like yesterday she was born! You have lots of plans...keep in touch!

  7. Good to see you Susan! My blog is suffering too between working overtime at just one job but then of course my second job - taking care of home and husband takes a lot of time too. I love hearing about all your plans for your ranch and it seems like you accomplish 4 times as much as what I do. Please let me in on your secret! That grandaughter of yours is beautiful and I'm sure that is soooo hard to be so far away from her. I'm glad that no tornados popped up, that sky looks quite ominous! When I see weather reports for Kansas I always think of you and also Rose K.

    Take care and of course, hug that Chocolate boy of yours for me.
    Michelle ;0=)

  8. My blog is also languishing from unintentional neglect. Its an ebb an flow thing. Just glad to hear from you and read how contented you are with your life in Kansas.

  9. First of all, that little granddaughter of yours is the bees knees! What a sweetie!! She may not live close but think of the summer holidays when she comes to spend time at the farm. It will be a part of her forever. : )

    I love the name Flyspeck Farm! I'm trying my hand at bees this year, I think they're a perfect addition to any farm and I really like your two tree a year idea.

    Glad all is well!


  10. We give extra eggs to our dogs, just crack 'em into the bowls raw. You can't beat their shiny coats. Good to hear you're doing well. What a cutie grand daughter!

  11. OMG! She is adorable!! And yes, you should get Skype! Would be awesome for you and Leah!
    Flyspeck Farm~too cute :)
    Time flys and you will be back blogging full-time before you know it! We would all love that!
    I am having a giveaway if want to stop by!
    Take care, sweetie.
    xo, misha

  12. Glad to see all is well with you. Your granddaughter is very cute. My mom used to make angel food cake (yum) and noodles with extra eggs. I think there are recipes out there for whole egg noodles, too.

  13. Oh my gosh, how that baby is growing. And she looks soooo cute! Have fun using up your eggs. :)

  14. Nice to hear from you. Leah is such a pretty baby. It does seem that country living is still suiting you and all the plans sound great. Spring does that to me too. I lie awake thinking of all the things that I would like to do.

    Take care.

  15. Welcome back Susan! Your grand daughter is so SWEET...look at those 'baby blue's! I understand how you feel about having your family so far sucks especially when the Grandkids come along. It sounds like you've been really busy with the job and all but I love your plans for this year at home. I'll be watching for pictures of your garden later when you can find time to post that is! I hope you get your chickens this'll love them. We sell our eggs...hubby takes them to work and we sell them all. We can't keep up and we've had some Vietnamese ask us to raise chickens for them. We're not keen on that idea but they sure love to buy our eggs.'s a thought for the future for you. I hope you had a wonderful weekend...don't work to hard and it was great seeing you back! Take care.
    Maura :)

  16. So good to hear what you're up to...and traveling to & from Ohio? I'm in the Buckeye state as well! Don't be hard on yourself...2 jobs is an awful lot to take on and try to keep other things in balance too. Love your ideas for fruit trees...we're planning a few this year too. I picked up blackberry bushes this past weekend...crossing my fingers I can keep them alive until it's warm enough to plan them! Sounds like there's fun in Oz-land...thanks for sharing! -Mary

  17. Wow ... a lot going on in your neck of the woods right now and thank you for the update! BTW - Leah is ADORABLE! Can't wait to see progress photos of your ever-growing garden.

  18. Susan, the trend seems to be with all bloggers right now is to reduce time spent on the Internet. Of course Spring with everyone wanting to be outside enjoying the weather and those that have gardens want to enjoy them as well have naturally cut down on blogging time. My blog has been a bit anemic over the winter as not much gardening was going on. I should be able to kick up again soon but then again I don't work any job let alone two. Been there done that don't want to go back.

    Have a great Kansas Spring garden day.

  19. Sounds like you've been quite busy. My garden awaits my lazy self. As to keeping up with posts, I understand.

  20. Leah is adorable! What a cute face. My guineas haven't bothered to lay eggs but I use our chicken eggs for our dogs. Just wash them and then feed them shell and all to the dogs but mine are used to raw food.
    Your plans sound impressive and wonderful too. A lot of your interests are the same as mine.
    P.S. - Our fed ex driver has problems finding us as well but UPS always comes.

  21. Hi, Susan!

    I'm a new follower to your blog and just wanted to say the the pictures of your granddaughter are just beautiful! She could definitely be on TV. Oh, and welcome back to blogging also! You certainly have a lot going on in your life (as we all do), but thanks for sharing thoughts about life in rural Kansas. As a Michigander, I enjoy learning about life in other states.

    Have an awesome week!