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Moments in life of a couple of dog-loving, cat-serving, bee-keeping homesteaders trying to make a go on a scrappy little north woods hillside farm.

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Raised by an artist (Mom) and a musician (Dad) has given my life such richness and depth and appreciation of the arts. Mom worked in stained glass for a time and this piece speaks very deeply to me. When Dad said that it could live at my house, I felt like I hit the lottery. Thanks Mom and Dad, for this and for so much more. #missyoumom #raisedbyartists #luckykid #art #stainedglass #handmade #madewithlove #edgarslookout

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The road home to the farm. #stormyweather #moodysky #august #northernwisconsin

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Y’all, I cannot lie, the yum factor up in this mug is on point. There’s a fresh chicken with compound herb butter roasting alongside a couple of baked potatoes in the oven. #rosemary #oregano #parsley #sage #tarragon #pangravy #strawberry pudding pie #freshguacamole #appetizer #rawveggiesontheside #growyourown #feedyoself #supportlocalfarmers #westallisfarmersmarket #poorolive

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Nous sommes sous la Tour Eiffel a jours de la Bastille a Milwaukee. Vive la France! #frenchies #francophile #datenight #mke #bastilledays #bastilledaysmilwaukee

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Woody and Zinnia. King and Queen of our city jungle. #cats #mke #toocool

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My day in plants- St John’s Wort, Motherwort, Garlic, and Zinnia (kitty). Probably going to try my hand at making oxymels (herbal infusion using vinegar and honey) for the worts using my own apple cider vinegar and our honey. Oxymels are used like tinctures, but have the advantage of not being made with alcohol. The St John’s wort helps with the blues and Motherwort helps with the nerves. Zinnia and garlic help with these as well. 😉 #oxymel #stjohnswort #motherwort #herbs #herbalmedicine #experimenter #farmtreasures #zinnia #herbalwork #kitty #cats #garlic

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How to identify a garlic farmer. . . They walk out of the field with scapes around their feet. Experimenting a bit this year with leaving the scapes on a bit longer as some say the hormonal exchange within the plant that occurs during flower (scape) development can increase the length and quality of storage. Also, I was taught to remove scapes with a pruner. . . today was my first time in over 10 years of growing that I snapped them by hand. Big game changer- cut the job time in half, though to be sure, there is some finesse happening with this method as evidenced by the two heads that I yanked from the earth from the first bed. 🤷🏻‍♀️ #learningcurve #garlic #garlicgrower #scapes #flowersatmyfeet #eaudegarlic #bathedingarlicoil #farmher #freshgarlic

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You want some of this dandelion harvest? You gotta get past this one and her mama. Pulled 15 plants this morning, pretty sure these self seeded from one of the two Italian chicories that I planted. I will harvest the leaves for Italian wedding soup and blanching/freezing, and will replant the roots today for an experiment in growing the roots for harvest in the fall when their medicinal effect will be optimum. Dandelions are a super nutritive and detoxifying herb for the liver. Olive eats them all year long, flowers and all. #dandelion #chicory #italiangreens #bitterisbetter #greens #homegrown #localfood #growyourown #luckyolive #dogsofinstagram #farmher

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Proud garlic farmer selfie. 14 varieties and they’re looking beautiful.💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾 #garlic #garlicfarmer #farmher #weeding #farmwork #novampireshere #garliclove

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You know you’ve found a good vet when they wait excitedly, but with patience to see her. It also helps when your vet becomes a dear friend. ♥️ #dogs #drlisalovesus #equidistantposing #theyposedthemselves #goodpack #everybodyshealthy #gratefulmama

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Out of focus and in honor of Grandpa Lucky @roofusandkilo, our first (wild) strawberry of the year! Do I split it four ways? Nah. #riplucky #olddogs #strawberry #lucysfavoritetoo #mustbealabthing #nothingwrongwithalab #dogsofinstagram #equidistantposing #selfposingdogs #goodpack #wolfmother

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This morning the storms made the smells of nature so strong. The scent of pine was deafening. #springstorm #northernwisconsin #rainstorm #ilovethunder #nature #weather

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Weeding garlic today. Good news is that they look healthy and that I’m on top of the weeds before they really get a foothold. Bad news is that I woke up to 90 degrees at 6 am. 1 1/2 more beds to go. #dontlovetheheat #nordicblood #farmwork #garlic #garlicslave #beforeandafter #icomplainbecauseilove

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Just a boy and his Dad, sharing some chocolate. #chocolate #fatherandson #dad #love #growingolder #family

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This shovel is planted in the garden of my dreams. Overgrown and neglected, not for lack of love, but for movement. City to farm and back again allows for strangulated focus, and unfinished projects. I love this place. Teeny city homestead. Racially and culturally integrated neighborhood. 1922 Craftsman Bungalow. Place where we were married and raised our furry brood. My neighborhood in childhood and womanhood. Home. #mke #home #citygirl #allmypeoplearehere

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Nice way to start the day. #coffeeandflowers #thankyouhusband #doesthismeanmybirthdaystartsearly

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