mudsmoke

a former reporter-present farmer's take on life

One with Nature: A Review of Watoga State Park Cabin No. 4

If you weren’t crazy about nature, you probably wouldn’t be visiting a state park in West Virginia. That said, sleeping in Cabin No. 4 at Watoga State Park is about … Continue reading

October 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

FarmFit: America’s Next Fitness Craze

“I’m gonna zero you!” Zero me? I’d done five whole push-ups. The thought of starting over made me want to cry. So did the stinging in my nipples. “All the … Continue reading

July 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

How Beer Saved My Ass

The wind was relentless the day Sam Adams saved my life. Surely, had I not been leaning into the icy cooler to sample yet another of the summer seasonal collection, I … Continue reading

June 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

DIY Portable Coop

When my husband and I decided to tackle homesteading four years ago, we realized our new 80-year-old farmhouse wasn’t the only thing that required our attention. The long neglected land … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

Lancelot the Cock

I have a terrible history with cocks. Not those cocks. I mean the kind that “cock-a-doodle-doo,” roosters, if you must. I’ve killed two. Not because I was hungry. Not because … Continue reading

May 19, 2014 · 3 Comments

Faded Friend

She always wore a stylish suit to the office. But when the weekends came, my mom wrapped herself in a faded flannel shirt, softened by years and numerous spin cycles. That … Continue reading

May 19, 2014 · 9 Comments

On Belay

I reached, pushed, leaned into the rock, and there it was — clarity. I couldn’t have been more than a foot off the ground when my mind completely cleared. Looming … Continue reading

May 19, 2014 · Leave a comment