Introducing Our Boxy Babe

This is Scout, our rapidly growing baby Eastern Painted Box Turtle. We are actually owned by three resident rescue turtles, and lucky enough to share our property with a colorful wild turtle population of several different species.

Scout House

We’ll be sharing¬†more from our walks on the wild side. Scout just had to be the first one here – it’s simply how she is. :o)

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Superlative Spuds

These recipes from one of our favorite magazines are simple yet sublime. They also look to be easy enough for Peg to handle, and we do have a slow cooker. We therefore decided to post them here not only to share, but to make sure Peg can quickly find them again. :o)

Spud-sational!
Three Simple Slow Cooker Potato Recipes

slowspuds

USDA Loans: Don’t wait until the cows come home.

From the Realtor news wire come this heads up on the dwindling availability of USDA loans for rural homebuyers in the fiscal year 2016:

http://www.realtor.org/articles/update-on-usda-loan-funding

The article does point out at least one other option, and for folks who aren’t going to be needing a loan during this fiscal cycle there’s no need for a stampede of panic.¬† However, if you’re planning a transaction soon that may involve USDA funding not yet secured, don’t count those chickens before they’re hatched.