Not-As-Needy Acres

tales from the heartland


Population 693, Nebraska, Middle America
December 28
C.O.B. (Crabby Old Bag)
Scientist, wife, mother, slave to the furry beasts that own the house where I live.


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DECEMBER 30, 2010 1:10PM

I Can't Forgive Michael Vick

I was pretty pissed off when I read Fay Paxton's blog post yesterday - so pissed I didn't have the right words to respond to it.  I like Obama, I support Obama, but I think his support of Vick is way out of line.  Should it be the news of the… Read full post »

OCTOBER 25, 2010 11:35PM

The Government's Ghosts (updated)

What lurks down these darkened halls?

 What lurks down these darkened halls?

 They say that in space no one can hear you scream.  They might as well have been talking about the facility where I work.  We are located on roughly 50 square miles of prairie and the nearest town is 5 miles away.  After… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 11, 2010 6:37PM

My Bloody Valentine

Friday, February 13, 2009

Dr. Wonderful:  “Even though the clinic is technically closed tomorrow, I have to go in a bleed a dog.”

Me:  “Why do you have to bleed this dog tomorrow?”

Dr. W:  “It’s a 90 pound husky that belongs to an ailing old… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2010 3:35PM

Just Another Snowy Day in Nebraska

This has been quite the winter for cold and snow, but that hasn't prevented life and work from going on here in the Hinterland.


The first view of the morning out of my bedroom window.


Even the cobwebs are icy.


JANUARY 14, 2010 2:34PM

My Thursday Haiku

The migraine woke me,


Treximate put me to sleep.


How’d I get to work?


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OCTOBER 28, 2009 7:05PM

The Electric Man

I have always hated the basement of the house I grew up in.   

My two older sisters have similar feelings for the basement.  Even before I was born, and my mother purchased a piano that resides to this day in the living room, my big sisters would have to venture downRead full post »

OCTOBER 23, 2009 2:51PM

Adventures in Meat Molding


The first thing you need to know to fully appreciate this post is that I hate raw meat.  If you’ve read some of my old posts, you’ll know that I spend quite a lot of time around dead things, so this doesn’t make much sense.  I also go hunting fromRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2009 1:11PM

Cattle with Wildflowers - OS Gallery

I haven't posted in quite some time, but this was a quick and easy way to do so.  Hope you enjoy my idyllic Nebraska scene!



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JUNE 9, 2009 4:19PM

How to Save a Starving Horse



We first learned of Velvet in October of 2008 when helping coordinate a fund-raising ride to benefit the local horse rescue organization.  She had come into the rescue’s care about 2 months earlier, and was stabilized enough that she could be adopted-out to the right home.&nbsRead full post »

MAY 17, 2009 8:47PM

It's all me!

Best Ice Cream

Grand Prize Winners - Ice Cream in a Can

The photos on this computer are limited in general, and of me in particular - since I'm the one usually taking them.  Last year the kid wanted to participate in the "4H Ice Cream in a Can" competition at the county fair,… Read full post »


The following was a story I posted to a re-trained throroughbred group last summer.  Since I haven’t had much time for writing or posting to OS lately, I thought I’d throw this up for your amusement.  FYI – Go Lite is my off-the-track throroughbred (OTTB) gelding, P/Read full post »

MAY 4, 2009 9:12AM

2 Truths and a Lie

Those of you who guessed #1 get a gold star!!!  I'd forgotten some of my responses to "spider posts"...and my daughter had been reading over my shoulder and suggested that lie.  I have held taratulas withought freaking, but I much prefer my pets to be warm blooded.

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MAY 1, 2009 5:48PM

The Latest ProMED Post on H1N1

In an effort to provide some non-MSM info on this virus, here is the latest update from ProMED.  If there's anything I can clarify, please let me know! 

FYI - I have a teenage daughter at home with a fever, sore throat, headache and body aches, and I am not panicking,Read full post »

APRIL 30, 2009 7:26PM

OESheepdog's Open Call: 2 and 1

I'm guessing that #3 was OES's lie...but maybe it was #1...I can believe #2 because even I came close to the summit :)

So here are my three:

1) I have a pet tarantula

2) I have been published in "Science"

3) I used to live in a pig barn

Have… Read full post »

APRIL 27, 2009 11:58AM

The Influenza A Feeding Frenzy

I thought it would be worthwhile to provide a source of unbiased information on the Swine Flu/Influenza A H1N1 outbreak as it occurs. 

 ProMED-mail is the global electronic reporting system for outbreaks of emerging infectious disease and toxins, open to all sources.  ProMED-mail, the… Read full post »

APRIL 24, 2009 6:31PM

What a Difference a Day Makes!



Happy Arbor Day everyone!








24 hours later…












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APRIL 23, 2009 12:16PM

Some Haiku for Michael Rodgers


My Cock’s Bigger Than Your Cock







Mine’s bigger than yours –

 A cross between a Barred Rock

And an unknown hen.  


Too many roosters!

We need to thin out the flock –


Feed bill is growing.

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APRIL 23, 2009 8:58AM

Belated Earth Day Haiku


The red cardinal

Sweetly sings in the tree top

Greeting the morning

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APRIL 21, 2009 4:14PM

Skunk Tongues


 Mephitis mephitis


As some of you already know, I’m married to a veterinarian withRead full post »

APRIL 16, 2009 12:26PM

The Cap'n - Haiku Thursday





Cap’n Parrotdead

Erotica on OS

No need for haiku.

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Pardon me while I scratch my boob… 

I find it mildly disturbing when women go rooting around for fallen bra straps in public.  Yes, I’m well aware that it happens, and sometimes you just really need to retrieve that wayward strap, but some ladies are just a little too obvious aRead full post »

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APRIL 10, 2009 12:57PM

Spot the Bunny

One Spring several years ago, I was cruising on Petfinder and saw a very cute rabbit available at one of the area shelters.  Since my daughter and 4H give me an excellent excuse to feed my animal addiction, I asked her if she’d like to get a bunny.  Being young andRead full post »

APRIL 6, 2009 6:10PM

The Septic Situation

My story begins on a Sunday night nearly two weeks ago.  The laundry was washing, as were the dishes.  I had gone upstairs to pee when the sounds of running up and down the stairs came through the door, along with my husband shouting to my daughter to find a flashlight. Read full post »

APRIL 3, 2009 12:18PM

Riding Go Lite In To Sleep

When I’m tired but cannot sleep, 

I close my eyes and ride my thoroughbred. 

He canters on his left lead,  

My legs are long and firm against his barrel, 

My back is strong. 

The surroundings are blank. 

I feel his stride, I see his legs. 

We fly.&nbRead full post »

MARCH 28, 2009 7:30PM

For the Birds



Anyone driving down the Alda Road last Sunday would have seen two individuals walking a five acre, fallow field.  They would appear to be intently searching for something.  Every few steps they would stop, bend over, and touch the earth.  Or so it would seem.

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