Silver Linings

Silver Lining has all the posts related to a column Jill started writing daily, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It is looking at how life changes under our new rules–and finding at least one thing positive, every day, in the upheaval.   It’s been very well received by those who have been following it.  As one reader says, “Reading your column of ‘silver linings’ has become one of my ‘silver linings’!  Thank you for writing this!”‘

Other blog topics include: 

  • DAIRY DREAMING is directly related to agriculture, particularly dairying.  It talks about international ag experiences, dairy worker possible legislation in the USA, visas, dairy experiences and things dairy producers might find interesting. 
  • EXCHANGE EXTRAS.  This is a special look into the high school exchange students’ fun while in the USA.  
  • EDUCATION MATTERS.  This more traditional column looks at family life, with a particular emphasis on how education shapes us all.
  • BEAUTY OF THE DAY.  Since 2015, Jill has searched for something beautiful every day, and then posted it to social media.  (Follow Global Cow on Instagram to see them–or subscribe to receive them daily.)   

An Unexpected Extra

An Unexpected Extra

This afternoon, our oldest son’s college sent us an update on their plans to bring students back for the second semester.  They start up again just ten days from now. Beyond the various and important details on testing protocols and timing, allowed socializing...

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Time for Creativity

Time for Creativity

As I write this, the sound of the sander reverberates up the stairway from the basement.  Plus, there is that “special” odor of polyurethane permeating out from the kitchen, causing my head to pound.  Half of the main kitchen countertop and half of the...

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Inauguration

Inauguration

Were you one of the millions who watched the inauguration of President Biden at noon?  Thanks to COVID—and the insurrection at the capitol earlier this month—only 1,000 “socially distanced guests” attended in person, a much different scene that the masses...

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Positive Thoughts

Positive Thoughts

Writing—and publishing—your thoughts is uniquely personal.  It’s one thing to type out what you think about something.  It’s another level to share it with a friend, and one more scary step to put it out where everyone can see it.  And it’s the ultimate...

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Full Table

Full Table

It’s got to be a phase in life, right?  I’m still happy when we have a full house gathered for supper.  My husband, my daughter and I are pretty much always home to eat at night now.  Son number one is scheduled to go back to college by the end of this...

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Getting Out

Getting Out

Sometime around now in January--even without COVID’s “stay home, stay safe” mandates--I realize that I am not really living life.  I’m just going through the motions, kind of mentally in a holding pattern of hanging on until more sun returns, the cold moves on...

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TV Options Expansion

TV Options Expansion

Without evening meetings or high school sports, my television consumption has gone up dramatically during COVID.  (How about yours?  Please tell me I’m not alone!)  In our search for new programming, we’ve asked friends what they have enjoyed Hulu and...

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Be a Pal

Be a Pal

The text came through earlier this week:  a friend was sick and suspected COVID-even though she’s already been immunized with the first round as a part of her work in healthcare.  Immediately, our family offered to help with whatever she needed.  She...

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Driving the Eggs?

Driving the Eggs?

An unexpected call asking for six dozen eggs meant an extra trip to town today.  Our chickens are happy little producers right now.  Most mornings I find at least twenty eggs in their four cozy nesting boxes, usually with at least one or two hens guardedly...

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