Category Archives: Observations

It Snowed in Smithville Texas in Dec 2017

I woke up to a real treat this morning. Snow. I rushed to wake Catherine (she was the only one of my kids here). “It snowed… snowed… Come see before it disappears” I yelled. I was pretty young and did … Continue reading

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Potential Disaster to our Aquaponics Building

  We are again faced with a potential disaster. We have a small Aquaponics building that we have kept running after my husband who designed the system died. We felt we had learned enough to keep the system running.  We … Continue reading

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Seniors and Youth-Something Old, Something New

When I was young the people around me were my Grandmother, Aunts, Uncles, Mother and Father and cousins of various ages. I never thought this was something that would change radically when I became an adult. I never gave it … Continue reading

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Texas is a big state and things are spread out. Emergency preparedness is required.

My daughter and I were on the way to an adjacent town about 30 miles away to shop.  I was just remembering how I handled three small kids years ago on long trips like this.  I noticed a woman with … Continue reading

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Tiny Living Quarters are Not New

  Tiny houses are becoming a popular reaction against “Mac-Mansions”. My husband converted a small school bus that was originally from a small Texas town into an “RV”. The converted bus became part of our family for over two decades … Continue reading

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What is a “Den” and “Parlor”?

I have wondered about a curious practice I experienced since I have lived in rural Texas. Often, actually always when we visit neighbors we are met in the yard and the visit entirely is conducted there, outside the house. This … Continue reading

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Weather or Not–what to do about the weather

A few years ago we lived where tornados visited frequently. We decided to have a storm shelter built. The plan was to stock it with survival foods and other necessities so all we had to do was run and sit … Continue reading

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We have become officially retro!

Catherine Mills · August 21, 2016 · Yes, we here at the Purple Gate Herb Farm are about back to nature, sustainable agriculture, alternative building, solar, rainwater collection, and now we have officially entered the previous century. We quit satellite … Continue reading

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Suggestions For My Extreme Hair Cut

I have always relied on sympathy from my nearest and dearest relatives. When I donates a 12 inch pony tail to “Wigs for Kids”, I never thought what I would be left with hair cut to 1nch all over my … Continue reading

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Shock and Awe Hair Style

A few months ago, my hair was getting too long and needed cutting. My Daughter, Catherine who has very thick hair also wanted a hair cut. With summer well on it’s way, we thought short hair might be cooler. We … Continue reading

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