Welcome to Cranky Puppy Farm!

This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

Happy Birthday, America!

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Several years ago, J. and I set off on a visit to New York to see the sites and visit a friend after 9/11.  The highlight of the trip for me was the boat ride to Ellis Island to see Lady Liberty.  The sky was beautiful on this windy, crisp January day and the waters were choppy.  But once we arrived, I was awestruck by this piece of history and what she stands for.  Pictures simply cannot do her justice.

This picture is my favorite, so I thought I would share it with you today, America's birthday.

On this Fourth of July, please take some time from the fireworks, tasty barbecue, and fun to gather your friends and family and remember why we celebrate this holiday.  Today is all about the birth of this great nation and the freedom that we hold so dear.  We shouldn't take it for granted because it can slip away when we're not looking. 

I hope all of you have a safe and happy 4th!


  1. Beautiful picture! I've only visited her from the boat or plane passing by.

  2. Thanks, DFW. I hope you had a great fourth!

  3. Great picture! We do live in a great nation!

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