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!

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Thursday, July 04, 2013

It's our birthday!
This is perhaps my most favorite picture from our D.C. trip back in 2002.  It was a cold evening, with snow on the ground - so cold we couldn't feel our legs as we walked around the National Mall.  The sunset, as you can see, was gorgeous.  I fell in love with this statue of Thomas Jefferson and, in particular, the quote from one of his letters that rings the rotunda right above it:

"I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against
every form of tyranny over the mind of man."
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.  It isn't about all that.  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.  It's already happening.

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


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