Sunday, May 31, 2020

Movie Review: Love Punch

The Love Punch (2013) - IMDb

While I would not give this movie a gold star, I also would not throw rotten veggies at it.  I love the actors and recognized them all immediately as favourite characters in favourite movies.

I love Pierce Brosnan as so many different characters but my personal favourite is Sam in Mama Mia.  Emma Thompson is awesome in so many movies but I will always love her best as Nanny McPhee.

Love Punch is silly, unbelievable and a comedy caper gone wrong.  Brosnan and Thompson play Kate and Richard, a divorced couple who have been robbed by a heartless CEO of their retirement savings.  They are determined to get it back.  When they concoct a wacky scheme to steal a nearly priceless diamond from the CEO, they need help.  

Help arrives in the form of Pen (Celia Imrie) and Jerry (Timothy Spall), their friends and neighbours.  Celia is so funny but I love the mystery of Jerry who has secrets only now coming to light in a really amusing way.  I loved Imrie in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and my favourite Spall character is in the Last Samuri.

This movie I think they made just for the fun of it.  But I liked it.  Who says we can only watch GOOD movies?  Sometimes silly is the perfect thing for a quiet afternoon.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Scrapbook Challenge: Lyrics

Scrapbook a layout that connects lyrics to life.

Don't scrapbook?  Journal about this or create a page in your art journal.  Just get creative!

Sketch Challenge 30 May 2020 ~ 11 photos 2 pages

Do you have a pile of photos and you want them on one layout?  Try this . . .

Friday, May 29, 2020

Journal Prompt 29 May 2020 ~ Seeing It

Today's Writing Prompt: Seeing It

What's something or someplace you'd really like to see someday?

I have a long list but here are the top three places I'd like to see someday:

1.  All across Canada

2.  Ireland and England and Scotland
3.  New Zealand and Australia

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Journal Prompt 28 May 2020 ~ Lost

Today's Writing Prompt: Lost

Describe an object that you have lost.

I am starting to believe there must be some organic reason why I keep losing stuff.  It may be the old age, the fibro or maybe even the diabetes.  Yeah, I'm a real prize these days . . . falling apart AND forgetting things.   I try to blame Hal but it doesn't always work . . . 

. . . although the other day when I went to upload some geocaches to my GPS the cord was lost.  I remembered Hal having it in his hands and I told him to put it back where he found it because I keep all the cords for all my electronics in one specific place . . . so I don't lose them.  He had put the cord in my camera bag.  I don't know why.

Hal is also the person who lost my wedding, engagement and family rings for two years.

But these days I can't always blame Hal.  I put the phones down and can't remember where they are until someone calls and I have to go searching.  I put my glasses down and go crazy trying to locate them.  The only thing I never seem to lose are my keys.  They are hung up on a rack in the front hallway or clipped to the strap of my purse.  There will be no help for me if I ever lose my purse.

I lose myself because I am directionally challenged . . . a lot.

I binge watched the TV show Lost.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Journal Prompt 27 May 2020 ~ Doing it in Public

Today's Writing Prompt: Doing it in Public

Have you ever fallen asleep in public? On the train on the way home maybe, or laying on the beach perhaps? Do you consider sleeping in public embarrassing, or dangerous, or just relaxing fun?

Once in a while . . . Sometimes there was a break between classes when I was a "mature" student at Western University and I would find a comfy chair to relax in.  At one point in time we had to read this horrible boring droning somnolent book about why it wasn't the AXIS soldiers fault that they did bad things during WWII.  Not only was the argument lame and stupid (to use technical jargon) but it was just awful writing.  I could never get more than 2-3 pages read before I would just nod off.  It didn't matter where I was.  But if I was in a comfy chair I usually only lasted 1-2 pages before crashing.  I was fair game for anyone who wanted to steal my books or purse . . . and oh how I wished they would steal that particular book . . . so I developed a system of wrapping my book bag and purse handles around one ankle and tucking the bags between my legs and the chair.  I knew I was going to fall asleep.  And I always did.

I never did finish the book but managed to get far enough in to it to write a decent paper.

Rosemary Chicken

Quantity : 2 servings
Preparation : 15 min Cooking : 40 min
280 calories/serving

2 tsp olive oil 10 mL
1 slice bacon, finely chopped 20 g
2 chicken legs, with back 600 g
1/2 onions, finely chopped 100 g
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 sprig rosemary, fresh, finely chopped 5 g
1 tbsp Parsley and Garlic Base 15 mL
1 tbsp tomato paste 18 g
3 tbsp white wine 45 mL
1 pinch salt [optional] 0.2 g
ground pepper to taste [optional]
3 tbsp water 45 mL

Before you start

Keep the serving plates in the oven at the lowest setting so they are warm when you serve.


Heat the oil in a pan over high heat. Finely chop the bacon then add it to the pan. Sauté 2 min, then add the chicken legs and sauté thoroughly on each side until golden, about 10 min. Take the chicken out of the pan then set it aside
Finely chop the onion, garlic, and rosemary, then add them to the pan. Cook 2-3 min over medium heat, taking care not to let them burn. Add the Parsley and Garlic Base and the tomato paste then cook 2-3 min over medium heat. Deglaze with the wine. Cook 2 min until the alcohol has evaporated. Put the chicken back into the pan. Season with salt and pepper.
Pour in about ½ cm of warm water, cover, and simmer over low heat until the meat is tender, 30-35 min.
Serve on the warmed plate.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Journal Prompt 26 May 2020 ~ What Do You See?

Today's Writing Prompt: What Do You See?

What do you see, right now, as you're reading this prompt?

The room where I spend most of my time and it is kinda messy right now.  I often leave out projects I am working on.  I love that I can see out my window when I'm working.  My rose of sharon bush attracts birds and I can watch their antics.  

Monday, May 25, 2020

Book Review: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother: Amy Chua ...

I loved reading Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua.  It is definitely a controversial book, but it is written in an honest and humorous fashion that is appealing and easy to read.

Amy Chua is determined to raise her two daughters in what she considers the stereotypical Chinese style.  She points out that you don't have to be Chinese to parent this way.  Chinese style parenting is about discipline and focus, preparing your children for the future, instilling excellent work habits and confidence and self-esteem resulting from accomplishment.  The Chinese parent stresses accomplishment in academics and extra-curricular activities.  This is extreme parenting.

Chua compares her style to Western parenting in which parents nurture their childrens' individuality, allowing them to find their own passions and creating a soft, entitled, untalented child unprepared for life.  Western parents believe self-esteem comes first and then accomplishment.

Chua has certainly created some controversy with these extremes.  But she learns that there has to be some compromise when her second daughter turns out to be very opinionated and stubborn, creating a collision of wills which, I am happy to say, ends in compromise.  Chua shares what she has learned about the rewards and costs of raising children the Chinese way.

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is funny, honest, shocking, controversial and a great read.  Perhaps somewhere between Western and Chinese parenting we will find the compromise which will lead us to parenting happy children who are ready to face the world when they are grown.

Journal Prompt 25 May 2020 ~ Six Words

Six Word Saturday

Describe your world today in just six words

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It's nice just to enjoy quiet.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Dark Shadows (2012)

If you had asked me a few years back what I thought of Johnny Depp I would have probably said eh, he's okay I guess.  But for some reason I am becoming addicted to his movies.  It all started with Sweeney Todd.  I have developed a real enjoyment of his quirky characters .  

Anyway, the movie is silly and parts of it just don't make any sense.  And yet I really did like it a lot.  It is funny.

The story is about Barnabas Collins who spurns the affections of a witch.  Her revenge is to kill his fiance, turn him into a vampire and then bury him alive.  

A couple of centuries later Barnabas is inadvertently dug up by a construction crew and, after a quick snack, returns to his family estate to find it in ruins.  His family are totally dysfunctional and going broke.  Barnabas is determined to fix everything.

Only one problem, his ex-girlfriend is still around.

This is not a great movie.  But it is funny and I love when Alice Cooper performs.  Check it out some rainy day.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Journal Prompt 22, May 2020 ~ Acceptable Addictions

Today's Writing Prompt: Acceptable Addictions

There are many addictions, such as drug addiction, that are judged harshly in our society. Are there any addictions that are considered acceptable or even healthy?

I think an addiction to a healthy lifestyle or hiking or learning . . . things like that . . . would be considered acceptable or even healthy.

I'm not sure what to say about my crafting addiction.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Journal Prompt 21 May 2020 ~ Mailbox

Today's Writing Prompt: Mailbox

What is the most interesting item you've ever received / found in your mailbox?

Dress your mailbox up in style with this wood mailbox post. (With ...

Once upon a time I could go to the mailbox and there was mail almost every day.  I used to join in swaps and write to pen pals so there was always something to look forward to besides bills.
But time moved on and postage became so expensive that it became ridiculous to join in swaps or write to pen pals.  

The thing I like most about online billing for everything is that bills have stopped coming to the mailbox . . . so if you see an envelope you know there is a good chance it is something nice . . . or the inevitable junk mail which isn't always junk mail if it is coupons.  Coupons are not junk.

My favourite thing to find in my mailbox is a sample box.  Every once in a while a company puts out an advertising to pick the samples you want to try and I always say yes.  Those boxes are fun because you never know what you will receive.  A couple of years ago I got a sample box from Kellogg's.  That was a spectacular box.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Journal Prompt 20 May 2020 ~ Melting Away

Today's Writing Prompt: Melting Away

You're a snowman and the weather has turned warm and sunny. Describe what it feels like to melt away, little by little.

Melting Snowman Photograph by Deborah Klubertanz

Frankly I have no idea what it would feel like to be a snowperson since my inner thermostat is broken and I am boiling hot most of the time. You may think this is a nice thing especially in winter. But it really is not. People frown on you stripping down to your undergarments in the middle of the grocery store so I have to control my instincts. People come in my house and comment on how cold it is. In the winter I keep windows open and in the summer the air conditioner is on full blast.  I have afghans on the backs of every chair and couch in my living room in answer to those comments. My husband runs around shutting windows and doors and making me insane because then I have to get up and open them again, which makes him insane. So really I have no concept of what a snowperson feels when it is frozen but I think I have a pretty good idea how it feels when it is melting.

Sloppy Joes

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1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp canola oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
260 g ground beef, lean
ground pepper to taste
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 tsp brown sugar
2 tbsp water
4 drops Tabasco sauce (optional)
2 hamburger buns

Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.  Add the onion then cook until it is translucent, about 3 minutes with occasional stirring, paying attention not to let it burn.  Add salt, then reduce the heat, cover and cook until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic and cayenne pepper then cook with stirring until fragrant, 1 minute.

Add the beef then cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until it loses its pink colour, about 5 minutes.  It is important not to overcook the meat at this point, otherwise it will end up dry and crumbly.

Season with ground pepper to taste, then add the tomato paste, ketchup, brown sugar and water.  A few drops of Tabasco sauce may be added for extra spiciness.  Cover, then simmer 10 minutes

Spoon the meat mixture onto hamburger buns, then serve.

Makes 2 servings.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Journal Prompt 19 May 2020 ~ Fairy Tales

Today's Writing Prompt: Fairytales

What is your favorite fairy tale or folktale? Does it say something about your life?

I don't think I have a favourite fairy tale.  I thought many of them were pretty cool and scary.  I did enjoy watching the Once Upon a Time television series.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Book Review: Velvet Whispers by Joan Elizabeth Lloyd

If you enjoy reading very poorly written soft porn, than this is the book for you.  I'm not a prude.  I love "sex in long skirts books" (you know the ones I mean) where it takes pages and pages of delicious prose to describe a passionate encounter by the naive but secretly wealthy girl and her arch-enemy turned lover.  

In Velvet Whispers the delicious pages of prose have been replaced with two pages that basically say we came, he went in a very juvenile way.  The writing is the worst sort of corny porn imaginable.  The story is totally unbelievable.  I couldn't finish the book.  In fact I didn't even make it half-way and it is only 200 pages long.  I don't know anyone I dislike enough to give this book to so the book is now in the garbage because that is where it belongs.

Journal Prompt 18 May 2020 ~ Six Words!

Six Words!

Describe your life or current situation using only six words.

I want to do too much

Pretty Flower using CTMH Pinwheel Thin Cuts

Please excuse the amateur video.  I'm good at many things but vlogging isn't really one of them . . . yet!

This video was made to share a free make n take at an online crop I hosted recently.  Enjoy!

Sketch Challenge 16 May 2020 ~ 1 photo 1 page

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Movie Review: Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom is . . . ummmmm . . . unusual.  I felt like Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand and Bill Murray felt they needed to get outside their comfort zones and do something VERY different.  The characters were silly and yet realistic in an odd sort of way.  Can you tell I'm having trouble figuring out how to tell you what I loved about this movie?

Quirky?  Yes.

Anyway it is the story of two tweens who meet, fall in love, write back and forth, and finally decide to run away together.  And believe it or not this movie won some awards and was nominated for an Oscar for best writing and original screenplay.

Original?  Oh, yes.

This is definitely a fun movie for a quiet evening.  Do not expect any CGI or graphic anything.  Expect a good story told well.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Journal Prompt 15 May 2020 ~ Colour

Today's Writing Prompt: Colour

If your life right now had a colour to it, what colour would yours be?

I don't think my life could have one colour.  I think I have three colours.  Red for pain, Orange for optimism and Yellow for joy.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Journal Prompt 14 May 2020 ~ Foiled

Today's Writing Prompt: Foiled

Is there something you've always wanted to do in your life, but so far you haven't been able to?

New 'Aquaman' Jason Momoa has bodyguards, and the internet wants ...

I've always wanted to be a big shot with lots of money and an entourage.  Ask my youngest grandson.  I think he wants the same thing.  I wish him better luck than I had . . . LOL.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Mixed Greens with Marinated Goat Cheese

Quantity : 2 servings
Brining : 1 h Preparation : 10 min
230 calories/serving

4 tsp fresh basil, finely chopped 5 g
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 mL
40 g goat cheese, sliced into rounds
2 tsp wine vinegar 10 mL
1 pinch salt [optional] 0.2 g
ground pepper to taste [optional]
2 3/4 cups mixed greens 70 g
1 plums, red or black, cut into thin wedges 100 g

Before you start

Marinate the cheese for 1 h, as explained below, then assemble the salad just before serving.


Finely chop half of the basil then put it in a shallow bowl. Pour in the oil then mix well. Slice the goat cheese into rounds then add them to the bowl. Spoon the basil oil over the cheese, cover and let stand about 1 h at room temperature, or overnight in the refrigerator.
Remove the cheese from the basil oil and transfer the oil to a large bowl. Pour in the vinegar, add salt and pepper to taste. Wash and spin-dry the mixed greens, then add them to the bowl. Chop the remaining basil then add it to the bowl. Toss well, then divide up the greens onto individual serving plates.
Wash the plums and cut each into thin wedges lengthwise, discarding the core. Place the wedges on top of each plate with 1 cheese round in the centre. Serve.

Journal Prompt 13 May 2020 ~ The Lake

Tanka is a form of poetry similar to haiku. It's short, and the lines don't need to rhyme. The just must have a set number of syllables: 5/7/5/7/7.

Today's tanka prompt is: Lake

so close to the lake
a fifteen minute drive there
we rarely get there
tradition is Mackie's first
and last stop Shaw's Ice Cream 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Journal Prompt 12 May 2020 ~ Six Words

Describe your life or current situation using exactly six words.

Pop art weak-eyed woman working at the computer Vector Image

Playing AND working on the computer.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Journal Prompt 11 May 2020 ~ Unwanted Win

Today's Writing Prompt: Unwanted Win

Write about someone who wins something they do not want.

I can't write about an unwanted win without hurting some peoples feelings so I choose to write about something a little more general.

I don't wear perfume.  Perfume makes my allergies go wonky.  I hate wonky allergies.  People used to give me perfume as gifts.  Fortunately no one has done that in a while.  

Perfume is kind of a personal thing.  I think that, unless you know for sure what a person's favourite is, you should just get a gift certificate or something a little less personal.  

Okay rant over.

Book Review: Promises to Keep by Jane Green

Wonderful!  The only problem I had with this novel is that it is hard to read . . . while you are crying. And it is hard to hold on to the book while you are clutching a box of Kleenex.

Some people might find this story predictable but I don't understand what's wrong with that.  I can predict what a friend is going to do next.  Since I got to know the characters so well throughout the story, of course I would be able to predict what might happen next.

The characters were superbly portrayed, even the minor characters.  I ended up rooting for all of them to find their own version of happiness.  The main character, Callie, has a wonderful home, two adorable children, good friends, a successful photography business and a gorgeous and loving husband who's only flaw seems to be that he works too much.  We all know that when things are going so good something has to go wrong . . . and it does.  Callie is fatally ill.

I'm not going to give away too much of the story because there is so much joy in reading the story yourself and I don't want to ruin it for you.

Don't forget the box of Kleenex.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Top Movies of All Time according to IMDB ~ # 12 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Special Book ...

It was so long ago but I think I saw the first Star Wars movie at the old St. Thomas Drive-In.  Amazing!

I can't remember if I saw The Empire Strikes Back at the movie theatre, drive-in, or on video for the first time, but I do remember seeing it many times including just this week.  Hal and I are enjoying a Star Wars Marathon.

Exciting action, wonderful creative aliens, lots of humour mixed in with the heroics and danger.  I don't think you can watch this movie (or the entire series) too many times.

Next rainy day why not enjoy a Star Wars movie binge?

Academy Awards, USA 1981

Best Sound
Bill Varney
Steve Maslow
Gregg Landaker
Peter Sutton 
Special Achievement Award
Brian Johnson
Richard Edlund
Dennis Muren
Bruce Nicholson
For visual effects (statuette).
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Norman Reynolds
Leslie Dilley
Harry Lange
Alan Tomkins
Michael Ford 
Best Music, Original Score
John Williams 

Friday, May 8, 2020

Journal Prompt 8 May 2020 ~ Prom

Today's Writing Prompt: Prom

It's so sad that the graduates of 2020 won't be able to attend prom.  Do you remember your prom?

I don't know these people.  I borrowed this photo because it cracked me up.

I only went to one prom and it wasn't my own.  I left school when I was 16 . . . hey it was the 70s! I really don't remember much about it except that we had supper at McDonalds and I wore a long black skirt.  That was a really really long time ago.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

SPEED ROUND ~ The Final Challenge: Books and Magazines

You may recall that Challenge #8 was organizing your paper cosmetics. I have a rather large collection although I am pretty sure there are lots of you with even more. But mine ARE organized.

So I am more than ready for Challenge #9 ~ The Final Challenge . . .

Books and Magazines

Inspiration for scrapbook pages is everywhere. But what is the best way to organize it so that it's actually USEFUL?

First consider cutting up your magazines and idea books, and only saving the ideas that you really plan to use. Magazines and idea books that just sit on your shelves aren't really useful. It can take hours to go through your books to find the one layout you remember. Having your ideas in a condensed form, arranged in a way that makes sense to you is much more effective. If you are able to cut up your magazines, here are some ideas for arranging them:

theme (holidays, birthday, babies, pets, travel etc)
number of photos used in the layout
journaling ideas

Now that you've decided how to arrange them, where do you store them? A few ideas:

* a composition book or some other kind of sketchbook: you can sketch in there and adhere page ideas into it. It's also portable, so you can take it with you to crops!
* an index card box: adhere your ideas to index cards
* idea file folders. Place your ideas inside file folders and label the index tab. Store in a portable file box. Add categories as needed.
* binder with page protectors: tuck clippings into the page protectors

If you have decided you are NOT cutting up your magazines . . .


Make sure that the magazines and books are still relevant to you. If you are holding onto magazines more than a year or two old, REALLY make sure they still interest you. Sort them into piles: KEEP, DONATE, SELL, TOSS


Trash the TOSS pile. Arrange immediate drop-off or pick-up of the DONATE pile. Bag up and assign a price and your initials to the SELL pile.


Sort your magazines/books by title/date of issue, and consider storing your books and magazines down low on your bookshelf due to their weight.


Store in boxes or magazine holders.


Consider getting varied colours of post-it flags, and setting up categories for ideas. Each time you get a new book or magazine, flag the pages you like according to your system, so that you an easily see from the outside of your books which one might have an idea applicable to the project you are working on.

This is the final challenge . . . 

how's your space looking now?

Share photos of your newly organized space with us in this album.

Journal Prompt 7 May 2020 ~ It's almost the weekend

Journal Prompt:  What will you be up to this weekend?

Scrapbook Scrapbooking Clipart

I just received 144 wedding photos that need to be scrapbooked.  So that is my plan this weekend.  To assist in this endeavour I have signed up for a 2 day online crop.  And if I accidentally do run out of wedding photos I can start my pandemic album or my east coast trip album . . . so much to scrapbook . . . so little time . . . 

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Journal Prompt 6 May 2020 ~ Cleaning is . . .

Journal Prompt ~ Cleaning is . . . ?

. . . an evil but necessary thing . . . sigh . . .

Rhubarb and Strawberry Sorbet

Strawberry-Rhubarb Sorbet

1-1/2 stalks rhubarb
8 tbsp sugar
1-1/2 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
3/4 cup water
1-1/4 strawberries
1 egg white

Put a metal or glass bowl into the freezer so that it will be cold when filling it with the sorbet mixture.

Wash the rhubarb stalks briefly.  If necessary, the fibrous stings can be removed by pulling them as with celery.  Cut them crosswise into approximately 1.5 cm pieces and place them in a saucepan.  Stir in the sugar, lemon juice and water.  Bring to a boil, then lower the heat, cover and simmer 8-10 minutes.  Take the saucepan off the heat.

Hull the strawberries and halve them lengthwise, then add them to the rhubarb.  Transfer the mixture to a blender and process until smooth.  With the blender running, pour in the egg white and continue to mix until homogeneous.  You may also beat the egg white in a separate bowl using an electric mixer, then add to the fruit puree and mix well.

Let the mixture cool down about 10 minutes in the refrigerator, then pour it into the prepared container, cover and chill in the freezer.

After about 3 hours, take the mixture out of the freezer and stir it using a whisk.  Return it to the freezer and repeat the same stirring operation after an additional 2 hours.  In order to reduce the standing times between the stirring operations, you may distribute the mixture into 2 smaller containers, rather that just pouring it into 1, so that it will freeze more rapidly.  This is particularly useful when preparing larger amounts.

Take the sorbet out of the freezer at least 15 minutes before serving, so that it will soften slightly.

Serves 5.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Journal Prompt 5 May 2020 ~ Thunderstorms

Tanka Tuesday: Thunderstorms (Whew, alliteration!)

It's time for the next installment of Tanka Tuesday!

Tanka is a form of poetry similar to haiku. It's short, and the lines don't need to rhyme. The just must have a set number of syllables: 5/7/5/7/7.

Today's tanka prompt is: thunderstorms.

An Expert Meteorologist Answers Your Thunderstorm & Lightning ...

harsh light from the sky
terrifying sounds all 'round
I must hide from it
danger fear lurk in my heart
until the storm has passed by 

Monday, May 4, 2020

Book Review: The Woefield Poultry Collective by Susan Juby

When I saw this book at the library I just had to pick it up.  Seriously, who can resist this amazing title?

When the owner of Woefield Farm passes on, the farm is left to his niece, a truly naive and urban young lady who is determined to make the farm pay for itself using environmentally and organically sound farming principles.  She can't accept that the farm has never been successful and the only things that grow are rocks.  She is assisted in her vision by the old farm hand that comes with the place, a young girl who raises chickens and a boy who has avoided town since an embarrassing incident involving the drama teacher.

I laughed out loud so many times as I read.  The characters are wonderful misfits who come together whether they want to or not.  Each chapter is told  by a different character which seems rather tricky, but it really works.

. . . and the things they do to that poor sheep . . .