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French Illusions by Linda Kovic-Skow

When I was 14 years old, my parents sent me to Ireland for 3 weeks so that I could practice the English language I was learning in school. This was a full immersion trip which meant I would stay with an Irish family for the whole duration of my stay…


Added by Cecile Sune on October 1, 2014 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Give the Lady a Ride - Review

Give the Lady a Ride by Linda Yezak is so much more than just another romance, although there is plenty of that, too.  It is also a story of deepening faith and learning to trust God despite the circumstances. Patricia Talbot has inherited a Texas ranch from her uncle. She and her friend Marie arrive at the ranch and are met by two good looking ranch hands. Romance ensues – a fairly uncomplicated affair for Marie and Chance, and a much more complex awakening for Pat and Talon.…


Added by Tracy Krauss on April 13, 2014 at 6:49pm — No Comments

Yellow Iris guarding the Cemetery

Our early and mild spring weather has given us beautiful flowers this year. My back patio is a fragrant experience with roses and iris blooming right now.

When my yellow iris shows it first bloom, I think of the old cemetery that is on the top hill of one of our family’s pasture. There hasn’t been anyone buried there for decades, but years ago someone planted…


Added by Linda Hubalek on April 26, 2012 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Plastering Dugout Walls

We’re in the process of building our own house, doing almost all of the work ourselves. This week I’ve been pounding in nails on wall edging, and taping and mudding sheet rock. My finger joints and wrists feel like they could break off as they are so tired and sore.

But then I think of this diary entry from Butter in the Well

April 25,…


Added by Linda Hubalek on April 11, 2012 at 10:43am — No Comments

Julia's Potato Rolls

Last week I mentioned Aunt Julia who grew up in the same house as I did, and married Joe Olson, the boy “next door”.

Joe’s parents, Peter and Hannah, lived in a dugout before building this house featured with this blog. (A larger home was built on their farm before I was born, so I was never in the original home.)

We were frequent visitors to Joe and Aunt Julia Olson’s house…


Added by Linda Hubalek on March 28, 2012 at 11:57am — No Comments

Passing Back the Quilt

I’ve been going through old photos recently and sorting them (and my memories) by the decades they were taken. It’s interesting to see the old “Butter in the Well” house in the background. They were all snapshots of everyday life at that moment, and now so many memories…


Added by Linda Hubalek on March 21, 2012 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Can you find the Well?

The first home on the “Butter in the Well” homestead was a dugout. Two years later in 1870, the Svensson family built the first section of their wood-frame house. They added on at least two more times over the next two decades.

Here are excerpts from Butter in…


Added by Linda Hubalek on March 14, 2012 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Birthdays in the Old House

I’m 58 years old today and thinking about my childhood home where I celebrated birthdays for eighteen years until I started college.

We celebrated birthdays during breakfast, complete with cake and opening of our presents before we got on the school bus.

The earliest birthdays I remember was my 5th birthday party with hats and friends, and marking off the…


Added by Linda Hubalek on March 7, 2012 at 5:44pm — No Comments

Digging your own Home

Our family doesn’t have a photo of the original dugout dug in 1868 that was on the “Butter in the Well” farm, so here’s a photo from Kansas Memory to give you a visual view to contemplate while reading a passage from my book …


Added by Linda Hubalek on March 2, 2012 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Details in Pioneer Photos

Photos of Mead family dugout, Ford Co., Kansas

I post pioneer photos on my Facebook page once a week, and it’s fun for people to look at the…


Added by Linda Hubalek on February 22, 2012 at 12:22pm — No Comments

How Valuable is that Quilt?

(This post is currently featured on The Quilting Gallery, so be sure to read it to see more photos and enter in the contest to win an ebook copy of Butter in the Well …


Added by Linda Hubalek on February 8, 2012 at 11:38am — No Comments

The Loss of a Friend

One of my grade school classmates died suddenly this week from some yet-unknown health issue. Eventually, after the autopsy is finished, family and friends will know what struck down the man liked by so many, but now all we can do is just wonder—and remember.

He was the class clown, often times the start of mischief in our boisterous large class of almost thirty students (all in one room those days).

In his adult life people knew him as a family man, auctioneer, their kid’s…


Added by Linda Hubalek on February 3, 2012 at 3:47pm — No Comments

The Buffalo Chip Lady

I love looking at old photos collected on historical  internet sites like One of the most famous photos, that of a woman gathering cow chips, depicts the typical life of a pioneer woman in many people’s minds.

Here’s this woman, stuck out on the Western Kansas plains, with…


Added by Linda Hubalek on January 20, 2012 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Why were these Quilts kept?

We had a warm sunny day this week, so I pulled out a tub of quilts I inherited from Lois, my mother-in-law. They had been stored in a cedar chest, made as a high school project by her future husband back in about 1925.

I spread a white tablecloth on the driveway and unfolded the first quilt. The double wedding band quilt is a beautiful display of color, stitching,…


Added by Linda Hubalek on January 12, 2012 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Pick a Trail of Thread for your Christmas Gift

Need to finish your Christmas shopping? Or maybe start your shopping?

I heard from one reader that bought…


Added by Linda Hubalek on December 16, 2011 at 5:32pm — No Comments

Flooding Memories

(This month I’m posting excerpts from my books and telling you the story behind them.)

I remember several floods while growing up on the farm I featured in my Butter in the Well book series.

The creek runs through the middle of the farm, with the river on the west border. Most times the creek is dry, but it can flood quickly as…


Added by Linda Hubalek on November 2, 2011 at 6:21pm — No Comments

One Week

That's right, in one week I will be at the Carolina Renaissance Festival in Charlotte, NC!

October 14th & 15th, I will be appearing alongside Kalayna PriceKendra Thomas, … Continue

Added by Mark Miller on October 8, 2011 at 11:02am — No Comments

Adventure Travel Writer Interviewed on Gathering Roads Radio Show

Elaine Masters host of the women’s radio show Gathering Roads interviews adventure-travel writer Linda Ballou. In just 15 minutes you learn what makes Linda want to stretch her limits, and why she is in such a hurry to get to as many beautiful places she can before they are gone. Just in from rafting…


Added by Rebecca Camarena on July 10, 2011 at 2:28am — No Comments

The Descent into the Grandest Canyon of All!

Join me on the descent to the grandest canyon of all! Even though this article is a posted column on the National Association of Baby Booomer Women’s site, the raft through the Grand Canyon is a journey that can be enjoyed by anyone. All you need to bring on…


Added by Rebecca Camarena on July 10, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Outdoor Fun on the Southwest Gulf of Florida by Linda Ballou - Featured in Real Travel Adventures

Outdoor fun in Florida - it sounds like so much fun - A good friend of mine, travel writer and author Linda Ballou has had her article featured in Real Travel Adventures.

A three-mile causeway from Fort Meyers across San Carlos Bay…


Added by Rebecca Camarena on May 16, 2011 at 1:44pm — No Comments

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