• P.J. Griekspoor

    Sad farewell to a beloved little Redbud tree

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on April 10, 2015

    Two of my favorite signs of spring are the beautiful blooms on the Bradford Pear and Redbud trees that dot my neighborhood. I especially love my redbud. Make that loved, past tense. The extremely strong winds that came through Easter week damaged it, cracking a main branch away from the trunk. My vote was to let it stand for a few more days before turning it over to the skills of "the tree man," just because it was in full, beautiful bloom and I wanted to enjoy it one last…

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    Oh, yes, the season to dig in the dirt and plant something

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on March 5, 2015

    A month ago, I had an attack of a chronic disease that I have identified as “seed catalog disorder.” It comes at that point in mid-winter when snow and cold reach unbearable levels and the only reasonable thing to do is to think about spring. Thinking about spring automatically leads to thinking about what to plant where and what seeds need to be started early so they can be transplanted and that leads to a full-blown case of what I call “dig in the dirt and plant something…

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    Loving Fall Weather; Anticipating Holidays

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on November 8, 2014

    I have to admit that, aside from the fact that it’s election season, fall is my favorite time of the year. I love the cooling temperatures, the beautiful colors, the crispness of the air, the long twilights and the knowledge that my absolute favorite holiday of the year, Christmas, is approaching. I think of Halloween as the end of summer and the beginning of the holiday season that ends with New Year’s. In that sense, I’ve never resented the “Happy Holidays&rdquo…

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    Remodel? Why Yes, We Are Almost Done

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 12, 2014

    There are some things that grow into experiences that you just know you will never forget. For the last several months, we’ve been experiencing a virtually endless, do-it-on-weekends-and-days-off home remodeling experience for the house that my daughter and son-in-law are buying from me in west Wichita. It sounded so easy – excavate under an existing porch, pour a concrete floor, frame it in and make a couple of extra rooms. Like most home renovation ideas, it wasn’t as easy…

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    Cherry Blossom Peak Tops Off D.C. Visit

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on April 15, 2014

    I am happy to report that the cherry blossoms hit peak bloom last Friday – one of the rare occasions when the most beautiful days of the bloom actually match up with the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. I was in D.C. for a whole week now with all eight grandkids and their parents. And no, we still haven’t seen everything this amazing city has to offer tourists, though we did add one amazing tour – D.C. Ducks. This tour proved to be a fantastic experience and…

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    Source, Friend, Mentor Lost to Cancer

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on March 17, 2014

    Almost everyone knows someone who helped them along the way without expecting anything in return – who just enjoyed teaching someone about what they do. For me, there have been many of those people. But one of the ones that I revered most, Capp Proffit, manager of  Barton County Feeders at Great Bend, died on Monday. Capp had been fighting cancer for months and had been away from work off and on for treatments. I prefer not to think about the months since last fall when he became…

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    It's A Batten Down the Lawn Furniture Kind of Day

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 20, 2014

    You know you live in Kansas when the National Weather Service issues a hazardous weather warning for high winds and suggests you batten down the lawn furniture and garbage cans. Much of southern Kansas is experiencing constant winds of 35 to 45 miles per hour and gusts to 60 as I write this. There are six schools in Wichita without power. Most importantly for me, the picnic table on the deck (complete with umbrella) is on it’s side – again. You might wonder why I simply…

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    Christmas Comes and Goes, But Memories Are Forever

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on December 28, 2013

    Has anybody else noticed that time goes faster and faster the older you get? My 6-year-old grandson just said, “Grandma, you know what? It is 363 days until next Christmas. If I got a calendar big enough to hold all the days, how tall would it be?” When I was his age, it seemed that Christmases were far, far apart. Now, I think that maybe 363 days is enough time to actually get everything done if I start right now. I have to admit that Christmas is my absolutely favorite time of…

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    Teaching Kids About Ag, Livestock Is Reward of Its Own

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on December 12, 2013

    One of the great things about being editor of Kansas Farmer is the opportunity to take my “city kid” grandchildren along  when a trip promises to offer some excellent education about Kansas agriculture. This week, I took Jaime, almost 9, and Michele, just-turned 8, on a trip to see a feedyard, meet some top-notch FFA leaders, visit a dairy and make a stop to check on cotton harvest – two days of education about some pretty diverse aspects of Kansas agriculture. Going…

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    This Grandma Has No Shortage of Things to Be Thankful For

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on December 2, 2013

    There is a time when the right thing to do is just slow down and enjoy the moments. I say moments, plural, because my Thanksgiving weekend was blessed with so very many of them. I am still tucking the memories away so I can pull them out and relive them when life gets stressful and problems seem to pile up. Holidays are always BIG around our house because our family is big. Sunday dinner with just the kids and grandkids is dinner for 16. Throw in the other grandparents, a few friends with no…

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