Sunday, June 29, 2008

Crossing the footbridge




Here in smalltownland we have a unique piece of architecture. A footbridge provides crossing over a steep valley. It connects the town square to the old train depot. When it was built, it cost the city $4,500. That was all the way back in 1928. At its highest point it is 40 feet high and it is 445 feet long. It has a wooden plank walkway and you can see through the plank when you walk across. Sometimes, when a lot of people are on the bridge, it feels a little shaky. That gives the Deerslayer a case of the "willies". It is 5 feet wide and, as you can see, it does have fencing along the sides. Suspension footbridges are more common in the eastern part of our state, thus it is a unique part of our town. When the holidays roll around the city strings lights along each side of the bridge.

Revised recipe


My dad, a.k.a. Mr. B., called today to let me know that my recipe for garden pests needs to be revised. The ingredients need to be added to 2 quarts of water and then they should sit overnight. Next, strain the liquid and put in a spray bottle. Mist on plants to deter pests.

Mr. B., this means that I expect you to be using this recipe when I come to visit.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Summer


I love summer! Summer is hot.

It's sun and shade.

It's water to wade.

It's frogs and bugs.

It's grass for rugs.

It's eating outside.

It's a tree-swing ride.

It's tomatoes and corn.

It's dew in the morn.

It's dogs and boys,

and lots of noise.

It's a hot sunny sky.

It's summer. That's why....

I love summer.


Frank Asch

Friday, June 27, 2008

Shhhhhhh.....





Shhhhhh....let's be very, very quiet. Here we find the Deerslayer practicing his trap shooting skills. He is utilizing all of the concentration he can muster to hit each target. His team has been practicing everyday in preparation for the annual state competition. I had to be sneaky during practice and take these pictures. He does not want his mom embarrassing him.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

For all you gardeners out there!


If you have ever been annoyed at the damage that bugs can do to your flowers, then have I got a recipe for you. This was given to me by a wonderful lady that I work with. She is an excellent gardener, who learned the craft from her mother. She tells me that this recipe really does keep the pests off of your flowers AND it is totally organic.


All Natural Bug Spray


1 small onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1tablespoon Dawn dishwashing liquid


Mix all ingredients and allow to sit overnight. In the morning strain the liquid and place it in a spray mister. Spray on plants to keep those nasty bugs away.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Whew....it's hot.




It is starting to smolder with the heat of summer, here in south central Kentucky. For us, this means more time in the pool and lazing under the ceiling fan. Trying to think of those cold, snowy days (in the not so distant past) might bring my temperature down a little.

A boy.....



The spirit is there in every boy; it has to be discovered and brought to light.


Robert Baden-Powell

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Fun at the county fair





Here in smalltownland we still have the typical quaint county fair. It entails pig catching, demolition derbys, cotton candy, horse shows, and beauty pagents. For my son and daughter, it is a total kidfest.

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!




Here at the farm we have received a shipment of new baby chicks. My friend, Southerfriedmomma, sent them to the farm. All thirty of the chicks, that were ordered, are female Polish breed chickens. They are in various colors and they all have the cutest puffy cotton ball fluff on the top of their heads. We did get a surprise in the shipment. Five Red Star Males were added in for "warmth". We can't wait to have a rooster out on the fencepost crowing to wake us up. We also have some other chickens in the henhouse that are about 4-5 weeks old. They are finding the new chicks quite interesting.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

We have art here too, you know....



In the past few years our small town has been part of a state wide project to bring small towns back to life. We still have a town square with the original courthouse in the center. Next to our local library there used to be a blank wall. A wonderful local artist has painted scenes that are stunning. The photos cannot do them justice and up close the detail is amazing.

For the love of dogs


If you don't have a dog....get one immediately. Here at the farm we have four. Now, that may seem like a lot and when buying dog food it is. But, they share their love and kindness with us daily. Sometimes, they even leave us a gift on the front porch. Like...you know a dead mole or something. They each work their job at the farm. My Border Collie herds up the cows, my Australian Shepherd follows me around the farm as my protector, my Jack Russell provides warning barks at any sign of coyotes, and our oldest Border Collie shows us daily what it is to have patience and how to nap.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Maker's Mark





Our great state of Kentucky is really known for two things......horse racing and bourbon. Although, I think that some of our more prominent religious affiliations would prefere that we were known for milk and parcheesi. Today our family took a trip to the Maker's Mark Distillery, located in Loretto, Kentucky. Set in a beautiful location, the distillery makes its bourbon according to some very strict standards. The bottles are sealed with the traditional red wax coating. If you are the Queen of Nice they will let you dip your own bottle after the tour.

Ahhhh....religion


In the south people take their religious affiliation seriously. Especially the going to hell part. While at the fair talent show last night this gentlemen appeared. He walked silently through the crowd, making his point. I can assure you that everyone took notice.

A day at the farm





Actually, it was a day at Abraham Lincoln's farm. Every summer we go to Lincoln's farm. It is just a short drive from our own farm. A favorite part of the farm is the natural spring. Back in the day, it was an important boundary marking. When I came here as a young girl, you could throw in a penny and make a wish. I just know that is how I came to own that new bike...

Friday, June 20, 2008

It's the Marlboro Man


Here in Kentucky cigarettes are still a part of daily life. Tobacco continues to provide revenue for family farms in our area. While on a day trip to the incredibly small town of Glendale, I ran across this handsome gentlemen on a storefront. I can remember this advertisement as a young girl, but it is not something I run across everyday as an adult. I think he has received a bit of a modern makeover.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Country Sky


Here is one of the very best things about living on this farm in this very small town. Each night the sky gives me a wonderful show. Brilliant colors, just like a paintbrush sweeping across the sky. There are no city noises and no bright lights to diminish the colors. Sure....there is not a Starbucks close by for me to enjoy as well. But, you can't have it all.