Friday, June 29, 2012

Heat Makes You Do Strange Things

Well.....it's hot. I am sure that is not a newsflash for anyone even remotely close to my fine state of Kentucky. Temps are well above the 100 degree mark and will stay that way past the weekend.  Sir Charles has taken to resting on the loveseat....in extreme comfort as you can see. 



The bees have been hanging out on their front porch in the evenings. 




Me?.....Well, I have been scheming with my camera, as usual.  Here is a fine portrait of me and Secret Agent Man in front of our ancient farmhouse. 




I had my son snap this pic and he pronounced it to be ridiculous.  I think I might have to frame it. 

BTW, I think the tractor contraption from Thoughtless Thursday is a sprayer and, as far as I could tell, it was being used in the adjoining field.  Rusty tractors....a thing of beauty forever.

 


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Decorative Greenhouse Project

On a small side porch off of this old house, sits my mini greenhouse. Purely decorative, it will soon hold blossoming flowers. I will make sure it is filled with color.  I found six large, old windows at an antiques store in Smalltownland, but you could find your at salvage stores, flea markets, etc....



Constructed with old windows, it is a project that anyone can build.  The six windows MUST be the same size.  They can all be very small, medium, or large, it really doesn't matter.  I used "L" bracket to hold the base together and my husband used long screws to attach the, "roof".  Other options would be to put feet on the bottom or, as a friend did, build a small deck as the greenhouse base, for it to sit on.  She moves her mini greenhouse around her farm.  Mine will sit right here on the side of the house. 


I am also thinking of building a small one with some old tin for roofing. 


And, now on to other pressing news.....




I pulled Inger's name out of my Krispy Kreme Hat this morning as the winner of my book giveaway.  

Inger, just e-mail me with your address and I will get it out to you tout de suite!  


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Heart to Heart, Hand in Paw

"Earlier that morning, she'd had a home.  But now, all that was left on the property was a dog.  Luanne could see him sitting there all alone as her husband urged the old station wagon up the grassy hill with no driveway.  A fall storm might enough to rip the sheets off the line had kicked up and the blue nylon pup tent they'd been living in was gone.  Luanne thought about that for a moment, but when you've been through a lot, a tent seemed insignificant.  In truth, she was more concerned about the dog."  

So begins Peggy Frezon's latest publication, Heart to Heart, Hand in Paw - How One Woman Finds Faith and Hope through the Healing Love of Animals.   Peggy shares the story of her mother, Luanne, as she plows through her dream of living in Vermont and enjoying a simple life.  Dealing with neurotic animals, daily struggles, and country life mishaps, Luanne sticks with her dream to live the life she has envisioned. 

If you are an animal lover, like me, then you will certainly enjoy this book.  It also encompasses that quintessential dream of living the country life.  I think more people share this specific dream than might care to admit.  Peggy has a unique talent of connecting with readers as she writes about that wonderful bond  between people and animals.  

I would like to share this book, that Peggy sent me, with one of my readers.  If you would like to receive a copy to read, just leave me a comment telling me your favorite thing about country life.  As you live it, or imagine it! 

I will announce a winner on Tuesday! 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Lazy Morning

Ahhhhh.....this morning there was nothing to wake up for. No early football practice nor any early basket ball practice. Just a slow wake up with some coffee and a nice long walk to start the day. I did, eventually, have to make a quick trip to, "town".

 I found this barn with one lonely hay roll on my small country road. 



This lovely barn duo is at the intersection of a small highway and my little country road. 




Finally, I made it back to the farmette.  One of the ladies in the yard greeted me upon my arrival. 



"Living in a small town....is like living in a large family with uncongenial relations.  Sometimes it's fun, and sometimes it's perfectly awful, but it's always good for you.  People in large towns are like only children." 

Joyce Dennys, Henrietta Sees It Through:  More News From the Home Front
1942-1945



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Centerfolds


In case you don't have a garden of your own, I wanted to make sure that you received your daily dose of garden porn  wholesome photography. 




You know, in the garden, a dirty hoe is a happy hoe....



Gardens are really the seedy part of town....


Plants grow by inches, but are destroyed by feet....




This plot is sometimes referred to as the Garden of Weedin'. 




Just remember that if you ever come to visit me that.....



all trespassers will be composted. 

Peace Out




Sunday, June 17, 2012

Queen Anne's Lace


It is about to overtake our farmette.



Typically flowering from June until August, this biennial plant springs up anywhere it takes a notion. 



Secret Agent Man calls it a weed, but I think it is a beautiful flower. 





"A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows." 

Doug Larson  

Friday, June 15, 2012

Wupatki Pueblo


On our last day in Arizona, we visited my favorite place, the Wupatki Pueblo.  First described in 1851 by Lorenzo Sitgreaves, Wupatki is thought to have been started in the 1100's.  A large influx of people moved into the area after the eruption of the Sunset Crater, between 1040-1100.   This volcanic eruption blanketed the area with ash, thus improving the agricultural conditions.  During its heyday, Wupatki Pueblo housed up to 100 people. 



A kiva still remains at this site. Kiva structures were either above, or underground rooms used for ceremonial purposes, in the pueblo culture.  



The rooms still showed where fires would have been placed and food stored. 




This picture shows the remains of the ball court.  Used for games and sport, I can tell you that it was a pretty interesting feeling to walk into the court and stand in the middle. 






Although this last shot seems quite unglamourous, it really is a unique geological feature.  This stone square houses a blowhole.  Perfectly cooled air flows straight out of this hole in the ground.  The Sinagua, descendants of the Hopi at Wupatki, did not use this for any type of heat relief.  Instead, it was likely that they viewed this as sacred area. 


During our visit we ventured to the nearby Wukoki pueblo where we were able to wander in and out of very small pueblo rooms.  While in one room we were caught in a wild dust devil created by a strong wind that blew out of nowhere.  

Nearby historical/archaeological markers informed us that one had to be invited to enter a family's pueblo. My daughter told us we had not been invited and we needed to leave. 

There you have it.   

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Cathedral Rock Trail

While in Arizona, we devoted a bit of our time to the city of Sedona.   Noted as a center for new age thinking, it also has some stunning views. Secret Agent Man had already staked out the Cathedral Rock Trail well before we arrived. At only 1.5 miles, round trip, it really isn't that long. However, it is quite steep. It takes you into the saddles, or gaps, in between Cathedral Rock. 



This part of the hike is not the steepest section.  At that point the last thing I was worried about was taking a picture.....


I did meet a little friend along the way.  He was soaking up some sun.  We did come across some people meditating on this trail.  It is noted for the power emanating from the earth in the form of vortexesThere are four vortexes in the Sedona area and one located in the Cathedral Rock area. 




Almost to the top.......





and we made it! 




Really a spectacular view and worth all of the sweat.  


Sunday, June 10, 2012

I've Been Gone....

This past week I have hardly been in cyberspace at all. The family and I took a trip to Arizona and put many a mile on the rental car. It was fabulous. 


View from Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona

We did some hiking trails that afforded us some spectacular views. 


Grand Canyon


We visited ancient mining towns, pueblo ruins, and viewed Saturn at the Lowell Observatory.  We even spent a little time on Route 66. 



Wupatki Pueblo Ruins


So, today I am back at the farmette with a pile of laundry, exhausted kids, and MANY pictures to work through.  

Looking forward to checking in with all of you soon. 

Life is Good!  




Friday, June 8, 2012

Enjoy Your Own Roses


"We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today." 

Dale Carnegie

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Redneck Ingenuity

Redneck....it is a word with so many connotations. And, those connotations rage from really bad, to quite good. It all started in Scotland in the 1640's. People who rejected rule by bishops wore red cloths around their necks to signify their position. This term has also been used to denote poor white farmers in the South who had a political faction inside the Democratic Party, in the early 1900's. Also known as the, "wool hat boys", because they opposed rich men who wore expensive suits. 

Yes, it has been an historically derogatory term. Most folks identify it with unsavory individuals with poor manners, low social position, and....well....indelicate behavior. I'll just put it that way. 

However, these days it has taken on whole new view. With comedians and actors alike showcasing life in the South, it has come to mean individuals who do the best they can with what they have. They live life independently with strong opinions and equally strong religious beliefs. 



So, today I would like to salute what it means to do the best you can with what you have.  I give you, the lowly clothes hanger.  Curved into my own creative tool, it has unclogged drains, cleaned out the lint trap on the clothes dryer, and removed a large bird nest from a house vent.  

Bless their feathered hearts....I had to do it. 



The clothes hanger comes in first by only an incredibly slim margin.  I mean, let us not overlook the obvious redneck uses of duct tape.  A little piece of chewed gum and some duct tape have saved me from a large pool hose leak, until I could make the 25-minute trip to, "town". 

You do what you have when you live out on a farmette....redneck or not.  


Sunday, June 3, 2012

Enjoying Sunday

A nice surprise on a lazy Sunday afternoon is this wren nest with a couple of eggs in it. This has happened before on our front porch with poor results. I am not sure what attacks the baby birds after they hatch, but thus far there has not been success. Here is hoping for better results this go around. 



The tomato plants seem to be turning into bushes.  They are growing quickly on the straw bales and do have tomatoes on them.  Hopefully next weekend I will be eating the fruits of their tomato growing labors. 



Then there are the bees.  What can I say, except that I adore them.  Their work ethic is intense and amazes me to no end.  Today I stepped on one whilst running around the yard in flip-flops.  Yes, I did get stung.  It was inevitable. 




Zucchini  and Kohlrabi were gathered for tonight's supper.  Along with fresh lettuce and Swiss Chard.


Nothing like the farmette on a Sunday afternoon.  

"Be present - it is the only moment that matters." 

Peaceful Warrior  

Friday, June 1, 2012

Shots From My Week

No rhyme or reason here today.  These shots were taken of random subjects this week.  Just some playing around with the camera!  My thoughts are just as random....




Doc Watson, noted Folk Musician, passed away this week.  If you are not familiar with him, I encourage you to check out his talent and awesome contributions to our music world, here. 




My friend, Southern Fried Momma, sent me this link for some fun, sassy, southern shopping. 





Bees, gardening, and hanging clothes out on the line have been making me happy this week. 





How about you?  

Share some of your happiness.