Wednesday, October 31, 2012


This marshmallow peep and I are wishing you a very safe Halloween.  

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

To Get You In The Mood

Round about the cauldron go
In the poison'd entrails throw
Toad that under cold stone
Days and nights hast thirty one
Swelter'd venom sleeping got
Boil though first i charmed pot

Double, double, toil and trouble,
Fire burn and cauldron bubble. 

Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake ;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind worm sting ,
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double, toil and trouble, 
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.  

Three Witches from Macbeth 
William Shakespeare  

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Plowin' It Old School Style

What do you do on a dreary, cold Saturday morning? If you live in Smalltownland, you pack up the family and create a little campsite next to the creek. bring the mules with you. 

I had the pleasure of accidentally running up on this family activity yesterday afternoon. 

A stretch of bottom land, next to a creek, was being plowed by several gentlemen.  Gentlemen who have been schooled to plow the old way and work to keep the skill alive. 

I had the pleasure of speaking with Vernon, the gentleman in this photograph.  He stopped his team and introduced himself. 

I was impressed with both Vernon and his team of mules.  Both possessed a complete collection of southern manners.  The mules heeded each and every relaxed, quiet command that Vernon uttered.  Each movement was made with grace and confidence.  

And to think I almost didn't turn my vehicle around to photograph all of this AND meet such a kind person.


Friday, October 26, 2012

Strive to be First

"Strive to be first:  first to nod, first to smile, first to compliment, and first to forgive."  

Author Unknown 

Wishing each of you the best as you strive forward into your weekend.  

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thoughtful Thursday

Sharing two photos today that I unearthed from my travel archives.  These barns, flattened by years of strong wind, were located in Colorado.  

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Family History with a Twist

On Saturday morning I rolled out of the house to run some errands. On my way I dropped Secret Agent Man off along the side of a winding country road. Standard pathways out in our end of the county. When I arrived back home Secret Agent Man was waiting for me....told me to hurry up....he had something to show me. 

 Now, before I begin this tale, you should know that he relayed this same line to me a few years ago and drove me out to dig a rusty, old milk can out of a ditch. Yes, I still have the milk can. 

So, I hopped into our Suburban and off we drove, to a hillside about five minutes away from our house and the grave site of one of my ancestors.  You see, I am lucky enough to have an archaeologist as a relative.  A retired archaeologist who devotes his time to not only researching/writing books on our family history, but literally digging it up as well.  Mr. P, (the archaeologist), wrote a book about James Monay/Money Sr., and located his grave in our county.  James Monay had his last name, "Americanized", and locally it is spelled/pronounced, "Money". 

In his quest to provide a proper grave site for James Monay/Money Sr., he accidentally unearthed a collection of children's graves.  While out running my husband saw Mr. P working up on the hill and went over to have a chat. 

And, what a chat it turned out to be.  It seems there was a yellow fever outbreak in our county in the early fall of 1822.  Documented only  in our state capital city of Frankfort, it is a relatively unknown piece of history locally. 

 Each grave has been measured and marked by Mr. P.  He has identified that some graves have as many as three children buried side by side.  He took the time to explain about the different levels of soil, how he measured the graves, and how he determined the number of  children that were in each.  He also explained that during such an outbreak of disease, that coffins would not have been utilized, thus the narrow graves. 

He also discussed how he has been out at different times during the solstice/seasons to measure how the graves are pointing in reference to direction. 

I left in awe and truthfully a bit speechless.  So much history literally at my backdoor.  

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Four C's

Today I give you the Four C's of my country life.



Country Roads......

and Combines....

"The simplest things are often the truest." 

Robert Bach 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Walk into my Parlor

"Will you walk into my parlor?"  said a spider to a fly. 

"Tis the prettiest little parlor,

that you ever did spy." 

The artistry of a common grass spider makes the word common sound so inadequate. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

And So It Finally Happened

And so it finally happened.... 

on a sunny October afternoon. 

I took to my apiary to trim the grass from around the bee hive. 

Who knew that bees weren't into giant, human powered lawn shears. 

Four crazy bees and two stings later.....I survived to find that a truly magical rainbow had appeared, out of literally nowhere, to wash the curse words out of my mouth. 

The end.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Shooter Style

Yesterday found us hanging out at a trap shoot for a good part of the day. For those of you unfamiliar with this sport, I am guessing that you might think it is all farm boys and pick up trucks. Oh....not so. As evidenced here by this fabulous little ride. 

Though, we did have some camouflage.....

the color pink did rule the day just a bit. 

These ladies were letting their pink style really shine through. 

We even had a little Garden & Gun style busting out!  Really my personal favorite. 

All in all a good day with the team making a great show in competition.  Mix in some good barbeque and time with the family.  

Does it get any better? 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Some Luck

"Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known".

Garrison Keillor

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thoughtful Thursday

Not even a surprise sun spot can dampen my enthusiasm for the view from my front porch. 

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Fine Lady

I will be spending time with family for the next couple of days honoring this fine lady known as my grandmother.  Born in 1916 she lived through so much history and set a wonderful example for all of us to follow.

I wrote a bit about her life, just a few months ago.  You can read about it here.  

Our dear Bird will truly be missed.  

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Just To See You Smile....

There really is nothing quite like living in the Southern States. On one hand it really is just a geographical location, but really it is a whole different frame of mind. Top that off with living in a small town and you have a mix of things that can be indescribable. 

Take, for instance, this weekend. Secret Agent Man and myself actually went out, WITHOUT THE CHILDREN. Seriously, this never happens. We drove to a neighboring historical town and we had a fabulous lunch. I made him go into an antique mall and then he drug me through a gun store....complete with a box of live crickets. It was an awesome day. 

 And then, we have the icing on the proverbial cake.

A camouflage coke machine. Seriously. 

 Who thought of such a thing?!

And then we have this photo, taken from the side of the road.  

Out of odor? 

Both of these things leave me just a tad bit speechless.  

"The South is more real than the rest of the country.  It has lived through more. "  

Phillip Martin 
Arkansas Democrat - Gazette 


Friday, October 5, 2012


This week I have had time.  Time to read more books, watch movies, bake, cook, take walks, drive my kids around, and even sleep.  

Having extra time can make me almost giddy. 

There has been more time for taking photos of ancient farmhouses, just down the road from my own ancient farmhouse.  

More time for baking a batch of cookies that my daughter described as, "a little piece of heaven in her mouth." 

More time for trying new recipes and making messes in the kitchen. 

More time for walks and checking out the flowers along the way. 

I even think I am going to squeeze in a trip to an historical town tomorrow.  

"I must govern the clock, not be governed by it." 

Gold Meir 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thoughtful Thursday

A small town church serving a community out in the county. 

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

An Autumnal Face

"No Spring or summer beauty....


hath such grace

As I have seen in one

Autumnal face." 

John Donne 
Elegy IX - The Autumnal