Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year

Taking a moment, this morning, before 2014 sets in to reflect upon life this past year.  

I hope you all remember those moments of beauty......

and those moments of rust.  

Those times of surprise when you walked out the front door.  

I hope you recall your own moments of sheer grace in those unexpected times of life.  

And, mostly, I hope you appreciate the everyday circumstances of your own life.  For it really is the enjoyment of the small things that makes for a life well lived.  

Wishing all of you out there the very best of 2014.  Thank you for taking time out of your day to read about my humble, farmy kind of life.  

Happy New Year!!!!!  

Sunday, December 29, 2013

O' To Be a Squirrel

"If I were a squirrel, this is where I would live."  

Words of my husband....

Last weekend, while we were enjoying the sublime Florida climate at my parent's house, we took a walk at a local nature trail.  

I was hoping to see birds, but it was eerily quiet.  Instead we saw a few squirrels darting around the woods.  

My husband proclaimed the area, "squirrel heaven", and I suppose he was right.  

Food, freedom, and friends reign in the woods.  

"You can't be friends with a squirrel!  A squirrel is just a rat with a cuter outfit!"  

Sarah Jessica Parker  

Friday, December 27, 2013

Random Five Friday

Yet another old house in the Smalltownland vicinity.  Taken through the windshield, this shot certainly doesn't do it justice.  

I am not much of a sports fan, but I must admit that I like watching Highly Questionable, on ESPN2.  Love you Papi!  

For all you Rolling Stones fans out there, they have been nominated for a Grammy for best rock song 2013.  You can check out their work right here.  

Hesper, at Prairie Rose, gifted my with the most amazing set of tea, socks, and Badger Balm products to help me get through the winter.  

If you need something a bit more mellow than The Rolling Stones, then I suggest you check out this trio.  True talent!!  Thanks Dad for the link!

Linking up with Nancy......

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Thankful Thursday

Sir Bert, my brother's cat.

Thankful this week for time in Florida with my family, safe travels, and the ability to make an easy exchange because Santa didn't pay attention in the first place.....

I will be catching up with everyone in the next couple of days!  

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

I have been out of the blog loop for a few days while I enjoyed some time with my family.  So much to be thankful for this year!  A recovering father, healthy children, and a farmy kind of life, round out my list.  Best wishes to you, and yours, for a very Merry Christmas.  

Friday, December 20, 2013

Random Five Friday

I did it.  I finally got a photo of the life-sized plastic snowman in the back of this gentleman's truck.  I have watched him drive around Smalltownland for a number of years and never snapped a picture.  Thanks go out to my daughter for taking this picture with my cell phone.  

Although this house is not in the warm climate that I often fantasize of, I could still see myself living in it. 

Our weather keeps making wild swings from toe numbing cold to approaching the seventy degree mark.  

I discussed The Nutcracker with my class this week and showed them the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.  Their faces were awestruck as she danced around the stage.  

These celebrities in classic works of art are worth a preview, as they will certainly give you a chuckle today.  

Linking up with Nancy today, who is back from her hiatus!  

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Thankful Thursday

A Christmas wish displayed on my Hoosier Cabinet.

Today I am thankful for Christmas Break!  (I mean really thankful.)  I am also thankful for time......time to read late into the night, time to spend with my family, and time for walks on the farmette.  

"Time you enjoy wasting, is not wasted time."  

Martha Troly-Curtin 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Wind is Chill

Heap on the wood!  
The wind is chill; 
But, let it whistle as it will, 
We'll keep our Christmas merry still. 

Sir Walter Scott  

Sunday, December 15, 2013


"Friendly cashiers and 
sweet overhead music, 
short check-out lines and 
uncrowded aisles" 

"These are a few of my favorite shopping things"

My apologies to Julie Andrews....

I did survive my shopping adventure.  Though I enjoy time with my daughter, shopping is not something I like to do anymore.  

Not for Christmas gifts, groceries, or any sort of thing.  

We did score this fine gingerbread house kit and my daughter spent some time putting her artistic stamp on it.  
Now onward with gift wrapping, Christmas card mailing, caroling, family dinners, exchanging of gifts, etc......

I am tired already.  

Friday, December 13, 2013

Random Five Friday

This is a frosty view on my way to work.  Just a couple of minutes from my old farmhouse, it proves to me how lucky I am to live in the country. 

Southwestern Vegetable Soup was for supper this past week.  If you like Chili's version, then you will like this one.  

Gift ideas for the book lovers on your list right here.

Or, perhaps the person on the gift receiving end would like this sugar chest instead.  I know I would....

Christmas shopping with my daughter this afternoon.  Y'all say a prayer for me......

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for English Pointers who pose for Christmas cards, wood stoves to keep out the chill, and hot, hot coffee. 

"Dogs are our link to paradise.  They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent.  To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace."  

Milan Kundera 

Linking up with Madge today......

Rurality Blog Hop #43

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Jack Frost

Jack Frost used a heavy hand on Sunday, here at the farmette.  

A light, freezing rain coated everything in sight.  

Even the forgotten apple couldn't escape nature's icy touch.  

Though we awoke to ice, it didn't slow down too much activity around Smalltownland.  

As we progressed through the day the ice melted and rain washed it all away.  

"Life is only a flicker of melted ice."

Dejan Stojanovic 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

It Never Fails

There are times when my husband travels for business.  This has been going on since the dawn of time, so it is quite typical in our household.  


It never fails that when he leaves the state, something happens at the farmette.  Be it sick kids, runaway cows, dead car batteries, it never fails that something happens.  At this point I have just come to expect it.  

So, last week we had made it 'til Wednesday with no event of any kind.  Really, I had been waiting, essentially expecting, something to happen.  I was beginning to think I was off the hook.  

I woke up that morning and went in the kitchen to fetch my cup of coffee and I heard a noise.  A noise at the edge of the refrigerator that could only mean one thing....I had a mouse on a sticky pad.  

Victory was mine.  

But, then I heard another noise.  Something strange and hissing.  And, I took a second look.  The tube that feeds water into the ice maker was stuck on the mouse pad.  When I moved it off the pad water started spraying everywhere.  

That mouse had chewed a hole in the line.  

Although the mess was cleaned up in due time and I repaired the line when I came home from work, I learned one important thing.....

Mouse Karma is real.  

Friday, December 6, 2013

Random Five Friday

With this photo I am recalling the boiling hot times spent in the desert, all the while temperatures outside are  plummeting to the thirty degree mark.    Good Times!  

I teach 2nd grade and during my career I have had students call me, Mom, by mistake.  This week was the first time a student called me, Granny.  It was funny, mildly disturbing, and sweet all at the same time.  

Societies on the brink of extinction are the subject of Jimmy Nelson's photography.  His work can be viewed here.  

These Snickerdoodle Blondies will be making their debut at the farmette this weekend.  

Several of you have asked if we eat the wild game my son and husband bring home.  The answer is yes, as we don't feel right about wasting an animal that has been taken during a hunt.  I would like to tell you that I am an expert wild game chef, but maybe the rabbit pie didn't turn out quite as good as I had hoped.  

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for daughters who like to decorate Christmas trees, mousetraps, and unseasonably warm days. 

"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.  If you concentrate on what you don't have you will never, ever have enough."  

Oprah Winfrey 

Linking up today with Madge.....

Rurality Blog Hop #42

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Suzy Snowflake

This snowy shot, taken a couple of years ago near our farm, is something that just might happen here later this week.  

I am all for it.  

As long as it doesn't cancel school.  

This teacher can't be working come June.  Let's not get crazy.  

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Spirit of the Season

My vintage, aluminum, tabletop pom-pom Christmas tree.

The first of December is upon us, ladies and gentleman.  

Just how are you showing, and sharing your Christmas spirit?  I confess that the stress of the season often dilutes my spirit, but while on an errand this morning I spotted the gentleman with the most holiday spirit in this town.  

He drives around with a life-sized Frosty the Snowman in the back of his pick-up truck.  

Yes, he does.  

It is my quest, this season, to capture this on film.  Seeing him never fails to bring a smile to my face.  

"I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month."  

Harlan Miller