Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Little of This and a Little of That



Sharing a bit of color from the archives today.  We continue with the cloudy, cold, and dreary weather.  This week just confirms that I would not be a good candidate for living in Seattle.  

If you need a good belly laugh today, and who doesn't, check out these fine Southern Ladies.  They just might lay a few chuckle-worthy sayings on you.  

I don't really blog about work, but I will say that I have started using these in my 2nd grade classroom this week.  It has been interesting thus far :) 

If you like making products from scratch, then you need to check out this lady.  I have made a batch of the fabric softener and it has worked out great.  Much cheaper than regular store-bought.  

Several pre-teen girls will be spending the night at the farmette this evening.  

Y'all pray for me now....ye hear? 




Thoughtful Thursday


Ran across this delicate specimen here on the farmette.  Although it made me think of Queen Anne's Lace, I am not really so sure.  

"Little deeds are like little seeds, they grow to flowers or to weeds." 

Daniel D. Palmer 


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Just Do It Anyway


I already know what you are thinking.  

You shouldn't eat it..... 
It isn't on your diet.......  
Too many calories....... 



But, just do it anyway.  

Bake the brownies, make the frosting, assemble the concoction and take it to a friend.  
Pass them out at work.
Give them to your children or grandchildren.   
Spread a little happiness. 

"Happiness is not something ready made.  It comes from your own actions."  

The Dalai Lama 


Sunday, February 24, 2013

A Bit Early




Yesterday's adventures had me on a walk around the farmette.  Down the steep hillside to the springs that flow freely.  





I was on a quest for fresh air and sunshine, both of which I found in abundance.  


A certain nosy dog could not resist the fresh water available, though I did not partake.  



I did spy some green and it wasn't just the plentiful moss.  The March Lilies, as they are commonly known in Smalltownland, are already in bloom.  A bit early, but always nice to see. 



Closer to our ancient farmhouse I spied the tiniest of buds on the pear trees.  



My calendar tells me that spring is officially set for March the 20th.  However, it looks like Mother Nature has a bit of a head start.  


Friday, February 22, 2013

We Wish It Well



"To read the papers and listen to the news....one would think the country is in terrible trouble.  You do not get that impression when you travel the back roads and the small towns do care about their country and wish it well."  

Charles Kuralt 

Many, many thanks to all of you who take time out of your day to read what I see fit to publish.  This marks my 1,000 post here on It's a Small Town Life.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Thoughtful Thursday



It's all business in the front and....




party stand really still in the back.  



Linking up with....


Rurality Blog Hop #3


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Series of Decay



Beauty comes in all forms and not just when it is fresh.  



Fading color and wrinkled petals 


both make for charm 



in their own way. 

"If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for a moment."  

Georgia O'Keefe 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Linking to President Lincoln



My farm resides quite close to the property of a one Thomas Lincoln, father of Abraham Lincoln.  Back in the day Thomas' farm was known as Sinking Springs Farm and is now a National Park not thirty minutes from my front door.  As the crow flies it is even closer.  This is the property where Abraham was born and he lived in the area, on adjoining property, until the age of seven.  

Not even ten minutes away is a community where Mentor Graham was born.  He is the gentleman who gave Abraham Lincoln all of the formal schooling that he ever received, in Salem, Illinois.  

By the time Abraham was born, Thomas owned two - six hundred acre farms in this area.  Interesting to wonder if he and Abraham, as a very young boy, ever ventured our way.  Thomas eventually lost all of his property due to faulty property titles.  At that point the family moved to Indiana and later to Illinois.  

Strange, and wonderful, how we all become intertwined in history.  

Sometimes even right at our back door.

Small thoughts on this President's Day.




Sunday, February 17, 2013

Just Another Small Town Tale

Once upon a time, many years ago, I moved here to Smalltownland.  Initially it was quite a shock.  Not only did I have to acclimate to an entirely different process of  daily life thought, I had to do the usual things.  You know, find a new doctor, new favorite grocery store, new life routine, etc...  

Though I was having mixed feelings about my new life transition, I dove into getting things in order.  After all, I had a one year old son to take care of and a job to find.  I needed to get it together.  

So, off I went to get my prescriptions transferred at the local pharmacy.  The pharmacist was incredibly friendly as he, and everyone else, knew that Secret Agent Man and I had just moved back to Smalltownland.  He told me he would get everything taken care of for me and not to worry one bit!  

How refreshing....




The following day I drove into the parking lot and the pharmacist waved at me from the opposite side of said lot....in his pick up truck no less.  He rolled down his window and yelled, at the top of his lungs, across the lot, which might I say was FULL of small town people. 

"Hey Michelle!!!!  You know those birth control pills you was lookin' for?!!!!  We ain't got 'em here!  I called the Kroger and you can go pick them up there!"  

Total and utter mortification on my part.  What about that whole confidentiality thing?! 

Just in case anyone within a ten mile radius was wondering if we were planning on adding to our family anytime soon, now they knew the truth.  

Small Town Lesson #1:  EVERYONE knows your business, even if you don't want them to.  




Friday, February 15, 2013

Thank Goodness It's Friday



"Middle age is when you are sitting home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn't for you."  

Ogden Nash 

Wishing all of you a peaceful weekend.  

Michelle 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Thoughtful Thursday

Things I love..... 

 Girls who play softball.....





Boys who climb to the top....



American Gothic in all of its complimentary forms....



Small town football Homecoming courts.....




A man who knows how to pack a Suburban.....




Boat builders who can get it done in a weekend.....





And maybe, just maybe an old barn or two.......




Wishing you, and all of the wonderful people you love, a very happy Valentine's Day.  


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Gobble, Gobble

Most of the time I think things around Smalltownland are pretty mundane. I mean, it has its charm, but it really is a quiet little hamlet out in the middle of nowhere. Now....when you start roaming around out in the countryside is when things can really get interesting. 

 Take this past weekend, for example. I drove to the opposite end of our county to drop my daughter off for a sleepover. Really a beautiful area that I don't get to very often. I took my time and snapped a few pictures along the way. Then, I pulled over to the side of the road looking at an old shed wondering why someone would have a turkey decoy sitting on the roof.




Sometimes I am such a city-simpleton. 


Secret Agent Man was only too glad to inform me that turkey decoys do not have their feathers fluffed.  I do believe he said that with a smile on his face.  

And yes, some country boys drove by me in their pick-up truck, no doubt wondering why I was taking pictures of some old turkey.  


Sunday, February 10, 2013

A Simple Barn Quilt

These past few years, barn quilts have become pretty common place around Kentucky.


We are one of several states that have quilt trails where people can spectate the phenomenon known as,  The Quilt Trail.  



Immigrants from Germany, Austria, and The Netherlands have been decorating their barns for around 300 years.  Maybe it is not a new thing entirely, but it certainly has risen in popularity.  


I snapped a picture of this lone beauty while out driving in the northern end of our county yesterday. This barn is my favorite in our county.  It stand alone in a field looking rather majestic.    

It has given me Barn Quilt Fever.  





Friday, February 8, 2013

The Week in Review



The sun is shining and the clouds have passed.  That should be news enough, but there is more.  

Tuesday night spent with The Punch Brothers at the historic Brown Theater , in the big city, was an event that will not soon be forgotten.  

I am now too old to stay up late in the big city, travel back home, and make it to work the following day.  

I need a few of his signs. 

No mail on Saturdays at the farmette.  This equals sadness for me.  I love rural mail delivery. 

Best hair product ever.  Just sayin'.  

Anything to add?  Anyone....Bueller?  




Thursday, February 7, 2013

Thoughtful Thursday



Currently this Smalltownland icon is for sale.  Located within the historic town square, it has been dispensing home items for many a year.  It also houses a small collection of gentleman farmers who spend quality time together swapping stories.  

Fair warning ~ the building is just a lopsided as it appears in this crazy photograph.  

"A small town is where everyone knows whose check is good and whose husband is not."  

Sid Ascher 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Girls Are Back in Town

Just a few days ago a new group of very lovely ladies arrived here on the farmette.


They could barely contain their excitement as I went out to greet them.  



They were much more interested in the hay than anything else that was going on around them. 




But, they couldn't resist throwing in a pose for the camera.  



They are of the female persuasion, after all.  

"Some people are uncomfortable with the idea that humans belong to the same class of animals as cats and cows and raccoons.  They are like the people who become successful and then don't want to be reminded of the old neighborhood."  

Phil Donahue 



Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sweet Surprise

The whole science of Meteorology seems so very fraught with errors.

Twice, this past week, we have been under a winter weather advisory.  Twice the predictions have been wrong.  




Then, without warning, I woke up this morning to a delightful dusting of snow. 



I had to slip on Secret Agent Man's boots and have a spin around the farm.  



The Lady of the Yard is enjoying the peacefulness of the snow. 


So is the Lady of the House.  





Friday, February 1, 2013

The True Secret



"The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life." 

William Morris