Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A View for the Day

"He who conquers others is strong, he who conquers himself is mighty."  

Lao Tzu

A view through an upper story window on our small town square and a brief thought for the day. 

Be well. 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Small Things

Today I am thankful for small things. 

Spring, finally, in all of its forms.  
Trap shooting gone great for the boy.
Softball success for the girl. 

A warm spring week ahead of me. 
An unexpected afternoon at home. 

Grass fed beef in the freezer. 
Time to prepare it.
Supper with my family. 

What small things are you thankful for? 


Friday, April 26, 2013

Random Five Friday

My view through the fence, one evening this week, as my daughter scans a pitch while up to bat. 

Secret Agent Man continues to heal well and has even learned that art of doing laundry with one hand.   Nice. 

A new troop of bees arrive in a couple of weeks and thus the countdown has begun. 

Frost two days this week. *sigh*

My daughter forgot her softball socks one day this week, so I stopped at a smalltownland store and picked her up a pair of "emergency socks".  They were diabetic/circulatory socks.  It was a total fashion statement that helped her hit a game winning home run.

Linking up with....

Nancy at Rural Journal......

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thoughtful Thursday

Lily pads growing in a very large sugar kettle in NOLA.  

Yes, I know what it means to miss New Orleans.....

Linking up with.....

Rurality Blog Hop #12

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Park Perfect

Sunday afternoon found me spending a few hours at a softball park in a neighboring town. 

My girl was practicing, so I ventured to the creek nearby.

Dogwood trees were abundant.

I found myself wishing we had some of these lovely blooms at the farmette. 

Nightly, double header, softball games will have me absent from the blog-o-sphere for a few days.  

Enjoy spring, my friends.  

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Just Another One

Why yes.......yes, it is yet another old, rundown farmhouse. 

On my way to pick up my daughter from a friend's house, I drove right past this old gem.  Currently it appears to be used for storage with the newer farmhouse across the tiny, country road.  As you can see, the family cemetery sits right beside this house.  Complete with some incredibly old headstones and some new ones as well.  

New mixed with old.  


Friday, April 19, 2013

Random Five Friday

The view from my kitchen window on Wednesday morning.  Something must have really been good behind that tree.  

Secret Agent Man had surgery on his shoulder this week.  Yes, from injuries sustained while training for all of his Secret Agent Man stuff.  

I have two new peonies that are in need of planting this weekend. 

Playlist is back!  Just scroll down to the bottom of my blog to turn on the tunes.  Get up out of that chair and dance!  

I cleaned out my closet.  Can I get an Amen?! 

Linking up with Nancy.....

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Thoughtful Thursday

Spring has officially arrived at the farmette.  

 It has been hovering around us for a couple of weeks. 

Teasing us with warm temperatures and green grass. 

Now the Redbud Trees are blooming.  It is official.  

Why are they called Redbuds when they are really pinkish/purple?  

A debate for another post, I suppose.  

Rurality Blog Hop #11

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Good Life

"The good life is a process, not a state of being.  It is a direction, not a destination." 

Carl Rogers 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

These Days are Numbered

It started innocently enough.  A shovel, some dirt, and two girls.

Then, they added water and you know where things went from there. 

Mud pies all in a row. 

Just friends, spending the day together, playing in the mud. 

 And then.....they turned it into a spa day. 

Oh my......

Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday Randoms

Greenwood Cemetery, New Orleans, Lousiana

Friday Randomness

Here goes....

My son now has a driver's permit.  Pray for me.

My daughter made the middle school softball team.

Still trying to teach the parakeet to talk.

Painting two new bee hives this weekend.

Making a list of what to plant in the garden this season.

That's all folks!

Linking up with Nancy.....

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Thoughtful Thursday

Nothing like a Southern front porch.

"I live in New York and it's the greatest city, but sometimes I want to move to the place with the porch and the lemonade and the farm."  

Leelee Sobieski

Linking up with Madge.....

Rurality Blog Hop #10

Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Laura Plantation

By far....for me anyway, the most meaningful thing we did while in the New Orleans area was visit the Laura Plantation. 

A true Creole plantation as founded by the Duparc family.  The Creole plantation houses were distinguishable from the Mississippi river by their bright colors.  White plantation houses were noted to be inhabited by English settlers. 

Front of the raised plantation house.
One notable feature of this family is that is was the women who ran the family sugar cane business through the centuries.  Our tour guide told of one of the early women in the family marrying a French man right off of the boat.  Her business arrangement with him was that she would retain all of her property and business holdings.  She would also take control of his property and business holdings.  What was hers was hers and what was his was to be hers.  She began shipping wine, from his family's vineyard in France, straight to her house next to the Mississippi river.  Old wine bottles are used for garden edging throughout the property. 

The house has retained many family furnishings. 
Family bedroom
The grounds of this home are meticulous. 

French garden given to Laura LoCoul for her birthday. Recreated by the local historical society. 

The house is very, "real".  It is not overdone in any movie type of decorating style.  
Ladies Parlor        Please note the authentic sugar chest in front of the window.
Our guide made special note that we understood that this plantation was run as a family business.  Each, "president", as they called themselves chose their next successor.  Throughout this family's history, women succeeded women.

Family dining room

The plantation still has several slave cabins in existence and were used for housing until the 1970's.  The issue of slavery was addressed during our tour and it was not glossed over.  The Code Noir was discussed as well as their harsh daily schedule. 

Slave quarters
It was in these slave quarters that the Bre'r Rabbit Tales are said to have come about. 

"Retirement" home in the rear of the property.

There is so much to say about this visit, and it truly leaves me at a loss for words,  but if you are really interested in the history, and there is a lot of it, I suggest you visit their website here. 

And, if you are ever in the area, they do also give daily tours in French :)


Rajun' Cajun

One of the best things we did while we were in the New Orleans area was to leave the city and venture out into the surrounding swamps. It sounded like a great idea.
  And then....we arrived at our destination.
 Situated between a truck stop and a drive-thru daiquiri stand, I was skeptical when we arrived. Arthur was the business owner and was all fired up to show us the Nutria he had just caught and had in a plastic tote bin!  Thankfully they were still living.
We also signed our waivers in his living room surrounded by necklaces with gator teeth hanging from them.
I was not feeling confident.

But, I was so mistaken!  
Greg was the captain of our ship, I mean air boat.  Though he was just as much a character as Arthur, he was an expert in the swamp.  We went into open areas as well as little nooks and crannies such as this.  

He used our cameras several times to take pictures of us all.  We are the nuts in the back row. 

Greg had his hands on all of the animals, as you can see in this picture.  Yes, we all touched the gator because we were all high on swamp fumes, I reckon. 

He also took us to this area with this row of cypress trees that grew from one log that fell into the water. 

Here is the captain with a Nutria.  A non-native rodent introduced from Argentina many years ago. They were everywhere in the swamp.

We saw Owls, Eagles, Nutria and plenty of gators, baby!  

My kids would say that this was the best thing we did while in New Orleans. 
I would say it was a plantation house we visited. 
More on that later. 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Random N'awlins

Five random shots from my adventures in the Crescent City this week.
The French Market...random stuff at its best.

Even a living statue has to take a break every now and again.

 This makes me think I need a squeeze box and a ukulele.

 At a $1.25, a ride on a street car is hard to beat.

Architecture anyone?

I'll take some please. 

Linking up with Nancy at.....

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Thoughtful Thursday

I have been absent from the Blog-o-sphere for the past few days. 

Here is a clue to where I have been spending my time.  

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Dash Away

We had a friend arrive on the farmette this weekend. I say arrive, but really I am sure this little fellow resides here all of the time. 

He did try to dash away. 

But, he was quickly found hiding in the clover. 

He did allow my daughter to hold him for a few minutes.....

before dashing away once again. 

A short, but very sweet, visit.