Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Art of Doing Nothing

Hillside pasture here on the farmette.

Yesterday my daughter wrote a list for her daily activities.  She had already asked me if we, "had", to go anywhere and I assured her that no, thankfully we did not.  Our weekdays are so busy that a free weekend is a blessing.  

Her list went as follows:  
do nothing
do nothing 

She followed the list down to the letter.  With her batteries recharged, I have no doubt she will be ready for Monday morning.  

I need to follow her example a bit more.  

Friday, September 27, 2013

Random Five Friday

My Dad and I hanging out at a family reunion during last weekend's Cow Days Festival.  I am usually behind the camera, so I am glad to have this pic with him.  

I am in love with Hooked on Houses.  Possibly, I am a real estate agent at heart.  The current house on the blog is listed in Georgia.  Seriously, I could live there......

Beards are all the rage these days, but how about something a little bit outside the norm?  Check out

The Macarthur Foundation released the recipients of their annual genius grant.  Swamplandia has already been on my list to read.  Now, it intrigues me just a bit more.  

I might have linked this playlist before, but it bears repeating.  We all need to get our groove back for the weekend. 

Linking up with Nancy!  Pay her a visit, y'all!  

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thoughtful Thursday

Though I think it is a lovely shade of yellow, I believe it might be one source of my Autumn allergy discomfort.  

"By all these lovely tokens September days are here, with summer's best of weather and autumn's best of cheer."  

Helen Hunt Jackson  

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Morning Glory

I always plant Morning Glories around the farmette.  

Just as the weather starts to turn cooler, they seem to be at their most lush.  

These flowers are different from the Wild Morning Glories that can be found trying to over take gardens spots and landscaping beds.  

I always like seeing them curl up for their nightly rest.  

It is always enjoyable.....

until someone else.....

wants to join in on the fun.  

Sunday, September 22, 2013

All Things Cow

This weekend in September marks the celebration of Cow Days in Smalltownland.  Originally started after the Great Depression as a way to stimulate our small town economy, it is now a long standing tradition.  

It is where you can milk a fiberglass cow and out comes soda......

 where beauty queens walk around with rollers in their hair in preparation for the local pageant....... 

where main street is blocked off and all manner of goods are sold.....

where mules show up in their best finery......

and the wife always gets the best seat in the house.  

Until next time, as our motto this year says, "Keep Calm and Cow On".  

Friday, September 20, 2013

Random Five Friday

This is precisely the spot where I drop off my son during bow hunting season.  Nothing short of stunning.  

Classical mixed with Bluegrass?  What is that you say?  Some call it, "Grassical". Whatever you might call it, just remember it is all about talent.   Click here if you would like to take a listen.  Be still my heart, I do love Chris Thile.  

I want/need/love this kitchen.  I already have a start with some vintage signs.  I think I really need a tin ceiling.  

This article in Garden and Gun Magazine touched my heart, as well as made me laugh.  Our own family physician died not long ago and the gentleman doctor, in the article, sounds just like him.  

A gentleman coon hunter knocked on our door at approximately 1:00 am this morning......looking for his dog.  True story.....

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thankful Thursday

A bounty of peppers from a neighbor, that I will freeze, ensures many fajitas and skillets of pepper steak through the winter. 

Like a good neighbor, a farmer is there......

"Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man.  When tillage begins, other arts follow.  The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization."  

Daniel Webster 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Small Town Tidbit

Small towns are strange and wonderful places.  Chock full of people who strive to live a good life and help one another along the way.  Yet, they are also full of quirks, oddball folks, and ways of getting things accomplished that normal folks might not consider. 

Take, for example, my daughter's friend.  Recently a young man stepped on her foot, while wearing his cleats.  Yes, it was painful for her and it also broke her foot.  

Her father, who works with a local vet, took her to the vet office and did the x-rays himself.  Yes, yes he did.  

Then, he called the girl's uncle, who happens to be our very own small town podiatrist.  Seriously.  Except, the locals like to call him a, "foot doctor".  

Uncle Foot Doctor came to the rescue with the reading of the vet office x-rays, treatment and then proceeded to deliver said girl to school after the appointment.  

That is how things are done here in Smalltownland my friends.....

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Time Out

Our days are so busy.  

Often, it is hard to take a moment and appreciate all of the small things that surround you. 

Truly, beauty is everywhere. 

"I know well that happiness is in little things....." 

John Ruskin 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Random Five Friday

Just another tobacco barn here in Kentucky.  Its doors thrown open to aid in drying out the moist leaves.  

Initially I thought this tree house was interesting, but on second thought, it is just creepy. 

I am slight addicted to Fred Harvey Era bracelets and am amassing a small collection. I admit that Ebay is my shop of choice...... never pay retail!!!!  

If you feel like rockin' out a bit this morning, then just click here.  

What happens when you take your son to the local small town farm store to buy an ax handle?  You get to chat with the ladies, buy a candle, (this farm store thinks chicks are important too), and you get a hug and blog suggestion.  Thank you Ms. Evelyn!!!!  

Linking up with Nancy today!  Pay her a visit!  Random Five Friday has become my favorite post of the week :) 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Thankful Thursday

Thankful for another summer on our farmette.  The flowers in the fields are dry and drooping.  Our heat spell seems to be breaking and cooler temps are in the forecast.....just in time for the first day of Autumn on the 22nd.  

"Now Autumn's golden stores behold, with fruit each tree is crowned;  Peaches in suits of red or gold, each twig bows toward the ground."  

The Farmer's Almanac 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Young Man

He is the boy in the house, on the verge of becoming a young man.  He is the person who puts sunflower seeds in my hair, with a smile on his face.  I also suspect that he is the person who placed a, "hunting rag", in my purse.....after I called it gross.  

He is also a young man of old ways and interests.  The one who wants an anvil and wonders if he can make an ax from a scrap of metal.  Yes he can, by the way.  He is also a maker of knives.  The two shown are some of his latest creations.  Handles made of bone, various woods, and anything else he deems creative.  Blades are acid etched, polished, sharpened, and, in his eyes, never quite perfect enough.  

"The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him."  

Abraham Lincoln  

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Just in Time for Halloween

Just in time for Halloween we have, what my daughter terms, a spooky-looking house for sale.  

Listed in a neighboring town, this historic home is nothing short of awesome.  Well, if you are a lover of old homes you will find it awesome.  With its mansard roof and ballroom, yes a ballroom, how could you go wrong?  

If you would like to check out the listing, just look here.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Random Five Friday

A photo from the archives of my sweet English Pointer exploring the remnants of an old spring house on our farm.  

Seriously, I had to verify that I was of age to purchase finger nail polish remover just this week.  

If you need another board to follow on Pinterest,  and who doesn't, then check out Random House Books.  

I feel the purchase of this scarf coming on.......

More football tonight!  Go Dragons!  

Linking up with Nancy!  Pay her a visit! 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Thoughtful Thursday

What makes a barn such an iconic American image?  

Is it the romance of owning a farm? 

Perhaps it goes with the dream of homesteading.  Doing for yourself.  

Or, is it something else entirely? 

I would love to hear your thoughts......

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Football, Football, Football

After a leisurely Saturday morning spent at auctions, football was on the schedule for Saturday night.  We  spent 1 & 1/2 hours sitting in the parking lot, in a horrible storm with lighting, torrential rains, and flash flooding,  before the officials decided to call off the game.....

And, they rescheduled it for Sunday afternoon!  Yes, yes they did!  

Sunday afternoon turned out to be exceptional, as we won the game!  

Labor Day had us playing more football!  Yes, more football!  

A Junior Varsity game ended with another victory.  

I am tired, but not as tired as my son, who happens to be #62 in these photos.  

"Football doesn't build character.  It eliminates the weak ones."  

Darrell Royal  

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Auction Day

 Ahhhh.....Labor Day Weekend!  The last hurrah of summer. The weekend of yard sales, swimming pools, and family cookouts.  Also the weekend of auctions.  

My story begins with this bad photograph.  "Something", is in this shot.  My hair perhaps?  Anyway, this sale was off the charts.  The trucks parked in this photo do not even begin to exhibit the number of people present.  The road to the auction, which was only one car wide, was lined with cars/trucks and barely passable.  The striped tent, in the distance, was our destination.  

Many folks in attendance brought a wagon.  A lot of farm machinery was up for grabs as well as a few household items.  

I took notice of this crock, the old chairs, and the teapot that would hit the auction block.  

There were a few quilts to take notice of as well.  

I have to say that I really liked this dresser.  And, if it were not for the 5,000 degree temperatures outside, I might have stayed to bid on it.   The Amish ladies in attendance really had it going on.  Not a drop of sweat was on their person and  they were equipped with chilled watermelon and other food items to make the day more tolerable.  

I really took notice of this old cook stove up for bid.  It is the real deal and just not something you see everyday.  

On a totally different note, we stopped by a gun auction on the same morning.  It was a consignment auction and totally on the up and up.  All paperwork had to be filed, etc....  Many, many firearms were on the block as well as collectible coins.  

An 1868 nickel went for $5.00.  I think I should have bid on that.....just to have it for the historical value alone.