Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thankful Thursday


"Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."  

George Eliot 


Thankful this Thursday for many things.  A father who continues to recover, a daughter who has her braces off, dogs who snuggle, and life that is abundant, even in times of need.  

Linking up with Madge today.....

Rurality Blog Hop #38



Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bring on the Band


Sunday afternoon turned out to be promising.  


I met my niece, and her band mates, for a photo shoot.  




Locally quite well known, they are on the verge of putting a CD on iTunes.  



Though I take a lot of pictures of, "stuff", I rarely take pictures of people.  
The pictures turned out better than I expected.  



They are a talented group of people who obviously enjoy being together.  



If you would like to take a listen to my niece, you can do so here.  She is singing a solo of one of my favorite, classic country songs, Jolene.  


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Scattered Scenes for Sunday

A simple smattering of photographs for this Sunday.  


I seem to take a lot of pictures of just, "things".  



This afternoon I have a date to take pictures of actual people.  A group of them even.  


My very talented niece plays in a band and they need a photograph so their CD can be released on iTunes.  

Wish me luck!  



Friday, October 25, 2013

Random Five Friday



During my travels last week, I came across this pink gem at a gas station.  After asking the gentleman if I could photograph his car, he said of course, as long as I gave him a kiss.  I must have given him quite the look, because he laughed and we shook hands instead.  

How about The Chieftans on this fine Friday?  

The wood stove is keeping us toasty as it was 28 degrees here in central Kentucky last night. Just where did fall go?  

My son has already acquired my hairdryer for his garage/blacksmith projects and now wants my griddle..... 

Earlier this week my husband e-mailed me an ad that had alpacas for sale.  I just don't know about this kind of acquisition.....

Linking up with Nancy today!  Pay her a visit!  







Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thankful Thursday


Wow

So much to be thankful for this Thursday.  My Dad continues to slowly improve each day.  I discovered that some of my students had requested prayer for him at their respective churches.  That touched me deeply.

Go forth and be thankful on this Thursday.

Linking up with Madge.....



Rurality Blog Hop #37



Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Stop on my Journey


While traveling Saturday I had many opportunities to stop along the way.  Sometimes for breaks and sometimes just because.  The road between my house and my parent's is mostly interstate.  But, in southern Alabama I turn onto a two lane highway that never fails to be scenic.  

I pass through small towns with graceful front porches and towns that I am not even sure qualify as a town.  

But, I always like a good cemetery.  In these area where the water table is a factor, the graves are somewhat above ground.  



A few were highly decorated, but some were not.  As seems to be the case in any cemetery I visit.  



I did take a minute to right a few mementos that had fallen.  



Peace to you today, my friends.  



Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Road Home


This was my view, through the windshield, on Saturday afternoon.  Still about an hour away from the farmette, but totally quiet and deserted.  Not to worry, I stopped the car in the middle of the road for this picture.  

Many thanks to those of you who left a kind word in my comments section.  My Dad made it through surgery and is out of ICU.  Though he remains in the hospital, for the time being, he is doing better than expected.  

"When the pretty birds have flown, 
and you feel hurt and alone,
Be strong and carry on, 
And remember that life goes on."  

Mouloud Benzadi 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Thankful Wednesday

Photo courtesy of Google Images and my Dad's computer



I have been out of the blog loop for a few days already.  My Dad had serious emergency surgery yesterday and I have come to be with him, and my family, for a few days.  Though not out of the woods entirely, he is in ICU and in stable condition.

A big shout out to my husband who cleared his work schedule to take care of all duties in my absence.

I shall catch up with everyone next week, at some point.

Hug your loved ones.  They are important and life is very fragile.  

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Bit by Bit




"A little and a little collected together, becomes a great deal;  the heap in the barn consists of single grains, and drop and drop make the inundation."  

Saadi  

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Down the Road



Down the road from the farmette there are a few horses.  



No noise and not another car around for miles to disturb the peacefulness of the scene.  



Just quiet.......





It makes me want to pull up a chair and watch the scene all afternoon.  




Friday, October 11, 2013

Random Five Friday



This was my view, yesterday, as I drove to the grocery store.  Yes, that is a wagon full of tobacco in front of me. 


If you have a habit of searching through Craigslist, you will appreciate this post.  It made me laugh out loud.  


I confess that I am having trouble making my way through my current book, The Rathbones.  


How about a little Bach on the mandolin?


We have been experiencing near perfect fall weather this week.  Life is good!  


Linking up with Nancy today!  

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thoughtful Thursday

My Dad trying out the shoe shine stand at a local antique mall, a couple of weeks ago while visiting.

Missing my Dad on this Thoughtful Thursday!  


"It is only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him for your own career and home.  It is only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it.  Pride reinforces love."  

Margaret Truman

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Buzzing Right Along



Yesterday I found myself at the farm of my brother-in-law.  While my husband was doing a small errand, I was out foraging for photographs.  


Thinking I might find some leaves changing, I was surprised to find this bee working in the afternoon light.  


I found her flight movements hard to capture.  


Soon it will frost and her food source will be lost to the season.  




I am guessing that she, and her hive mates, are all ready well prepared.  



"Place a beehive on my grave
and let the honey soak through.
When I am dead and gone,
That's what I want from you.
The streets of heaven are gold and sunny, 
but I'll stick with my plot and a pot of honey.  
Place a beehive on my grave, 
and let the honey soak through."  

Sue Monk Kidd
The Secret Life of Bees 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Celebrating with Cake



This weekend marks the beginning of our Fall Break.  What is Fall Break you ask?  Our school district works from an alternative calendar.  We typically receive a week break (sometimes a two week break) in fall and spring.  Also time off at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other regular holidays.  

I decided to celebrate this occasion with cake.  An Italian Cream Cake to be exact.  


This was my first attempt at this type of cake.  




It did turn out well.  




So well, in fact, that a couple of hours after I took this photograph, it was already halfway gone.  




That is what happens when you have a teenage boy in the house.  

If you would like the recipe, you can find it here.




Friday, October 4, 2013

Random Five Friday


One more Morning Glory before they disappear with the frost.  A blogger commented that she had never seen them curl up before.  This one is twisting open for the morning light.  Here on the farmette they seem to take on all kinds of shapes.  

I recently found Lorie's Mississippi Kitchen and am enjoying it.  Check it out here.  

The documentary, Forks Over Knives, is very intriguing to me.  However, I am not sure I could give up bacon full time.  

Shug recently wanted to know how much land we have here on the farmette.  We do have 25 acres mostly in pasture, with natural springs and waterfalls.  

My second grade class has been listening to this link of Mozart while working this week.  I am enjoying it as much as they seem to be.  

I am linking up with Nancy today.  Please pay her a visit!  



Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thoughtful Thursday


One last bright spot, here on the farmette, before the first frost arrives.......



A Sunflower bowing its head, 




before its final day of the season.  




"The gaudy leonine sunflower 
Hangs black and barren on its stalk,
And down the windy garden walk 
The dead leaves scatter, - 
hour by hour"

Oscar Wilde 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Inspiration


On this fine first day of October, I am taking some inspiration from Our Neck of the Woods and clearing out some shots from my camera.  


Our friend's dog working in the water.......


the Lady of the Yard......



garden tomatoes floating in ice water......




a gentleman working the field the old-fashioned way.....




and a trio of metal, toy barns that I have collected.  






"October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen.  It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again."  

Hal Borland