Friday, January 31, 2014

Random Five Friday

My view as I came walking back to the house yesterday, after a long jaunt through the woods with a canine friend.  Lucky, I am.....

Originally written/recorded in the early sixties, I think Norah Jones did a fine job with this song. 

Would you want to live in a haunted house?  If so, just check out this listing......

The Pioneer Woman's Beef Stew recipe is excellent and a new staple here at our house.  

Our high school boy's basketball team is playing in the state tournament!  They played today and our superintendent dismissed school for the day so all interested people could attend.  Yes, they won and play again tomorrow night.  Go Dragons!  

Linking up with Nancy today!  Pay her a visit!  

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Thankful Thursday

It is dog week here in Smalltownland and today I am thankful for this smart lady.  With us for eleven years now, she could run the farm, and the household, without blinking an eye.  She is always up for adventure and can handle a situation with a healthy dose of Border Collie attitude.  

"A dog has a share in man's intelligence, but no share in his falsehood."  

Sir Walter Scott

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Coyote Clarification

Ominous clouds brewing outside my backdoor on Saturday afternoon.

After reading the comments on my Random Five Friday post, I realized I should provide a little clarification about my son's new coyote call.  Sunnybrook Farm provided the best explanation in his comment about coyotes being a nuisance animal that farmers must deal with.  They kill livestock and will attack pets.  We have even had them circle the ridge, in daylight hours, of our farm.  Our Jack Russell received serious injuries to her throat a few years ago.  A coyote was the prime suspect.  

Mating season is coming up and thus a good time to deal with some overpopulation.  An electronic call is used to lure the coyotes out into the open.  My son decided to test his call on our front porch on Friday night.  His dad wasn't too happy with this, especially since he received an enthusiastic response from the woods.  

He did use the call, with success, on Saturday afternoon and I am sparing you the photo he shared with his grandpa.  If you are interested in reading more about coyotes you can do so here.  The Daily Coyote is a blog devoted to a coyote who was orphaned at ten days old.  Taken in by a woman and raised alongside her pets, it gives a different perspective to this animal.

 It is an interesting read.  

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sir Charles

Charles is our English Pointer.  

And, as you can tell from these photographs, not the most graceful dog on the planet.  

He more than makes up for that in personality.  

He is sweet, kind, and a bit afraid of toys that squeak.  But, he is getting better with that issue.  

He also thinks he is a bit of a lap dog.  Seriously, he is way too big to be a lap dog, but that does not deter him. 

Charles enjoyed the snow we received yesterday and today it will melt as it will be close to fifty degrees.  Go figure.  

Friday, January 24, 2014

Random Five Friday

A small spot of green on an otherwise cold, gray day.  

Is there any hope left for the universe now that the Captain and Tennille are divorcing?  I thought love was going to keep them together. 

My son ordered a new coyote call and had it shipped to my work address.  When it was delivered my principal asked if he could take a look at it.  That is some small town living right there, people. 

My son introduced me to the program Mick Dodge.  Interesting as he does seem like quite an intelligent fellow, but seriously I am not about sleeping in a tree stump, not even for a weekend. 

Do you need to make a quick pizza crust?  Try this recipe.  It turned out great for me this week.   

Linking up with Nancy today!  Stop by and say hi! 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Picture taken at our Smalltownland ballpark in May '13.

Let us all take a moment and remember the warm, wonderful memories of summer.  Let us be thankful for those long ago sweat inducing temperatures and moments when we thought our hands might catch on fire from a too-hot steering wheel.  


"In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."  

Albert Camus 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Welcome Sight

Yesterday we had temps in the 50's and it was glorious.  While out with the dogs I spied bees buzzing around the hive.  


We have had some bitterly cold temps, with more to come, and I had worried about them.  I decided to spy on their activities by lifting the lid for a peek.  They have been busy creating a patch of burr comb that they have filled with honey.  

Obviously they have their own agenda.

Today they will be back in their cluster of warmth as the forecast calls for freezing temperatures and snow.....again.  

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Brown and Gray

"Brown and gray, 
brown and gray, 
brown and gray all the live long day."

A small quote from me as to what colors fill my day.  They are brown and gray, with a touch of blue in the sky, sometimes....

On occasion a puffy cloud floats by or maybe I hear a small bird chirp, but otherwise these winter days are quiet.  If a snowflake falls from the sky, the quiet becomes overwhelming.  It creates a perfect peace in nature, that I don't sense at any other time of the year.  

"Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom." 

Francis Bacon 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Random Five Friday

Each week our local, small town newspaper has a column that features news from years past.  As you can see from this clipping, January 1954, was quite a happening date.  I happen to think seeing a grey fox would be fairly interesting. 

I happen to love this Linda Ronstadt video and her backup singers have some serious moves.  I need that gold pantsuit too.....

If you like Hoosier Cabinets, then you will like this slideshow.  If you are on Facebook, you can, "like", Dusty Old Thing and get their updates.  

No school, again, in Smalltownland today.  My enthusiasm for the white stuff might be starting to wane.  

The Monopoly game that we started on New Year's Eve finally ended with my son as the winner.  But, we have already started another one......

Linking up with Nancy today!  

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful today for small pops of color in an otherwise cold and dreary winter, fluffy snowflakes that appear out of nowhere, and a flaming, hot wood stove.  

Have I ever mentioned how much I love our wood stove?  

"We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts."  

Dietrich Bonhoeffer 
Life Together:  The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The View From the Top

The dogs and I have found a new walking route here on the farm.  A few times up and down the hill and I am all set.  Getting the dogs motivated, on the other hand, can be a chore in itself.  

Now, they will follow me with enthusiasm, but are easily distracted.  

My smallest friend is always looking for trouble.  She may be small, but she is full of courage.  

Then, our English Pointer starts posing and I get distracted with the camera.  

When we all finally make it to the top, the view of our neighbor's barn is totally worth the effort.  

"There is nothing insignificant in the world.  It all depends on the point of view." 

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Uneven Surface

Funny how life is really a series of uneven surfaces that we all must tread. 

"Time sets all things right.  Error lives but a day.  Truth is eternal." 

General Longstreet  

Friday, January 10, 2014

Random Five Friday

The benefit of our recent blast of cold weather was extra time in the kitchen.  Time for biscuits and baking is always nice. 

If you are a parent, then you will appreciate the answers a father wrote on his daughter's daycare questionnaire.  

Garden and Gun magazine has yet another great collection of dog photos.  This time they are featured on southern porches.  

Inger has a great collection of book recommendations on this post.  

I have mentioned before my love for Horseradish Cheese and several of you have asked me about it.  I purchase it at a local Mennonite store, but it is made by the Troyer company.  You can check them out here.  

Linking up with Nancy today!  

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Thankful Thursday

thankful - adjective - to be grateful, to show appreciation or praise  

Today I am thankful for dogs who can be quick about their business at one o'clock in the morning, pipes that didn't freeze during out arctic weather, and going back to school today!  Woot!  Woot!  

Can you tell I am glad to be getting back into the routine?  

Go forth and be thankful today, my friends. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

My View

This is my view of the world as I walked from the back door to the compost pile, during the morning hours. 

Exciting, I know. 

We are currently in the grips of the Polar Vortex and while it didn't bring us a lot of snow, we are suffering the dangerously cold temperatures for our area.  Another day out of school for us means another day of Monopoly, Pinterest, Netflix movies, and cooking/baking.  

Temps will warm up for us tomorrow, but not until around noon or so.  

If you are experiencing the same weather, do be safe and stay warm.  If you are having wonderful weather.....enjoy some of it for me!  

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Moo to You

No matter where I am lately, animals seem to take precedence.  Be it dogs, squirrels, or cows, it is all about the animal kingdom.  

We have a new group of steers that have taken up residence at the farmette.  Though they are weaned and can eat grass/dry feed, they are just mere babes.  

And, they are very unimpressed by the human and canine presence surrounding them.  

These boys were not afraid to get up close and personal with me.  No doubt wondering why some chick was in their pasture.

Unfortunately, the dogs seems to be enjoying the fresh manure just a little too much.

That is all I am going to say about that.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Random Five Friday

This photo represents what happens when you decide to have a Monopoly game on New Year's Eve and discover the game pieces are missing.  Bring in the Army men!  The Monopoly game continues each night and rests on the formal dining room table each day.  When will it ever end?!  

My husband found an ad on Craigslist for Showgirl Chickens.  Being unfamiliar with this breed, but thinking they must be quite pretty, I just had to look them up on Google.  Oh Dear!  Not what I was thinking at all.  You can check them out here.  

I am ready to place an order for heirloom tomato seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. I am thinking Brandywine and Cherokee Purple for sure.  

Alan Bradley's new book in the Flavia de Luce series comes out in a couple of weeks.  If you haven't read any of the books, I highly recommend them.  The series begins with, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.  

Hooked on Houses has featured The Top 10 Houses of 2013.  You know you want to take a look.....

Linking up with Nancy today!  Pay her a visit!  

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Thankful Thursday

On the first Thursday of this new year I am thankful for heated seats in my car, a restful holiday break, and a mere two day work week to get back in the groove!  

Wherever you are today, I hope you stay warm!