Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Just a little shot of a neighbor today.  

I think maybe she needs a bath.  

I stopped to chat with her and she could barely give me the time of day.  

Maybe I need to bring a treat with me next time.  

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Color of the Day

The color of the day is yellow.  

Yellow sprinkled in fields as far as the eye can see.  
Sunshine in the sky and a little sunshine on the ground.  

"I really just want to be warm, yellow light that pours over everyone I love."  

Conor Oberst 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Random Five Friday

It is all eggs all of the time here at the farmette.  It is the sweetest gift at the end of each afternoon.  

Advice this week from my 2nd grade student:  Do Not ever try to hunt Easter Eggs in a barley field.  

Our local small town McDonalds is under new management.  This is a good thing, but the new guys told the morning coffee group that they couldn't keep their personal, flavored creamers in the fridge anymore.  I don't think this kind of big city idea is going to fly around these parts.  

My Family Tree DNA results are slowly becoming available, bit by interesting bit.  Looking forward to sharing these soon.  

How about a little 80's jam to start your weekend?  

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thankful Thursday

A chimney I have photographed before, but this time with a friendly visitor.

Thankful this week for copious amounts of coffee.  Softball and trap shooting are in full swing at this household.  Evenings and weekends are being spent at ballparks and shooting ranges.  Throw in some chickens, dogs, cows, and bees......oh, and a full time job!  It all combines for a crazy schedule.

And, these people around here still expect clean laundry......

"Some folks can look so busy doing nothing that they seem indispensable."  

Kin Hubbard 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day

"Trees are the Earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven."  

Rabindranath Tagore  

*I will catch up with everyone later on this week.  Wishing all of you a great day ahead!* 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Random Five Friday

water tower in Smalltownland 

Spring brings strange bouts of weather and this week was no exception.  A hard freeze, bitterly cold temps, and gloomy skies mixed with warm weather at times.  

Alternative housing always interests me, but I am afraid this house would be too small for me.  And, quite frankly, I think the price tag was too big.  After reading the comments section, other people did as well.  

The daughter of the house hit a home run last night during their middle school softball game :)  

The son of the house is on the hunt for the elusive turkey.  I have no doubt he will be successful this weekend.  

Ever read a novel so deeply that you pictured it all  vividly in your mind, even the food?  Click here to get one photographer's idea on what food looks like in famous novels.  

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for always running across an old house, no matter where I venture.  This was located in the, "holler", I visited last week.  It was uninhabited, but still well taken care of.  Obviously it still means something....to someone.  

"It's not good because it's old, it's old because it's good."  


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Inaugural Run

Spring Break wasn't all about chicken acquisition and the replacement of old flooring.  

We took some time out of the sports practice/farming/home improvement schedule to float an afternoon away down a local creek.  But, first things first, as two teenagers decided to see who could skip a rock the farthest.  

I cannot say who won.....they might read this blog.  

It was also time for the young man of the house to test out the kayak he received as a birthday present.  

There was also a bit of fishing that happened along the way.  

Super tiny fish on the end of the pole.  

Some people didn't want to take their own fish off of the hook, so their dad did it for them.  

We spent a lot of the time soaking up the scenery.  

The young man, in his kayak, is but a mere speck in this majestic scene.  

"Fishing seems to be the favorite form of loafing."  

E.W. Howe

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Chicken Trip

Holler - /noun/  a small valley between two hills  

A homesteading gentleman, who works with my husband, offered up a few chickens and thus spurred the chicken tractor project.  In order to get to his farm, we had to travel into a holler.  

We thought we had missed their farm and stopped to ask for directions from a neighboring farmer.  He wasn't sure who we were talking about until we mentioned they have ten children.  Then, he laughed and knew exactly who we were talking about.  

When we arrived there were two different coop areas with a lot of beautiful chickens.   We picked up four, for the time being, with more to come this week.  

They made the trip in a dog kennel.  

The chicken transfer.  

They know a fine accommodation when they see it.  

They settled down and clucked softly on the way home.  

Then, I took this terrible picture at dusk while I was crawling around in the grass, combat style.

Anything to try and get a picture, you know.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Random Five Friday

When you are a seventeen year old young man and you are too busy to leave your workshop to get a band-aid, then you rely on duct tape to get by. 

A mandolin, a cajon, and a ukulele bass make a fine combination for the Jimmy Hendrix classic, Little Wing.

I am afraid that the sub zero temps this past winter have killed the monkey grass and cannas in my flower beds.   Still no sign of them.....*sigh* 

Peeps, you gotta love them, 'cept I don't!  However, I do enjoy the dioramas people make using those squishy little things.  The winners of this year's diorama contest will run in the Washington Post on April 20th.  Until then, you can enjoy last year's slide show. 

For those of you still confused about the chicken tractor, here is a link for you.  

Linking up with Nancy today! 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thankful Thursday

The famed chicken tractor in progress.  Perhaps I shall call it the, "Cluck Wagon".  

Thankful this week for spur of the moment projects, time with family, and no alarm clock all. week. long.  


"The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters.  

Audrey Hepburn 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Stuff,Things, Etc....

I post a lot of barn photos on this blog, but I pass by so many on my daily drives.  Some small and some quite statuesque.  

This one is at our local ballpark.  As I dropped off my daughter for practice yesterday, a storm was trying to move into our area.  It didn't really produce any rain, but it did give some nice light and cloud formations.  

This week is busy with painting, new flooring being installed, and a surprise chicken tractor being constructed in the garage.  

Pictures coming of all later in the week.

Life is good.   

Sunday, April 6, 2014

It's Happening

The trees have buds that are actually blooming.  

Our own fruit trees have tiny buds, but have not bloomed out yet, like this beauty. 

This was a scene I passed up, but then went home and got my camera.  

Blue skies, budding trees, and green grass really refresh the body and soul. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Random Five Friday

Another shot of the bees this week, as I am totally smitten.  

I whipped up a batch of these on April Fool's Day and presented them to my students in a nice baking dish covered in foil.  My class thought it was hysterical, well after the initial shock of the situation :)  

I have been teaching for eighteen years, but have never used this type of discipline strategy.  This teacher is my hero......

I enjoyed this tune on the way home from work just the other day.  I am glad the kids weren't in the car.....they would have made me turn down the volume.  

Softball this weekend.  Batter up!  

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for peanut butter, sandal weather (yes!), and those peeping frogs I hear at night.  

Also thankful for a few days off next week for spring break.  Days off with decent weather!  Can you say, "home improvement projects"?  

Linking up with......

Rurality Blog Hop #57

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Can You Hear It?

The bees, they are a buzzing and more bees arriving soon to fill new hives.  

Spring, it is a welcome thing.  

"I like pulling on a baggy bee suit, forgetting myself and getting as close to the bees' lives as they will let me, remembering in the process that there is more to life than the merely human."  

Sue Hubbell 
A Book of Bees: And How to Keep Them