Sunday, November 30, 2014

Country Auction

Yesterday found me up early and out the door to a country auction.  As usual, there was a whole range of items available for bidding.  

Tractors of all brands....

and a Victrola.  

Loads of tools were available, 

as was this gem of an ashtray with a lighter in the horse's head.  Interesting, if nothing else.  

This cast iron kettle ended up bring a couple hundred dollars.  

All furniture items are fair game during the auction, so if you need a spot to rest, just take your pick.  

This washstand drew a bit of attention, 

as did the unopened Elvis albums stacked on top. 

I didn't leave totally empty handed.  This iron table came home with me for just a few dollars.  A project for the spring, I think.  

If you are unfamiliar with an auctioneer's chant, you can take a listen right here.  It takes a bit of getting used to, I think.  

Friday, November 28, 2014

Friday Randoms

Good frosty morning from the Farmette.  No Black Friday shopping here.  Just a nice pink sky wake up, a wood stove, and a cup of coffee.  

While we are experiencing a holiday weekend that is food related, here you can find some of the most iconic meals in art.  

Are you a fan of Charles Shulz work?  Who isn't, right?  Here are a few facts about him you probably didn't know.  His holiday specials are wonderful childhood memories for me.   

Young Youtube sensation, Josh Turner, is a favorite of mine.  Here is a collaboration with his friend, Larkin Dodgen.

I think I don't have much on the agenda for the rest of this weekend....and that is just fine by me.  Have a good one!  

Linking up with Tanya today!  

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving


That day in history when the Pilgrims joined the Native Americans in giving thanks for the blessings of bounty.  

During a recent lesson on this American holiday one of my students raised their hand to ask if the Pilgrims were still alive.  I explained that no they were not and we calculated the number of years that had passed since the very first Thanksgiving.  

But why, my student pressed on, had he seen them shopping at Wal Mart?  

Thus the lesson diverted to the subject of our local Amish and Mennonite communities.

I do hope this gave you a small smile.    

Wishing all of my American friends out there a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Spot of Color

Just a spot of color this morning, from the archives.  Our weather has been all over the place recently.  We go from freezing to being blown away.  

"Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get."  

Mark Twain 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thanksgiving 50 Ways

Artistic rendering of porch pumpkin.  

Last night my husband's extended family gathered at a local fire department to celebrate Thanksgiving.  My father-in-law grew up in a family of nine children, so there are family members to spare.  So many that is it simpler to congregate at a local hall, then to overflow someones house.  

My men spent the day on a pheasant hunt, while we women went to the movies.  We were all ready for the Thanksgiving spread at supper time.  The usual turkey, dressing, deviled eggs, and mashed potatoes, sat side by side with cornbread salad, cheese ball snacks, and a wide variety of desserts.  

It was good.....very good.  

So, here in Kentucky things seem be still be pretty traditional.  We might throw in an occasional holiday ham once in a while, but other than that we stick with the regular stuff.  But, what about other states?  The New York Times has a United States of Thanksgiving article that allows you to find your state and see just what is considered proper fare.  

Pocket Dressing for Kentucky?  Yep, I can go with that.  Nothing like the matriarch of the family leaving a thumbprint in your food to hold a spot of gravy.  And I had to find North Dakota, the state where I spent many years in my youth.  Lefse!!!!!  My favorite Norwegian snack as a kid.  Nothing says happiness like a cold potato pancake with butter and sugar.  Seriously.  

So, take a minute and find your current state, or a state close to your heart.  Does the food ring true?  Tell me about it!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Randoms

This is the scene you get when you try and sneak a photo of your sweet chickens out for a free range afternoon.  Typically, they stay close to their coop.  Now they have decided the entire Farmette is their oyster.  

Garden and Gun magazine has just published their 5th Annual Made in the South Awards.  Worth checking out, if you enjoy handmade, quality products. 

I think you can have anything you want for Thanksgiving, but this turkey made out of hot dogs is a bit much for me.   

I am patiently waiting for Alan Bradley's new book about Flavia de Luce to come out in January.  I high recommend the series. 

You know we need some music for this Friday.  Relaxing or choose.   

Go forth and have a fantastic weekend, my friends!  Linking up with Tanya today!  

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for so much.  Even when life is bad, it is still pretty good.  Thankful for old barns, spaghetti suppers, clean socks, sweet pups, living parents, teaching, and hey.......

when it was in the single digits this week I was really thankful for a wood stove.  

Linking up with Teresa today, because I think there is a piece of fence somewhere in this shot!  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Snow Dust


Here it is in all of its glory.  


My favorite view, here on the farmette, is this lone tree on the hillside behind our house.  

The stuff that makes us run to the store for milk, bread, and toilet paper.  

Merely a dusting, with some frigid temps, made an appearance yesterday morning.  Colder temps today with rain and possible thunderstorms on the way for the weekend.

Good times.....

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Llama, Llama

Friday afternoon I had to meet Secret Agent Farmer Man at a local auto repair garage to drop off the farm truck.  

This auto garage has llamas residing right beside the building, because, here in Smalltownland, that's how we roll.  

They were slightly friendly, although mostly curious.  They both had fantastic eyelashes.  Maybe it's Maybelline.....

This is what happened when they realized I had nothing for them, except my loving friendship.  

I think they were looking for cookies.  

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Randoms

The ever exciting back view of our barn which, I hear say, might be covered in snow this weekend.  This will be our second bout with the four letter word this season.  It is going to be a long winter.  

I will be attempting this cake recipe over the weekend.  

I would love to buy this sweet rental, that blogger won't highlight for me.   However....Tommy Hilfiger's house is just too much for me. 

Bob Seger has been playing on my computer this week.  Here is one of my favorites, which also gives you a playlist on the right of the screen.  You are welcome.   

Famous pieces of art that we are all familiar with, but should look like this.  

Linking up with Tanya today :) 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for preservation.  This aging fence protects a small cemetery that contains grave markers from the mid 1800's up to the early 1900's.  While it isn't that easy to access, it does receive some attention that has preserved it through the years.  

"There's no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery.  You can't do any business from there."  

Colonel Sanders 

Linking up with Teresa......

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


"If you want to relax, watch the clouds pass by if you are laying in the grass, or sit in front of the creek;  just doing nothing and having those still moments is what really rejuvenates the body."  

Miranda Kerr 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

History All Around

It is the time of year for hayrides and chili suppers.  Recently I dropped my daughter off at this church in our county.  Built in the mid 1800's, it sits across the road from the famous Long Hunter's Camp.  

An expedition of men who came into Kentucky between 1768-70, the Long Hunters were famed to have lost a massive amount of animal skins as noted by the carving found on a nearby tree: 

"2300 skins lost 
By God"  

Their knowledge of our area led to more inhabitants and hunting, which in turn eventually led to Smalltownland as it is today.  

History surrounds us here, even when we are just venturing out for a hayride.  

"The past actually happened, but history is only what someone wrote down."  

A. Whitney Brown  

Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday Randoms

Someone is slowly bringing this old beauty back to life. The work is so slow I think it might be a weekend warrior type of project.  

Billy Joel does a fantastic job covering Paul McCartney on his version of, "Maybe I'm Amazed".    

I have to say that Sophia Lauren's explanation of her side-eye to Jayne Mansfield gave me a good chuckle.  

Anyone out there use Norwex cleaning products.  Discussion about the products at work has prompted my curiosity.  

Tomorrow morning is opening day of rifle season for deer, here in my neck of the woods.  A total man-fest weekend.  

Linking up today with Tanya.  Go forth and have a great weekend!  

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for fences that are tried and true.  

This gentleman, right here, needs to stay on his side of the fence.  

Although if I take many more pictures of him, and his harem, he might start charging me his daily supermodel fee.  

"There comes a time in the affairs of a man when he must take the bull by the tail and face the situation."  

W.C. Fields  

Linking up with Teresa.....

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

This and That

I voted earlier this morning in a tiny building on the side of a country road.  Greeted by name and treated like a long lost friend.  Life out here isn't perfect, but it is pretty good.  

Spotty apples resting on the front porch.  A few remain, just here and there.  

Sheep grazing on a friend's farm.  They are so sweet to look at, but I don't know if I would be up to the daily care requirements.  

A red barn, captured on the fly somewhere in our county.  

And, just a random quote to round out the whole post....

"I'm sorry, if you were right, I'd agree with you." 

Robin Williams  

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Touches of Autumn

With snow on Halloween, yes really, and well below freezing temperatures this morning, it feels a bit more like winter than fall.  

However, with the trees truly beginning to turn colors, they signify that Fall is here in all of its glory. 

The wood stove is having its inaugural run this weekend.  Even the dogs are appreciative of its warmth, as they have parked themselves directly in front of the roaring fire.  

"Autumn wins you best by its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay." 

Robert Browning