Sunday, March 30, 2014

Risky Behavior

Queen Anne's Lace ready to unfurl.

Many years ago my husband and I quite our jobs, loaded up our baby boy, and moved here to Smalltownland.  We left our secure life in the big city to move into a rickety old house with the promise of only one of us being employed.  

I thought it was so risky at the time.  

Then you run across blogs that can really put things into perspective for you.  

The Chateau Gudanes is being renovated by an Australian couple and I have no doubt they will make a success out of it.  

I am already addicted to following their progress.  

Friday, March 28, 2014

Random Five Friday

A small, and very old, church located on the side of one tiny county road. 

Once upon a time I had a serving of Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding, with whiskey sauce, that was all that and then some.  Here is an article about a Krispy Kreme Brulee, with the accompanying recipe.  You are welcome.  

How about a little Lyle Lovett on this fine Friday?  I say, that man has some hair.  

A visit to the historic Makers Mark Distillery is an event itself, but here is just one more reason that you need to mark this off of your to-do list.  

Rain is headed our way this weekend.  I have to say that I am glad it is not snow.  

Linking up with Nancy today!  

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thankful Thursday

The road leading me out of my farm and into civilization.

Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road, 
Healthy, free, the world before me, 
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.  

Song of the Open Road
Walt Whitman  

Thankful this Thursday for honey mustard pretzel pieces, hot coffee, and clothes that don't require the use of an iron. 

Did I mention hot coffee?  

Linking up with Madge today.....

Rurality Blog Hop #56

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Boy and the Girl

Last night was the first softball game of the season for our girl's middle school team.  

The young lady of the house did a fine job pitching.  

I have been watching her pitch all these years and never realized what a face she makes.  

Two games played and both games were a win.  A fine job by all of the players.  

And. what. do. you. know.  

I finally got the son in the kayak for a picture.  Mind you it was all of thirty seconds.....

Maybe less......

Sunday, March 23, 2014


Yet another sunset photo.  

So, this is what seventeen looks like.  

My tiny baby boy, (who is taller than me now), turned seventeen yesterday.  Busy working for a neighboring farm business, he hasn't been home much the past couple of days.  I mentioned taking a photo of him last night, covered in dirt, but he totally balked at the idea.  

Maybe I can get a shot of him this week posing with his new kayak.  

I'll have to check his schedule.......

Friday, March 21, 2014

Random Five Friday

An evening sunset with a log cabin that was built in the 1840's.  Not occupied anymore, but the prior residents had one of the best views in our county.  

Interested in visiting Kentucky?  Hope over here to check out the best things to do in my fine state.  I have knocked eighteen things off of the list so far.  I need to get busy. 

An older building, on our historic main street, is have some renovations completed.  A small group of Amish men have been working on the facade.  Seeing them work on it is like a snapshot from back in time.  

Have you ever thought of running away and buying a 13th century thatched cottage in England?  If so, you will like this sweet place.  Click on, "brochure", at the top to check out the property.  

Words cannot describe how relieved I am that Spring has finally arrived here in the Bluegrass.

Linking up with Nancy today!   

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thankful Thursday

The view from the side of my house, looking toward the barn.

Thankful this Thursday for endless skies, not a streetlight in sight, and copious amounts of stars at night.  

"We all shine on the moon, the stars, and the sun...we all shine on....come on and on and on...."  
John Lennon 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Wise Almanac

While perusing the almanac for weather predictions, (why do I bother?), I came across some wise words for life.  

Never let fear decide your fate.  

No two people are alike and both of them are glad of it.  

If you are being kicked from the rear it may mean you are up front.  

Be the person you dream, not the person you dread.  

And, my current favorite.....

People who predict the weather are never wrong, it's the weather that's wrong!  

Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Bit O' The Green

In honor of St. Patrick's Day I wanted to share a bit of green with you today.  This photo is from my archives as we don't seem to have much green at this point.  Today has us experiencing gale force winds, temperatures hovering around the freezing mark and rain that shall turn to sleet later on today.  

You gotta love it.  

Most of us have a bit of Irish in our blood, but hopefully all of mine will be confirmed in a couple of months, since I have delved into the world of genetic genealogy.  Through research parts of my family tree have been found, but a lot still remains a mystery.  

With that said, here are a couple of musical selections to enjoy with your pint of Guinness.  

Here to get you out of your chair.  

And, here just for a touch of Scottish heritage.    

Friday, March 14, 2014

Random Five Friday

Blue skies above the tree tops have been a welcome sight this week.  Though we did receive some very cold temps and snow flurries, we didn't get any accumulation.  Thank goodness...

I confess that Jimmy Fallon's musical numbers crack me up.  My husband introduced me to this Barber Shop Quartet number and you just might enjoy it.  

The time change has really wreaked havoc on my daily schedule this week.  I feel like I am constantly behind....

This video of total strangers kissing has received some mixed reactions.  I confess that I found it rather lovely. 

That county in which I reside is notorious for having a terrible ISP.  This week my internet has been moving at a snail's pace. I shall try to catch up with everyone this weekend.  Another company is slated to offer service in our area, but not for another couple of years.  *sigh* 

Linking up with Nancy today.  Stop by her place and say hi!  

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful on this Thursday for too much to do.  Yes, you read that right.  Life has been a bit busy this week, but I am thankful that I am healthy, active, and able to participate in all that my life has to offer.  That is a privilege denied to many of all ages.  

"One of the things I have learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged.  Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself."  

Lucille Ball 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Promise of Spring

Spring....that girl is a sure thing.  I know we have all had our doubts lately, but I actually found evidence of her arrival.  

The Iris plants are sprouting their leaves.  It's like a Christmas miracle in March.

I also know spring is coming because when I open my back door, in the morning, the scent of skunk-love is wafting on the gentle country breeze.  

Although, with temps dropping into the twenties Wednesday night, Spring may take off running and never return.  

Sunday, March 9, 2014

History Surrounds All of Us

In our neighboring town stands the Hiestand House.  Built in 1823, it remains a fine example of German influence in our region.  The house retains the trim colors of red, blue, and green, inside and outside the house.  

During the Civil War John Hunt Morgan, and his raiders, made their way to this farm.  In its history, it is stated, that the adult daughter of Hiestand himself, held off the soldiers at this back door.  She was determined she would not be, "hosting," any soldiers in her home.  

There is also a fine example of a Dog Trot Log Cabin on the property.  This type of structure is quite often found in the Appalachia region.  I will admit that I fancy having one of day.  

A spring house also remains on the property and even this tiny structure is trimmed out in the appropriate colors honoring the German family who founded this property.  

"History never looks like history when you are living through it."  

John W. Gardner 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Random Five Friday

Yet another barn that I pass each day.  Just a mile, or two, down the road from my own farm.  

This is my new favorite cover song.  

This video shows that you can work out without fancy equipment and achieve results.  It has been motivating my son for a few weeks now.  

As a teacher I have had the opportunity to sample a few school lunches in my time.  Here is a sampling from all over the world.  Interesting.....

I see a lot of creative people here in blogland.  Check yourself here to see if you find any creative characteristics in yourself.  

Linking up with Nancy today.  Stop by and say, Hi!  

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Our snowy road situation, this week.  

Thankful today for my son and all that he is growing up to be.  Today I went out to dispatch some items to the vegetable compost bin.  There, in the broad daylight, was a 'possum sitting up on its hind legs.  I didn't even notice it until it was next to my foot.  It just gave me an evil sneer.  Like the strong, pioneer woman I have grown into during my thirteen year stint living here, I screamed and ran into the house.  

I sent my son to assess the situation.  

"A boy is a magical creature ~ you can lock him out of your workshop, but you cannot lock him out of your heart."  

Allen Beck  

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

We Survived

The ice storm did pay us a visit with a thick coating of ice and a few inches of snow on top of that.  

With temps in the twenties we all went outside, but not for long.  

Out of school yesterday and school called off again today.  I fear it is not looking good for tomorrow either.  

The weather is getting a bit tiresome, I must say.  

Not all is lost, as I started this new book series and am rather liking it.  

As our week goes on, it does show a warm up in progress.  Let's hope that is true.  

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Stocking Up

An ice storm this way comes.  

In the fifties yesterday with blue skies and today we await possible power outages.  Oh, and we had thunderstorms this morning.  Only in Kentucky can you experience all four seasons in one 24 hour time span.  

A storm of this magnitude means I needed to score some essentials for the family. And, not just the holy trinity of bread, milk, and toilet paper.  I stopped by our local Mennonite store for some Horseradish Cheese.  Because, what is a winter storm without the appropriate cheese product?  The place was hopping with activity and it is possible that I came away with a couple of other items to make the winter storm days more acceptable.  

If you are in the path of this storm, I hope you stay warm and do not lose power.  

If you are in a sunny local....soak up some rays for me!