Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for for great friends and co-workers, who make life so much more enjoyable.   

"My best friend is who, in wishing me well, wishes it for my sake."  


Linking up with Teresa today.....

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Got a Second?

As usual, the photo doesn't have a thing to do with the post. 

Several of you contacted me about voting for my Border Collie in the Garden and Gun Good Dog Photo Contest.  Here is the link, so if you have a second, please give her a vote! 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Stormy Night

Storms moving through our area last night provided a fantastic lightening show while on our way home from a neighboring town. 

An even worse storm early this morning left a tree down in the yard.  Other damage is minimal and all animals are accounted for....whew.  

One bad storm + frightened dogs in the bed = limited sleep 

The man-child of the house is away at football camp for the weekend.  This means I am going to need to help with the downed tree.  

I miss him terribly.......

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Randoms

Spotted this old fellow while riding along with Secret Agent Farm Man to pick up some supplies.  I think it looks like it belongs in the movie, Cars.

I posted a photo of my Border Collie in the Garden and Gun Good Dog Photo Contest.  You can do the same right here.  

A couple of days ago I was making supper, while my daughter was perched on the kitchen counter making me listen to some Jimmy Fallon Twitter #hashtags on her iphone.  This one is pretty good :) 

My teacher-back-to-school schedule starts in earnest next week.  Where did summer go.....

How about some music to match that old Ford pick up truck?

Linking up with Tanya today! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thankful Thursday

This old house has floated through this blog in the years past, but I was driving past it just a couple of weeks ago and once again it sparked my interest.   An old family homestead that is taking its own sweet time wearing away.  Thankful today for old things that don't leave us too soon.  

"Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read."  

Francis Bacon 

Linking up today with Teresa......

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Roadshow Bound

A friend of mine attended the Antiques Roadshow this summer in Birmingham, Alabama.  After applying for tickets, she was lucky enough to be selected to attend the show.  

Taking two items, one of which was a Goodwill purchase, she received positive appraisals.  One for several hundred dollars.  She said even with the long lines, it was a great experience.  Which inspires me to apply for tickets to next year's roadshow.  

Which also begs the question, have any of you attended the Antiques Roadshow?  

Was it all you thought it would be and more.....or was it less?

What did you take for appraisal?

If you haven't been, would you go and what would you take? 


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nature's Model

He was not the best model to work with.  

Though I attempted several shots, only these two were worth sharing.  

I think a macro lens is calling my name.....

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Randoms

Maybe it's a pumpkin blossom or maybe it is a teacup for my sweet honey bees.  You decide.....

If you are a fan of Walter White, then you can watch him launch into space right here.  You are welcome.  

My daughter and her friend were up cooking in the kitchen at three this morning.  I guess when you are thirteen, time is meaningless. 

Who doesn't use slang words?  I have heard most of these, but some were new for me.  I may have to start using, whoopensocker.  

Because I can't get enough of Miche Braden and Postmodern Jukebox, here she is giving a modern day teenage anthem her ever so talented spin.  

Linking up with Tanya today!  

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for some cool, fall days right here in the middle of summer.  Nothing like having the windows open and a cool breeze blowing through this old farmhouse. 

Linking up today with Teresa! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pudding Forever

Once upon a time, not too terribly long ago, I was a girl-child.  More specifically, I was an Air Force Brat living in the great state of North Dakota.  Each summer we would make the trip, by car, to my parents home in the state of Kentucky.  My most pronounced memories are of us taking this trip in a Honda Civic.  

That's right.....I said four people in a Honda Civic on a two-day marathon drive.  

I would take turns staying with both sets of grandparents.  Both equally influencing me in ways I couldn't understand in that given moment.  Once, when I was staying with my Mom's parents, we were invited to supper at my grandmother's friends' house.  

My grandmother, Bird, had been longtime friends with Minnie, a tall, very slender woman who lived on a farm with her husband.  Minnie had raised three children and was grandmother to several.  Minnie also lived in a holler.  A place so remote that there was no access road out of it.  You had to turn around and drive back out to your destination.  

She lived in a plain, Federal style farmhouse that had kittens in the front yard.  

Kittens, I said.....very important to a girl-child.  

Minnie also had a closed in back porch that held an enamel bucket with cold water and a dipper gourd.   A dipper gourd that I couldn't resist, much to my mother's chagrin.  

Supper was about fresh garden produce and, if I remember correctly, chicken.  And, then came dessert.  

Minnie asked me if I would like some pudding.  

I said no, as I knew I didn't like pudding.  Then, I saw everyone else receiving a small plate of cake.  Cake?  Yes, a yellow sponge cake that I said yes to.  Our area is home to so very many descendants of the British Isles and the vocabulary has stayed true through time.  Thus, Minnie referred to cake as, "pudding", an English term for dessert.   

It just goes to show you what small moments mean to someone through their lifetime. Ms. Minnie passed away quite a number of years ago, but I remember that moment in her home, though brief, with extreme fondness.  

Something triggered a memory of Minnie just the other day and I decided to research a recipe to do justice to her, "pudding cake".  

Here you will find a recipe for Victorian Sponge Cake.  I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.  

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Randoms

Just a sweet Katydid inspecting the clothesline.  

My son left the gate open and our herd of cows decided to explore the farmette during the night.  They left evidence of their travels by the garage, the back porch, the dog kennel, the pool, etc.....

The girl of the house dropped a fresh bar of Dove soap in the toilet and then it was flushed......good times here on the farmette lately!  Good Times!  

I made this recipe from Pinterest.  What did I think about it?  Meh, would be the word of choice.  

NPR had a sweet story about Bob Dylan giving Old Crow Medicine Show a song he had written.  Here is the product from their recently released CD.  

Linking up with Tanya today!  

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for wild things that grow in fence rows.  Although my husband wouldn't agree with me, I enjoy seeing Passion Flowers blooming on a barbed wire fence.  This photo is out of my archives, as I haven't found any vines yet this season.  Possibly Secret Agent Farmer Man has been busy cleaning out fence rows......

Linking up today with Teresa! 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Breaking Away

Like many families, we have been busy this summer with sports and other commitments.  So much so, that we really haven't broken away and taken a trip anywhere.  

So, we packed up the teenagers of the house and took off to Nashville for the day.  

Our first stop was Climb Nashville, where the kids practiced some climbing and bouldering techniques.  

They could have stayed all day, but we needed food!  

So, we stopped at the Athens Family Restaurant featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, on the Food Network.  Four thumbs up from this group.  

After some shopping and general goofing off in the city, we ended the night with more climbing as the kids tackled the sixty-foot wall.  

That is the man-child on the right and he did make it to the top.  

The girl of the house is pictured on the left, touching the top of the wall.

Both had to make it to the top.  One cannot outdo the other!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Summer in a Jar

Summer is not only the time of sunshine and swimming pools, it is also when I cannot keep any food in the house.  All food items seem to magically disappear from the fridge and I am left with hungry troops.  

Southern Living to the rescue.  

My Mom graciously gifts me with a subscription to SL each Christmas.  Thus, it is Christmas for me each month in the mailbox.  Pasta salad with some Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette might hold everyone over for a couple of hours.  Maybe, if I am lucky......

Juice one large lemon, for you will need 1/2 cup.  Don't use that lemon juice in the bottle.  Yuck!  

Mince one medium sized shallot. 

Mix lemon juice and shallot.  Allow mixture to sit for about five minutes.  

Throw in a cup of olive oil.  I used extra virgin.  Best to grease up those arteries with the good stuff. 

Next, you will need one tablespoon of honey.  

Then, one tablespoon Dijon mustard.  

Mix it all in a Mason jar.  

Use liberally on anything you want.  

"The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers.  The original meal has never been found." 

Calvin Trillin 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July

Wishing all of you out there a Happy 4th of July directly from a small town parade.  Where the flag is so large it has to be hoisted from a crane.  

Where firetrucks abound....

and so do old school cars.  

Of course, we need to see a pink tractor.....

and then a standard green one.  

And, if you collect small tractors, then all the better.  

Finally, when you think you can stand in the crowd not a minute longer, your daughter finally comes through the line and actually gives you a wave.  

Did I also mention small town 4th of July festivities also offer food, fun, family, and games?  

Small need one!  

Happy 4th of July!  

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday to be back home after a few whirlwind days of softball and trap shooting.  Proud that I have two active and involved teenagers.  Now, on to the weekend that is full of 4th of July activities!  

Life is good.  

Linking up with Teresa today! 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Signs From the Past

A Bull Durham Tobacco advertisement found in Georgetown this past weekend.  

"I continue to be interested in new things that seem old and old things that seem new." 

Jaquelin T. Robertson