Sunday, August 31, 2014

On the Fly

Taken on the fly, these photos show the tobacco pictured on Thursday, cut and ready to be hung in the barn.  

The plants had been cut Friday morning.  And, yes, that is a stick in the plant which will be used to hang it in the barn.  

The tobacco will hang in the barn for a few months.  When it is deemed dry and ready, it will be taken to market and sold.  

Friday, August 29, 2014

Random Five Friday

Photo courtesy of WBKO News

Excitement in Smalltownland this week as a Firetruck fell through a parking lot and into a basement of a previous building.   Two cranes arrived the following day to lift the truck out of the hole.  I heard that many people brought out lawn chairs to watch the spectacle. 

I wore what I thought was a simple, stylish t-shirt to work this week.  Then, a student asked me why I was wearing a , "gym shirt", to class.  

The opossum student tells me that the babies are thriving.  She also let me know that they curl their tails around her finger and hang upside down.  Sweet!  

The #2 track on my Spotify playlist and a current favorite this week.  

The Garden and Gun Good Dog Photo contest winners are here!  Go forth and have a look!  

Linking up with Tanya today.....

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for green pastures.  Though our weather patterns have been strange this summer, we still have plenty of green to go around.  This shot is of a local farmer's tobacco crop, just up the road from us.  This tobacco is ready to be cut and placed on a stick, that will allow it to hang in a barn to dry.  

"I'd rather kiss a mad cow on the muzzle then a smoker on the mouth." 

Paul Carvel  

Linking up with Teresa today....

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hang Together

"We must all hang together or most assuredly we will all hang separately."  

Benjamin Franklin  

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Old Things

 This summer has been the season for several old things to come into our possession.  With elderly family members in transition, we have received things not only from my grandmother, but from an aunt as well.  

Today I will share just three old things.  However, there are quite a few old things hanging out at this old farmhouse.  Secret Agent Farmer Man says it is going to be a great auction when I pass on.....

So, let's start with the cowboy horse clock.  Not a person in the family knows where it came from.  Found in a back closet, it remains a family mystery.  The clock is electric and the plug is a bit antiquated, but not too bad.  

From my husband's aunt, a McCoy Butter Churn.  Some seem to think she bought this in the 70's, at some point.  It is marked and in good condition.  

And, just because I don't have enough signs in my kitchen, ( I love vintage signs.), I just had to have bar sign I found at our local antique mall.  A bit gaudy, for sure, but I love it just the same.  

If you are a Facebook person, then you should check out the, Dusty Old Things, Facebook page.  Antique and vintage items shared and discussed daily.  

Are you a collector?  

If so.....spill the details.......

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Randoms

This baby pine cone is growing and gearing up for the winter months ahead of us.  The Old Farmer's Almanac says we have another cold winter approaching.  

My husband bought a used garden tiller from a friend's grandfather with the report that it will, "dig to China."  We shall see.......

Finally put this on the ipod yesterday......

Are you a fan of Dirty Dancing?  Here are 5 things you likely didn't know.  

We are headed for a scorcher of a weekend.  If you are in the vicinity of the heat wave, stay cool!

Linking up with Tanya today!

Around Roanoke

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for winding country roads.  This is the one lane road that leads to my farm.  Taken with my cell phone, this picture doesn't even do the sunset justice.  

"All you need is the plan, a road map, and the courage to press on to your destination."  

Earl Nightingale 

Linking up with Teresa today....

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Life Changes

Though my Grandmother Lucy lives in the nursing home, she is not in any shape to return to her home and thus it has been sold.  Meaning that her personal, household belongings must be managed in some way.  Last week I moved some of her things into my home and it has been rather strange for me.  

My daughter commented how these things smell like Gran and remind us of her.  Though she is a mere visit away, she doesn't remember us like she used to.  

Life changes and it isn't always kind.  But, we deal with it in the best way we know how.  

A friend of mine shared this video with me on Facebook and it gave me a much needed smile.  

 A smile I am sharing with you.  Go forth and have a great day, my friends.  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Gray and Gloomy

It's a gray and gloomy day here at the farmette.  

Perfect for watching a little Shark Week on the Discovery channel and snacking on some garden fresh pico de gallo.  

The hens are relaxing in their coop and the dogs are resting on the couch.  Only the cows seem to like the rain, as they stand outside munching on grass during the down pours.  

I suppose the pumpkins are appreciative of the rain as well.  

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Randoms

The Queen Anne's Lace is drying up just a bit, but it is quite photogenic.  

I haven't been to see the movie yet, but I am in love with the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack.  You can enjoy it right here.  

Fabulous tomato recipe right here.  Since I picked my first Cherokee Purple tomato last night, I am going to need all of the tomato recipes I can get in the next few weeks.  

In case you were wondering, I did not bring home a baby opossum. Secret Agent Farmer Man was so relieved.    However, there are five who need homes!  I hear they are growing strong on a diet of corn on the cob, milk, and hot dogs.......

I cannot tell you how sad the passing of Robin Williams made me.  Here is a clip of just one of his many cinematic endeavors.  

I'll catch up with everyone this weekend!  

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for a sweet student who offered to sell me a baby opossum.  Yes, the opossum was an orphan and the sales pitch was legitimate.  It is moments like these, at the end of the work day, that give me the comic relief I need to stay motivated in life!

"There is little success where there is little laughter."  

Andrew Carnegie

Linking up today with Teresa......

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Showers Descend

Showers descended upon the farmette yesterday.  

 They came in droves.  

With our pastures so dry, it was a welcome sight.    

Even the Zinnias are looking a bit withered.  

"The gathering clouds bespread the sky, and gentle showers descend; the ripening fruits we just descry, as summer is at end."  

Farmer's Almanac  

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Drying Basil

Several of you questioned me about my technique for drying basil.  I have to say that is couldn't be any simpler.  

I grow a washtub of basil outside my backdoor each season.  

When it is mature, I pick the leaves.   I lay them on a linen dishtowel in an out of the way place.  

At my house it takes about a week, on average, for the leaves to dry on their own.  When they are ready I loosely package them into whatever leftover Mason jars I have at my disposal.  

I use the basil all winter long for pasta sauces, lasagna, etc...   If I have extra I I share with friends.  Although I have a dehydrator, this method has worked the best for me over the years.  

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Randoms

The tomato grove is thick with green tomatoes.  Meaning they are all going to ripen about the same time and overwhelm me.  Bring it on, I say!  

I started my 19th year of teaching this week.  One of the smoothest starts to a school year I have ever experienced.  

I've been listening to some Lionel Ritchie this week.  

I mentioned yesterday that my hens go on strike during really hot weather.  Can't say if all hens do this, but mine are not about to exert themselves when things get steamy.  

Just because I know you need a good laugh and I know he is good for it.  

Linking up with Tanya today!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for the one egg I found in the coop.  Because it was quite a hot day and the girls usually go on strike in the heat, I wasn't even expecting anything.

Sometimes you have to take what you can get.  

"The present was was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell."  

Zora Neale Hurston  

Linking up with Teresa today....

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Morning Glory

"A Morning Glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books."

Walt Whitman  

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Butterfly Queen

There hasn't been much in the way of butterflies on the farmette this summer.  And, I do mean of any variety.  We have plenty of wildflowers scattered about, as well as some flower beds.  This usually attracts some species, but not this year.  

However, I did have a lucky moment yesterday morning when I spied this lovely flyer.  Her markings indicate that she is a true Monarch and not a Viceroy.  

Mostly she cooperated, but a few shots didn't turn out as I had hoped.  

What about you?  More or less butterflies in your neck of the woods this summer?  

Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday Randoms

Just checking the growth of a neighboring farmer's corn.  My view on the way home from the grocery. 

I heard this song three different times this week.  I suppose the powers at be are sending me the message to share it with you.  

Enjoy these photos.  I did!  

Today is my Mom's birthday.  Sending some good vibes her way today!  

I plan on watching some softball and drying some organic basil this weekend.  I knew you would want to know......

Linking up with Tanya today!