Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Random Shots For the Week

A baby pumpkin on a book.

A trifecta of fall decor on the front porch.  

Twin pears dwindling on the branch.  

An old, twisted wire in the barn.  

Mr. Long Legs checking out the Morning Glory vines.  

Mums blooming out for the season.  

"So much of life, it seems to me, is determined by pure randomness."  

Sidney Poitier  

Sunday, September 28, 2014

White Lines

My tiny country road now has white lines.......

I feel the urge to spray paint right over the top of them. 

 I won't because it would be wrong, and really it would take way too much spray paint. 

Civilization is creeping into my tiny hamlet.  

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Randoms

Hmmmmm....maybe your average hole in a tree or maybe a Keebler Elf lives there.  I'll let you decide. 

A seriously awesome wedding photo right here

Why, yes I do think I need a sheep to hold my paper clips.  

I am going to blame my Border Collie's love of cereal on Secret Agent Farmer Man.  He doles out a bit of cereal to each dog whenever he pours himself a bowl.   

I shall leave you with Mick Jagger and The Cheiftans to carry you through the weekend.  

Linking up with Tanya today......

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thoughtful Thursday

Thankful today for this sweet companion.  Although, I do think she was the one who opened the cabinet door and took out a box of cereal that I found on the floor......I still love her anyway.

"Dogs never bite me.  Just humans."  

Marilyn Monroe

Linking up today with Teresa.....

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Golden Days

Like so many people, Autumn is my favorite season.  

I cannot say which is my most favorite; pumpkins, the leaves already falling from our trees, or the Goldenrod in bloom all around us.  

Today I will say the Goldenrod.
 It provides me with so many wonderful scenes right outside my front door.
But, tomorrow I might say pumpkins.  

"The Goldenrod is yellow, 
The corn is turning brown,
The apple in the orchards,
With fruit are bending down." 

Helen Hunt Jackson  

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Cow Days

This weekend was Smalltownland's annual pause to celebrate all things cow and community related.  

Our Cow Days Festival brings in different types of craft vendors, 

as well as artistic displays of all kinds.  

Our football team played in the, "Cow Bowl", on Friday night with a great victory.  

Secret Agent Farmer Man and our trusty Border Collie, Rainy, sold raffle tickets for this classic flat bottomed river boat.  Built by SAFM himself, as well as some of the trap shooters.  

The most classic attraction of our small town festival is Annie the cow.  

For fifty cents you can milk her and get a cup of kool aid.  

A kid's dream.......

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Randoms

Sometimes we even get a little excitement at the end of our small country road.  This blimp floated overhead last Sunday afternoon.  

Here are some photographs that are most definitely worth a look.  

Our neighbors, down the road, have a donkey.  Thus far I haven't seen him, only heard him.....

I heard this lady on the radio several times this week.  Funny how you won't hear a song forever and then it just reappears.....

I was crushed to learn that Forrest Gump's house isn't real!  Some days moving to Greenbow, Alabama, and living in that scenic house sounds pretty good!  

Linking up today with Tanya!  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for a small break in a busy schedule to take a walk on the farmette.  This is a view from the top of the hill, looking towards our neighbor's property.

"Get busy living, or get busy dying."  

Stephen King

Linking up today with Teresa.....

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Interesting how the Thistle can be at once the national symbol of Scotland......

yet also despised across the pond.  

Perhaps if it didn't blow its downy seeds all over the pastures, 

it would be more lovable.  

"All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind."  

Abraham Lincoln 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tebbs Bend

With such a busy family schedule during this time of year, there isn't much time for extra activities or leisurely pursuits.  However, last Sunday I took an hour out of my morning to make a quick trip to the Tebbs Bend Battlefield.  

Formed in a driving loop off the side of the highway, Tebbs Bend is a Civil War historical area where people still live and farm the land.  The Battle of Tebbs Bend was fought on July 4, 1863.  General John Hunt Morgan attacked Union Army troops, but was defeated, even though he had the advantage.  

The part that I really wanted to see was the steel bridge built in 1907.  About a month ago, it was closed to traffic.....forever.  It will be moved and preserved, but many people in the area have been upset by the closure.  

General John Hunt Morgan burned the original wooden bridge during his Christmas raid in 1862.  The wooden bridge was repaired and improved more after the Battle at Tebbs Bend.  It is believed that this steel bridge is built on the original stone abutments.  

Yes, I did walk over the barricades onto the wooden slats.  

They seemed a bit precarious just walking on them, I cannot imagine driving over this bridge.  

A wonderful area of history that I will be visiting again.  Some say the area, and this bridge, are haunted.  I don't know about that, but there is still a lot here for me to investigate.  

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Randoms

I was cleaning out a box from my Grandmother's house when I found this shirt from my Dad's younger days.  After he graduated from high school he delivered soda for the Ski and Double Cola Company, before he joined the Air Force. 

This is a great tune by Old Crow Medicine Show.  A nice addition to the ipod, I must say.  

Fall temperatures are headed our way.  It is my favorite time of year.  

Here is a list of very perfect food bloggers.  How do they pull it off?  

I don't think I could even express how glad I am that the weekend is near.....

Linking up with Tanya today!  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for people who take the time to care.  People who take that time, in life, to go that extra mile.  They tie up those loose ends and get things accomplished when no one else will.

"If you really want to do something, you will find a way.  If you don't you'll find an excuse." 


Linking up with Teresa today....

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Wee Fairy Circle

Traveling the country roads this weekend I came upon a ring of mushrooms, commonly known in folklore as a, "Fairy Circle".  

In Celtic Folklore a Fairy Circle is the place where the Fae come to dance.  If a human were to enter the circle they may never return to their earthly life or, if they do, time has passed unknown to them.  

In Holland, Folklore states that these rings are left by the Devil's milk churn.  When he picks it back up again, the ring is left.   Scandinavian people believe these rings are where the elves come to dance.  
Germany knows them as, "Witches Rings", and in many European countries these rings are associated with sorcery and bad luck.  

Out here in the back country they must not hold much importance. I suppose this property owner believes that it is just a ring of mushrooms spores living underneath the soil.  Just what kind of fun is that, I ask?  I drove by yesterday to see if the ring had, "completed itself", only to find it had met its fate with the lawn mower.

"Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable."  

Mary Oliver  

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Catch Up Day

This barn photo has nothing to do with this post.

Saturdays have become, "Catch Up Days", around our house.  With a busy weekday schedule, Saturday is the day for doing all the chores that have gone undone during the week.  

My first stop was at our locally owned Smalltownland pharmacy.  Medication for the man-child of the house was in order.  (Ragweed, I curse you!) Which led to conversations with the pharmacist about how our children are old enough now to go to the doctor by themselves and life is changing.  

Next up, a stop at the farm store.  This family owned and run store is a staple here in Smalltownland.  While browsing the, "Ladies Section", my list from Secret Agent Man was reviewed, filled, and waiting for me when I was ready to check out.  Which led to conversations about football and basketball games,   rough starts to the seasons, facial wrinkles, and blogging.  I could have stayed and talked much longer, yet I had more stops to make.  But, not before I snatched a freshly baked snickerdoodle from the counter.  Thanks Ms. E!  

Then, it was on to the grocery store.  Really not a favorite chore of mine.  However, it was made better by conversations at the check out with a retired teacher who now works part time at the store.  A little more talk about football and life in general made this task so enjoyable that I didn't notice that I had dropped my drivers license in the shopping cart.  

Next up, a stop at a local produce stand for more conversation and a very young student who took my purchases out to my truck.  Awwwwww......

As soon as I arrived at home my phone rang.  A parent who knows me from school let me know she had found my drivers license and would I like for her to bring it out my way?  She said she would pass by my road in a few minutes.  

A meet up with the parent and a profuse thank you session had me  back at home thinking about how lucky I am to be here.  It isn't perfect, by far, but what a difference it can make in life. 

"Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes in the middle of nowhere you find yourself." 


Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday Randoms

Drowning in green beans can be a good thing.  Our sweet neighbors offered us a row for the taking  picking.  This bunch is not even half the amount that ended up in the freezer.  

I might be hooked on Jimmy Fallon.  His latest singing game with Adam Levine is just too funny and spot on. 

If you have ever had the unfortunate experience of a hospital stay, then you should check out these pics of hospital food from around the world.  Poland is all about minimalism......

 My son is coaching a, "Powder Puff Football Team".  For those not in the know, powder puff refers to female football teams that face off during the school's homecoming festivities.  Typically the football players coach the young ladies.  I am interested to see how this works out for him......

You know you need some music to send you off into the wilds of the weekend!

Linking up with Tanya today!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for old fences.  

The kind of dry stone wall brought here to Kentucky many, many years ago by Irish immigrant stone masons.    

More commonly found in the Lexington area of my fine state, a few can still be found in my small town.  

Even with a sweet, southern porch peeking through the trees.  

"Honesty is never seen sitting astride the fence."  

Lemuel K. Washburn

Linking up today with Teresa.....

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Daily Discussion

Our community is buzzing with migrant workers cutting and transporting tobacco.  It is very labor intensive and still relies on able bodies for harvest.  Farmers are also out and about managing workers and overseeing the process.  Our small community gas station/food court/gossip center is full of these farmers taking a break and gathering for their daily discussions.  

"There are only three things that can kill a farmer:  lightening, rolling over in a tractor, and old age."  

Bill Bryson