Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Randoms

The snow seems to be melting a bit and with warmer temps in the forecast, hopefully it will all be gone soon.  

Have you ever been witness to a hole punch cloud?  Nah, me neither, but you can see a real one here.  

Here is an interesting take on Civil War re-enactors, who pretend to die.  Having attended a reenactment, with a full charge up a hill (horses, guns, smoke, noise, the works,it was awesome), I find it a bit intriguing.  

Led Zeppelin as played by elementary school students?  Nothing could be more awesome, except for the fact they are from Kentucky,  Yep, that's right....

I have been on a total Tina Turner kick for the past few days....along with some Allman Brothers,  

Linking up with Tanya today!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for getting back into our school routine.  Though, being on a one hour delay this week, (for three days), has helped ease the transition.  

This week's fence is from the archives and is quite a few years old.  I admit that I do like the sunny view and that spot of green in the corner. I have no doubt that my husband would think that this fence row needs a bit of cleaning.

Linking up with Teresa today.....

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Word of the Day

Gentle readers, the word of the day is manure.  

You read that right.  

Manure seems to have a different texture when the temperature is in the single digits as opposed to, let's say, in the twenties.  One wouldn't think so, but it does.  

Take, for example, my barn chores this morning.  With the temps in the twenties I was expecting those frozen dinner plate sized patties that are easily pitchforked into the manure pile,  Oh, but no.....instead there were fresh patties hidden underneath straw that stuck to my muck boots like bubble gum in the dog days of summer.  

As I left the barn my partner in chores, my dutiful Aussie Shepherd, waited while I found a stick to unclog my boots.  

This took several minutes......

The Lady of the Yard

As I ventured up to the porch I needed to take off my muck boots.  In doing so I ended up with manure on my coveralls and gloves.....if it had ended up on my face, I might have passed out on the spot.  

I ended up disrobing on the front porch, thankful that our nearest neighbor isn't even the slightest bit visible from our house.  It wasn't time for the mailman and only the Lady of the Yard was witness to this catastrophe.  

I bet you thought the word of the day was going to be snow.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Stuck in the Coop

Currently, at my house, there is a running bet between my daughter and my husband.  The daughter thinks we will have school tomorrow and the husband says it is a no-go.  Me?  Well, I am a bit hopeful, but the realist in me says that we won't go to school.....again.  

Prepping some corn tortillas. 

So, I continue to cook, read books, watch some old episodes of No Reservations, and blog a bit.  In better weather I would be outside walking with the dogs, but walking in knee deep snow isn't much fun.  Not for me or the dogs.  

Garden green beans, corn, and some fresh chopped garlic.  

I even took down the light fixtures, including all ceiling fan globes, and washed them.  Seriously.  Maybe that is a sign I have been inside too long.  My son wanted to know why I was doing all of this since it wasn't even spring.  *sigh*  

Southwestern Vegetable is good.  

I stopped cleaning long enough to make some Southwestern Vegetable Soup.  It is one of my favorite soup recipes.  My son and daughter have a big bowl with a grilled cheese sandwich.  The husband likes a medium sized bowl with crackers.  Me?  I like a small bowl with just a sprinkle of cheese on top.  We are like Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  

Make a batch.  Warm up and enjoy.....

Southwestern Vegetable Soup 

6 cups chicken broth
1  14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, with juice (want spicer?  Use a can of Rotel) 
1 cup water
1 cup canned dark red kidney beans, with liquid  ( I like a can of pinto beans with liquid.) 
1 cup frozen yellow cut corn
1 cup frozen green beans 
1 can diced green chilies
1/2 cup diced Spanish onion  (A regular onion will suffice.) 
1/2 cup tomato sauce
6 corn tortillas,  finely minced 
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder 
dash garlic powder (For the love of all that is holy, use 3 cloves of fresh chopped garlic.)
* I like to add some chicken to this recipe.  A couple of cans of chicken or leftover chicken will do.  Shred finely, for best results. 

Combine all the soup ingredients in a large dutch oven.  Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes.  

To serve ladle soup into a bowl and garnish with cheese, if desired.  Who doesn't desire cheese?  

Make it, eat it, and enjoy it.  

That is an order......

Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday Randoms

Fluffed up against a below zero wind chill, this sweet bird demonstrates how we have all been feeling this week.  

Here are some great tweets about why people are single.  Sleeps like a starfish???????

Nothing is safe in this crazy winter weather......

Do you miss those Girl Scout Cookies in the off season?  Well, here is your solution.  You are welcome.....

This week I have been groovin' to some Eric ClaptonThe Eagles, and the Soggy Bottom Boys.  I have had some serious time on my hands, you can tell. 

Linking up today with Tanya!  
Ice on the way for us tonight!  
Could the weather get any better?  

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for farm chores.  Yes, you read that right.  While the rhythm of our community has been disrupted, things continue to move right along here at the farmette.  

It's me with a bovine friend. 

Chores make for a day of routine and zero boredom.  

The view from the barn.  

Linking up today with Teresa, because I know there is a fence out in that field, somewhere.....

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Suzy Snowflake

Here they are.....the snow pictures.  You knew they were coming, right?  Some bloggers like Birdman and Lori get snow all of the time.  Their communities are used to it, but my small town can be paralyzed by a couple of inches.  I measured ten inches on our back porch.  

Even the bottle tree was about to be covered up by the white stuff.  

Mr. Cardinal continued to pay the feeders visits all day yesterday.  I cleared the feeders several times, but he came back regardless of their condition.  

He even brought along the Mrs. for a snack.  

Venturing outside the house, Secret Agent Farmer Man and I found the beehives enduring the snow quite well.  

We also found this view.  I admit that I was about to walk right past it, until the Mr. asked why I wasn't take to take a shot.  

What now?  Well, everything is closed from banks, to factories, and doctor's offices.  Travel is a bit better as the county road crews continue their work, but a small community like mine is ill equipped for a big snow like this.  

We are not expecting a warm up until Saturday.  It is very likely that school will be cancelled for the rest of the week.  The high on Thursday is to be nine degrees.  

Nine, for the high?  


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Stocking Up

The birds know what is about to go down tonight and tomorrow.  

Suddenly, up to eight inches of snow is forecast for my area by the end of the day tomorrow.  

I am glad that I don't live in, "town", as the city sent out an all call to every residence, in the city limits, to warn of the impending snow storm........ at three o'clock this morning.  

Many people thought that could have waited until later in the day.  

As for us, well we stocked up on the Holy Trinity, (bread, milk, and toilet paper), yesterday before we even considered it might snow.  

We are so forward thinking like that, don't ya know.....

Friday, February 13, 2015

Random Five Friday

You know you are at a good, small town BBQ joint when they dress their concrete pig.  

Take a gander right here and see the best view in your state.  

Here is a small peek into a lovely house by Frank Lloyd Wright.  

Our music selection today is a bit of Bruce in the acoustic version, or the full band version.

Looking for a good book?  I enjoy novels set in the south and here are a few prize winning suggestions.  

Linking up with Tanya today and looking forward to catching up with many of you on this long weekend ahead.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Thoughtful Thursday

Although this might look like a house for one, it is actually the post office that served my small community when my mom was a youth.  

I was reminded of this fact while attempting to photograph this building.  My mom's childhood friend stopped in the middle of the small, country road to ask what in the world I was doing.  

Thankful today for that small moment.  The few minutes of, "hello/what are you doing/how are you doing/how's your mom and dad/how's that sweet Jack Russel of yours/you take care now", are what make this community what it is.  

"Neighbors bring food with death, flowers with sickness, and little things in between."  

To Kill a Mockingbird 

Linking up with Teresa today......

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Today's Various Items

Yet another old house that floats in a sea of old houses in this small town.  

Do you ever feel like your days are an odd mix of monotony with strange tidbits thrown in the mix?  

The first girl's softball scrimmage is just a month away.  

Cold weather, but no snow this season.  Where is the fun in that? 

It is hard to share a bed with a full grown English Pointer.

Did you know that cleaning out a chicken coop can be an invigorating way to start a weekend?

And, I think that is all......

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Big Warm Up

This past Friday the sky had a wonderful glow as the sun rose for the day.  

My drive to work is about twenty minutes and during that time the sky showed its artistic talent.  

Nothing but pastures and barns in the distance to enhance the view.  

Well, maybe a pond here and there.  

Finally, as I arrived at my destination, the sun looked like it was just about to appear above the horizon.  

"Get outside.  Watch the sunrise.  Watch the sunset.  How does that make you feel?  Does it make you feel big or tiny?  Because there is something good about feeling both."  

Amy Grant  

Friday, February 6, 2015

Friday Randoms

Just a small birdhouse for your Friday consideration.  

This is the coldest place on Earth to live.  Really, I just don't think I could do it.  

If you are too far gone with your phone that you don't notice a Humpback Whale in front of you, then I think you should just drop it in the water and be done with it. 

I am intrigued by this necklace.....

A little Stevie Ray Vaughn to send you off into your weekend.

Linking up today with Tanya....

Have a great one!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Thankful for sweet surprises on this Thursday.  I spied this calf at a nearby farm and thought it was so cute.  

Upon closer inspection I spied an extra ear.......

Then a friend appeared from behind.

Two sweet surprises.  

"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions;  they pass no criticisms."  

George Eliot 

Linking up today with Teresa......

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A Surprise Inside

A somewhat nondescript country road lead us on a drive, this past weekend.  An ordinary barn sitting on the side of the road is what we thought we saw.  

However, sitting inside were the remains of what looks like a small building.  Hand-hewn logs framed out a cabin, with a full height front door.  

Was the barn built around this structure?  I doubt we will ever know the real story.  Not knowing the owner of the barn, or even the surrounding land, makes it difficult.  

"I had daydreams and fantasies when I was growing up.  I always wanted to live in a log cabin at the foot of a mountain.  I would ride my horse to town and pick up provisions.  Then return to the cabin, with a big open fire, a record player, and peace."  

Linda McCartney 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Cloudy Day

Today marks Imbolc, the Gaelic festival that heralds the start of spring.  A centuries old tradition, Christians use this day to observe the Feast of St. Brigid.  

Imbolc was a time of weather prediction, with people watching to see if serpents, or badgers, came out of their winter dens.  Many think this is a forerunner of our modern day celebration of Groundhog's Day.  Germany, the United Kingdom, and Serbia, all have similar celebrations.  

I, for one, am hoping that Mr. Groundhog does not see his shadow tomorrow.  Seeds are ordered, mental garden plans are in place, and manure arranged appropriately.  

Bring on a cloudy day!  

"The trouble with weather forecasting is that it's right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it."  

Patrick Young