Thursday, April 30, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday to be blessed with good neighbors.  Though we may not be able to peek out the window and see all of them, they are there, if need be.  Not only do we have some fine human neighbors, but we have many from the animal kingdom as well.  This little fellow is one of my favorites.  I think it might be those sweet eyes all trimmed in black. Lately, he has been giving me the, "once over", when I am out for a walk.  

"We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbors."  

Gilbert K. Chesterton 

Linking up with Teresa today....

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


"Because forgiveness is like this: a room can be dank because you have closed the windows, you've closed the curtains. But the sun is shining outside, and the air is fresh outside. In order to get that fresh air, you have to get up and open the window and draw the curtains apart."

Desmond Tutu

Sunday, April 26, 2015


Last night we had a terrible weather forecast looming into the future.  

Strong winds, large hail, and tornado activity were on the horizon for this small town.  

Though we did get some storm activity, the worst of it failed to make an appearance.  

It did give some great light for taking photographs.  

I found these two small herds having a meeting of the minds over the fence.  Perhaps they were discussing the impending weather.  

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Randoms

More flowers for this random Friday.  Enjoying the volunteers that are popping up here and there.  

The Kentucky Derby is almost upon us.  Ladies, do you have a hat at the ready?  If not, then I suggest you take a gander at these examples.  

I am not much about taking a selfie, but these people are. 

Is your state known for a specific movie?  You can double check that info right here.  

I have been listening to Nickel Creek for a long time, but has it really been 25 years?  Since they recently did a reunion tour, I guess it has been that long.  You can give them a listen here.  Nothing like an NPR Tiny Desk concert for pure music.  

Linking up with Tanya today.  Go forth and have a great weekend!  

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thankful Thursday

An old house, in Bardstown, that needs a little love.
Thankful this week for a bad situation turned good.  The softball girl had her gear bag stolen, with all of her equipment in it.  After a few days we were convinced that it would never be found.  

During that time, countless people offered us their help and equipment for her to use.  How wonderful is it to have people offer assistance during trying times?   Incredibly thankful for the kindness of friends, and acquaintances, in this small town.  

Her bag magically reappeared in the locker room.  Though it had obviously been gone through, nothing was taken.  

Linking up this photo with Teresa today....

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Despite a thunderstorm and a rainy day, the first Iris of the spring season made her appearance yesterday.  

Showing herself in the late afternoon sunlight.  

"I will be the gladdest thing
 under the sun, 
I will touch a hundred flowers, 
and not pick one."  

Edna St. Vincent Millay 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Planting by the Signs

This year I planted my seeds by, "the signs".  Meaning I used the phases of the moon to select the best time that would promote growth in my plants.  

If the moon can affect the tides, then why not the growth of plants?  I would like to admit that I have been diligent about using the signs each year, but that would not be the truth. 

 But, I am getting there.  

I used, The Old Farmer's Almanac's charts ,to select the days that were best for planting.  If you are familiar with, "the signs", you know that there are signs for just about everything.  That would include cutting hair, mowing the yard, and pulling teeth.  

While some modern folks tend to regard this information as superstition, I know my grandparents relied on it to yield the best crops possible.  Back then there wasn't just trotting to the grocery store when the garden didn't produce well.  

So far, I have heirloom tomatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe, lemon squash, and cucumbers sprouting along.  

Anyone else out there planting by the signs?  

Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Randoms

Some sweet Dianthus that will soon grace us with her flowers.  

This photo of a lion is quite spectacular.  However, I am not the kind of photographer that would get that close!  

An interesting look at playgrounds around the world.  Norway is the only one that looks like it might hold some enjoyment for children.  

How about a little Bill Withers to start the weekend?  

Linking up with Tanya today! 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for so many things, where shall I start?   Maybe with a list:  

The softball girl made the paper.  

I finished a large amount of paperwork that has been on my desk :)  

The young man of the house had a great time in New York and came back with plenty of stories.  

My parents celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary yesterday.  

Life is good, here at the farmette.  

Linking up today with Teresa....

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Haphazard Days

Never mind that Friday Random business, everyday around the farmette is a bit random.  

The Redbuds are blooming.  A welcome sight after a dreary winter.  

Storms seem to be on the horizon for the week.  I tire of the daily rain, but I do love the sky shots.  

Seeds continue to be planted and I cannot wait to see some bees on Sunflowers.  This pic is from last year.  

The people, dogs, chickens, and cows of the farmette aren't the only ones who love the warm weather.  The daughter's parakeet gets some extra porch time.  

I was asked to take a group photo of my daughter's softball team.  I likened it to herding cats.  

"The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in the details of daily life." 

William Morris  

Sunday, April 12, 2015

No Trespassing

 This past week we had a bit of free time on our hands.  What to do but climb over a gate with a no trespassing sign attached.  As punishment  for this, a snake slithered right across this road into a small stream.  

I did not like this event at all.   

Our goal was this abandoned bridge.  In it's previous life it connected two roads in our small county.  With newer roads, traffic was rerouted.  Prior to that, a ferry took people across the river.  

Many years ago I took some photos of this gem, but that was when my kids were little.  It needed a revisit.  

While I was admiring the overgrowth and lack of flooring, the man of the house decided to walk out to the middle of the bridge.  

In my opinion, a really bad idea.  You can see me chastising him in this photo.  

However, he did get a great photo.  

"Bridges become frames for looking at the world around us."  

Bruce Jackson  

Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday Randoms

I wish I could claim this sweet tulip as my own, but I found this growing beside of an abandoned house here in Smalltownland.  

I confess that I detest those marshmallow Peeps that are floating around this time of year.  However, if you love them, here are some easy ways to use those babies.  

This stylist spoofed some iconic fashion ads and I think you will like them.  

Riding on a subway can be a impersonal experience.  These people decided to have some fun.  

Time to get up out of your chair on this fine Friday.  

Have a great weekend, my friends!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for a clean laundry room.  

Yep, that's right.  

Because nothing, and I mean nothing, will get you moving on that task like a sweet, small town appliance repair man telling you that he will be there in the morning to look at your squeaky dryer.  

Too bad I can't sell dust bunnies on Etsy......

This series of fence shots brought to you by the impending storm that rolled over our farm yesterday afternoon.  

"My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance."  

Erma Bombeck

Linking up today with Teresa......

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Scenes From the Week

Spring break is finally upon us here at the farmette.  I thought it would never arrive.  

So, what are we up to?  Ball games,  ball practice, work for the farmer guy and I am painting.  Did I mention prepping the flower beds?  The fun, the joy, the mess.....

Also planting some tomatoes.  Transplants don't go out into the garden until after the first weekend in May.  Tomorrow the, "signs", are right for some tomato seed beds.  

The chickens have just been so snowy white and clean...and then they took a dust bath today.  GAH!  Now they are brown. 

The pear trees are starting to blossom.  

This print is from my front porch flag. 
 Finally time to fly one for spring.  

Ferns are out on the front porch, as well.  The covering protected them from the frost we had Saturday night.  

The young man of the house is having the best week of us all.  He is in New York City for several days, taking in the sights, eating great food, and generally enjoying life. 

Just what are you up to for the week?  
Do tell

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

"We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does.  Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining - they just shine."  

Dwight L. Moody  

Friday, April 3, 2015

Friday Randoms

Check out this awesome group of girls!  They are a softball playing unit!  I will claim the one in the sunglasses :)  

Fancy yourself a photographer?   These photos will make you rethink your use of negative space.  

My son showed me this video of a fire ant colony turned into a piece of art.  You can check our their business at Anthillart.  

Just because I know we all need a here.  

I will leave you with a bit of Joe Cocker to start your weekend.  Have a great one!  

Linking up with Nancy and Tanya today!  

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for a smooth week, no barbed wire to create any hangups.  Great ballgames, sunny weather, and wonderful people round out this Thursday.  

Linking up today with Teresa, because I need to show off this piece of fence from my front yard....that I have likely photographed before, but it especially applies this week.