Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Taking a moment today to reflect on all that is good in my life.  My small community is yet again reeling after the tragic death of another young person.

Take a moment and be thankful for all that you have today.  

It could all end tomorrow.  

Life is so uncertain.  

"I intend to live forever, or die trying."  

Groucho Marx 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

A Good Carpenter

"Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one."  

Sam Rayburn 

Linking up today with Tom.....

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Randoms

This lovely flower recently popped up in my landscaping.  Can anyone tell me what it is?  The full bloom doesn't last long as something uses it as a snack and it ends up looking like the bloom on the left in a couple of hours.  

Halloween is rapidly approaching.  Here are a few costumes for little ones.  Most are cute, some are just not cute.  

Kentucky has many lovely homes and here is just one of them.  A bit too large for my taste, but pretty awesome just the same.  

I don't watch The Voice, but my daughter shared this video with me.  What a talented young person.  

Leaving you with a little Mick for the weekend.  

Linking up with Tanya.....

Around Roanoke

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Thankful today for the arrival of Autumn.  Though we may still be a bit green, here at the farmette, the leaves are starting to fall and the mornings are cool.  Soon it will be time for a fire in the wood stove.

A fire in the wood stove and a good book are my favorite combination.

"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour.  Sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute."  

Albert Einstein

Linking up today with Theresa.....

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Pumpkin, Pumpkin

"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion."  

Henry David Thoreau 

I seem to have a lot in common with Mr. Thoreau.  
Autumn is officially a day away and the farmette is awash with pumpkins.  

Even the Lady of the Yard is not immune to my decorative arts.  

When Halloween arrives, a few of these beauties will be carved into Jack-o-Lanterns.  

Based on the Irish legend of, "Stingy Jack", carving pumpkins has been around since the 17th century.  According to one version Jack invites the Devil for a drink, as of course he would.  Jack did not want to pay for the drink, so he persuaded the Devil to turn himself into a coin.  

After which, Jack pocketed the coin.  As, of course he would.  Jack later set the Devil free if he would leave his soul alone.  Jack had later run-ins with the Devil, only to end up being banished from both Heaven and Hell.  

A tough gig, with only a piece of burning coal inside a carved turnip to light his way.  Hence he became forevermore known as, "Jack of the Lantern".  

Irish and Scottish children used turnips, beets, and potatoes to light the way during Gaelic Halloween celebrations, known as Samhain.  

You can find a couple of the traditional turnips versions of a Jack-o-lantern here. 

 I find them rather ghastly and will stick with my pumpkins, though I suppose the ghastly look was the point.  

Sunday, September 20, 2015

All Things Cow

Our small town festival was a big hit this weekend.  Full of crafts, food, and fun, it is an event people look forward to each year.  

Annie, the fiberglass cow, dispenses flavored drinks.  Fifty cents lets you milk her for your choice of flavors.  A bargain!  

People come from all over and drive their best to attend high school reunions, ham breakfasts, and concerts.  

Local craftsman sell their wares and I admit that I have a checkerboard from this display.  Mine came with regular pennies, and wheat pennies, set in cherry, for the checkers.  My son had a successful weekend with his handmade knives, selling all but one.  

Saturday afternoon brought the parade before we had a small shower.  

The tractors were a big hit and this little fellow was serious about his driving.  

The mules are always a favorite of mine.  These two belong to one of the nicest gentleman you will ever meet.  

My Dad was here for his 50th high school reunion and we had a good visit.  Between all the eating, fellowship, and festivities, I think I need a day to recover.  

Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday Randoms

Orchids left at a cemetery.  

Childhood foods.....I will confess a liking for #1, but a total dislike for #8.  

Just a tiny testament to 69 years of marriage.  

This may just be the sweetest comic strip ever.  

Leaving you with some Willie Nelson for the weekend.  

Linking up today with Tanya!  

Around Roanoke

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Thankful Thursday

The last of the summer Honeysuckle clinging to a wire fence.  

Thankful this Thursday for a festival weekend.  Here in Smalltownland, we celebrate everything cow in the next couple of days.  Started in the depression era, our festival was famous for raffling off a cow.  A big deal during those lean times.  My Mom and Dad will be here for my Dad's 50th high school reunion and the man-child of the house will be selling his knives at the festival.

 Busy times!

Linking up today with Theresa....

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Shots From the Week

One of the hens giving me the side eye......

A Thistle gone to seed.......

The front porch in the late afternoon......

A Morning Glory ready to unfurl....

Eggs awaiting a good scramble.......

Glad to see those chickens earning their keep.  

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sunday Stew

It is a perfect Autumn day here in Kentucky.  Sunshine, a bright sky, and very cool temperatures. 

 I am in heaven.  

While out running errands yesterday, I passed by this barn.  There are so many of these lovely structures in my area, I could probably post one everyday of the year.  

Weather like this calls for some Pioneer Woman Beef Stew.  I am sure I have said it before, but I will say it again.  This stuff is good, people  Follow the recipe precisely and you won't be disappointed.  Perfect for a fall day.  

Linking up with Tom today.  
Won't you pay him a visit?  

Friday, September 11, 2015

Friday Randoms

Just some Thistles in the field......

This weatherman deserves a medal for his flawless pronunciation of a Welsh town.  

My daughter sent me this link in a text this morning.  It made my day and I hope it gives you a good laugh.   Proud that she is using her school time so wisely.  

Are you a Waffle House fanatic?  Me, not so much.  Although here are a few facts about them you might find interesting.  

How about a little Ray Charles to get your weekend started?  

Linking up with Tanya today!  

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for the simple break in temperature.  That's right....it has been darn hot.  Unseasonably hot and now fall is, literally, right around the corner.  This barn/fence photo shows a bit of the dry, crunchy grass that has overtaken our area.  Even the leaves on the trees have protested and fallen to the ground.  

This weekend might be the perfect time for the inaugural pot of chili.

"Now Autumn's fire burns slowly along the woods and day by day the dead leaves fall and melt."  

William Allingham  

Linking up with Theresa today....

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


An ancient manure spreader found out in a field....in the middle of nowhere.......literally.  

"He who follows his lessons tastes a profound peace, as looks upon everybody as a bunch of manure."  


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Country Adventure

Does this photo make you think of escaping to the country somewhere?  

Well, you really can.  

Currently there are two essay contests floating around that are legitimate.  For $150 and a few words you can be the proud owner of either a Vermont B&B, (think Bob Newhart), or a goat dairy farm, in Alabama.  

Either one could be an adventure......and a lot of work.  

Linking up today with Tom the Backroads Traveller.  

Friday, September 4, 2015

Friday Randoms

Another typical scene for my area this time of year.  Rolls of hay to the left and tobacco to the right.  

How can Kermit and Miss Piggy be on the outs?  It goes against all that is right in our world.  You can read about it here, but I am going to pretend it isn't happening.....

Can you eat your way to better health?  Yep, I think so.  Here are a few tips.

If you need a good laugh this weekend, I suggest you check out Gabriel Iglesias.   I've linked you up with just a sample.  

I will leave you with a little Def Leppard for the weekend ahead.  They were in Louisville last night and I didn't even have a ticket.....

Linking up with Tanya today!  

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Thankful Thursday

With the events of this week I am thankful for just still being around to soak up life.  Thankful for my small community and its ability to rally during hard times. 

"There are things about growing up in a small town that you can't necessarily quantify."  

Brandon Routh 

Linking up with Theresa today......

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sad Days

Our small community is reeling from the accidental death of a young, high school student.  Sad days ahead for the young and old, alike.  

"No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow."