Sunday, February 28, 2016

A Barn Three Ways


My neighbor, at the top of the hill, has this view from their front door.  
A gorgeous one on these mornings when spring seems to be knocking on our doors.  


One barn view, with three different editing styles.  




These early morning shots included the sound effects of birds singing.  



Peaceful  


Linking up with The Barn Collective.  








Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday Randoms



Just a few leaves on a few trees.  Once again, this is a view on some back roads.  


Though none of us can live forever, it is always sad when someone passes.  Harper Lee left us with some fine words and a few life lessons during her time on this earth.  


The photo of the handsome soldier from the 1950's has been making the rounds on the internet.  If you are unfamiliar with him, you can check him out right here.  Still a looker after all these years.  


Need something relaxing to watch?  Try some sheep herding, on a massive scale. 


Leaving you with some Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton for your weekend.  Worth your time.    







Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thankful Thursday

The fence is almost invisible.  The droplets of rain give it away.  

Thankful this Thursday for my second grade students.  Yes, they can be challenging, but who else would ask me if I had been alive when Abraham Lincoln was president?  

Who else would gift me with a candy bar because they were afraid I wouldn't get anything for Valentine's Day?  

Life.....it is good.  


  "To be good is noble, but to teach others to be good is nobler....and less trouble."  

Mark Twain 


 




Monday, February 22, 2016

Bright, Red Barn




A bright, red barn today for Tom's Barn Collective.  I pass this small structure at least once a week, on my way to the grocery.  Some of my best photos have been taken on this weekly jaunt.  I cut through some back roads to make it to the neighboring town.  Passing all sorts of homes, farms, pastures, animals, etc.....

Best views on a grocery trip, ever.  


"Mommy smoked, but she didn't want us to.  She saw smoke coming out of the barn one time, so we all got whipped."  

Loretta Lynn  










Sunday, February 21, 2016

Time Waits for No One


The girl of the house has turned fifteen years old.  

The girl of the house is on the right, joined by two of her friends.  

Funny how life passes by at lightening speed.  


We took a trip to Climb Nashville and the girls climbed away a couple of hours.  



Food was necessary after all of this activity.  



Parenting, as I have said before - the days are long, but the years are short.  


"We never know the love of a parent, until we become parents ourselves."  

Harriet Beecher Stowe 






Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday Randoms



Look, Ma!  No snow, just mud and squishy grass!  


Do you know what the number one song was the day you were born?  No?  Well, now you can find out.  Just click here and enter your birthday.....you are welcome.  


These World Press 2016 Photo Contest winners will make you appreciate the life you have.  


Prince took a passport photo that just puts us all to shame.  Who looks that put together in a passport photo?  


I am sure you are dying to know, so this was the #1 song the day I was born.  


Linking up with Tanya today!  



Thursday, February 18, 2016

Thankful Thursday

#470 just has a bit of hay stuck in her mouth.  Don't worry, I haven't been passing out the toothpicks....


Thankful this Thursday to be out of the house!  

Woot!  Dreary, snowy, rainy, and bitterly cold weather have had me stuck indoors.  Five days home from school.  You know, it's all good for a while, but everyone needs a change now and again.  







Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Shots From the Week

An early morning sunrise on the farmette.  
The view from our back porch.  


Fluffy snow resting on an unpicked apple.  



An ancient, wooden Coke crate.....now a good shelf for snow.  



Snow resting on a sickle bar mower.  
You gotta love farm implements.    



"The simple life on the farm was everything to me.  Nothing was more relaxing after a long plane flight than to reach the winding driveway that led up to my house.  The quiet of the night was more soothing than a sleeping pill."  

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross 








Sunday, February 14, 2016

Just a Reminder


Just a friendly reminder to all of those being pummeled by snow today.  

Soon the grass will be green and the skies will be blue.  


I won't even share a photo of what the farmette looks like today.  Suffice it to say that it is cold, white, and dreary.  

This photo comes out of the Small Town archives.  Many tobacco barns in our area are painted black to absorb more heat.  The side of this barn has panels which open to allow ventilation for the tobacco inside, to cure.  It continues to remain a viable crop, though not on our farm.


"Sugar is the new tobacco."  

Cynthia Kenyon 

  

Linking up today with The Barn Collective.  



Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday Randoms




I am all about pine cones lately, no?  Last Friday it was gigantic pine cones and now we have teeny-tiny ones.  I ran across these while out for a walk.  They were about the size of a thimble.  


With all of the political news floating around out there, this is one way to get some insight into the mind of a candidate.   If you are a Harry Potter fan, then it is especially meaningful.  


Thinking of a quiet weekend for this Valentine's Day?  Here is a list of 50 great romantic comedies, both past and present.  I will admit one of my favorites is, The Proposal.  


This modern take on a traditional farmhouse design is for sale.  They have some before and after photos, but I like it so much I would even take anything in-between.  


Leaving you with a little Three Dog Night for the weekend.  
Enjoy!  


Linking up with Tanya today!  




Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thankful Thursday




Thankful this Thursday for early morning skies.  I don't always have that kind of thankful feeling as soon as I wake up, but coffee does help.  So does the fact that the daughter takes a quick snooze on the ride to school.  That way I can stop for photos anytime I want.  

Just a neighboring farmer's pond during sunrise.  What a beautiful way to start the day. 





Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Feeding Frenzy


Maybe I need to pay Mother Nature a bit of commission.  She has been mentioned on a regular basis here lately.  You know, in the winter the weather rules the subject matter.  

With more blustery weather on its way, quite a few birds decided to stock up on the goodies before the bitterly cold temps set in for the night.  


Taken through the kitchen window, these shots lack a bit of clarity.  




The Blue Jays and Tufted Titmice were absent this afternoon, but I suspect they will appear in the morning.  




"Be grateful for luck.  Pay the thunder no mind - listen to the birds.  And don't hate nobody."  

Eubie Blake 













Sunday, February 7, 2016

A Small Barn




Sharing a garage barn today for Tom's link-up.  From the looks of the roof, it has been around for a long time.  Actually, so does that tractor.  

Linking up today with, The Barn Collective.  



Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Randoms



Putting some Summer garden flowers on the screen because, at this point in the season, I could use a little color.  


One good thing about our recent snow days was the chance to catch up on some cooking shows, a favorite thing of mine.  I watched Nick Stellino on our local PBS channel.  I might be whipping up one of his soup recipes soon.  


Seriously, I am in love with these giant pine cones.  A few would look great sprinkled around the farmette.  


I thought I would like this J. Crew CEO's apartment, but I kinda, sorta don't.  


In honor of the passing of Maurice White, we need a little Earth, Wind, and Fire, for the weekend.  

Linking up with Tanya today

and 


Cath@Home



Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thankful Thursday



Thankful today for imperfection.  This fence, "lock", is a prime example.  While it may look slapdash.....it really works quite well.  Perfection is highly overrated ,essentially unattainable and totally boring.   It is the simple things that propel us through life and give us the most satisfaction.  


"The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection.  Where there is perfection there is no story to tell."  

Ben Okri 







Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ground Dog Day

I wonder if my spotted friend would mind standing in for the traditional groundhog today?  



She can be kind of sassy, so I cannot imagine she would like me checking for her shadow.  

She's her own woman like that.  



Last year Jimmy the Groundhog, the shining star of Sun Prairie Wisconsin's Groundhog Day Festival, bit the Mayor on the ear. 

 I guess if you're not feeling the festivities, you're just not feeling them.  


The National  Climate Data Center states that since 1988, groundhogs have only had a 39% success rate.  

With our stormy weather forecast for today, it looks like our local whistle pigs might not be seeing their shadows.  Therefore, winter will just melt away.  

Sounds good to me.