Thursday, June 30, 2016

Thankful Thursday

So very thankful this Thursday.  

Thankful for the continued health of my parents.  Thankful for being able to spend a day with my husband and children at the ballpark, even though the Reds got rocked by the Cubs.  Thankful for picking from the garden.  Woot!  

"Isn't it funny how, day by day, nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different."  

C.S. Lewis  

Linking up this gate picture with Theresa today.  

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Scenes from the Jeep

A couple of nights ago we took the Jeep out for a early evening ride.  Tiny roads and suspect bridges make for some beautiful scenery.  

I know, a daily scene for some of you.  
Much more corn being grown this year than soybeans.  

This old tractor seems to be a permanent lawn ornament.  

We rescued this fellow from the middle of the road.  Placed on a patch of grass, he went slowly on his way.  

Speaking of the middle of the road, this rabbit hopped right out in front of the Jeep and decided to take a rest.  After a couple of minutes, we shooed him on his way, too.  

Everyone comes out right before the sun goes down.  

At one point two fawns crossed the road in front of us.   Following their mother, they couldn't decided if they should continue across, or go back where they came from.  Each had their own idea and crashed right into each other.  

I was so in awe of seeing them, I forgot to take a picture.  

Sunday, June 26, 2016

An Unpainted Barn

Around these parts barns are either black, or they remain unpainted.  Tom has some great red ones featured today.  

Linking up with The Barn Collective.  

Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday Randoms

Finally, a Bachelor Button decided to sprout.  

In case you missed it, here are a few shots of Monday night's Strawberry Moon.  

Looking for a road trip this summer?  These small towns just might be what you are looking for.  

Shots from the week, and some of them are quite poignant.  

Leaving you with The Little River Band for the weekend.  Have a great one!  

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Our neighbor's pond is draining due to a sinkhole.  These buzzards were waiting for a fish snack on the edge of the pond.  

Thankful this Thursday that my daughter can finally dress herself.  With the break of her clavicle, she has been unable to lift her arm, fully, for the past four weeks.  This is what happens when you do your own stunts.    

That girl can now put on her own shirt.  

*insert the sound of angles singing* 

Her four week check-up is today and she is anxiously awaiting some good news on her progress.  

"A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever."  

Jessamyn West 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Small Town Snapshots

The small county in which I reside didn't become official until 1793, though the longhunters were here way before any organized government took place.  

The county seat is a very small town and retains its original courthouse, from way back in the day, as well as historic buildings on the town square.  This hardware store is for sale.  Sad, but its proprietor has been in business for a long time and is, no doubt, ready for a break.  Being an old house owner I have taken him the odd nail, screw, or hardware piece asking for a match.  He rummages around in his back room and brings me what I need and charges a few cents.  Men continue to gather here for daily conversation (gossip), and have for an untold amount of years.  

This church congregation has been going since 1830, the current building was erected in 1938.  Designed in the Neo-Gothic style, its current congregation is a strong one.  

These steps lead to a building that used to house a corner drug store.  You know the kind with the jukebox in the booth, a lunch counter, ice-cold soda in bottle, and a friendly pharmacist.  Great memories of having lunch there, as a kid.  

The window on the left is the building for our local newspaper.  When I step into their office they know me, where I live, and what I bought at the grocery yesterday.  

It's how we roll around here.  

"A small town is a town where everyone knows everything about everyone, but they still buy a local newspaper to see what the editor dared to publish."  

Danny Kaye  

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there.

Sharing a picture of my own Dad from 1969.  Pictured here when he was stationed in England and I was a mere tot.    


"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me."  

Jim Valvano 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Friday Randoms

I planted a bed of Bachelor Buttons and ended up with a whole bunch of volunteer Four O'Clocks.  
Go figure.

A friend of mine just hung this hugglepod from a tree in her yard.  Meant for children, but I think I need one of these for myself.    

The oldest house in Charleston is currently up for sale.  I could totally use this as a getaway spot.  

Do you have some things stored in the attic, closet, or somewhere else?  If so, here are a few things that could bring you some cash.  

Leaving you with the feel good song of the moment. 
 I am feeling like the lady in the laundromat :)  

Linking up with Tanya today!  

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for some rain.  I ran off the front porch and snapped this photo as it started to sprinkle.  Storms moved through our area and gave a fresh drink to the garden, flowers, and our sweet maple trees.  

"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky."  

Rabindranath Tagore 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

This and That

Hot days have arrived here at the farmette.  Dogs, people, cows, and plants are receiving copious amounts of water each day.  

The newly arrived bees continue to do their bee work.  I admit to worrying about them a bit and wish I could check their inner workings each day.  However, I will leave them to do what they know best.  

We have some Sugar Maple trees that are also new to the farmette.  

It's cousin, the Crimson King Maple, is also here to stay.  This one provides color in the summer and the Sugar Maple will provide color in the fall.  

Last, but not least, doesn't everyone have a dress for their dish washing liquid?  Everything ends up on the clothesline eventually.  

"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."  

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Clean and Green

Last week I was admiring clean cows and now it is clean barns.  

I have passed by this pristine barn a few times this year.  It always looks the same.  By that I mean, clean, white, and bright.  We run a very, very small operation here at the farmette and our barn is not nearly this perfect.  Nice to look at, but hard to maintain, no doubt.  

"I was so naive as a kid, I used to sneak behind the barn and do nothing."  

Johnny Carson 

Linking up with Tom today.  Pay him a visit, won't you?!!!  

Friday, June 10, 2016

Friday Randoms

A leaf on the porch with water droplets.  A random photo, if there ever was one.  

If I were in the Pittsburgh area, I would pay Romero, the Corpse Flower, a visit.  Since I'm not, I will have to settle for watching his progress via live camera feed.  

These cookies are so beautiful, I am not sure I could eat one.  

Love bacon and and need a new job?  Here is one for you.  

Leaving you with The Avett Brothers, enjoy!  

Linking up with Tanya and Amy!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for the sweetest weather.  Temps in the mid 70's mean that this old house has all of her windows and doors open, all day long.  Breezes blow through these old hallways, the birds tweet outside, and the dogs know how to let themselves out the back door.  

Heaven, I tell ya.  

"Old houses do not belong to people, ever, not really, people belong to them."  

Gladys Taber  

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

A Moment of Rest

Photograph taken at the Abbey of Gethsamani 

"I really like birds.
 Everyone always wants me to say that I can't stand to go near them, just like they want Janet Leigh to confess that she can't bear to take a shower. 
Well, I'm sorry to disappoint you."

Janet Leigh  

Sunday, June 5, 2016


On a Sunday grocery run I came across this lovely herd of cows.  I have always admired how clean they are.  If you have ever had cows, you know how unusual that can be.  

Ours are not concerned with cleanliness.  In fact, it seems quite the opposite.  However, this group is all about looking good and making friends.  When I stopped to snap a photo, they came right up to the edge to moo a greeting.  

Good neighbors, right there.  

Friday, June 3, 2016

Friday Randoms

The Lady of the Yard certainly has her hands full at the moment.  

I am looking forward to this book coming out in September.  I enjoy a good series.  Anyone out there have one they could recommend for the summer?  Anyone.......

I made this fresh, summer salad this week and ate it all by myself.  Delicious, every single bite.  

It is fun to manipulative photos and create works of art.  These will delight you and make you think.

  Sending you off with some John Cougar.  Have a great weekend!  

Linking up with Amy and Tanya!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for quiet mornings.  Being the only person up and about is pretty nice.  Even the dogs aren't rustling about.  

What's on the agenda for the rest of the day, you ask?  Cleaning the pool......good times right there, folks.  

"It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect.  The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others."  

Joseph Addison