Sunday, July 31, 2016

Life Moves On....

You know how sometimes life is good.....

and then life is good.......





life is good here at the farmette....

It is not perfect, but blessed we are, for sure.  



School is starting and the girl is healing.  

Can anyone say, "softball".  

The summer season isn't over yet.....


By the way, the bees seem to be thriving.  

I hope they decide to keep their current real estate.  




Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday Randoms




Ugly fruit and vegetables are really the, "in", thing right now.  My garden produce is so in style right now I can hardly believe it.  


Is your heart feeling a bit icy today?  This photo shoot will surely melt it.  


I have enjoyed the Harry Potter books and movies.  Here is a themed photo shoot that is spot on.  


The week in photos.  Yes, they are awesome and heartbreaking at the same time.  


Leaving you with a Disco Classic to start the weekend.  
Make it a good one!  








Thursday, July 28, 2016

Thankful Thursday



Thankful this Thursday for a good start to the new school year.  I work with some wonderful people, so even though we are in the midst of our teacher workshop sessions, it still remains fun.  

Sharing a gate that continues to reside in a very old cemetery.  It is the gate for a family plot on a parcel of land that used to be a prized farm that has remained in the same family for several generations.  Today the farm is still intact, though with different ownership.  

 




Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sweet Sunflowers


Several flowers are blooming around the farmette, but nothing is quite as lovely as the sunflower.  



All the varieties have blossomed and the bees love them.  



As do many other insects.  The sweat bees were out in force while I was trying to take a few photographs.  



Thank goodness that they love the heatwave we are having.  


Nothing deters their beauty.  



"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.  It's what the sunflowers do."  

Helen Keller  





Sunday, July 24, 2016

Black Barn Sunday



Sharing a classic, black Kentucky barn for Tom's link up today.  With our soaring temperatures, I cannot imagine just how hot it would be inside this barn today.  

As a child I used to visit Kentucky and spend time with my maternal grandparents.  They didn't have air conditioning and that meant any free time was spent sitting outside underneath the shade tree.  Most likely breaking a five gallon bucket of beans while you were there.  

Nights were spent sleeping on the couch with fans blowing throughout the house.  Today I cannot imagine not having air conditioning.  For my grandparents, it was just their way of life. 


Linking up with The Barn Collective.  








Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Randoms



The bees of the farm have been working hard lately.  They are enjoying all that the sunflowers have to offer.  


Here is a feel good story to get you going this morning.  


A farmhouse built into a Medieval wall?  Charming, for sure.  


I am currently suffering the invasive behavior of a Rose of Sharon shrub.  Here are a few plants you don't want to have around your property.  


Leaving you with some Post Modern Jukebox for the weekend.  
Enjoy!  


Linking up with Tanya today! 




Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thankful Thursday




Thankful this Thursday to be visiting with my coworkers.  After a few weeks off work, we all have much to catching up to do. I truly am blessed to work with some wonderful people.  Our classrooms are coming together as we are preparing for our open house next week.  

 Yes, seriously this early.  


Sharing a photo of a barn that is surely not functional anymore.  
Hopefully it is just decoration for the landscape.  








Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Walk in the Park

Recently I spent some time at my parent's house.  My daughter and I took a road trip to hang out with the Nana and Pap of our world.  Good times and good coffee in the mornings, except my dad now reads the paper online, so no newspaper in the driveway in the early a.m. 

What?  

Well, whatever....

 My dad and I went for a walk one evening in a local park.  A lovely place I have frequented over the years.  It has wonderful walkways , wildlife, and scenery.  



Wildlife abounds, as do people.  



You never know what you might spy.  Owls and Egrets have been spotted before, but that day I wasn't as lucky.  



The area was flooded with people, walking, tubing, swimming, and kayaking.  



On my way out of the area, this little fellow was the talk of the walk.  


He, (she?),  appears to be about one year old.  Female alligators typically lay eggs in a nest during June and July.  I also read that the mother aggressively defends her babies during their first few years of life.  






There were so many people swimming in the water that day.  I sincerely hope its mother was not close by.  





Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Barn Life



Back in the land of barns this Sunday morning.  No more beaches, umbrellas, or sand between my toes.  Though, I did bring home a couple of sand spurs.  

Not the kind of souvenir I prefer.  

Coming back north I certainly didn't leave the heat behind.  Our outside temps seem to be at the melting point each day.  The perfect excuse to stay inside and label all of my student's supplies.  

One more week of summer vacation for me.  


Linking up with Tom and The Barn Collective.  



Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday Randoms



Back in the blogging saddle this morning!  Actually, I have fallen out of it already......trying to get back at it.  


On occasion I watch an episode of Fixer Upper.  This is the most unpopular home makeover from their shows.  I don't know, it doesn't seems that bad to me.  


I love to watch the fireflies in the summer.  In these parts we call them, lightening bugs.  Here are a few spectacular photos of this magical insect.  


Consuming ugly fruits and veggies is the new trend.  Here are a few to visually appreciate.  A lot of my own garden produce looks much the same.  


Spent a lot of time on the road with my daughter recently.  Here is our favorite radio selection.  Get up out of the chair!  



Have a great one!   








Thursday, July 7, 2016

Thankful Thursday



Thankful this Thursday to be spending some time with my parents.  Thus, I will be absent for a few days, while I soak up some Florida sunshine and my mom's cooking.  


"Cherish your human connections - your relationships with friends and family."  

Barbara Bush  








Tuesday, July 5, 2016

All in the Details


Many times I have posted photos of old homes.  
I love them.  
I even live in one......




I can't say what draws me to photograph old houses on the side of the road.  
I often like to imagine the history of the home or the people who live there.  
I wonder what kind of life they had or the memories that were made there.  



Often I like to see the details of the home.  
The window frames, the trim, the porches, or any decorative element.  



Most homes, today, seem devoid of the these architectural details.  




Do you love old homes?  
Here is a website I just discovered.  
I have already selected a couple to purchase......
just in case I win the lottery.  




Sunday, July 3, 2016

Independence Day



Wishing all of you a very happy, and safe, 4th of July celebration.  


"We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls."  

Robert J. McCracken  


Linking up with The Barn Collective.  







Friday, July 1, 2016

Friday Randoms




I picked some Gladiolus and brought them inside, only to find this little guy had hitched a ride.  He could fit on the top of a penny.  


A perfect 1841 farmhouse is for sale in Georgia.  Recently restored, it is a gem, as is the 77 acres that go along with it.  


Some of the most beautiful spots in America can be found right here.  
How many have you been to?  


If you, or someone you know, could use some extra cash, here is an easy way to get it.  It might require some snacking.  


Leaving you with some Norah Jones for this holiday weekend.  
Make it a good one!