Sunday, October 30, 2016

A Model Figure

Don't hate me because I'm beautiful.  

With my bright eyes.....

my sleek body type.....

my well placed curves.....

my well placed tattoo doesn't hurt either....

A body like this never goes out of style.  

"That's the great thing about driving a tractor.  You can't really hear the phone ring."  

Jeff Foxworthy 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday Randoms

A bee doing one of the most important jobs in nature.  

This is why that IHOP omelette tastes so good.  And, you thought it was just because someone else made it.  

As a taphophile, I can say that Bonaventure cemetery certainly tops my list of great ones to visit, but New Orleans has a few that I have enjoyed as well.  

I have the dog, I would just need the sheep to participate in this centuries old practice.  Okay, I suppose I would have to move, as well. 

This classic song popped up on my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist.  
It's a great one.  

Linking up with Tanya today. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for good communication.  Whether it is with my parents, friends, or family, words flow and positive vibes follow. 

Linking up today with Teresa because there really is a fence in this photo, although a bit faint.  

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Shots from the Week

Straight out of the camera this week, for your viewing pleasure, is a series of photos that depicts the untold excitement of small town living.  

The leaves are changing colors.  
Big news, I know!  

However the Honeysuckle, that is determined to take over the fence, is still thriving in the cooler temperatures.  

A shot of harvested tobacco hanging from a drying rack.  
It needs to be in the barn.  

Lastly, a trio of bees enjoying the Goldenrod.  

"I can smell Autumn dancing in the breeze.  The sweet chill of pumpkin and crisp, sunburnt leaves."  

Ann Drake  

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Clowns, Barns, and Late Nights

Evil clowns dancing to music on a party bus, an hour long haunted hill of terror excursion, a five hour long drive-in movie-fright-night-marathon, and teenage girls, kept me up until 3:30 this morning.  

Needless to say, I am not feeling quite myself.  

A pot of coffee and a soothing barn photo are in order.  

Linking up today with,  The Barn Collective.  

Pay Tom a visit, won't you?  

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Randoms

Possibly the best name for a laundromat ever created.  

Waverly Hills Sanatorium made the list for being the most haunted place in Kentucky.  What made the list in your state?

Sweet baby photos gone wrong.

I truly dislike the Halloween candy on this list, but the candy corn and circus peanuts go beyond dislike for me.  Yuk!

Leaving you with a Post Modern Jukebox rendition of Madonna 
Seriously good.

Linking up with Tanya today.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Thankful today for some cool, rainy weather.  We have been hot and dry, as of late.  Today is a welcome break with some sweet showers for our new trees.  

Sharing a different type of fence for Theresa's link up today.  This is a view of the Eastern Kentucky mountains.  Stonework fencing provided to hold us spectators in, as we view in awe.  

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Got Mail?

This fellow, (lady?), was catching some rays on our mailbox yesterday afternoon.  

I think it is safe to say that we were curious about each other.  

I was only concerned that he/she would jump off of the mailbox and land on me.  The female is known to eat her mate and the hatchlings often eat their sibling as their first meal.  

Such an expressive face on a carnivorous creature.   

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Black Barn and Cat

This photo was taken in the hills of Eastern Kentucky.  While I have photographed several barns with quilts squares, this is the first one with a cat on the square.  

Linking up today with The Barn Collective.  

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Randoms

A scenic spot on the trail, about halfway to the top of Pine Mountain.  

If you like the creepiness of the Halloween season, then you will surely enjoy reading about the most haunted items sold on eBay.  

Bob Dylan gets some recognition, in a big way.

Everyone needs this charming Mason Jar art in their kitchen.  

Leaving you with some Ricky Skaggs for the weekend.  I had the pleasure of seeing him in an intimate concert setting just last night.  What a great talent.

Linking up with Tanya today.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for getting back into the routine of daily life.  My students are full of stories and anecdotes about their break.  Nothing like the perspective from a young child.  

Sharing a photo of a pass through fence, today.  The slats are merely, "resting", in place and can be removed to allow animals to pass from one pasture to another.  

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Sneaking a Photo

Have you ever tried to sneak a photo, but couldn't trespass onto said property?  

I know you have....

I took this photo last week in Eastern Kentucky.  Taken from the side of the road, this shows the remnants of an old grist mill.  The property was very well taken care of, with a lovely, old farmhouse right next door.  

Because I couldn't get any closer, I dashed down the road a bit to get a picture of the other side and what a beautiful sight it was.  

However, the sun was not cooperating and left me with glare, sunspots, you name it.  

C'est la vie....

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Hensley Settlement

During our fall break adventures we visited the Cumberland Gap State Park.  Used by early settlers as a primary route to the westward settlement of Kentucky, Cumberland Gap is not only beautiful, but full of history.  

I had the opportunity to take a trip to the top of Brush Mountain and visit the Hensley Settlement.  Sherman Hensley, and his brother-in-law, Willy Gibbons, came to the top of the mountain in 1903.  They brought their families and the population, at the top of the mountain, peaked in 1925 to about 100 residents.  

This settlement never had indoor plumbing, electricity, or running water.  Sherman Hensley was the last resident to leave in 1951.  That was only due to health concerns and he went down the mountain to live with his daughter.  He was 70 years old at the time and lived another 28 years, making it to 98 years of age.  Quite a feat in any day and age.  

The Job Corps restored this area in 1960.  The park service maintains all buildings and continues the work of restoration as time deteriorates the structures.   

This is the blacksmith shop and we were allowed to explore inside the structure.  Many parts of the buildings here are original.  

Chestnut beams, some 40 feet long, continue to hold up porches and other parts of cabins and barns.  Though the American Chestnut was wiped out due to an airborne blight, some small trees attempt to regrow from the original root stock, on top of this mountain.  

Arrangements were made for a teacher to provide schooling to the children on this mountain.  Though the schoolhouse is a restored version, the slate board you see is the original used by the class.  The school teacher met, and married, and nice Hensley man and became a part of this wonderful settlement.  

The family cemetery is contains many unmarked graves and just a few that are marked.  Many children did not make it to their adult years.  Sherman Hensley and his wife had 19 children, 9 of whom survived to adulthood.  

I should mention my adventure in getting to this place.  I paid a $10 fee to take a park ranger led tour.  We, six of us including the ranger, took an hour long drive through the back roads of Bell County, KY.   The drive also included making it up a path to the top of the mountain.  A path for horse, bike, and foot traffic.  Very steep, narrow, and with straight drop-offs, it made for some harrowing moments.  The road is locked/gated and a good portion of it is private property.  The park service provides maintenance for the privilege of using it.  

Our ranger, Sharon, had been making this trip for the past 20 years.  She was full of information and provided us with many stories as we hiked around the mountain top for 2 hours.  

The drive down the mountain was even more harrowing than the drive up......

My alternative in getting here was an 8-mile round trip hike.  

$10 + four hour adventure = awesomeness  

Friday, October 7, 2016

Friday Randoms

A delicate web for this Friday.  

I don't know how to crochet, but if I did, I doubt I would be this talented.  

This little girl explains the problem with gender stereotypes in clothing, and totally nails it.  

Looking for some Halloween fun and a bit of a scare?  Check out Colonial Williamsburg.  

Leaving you with some Post Modern Jukebox for the weekend.

Linking up with Tanya today!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Thankful today to have had some time away with my family.  However, I am glad to be back home, as there's no place like it.  

Sharing with you a picture from The Hensley Settlement.   We spent a few days hiking in eastern Kentucky.  An area of great poverty and great beauty. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

This and That

A picture of a water pump, just because.  
I believe I need one here on the farmette.  

Despite our cool temps and rainy days, with zero sun, these petunias continue to thrive, along with some Basil and Impatiens.  

"Someone", got into the cabinet and ate a bag of mini-doughnuts......

I'm not going to say any names, but I bet her English Pointer partner-in-crime helped her along.

"I enjoy life when things are happening.  I don't care if it's good things or bad things.  It means you're alive."  

Joan Rivers 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

My Barn View

This is my favorite view of our barn......with my chin on the fence and a camera in hand.  

School is out for fall break this week and we have a couple of adventures planned.  Adventures to places I haven't been before and with new views for my camera.  

Linking up with The Barn Collective today.