Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Much To Do

Southern gentlemen shootin' the breeze.  

Ever have one of those days when you put the bag of meal worms in the snack cabinet.  Yeah....bird food and people food don't mix well, but that is my state of mind.  

Much to do and little brain space left with which to operate.  

Did you know......

~ epsom salt makes better fake snow, than bona fide fake snow

~ some dogs like to chew an extra small hole in their new dog bed and pull out the stuffing

~ fake candles take too many batteries to operate

~ a young child who eats too many skittles will become quite unwell

I can't wait to see what will happen today.  

"If you have zest and enthusiasm, you will attract zest and enthusiasm.  Life does give back in kind."  

Norman Vincent Peale 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Back in the Saddle

This Thanksgiving holiday had on the road, something we haven't done for a few years.  My husband's siblings decided to converge at my brother-in-law's house located on St. Simon's Island, Georgia.  

Gosh, such a hardship for us. 

 Days of beach combing, sunshine, and warm weather, not to mention good food and family.  

First we had to make the drive, which took us through the devastation being caused by the forest fires.  This picture is the smoke, hanging in the air, in North Carolina.  

After a few traffic jams, we finally made it to our sunny destination.  

I spent a couple of days trying to photograph two Springer Spaniels at the beach.  I was not successful.  Their enthusiasm for chasing birds was quicker than my camera.  

This horseshoe crab was slowly making its way across the rocks.  It was moving at my kind of photographic speed.  

But, alas, my days of sunny weather have come to an end.  

I awoke to frosty farmland and my breath hanging in the air.  

I'm lovin' it.  

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Taking a moment today to send all of you the very best of Thanksgiving wishes, no matter where you may reside.  I so appreciate the time each of you take to visit my blog and even more to leave me a comment.  

I am taking a few days off from the blog-o-sphere to spend time with friends and family.  

I hope youwill do the same.  

I will return on Sunday with a fresh mind and thankful heart.  Next Thursday will begin a new Thankful Thursday link up, that I hope all of you will share what you are thankful for each week.  

Until then.....

Happy Thanksgiving 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Let's Take a Walk

I do love summer for all of its color and warmth.  

But, fall has a beauty all its own, with varying degrees of brown and bareness.  

Every now and again a pop of color shows its lovely face.  

If you are looking for some solid green, then moss is your friend here on the farmette.  

Sometimes some wonderful bokeh even shows up in random shots.  

I hope you take some time today to look around and find the beauty that surrounds all of us. 

"Autumn wins you best by this, its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay."  

Robert Browning 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday Randoms

Turkey time is almost upon us!  That means time to make the family Christmas card, time to buy gifts, time to decorate.....I am tired already.  Sharing a photo today of an historic house on our small town main street for this last month of fall.  

If you are feeling crafty this holiday season, then these mason jar crafts are for you.  Just so you know, a bag of fake snow can make a big mess. 

I am making this Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake for our school Thanksgiving meal next week.  I can almost taste it and haven't even made it.

Etsy has their top gift trends of 2016 and they are all worth your time.  

Leaving you with an informal, yet fantastic, cover of the classic song, "Feeling Good". 

Linking up with Tanya.  

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Sharing a misty morning photo from the archives today.  The schedule here at the farmette has been busy lately, but I am thankful that we are all able to get out and enjoy life.   I am also thankful for photos in the archives for days just like this.  

"I look back at old photos and videotapes, and I go, Who was I trying to be?  Who was I doing this for?  

Marla Maples  

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Limestone Love

Leading off with some more limestone this Tuesday.  

We have plenty of it on our small town square.  

Pictured is our own, Allen's Inn.  Built sometime between 1806-1812, it resides on the original town lot #23.  It functioned well until 1877 when a family took up residence and kept the property until 1944.  

These days this facade is its best side.  Though the building is intact, the interior has been entirely changed.  The public doorway was removed some time ago and the building isn't open for tours.  

Though I do confess a bit of curiosity and would love a peek at the inside, and to hang out where old Andrew spent some time......priceless. 

"We are not makers of history. We are made by history."  

Martin Luther King, Jr.  

Linking up with Tuesday's Treasures.  

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Opening Weekend

It's been a busy weekend in this small town.  Opening day for rifle season has begun.  People harvesting deer are blowing up small town social media with their photos.  

The men of the house always enjoy this time of year as their group of friends/fellow hunters gather for a traditional breakfast, camaraderie, and some bragging rights depending on the outcome.  The daughter spent the weekend with a friend and this meant I had the entire internet bandwidth to myself.  (A big deal when you live out in the sticks.)  On the recommendation of the girl, I binge watched, Stranger Things, on Netflix.  

Not a bad way to spend the weekend.  

Linking up this sunset barn photo with, The Barn Collective.  

Friday, November 11, 2016

Friday Randoms

A cat mailbox, just because I found one.  

This is certainly one way to keep the house clean before hosting a holiday event.  

The Garden and Gun Good Dog Photo Contest winners can be found here.  Check them out, because how can you not?  

These are rated as the 12 worst TV shows of all time.  I actually liked Northern Exposure, back in the day.

Leaving you with Bruce Springsteen for the weekend.  I had to explain this song to my daughter, as the concept of only 57 channels doesn't computer with her.  

Linking up with Tanya......

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for some time off with family.  School was out for a couple of days earlier this week and I had zero plans.  Just my kind of thing.  Some cooking/baking, long walks, and a chat with my Dad.  


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Old Courthouse

Several days ago I posted a picture of the rear of this historic courthouse.  This building garnered much interest from readers, as she does from people who visit my small town.  

The construction was completed in 1803 and local limestone was used.  Though the bell is not in a tower anymore, it is sitting in front of the courthouse, as you can see in this picture.  You can still ring it, as many students do when they visit.   A chain is fitted around the perimeter of this building and each link weighs around 50 pounds.  Men used to gather and sit next to the chains to exchange town news and gossip.  

The interior of the building was restored in 1974.  All work and details are as close to the original plan as possible.  Two jury rooms are in the upstairs portion of the building.  A working fireplace sits on the left hand side of this photo, with the staircase on the right.  

1933 was the last year this building was used as a courthouse.  
Today it is open to the public and school groups visit to learn of our small town's history.  

On occasion weddings and relevant town ceremonies are hosted here. 
 Through the work of civic and history minded people, this building remains a centerpiece of this town.  

Linking today with Tuesday's Treasures. 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Mountain Barn

"It's what you sow that multiplies, not what you keep in the barn."  

Adrian Rogers 

Linking up today with The Barn Collective.  

Friday, November 4, 2016

Friday Randoms

I captured this rose, about to bloom, just the other day.  What a warm Autumn we are having. 

Might you have some leftover Halloween candy?  Well I don't, but if I did I would make a couple of these desserts. 

These Christmas trees are very creative and beautiful, but seriously, so many wine bottles!  

Need a get away? Don't we all!  Here are a few places that might tempt you.  

Leaving you with a Lyle Lovett and Al Green duet.  Enjoy!  

Linking up with Tanya today!  

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for the month of November.  Traditionally it starts the, "slow down", in our house.  Ball games and shooting competitions die down and the wood stove usually heats up.  This means cozy evenings at home with a good book.  

We drove by this unusual fence this past weekend.  I had the husband turn around so I could check it out with my camera.  Possibly made from bicycle gears?  

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


All Hallow's Eve had me wandering the streets with my camera, while the girl of the house participated in a community night festival.  

We still have barber shops with the classic barber pole.  Drinks are 75 cents and you can catch up on the town news.  

Beyond our town square, and down some stone steps, are the remnants of an old neighborhood.  Yes, some houses still remain occupied, but this classic sits empty.  A well known lady lived here for many years.  

Back up the stone steps had me wandering around our old, stone courthouse.  This limestone structure was completed in 1803 and is still standing, and in good repair.  It was last used as a courthouse in 1933.  Quite a run....

"I continue to be interested in new things that seem old, and old things that seem new."  

Jaquelin T. Robertson