Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Appalachian Word of the Day

Directly:  (pronounced direckly) = shortly, as soon as possible, in a bit  

Our Appalachian Word of the Day is, "Directly".  As in the word my Grannie Lucy would say when she meant she was gettin' right to somethin'.  

So, directly I shall make salsa.....

edit a god barn photo ....

pick some Cosmos.....

maybe even pick some Queen Anne's Lace....

and, how about some Chard in the skillet.....

What are you gettin' to directly?  

Sunday, June 25, 2017

El Santuario de Chimayo

We had our trip planned out, mostly.  We had room for detours and all those things along the way that might capture our attention.  Early one morning, during a rock climbing expedition, I was chatting with another family and they mentioned that we should visit El Santuario de Chimayo.  I wasn't familiar, but after their description I knew I had to pay it a visit.  

After I finished watching my children dangle from precariously high positions, (don't all parents like to see that?), I found our afternoon's destination and I wasn't disappointed.  

What began as a small chapel in 1810 is now a church that is visited annually by an estimated 30,000 visitors from all over the world, most of them coming during Holy Week.  Pilgrims come in fulfillment of a vow, some seek blessings, and the church is also known as a place of healing and miracles.  

Though the Catholic Church takes no stance on whether miracles have happened here, it was clear that this is a sacred place.  

I encountered many visitors in prayer and my trip inside the church was especially moving.  People were praying at the altar and in the pews.  Many people were very emotional and took the time to gather some, "holy dirt", from the well inside the church.  This dirt is said to have healing powers and crutches, canes, walkers, notes of thanks, and many other articles, were left inside the prayer room.  Written testimonials were also left in the prayer room.  

Prayers requests are left in the Priest's office and there are many places throughout the church grounds where prayers requests have been left.  

The grounds are very beautiful with views of the mountains.  

Photography was not permitted inside the church, but you can see official photos here, as well as ready more about the church's history.  

"As my mind can conceive of more good, the barriers and blocks dissolve.  My life becomes full of little miracles popping up out of the blue."  

Louise L. Hay  

Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Randoms

A pedestrian caught in my shot at the Church of St. Jerome in Taos.  

Ancient Egypt has always fascinated me and some new findings are shedding light on the origins of the population. 

I will admit to a love of this store.  

I will take a double scoop of the #1 pick, please.  What about you?  

Leaving you with an old, classic Johnny Cash tune.  
Have a good one!  

Linking up with Tanya 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this week that my family could get away for a few days and spend some time together.  The young man of the house had unexpectedly started a new job, a week before our departure.  Though this trip had been planed for months, it was unclear if he would be able to go.  

Plans fell into place, we departed on schedule, and time was spent together, even if we drove each other crazy now and again.  

What are you thankful for today?  
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Whirlwind of New Mexico

Last week we made all types of preparations for cows, birds, dogs, plants, flowers, and farm items to be cared for in our absence.  I would like to say we can just dash about on our travels, but it takes quite a bit of prep just to leave for a few days.  

We all hopped on a plane and headed out to New Mexico for a few days of culture, sight seeing, rock climbing, rafting, hiking, and a lot of eating.  Oh, and I can say, as the collector of Native American Jewelry, I did a bit of shopping.  

Our first stop was Sante Fe, New Mexico.  

The lady above is an experienced native.  She is dressed for the bright sun.  Us, not so much as we didn't look as chic as she did, but we got by just the same.  

The brightness of the culture only has competition from the brightness of the sun.  Vivid colors, ideas, and artwork were everywhere.  

I loved all of it.  

In the Santa Fe Plaza, these Native American vendors sell their handmade jewelry and crafts.   Most items are signed and made with delicate care and detail.  Yes, I did come away with a couple of items.  

Sadly this lady would not fit in my suitcase.  

There are more tales to tell and more photos to share.  We also made it to Taos, Los Alamos, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.  

We arrived home in the wee hours of Sunday morning.  Our English Pointer decided to mark our arrival by rolling on a dead groundhog and dashing into the house.  

What a greeting.  

Good times 

Linking up with Mersad 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day

After a whirlwind week of travel, I made it back just in time to wish this guy a Happy Father's Day.  Texting, phone calls, and visits, keep us in touch most days.  Growing up, he was at work or traveling for work, but as an adult I have been able to understand him as the true person he is.  What a valuable thing that has been.  

"One of the greatest titles in the world is parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad."  

Jim DeMint 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Blue Skies

It's a softball kind of Sunday around these parts.  A few games this afternoon to fill our time.  The week ahead will be full of family adventures, new places to see and new things to experience.  Thus, I will be on hiatus until the same time next Sunday.  

Same bat time, same bat channel.  

RIP Adam West 

Linking up with The Barn Collective

Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday Randoms

Just a view from the weeds flowers.  

It's too bad that seed packets don't look like this anymore.  

I freely admit that I have one of these in my home and have for years.  

A few photos from the week.  

Leaving you with some Iron Horse for the weekend, 

Linking up with Tanya today. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for the unseen cheerleader.  You know those friends you rarely see, but who remain in the background pushing you forward in life?  I have one of those in Ms. E.  This card arrived in the mail last week.  Inside were kind, inspiring words and some flower seeds.  For me, this is the kind of thing that helps keep me motivated and , as my dad would say, pressing on.  

What are you thankful for today?  
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A Thistle for Tuesday

Although the Thistle is the National Emblem of Scotland, the variety here in Kentucky in considered a nuisance.  

The seed is a downy thing, much like the dandelion, that easily travels with the wind.  Thus, it ends up all over the farm and causes distress for the local farmer.  

Bees and butterflies seems to love it and I adore the color of the flowers.  

They are great for my camera, but not much else.  I am sure these will meet the fate of the mower fairly soon.  

"All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind."  

Abraham Lincoln 

Linking up with Mersad today.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Anniversary Sunday

Today marks our 29th wedding anniversary. 
 How will we spend it, you ask?  
It looks something like this:  

~ extra cups of coffee ~ 
~ catching up on the news ~
~ conversations with our young adult children ~ 
~ a loaf of banana bread in the oven ~
~ making a fountain out of an old claw foot bathtub ~
~ checking on tomato plants ~
~ making a pan of lasagna for supper ~
~ appreciating every moment ~

We have a trip set for later this month, when schedules allow, to mark this occasion.  But, today will be the best kind of Sunday.  My favorite kind of Sunday, right here on the farmette.  

Linking up with The Barn Collective today. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday Randoms

Sharing an oldie from the archives.  Ran across it while looking for something else.  

I'm on board with all of these stock tank ideas, except for the DIY hot tub. 
 I'll pass on that one.

Here are a few Mom Quotes to get a chuckle out of you today.

This is how Beauty and the Beast was really made.

Sending you off into the weekend with The Allman Brothers. 
 RIP Gregg,

Linking up with Tanya today.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful today for color.  The colors of Summer are filling flower beds, pots, and hanging baskets.  The color attracts hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies.  All the things I like to see are arriving, right on time.  I am most looking forward to the colors of fresh tomatoes in few weeks.  

What are you thankful for today?  Link up and shout it out!  

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

School Bus Shopping

Living in a rural environment can mean long bus rides for the students in our school district.  When Secret Agent Farmer Man was growing up, it was no exception.  His family homestead was about 20 minutes from town, but on a school bus that could easily stretch out to an hour, with so many stops along the route.  

Thus, the kids on the bus had a system worked out with each other, and the bus driver.  As soon as the bus came off the highway, there sat a country store.  Yes, the kind with bologna by the pound, old men gossiping, and candy galore.  Those centers of rural communities that have, mostly, died away.  The country store, in this story, is pictured below.  Deteriorated with age and covered with trees, it was quite the place in its heyday.  

One kid on the bus would be the designated shopper.  My husband reports that all kids on the bus would take a turn at this.  The shopper would take orders, collect money, and wait for the driver to stop at the store.  

The driver would then leave said shopper at the store while he drove a 2-mile loop on the road pictured here.  He would drop off a family at their farm and drive back to the store.  

The shopper would get back on the bus and disperse all purchases and change.   

After hearing about this I don't know what disturbed me more, the fact that the driver let off an unsupervised kid, or that they sometimes bought cigarettes for the older kids on the bus.  Though, I suppose if any misbehavior went on, the parents heard about it before any of them arrived home.  

"A small town has as many eyes as a fly." 

Sonya Hartnett

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Memorial Day

Take a moment and recognize a veteran this weekend.  Their service is vital to our country.  Pictured above is my Dad, who made a career in the Air Force.  He sacrificed much time away from his family and valued his service to our country.  

"The willingness of American's veterans to sacrifice for our country, has earned them our lasting gratitude."  

Jeff Miller 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday Randoms

Just because I like a bit of rust.....

I wish my senior portraits had this much style, back in the day.  

Many poignant photos, from the week, can be found here.  

Yoga is all well and good, but I don't know about yoga with goats.  

Sending you off into the weekend with this musical selection, straight from my Dad.  
Have a good one!  

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for phone calls.  Well, not the telemarketing kind, but the kind where you have great conversation with a friend or loved one miles away.  Yesterday I took a moment and called my Dad.  It's good to catch up, every few days, and know what's going on, hear the dog bark, and the general news of their neighborhood.  

What are you thankful for today?  Link up and let me know!  

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

And, We're Off!

The weekend might have been slow, but we are off to a quick start for our summer.  Everyone seems to have a project happening at the same time.  My son is using every minute of his free time to work on his knife making business.  The above photo is one we worked on to use for business cards, etc....

Secret Agent Farmer Man is on tractor rehab, as the machine isn't working as it should.  I think this is always the case with farm machinery.  Fencing has been replaced, with some new voltage added!  

The girl of the house is recovering nicely and is eating normal foods, though slowly.  She coached first base last night for t-ball.  She said one little boy ran to first base and immediately wanted to show her the snails he had in his pocket.  Apparently he wouldn't run to second base until she took a strong interest in them.  

As for me....well, I will be taking on this project very soon.  However, all thoughts of projects went out the window today when our English Pointer ran out of the cow pasture with more manure on him than I had ever seen.....ever seen.  It was even down in his ears..  


What a way to start off the summer!  

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Slow Sunday

Quiet times here at the farmette this weekend.  The girl of the house had oral surgery on Friday and the weekend has been full of smoothies, soft foods, and limited conversation.  It has also been full of baking, planting flowers, setting up fountains, and enjoying a free schedule.  

Some softball later in the week and I see a new weed eater in my future.  

School's out for summer!  

Linking up with The Barn Collective. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday Randoms

I couldn't get him to look my way.  Shy, I guess.....

If you know someone who has a bible verse for every situation, you will enjoy this...

Looking for a cat to adopt?  Here is the one for you.  

If you are hitting up NYC anytime soon, might I suggest one of these tasty snacks?  

Sending you off into the weekend with some Chris Stapleton...what a voice.  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for the heat.  I know, I know what kind of thing is that to be thankful for....however, it means summertime fun, flowers, fresh garden tomatoes, and day trips here and there.  The ladies in the photo sure know how to cool off when the temperatures soar.  Taken a couple of days ago, they were soaking right around noontime.  

What are you thankful for?  Shout it out, link it up, and let me know!  

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017


A sweet treat arrived in my mailbox today.  I have been waiting for the cookbook, "Victuals", to arrive for a few days.  Published several months ago, author Ronni Lundy aims to show Appalachia some love with stories and recipes that showcase all that is good and true about this region.  

The book covers the typical topics of beans, corn, and greens, but also the deep history and traditions that go along with these foods.  Summertime moments spent breaking beans underneath a shade tree in my Mama Bird's front yard came to mind while reading this book. Getting a, "mess", of beans on a newspaper spread in your lap to work with, all the while talking and working.   Also, the white cornbread from my Grannie Lucille's kitchen.  Not the sweet, yellow kind found in most grocery stores.  Cornbread with flavor, and a bit of bitterness, that I don't find much anymore.  

I could go on and on about the food in this book, but I should also point out that it is as much a history book as a food book.   History that points out the negative stereotypes that go along with Appalachia.  Not only do we have the stereotypes working today, we also have socio-economic problems plaguing this region.  It's refreshing to read something so positive, and so true about a region so fine.  

It doesn't hurt that many of the photographs look like they were taken down the road from my own farm.  

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to my Mom today.  I think one doesn't realize the sacrifice and hard work it takes to be a parent....until you become one yourself.  In this photo, she and I were having our passport photos taken, to join my Dad in England.  

"Motherhood is a great honor and privilege, yet it is also synonymous with servant hood.  Everyday women are called upon to selflessly meet the needs of their families.  Whether they are awake at night nursing a baby, spending their time and money on less than grateful teenagers, or preparing meals, moms continuously put others before themselves."  

Charles Stanley 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday Randoms

Hey, it's Friday!  Woot!  

I will confess a love of dill pickle chips, but may not all of these.  

I can't deny these would have been a fun idea when my children were young.  

In celebration of impending Mother's Day, here are a few recipes from moms that we can all enjoy.  I will take the caramel brownies please, and thank you.  

Leaving you with The Fabulous Thunderbirds this Friday.  Enjoy!  

Linking up with Tanya today.  

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for a whole hodgepodge of items.  Thankful for a sweet neighbor who has tomato plants for me.  Thankful for the happy moments that power me through tough times.  Thankful for co-workers during this last, crazy week of school, that make me laugh and commiserate during toy day, bouncy house day, field day, etc.....

Thankful that the week moves forward, no matter what!  

What are you thankful for this week?  
Let me know!  

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Observations from the Week

It's only Tuesday......

Lady cows can really smash a fence when they want to be on the other side.  

A dog asleep in a patch of sunshine is a happy dog.  

Four more days of school left.

Being a passenger in the Jeep with the teenage girl driver wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

Sometimes things just don't work out as planned....big things and little things.

Life is still good.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

In the Land of Green

Things are greening up around the farmette.  Mulch is being shoveled, plants are being planted, and more flowers are blooming.  Our little maple trees that were planted last year are doing well.  

The farmer man and teenage girl were out on the golf cart checking fencing issues this afternoon.  

Last season I planted the smallest Lilac bush ever known to man and it bloomed!  Three small blossoms and here I was afraid it wouldn't survive.  

Our week of rain made for some soggy times, but Mother Nature is using it to her advantage.  

Linking up with The Barn Collective today.