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.  

Friday, May 5, 2017

Friday Randoms

It is finally the time for flowers.  Thank goodness....

Tomorrow is the Kentucky Derby.  Unlike other years, there is no clear favorite this time around.  Check out the horses here and let me know your pick.  

Twitter is a place to find women who are funny, and I mean truly funny.  

These cookbooks might pique your interest.  The Appalachian award winner will be in my kitchen, soon.  

Leaving you with some Delbert McClinton for the weekend.  

Linking up with Tanya today. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thankful Thursday

This Thursday I am thankful for teamwork.  You know how you are relaxing after supper and someone yells that the cows are out?  Around here, everyone in the house dashes out to lend a hand.  

Teamwork makes the dream work!  

Cows back in the gate in record time.  What are you thankful for today? 
 Shout it from the roof top!  

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Bring on the Ball

This past weekend was spent in Owensboro, Kentucky.  We were there for a softball tournament of statewide proportions.  

While we didn't win like we thought we would, it was a positive experience in its own right.  

I will be the owner of one of these wagons pretty soon.  All of my entertainment/softball mom stuff will fit into it so nicely.  

The girl of the house did a fine job pitching 

We did manage a stop at Moonlite BBQ.  I sampled everything, including the mutton, burgoo, and lemon drop pie. Highly recommend.... all of it.  

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Barn for Sunday

A barn photo from the archives this Sunday.  We have had a busy weekend of travel for the softball girl of the house.  Looking ahead it will be another busy week for softball, as the team moves toward wrapping up their season.  

There is another field trip in my future this week.  It features the petting of kangaroos, right here in Kentucky.  Good times.  

Linking up with The Barn Collective today.  

Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday Randoms

Someone always has to get in the photo.......

I always love to see a candid moment during the nightly news.  

When Jimmy Fallon and the voice of Olaf get together, it makes for good times.  

Some amazing sports photos, with all the pain and glory, are right here.  

Leaving you with one of my favorite Billy Joel songs.  Have a great weekend!!  

Linking up with Tanya today!  

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Wow, it's Thursday again....already.  So many things here to be thankful for, so let's talk about work.  My 2nd grade class had a great field trip to a nature center and, to top it off, lunch at the university dining facility.  This was like heaven to my students.  So many choices and an ice cream machine, I thought they would never finish eating.  Thankful for students who help each other and practice kindness.  No, they are not perfect, but it happens more often than it did at the beginning of the year.  Finally, my coworkers who are pressing me to keep going.  We keep each other going at crazy times and sometimes that's all you need.   

What are you thankful for today?  
Shout it out!  

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Wart Charmer

Recently my great aunt passed away.  In her early nineties, she lived a full and productive life.  The sister of my grandfather, I remember visits with her as a child and even more so as an adult.  She was outspoken and quite political.  She had a quick wit and loved Little Debbie cakes.  

She was also a wart charmer.  

This wasn't something that I knew about her, until a few years ago.  My father let it slip during conversation and then seemed surprised that I didn't know.  How would I know?  That isn't something that just comes up in regular conversation.  He told me that she had removed warts for him, as a boy.  She held the affected area and asked him if he believed.  After saying he did, there was no more to it.  No prayers, incantations, or bible verses.  His wart went away, shortly thereafter.  

She died without any children and I have to admit that I wonder if she passed her skill forward to another family member. Warts can also be bought and conjured, along with other types of healing.    This type of folklore/magic/cure interests me more as I continue to delve into Appalachian culture.  Here is an article of interest with information on cures and conjuring from The Irish Times.  Just the place where so many of Appalachian traditions originated.  

Do you have any wart charmers, conjurers, or healers in your family?  

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunflowers in my Future

Spring is truly here as our local drive-in theater is now in operation, for the season.  However, the wood stove is cranking and beef stew is on the menu for today, because it is cold!  

Warm again tomorrow, such is spring in Kentucky.  

Sharing an oldie from the archives this morning.  Hoping for sunflowers this summer.  Such a joyous flower.  

Linking up with The Barn Collective today. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Randoms

It's that time of year again.  Iris flowers are everywhere.  

I just don't know about the new Unicorn Frappuccino from Starbucks.  I enjoy their coffee every now and again, but seriously coffee should not come in rainbow colors.  

Parenthood, right here, in real words.  Enjoy

Who knew that a town in my great state will be the best place to view the solar eclipse this year?  

Sending you off into the weekend with some Jefferson Starship.  

Linking up with Tanya today.  Have a great one!  

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Can I just say that today I am thankful it is Thursday?  At the end of the school year things get so busy that it is often overwhelming, to say the least.  With seventeen school days left we have two field trips, one science day, one theater day, field day, and some instruction that I have to squeeze in there, somewhere.  

Wish me luck!  

What are you thankful for today?  Let me know!  

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Trillium Tuesday

"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today."  

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.  

Make today a good one.  

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Prom Success

Our weekend did not have an auspicious beginning.  The softball playing-girl of the house had some serious trouble with her allergy/asthma problems after playing ball Thursday night.  This necessitated a visit to our friendly family physician on Friday.  An unexpected day off, but truly needed.  After a steroid shot and a 9 day steroid prescription she was ready to go and breathing freely.  

After a day of rest/medication she was ready to go for Prom 2017, on Saturday.  She and I went to the softball field for a few photos.  After she asked me what she was supposed to do with the chair, I didn't think things were going to go very well, but we persisted.  

We, (I), persisted.....

and persisted.....

I think they turned out pretty well.  

She went with a group of friends and had a great time.  

A local group hosts a prom after party at the bowling alley, complete with plenty of food, bowling, and other games.  

You have to pass a breathalyzer test before you enter the festivities.  


Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday Randoms

You know you live in a small town when the local florist calls to double check your order of prom flowers, because he can't read his, "memaw's" handwriting on the order form. 
 I love it.  

Yes, prom is happening this weekend and the girl of the house is attending with a group of friends.  Here are a few prom fails from Jimmy Fallon.  

If all football coaches could dance like this, it might be more fun to watch.  

I guess healthy desserts are needed, but I am not putting kale in my chocolate chip cookies.  

I heard some Johnny Cash at the ballpark this week, though it wasn't this gem.  

Linking up with Tanya!  
Have a great one!!  

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for people who listen.  You know, those friends and coworkers who lend an ear when things aren't going your way or they are there to share a laugh.  I have people like this who are there for me everyday.  I hope you do too.  

What are you thankful for today?  Let me know and link up!  

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Just One More

Just one more photo of the water and sky before I mentally leave it all behind.....

Currently looking at a rain forecast tonight, which will afford me some time to catch up with everyone.  Our girl's softball team is undefeated in regular season play and their schedule is crazy.

Wishing all of you a great day!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Green, Green Grass of Home

It's always good to get away for a few days.  See new things, do new things, and get the mind out of the work routine.  However, there is no place like home.  I was astounded at just how green everything was on my return.  This farm is just down the road from my own.  There is no photoshop or filter in place with this photograph, only green grass and a setting sun. 

Nothing like the real thing.  

"Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts." 

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Friday Randoms

Sharing a photo I posted on Instagram of a park next to my parent's home.  
A bench with a great view. 

Thinking of a road trip in the future?  Here is a vintage camper you might like.  

Breakfast for dinner is a favorite around my house.  If you love it too, then here are a few recipes you might enjoy.  I'll take the drunken bread pudding, please.....

I haven't used the services of an Uber driver, but if you have, maybe one of these items belongs to you. 

My Dad shared The Super Cats with me this week and now I am sharing them with you. 

Linking up with Tanya today!  

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for time spent with my parents.  Some good talks, a little warm, Florida sunshine, and good food, make for a great week.  

What are you thankful for this Thursday?  

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Off We Go

Our school is finally on spring break this week and I will be absent for a few days while I spend some time with my parents.  The girl and I are off on an adventure, while the guys are holding down the farmette.  

See you on Thursday.  

Linking up with The Barn Collective today.  

Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday Randoms looks like a post is missing in the rear of this building.  
How it remains standing is a mystery. 

This week my daughter's art class has been painting along with Bob Ross.  Check him out here and let him sooth away your stress.  

Crayola is retiring a color from the classic 24 pack.  As a 2nd grade teacher, I can tell you that there are many others that need to be retired besides this one.  

If you are into travel, you will appreciate these items carried by flight attendants.  

Leaving you with some Post Modern Jukebox, because I can't get enough of it myself.  

Linking up with Tanya today.  

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thankful Thursday

This Thursday I am thankful for you.  Yes, that's right, you, the reader.  All of you who take a moment out of your day to read this blog and make a comment.  I cannot forget those of you out there who read and don't comment.  I see you in my stat counter and appreciate all of it.  

I never knew cows, kids, and small town livin' could bring a person so much joy.  
Thank you all......

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

So are the Days of Our Lives.....

Our days are full of softball these days.  The girl of the house just turned sixteen, so she isn't driving on her own yet.  We still meet up after school for drives to practice or to catch the game bus.  

Her high school team is made up of the best group of young women, this year.  They have been playing ball together since they were little girls.  

They are currently region champs and will be headed to the state tournament at the end of April.  

Not to be outdone, the young man of the house is building large structures.  He is on the left.  It seems the backside of him is the best picture I can get these days.  

"I find the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want  and advise them to do it."  

Harry S. Truman  

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sad Sunday

An unexpected accident took this girl from us yesterday.  She was a faithful companion to us for so many years and her antics will be sorely missed.  

Animals, and people, don't live forever, but isn't it hard to send them on their way. 

"If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons."  

James Thurber  

Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Randoms

Softball season has started, let the pitching begin!
(Yes, this is my hardworking girl.)  

Animals are the best pillows and nap buddies.  Click here, you know you want to.

Oreo the cat found a new job at a nursing home.  He knew where he was needed most.  

Need a laugh?  I know you do and you can find one here.  

Sending you into the weekend with a Disco classic.  

Linking up with Tanya today.....

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for a son.  Yesterday he turned twenty-years old.  He is an independent thinker who is not afraid to branch out on his own.  A challenge during his childhood, he has grown into a fine, young man.  

What are you thankful for this Thursday?  Children, pets, family, or maybe just a peaceful moment of time.  Let me know!  

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dogs Galore

This past Saturday I rounded up the whole family and made them go to a dog show with me.  Why, you ask?  Well, I am a sucker for a dog.  Any type of dog, purebred or rescue, it doesn't matter.  

Watching the dogs in the show ring is fun, but I always like the backstage area where you can get up close and personal with dogs and owners alike.  

A lot of grooming goes on here and if you like the smell of wet dog, you are in luck.  

All shapes and sizes were represented when we we there.  

It goes on for four days and dogs from surrounding states come to compete.  

Not only were dogs being groomed, but there were puppies to pet.  Wheaten puppies, to be precise.  They were too busy, their photos turned out blurry.  

Rescue groups were there finding homes for dogs and there was even a pet psychic/communicator.  

Three rings of agility competition were going on and we watched for about an hour.  One little dog wasn't having any of it and grabbed one of the cones and starting running around the ring.  When he would stop, the handler would get close, and the dog would zoom off again.  Great fun for the audience, but I am sure the handler didn't care for it!  

"Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen."  

Orhan Pamuk