Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Randoms

I have a twenty minute drive to, "town", each morning for work.  This affords me many views, one of which this week was my accountant, in his pajamas, waiting with his son for the bus.  Small town life is all real.....all the time.  

Been looking for a White Moose?  Well....lucky you.  

A few sports photos for your enjoyment can be found here.  

A newborn with rollers in her hair, why of course.  

I happened upon this by accident, but I believe you will enjoy it.  

Linking up with Tanya.  
Have a great one.  

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for country roads, sunsets, and a good drive home.  It gets inconvenient living out in the country, but with views like this on the drive home, I can put up with it.  I just have to make sure we don't run out of milk :)  

What are you thankful for this Thursday?  Small things are just as important as the big things.  Link up and let me know!  

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Appalachian Word of the Day

gaum: n. mess (gom) ; also used as a transitive verb: to "gaum up" 

A back alley here in Smalltownland.  

Here I am on Tuesday, still reflecting on Sunday.  The guys were planning their trip, which is to Colorado to hunt Elk, and had all of their, "things", spread out in the house.  The husband said it would be put back in the closet, but I have yet to see that happen.  

Yet, to see that happen, I say. 

This is on top of all the regular, "things", that get placed around the house.  


Life is good, but it comes with a lot of gaum.  

Sunday, August 13, 2017

News on Sunday

The men of the house are planning and scheming.  They have a hunting trip planned for this fall, out west.  Maps are being perused, routes are being planned, and equipment is being purchased.  

They will be driving out west, hiking into their assigned area, and setting up camp.  This makes me a little bit nervous, but they are excited about their upcoming adventure.  Not to be outdone, the ladies of the house, (me and the girl), will be taking our own adventurous trip next spring.  More details will be upcoming.  

We have a plethora of pears.  We use some ourselves, some go to the deer feed plot, and then we have an opossum visiting each night to eat the fallen pears.  

I came home from the grocery with a new box of dog biscuits.  After I passed them out, I found my Jack Russell behind our recliner with her biscuit.  Not where she usually sleeps, so I am guessing she was hiding....and protecting her treat.   

This is on the menu for tonight and making the house smell great.  This has been the music for the weekend, and even the husband enjoyed it.  

Make today a good one, won't you?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Randoms

Authentic petroglyphs from a hike in New Mexico.  

Interested in how to become a Geisha?  Here are a few photos of being an apprentice.  

I know a few Moms who feel just like her.  

Leavin' you with a bit of the Irish today.  

Linking up with Tanya today.  

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for things that happened this summer.    My son took a job that had him going to work in the late afternoon.  A change, for sure, but it meant he and I were home during the same time during the day.  This meant conversation on all levels and topics.  We watched a few TV shows together and cleared up all kinds of misunderstandings from life, family, and whatever.  

Quite possibly one of the most important things that happened this summer.  

What are you thankful for this Thursday?  Let me know!  Big or small, it doesn't matter.  Being thankful is the only important thing.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

To Mama be the Glory

When I was a kid I would spend time in the summers with my Mama Bird.  She was a woman who made a lot out of a little.  It didn't matter what the subject matter, she knew how to press on and make the most of it.  Let's start with her kitchen skills, shall we?  

She grew a garden, preserved everything she could and fed everyone who showed up at her table.  Three meals were made, per day, and not just a few side dishes, either.  A meat, vegetables, jams, sweet tea, lemonade, and biscuits were always on the table.  Whenever I would wake up at her house, biscuits were waiting for me.  Their preparation was never measured and never hurried.  

In later years she used Crisco, but early on she used lard.....the good stuff.  We will start with that for today.  

Measuring cups were never used.  A wooden bowl was taken out of a cupboard.  It contained flour and was kept covered with a flour sack.  A spoonful (?) of lard and a splash of milk were added to a well in the flour.  That was it and that is what I have here.  

She mixed it with her fingers until it was the consistency she wanted.  I mixed it a bit and determined it was too dry, thus a bit more full fat buttermilk was added.  I turned it out onto a floured surface and patted it out, careful not to work the dough too much.  

I cut the biscuits with a standard cutter that I bought at a store.  My Mama Bird used an old Beanie Weenie can.  I have a lot to learn.....

After I left a few fingerprints on the dough, I baked them on a stone with the sides touching.  This gives softer sides.  

The biscuits turned out delicious!  Tender, flaky and not overdone, I was satisfied with this first foray into the non-measuring lifestyle.  

One important note - my Mama Bird never left any detritus in her flour bowl.  There were never any bits of lard, dough, etc...  Her dough formation was precise.  She removed the dough and covered the bowl with the flour sack. All remaining flour was saved for the next time.   When I removed the dough from my bowl....well, there were bits of dough left.  

I still have some work to do.  

"Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits."  

Carl Sandburg 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Super, Slow Sunday

It's a super, slow Sunday here at the farmette.  Cows have been watered, (we use clean, stock tanks), pets have been fed, and so have the people.  Lasagna has been taken out of the oven  and will soon be consumed :) 

It's cloudy with some rainy drizzle.  The farmhouse windows are open and all is well.  

What's up in your neck of the woods?  

Linking up with The Barn Collective today.  

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday Randoms

Cherry tomatoes are all the rage here at the farmette.  More than we can eat, most days.  

If you are a fan of Charlotte's Web, and who isn't, then click here.  

Even though I teach school and am around people/children all day, I am really an introvert.  If you feel the same, click here.  

Right now my outdoor, clawfoot bathtub is a home for tadpoles....okay it was a fountain!  Once upon a time it was used like one of these.  Might have to convert it back to people use, next summer.  

Leaving you with some Etta James for the weekend.  Make it a good one!!!  

Linking up with Tanya today.  

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for Taco Tuesday.  I know....what a clash of days, but we had a food truck visiting our small town on Tuesday and it was a must visit.  The girl of the house drove us to town.  Seriously.....she drove, she parked, she was in charge of the Jeep.   We waited in line for our food, which was delicious, but the best part was the experience of it all.  You know, the drive, the talking, the time together, and the food!  It was the perfect moment to close out our summer.  

What are you thankful for this Thursday?  Shout it out!  Let me know!  Link it up!  Everything is important when we are talking about gratitude!  

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017


Nature is in full swing around here.  With the hot temperatures, everything is growing.  This would include weeds, insects, and kids.  I thought at this age the kids might stop, but I don't think so.  

While picking cherry tomatoes I came across this hornworm.  It is full of braconid wasp cocoons.  The cocoons will destroy the hornworm, so I just let nature take its course here.  

The hummingbirds are finally back after what I though might be a permanent hiatus.  This Lofos Compact Rose houses two small feeders that have become quite popular.  I also have regular sized feeders with a lot of competition between the hummingbirds.  

Last, but not least, is this frog hanging out in one of the fountains.  There is a bounty of frogs here and you can listen to them at night.  Some varieties are even on our windows.  

I have an old claw-foot tub that has been turned into a fountain.  Well, it is now full of tadpoles.  This is where my love of all types of animals has gone awry.  I have turned off the pump, but they need to hurry up, grow, and hop out of there.

What have I done?

"If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning.  And if it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first."  

Mark Twain

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Fair Weather Finds

Our weather has been spectacular this weekend.  I suppose we deserve a break after many days of smothering heat.  We took the Jeep out for a spin and it seemed that all manner of beings were out on the road.  

Tobacco, still a crop in these parts, has been cut.  The stalks have a stick in them which will be used to hang them in the barn, where the product will dry for some time.  

Corn and soybeans grow here, too.  

Crossing a creek bed we found fencing wires marked with a can.  I suppose you use what you have at the time.  

And, finally, my favorite photo of the trip.  

It looks like our fine friend is offering up some refreshment, but he could sure use a new leg.  

"Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August." 

Jenny Han

Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday Randoms

This sweet flower grows in a basket that was gifted to me by a student.  I don't know what it is, but I love it.  

My favorite flavor of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, New York Super Fudge Chunk, didn't make the top ten, but I still love it.  You can check out how your favorite flavor ranks right here.  

I adore the mix-n-match decor in this home and it's for sale.  

I can't get enough of this dog.  I can only imagine that his wardrobe is extensive.  

Leaving you with a classic tune for the weekend.  Make it a good one.  

Linking up with Tanya today.  

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for a great summer.  A summer full of rest, travel, family, new people, and new experiences.  It is a bit hard to believe that this break is coming to a close.  The last month has flown by, but it's been a good one!  Onward to a great school year!  

What are you thankful for this Thursday? 
 Shout it out and link it up!  

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Appalachian Word of the Day

Lollygag - a graceful, unhurried method of spending your time when you have no where to go, with absolutely no productivity whatsoever  

I admit to a bit, maybe a lot, of lollygagging yesterday.  Tomorrow starts a week of busyness for me that cannot be avoided.  Appointments to keep, a classroom to organize, people to see and places to go.  

My lollygagging should not be confused with dillydallying.  To dillydally is to waste someone's time.  A prime example of this is when your children dillydally and you can't get out of the house on time.  An unpleasant experience, if you ask me.  

Here's hoping you have some time to lollygag today.  We all need it, every now and again.   

"Once you get to that point where you can just be yourself and relax, I just think you're so much happier in general."  

Jacqueline Emerson 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Better Late Than Never

Hello.....anyone out there?  

It's been a whirlwind weekend with little time at the computer, or at the farmhouse for that matter.  The trio below completed their second Spartan Race on Saturday.  4 miles of running and 25 obstacles made up this course.  As you can see, it is a messy endeavor and quite challenging at that.  The girl of the house is on the left, the farmer man is in the middle, and the young man of the house is on the right.  The young man had already finished the race and had hosed himself off by the time the other two were finished.  It was so messy you could even elect to be pressure washed....seriously.  

The girl and her dad always stay together and do a great job of finishing.  The young man, however, is all about the competition.  This race, in a field of 2900 men, he finished 97th.  

Would it surprise you to know that after this crazy event the girl went and pitched a softball game?  She also spent the entire day, today, pitching and playing ball with her travel team.  

Squeezing all the life out of summer we can.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Randoms

Just some wildflowers for today. 

If you are married, then you will be able to relate to at least a few of these tweets.  

The Week in Photos , some are wonderful, some are hard to see.  

Mr. Fallon does it again, giving us a few laughs about weird families.  

Leaving you with a Mumford and Sons gem.  

Linking up with Tanya today.  

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for new opportunities.  The new school year is about two weeks away and I am looking forward to being the new Reading Interventionist for my school.  What does this mean?  I won't be teaching in a regular classroom, but will be seeing students with reading issues, working with them, and tracking their progress.  I am excited about the change and ready to make a difference in new ways.  

What are you thankful for this Thursday?  Let me know, big or small, it doesn't matter.  Link up and share with everyone!  

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Shots From the Week

Last week I spent a few days in Florida and I thought it was hot.  Little did I know that it would be hotter when I came back to Kentucky.  You might say it is:  
Hotter than blue blazes....
Hotter than the hinges of hell....
Hotter than a $2 pistol....
There are other phrases I could add here, but I will ere on the side of caution.  

Right now all plants are surviving and the weeds are doing ever better.  Go figure.  

Our apple trees are flourishing.  Our two peach trees bit the dust a few years ago.  Wish they were still with us.  

The Gladiolus are blooming.  

Finally, the piece de resistance of the week.  Here we have a load of pavers that will be the edging for our new family fire pit area.  The pea gravel, for the "floor" has been delivered and it just need to all be put into place.  We removed an above ground pool and are using the circular space for this project.  

Of course this is  happening at the hottest time of the year.  

Any volunteers?  

Sunday, July 16, 2017

What a Week

Straight out of the camera and the archives, comes this photo.  What a week!  The girl of the house had an unexpected free weekend from travel softball, so we headed out to the house of the Nana and Papa in Florida.  

We left the gentlemen in charge of cows, flowers, and cooking.  We had a few days at the beach, shopping, movies, etc....

Today involved a lot of laundry and, "catching up", if you know what I mean....

Linking up with The Barn Collective today.  

Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Randoms

A wonderful vantage point from the top of the National Cathedral.  Was I supposed to be up there.....I hope so.  

Being a fan of Ina Garten I would love to take a walk inside of her New York City apartment.  It is for sale....

Proof that artistic gifts can show themselves at any age.  

If you can't get a massage, just watching one can make you relaxed.  Seriously, it's a thing.   

Leaving you with my morning workout music.  

Linking up with Tanya today.  

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for life in the slow lane.  About two minutes from my own farmette, I had to stop and let several chickens cross the road.  This little thing was the last to make it, and she was in no hurry.  Her owner has many chickens in various states of growth.  They all cluck around the yard, eat grubs in the garden, and co-exist with two terriers.  Quite a feat, I think.  

What are you thankful for this Thursday?  
Give it a shout out!!  

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Scenes from the Ballpark

This past weekend I spent many hours at the ballpark.  This was the view right next door.  

I might explain that it was in Lexington, Kentucky, also known as, "The Horse Capital of the World".  

These views were right outside the ballpark.  The entire city is gorgeous, with horse farms at every turn.  

Our two days of games did not yield a tournament victory for the girls, nor did I have time to visit my favorite bookstore, but the team came together and played better than they have recently.  Getting their confidence back after a recent slump is the real victory.  

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Why Grow Heirlooms

I am a sucker for history and all things old.  Old houses, (I live in one.), old furniture, and old books.  That means I also have a love of old flowers.  Usually they are flowers that my grandmothers, and my mom, grew in their gardens.  Both of my grandmothers would save seeds and pass them on to my mom, who would grow them in her garden.  We lived far away and my my would receive seeds in the mail and plant them in the spring.  Quite often people would stop to ask where the flowers came from.  They were beautiful and not like regular seeds found in the stores.  

First Cleome of the Summer season, in my garden.  

Generally speaking a plant is considered an heirloom if it was grown before 1951, is not grown commercially, and it not a hybrid.  Heirloom plants are open pollinated, just like nature intended, and don't always have a perfect shape/form.  

Now, this isn't to say that I don't like hybrids plants.  I do have a couple of hybrid tomato plants in my garden this year, but......heirloom plants, of all varieties, outnumber everything at the farmette.  

Heirloom plants perpetuate  history, nature, and are healthy and true.

I grow them at every opportunity and I hope you do too.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Friday Randoms

I found this beauty at our small, community post office.  People have started painting rocks and hiding them to spread beauty, kindness, and bring a bit of happiness to the person who finds it.  I will be hiding this today and hopefully it will bring someone else a moment of joy.  

Are you a fan of the Golden Girls TV show?  Well, even if you are not I think you will enjoy this peek at Rue McClanahan's home that's up for sale.  

Why yes, actually, I do believe I need a watermelon dress.  

I don't usually eat at McDonald's, but in this case I would make an exception.  An order of Poutine, please......

Leaving you with a great song and the tambourine guy is a source of entertainment on his own.  

Linking up with Tanya!  

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful today for the quirky, the odd, the weird, and the wonderful.  Take this gem of a lady, for example.  I ran across her a few years ago outside of an antiques establishment.  She screams, "America", and yet provides great lighting for your home.  It's just the kind of thing I adore.  

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

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July

Sending my best wishes, from my sweet, small town, for a Happy 4th of July. 

"We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it." 

William Faulkner 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

A Barn for Sunday

Yesterday, while on the way home from a softball tournament, (where else!), I saw this barn on the side of the road.  The Farmer Man turned around and I snapped this photo.  Some rainy weather was on the left of this photo and the light was both wonderful and deceptive.  Hence the barn seems to have a faded, greenish cast, even though it still maintains its dark facade.  

Linking up this beauty with The Barn Collective.  

Friday, June 30, 2017

Friday Randoms

You know how your daughter wants to adopt a Yak and you aren't feeling it?  Well, this happened in New Mexico.  Yaks are important and all, but sometimes you have to put the money towards feeding the family supper.  

As an amateur photographer I am in love with these fun photos.  Grass skirt, anyone? 

I will confess a love for all of these foods.  However, they didn't originate in America.  

Dogs playing golf because, why not?  

Leaving you with some 38 Special for the weekend.  
Have a good one!!!!!!  

Linking up with Tanya 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for flowers and I should also say nature.  Being off from work in the summer affords me the time to be outside, a lot.  Arranging fountains, filling bird feeders, tending flowers, and checking tomato plants are a few of my favorite activities.  Pictured above is a Canna Lily about to bloom.  Around this house I also have Four O'Clocks, Zinnia, Coleus, Cleome, Ferns, Wave Petunias, and so much more.  

What are you thankful for today?  Shout it out, feel blessed, and be blessed!  

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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?