Saturday, December 19, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
We've enjoyed each of the four seasons this past year and look forward to many more seasons of blessing as we build and plant and grow and bring this little piece of country back to life. Thanks for enjoying it with us.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Outside my window... the snow is melting, everything is smushy and wet
I am thinking... about whether or not I am posting this daybook correctly
I am thankful for... my dear sweet husband and my three wonderful kids. I am feeling sentimental about them today.
From the learning rooms... learning to slow down, live a little simpler and be content
From the kitchen...this is cookie baking week
I am wearing...my comfy sweats since I try to stay home on Mondays
I am creating...christmas ornaments for some of my friends
I am going...to get off the internet as soon as this is done :)
I am reading... Coming Home, devotions for Advent and December's Cooking Light
I am hoping...to get a few projects off of my to do list - but shhh, they are surprises
I am hearing...quiet
Around the house...I've started decorating, waiting on hubs for the outside lighting and then will start on the inside
One of my favorite things... a pot of tea, flavor du jour is Cinnamon Plum
A few plans for the rest of the week: cookie baking - need to get the freezer full for when the kids come home in a few weeks
Here is picture for thought I am sharing...
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Take this sunrise for instance
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
There is something to be said about a metal roof - it is noisy! I awoke to the sounds of dropping acorns and scampering feet right over my head. In my sleepy state of mind what came to me was, "hmm the squirrels must be bowling!" Now I know I have a vivid imagination but this was probably getting a little carried away. Unfortunately, I lay awake for a little while and listened to the sounds of acorns (or other objects) rolling down the roof and squirrels (or other varmits) scampering upwards. I miss those chirping crickets from this summer - they seemed a little quieter. Of course there was also the snoring bear right beside me lending his 2 cents to the night time noises. Speaking of bears - Saturday morning our neighbor James stopped by to tell us that a 200 lb. black bear was sighted in our woods last week. Is this a warning or just friendly local chatter? Made me feel a little creepy about my wonderful walk in the woods last weekend. Later in the day John and I hiked for several miles and spent a good hour plus in the woods - happy to say we saw no signs that he was around - at least not that John was going to tell me! Hopefully he's moved on to somebody else's woods.
Our explorations took us on a different path than we had taken before. This one crossed the stream and went up to a seldom used dirt road, now covered with leaves. We followed it, keeping to the west of the stream and saw our property from a whole new angle. Eventually we had to cut back down and ended up on the extreme corner of our property where a pond might go some day. Along the way we saw lots of colorful and interesting fungi in fun shapes and sizes, which kind of made up for the fact that the glorious leaf colors from last weekend had become mostly browns.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
No this isn't our house! But it is on the ridge behind our property and it has been inspiring to watch it go up.
Today we attended an expo of Log Home builders and producers and all that goes with building a log home. We've been before but wanted to be inspired so we:
Met briefly with our builders (we actually do have builder, producer and plans checked off the list), found the perfect table for our kitchen - only $5,000 custom made - yup I have that number right - sick, isn't it - and that does not include any chairs or benches! found a lovely bed in a much lovelier price range - might even go back for that one. Found all kinds of interesting accessories but then again it could get ridiculous and really - don't you first have to have a house before you accessorize it? - haha, that was farm boy's point but what does he know? The point is you wouldn't believe the whole entire market behind this industry - who knew? And no wonder my car doesn't fit in the garage anymore!
In the meantime we will be happy with baby steps - a little clearing of the land, a few apples "put up" for winter, sheds and odd buildings torn down and/or moved, and the simple enjoyment of a lovely place to relax. But who says a girls can't dream...................
Monday, October 19, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
By the time I came back the second weekend the colors were changing and more of the mountains were visible with the leaves beginning to fall. It won't be many more weeks that we can stay the weekend, we have no heat in our little trailer and it gets chilleeeeeeeeeee at night.
You can also see from the pictures that the hay has all been mowed and baled. That was very exciting. Both the front and back meadows were mown and the place looked so neat and tidy. I can tell that fall is going to be my favorite time to spend down here. So I convinced farmboy to take a walk through the woods with me.
I have way too many pictures to show you all of my favorites so you'll have to check my flickr on the left.
I was feeling creative the second weekend and decided to collect twigs and leaves for some craft projects. I found a really neat twig wreath in a store in GA, so I started to work to put one together. I also plan to mount the leaves after they have been pressed and make some cards. After all, you have to be crafty to be a farm girl, right?
Friday, October 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
As for other fun finds, today I visited the library. My reserved copy of Julia Childs, My Life in France was finally in so I quick picked it up before someone else could steal it. It's been a hot commodity since her movie came out. I am always excited when I come home from the library and today is no exception since I also brought home: How to pick a peach: the search for flavor from farm to table, A homemade life, Made from scratch, and MaryJane's Outpost: Unleashing Your Inner Wild. If you're not familiar with MaryJane yet - check her out at www.maryjanesfarm.com I'm not ready to camp out in the wilds yet (oh wait I do that every weekend) but I do love to read her magazine and her ideabook is priceless.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
...a mouse has nibbled the apple you set out on the counter last night
...Daddy long-legs crawl over your foot while playing canasta
....a walk down the lane scares up three wild turkeys
...you wake to the sound of the neighbors cows mooing
...you turn on a fan to drown out the sound of insects at 3AM
...you can lay in the back of the pickup and see all the stars
...butterflies follow you while you do your chores
...you have that peaceful easy feeling
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Ah...I like dreaming.................
Sunday, August 16, 2009
But now it is ours. And bit by bit we are putting ourselves into it and making it our home. I love waking up to the woods noises, and this past weekend we woke up to a lovely fog that had not yet been burned off by the sun. We accomplished several tasks on the to-do list, aside from the never ending mowing, and the only bummer was the bee stings John suffered. It is exciting to see the apples almost ready for harvest and even tasted a few different ones. Much will go to waste (or to bees and worms) but we'll have our fill before the fall is over.