Monday, August 30, 2010

It's time......

to harvest some pumpkins...
The vines are starting to die and glowing orbs of orange are beckoning.
Come here, my little pretties.....

Friday, August 27, 2010

Peaceful Fridays.....

The girls just popping in to say "hi" and remind you that it's the weekend.
They told me to tell you "bwock, bwock, bwock, bwoooock...."
(translation - get out of the house this weekend and run through the grass)

Have a peaceful weekend, y'all............

Thursday, August 26, 2010


If you've never seen this before, enjoy. If you have, never hurts to re-read and think....

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. So stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry..
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now... Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ''In five years, will this matter?".
26. Always choose life.
27. Forgive everyone everything.
28. What other people think of you is none of your business..
29.. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.
30. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
31. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
32. Believe in miracles.3
3. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
34. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
35.. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
36. Your children get only one childhood.
37. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
38. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere..
39. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd Grab ours back.
40. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
41. The best is yet to come.
42. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
43. Yield.
44. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Now go outside in your purple lingerie, dance, cry, be a child. Most of all, be in the moment!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Views on my road...

Down the drive...

and onto the road...

the farm field behind me...

then further down the road..

is the next farm...

with two nice ponds..

the farm right behind my property...

where I back up to the farm...
(click to enlarge. See the line of young trees? Well, those big un's right behind is where we butt)

back home again.
Just a small view from my world.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Peaceful Fridays.....

May you find enough courage to let go and be who you really are.
Learn how to let your soul soar...

Have a peaceful weekend, y'all.............

*Artist unkown. Image taken from Google*

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Snake...A Love Story...

On a glorious Saturday afternoon not that long ago, the woman of the house and her hubsters were tidying up the little homestead in preparation for friends coming to dine and spend a relaxing evening together. All were looking forward to the feast and the time they would have together catching up on each others lives and and telling stories long into the evening hour.
The woman of the house swept the back porch of it's Halloween-like spider webs so everyone could relax in splendor after much food and drink had been consumed. She gaily listened to the baby house wrens that were being raised in one of her own hand painted birdhouses as she went about her chore.
Little did any of them realize that soon their lives would be filled with terror...

Lurking underneath the porch unknown to the woman of the house was the big, bad blacksnake. He, too was out enjoying the glorious Saturday and was coming to partake in the dining and relaxing experience.
The woman of the house finished her sweeping on the porch and came down to sweep the decks and the sidewalk that leads to her office door when, out of the corner of her aging eye, she caught a movement. The woman of the house was not alarmed as for she thought it was her friend the chipper chimpmunk coming to look for some thistle.
Little did the woman of the house know that within a second or two her heart rate and blood pressure would sky rocket - for she is deathly afraid of the big black snake.
Neither moved once they spotted each other. It was like a scene from a western movie. Who would make the first move?
The woman of the house did what any good woman would do - she called in the door to her partner in crime and told him to get some gloves that she had a chore for him.
Soon enough, the partner in crime aka the hubsters came to see his chore. Seems he's not too fond of the big black snake either. Whilst the two stood and debated the situation, the big black snake had enough and decided to slither into the woodpile right outside the office door at which they stood. Slowly, the woodpile was removed until the big black snake was spotted. Viola!
The woman of the house and her partner in crime tried in vain to pick up the big black snake with the pitchfork so they could put him in the meadow where he belonged. The big black snake had other ideas and slithered off under the deck where the party was soon to begin.

The woman of the house went back to her chores and her partner in crime left to go to town to purchase the vast quantities of alcohol they would need for the evening.

All was going well. The woman of the house went to the garden to pick corn fresh for the evening dinner. She came back to the little house with her fresh, picked corn and sang gaily washing the silk away while looking out her kitchen window at her cleanly swept back porch.

Shortly here after, with all her chores completed, the woman of the house decided to go sit on her back porch and enjoy the moment before getting ready for the party. It was only then that she noticed.......

the big black snake had returned and to a most unwelcome place at that! The woman of the house panicked! He was after her beloved baby wrens! So, thinking fast, the woman of the house did what any qualified snake hunter would do - she threw a pillow at him!
The big black snake turned and laughed at this stupid woman... in turn, this made the woman of the house angry. She went below to get the pitchfork to once again try to remove him and return him to the meadow. It was a struggle of wits and muscle. The big black snake would not give in. He wanted those birds for dinner!
Just then, the woman of the house felt the strength of all her female homesteaders before her and felt empowered!! She then dutifully clunked the big black snake on the back and he fell to the deck below. Ha! You'll not have the birds this day! And with that, the big black snake slithered away.

The afternoon adventures soon gave way to friends and food, great beer, chilled wine, and a night of conversation. The tale of the big black snake was told like a legend being passed down through time. Little did any of them know that soon the big black snake would act out his revenge!
As the ladies came to the back porch to relax, the woman of the house noticed the big black snake had returned looking for his dinner. She yelled to her friends that the snake had returned.

As quick as a cat stealing ham out of your sandwhich, the woman of the house's friend turned and grabbed the big black snake with her bare hands! Such a feat!
The big black snake held tight - he had food at stake. But, the snake whisperer used her female charms and wooed the snake free of its hold on the railing.

Soon the men heard the commotion and came to sight see, but, the women had it under control. The snake whisperer talked kindly to the big black snake and soon he understood why this was not his home.

So, all the guests and the partner in crime escorted the big black snake to his home in the meadow guided only by their intuition and a flashlight. The woman of the house dutifully stayed behind to make sure the libations spread about were safe and sound.
And they lived happily ever after - for now.
The End.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Peaceful Fridays.....

Dare to try something different this weekend.
You'll be glad you did.

Have a peaceful weekend, y'all.........

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Two words I hate.....

Tornado Warning....
We were spared.
I've been through two of them in my adult life.
These two words have instilled a primal fear of survival when I see them flash on my TV.
My thoughts now are of those around us.
I hope they were spared, too....

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Shane the Ruler.....

He's our little teddy bear who quietly rules the roost not by force, only by observing. He keeps an eye on all that is around him.
He's a prime example that rescue really does work.
We adopted him at the young age of 10. He is pushing 15 now and still healthy as ever. When Shane came home to us he was grossly overweight, petrified of men, and bit everyone who came near him. A little patience, a little training, lots of love and TLC turned this dog around. It took about a year or so, but, he's in a very happy, secure place.
He makes no bones about being the life of the party now. Everyone needs to give him a hello and a hiny scratch. Once he's become aquainted with everyone, he goes back to just laying nearby and observing. Afterall, that's his job. Ruling the roost. And a grand job he does.

*This is a photo that was turned into a "painting" using Photoshop*

Sunday, August 8, 2010


Yesterday I harvested some of the herbs from the garden for drying. In the basket is lemon thyme, lemon balm, rosemary, white sage, and a few sprigs of lavender.

So, I gathered the tools needed to bundle the herbs for drying. Not much is needed - just a few simple tools. By the way, the glass of wine is mandatory for this job, just so you know.

A few wraps with the twine and your herbs are ready to hang and dry. I did incorporate the lavender into the white sage for a sage stick to burn.

Here are the four little bundles I put together hanging in the kitchen doorway to dry.
I've got plenty more to harvest, so, I see more herb bundles drying in my kitchen, sending their wafty scents throughout.
It's a good thing.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Tis' time for the Faire.....

Here we are in one of the promo shots goofing off.
Since we were only doing shots from the waist up, we decided we didn't need pants. Afterall, it was in the 90's.
Who says old folks don't have a sense of humor?
We'll be fully clothed for the performance, however. As much as the Faire allows "things" to hang out, they frown upon not wearing britches...

Friday, August 6, 2010

Peaceful Fridays.....

Even as summer takes its toll and starts to pale some of life's most beautiful gifts, we are still honored with the color's they offer to us.

Go find a little color to add to your weekend. You'll be glad you did..

Have a peaceful weekend, y'all........

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I'm back.....

But not quite in the saddle again - or at least not yet. Still catching up with work and homestead chores, plus, we had a gig on Saturday night.

Why are vacations always too much work before you leave, too short of time once you're in the middle of it, and, too much catch up when you get back???

I'll be catching up with blog land hopefully by weeks end. I should have caught up with my sleep deprivation by then... teehee...