Friday, December 31, 2010

On This New Year's Eve....

On this New Year's Eve I would like to thank those who take a moment out of their day to read the simple happenings here in my life. A special thanks to those of you who leave comments, as I enjoy reading those more than I can tell you. You provide encouragement for my photography and joy in blogging friendship.

May you all have a truly wonderful and prosperous New Year in 2011.

I will leave you with this quote that I shared with my dad over the Christmas holiday. I hope to adhere to it myself this coming year.

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Snowy Landscape

After spending a few days on the sunny coast, it was a rude awakening when we arrived back at the farmette. Cold and snowy, but beautiful for certain.
Snow in every conceivable spot.

Silence hung in the air just as the snow was covering the ground.

As usual, the dogs enjoyed every flake.

Snow could even be seen on the neighboring farm.

Dressed in my son's coveralls I only stayed outside for a few moments walking around in the snow. Then, it was inside by the fire. Where I stayed for most of the day.
Stay warm friends.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

1 Warm Weather Christmas + 2 Jack Russells = 1 Air Horn

I have been out of the blogging loop for the past few days. The family and I loaded up and headed to my parent's house......otherwise known as The Bab's and Mr. B's hacienda. They are lucky enough to live on the coast where warm weather abounds and people are still wearing short sleeve shirts at this time of year.
Seeing as how we have had a abnormal amount of snow lately, we were excited. And, yes this picture was taken very close to their house. *sigh*
For this trip I decided to take my Jack Russell with me. I was feeling rather confident and skillful in my dog knowledge/discipline......

Because my parents have a Jack Russell of their own. A rather handsome chap who goes by the name of, Hamilton. He and my dad are the best of buddies. Let's just say that the two jacks had a couple of ummmm....., "sparring sessions". Things got a little crazy and my friend, Airedalelibrarian, suggested that I use an air horn to break up their spats.

Yes, that's air the house. A house all ready chock full of many grandchildren, adults, and noise.

While it worked like a charm, I am afraid that Babs and Mr. B had their fill of noise before it was time for us to go.

Eventually they tired of each other and of hearing that noisy blast.
Air horns bring a whole new meaning to the word, "festive".

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

From my small town life to your home....where ever you might be, Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Take It Slow.....

Here's hoping.....
That these last few days before Christmas...

Are not too hectic for any of you.

Take it slow and enjoy the week.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

You Better Watch Out

This afternoon we gathered at the home of my Mom-in-Law for a Christmas get together. Food was eaten and gifts were exchanged. We all did some catching up and enjoyed the afternoon. It was sweet and memorable....everything it should be.
But, before we could officially call it a day, my brother-in-law, Flyboy, broke out his traditional Christmas gift to the kids. See....he has no kids of his own, so he likes to torture those of us that do. Each year he gifts the kids with a fresh Nerf dart gun for the season. The kids wait with anticipation to see what kind of goofy dart gun they will get this year. They were not disappointed, as it was the battery powered machine gun. Nice.

They then descended into the blurry depths of Grandma's basement to test out their new weapons. As is socially acceptable to say these days, "It was on like Donkey Kong".

My daughter thinks she is going to get me here. HA!

I foresee in my crystal ball, yes all mothers have one, that the darts for these guns shall soon disappear.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Snow Day

So......we had a snow day yesterday and are having yet another today. You remember the joy you felt when you were a child and found out that school was cancelled? The thought of a whole day in front of you, chock full of sleeping late, playing outside, and watching television, was almost more than your brain could comprehend.
And now you are an adult and a parent at that. So, a snow day comprises drying wet, "snow clothes", twenty times before noon, preparing countless cups of hot chocolate, refereeing sibling arguments,chasing dogs around the house who have run off with a pair of gloves, and timing each child's turn on the computer so everyone is treated fairly.

It is yet another game in the Olympics of Parenthood.

Now the forecast is calling for more wintry weather on Wednesday.

Note to self: Be careful what you wish for.....

Sunday, December 12, 2010

And so she arrives....

It is official. Suzy Snowflake has arrived at the farmette, along with her friends Icky Ice and Wicked Wind. Seriously....she could have left those two at home.
We have the promise of snow showers all day long,

and into the evening...along with snow tomorrow as well.

The perfect day to hang out by the wood stove with a cup of coffee.

I think the Lady of the Yard has everything under control outside, so I will leave her to it.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Frosty Morning Sunrise

This past week has been full of very cold temperatures and a lot of frost. Not much in the way of snow, but Jack has been around our area working his magic.
These pictures show my morning view on the drive to work this week.

The sun was rising,

and I wish these pictures could convey,

the sparkle that the sunlight was creating.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

It's in the Details

A few weeks ago, during much warmer days, I took some photos of The Deerslayer while he was working with his bow. At the time I was just trying to get some good shots of him doing something he loves. It is hard to get him to sit still and smile for a photo. He doesn't like to have his photo taken. He is so unlike his sister.
I loaded them on the computer and didn't think much about it until I started picking and choosing photos. Then, I found the cross in the sky.

Perhaps a little Divine Inspiration right here on the farmette.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Suzy Snowflake...Where Are You?

We had a forecast for a little bit of snow this weekend. I confess what I really wanted was what you see in this photograph. Just enough snow for the kids and dogs to enjoy.
And, this is what I received.

Barely a few flakes on the back deck steps. Bitterly cold temperatures are forecast for this coming week. But, not a snowflake in sight.


Friday, December 3, 2010

'Tis the Season

This week I finally got motivated to take out Father Christmas and place him on the shelf.
Ornaments were hung with care.

And I have my lovely daughter, Toots, to thank for her delightful, motivating personality. She was right by my side ready to inspect every decoration, ornament, and figurine. She even took it upon herself to add a little touch of the season to her bedroom.

But I did make at least one executive decision.

Even rusty objects get a little seasonal flair here at the farmette.