Friday, November 29, 2013

Random Five Friday

My son, and his friend, on a successful pheasant hunt last weekend.  Though pheasant is not a native species to Kentucky, there are farms here where they are raised and hunted. 

Nancy, from A Rural Journal, is on an extended holiday break, but I still can't help myself from posting Random Five Friday.  

Love Border Collies?  Then, you will like this video clip with these sneaky canines.  

The new Girl Scout Thin Mint coffee creamer is my new favorite morning habit.  

I am not participating in any Black Friday shopping.  Just too crazy for me!  Shopping on Etsy is more my style.  

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Thankful today for so many things.  Life is abundant, even when we think we need more.  Sending out my very best wishes for a happy, and blessed, Thanksgiving. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

It's About That Time

Thanksgiving is looming before me and yet another holiday tradition is right behind it.  

That's right....dragging out the holiday decor from the depths of the spooky closet, located underneath the staircase.  I think this storefront has the right idea.  Minimal, yet classic, all the while allowing the gas pump to take center stage. 

Gas pumps really rule my world here lately. 

"Christmas, children, is not a date.  It is a state of mind."   
Mary Ellen Chase  

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Share and Share Alike

A tiny, retreat cabin behind a home here in Smalltownland.

Living in a small town can be a funny thing.  On one hand it is great.  On the other hand  it can be odd.  

The other day it was just odd.  

My daughter and I had left school and stopped at a gas station on our way out to the farmette.  This gas station is more like a local hang out for folks who live in my area of the county.  It is not fancy by any means, but it provides gas, hot food, and the essentials of daily living.  Each morning, after the school bus run, the local bus drivers meet here for coffee and breakfast.  

I pulled up to a gas pump and went inside to prepay.  When I came back out a man, who had pulled up behind me, was filling two gas cans.....on my pump....with my funds!  

I think my mouth fell open when he said he didn't know I was using the pump.  


I went inside and told the owner, Gary, that the gentleman had started filling his gas cans.  He smiled and said it was okay and he would reset the pump.  

Gary is an Indian gentleman who owns said station.  I think we all know his real name is not Gary, but he takes pity on us country folks and makes it easy on us.  

All was well and I am glad to help a neighbor, but I can't share my gas.  

The End

Friday, November 22, 2013

Random Five Friday

It rather strikes me that the pumpkin in this shot doesn't look real.   Seriously, it is.....

These girls can SING!  Check out their A Cappella version of, "Royals".  

I made this to take to our pot-luck dinner at work today.  Just buy a container of chocolate frosting to use on top.  You can thank me later.  

Anyone have a book recommendation?  Anyone....

Blogger has been giving me trouble lately.  Not always able to access blogs on my list.  What's up with that?

Happy Friday!

Linking up with Nancy!  

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for for fields of random wildflowers, even if they are temporarily gone with the frost, an upcoming two-day work week, and hot coffee in the morning.  

Linking up today with Madge.....

Rurality Blog Hop #41

Now go forth and be thankful. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Full Beaver Moon

This past weekend marked the Frost Moon.   

Also named the Full Beaver Moon because it arrives during the time beavers are preparing for winter.  

Also, traps can be set before swamps and wetlands begin to freeze.  

These photo were taken Monday morning, really as the moon was beginning to wane.  

"The moon is a loyal companion.  It never leaves, it is always there, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do.  Everyday it's a different version of itself.  Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light.  The moon understands what it means to be human.  Uncertain. Alone.  Cratered by imperfections."  

Tahereh Mafin, 
Shatter Me

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Dream Is Free

Stated for all in my household to see, this announcement board hangs in my kitchen.  Sometimes it contains something silly and sometimes it is serious.  

Today it is serious.  

Often we have a dream, do we not?  I have plenty, but having the motivation to bring your dream to reality is another matter entirely.  

Growing up an Air Force Brat, I came here to Kentucky each summer to spend time with family.  Staying at my Grannie Lucille's farm made me want one of my own.  I can't say it was one particular thing that intrigued me.  Possibly, it was the whole lifestyle.  The quiet, the creek, the cows, and just maybe how different it was from my own life made it so desirable.    

And, so here I am, living on a farm in Kentucky.  

Not perfect, but always interesting.  

Tell me friends, what is your dream come to fruition?  

Friday, November 15, 2013

Random Five Friday

It seems the small lady of the flower bed needs some surgery before spring arrives.  

If you are interested in photography, check out this link.  The professional photographer is challenged to take photos with a toy camera in interesting situations.  

My daughter keeps changing my cell phone ring tone from Green Acres to the vintage Batman theme song.  Now it is Batman talking in my purse, "To the Bat Mobile!".  

Snow this week and looking toward a 75 degree day on Sunday, with storms!  .  Welcome to Kentucky!  

Inger left a comment inquiring about my dogs taking care of a mouse in the farmhouse.  Well, I do have a sassy Jack Russell Terrier, but she apparently has other things to relax in front of the wood stove. The Border Collie is too busy rolling in burrs.  And yes, I even had to clip some of them out of her long hair.  We both survived :) 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for old smokehouses, snowflakes, and three dogs who know better than to roll in cockle burrs.  Dog number four doesn't know better.....

Linking up with Madge today.....

Rurality Blog Hop #40

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hedge Apples

 Take a moment and peer into this five-gallon bucket.  Full of hedge apples, it is the receptacle of the all natural pest repellent that the check out lady told my husband we needed for this old farmhouse.  

You see, as the colder months approach we always seem to get a mouse in the house.  My theory on this is.....there is never just one mouse.  When hedge apples were  suggested to my husband, he thought it a great idea!  Yes!  His twin brother's farm has an Osage Orange Tree with the apples on the ground.  Our son was dispatched to bring some home after school.  Some of you may know them as horse apples, monkey brains, or bodark.  

It is said that they repel insects, spiders, and mice.  You can eat the seeds, located in the center of the fruit.  I decided to place some around  this old farmhouse in strategic areas and some just for decoration.  I have used these before and confess that I picked them up behind our church while I was attending a family reunion.  

Obviously I was more interested in the hedge apples.  

The bark of the Osage Orange Tree was prized by Native Americans for bow making.  The tree was also used by FDR in his Great Plains Shelter Belt WPA Project in 1934.  

Merriweather Lewis even sent slips and cuttings of the tree to then President Thomas Jefferson.  

What do you know....a little history right here on the front porch.  

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Veteran's Day

Take a moment to think of all the veterans in your life.  Even if you don't have any, the work our servicemen and women do on a daily basis keep our country running as a land of freedom.  

In my own family, my father made a fine career out of the Air Force.   My husband served in the Army, as did his twin brother and their father.  My grandfather served in WWII, as did great-uncles.   

Thank a veteran and appreciate our active men and women in service for all they have done.  

"In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned.  When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."  

Mark Twain 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Random Five Friday

This cabin, built shortly after the land was purchased in 1796, remains intact in our tiny hamlet of Smalltownland.  

Nancy is taking a hiatus from the Random Five Friday hostess duties, but I am addicted to the randomness of it all.  Thus, I shall press on!  

If you are tired of hearing, "What Does the Fox Say?", then just listen to the farmer......

I admit that I don't like pumpkin flavored anything.  I believe I am in the minority here.

Next week the weather forecast is calling for rain, some snow, and even a chance of ice.  It is way too early for this kind of nonsense.

Be well, my friends.....

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for old barns, healthy kids, and dogs that will sleep through the night.  

"Everyday I've got to be thankful that I'm alive, and you never know - the cliche is, I guess, you could get hit by a bus tomorrow, so you'd better be at peace with what you've got going at the moment."
Joseph Gordon Levitt

Linking up with Madge today.....

Rurality Blog Hop #39

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Pace of Nature

"Adopt the pace of nature: 
her secret is patience."  

Ralph Waldo Emerson  

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Move It On Back

Daylight Savings Time has reared its ugly head again here in Smalltownland.  I know controversy surrounds this topic across the nation, but here it takes on a whole new type of problem.  

I have mentioned before that we live right next to the Eastern Time Line.  This means that I work in the Central Time Zone and my husband works in the Eastern Time Zone.  Confusing, of course, but never dull.  

Built in 1928, this footbridge, across a steep, narrow valley, connects the Smalltownland public square with our historic L&N train depot.  

Some folks around here like to buck the system.  They just decide if they want to follow Central time or Eastern time and it doesn't matter which side of the time line they reside.  

Some folks even refuse to, "fall back", or "spring forward".  And so we have this set of vocabulary terms.  

Fast Time = Eastern Time
Slow Time = Central Time 
County Time = Central Time 
Church Time = whatever time the church decides to follow, seriously

And, then we have my personal favorite - Super Fast Time.  This is when you are on Fast Time, but refuse to set your clocks back in the fall.  This was a favorite of my Grannie Lucille.  

Since I work on regular County/Central Time, I set my clocks back.  I shall soothe my confusion this afternoon by baking a batch of 7-Up Biscuits.   

Be well, whatever time you follow.  

Friday, November 1, 2013

Random Five Friday

Do you ever have those days where it just feels like 1/2 of everything you want to accomplish gets done?  If so, this mailbox is for you.....and for me.  

Well, as the Infamous Stringdusters say, You Better Get It While You Can.....

I survived Halloween with small children, but really the holiday always makes me think of this movie scene.  

Smalltownland has its share of scary stories and if you would like to read about The Spurlington Tunnel, you can do so here.  

The last football game of the season occurs tonight.  Wish us luck!  

Linking up with Nancy today!