Friday, May 30, 2014

Random Five Friday

I took this shot while randomly walking around a trap shooting competition.  I have no idea what type of flower it is, so any comments would be appreciated. 

Our nation endured the passing of Maya Angelou this week.  Here are a few things you might not have known about her.  

I confess that I have made these before, but didn't like them.  Still, I think they have a small, cult following.  

The pool DIY repair is not going well.  Screws that have been holding the pump in place for nine years now do not want to come out.  *sigh*  It is always something.

I am feeling a little relieved to have summer break spread before me, so let's celebrate with a little Aretha.

Enjoy your weekend!  Go make it a good one!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Today I wrap up a wonderful school year with my 2nd grade students.  School's out, this teacher has to let her sweet monkeys out.  

"It is the mark of an educated mind to entertain a thought without accepting it."  


Linking up today with Texwisgirl 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Little Buddies

These little fellows belong to the neighboring farmer and his land adjoins our property.  

They are always interested in my business.  It doesn't matter if I am tending the Iris bed or just going for a walk.......they have to come and say hello.  

After one comes to make sure I am, "okay", then the rest of the posse comes to chat.  

Their Moms are always close by.  

They are the product of their Dad's hard work, last summer.  I have no doubt I will be observing more of his antics from the view of our pool deck, this season.  

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Memorial Day

Take a moment to remember the men and women who gave their life while serving our country.  

"Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong." 

James Bryce  

Friday, May 23, 2014

Random Five Friday

Greetings from the Jack Russell of the Farmette.  Maybe she is spoiled and maybe she is not.....who is to say?  

I have the eggs and the Amish market will have the spinach, so what am I waiting for?  Baked eggs with spinach might be on the menu.  I might be the only one to eat it, but whatever.  

Birdman reminded me of a few of my favorite John Mellencamp songs, with his recent post.  Which one to share?  Pop Singer or Check It Out?  Different sides of a great performer.  

My son would definitely agree with the CEO of Levi's.  We have had a few, "discussions", about how often jeans should be washed.  I won't be showing him this article.  

Our Soil Conservation District is coming out to the Farmette to assist in conserving parts of our land.  I feel a  blog post coming on.....

Go forth this weekend and make it a good one!  

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for DIY replacement swimming pool parts, blue skies, and no papers to grade!  

"Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts." 

Alan Cohen 

Linking up with Texwisgirl today!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Who I Know I Am

Genealogy is a funny thing.  Even with an archaeologist in the family, (seriously), you can come across some gaps in the family lineage.  So, a couple of months ago, I finally decided to do something about it.

I had thought about having my DNA tested for a long time.  Now, I knew that English and Irish heritage already played a good part in my history, but I wondered about the hidden parts.  My mom's family history had some gaps, and I wanted to know more.  I sent off a DNA sample to Family Tree DNA with an autosomal  DNA test  as well as my mom's DNA, the mitochondrial DNA, that went back about eight generations.

I was pleasantly surprised.

James Claude, my paternal great-grandfather 

My Dad's DNA yielded what I knew to be true.  Mostly British Isles, including Ireland, England, Scotland, and the Orkney Islands, which lends a bit of heritage toward the Picts.  Yes!    As well as a bit of Middle Eastern thrown in the mix.  Surprise!  

James Claude, again, with his wife, Fannie, and two of their children. This photo of James Claude, with the mustache, I think resembles my father in his younger mustache days.  My dad has those ears!  

My Mom's DNA proved to be a little more interesting.  

My paternal great-grandmother, Tamar, and great-grandfather Jim, with children Beatrice, seated, and Ora, as a baby.  Longevity is a hallmark of this line, with the women living well into their nineties.  

Her information told of German, Belgian and French influences, as well as a healthy dose of Irish blood in the mix.  Oh, and a bit of Finnish in there as well.  

My maternal great-grandfather, Lucas, with my great-grandmother, Anna Lee.  Anna is pregnant, in this photo, with my grandmother, Dorothy Bird.  In her later years, known simply as Bird.  She would be their only daughter.  Both Anna, and her daughter, Bird, lived to be in their nineties.  I remember visiting Anna, when I was a child. 

The Irish was expected and I knew of a French trapper ancestor, but the German, Belgian, and Finnish DNA was a fun surprise. 

Bird, as a young woman.  She told me that she always disliked this photo, as the dress was too big.  Hence, no smile.  

This put my mitochondiral DNA sample into the K Haplogroup.  Interesting, to say the least, and a bit unexpected for this Appalachian area.  

Bird's husband, my maternal grandfather, Henry Edward.  It was mentioned that, in his early days, he possibly ran a little 'shine on the back roads.

So, where does this leave me?  Somewhat satisfied, with a yearning to know more.  Family Tree DNA allows members to work out their family trees and link up with others, as well as participate in family surname projects.  

Possibly a project for this summer.  

Have any of you had your DNA tested?  

Sunday, May 18, 2014

A Peek into the Future

Yesterday had Secret Agent Farming Man out on the tractor cutting hay.  Doesn't that sound like a peaceful, farming endeavor?  

Except, the young man of the house was working for a local farmer yesterday and I was then dubbed, "Farm Assistant".  Possibly that is not the word I would choose, so you can use your imagination.  

Let's just say that the sickle bar mower was not cooperative at first and required me to hike up this hillside a few times.  

It is possible I used foul language yesterday.  

Things are not looking good for me when the young man moves out and on with his life.  

A good, "Farm Assistant",  I am not.......

Friday, May 16, 2014

Random Five Friday

Yes, that is a quarter on the left and yes, that is a chicken egg on the right.  Obviously one of the girls just wasn't feeling up to the task yesterday.  

Happy Birthday to my Dad, a.k.a., "Papa Mike".   After his health scare this past fall, I am glad to have him around for another birthday. 

I know these guys have been around for a bit, but I am just discovering their Bluegrass talent.  Ironhorse is awesome.   

I admit to being in love with this Bayou Cottage.  Make sure you click on the link and check out the photo gallery.

We are in the midst of a Blackberry Winter around these parts.  Cue the wood stove!  

Best wishes for a great weekend ahead!  

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful today to be a teacher of young children.  They always make the most of what they have. Case in point -  Yesterday the cafeteria served baked potatoes with their lunch.  When I picked them up, after eating, most of my students had made birds from the potato foil.  

"Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up."  

Pablo Picasso 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Why Bother?

It is funny sometimes how life works itself out, while you are trying to make other plans.  

Sometimes I think we have too much happening on our little farm, and then I think maybe we could add some goats, or some llamas, or something......

In the midst of raising two teenagers, there are cows to manage, bees to worry over, (can't help it!), hay cutting concerns, farmhouse projects, and well, the list could go on and on.  It would be easier if we chose to live in our small town neighborhood, without all of these added troubles.  

But, the joy is in the doing.  It's in the concern, the craziness, and the desire to do some things that my grandparents did.  

I think Pa Mac explains it well.  Why we bother with taking on farm responsibilities, when we could really take the easy way out.  

"The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land."  

Abraham Lincoln  

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

My own Mom is the little girl in the center, with her sister on the left and my grandmother, Bird, on the right.

Happy Mother's Day to my mom, Babs.  She has loved me when I deserved it the least and is always a mere phone call away.  

Love you, Mom!!!  

"Kids don't stay with you if you do it right.  It's the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won't be needed in the long run."  

Barbara Kingsolver  

Friday, May 9, 2014

Random Five Friday

This is the calling card of the teenage boy who lives in this house.  

I live about twenty minutes away from a Kroger and Wal-Mart Super Center, but I consider those pretty standard super markets.  Here is a list of the top markets across the country.  A couple of others on this list are an hour away and the rest are only wishes.  

Fourteen more days of school left for the students.....not that I am counting or anything.  

I heard Linda  Rondstadt on the radio this week, but also wish I could hear this.

As part of Teacher Appreciation Week, we had a wonderful luncheon at my school.  I had a slice of Coconut Pie that reminded me of Chess, here is a recipe that I am going to try this weekend.  

Go forth and have a great weekend, people!  

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this week for days and days of summer-like weather.  The kind that makes you want to catch fireflies at dusk and sleep with the windows open.  

However, it seems that this type of weather, that we had last week, is on the return.  

Storms and cooler weather loom ahead in the forecast.  

But, hey!  It's all good!  No snow, below zero temps, or ice on the way.  

"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not;  remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for."  


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Birds in my Backyard

I admit that I enjoy seeing birds in my backyard and feed them during the various seasons.  Typically I see this Cardinal and his mate eating each day.  We also get the typical Finches and Sparrows, with the Blue Jay showing up on occasion.  This spring, however, I have had new birds at the feeders that I am not familiar with.  

I think this is a pair of Rose Breasted Grosbeaks.  

At the first blue glance, I thought this was a Bluebird.  However, after looking through photos I think it might be an Indigo Bunting.  

There is also a Brown Headed Cow Bird that is frequenting the feeders, but is too quick to catch on camera.

   Any help with identification of these new visitors would be appreciated!  

Sunday, May 4, 2014


Not only are the Dandelions in full bloom, but a few Iris have reared their beautiful heads this spring.  

We have a small batch of purple Iris in the corner of our yard.  The flower gets its name from the Greek Goddess, Iris, who was the Goddess of the rainbow and a messenger on Mount Olympus. 

Also known as, "Flags", the three petals often represent faith, wisdom, and valor.  

Due to its three petals it is also associated with the Holy Trinity.  

Though I think they are incredibly beautiful and would like to have a few in a vase, I cannot bear to cut them.  

"The Earth laughs in flowers."  

Ralph Waldo Emerson  

Friday, May 2, 2014

Random Five Friday

This fluffy flower is currently making itself known around our farm.  Pretty to photograph, but they multiply way too quickly.  

Hey, the Kentucky Derby is this weekend.  Have you picked your horse yet?  If not, you can scan the selections and post positions here.  I am a bit partial to the jockey, Calvin Borel, riding on post position 19.  

Just in case you have ever wondered what it is like to ride a thoroughbred race horse you can check out Calvin's helmet cam here.  

Trisha Yearwood's Nashville home is for sale.  I think I could live there.  

Naturally we need a little music to round out this Friday's selection.  It's good to be from Kentucky. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for the safety of my parents who live in the Florida panhandle.  Also thankful for a son with a wicked sense of humor and a daughter who didn't post my, "fierce face", photo on Facebook.  

Even though, I hear, it was quite the comic hit with her friends.  

"We all live with the objective of being happy;  our lives are all different and yet the same."  

Anne Frank