Friday, October 30, 2015

Friday Randoms

Did you know these Barber Poles still exist?  Well....they do around here.  We have one in Smalltownland and I found one in a neighboring town.  Small town ideals live on........

I will confess a small adoration of Swedish Fish.  I know, I know...they get stuck in your teeth, but whatever.  Who knew they were vegan?  Here is a list of some semi-safe Halloween candies.  

Here is a true representation of pop culture maps that should meet everyone's needs.  I know a bit about Frodo, Oz, Harry Potter, Disney, 1984, Star Wars, Facebook, and Jurassic Park....what about you?  

I previously knew this concept as, "Urban Decay", but now, "Ruin Porn", has taken over in the phrase of words.  Either way, I like the look.  

I had to explain who Chaka Khan was to the girl of the house.  I will leave you with my favorite Chaka song to send you into the weekend.....

Linking up with Tanya today!  

Around Roanoke

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Thankful today for this little building on the side of a country highway.  It is where I will go vote next Tuesday.  As I enter I will be greeted by name and asked just how that family of mine is doing.  Then I will sign my name and cast my vote in one of the two cubicles.  There is one, "fancy", electronic voting machine that I often use.  No one else ever wants to use it, so it is a quick in-and-out situation.  I hope it is in working order this time.  

Linking up with Theresa today because there is a barbed wire fence right behind the building that separates it from the cow pasture beyond.....if you squint you might be able to see it. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Here He Comes

Wet, cool weather brings all kinds of animals out in the open.  I like to think more along the lines of artistic spiders showing off their webs with drops of early morning dew, but I ran into this slick, little guy while out for a walk.  

He was very busy trying to cross the path of the new asphalt on our small, country road. 

It took him over ten minutes to cross a road the width of one car.  

Determination is everything in life........

Linking up today with Mersad.....

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Slow Sunday

It's a slow Sunday here in central Kentucky.  Cool and rainy weather make for a perfect day.  Maybe a walk is in my future for the afternoon or maybe baking a cake.....perhaps both.  

Either way, it's perfect day here on the rolling hills of the Farmette.  

Here's hoping your day is just as perfect.  
Let me know what you're up to......

Linking up the roof top of our barn with Tom today.....

Friday, October 23, 2015

Friday Randoms

I was lucky enough to win Teresa's give away and these lovely earrings arrived in my mailbox yesterday.  She is a multi-talented crafter and artist.   Besides Teresa's talent in jewelry making, her crochet skills are gorgeous.   Pay her a visit!  

 Life Magazine commissioned several architects to design homes with an eye for daily living, in the 1990's.  This one is for sale in Georgia and I do find the design appealing. 

  A Viking Sword was recently found along a hiking path in Norway. This type of thing never happens to me out on the trail.  

Here is what you can find in a kid's backpack these days.  

Sending you off into the weekend with a lady who has some pipes.  Have a great one!!!!  

Linking up with Tanya....

Around Roanoke

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Fencing here at the Farmette, built by Secret Agent Farmer Man.  

Thankful this Thursday for busy times.  A crazy schedule means that I am healthy and able to attend to all tasks before me.  Everything gets accomplished, no matter how full a day gets. 

"Being busy does not always mean real work.  The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration.  Seeming to do is not doing."  

Thomas A. Edison 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Frosty Days

We are on our way. 

We had our first frost of the season this past weekend.  A chill set in, only to be broken by a fire in the wood stove.  

"All that is gold does not glitter, not all who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost." 

J.R.R. Tolkien 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Delivery Truck

Need milk?  

I wish trucks like this one were still cruising the town roads, delivering fresh dairy products.  In what seems like another lifetime, Secret Agent Farmer Man and I were newlyweds living in Alabama.  We rented a small, old house on a tree lined street.   Early each morning, as he left for his Army job and I for college classes, a milk truck was leaving glass bottles of fresh milk on porches all along our street.  

There is somewhat of a revival of fresh, organic products that are available for delivery.  If you live in the Asheville area, this company is in the delivery business.  In my small town area fresh products are available in a more informal way.  Friends and farmers are usually ready to sell meats and vegetables, with Amish farmers providing butter, eggs, and cheese.  Though, fresh milk is a rarity.  

Linking up with Mersad......

Friday, October 16, 2015

Friday Randoms

While perusing an ancient antique shop last weekend, (in-between softball games), I spied a large collection of hens on a nest.  But, is this a duck on a nest?  A first for me, for sure.  

An abandoned bank was purchased for one dollar and turned into this.  Nice.  

Fall is my favorite season and here are some shots of what it looks like around our world.  

We haven't had any Jimmy Fallon in a while.  Well, enjoy him with some Jamie Foxx.  Hilarious.  

Sending you off into the wild weekend with a bit of Bono and Mary J.  

Linking up today with Tanya.....

Around Roanoke

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Thankful Thursday

The sunlit, spider-webby view through a fence at a softball park, just last weekend. 

Thankful this Thursday for helping hands.  All those people who seem to pop up out of nowhere to help out, lend a hand, or offer their services.  Or, even just to lend an ear during a time of need.  Where would we be in life without the help of others?  

"Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it's at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand:  The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others."  

Audrey Hepburn 

Linking up today with Theresa.....

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Still Standing

This gem continues to stand the test of time and not far from my old house.  

It appears to be a central passage floor plan that is one room deep.  Though there is a portion of logs showing underneath the wood siding, it doesn't seem that the logs carry through underneath the entire structure.  Possibly built around a small log cabin, long ago, it continues to hold true.  Most often old houses like this are family homes that the owners cannot bear to tear down.  Whether from pure sentiment or historical value, it is hard to say.  

The wood is showing its years, but the metal shingles are merely showing a bit of rust.  In its day it must have been thought of as quite the home.

"The most expensive hobby a man can have is a boat, the second most expensive hobby a man can have is a very old house."  

Barbara Corcoran

Linking up today with Mersad....

Sunday, October 11, 2015


I caught a small bit of Autumnal change in the air yesterday.  In between games at a softball tournament, we took to the side roads for a scenic drive.  We were not disappointed with this view.  Just the barest touch of fall color taking hold and yet another barn full of tobacco.  

"Autumn's the mellow time." 

William Allingham  

Linking up today with Tom.....

Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday Randoms

Just in case you are in need of any of the above, I can totally hook you up with the source. 

This story about a missed connection in 1972 has gone viral.  Some want to argue that it is not authentic, but I think we should find joy and meaning life wherever we can.  

I would not walk across this bridge.  No way, now how.....

Here is a beautiful, photographic list of some great places to visit in our nation.  

Leaving you with Shoshana Bean to move your right along into the weekend.  Don't miss the dog.....he is so chill.  

Around Roanoke

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Thankful today for those people in life we may take for granted.  

We laid my sweet mother-in-law to rest yesterday.  Secret Agent Farmer Man and I have known each other since that fateful day we played kickball in third grade.  His mother treated me as a member of their family long before I was an official member.  Meals together, holidays, Christmas, time at their home, slipping gas money in my pocket, hugs, long talks, and quiet afternoons were just so many of the memories of her.  

How is it that Fate dropped me in this fortunate life that I have?  

We received people for five hours, looped around the funeral home and out the door, as a testament to this fine lady's influence in our small town.  

I will leave you with a quote I find comforting......

Death is nothing at all. 
It does not count. 
I have only slipped away into the next room. 
Nothing has happened. 

Everything remains exactly as it was. 
I am I, and you are you, 
and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. 
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. 

Call me by the old familiar name. 
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. 
Put no difference into your tone. 
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. 

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. 
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. 
Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. 

Life means all that it ever meant. 
It is the same as it ever was. 
There is absolute and unbroken continuity. 
What is this death but a negligible accident? 

Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? 
I am but waiting for you, for an interval, 
somewhere very near, 
just round the corner. 

All is well. 
Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost. 
One brief moment and all will be as it was before. 
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!

Henry Scott-Holland

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Autumn's Fruit

The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry's cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.
The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I'll put a trinket on.

Emily Dickinson  

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Tobacco Barn

Many tobacco barns are full here in Smalltownland.  This type of Burley tobacco is air cured, which gives the tobacco smoke a sweet flavor.  It also keeps the nicotine content high.  Though we do not grow tobacco on our farm, and its popularity has declined, tobacco can be found throughout our county.  

Secret Agent Farmer Man, and his twin brother, raised a crop of tobacco during their teen years.  The profits, from which, bought their first car.  

"Never slap a man who chews tobacco."  

Willard Scott 

Linking up today with Tom......

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday Randoms

These locks are appearing on our local footbridge, which spans a small ravine between two parts of our small town.  I fear they will soon damage this historic bridge.  

Grab a bottle of wine, some refrigerator dough, and do some damage in the kitchen this weekend.  

The partially eaten cakes are my favorite part of this parenting post.  Being a parent can be hard, so you have to grab a laugh when you can.  

I always appreciate the MacArthur Fellows each year.  It celebrates the genius in every conceivable form.  We all have something to offer, glad to see it is being recognized.  

I heard this song performed at the famous Ryman Auditorium a few years ago.  A timeless classic that I will send you into the weekend with...  

Linking up with Tanya today.....

Around Roanoke

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Thankful Thursday

An old fence post right here on the farmette.  

This Thursday I am thankful for some unconventional things:  

Getting behind slow drivers who force me to take a moment to see the world around me.  

A daughter with a sense of humor who has labeled me, "Birth Giver", on her phone.  

A dog who will sleep through the night.  

And, lastly, can we get a joint Amen for hot coffee?  

"But I have found that the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made more meaningful and precious.  And for that I am grateful."  

Elizabeth Edwards