Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Fine, Old Face

Would you believe me if I told you that it has been warm enough to have the top off of the Jeep?  Sure enough and a drive through hills and hollers was the perfect activity for one of those days.  We drove through a part of our county that goes deep into the land, with no way out, except to turn around and go back the way you came - hence it is called a holler.  

Several of the roads I remember, but a few did not ring any bells.  We made a left turn down a small, residential/farming road and here sat this beauty.  A spot of gingerbread trim remains at the top of the roof line, obscured by some tree limbs.  The original tin roof tiles also remain.  The front porch has fallen down, but you can see its tin tiles in the front door heap.  Here we have those mysterious, two front doors and slight askew, I think.  

You can see a small bit of a red barn on the right of this photo.  A farming operation was in full swing when we passed by, with plenty of farmers and tractors in action.  

If you were to sit on that old front porch, this would be your view.  Even in the dreariest of seasons, this is a beautiful scene.  

"The simple hearth of the small farm is the true center of our universe."  

Masanobu Fukuoka

Linking up with Mersad today.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Makin' Do

I think this barn in a good example of makin' do.  What is that, you ask?  Why, it is doing the best with what you have or what you come across in life.  A patchwork building, but it does serve the purpose.  

Linking up with The Barn Collective today.  

Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Randoms

I think this tree and barbed wire fence have been acquainted for some time.  

I am not a fan of Peeps or Oreo cookies, so I guess this is not a win for me.  

Here are the funniest tweets from parents, this week.  You are welcome.  

Just a few selfies of the week, right here.  

Leaving you with some bluegrass combined with heavy metal
 Try it....you just might like it.  

Linking up with Tanya today.  

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Before I embark on being thankful, I would just like to wonder out loud......how many times do you think these screen doors slammed shut during this old general store's lifetime?   More than any of us can count, I am sure. 

Today I am thankful for a bit of modern technology, quite the opposite of today's photo.  I am thankful for texting.  That's right, that thing that teenagers do.  I am thankful I can text my parents a quick message, even though they are many miles away.  My kids, husband, and friends can all give me a a bright spot in my day, a bit of information, or just say hello.  

What are you thankful for today?  Modern or not, let me know.  

It's a Small Town Life

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Big Birthday

Happy Birthday to the girl who joined our family 16 years ago.  She is a softball playing, straight-A making, kind of girl.  We are very proud of her and blessed to be her parents.  

The driving permit comes tomorrow......

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Lincoln's Birthplace

In honor of President's Day I decided to pay a visit to a local landmark.  Lincoln's Birthplace is a National Park that is not too far from the farmette.  Though it seems like a sleepy locale, it gets an estimated 200,000 visitors per year.  A replica of Lincoln's boyhood cabin resides in this building.  

At the top of the steps you get a proper view of the farm.  Boardwalk trails and forest trails wind through the acreage of the farm.  

A replica of Lincoln's birth cabin is a glimpse into a hard life, or I think so.  

It is hard for me to imagine living in such a tiny structure with two children and meals to prepare.  

The spring which originally supplied water to the Lincoln family is still flowing right next to the memorial building.  Typical of Kentucky's landscape, the spring flows from a cave system.  As a child, I tossed pennies into this spring, but not anymore.  There is a much better awareness of the environmental impact of coins in the spring.  

When I was a child, this store was my favorite part of the visit.  The Nancy Lincoln Inn sells all things Lincoln, including ice cream.  

It contains many cedar boxes and small cabins for sale, as well as civil war items.  I still have the cedar boxes that I bought there, years ago.  Sadly, it was closed when I was there.  

"I do the very best I know how....the very best I can, and I mean to continue doing so, until the end."  

Abraham Lincoln 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Randoms

It is hard for me to believe that the Daffodils are already blooming.  Seems just a bit too early for Kentucky.  

I am a fan of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.  In case you missed it, (how could you?), here are a few of the more unusual dogs.  

If you fancy a cup of tea and have some time for travel, this is where you need to go.

If you are looking for a quirky small town to visit, then this is your list.  

Leaving you with a Tiny Desk Concert for the weekend.  
Make it a good one.  

Linking up with Tanya today.  

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for the small things that keep me going.  Kind words from a friend, cards/notes from my students, a text from my family, kind comments from people when I am out and about, are all things that give me that pick up when I need it.  I like to think of these people as my pit crew.  They give me the fuel I need to keep up my pace.  

What are you thankful for today?  Big or small, just lay it on me! 

 I would love to hear it.  

It's a Small Town Life

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Surprise in Yellow

I was looking for something else.  Wading deep into the photo archives, I had my mind set on another photo.  One I recalled, but remained elusive.  Then, I came across this beauty.  

Yellow paint, slightly faded, with a wonderful, rusty roof.  A deep front porch, perfect for sitting.  Or do they call it, "porching", these days?  

Then my mind began to wander as to why there are two front doors on this house.  Not deep enough to be a double shotgun style home, perhaps it held two families.  My grandparents had a house that resembled this, complete with those two front doors and metal roof. 

I loved to sleep on the couch on a rainy night and listen to the rain hit the roof.    

It's the little things that create the best memories.  

Sunday, February 12, 2017

I am Kentucky

Kentucky certainly has been in the news recently.  With the publication of, Hillbilly Elegy, the highlight of the poorest town in the state, (on the nightly news, no less), and the ongoing saga of the drug plight, it can seem that this state holds no promise, beauty, or anything relevant to a prosperous future.  

I am not here to dispel any of this, my state has problems.  I am here to tell you that this is not the whole story.  There are people here who work hard, pray hard, and value their family life.  People who are educated and, despite life's troubles, do not turn to drugs or domestic violence.  

My maternal grandparents didn't have indoor plumbing until the late 1970's.  Poverty didn't propel them into a life of drugs, or anything else.  Working for a living was valued, as was making good choices for your life.  

Thankfully there are still people like them in today's society.  
People I see everyday. 

Linking up today with, The Barn Collective.  

Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday Randoms

One of Smalltownland's old homes that has a great view of the nightly sunset.  Built around 1840, it still stands, though it remains uninhabitable.   

What happens when an eclipse, a full moon, and a comet come into play at the same time?  I don't know either, but I guess we will find out tonight.  

Winter Storm Niko may be wreaking havoc in your area, but you still might appreciate these photos of it.  

My daughter got me hooked on the new Netflix show, Stranger Things, and I loved it.  Here is some info about Season Two.....not due until Halloween!  

Leaving you with some Willie Nelson for the weekend.   

Linking up with Tanya today!  

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday just because it is Thursday.  You know when you are having a good week, but it is so busy that you are glad to see the end is near?  That's where I am at today.

What happening in your world this week?  What are you thankful for, be it big or small?  Link up below and let us know.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

This and That

Around this time last year, we were knee deep in snow, as shown above.  Just as it should be for this time of year.  Now we can't even get a flake.  We are expecting thunderstorms, some severe, tomorrow night.  Our weather has become so bizarre.  

On a more positive note, I was able to hang some clothes on the line this past weekend.  Not something I usually do in February.  

I did start watching, The Santa Clarita Diet, this weekend.  Featured on Netflix, it is a zombie/comedy/horror/type of flick.  Strange, but funny for sure.  

My Jack Russell doesn't want to get out of bed on these cool mornings.  Meaning she doesn't want to get out of my bed.  I just pull the covers up to her chin and leave her be.  

I hope your week is off to a great start.  So far, so good here.  

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Barn on Sunday

A couple of weeks ago the husband said he had a barn just for me.  We hopped in the Jeep and drove out to an old farm that sits on a secluded patch of 200 acres.  The family still owns the land, but doesn't utilize the barn, or old house, for any true purpose.  

It has become a haven for rabbit and bird hunting.  After leaving the main road, which is pretty small, you wind down a dirt road and into another world.  The only thing you hear is the wind and the few animals scurrying around in the barn.  


Linking up with Tom's Barn Collective today.  

I listened to this fine lady while composing this post and enjoying a pot of coffee, on an early Sunday morning.  

Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday Randoms

A couple of berries just hanging on for dear life.  

I am always posting about houses for sale in other states and parts of the world.  But, wait a minute!  Click here and find a farmhouse for sale in your state.  
You are welcome.  

I don't know about having a moss bath mat
 Sometime I can't even get a houseplant to grow.  

Need a mental diversion.  This is the web page for you.  

Leaving you with some Linda Ronstadt for the weekend.  

Linking up with Tanya today.  

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for laughter.  It's the one thing that can carry me through a bad day or make a great day even better.  It can lighten the mood and save the moment.  Take, for instance, a few days ago when a student asked if I spray painted my hair.  

You gotta laugh at moments like that.  What are you thankful for today?  Take a moment and let me know.  I would love to hear from you. 

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