Sunday, July 30, 2017

Fair Weather Finds

Our weather has been spectacular this weekend.  I suppose we deserve a break after many days of smothering heat.  We took the Jeep out for a spin and it seemed that all manner of beings were out on the road.  

Tobacco, still a crop in these parts, has been cut.  The stalks have a stick in them which will be used to hang them in the barn, where the product will dry for some time.  

Corn and soybeans grow here, too.  

Crossing a creek bed we found fencing wires marked with a can.  I suppose you use what you have at the time.  

And, finally, my favorite photo of the trip.  

It looks like our fine friend is offering up some refreshment, but he could sure use a new leg.  

"Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August." 

Jenny Han

Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday Randoms

This sweet flower grows in a basket that was gifted to me by a student.  I don't know what it is, but I love it.  

My favorite flavor of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, New York Super Fudge Chunk, didn't make the top ten, but I still love it.  You can check out how your favorite flavor ranks right here.  

I adore the mix-n-match decor in this home and it's for sale.  

I can't get enough of this dog.  I can only imagine that his wardrobe is extensive.  

Leaving you with a classic tune for the weekend.  Make it a good one.  

Linking up with Tanya today.  

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for a great summer.  A summer full of rest, travel, family, new people, and new experiences.  It is a bit hard to believe that this break is coming to a close.  The last month has flown by, but it's been a good one!  Onward to a great school year!  

What are you thankful for this Thursday? 
 Shout it out and link it up!  

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Appalachian Word of the Day

Lollygag - a graceful, unhurried method of spending your time when you have no where to go, with absolutely no productivity whatsoever  

I admit to a bit, maybe a lot, of lollygagging yesterday.  Tomorrow starts a week of busyness for me that cannot be avoided.  Appointments to keep, a classroom to organize, people to see and places to go.  

My lollygagging should not be confused with dillydallying.  To dillydally is to waste someone's time.  A prime example of this is when your children dillydally and you can't get out of the house on time.  An unpleasant experience, if you ask me.  

Here's hoping you have some time to lollygag today.  We all need it, every now and again.   

"Once you get to that point where you can just be yourself and relax, I just think you're so much happier in general."  

Jacqueline Emerson 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Better Late Than Never

Hello.....anyone out there?  

It's been a whirlwind weekend with little time at the computer, or at the farmhouse for that matter.  The trio below completed their second Spartan Race on Saturday.  4 miles of running and 25 obstacles made up this course.  As you can see, it is a messy endeavor and quite challenging at that.  The girl of the house is on the left, the farmer man is in the middle, and the young man of the house is on the right.  The young man had already finished the race and had hosed himself off by the time the other two were finished.  It was so messy you could even elect to be pressure washed....seriously.  

The girl and her dad always stay together and do a great job of finishing.  The young man, however, is all about the competition.  This race, in a field of 2900 men, he finished 97th.  

Would it surprise you to know that after this crazy event the girl went and pitched a softball game?  She also spent the entire day, today, pitching and playing ball with her travel team.  

Squeezing all the life out of summer we can.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Randoms

Just some wildflowers for today. 

If you are married, then you will be able to relate to at least a few of these tweets.  

The Week in Photos , some are wonderful, some are hard to see.  

Mr. Fallon does it again, giving us a few laughs about weird families.  

Leaving you with a Mumford and Sons gem.  

Linking up with Tanya today.  

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for new opportunities.  The new school year is about two weeks away and I am looking forward to being the new Reading Interventionist for my school.  What does this mean?  I won't be teaching in a regular classroom, but will be seeing students with reading issues, working with them, and tracking their progress.  I am excited about the change and ready to make a difference in new ways.  

What are you thankful for this Thursday?  Let me know, big or small, it doesn't matter.  Link up and share with everyone!  

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Shots From the Week

Last week I spent a few days in Florida and I thought it was hot.  Little did I know that it would be hotter when I came back to Kentucky.  You might say it is:  
Hotter than blue blazes....
Hotter than the hinges of hell....
Hotter than a $2 pistol....
There are other phrases I could add here, but I will ere on the side of caution.  

Right now all plants are surviving and the weeds are doing ever better.  Go figure.  

Our apple trees are flourishing.  Our two peach trees bit the dust a few years ago.  Wish they were still with us.  

The Gladiolus are blooming.  

Finally, the piece de resistance of the week.  Here we have a load of pavers that will be the edging for our new family fire pit area.  The pea gravel, for the "floor" has been delivered and it just need to all be put into place.  We removed an above ground pool and are using the circular space for this project.  

Of course this is  happening at the hottest time of the year.  

Any volunteers?  

Sunday, July 16, 2017

What a Week

Straight out of the camera and the archives, comes this photo.  What a week!  The girl of the house had an unexpected free weekend from travel softball, so we headed out to the house of the Nana and Papa in Florida.  

We left the gentlemen in charge of cows, flowers, and cooking.  We had a few days at the beach, shopping, movies, etc....

Today involved a lot of laundry and, "catching up", if you know what I mean....

Linking up with The Barn Collective today.  

Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Randoms

A wonderful vantage point from the top of the National Cathedral.  Was I supposed to be up there.....I hope so.  

Being a fan of Ina Garten I would love to take a walk inside of her New York City apartment.  It is for sale....

Proof that artistic gifts can show themselves at any age.  

If you can't get a massage, just watching one can make you relaxed.  Seriously, it's a thing.   

Leaving you with my morning workout music.  

Linking up with Tanya today.  

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for life in the slow lane.  About two minutes from my own farmette, I had to stop and let several chickens cross the road.  This little thing was the last to make it, and she was in no hurry.  Her owner has many chickens in various states of growth.  They all cluck around the yard, eat grubs in the garden, and co-exist with two terriers.  Quite a feat, I think.  

What are you thankful for this Thursday?  
Give it a shout out!!  

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Scenes from the Ballpark

This past weekend I spent many hours at the ballpark.  This was the view right next door.  

I might explain that it was in Lexington, Kentucky, also known as, "The Horse Capital of the World".  

These views were right outside the ballpark.  The entire city is gorgeous, with horse farms at every turn.  

Our two days of games did not yield a tournament victory for the girls, nor did I have time to visit my favorite bookstore, but the team came together and played better than they have recently.  Getting their confidence back after a recent slump is the real victory.  

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Why Grow Heirlooms

I am a sucker for history and all things old.  Old houses, (I live in one.), old furniture, and old books.  That means I also have a love of old flowers.  Usually they are flowers that my grandmothers, and my mom, grew in their gardens.  Both of my grandmothers would save seeds and pass them on to my mom, who would grow them in her garden.  We lived far away and my my would receive seeds in the mail and plant them in the spring.  Quite often people would stop to ask where the flowers came from.  They were beautiful and not like regular seeds found in the stores.  

First Cleome of the Summer season, in my garden.  

Generally speaking a plant is considered an heirloom if it was grown before 1951, is not grown commercially, and it not a hybrid.  Heirloom plants are open pollinated, just like nature intended, and don't always have a perfect shape/form.  

Now, this isn't to say that I don't like hybrids plants.  I do have a couple of hybrid tomato plants in my garden this year, but......heirloom plants, of all varieties, outnumber everything at the farmette.  

Heirloom plants perpetuate  history, nature, and are healthy and true.

I grow them at every opportunity and I hope you do too.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Friday Randoms

I found this beauty at our small, community post office.  People have started painting rocks and hiding them to spread beauty, kindness, and bring a bit of happiness to the person who finds it.  I will be hiding this today and hopefully it will bring someone else a moment of joy.  

Are you a fan of the Golden Girls TV show?  Well, even if you are not I think you will enjoy this peek at Rue McClanahan's home that's up for sale.  

Why yes, actually, I do believe I need a watermelon dress.  

I don't usually eat at McDonald's, but in this case I would make an exception.  An order of Poutine, please......

Leaving you with a great song and the tambourine guy is a source of entertainment on his own.  

Linking up with Tanya!  

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful today for the quirky, the odd, the weird, and the wonderful.  Take this gem of a lady, for example.  I ran across her a few years ago outside of an antiques establishment.  She screams, "America", and yet provides great lighting for your home.  It's just the kind of thing I adore.  

What are you thankful for today?  
Link up and let me know!!

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July

Sending my best wishes, from my sweet, small town, for a Happy 4th of July. 

"We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it." 

William Faulkner 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

A Barn for Sunday

Yesterday, while on the way home from a softball tournament, (where else!), I saw this barn on the side of the road.  The Farmer Man turned around and I snapped this photo.  Some rainy weather was on the left of this photo and the light was both wonderful and deceptive.  Hence the barn seems to have a faded, greenish cast, even though it still maintains its dark facade.  

Linking up this beauty with The Barn Collective.