December 23, 2012

White Christmas 2010...
(Christmas Eve, 2010)



My Christmas Wish To You

If I could wish a wish for you,
it would be for peace and happiness,
not only now,
but for the whole year through.

I wish that there always be food on your table.
And that you always remember those less fortunate.
May you always take time to share,
and thank those who share with you.

I wish for time, so you may reflect
on the blessings that you have,
and that you express your love
to those who are dear to you.

May you never feel lonely,
because there are those who care.

That you realize:
you are special,
you are unique,
you make a difference,
not only at Christmas, but all year.

I wish for your thoughts to be positive ones,
that you never quit,
that you never give up,
and that you continue to learn.

I wish for the love, peace, and joy
of Christmas be yours always. 
-Catherine Pulsifer





Merry Christmas to you & yours!


With much love,
tj

November 23, 2012



Ah, 'tis late November.  I love this time of year.

Time to retire the pumpkins and cornstalks to the garden compost.

Indian Corn can be saved for another year of autumnal decor, safe from a hungry mouse of course.

Store dried gourds in old baskets atop a cupboard.

Turn your thoughts from nature's palette of oranges, yellows and russet to boughs of green, berries of red and the glitter of silver and gold.

Meadows of snow?

It's coming...








Time to feather your nest.

Don those mittens and scarves.

Pull heavy winter quilts out of hibernation.

Move those hefty stoneware mugs saved for homemade hot chocolate to the front of the shelf.  You know, the ones you relish to the back of the cupboard when warm breezes arrive.  Yes those. *smile*

Refill oil lamps and lanterns.  Check your supply of candles, pity the thought of Christmas, or winter for that matter, sans candlelight. *shudder*

Stockpile wood to the porch.  Got plenty of kindling, yes?







Praise the light of late November,
the thin sunlight that goes deep in the bones.

Praise the crows chattering in the oak trees;

though they are clothed in night, they do not
despair. Praise what little there’s left:
the small boats of milkweed pods, husks, hulls,
shells, the architecture of trees. Praise the meadow
of dried weeds: yarrow, goldenrod, chicory,
the remains of summer. Praise the blue sky
that hasn’t cracked. Praise the sun slipping down
behind the beechnuts, praise the quilt of leaves
that covers the grass: Scarlet Oak, Sweet Gum,
Sugar Maple. Though darkness gathers, praise our crazy
fallen world; it’s all we have, and it’s never enough.

-Barbara Crooker





You have been missed.

Love,
tj

May 20, 2012

My Perfect Day
by tj








Wake up and give thanks to the good Lord for my life and the beauty that surrounds me... 













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Eat a hearty breakfast...











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Take a walk out to the barn...











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Feed the cows...































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And the chickens...

















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Laugh...











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Laugh a lot!










Work in the garden...











Ponder life...






Sew...











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Take naps...






Have a late lunch or early supper...








Go for a ride upon my trusty steed...







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Marvel at the day coming to a close...








Enjoy a little night cap... Or two...





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Say a prayer...





And thank the good Lord for...







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Amen.






Love,
tj

April 18, 2012

As you know we have baby chicks among us here at our ol' homestead.

Baby chicks have that cute factor that makes one believe all is right with the world.  Really.

Baby chicks have supernatural powers that can warm the most cantankerous soul.

Why do you think the Bumble in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer suddenly became lovable?  It was because Yukon Cornelius handed him a baby chick.

True.

And that's my story and I'm stickin' to it. *giggle*



Alrighty, so moving on, I thought I'd share with you more photos of the Mama Hen with her brood and with this little show & tell I thought I'd ask you all a few questions.

I have a few things that have been hounding me here lately and I thought I'd get your take on it, 'kay?



As you may know I refer to our home as our old homestead.  Because, well, it's old.  Old as dirt and crooked as a dog's hind leg.

It began it's humble origins as a barn early in the 19th century.  The original log section was a layover cabin for sheep herders and our kitchen was at one time a stables.  And with a home this old it leads one to wonder about certain occurrences, if you will, that happen every now and then.




These occurrences have been happening for as long as we've lived here in our old homeplace.

These occurrences most times come about in a low shadowy form.




Once in awhile you'll see a long shadowy form up high and it's always in the one corner of the original log section of our home which is our living room.

Other times you see small dark shadows appear briefly and they're always low to the floor in our kitchen.

Nothing bad has ever come of it, or them.  They just happen.  And they're noticeable.




So, my first question for you is, do you believe in ghosts?








I am fortunate to have some of the most talented artisans grace my humble little blog here.  

And I know that some of you even sell your gorgeous wares.




And some of you are like me and like to buy and decorate your homesteads with handmade goodness.

This leads me to my second question for you, do you prefer Ebay or Etsy as your fav' marketplace for buying and selling handmades?








Are you enjoying these photos so far?

In the above photo can you believe there are ten baby chicks nestled inside Mama Hen's plumage?

That's #11 you see there vying for a way in.








Lastly, and really most importantly, I am blessed beyond measure with the lovely peeps that comment here.

Your comments mean the world to me.  There's really no other way to say it.  They do.

I love you.


And I know every blogger out there handles their comments differently.




Some don't respond to their comments at all.




Others respond by replying to the comments right there on their blog.

Some respond to the comments by visiting the comment author's own blog and leave a response there.




While others email the comment author directly and personally.

Which leads me to my third and final question for you, which method do you most prefer a blog owner to respond to your comments?






Above is our lil' Schnoodle, "Salty".

She's our little baby-chick-mama-wanna-be.

If she knew baby chicks come from eggs, she'd sit on 'em.

Now THAT would make for some real interesting blog fodder wouldn't it? *giggle*


Well my friends, that concludes this egg-citing episode of "Chicks Gone Wild". *wink*

Thank you for tagging along with me and here's wishing you all an egg-ceptional rest o' the week!


Until next time.


Love,
tj

April 13, 2012




"Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses."
-Author Unknown




Love,
tj

April 12, 2012

Oh be still my heart.  We have baby chicks.

Some were born yesterday and some this morning.  She, Goldy the Hen, still has a few eggs under her and I'm not sure if they are still to hatch or not, we shall wait and see.


Late yesterday afternoon I walked into the chicken house and leaned down in front of her nesting box and asked my usual question that I've been asking her twice a day for the past week, "any baby chicks yet?", and suddenly out of Goldy's feathered bosom pops a little baby chick's head as if to say, "here I am!". *giggle*

So when I went to lift Goldy out of her nesting box there were not just one, not two, not three, not four, but f-i-v-e baby chicks underneath her - so exciting!  Right now the total number of chicks stands at seven.


I went out to the chicken house to get a few photos for you but sadly only one turned out well enough to post.  It's a chilly and cloudy evening here and our camera is not a big fan of the heat lamp so this is all I have to share with you for now.

This is two of the little peeps peeking out beneath Goldy the Hen's bum...



*swoons*



Goldy the Hen is very protective of her little brood.

One can't even change the water without her going all psychotic on you.  I told her this evening that she had better simmer down or I see soup in her future.

Whether she understood me or not is to be seen. *giggle*


Well, that's the biggest thing going on around here.  Pretty exciting, eh?

I'll be sharing better photos of the blessed fuzzy cuteness that has graced our homestead again with you here soon.


I thank you for coming by and visiting with me a bit.

Until next time my friends.





"A true friend is someone who knows you're a good egg even if you're a little cracked."
-Unknown



Love,
tj

April 5, 2012

TA-DA!






Isn't it sweet?!

I know I shared this bunny garland in its infancy with you weeks ago but I finally completed it last weekend.

Why if I finished this last weekend am I just now showing you this you ask?

Because I live in a bubble that's why. *giggle*


Anyway, when I initially started this pattern I thought that I'd just whip up lots o' these lil' bunnies and have 'em for sale in time for Easter.

Well, lemme say that this pattern introduces one to the wonderful world of sewing with curves.  Lots and lots of curves.  Lots.

Sew slow.  Stop.  Turn.  Sew slow.  Stop.  Turn.  Sew Fast.  Slow down.  Turn slowly.  Turn slowly.  Gnash teeth.  Sew slow.  Stop.  Turn.  Sew slow.  Sew slower yet.  Throw oneself on Sewing Room floor and wail uncontrollably.  Leave room.  Return.  Sew slow.  Stop.  Turn.  You think I'm kidding don'tcha? *giggle*

Sweet Meadows Farm should have a warning label with this pattern.  Seriously.

I have the bald patches to prove the reasoning behind that particular request.


Sadly since I live in a bubble, I didn't get them completed in time to sell for Easter so I guess they'll just have to hang out here 'til they can make their debut next Easter.

Poor bunnies.


Well my friends, that's all I have for today.

Here's hoping you all are having a spectacular week!


Until next time.


Love,
tj

April 1, 2012

Here's what's going on around the ol' homeplace today...





Shot of our big cat Gabe, aka. "Schmitten", he be chillin' in our guest bedroom today.







Goldy's gone broody.

To say she's a tad bit b*tchy is an understatement. *sigh*







I'm titling this one,"Poulet Derriere Par Lumiere du Soleil".

French for, "Chicken Butt by Sunlight". *giggle*







Shot of Mr. Whipple's wattle in action.

He's such a Drama King.






Petunia telling Me her woes.

She wants cracked corn.

She wants Mr. Whipple to stop pulling her hair during sexual intercourse.

She wants a cleaner Chicken House.

She wants fresh straw in the Chicken Run.

She doesn't understand why she can't free range.

*Note to self:  Never ask Petunia, "What's up?". *sigh*giggle*



And last but not least...






Our ol' homestead is surrounded with Azaleas which are in bloom right now.

 See the bee in flight, hard at work? *smile*



And that is all my friends.

So tell me, what's going on in your neck of the woods, please.

Thank you for hanging out with me today.

I appreciate it more than you know.


Have a lovely day.

Until next time.


Love,
tj

March 29, 2012

I'm a big fan of Pinterest.

I'm on Pinterest a lot.

I have an obsessive compulsive mind that rarely rests so Pinterest feeds that need if you will.


Well, this morning I had the nicest surprise, a sweet comment regarding one of my Pinterest Boards.

I titled the board "Life Lessons" and it's filled with inspirational lil' what-nots to make one stop and ponder the thought for a moment or two.  And possibly inspire one to change for the better.  You know, why not? *shrug*

Well anyway, a fellow Pinterest follower commented this:

"My Thanks to you for sharing uplifting items the world need more of us trying to help each other in small ways we can make a difference in someone life."


Little does she know how much she made my day.


So, with that being said, I thought I'd share a little inspiration with you all.

Are you ready?

Sure?

Yay!  Here we go...





Always remember this.





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True.





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True that one too.







Good to know.







Isn't that the truth?






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Love that. *smile*







That's right.  Fuhgettaboutit. *giggle*







This is a good one for the upcoming presidential election, yes?







Oh, this one is so good.  Love it. *smile*






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Gives one a new perspective doesn't it?




And last but not least...






Amen.




This is just a smattering of what is on my Pinterest's Life Lessons Board.

If you'd like to see more you can just click on one of the photos above and it'll take you over there.

And if you wish, you can  Follow Me on Pinterest  too. *smile*


Oh, and speaking of followers.

I want to send a special "thank you" to those of you that follow my humble lil' blog here.

Recently I kinda cleaned up my sidebar over there and I moved all your bright & shiny faces that were on my Google Followers Widget to my "Fav' Peeps" page.

So now when someone clicks on that cute lil' baby chick up there they'll not only see the precious faces of those that are my followers but also links to those that I follow.

Fav' peeps all in one house.

Pretty nifty, yes?



Thank you for coming by today.

It warms my heart you know.



Until next time.

Love,
tj
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