“This Wheel’s On Fire…

“This Wheel’s On Fire…

rollin’ down the roooooaaad! Best notify my next of kin, this wheel shall exploooode!” (apologies if you never watched Ab Fab…you’re scratching your head right now) And in case you’ve forgotten the song: And that, friends, pretty much sums up our latest family vacation. Yes, my dears, we have survived yet another vacation. Perhaps this … Continue reading

The Great Egg Miracle!

The Great Egg Miracle!

***Spoiler: This post is only a joke. No chickens were harmed in the making of this post. Do not attempt the following unless you want to kill your flock and/or get arrested for public indecency.*** So the other day, I had a nice little old man give me some tips on how to increase my … Continue reading

Spring is almost here! 

Spring is almost here! 

I can always tell that spring is just around the corner. The henbit is blooming, narcissus are looking at the sky with their bright bonnets, and the bluebirds and wrens are looking for places to lay their eggs.  Another exciting consequence of the day length growing longer is that my chickens begin to lay copious … Continue reading

Random find

Random find

You never know what you’ll see in the country. Yesterday, I found this adorable moth outside our shop. The common name is the Large Tolype moth. It reminds me of a fuzzy little puppy. Isn’t it cute? Odd to see it in January, but it’s been so warm lately.

Lamplight

Lamplight

The electricity hasn’t gone out. There is something absolutely magical about reading by the light of an oil lamp.  When days grow dark at five o’clock, artificial light given off by electric bulbs seems harsh to my eyes. It’s too bright; too unnatural, perhaps.  Tonight I’m enjoying the illumination and warmth given off by my … Continue reading

Down at Ye Olde Noodle Hole

Down at Ye Olde Noodle Hole

Buying a home is an interesting experience. You are certain to come across some surprises from time to time. For example, one year our washing machine was draining slowly. We ended up digging up the PVC drainage pipes and rather than use a joint fitting to get the water to go where they wanted (down … Continue reading

The Grey Days

The Grey Days

During the fall and winter a couple of years ago, we had two or three sunny days in four months. It was terrible. Every day started off with a grey hazy morning and ended just as gloomily. I actually love cloudy days, but after a month of seeing no sun, my attitude became just as … Continue reading

The Farmhouse Reading Room

The Farmhouse Reading Room

Since I’ve taken an official break from Facebook, I have actually had time to read! Oh, how I missed my books! While I have several on my shelves that I need to read, I always order a big bunch through Thriftbooks.com when winter comes rolling in. Yes, I know going to the library is more … Continue reading

The Christmas Cactus

The Christmas Cactus

I love Christmas cacti, even though they should really be named Thanksgiving cacti since mine always bloom the last week of November. All year long, the weird tapeworm-ish looking plant takes a backseat, visually speaking. Suddenly, without warning, the entire plant erupts into the brightest and most psychedelic hues of the rainbow. The colors are … Continue reading

The Frugal Farmhouse #1

My recent post, Ch-ch-ch-changes, brought me more texts and comments than I have ever received from a single blog post! First of all, THANK YOU SO MUCH for hanging out with me on my blog/farm journal/soapbox. I am honored that you guys devote some of your very precious time to read my words! Now, one of … Continue reading