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Monday, February 27, 2012

My Yard, But....

...not my chickens, unfortunately.

Isn't he a handsome fellow?

So when did my neighbors become homesteaders?
I've always been the 'different one' around here with my garden and thoughts of homesteading.
I mean, even my nephew says that we are hippies. Really? Ummm...thank you!

Suddenly, the neighbors put in a garden. They started chopping wood for a stove they put in.
Then I heard it. More than a cluck. Less than a crow.
A young rooster making his first attempts to being heard.
Chickens? They now have chickens.

Oh man, I want chickens. So lately, I can pretend. Cause this is my yard.
The chickens come to visit and scratch everyday. Cause we have really good bugs, ya our yard.
Now if I could just get them to leave me some eggs.

Have a pickin' cool Monday,

Friday, February 24, 2012

Lookin' At Life

As Kit Kat and I pondered life while in the great outdoors yesterday, I came to a realization. 

My life is extraordinary. 
I enjoy a pretty and productive garden with flowers, fruit, and vegetables.

I have the advantage of a lake which provides me with a sense of calm and contentment.

I take delight, am amazed, and very appreciative of the beauty around me.

I am surrounded by the wonderful wildlife. This one I call Gertrude. 

And my buddies (this is Dale) provide much needed companionship as I go about my day.

Yep, everyday here at the homestead is extraordinary and I am thankful for it.

Hope you have an extraordinary weekend,

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

And So It Begins...

Hmmm...I was just contacted by a company to do a review of their product here on my little blog. 
Did I jump on it? No. 
I see so much of it on other blogs. Little commercials.

It is okay for some blogs as I discovered it pays pretty darn well. So it is understandable.
But the thing is, these reviews should really reflect who you are and the message you are portraying on your blog.

If I ever do a review, it will be connected to what I believe in and will be in the pursuit of the simple life. I told hubby I'd do a review on worm composting as that is something I'm interested in doing and it is connected to my passion of gardening and growing our own food.

So...I'm just putting it out there...into the universe...are you listening...worms and some bins...a review...I'm your gal!!! Ha, have a pickin' cool day!


Monday, February 20, 2012

Old Time Finds

Nothing is better than to start a February day with some bright sunshine. Lovin' it! My mind keeps jumping to thoughts of spring and how it will be so hard to drag my behind back into the house after a satisfying day of hard work in the great outdoors.

Until that happens, there is always plenty to do indoors like getting in gear to list items in my Etsy shop
Here's some recent old time finds.

Just listed these pickin' cool finds last week.
Need to get busy and put some more items in the these below.

There's always more. More items to list. 
Seems like my favorite part of the business is the actual pickin' part!
Can ya blame me?

Till next time,

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Raise Your Hand If You're Versatile

There's this award going around for versatile bloggers.
I just found out that I am a recipient again.
I was awarded the Versatile Blogger Award by Deborah Jean at Dandelion House!
Deborah Jean has a wonderful blog and writes for MaryJanesFarm as their BEACH farmgirl blogger.
I'm a MaryJanesFarmgirl. Are you?
Anyhoo, Deborah Jean is pickin' cool, so head on over and pay her a visit.


Now onto the details.
I need to choose 15 blogs to pass the award onto and notify them by leaving a comment on their blog.
Okay, here we go:
1. I'm So Vintage
2. Pickles On Pizza
3. The Primitive Hutch
4. Nest 'n Feathers
5. momto8blog
6. Hillcrest Home Prims
7. Outjunking
8. The Primitive Skate
9. A Few Pennies
10. Primitive Passion Decorating
Whoops, that is only 10. So be it. If ya want to join in, please feel free to do so!

Next, I need to share seven random things about myself:

My barn wood table with Christmas decor.

1. I have a love for barn wood. It is not a new thing. It all started about 35 years ago when we were able to score some wood from a friend's barn and make furniture and decor items from it. And I'm still doing it today. Check out my barn wood farm table here. Oh, I will probably add some barn wood designs when I expand the business. Oops, did I say that?
2. My love of vintage and handmade items comes naturally. I hate to shop the big name stores. So I don't shop. I'm a simplistic gal. Not complicated at all. We all can reuse and recycle. Actually, I get a kick out of it.
3. I am a bit rebellious. I blaze my own trail. I'm a little different. But that can be a good thing, right? I like to blog cause I find others just like me. I'm not alone!

4. I talk to animals. And I hate to admit it, but it is usually baby talk. What makes a supposedly mature woman do that? I don't talk baby talk to babies. No, I save it all for cute little puppies and kitties.
5. I exercise three to four times a week. For my health. Cause I can. Use it or lose it type of thing.
6. I am becoming a more versatile cook and baker because of Pinterest. I was becoming tired of the same old thing in the kitchen. Lovin' all the new veggie recipes I've found. Preppin' myself for the harvest in the garden when the time comes.

  7. Nature provides me with balance and a sense of calm. We have a lake out back so the view is gorgeous. And it comes with plenty of wildlife to enjoy. I actually have 3 benches in different spots in the backyard so I have great views from all angles.

And there we have it. Seven things you really didn't need to know about me, but if you read this far...thank you. I hope you weren't too bored.

Now go on out there and blaze your own trail if ya haven't already!


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Finally...I Did It!

Finally...a sugar cookie that melts in my mouth!

Finally...a sugar cookie that is easy to make!

Finally...a sugar cookie that doesn't leave my kitchen in a shambles!

Finally...a sugar cookie recipe that is a real keeper!

Ya gotta love Pinterest! I found the sugar cookie recipe there. 
I had my doubts, but was willing to try to determine if it is the best sugar cookie.
And I made sure to use floured parchment paper when rolling out my dough. 

It's the best recipe I have found so far. Made them for hubby for Valentine's Day and he loved them. 

Yes...I finally did it...I made the best sugar cookie ever! 
And gaining weight because of it...sigh!


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


She's got style.

She's got grace.

She's a lady.

Whoa, whoa, whoa.

And her name is Kate.

I do not know the story of Kate as I bought her at an auction.
She is starting a new chapter in her life here in my home.
She came with the lovely blouse and I completed her look with bits and pieces from my stash.
I remade an old floor lamp for her stand. The stand will receive a makeover with paint when the weather cooperates. 

Kate is so happy to meet you and I am so happy you came for a visit.


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