"If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." — E.B. White

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

(Ambling down) The Avenue

 I took this as I visited my friend's farm.
 It reminded me of Claude Monet's painting "The Avenue" done in 1878

It's always been difficult for me to truly enjoy fall's splendor as I'm too focused on the killing frosts n long dark days ahead. 
(Can you tell I'm a summer girl?!)

Autumn days come quickly, like the running of a hound on the moor. - Irish proverb

Thank the Lord for fox chasing and ambling down lanes with friends!

I'm off for a ride in this glowing sun...
Happy first day of fall y'all!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I'm gonna be rich!

I've always wanted to invent something... 
The Farmer's always coming up with great ideas. 
Finally it's my turn!

You've heard of Frosty Paws for dogs?
"Pooches love FROSTY PAWS® Frozen Treats for Dogs because they are delicious and refreshing. You'll love them because they're a convenient and healthy ..."

I now present;  "FROSTY CLAWS"!

My hens LOVE the (old) yogurt that had somehow frozen in my fridge. I dumped it out and old Barbara Barred Rock had to check out the recipe for "Tropical Fruit Smoothies" that was on the container.

Then all the other youngsters got some more while she ate raisins!

It's a rough life being a hen here on a HOT day!

We're enjoying these last (finally) hot days of summer...
How 'bout you friends?
Joining the fun here!

Friday, July 4, 2014

America the Beautiful

I helped The Farmer this morning and snapped this as he prepared to combine his wheat...

America the Beautiful

Words by Katharine Lee Bates,
Melody by Samuel Ward

O beautiful for spacious skies, 
For amber waves of grain, 
For purple mountain majesties 
Above the fruited plain! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
And crown thy good with brotherhood 
From sea to shining sea! 

O beautiful for pilgrim feet 
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat 
Across the wilderness! 
America! America! 
God mend thine every flaw, 
Confirm thy soul in self-control, 
Thy liberty in law! 

O beautiful for heroes proved 
In liberating strife. 
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life! 
America! America! 
May God thy gold refine 
Till all success be nobleness 
And every gain divine! 

O beautiful for patriot dream 
That sees beyond the years 
Thine alabaster cities gleam 
Undimmed by human tears! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
And crown thy good with brotherhood 
From sea to shining sea! 

O beautiful for halcyon skies, 
For amber waves of grain, 
For purple mountain majesties 
Above the enameled plain! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
Till souls wax fair as earth and air 
And music-hearted sea! 

O beautiful for pilgrims feet, 
Whose stem impassioned stress 
A thoroughfare for freedom beat 
Across the wilderness! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
Till paths be wrought through 
wilds of thought 
By pilgrim foot and knee! 

O beautiful for glory-tale 
Of liberating strife 
When once and twice, 
for man's avail 
Men lavished precious life! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
Till selfish gain no longer stain 
The banner of the free! 

O beautiful for patriot dream 
That sees beyond the years 
Thine alabaster cities gleam 
Undimmed by human tears! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
Till nobler men keep once again 
Thy whiter jubilee! 

Happy Birthday USA!
(you make my heart sing)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Zaney memories

All a-round the kitchen cock-a-doodle-doodle-doo... 
This GREAT SONG, by Dan Zanes, stars in a very favorite memory of mine!
First when Sarah was a tiny toddler in her carseat. We'd drive around town with baby Sarah, Mommy n Daddy waving our arms in the air while we all sang along to this. To say folks gawked is an understatement. We LAUGHED n GIGGLED n hit replay a million times.  Years later Sarah n Jack still dance around the kitchen table flapping their wings while I join in prepare dinner!


From the concert/video DVD entitled, All Around the Kitchen! on Festival Five Records.
Festival Five Records is a record label making children's music, founded by the leader of the legendary Del Fuegos songwriter Dan Zanes

Rolling Stone named the Del Fuegos "Best New Band" in 1984.

LOVE Dan Zanes!
How 'bout you?
Please join me at this fun farm blog hop

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Rain play /Suburban substitutes

This LOVEly and FREE print out made my heart happy.

 must admit that I'll stick with Jack's artwork...

This pic/story Jack made in Kindergarten is one of my all time favorites.
"We like to/ I like to play in the barn on a rainy day"

Living in the country is awesome.

But it can also be a bit isolated with large distances between houses. It's not at all like the suburbs where kids can just walk outside and find a friend to play with...

We are blessed not only to have lovely neighbors, but also, the bestest clients friends who train with us. Most afternoons my kids are cavorting outside or yammering to whoever's in the barn aisle. They're even known to follow along through the fields on foot, talking nonstop, as riders cool out their horses after a lesson.

But when we have no visitors and the barn's quiet, they make up their own games!

"Hanging out" takes on a whole new meaning here.

As does hiking up hills... (of hay!)

And play simple games...

Maybe they're just simple minded?!

Tho we have no city sidewalks,
chalk drawings are plentiful in the barn aisle (clients often contribute).

As are bikes n rollerblades!

They also ride ponies through the fields with clients
or their dogs or goats following along.

There are no nearby gymnastics centers 
Instead they use their beds!

They've had to learn to play together;
 So they swing

and take turns sharing interests; be they scooters or babydolls!

 "Rock wall climbing" occurs on the strong horse ties hanging down the barn wall... Volleyball and soccer are popular in the barn too. A while ago they made up armbands and tickets for mommy n daddy to come watch their game. We were encouraged to bring our lawn chairs (usually toted to horse shows) and CASH. 

Jack shook his money box and rang the bell to signal game start, time outs etc.
Simple fun for us all on that grey, drizzly day!

I guess they're we're not suffering in isolation after all!

Here's another fabulous freebie from http://lilluna.com/create-your-own-sunshine-print/

Hope you enjoy either sunshine or some rain play today.

* friends, I'm posting some OLD drafted posts to keep the pics n memories alive. We recently had a hard drive crash n lose pics (yes, again. I'm awful about backing up pics) so I value this blog even more as our family scrapbook. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Happy 1st Day of Summer!!!

Merit hopes that you enjoyed the 1st day of summer as much as she did! Although the sun isn't always visible she wears zinc oxide to be safe and hopes that you'll protect your skin too!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Memorial Day memories

Late again, but trying to get caught up...

My "baby" brother, his wife and their baby visited us from Austria!
They stayed just two short nights over Memorial Day but
the memories will last forever.

Of course we wasted no time getting the wee babe up on a pony!

It was The Farmer's first time meeting Aden and they really hit it off!

Our time together was very low key.

 We learned some bbq tricks from Ben and ate great food

Mostly we hung out on the porch, or grass...

And Uncle Ben played like old times!

The last night we finally lit the lanterns I'd given JoJo for her 70th!

 Keepin' it real
but maybe you'd rather I didn't?
I've mentioned I'm not a flip flop n fashion kinda farm girl...
I was caught in shorts n paddock boots
(no you will not look at my mortifying middle)

JoJo released the last one along with her wish

She shared it with us...
That we'd all soon reunite for more family fun!

She kinda got her wish extra fast as the next day we went to the Bay to play w/more family!

Next I must wrap up the school year and all the other comings n goings on the farm.
(hint~ we've been VERY busy n blessed!)

Here comes another summer, 
hope you're making fun memories!