Thursday, September 11, 2014

whatever happened to what's her name?

The discussion at a Rogaland Rosemaling class with Ruth Green this week went something like this: "I wish I could retire so I'd have time for everything I want to do."  "That's what I used to think. I'm retired now but I don't have time for anything anymore." "You've got that right!" "Man, is that ever true!"
The dream that woke me early this morning was my brain's way of saying, "Enough already, girl. Time to slow down or else."
So, the desk is nearly cleared, the lists are written for my trip back to the city for a family event I can't miss this weekend (what to bring, stops to make along the way and while I'm there, birthday gifts and canned goods to share, etc.) the laundry is started, library items organized, garden produce mostly processed, time for a bit of the county fair in town… I think you've got the idea.
Just a quick visual idea of some of the things that kept me joggin' since my last post:

Quilt Expo, Madison:




Last year's best of show was awarded to Betty Ekern Suiter. Just an example of how interesting life can be, I sat with Paula Ekern at the rosemaling class. Betty, this world renowned quilter, is her sister-in-law!

harvesting and processing garden bounty (freezing, canning, pickling):


surprise overnight visitors (Jerome's two brothers and nephew) out for  "ride" on their bikes:



a class at the local quilt shop, Rapid Fire Hunters Star, a single finished block done in class and then a second done at home and joined to the first while I still remembered how to use the fancy ruler



Jerome's new B, a John Deere 1947 B


my new B, a Bernina 750QE with stitch regulator so I can do free motion quilting and have every stitch be uniform (well that's the theory, anyway!)



a time or two that I remembered to stop and take a photo of the beauty that is every where around me:

a rainbow caught just as the sun was setting


And that cute photo of our little Mya on the header??? She knows how to take cozy time. Thanks for the example, dear one.

Monday, August 4, 2014

august:

adjective… inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic.
August, the season of lilies.

Our ridge meadow farm is home to several varieties of lily. From the humble roadside field lily


to the the ephemeral blossoms in our pond.


Just now our brick walk flower bed is bursting forth and the aroma, especially under the stars, is amazing.






I do love all manner of flowers, every season, inside and out, but it is the lily that brings me closest to peace.


And for that reason I chose this piece of art glass as my welcome home gift to myself when we bought the farm. It never fails to center me, to bring hope, to ease.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

a little potting shed

Still a work in progress, but it's coming along.
June 2010



July 2014




Saturday, July 26, 2014

the bounties of July

July has a way of embarrassing one with its generosity. There's almost too much to take in.
This month we've been focusing our energies on bringing the driveway garden out of its jungle state (despite the ridiculous insects that plague every living thing here this year.)

Making use of much of the felled pine by renting an industrial strength chipper shredder to make wood mulch,

Jerome honing his chain saw skills, Phil standing by with encouragement

Jerome walking miles and miles with the walk behind mower to collect grass clippings we would normally mulch with the riding mower, and rearranging several beautiful perennials as we go, it is about 75% complete. What was once just a vision in my imagination is becoming a reality, with everyone's help. There was absolutely no way I could have tackled this on my own.
Photos of the finished bed to be shared in time.
Our fruits and vegetables are coming on strong and our broody hens are finally getting back to the outdoors after a long "vacation." Our menus include much that is as local as it can be and we're loving it.
As July moves closer to slipping off the calendar I try to take mental snapshots of her bounty since I'm too disorganized to take many actual photos.





The meadow and roadsides are exuberant and never fail to take my breath away. All we have to do is stand back and let Nature do her thing, always trying to do no harm. This is how she thanks us.
And so together, our family and Mother Nature, we are making this little bit of the Earth our home.




Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

thank you, June

precious jewels





fragile, trusting, miraculous newbies

photo courtesy of Anne's instagram posting

a rescued bed no longer obscured by hideous yews


stormy days that close spectacularly




joyous blessings to close this glorious month.




Tuesday, June 24, 2014

an especially joyful June day

Happy 13th anniversary, Anne and Matthias.


Dearest hearts, all my best wishes.