Sunday, November 3, 2019
Sunday, October 27, 2019
We have three doors into our farmhouse:
front, back & side porch.
This weekend we picked up new steps
for our front door.
We had them built by our Amish neighbor, Ben.
It took Ben and his 5 brothers to lift them into
our trailer, Dave in a literal knock out round to
get them out of the trailer, then Dave & I to toggle
the steps into place.
We have some finishing work next spring...
like staining them dark green before all the
Daylilies grow back.
We love that these front steps were built totally
by hand....just like our 1857 home.
Sunday, October 20, 2019
This is a favorite view from our outbuildings to the
back of our house. Add a sunflower, and
winter seems a long way off.
However, we are beginning our diligent preparation
for colder days: round of hay & bedding in barn,
last days of mowing with leaves bagged
for winter goat treats.
We hope to get new front steps installed & stained
and maybe even some trim painted.
Add to that, our twin baby goats are learning their own
winter preparation, where to go for warmth & safety.
How to get along with the bigger goats in inside space.
Sunny days to relish, as we knowingly prepare.
Monday, October 14, 2019
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Please help me welcome twin sisters, Tobi & Annie to
They arrived this afternoon, and I have been in the pasture
or nearby as they acclimate. Getting used to their
new grassy pasture and big barn and new herd involves
lots of bleating, exploring areas over & over...
and a few dirty looks from the older goats.
I remind the big kids that they arrived just like this.
It has been fun to watch them graze for the first time, play on
one of the bridges over & over and begin to figure this
all out. Once they settle in for a nap, they will sleep.
They have fallen for Sawyer, the resident Tomcat, because
he is more their size. The cats are not impressed.
I should mention, the names come from my sister, Lori. In her
final year, we often joked about me bringing her an animal to
cuddle. Due to her health, she felt it would be too much, but
she had chosen names. I have held those names in my heart.
Until today...sisters. 💙
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
I grew up as the youngest of three sisters: Randi, Lori & Kari (me).
3 was always my number.
This past Sunday, I met my brother, Jeff, for the first time.
It was always 4.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Beginning a bitty 25% off sale in my booth at
The Hixton Schoolhouse Antique Mall
in Hixton, WI.
Includes firm & items already reduced.
This is a limited time sale, and I believe my only
Sale in 2019.
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Rarely do I use or want to use the word "new" in this old
farmhouse. As antique dealers, we adore vintage.
And, as homeowners, we adore cozy & durable...
often not always found in "new".
This August, we decided to tackle our ceilings & electrical in
our living room & adjoining tv room.
It seemed well beyond the time to usher out
our 25-30 year old upholstered furniture and
welcome some new pieces.
We turned to our very own Ashley Furniture in Arcadia, WI.
Yesterday, they delivered two sable brown loveseats, an
accent chair, and a fog blue queen sleeper sofa.
Only this wing chair, that came home in the trunk of my
car from a thrift sale in Plainview, MN made
the keeper list in the living room.
Monday, August 26, 2019
we have officially begun our "touch every room" tour...
but not the fun kind of tour--this is the hard work kind
first comes the mess...ceilings & electrical
in our living room & adjacent tv room
and the plaster dust
then we pick out paint colors...and EVERYTHING
cannot believe we went with Daisy White!
of course, my beloved green will have some
star treatment 💚
only the wing chair made the furniture cut,
a full truck arrives from Ashley Furniture on Friday
The end! Actually, that is when the fun starts...decorating!
2 rooms just about done, 10 to go!
Sunday, August 18, 2019
Sunday, August 11, 2019
We don't plant sunflowers.
The birds do.
Weekly our goats get sunflowers to keep their coats healthy.
Each winter the birds get sunflowers.
And our sweet bird friends plant them here & there.
Like at the entry to our potting shed.