Wednesday, May 16, 2018

my potting shed

There is this awesome chicken coop on our property...and since I
am too chicken to raise chickens (not up for the prey that follows),
it has become my potting shed.  This Sunday was my day to get it
cleaned & organized.

In the process we untarped this beauty that has waited too 
long in our barn.  This is an antique Mail Sorter from a 
post office in Wisconsin Dells.  It is big...a good 4 feet across 
and 6 feet tall -- and is one piece AND heavy!  Somehow 
Dave & I got it from the barn to the potting shed and then in
the door (with maybe an inch to spare).  And I now wonder 
why it took so long!

The potting shed has the luxury of size....holding another 
awesome potting bench, two additional tables and a whicker
couch & chair.  And, this is a hard working area of the farm...
I am actually sitting there typing right now from the whicker couch,
having just potted about 10 containers.  

Here is my sweet potting shed...with sunflowers coming up near 
the blue chair.  And, the door faces the pasture, so goats call to me 
while I work and barn cats often pop in for a nap. 💚

Sunday, May 13, 2018

looking up

I am a worker bee, naturally known for looking about for that
next task that needs doing.  I rarely just look about to take things in.

My Daisy has taught me in her sweet kitty way to look up.  She
often finds just that spot to carefully perch or nap.  Often up high.

I try to remember this kitty lesson, and take more moments to
look up.  To amaze at the clouds, to check the tree tops, to watch
for our local eagles.  Daisy Grace fills her sweet kitten days by
looking for possibility.  I like that. 🐱

Friday, May 4, 2018

little kind

On Friday, while traveling a back road home from work, I came
upon a snapping turtle that had been flipped over on its shell.  I was 
startled to see it, as spring has erupted in Wisconsin without any 
gradual getting used to.  I would not be able to live with myself if I 
didn't turn around to see if I could help.  I grabbed a sturdy stick and
took a closer movement, appeared it had been grazed by a car.
I gently touched the 🐢with the stick....again no movement.  Then
slowly I saw it move the front legs.  I took the stick, lifted it back over & 
set it in the direction of the nearby field.  It moved forward then stopped 
to just gaze at me.  And, I cried. 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

magic happens

The ocean reminds us of magic.  In the waves.  In rocks polished 
smooth.  In searching with my son for sea glass.  In knowing that
the gray whale sighted hours earlier may be swimming unseen
nearby.  In countless moments that become sweet memories.  
Magic attention.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

1500 miles to spring

Had to travel 1500 miles from Wisconsin to Washington state to find spring...and
a hug from my Ian is the cherry on top!  Skagit County Tulip Festival with the 
Olympic Mountains as a backdrop!  🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Hey! Hay!

Our baby goats, Benny & Joon are 8 months old...most of their days
have been in the snow.  Can hardly wait until they meet warm days &
green grass.  That's Chippewa on the bridge.


Dawn & dusk feel like a whisper to me.  Our home is quietly lit.
As I travel from room to room, I feel like I am gently tiptoeing...
careful not to disturb the peaceful surround.  This is my favorite
moment at the farm.  It is free of expectations.  

Saturday, March 31, 2018

I crave quiet...

Today the farm is quiet.  Spring snow arrived last night, so it
feels that this Saturday is for tucking in.  A hot cup of coffee, 
a warm blanket, a soft kitten nose, a good read is all I can find 
on my "to do" list.   

I did promise Polly a kitten or goat picture, so I am sending these 
sweet Daisy Grace whiskers her way. 💙

May this weekend provide for you what you need.  
Today, I just crave quiet.

Sunday, March 25, 2018


Yes, it is true that rabbits multiply ever so quickly - as was the
case with this collection of German Easter candy containers.
Created by a home craft industry in the 1890s, they were made
to hold candy, with the head made as a little cover.  Just this
year, several more of these bunnies have hopped home to our farm.

This large bunny started our collection.  I had always coveted these
containers, but they were generally priced outside of my budget.
So, when I spied this one in a waste basket at a thrift sale, I was 
quick to ask if I might lift her out and bring her home.  

This sweet sitting bunny was my most recent find.  I never fuss
if they have repair issues....that just meant a child had loved them.

This sweet bunny is smaller...this little friend has such a 
purposeful expression.  This one was an auction find.

These two bunnies were found in recent months at antique stores
for a reasonable price...if I find one for less than $30, it is mine!

There they all are on a bookshelf in our living dear
little "hutch" of bunnies. 🐇💌

Saturday, March 17, 2018

"pick me"

Even as I begin to see the finish line in a long career in Early Care & 
Education, I will always identify first & foremost as a nursery school
teacher.  As a teacher, my year was informed by the celebrations & 
holidays & seasons of the children that I spent my days with.  I still
decorate my house as if it were a giant living bulletin board from my
teaching days.  So this year, with St. Patrick's Day, Spring & Easter all
simultaneously saying, "pick me"...I blended green & bunnies & tucked
in eggs.  I could never pick a favorite.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

got this thing for chickens

             clucks having a little chat in my kitchen

Saturday, March 3, 2018


     Adding little bits of spring, sweet nods to eggs & bunnies.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

green is my color

              Especially at this time of year, I crave green.  

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