Sunday, January 25, 2015

scatter me like milkweed


"We haven't talked about this in awhile.", was how Dave began
our conversation last night as we drove home.  We went on to talk
about where our final "some day" resting place would be.  Likely
not a conversation many of us have, but an important one to put
in words.  As you get older, or when you travel through major illness,
you think about these things.

As we have an animal cemetery behind our barn,
I, too, wish to stay at this farm.
So scatter me to the wind,
plant my soul in the meadow,
and let the sparrows & bluebirds sing poetry.


          Photo credit via.  Words by Emily Dickinson



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Moo

I succumbed...Bessie has joined our Meadowview Farm
livestock!  I looked at her on several other blogs, debating-
wasn't sure.  Then there she was for sale, at a reasonable
price.......and before I could debate it further, I pressed "buy"!


And she arrived, and I really rather love her.  She has now
joined a small herd of cows living in my kitchen.


Cows, goats & cats....I assume a chicken, horse or llama will
arrive next!  At least I do not have to feed or milk Bessie!








Saturday, January 17, 2015

next up

Valentine's Day is certainly on the top of my list of celebrations.
How can you not adore a day devoted to sweetness & kindness!


And who might that be next to my collection of boxes?
Little Ms Heart Day I would imagine!



Sunday, January 11, 2015

finding the right words

In 2014, my year was blessed by a gift I received just about 
every week...a handmade postcard from Nan.  As an artist,
Nan set a goal to create and send out a card each week.
From collage to stitchery to watercolor.....she designed & 
mailed.  

The cards were based on seasons, events, celebrations!

Whoever was on Nan's mailing list was in for some joy!!


Each card has been so special, both in the cover design 
and in the words on the stamp side.  Each card reminded 
me of the importance of words & sweet details.


Each week that a postcard arrived was met with surprise
and appreciation...."she thought of me....again!"


I am most certain my mail carrier came to wonder who 
Nan was and how she might get on this extraordinary
mailing list too!


These postcards will be paged through & looked at 
over & over.  They are intentional & meaningful!  They 
not only came from Nan's hand...but from her heart.


And just when I thought I received my favorite one...a new 
favorite one would arrive.


I find myself at some loss as to how to express my
appreciation to Nan.  So, I have decided to spread
her words...to share her kindness.

Yes, kindness matters!




And so I will count my blessings...Nan, you are most
certainly one of them!


When the final postcard arrived in December, 2014...
I cried as I held it in my hands.  Tears of thanks 
sometimes takes the place of words.

Thank you dear Nan!


Thursday, January 1, 2015

she arrives

Welcome 2015!
    Fresh like a new snow...
    Filled with the gift of promise.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

hope, please


Like many, I end the year in reflection.
What lessons has 2014 taught me?
What is my take away?
And, as always ~ I turn to this farm in my thoughts.  As I know the intricacies of her 1857 walls, the stories found behind barn doors....with some certainty, I know the answers are not too very far away.

2014 taught me this:
1.  We all see the world through our own lens...for better or worse, this is a fact.
2.  Support can be found in many places, even in the quiet of a purr.
3.  Integrity matters...period, exclamation mark.!
4.  Kindness matters too ~ a lot.
5.  No one is a door mat to injustice.  When it knocks on your door, do not welcome it.
6.  Solace replenishes my very being (as does a good antique mall).

My oldest cat, Shawnee, has lost most of his sight in the past month.  He still finds his way around this big old farmhouse...up & down the stairs, into the best napping spots.  He has also lost his brother of almost 16 years.  I attempt to think of how this must feel for this boy of mine.  I wonder if he truly knows McCoy is gone....or if he travels this house, thinking he just can't see him or find him. I am not certain.  What I am certain about is that he goes on, finding his way to our voice...living by his memory.  In many ways, his little kitty life is built on Hope.

The final addition to my list :
7.  Hope, please.

Happy New Year!
Kari






Sunday, December 28, 2014

Dala Horses...my new obsession

I am finding myself drawn to Scandinavian interiors.
In particular, I am a tad in love with many Swedish styles.

So it was not long before I would become madly deeply in
love with Swedish Dala horses.  The antique horses are 
works of art, but beyond my budget.  I recently oodled over
several older horses at an Antique Mall in Stillwater, MN.  But
the multiple hundred dollar price tags prevented any from 

So enter in the more colorful newer Dala Horses...found in orange, 
red, blue, black & white.  After much thought, I settled my 
hunt on white horses, yellowed just a bit by age.  Many are 
tagged by the artist, Nils Olsson.  The vintage horses still fetch
$35 to $85 in this style.  They range in size from itty bitty to large.

Here is my first addition....vintage white, 4 inches tall.  After
examining every horse I have recently found, I ended up 
purchasing my first from a sweet dealer on EBay.  The 
$28 with postage felt just right!  As it arrived just
in time to be a Christmas gift to myself, I call her:
       "Fa la la la la"


How sweet she looks with my holiday decorations.


I am certain I will some day have a small herd ~ it will be fun 
to search them out.  Each will have a story.

A collection is born!


Friday, December 26, 2014

and we glittered!

Deer, old Xmas light bulbs...Ian & his girlfriend, Emma,
enjoy glittering before a game of Scrabble.  The ever present
teacher in me cannot resist setting up activities.  Ian has 
learned to be a good sport about it ~~ and dives right in!





                   Christmas at Meadowview Farm!


Sunday, December 21, 2014

let it snow!



Wishing you a very Merry Christmas
from 
Meadowview Farm!



Saturday, December 13, 2014

Hixton Holiday

This is about as festive as it gets in my booth at the
Hixton Schoolhouse Antique Mall.

                    Candy cane red and white.



        Green, green, green....with winter white.



                           Pinecone brown...



         Put it all together, farmhouse Christmas!

For all the details about Hixton...head to the right, under "Chapters"!




Tuesday, December 9, 2014

some stories find us



There. Right at the edge of the trees. Five sheep - in the snow, close to this abandoned barn. I slow and watch for them along HH in Otter Creek, mulling over their story...checking on them. They make me ponder & wonder.  Purposely, I do not disturb their quiet grazing, nor does the farmer that leaves them water.

I am not sure what story pulls at my heart more.  This barn without a house, left in the woods, orphaned.  Alone.  It looks to have once been part of something grand, a busy place where kids & animals were raised.  Now it stands bewildered by time, lost.  

And this small flock of sheep that have found their own farm on their own journey, homeward.   Twice sold, trailered several miles away to a new pasture.  Twice they broke the fence, traveling back to what they knew.  Now they are not accepted at their old home or welcomed back to their new one.  They have found a fenceless pasture, a lone barn.  They have made their own home somewhere in between. 

A flock became a family.  A barn became a home.  Lost became found.  
These are the stories that find me along these country roads.  


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas farmhouse kitchen

Holiday magic, to me, is all about the details....here are
but a few from our Meadowview Farm holiday kitchen.

And yes, Dave sneaks in a fishing lure or two!








Hope you are getting that holiday spirit too!






Wednesday, December 3, 2014

bits of Christmas

Some little views of Christmas at Meadowview Farm...
bathroom stop first - because the light was just so sweet!











Sunday, November 30, 2014

favorite things

Some of my very favorite vintage finds:
   Majolica creamers
   Sheep
   Pastoral pictures
   Clocks
   Mirrors


More favorites:
   Anything green!
   Rabbits
   Cloches
   Sketches
   Pottery
   Clock faces


And more:
   Ironstone
   Jars of goodies
   Whisk brooms with velvet tops
   Old lace
   Vintage holiday


What are your favorite things?




Friday, November 28, 2014

warmth on a snowy morn

This morning I awoke early, snug robe, furnace
kicked up just a notch, coffee.
I lit the house with the fewest of lights...
would watch morning arrive.

And August Rose watched too.  


I feel so so blessed by all the sweetness of this farm.

My heart is very thankful.


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