Friday, July 13, 2018


Back in the late 1800's, when our house was built, there was this
secret society in many communities called the "Independent Order
of Odd Fellows".  The IOOF was founded on three tenants: love, 
friendship and truth. I was first drawn to this group by its rather...
odd name, and the fact that there had been an order in our little 
community of Augusta, WI.

They came to be known as "Odd Fellows" because it was odd to find
people organized for the purpose of giving aid to those in need and
of pursuing projects for the benefit of all mankind.

I wonder if any of my collection of pins were once worn by local 
IOOF members?  

Saturday, July 7, 2018

mix & match

Our house is anything but is more about layers.
So, today was a day for new bedding.  A little vintage, a bit of
thrift store, a tad of online, and a sprinkle of outlet.  

I am guessing my Daisy Grace approves.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Saturday, June 23, 2018

doesn't every orchard need an outhouse?

This double seater (yes, you read that right) was brought to our
farm's orchard from the Thompson Valley Cemetary.  It took 
about 6 people to load & move it.  It took one tornado to pick
it up and set it back down in a new spot in the orchard several 
years ago.  And that is where it now for our 
apple picking and bird feeding supplies.

Today it got a new goose weathervane and some cleaning up.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

had to be mine

I have this thing for hearts.  I also have this thing for charm.
Oh, and did I say that I have this thing for vintage sweetness?

Combine them all in an antique chocolate mold...mine, all mine!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Never underestimate a barncat...

Meet my Lucy Lily...she is my girl. Adopted in 2015 from the 
Eau Claire County Humane Society...she was part of a litter born 
to a feral momma. She has touched my life in more ways then I can 
ever count. Such is the case with every animal that has entered our 
lives, but on this early June particular, I want to testify to how 
the feral cat population should never be underestimated. Our first barncat, 
Hope, found her way to our farm about 10 years ago in the fall, a feral cat. 
It took most of the winter to earn her trust. Over the years she has blessed 
our lives with 25 that now lives in Seattle with my Ian and 
5 that still tend to their barncat duties with our Hope. And then there is 
Midnight, Patches...and the other feral cats that ultimately found solace 
& a home at Meadowview Farm. We have taken the responsibility of their 
care seriously (they could name a wing of the Osseo-Augusta Vet Clinic 
after us)! Tomorrow is my birthday...and I plan to donate to our Humane 
Society on behalf of the feral cats. They are often misunderstood, but 
when we honor them with our trust, remarkable things happen.  💚

Monday, May 28, 2018

Saturday, May 26, 2018

I reckon a million...

          💙When I think of our woods in Winter, Wisconsin...
          the evergreens & birch are what come to mind.
          I suppose that if I attempted to count all the trees 🌲 🌲 we 
          are caretakers might just be a number beyond my grasp.  
          For now, counting clouds in a blue sky is work enough. 💙

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

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