Thursday, October 1, 2015

pardon me...

I imagine that for the rest of my days upon this earth, I will start October
with reflection.  I will gently tap friends upon the shoulder with a reminder
that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer...and remind them,
further, that early detection matters.  With a tear and a smile I will blow out
two candles on my "re-birthday cake" and remember that all clear call
from my surgeon on October 18, 2013.

With some authority - I will strongly state that 
no one loses a battle to cancer.  There are many who face a briefer
journey -- but I am certain they were the bravest of us all.  

So please say a gentle prayer for those brave & courageous
souls that walk through the valley & fear no evil.  And if you 
will, make a wish for a cure.

                            {via Pinterest}

Thursday, September 24, 2015

good bye dear Rosie

This evening I buried my three year old kitten, August Rose, in our apple orchard.
Rosie had lived a full three years...born under our chicken coop.  At 8 months she had 
been found with a shattered pelvic bone followed by six weeks in a carrier on our porch 
as she miraculously healed.  Two years ago she became a house cat...taking me through
my breast cancer journey.  She lived with & then through the loss of our
two older cats, Shawnee & McCoy.  This past spring she welcomed a new kitten,
Lucy Lily, into our home.  She had been quite sick this past month.  This morning, after 
a second trip to the vet, she took her last breath at her farm...with Dave, Lucy & me at her
side.  She was a cat, but she was more than that.  To me, she was courage...sweet, gentle 
courage.  Tears for a cat, again.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

autumn #4

    brown transferware ~ faded black ~ demure colors of fall

Friday, September 18, 2015

autumn #3

     bears ~ acorns ~ tick, tick, comes autumn!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

autumn #2

blackbird singing in the dead of night ~ pie birds sing for fall

Friday, September 11, 2015

autumn #1

layers ~ harvest ~ patina ~ a hint of summer ~ a peak of orange

Monday, September 7, 2015

autumn arriving

In little nods to the change of season, autumn arrives at
Meadowview Farm.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

at auction

Dave & I spent this past Saturday at auction.                       That's me ^.  
It was comfortable weather, a small crowd...and a few items worth the wait for a bid.  
I was not feeling all together, so let Dave do my bidding, literally.  I watched ~ lots of people, Amish, antique dealers, and some auction newbies...and the family.
I kept thinking about the chapter of a life's story I was "reading" as I sat there.  Item 
after item bid on, loaded, and removed from this farm.  This ritual.  At auction.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

for the love of Pinterest

I do adore organizing little scrapbooks of inspiration on Pinterest!
Lately I have been busy pinning to my "Celebrate Autumn" board!

Check my boards out in the right column......over there!~~~~~~>>

Thursday, August 27, 2015

for the love of Lucy

     Lucy & bunny...this little girl loves loves loves life!  

Saturday, August 22, 2015

time for autumn...

I feel like I am rushing things, knowing full well that after fall comes...cold!
But every year at this time I am anxious to pull out my autumn goodies &
head over to the Hixton Schoolhouse Antique Mall.  And so, today, I did!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Gold Rush

On one weekend each year, two flea markets open their gates on the same days...
both about 20 minutes apart.  And both are called Gold Rush.  I believe the original began
in the small town of Oronoco, MN ~ where, literally, the whole town becomes a flea market!  
The other Gold Rush is at the fair grounds in Rochester, MN.

Each year I travel to O N E day!  This year, Dave & Ian joined me.  
My method to this "marathon of flea markets" is to spend the morning on Friday in Oronoco.
You must get there early enough to get close parking (for trips back to the car with 
vintage finds)....and you must have "fresh legs" due to the hilly walking!  By noon we are done!
Then we grab a re-energizing lunch at a cool sit down restaurant...this year Newt's Burgers.
We cap off the day in Rochester, thankful for the flat terrain of this flea market & the many inside vendors to get out of the sun.

Friday was hot...93 degrees I believe!  I was glad to have thrown a hand towel in my bag...
sunscreen & sweat in the eyes could not get in the way of finding vintage goodies.
We were also ever so thankful for an afternoon breeze!

My keepers:

This framed bookplate of small moths...

And, this picnic carrier...on top of the suitcase & bench to form an end table:

I also found some wonderful items that will make their way to my 
antique booth in Hixton soon...getting ready to introduce small doses 
of Autumn!

We had such a fun day, loved having my Ian with me.  He has now been
to 4 mega-fleas with me...and he even found a few items at Gold Rush
for his place!

Counting the days to my next flea market adventure!

Sunday, August 9, 2015


I am generally pretty good at making decisions...

But, each time someone has asked me if we will be having a Barn Sale this year (2015), I would sputter out a "maybe".  Then it happened on Friday.  Someone asked, I began to sputter & explain.....and then out came a very clear "no".

No, there will not be a Meadowview Farm Barn Sale this year.

There are so many reasons I had held back on a clear, concise answer: 
  1.  What if I just held a smaller sale?
  2.  But it is so much fun to get ready...
  3.  My hayloft looks so empty & lonely!

But for every reason why, the list of why not was longer.

So...there, a decision.  
No Barn Sale in 2015!

Now, as for 2016~~~~I will think that through later.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

blending old & new

I love vintage!
I also love fresh fabrics...often found on my bimonthly stop at T.J. Maxx.
I love how they go peanut butter & jelly.
They bring out the best in each other.
Vintage finds lend warmth, fresh fabrics tone down the age just a bit.

Always a tad of a balance...I like to call "Fresh Vintage"!

     Sweet kittens also are a farmhouse style addition!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

the art of gathering

Gathering, picking, is not always for the meek...
it can often consist of a long, hot day at an auction or flea market.  
Take these burlap feed sacks as an example.

Dave & I spent a hot, sunny day at a farm auction...
trying to stay with the cadence of the auctionnaire, 
attempting to follow any shade, and working to keep
our goods safe & sound.  Dave actually bid on the 
feedsacks that were still in the barn.  I came upon him after he 
had won the bid and was trying to stack & sort the huge 
pile in the barn, dust kicking up everywhere-sticking to 
sweat.  But it was a great I jumped in with him!
We both looked like "Pigpen" from the Charlie Brown comic
when we came out for air from the barn with a huge pile
of sacks.

The next step was to get them home, shake & shake & shake
them out...then air them on our clothesline.

Batch two out of likely fifteen lines full!

Once aired, they will be priced at $5.50-$6.50 each and brought
in to my booth at the Hixton Schoolhouse Mall.  They will then
go home with crafty folks that will turn them into bags & chair
upholstery or even curtains.  With the popularity of Farmhouse
Style continuing to gain traction, these have become popular
finds...often just laid over a table to show off the great graphics.
Some sacks will be purchased by other dealers, knowing that
my prices are low and they can sell them even higher...and
I'm good with that.  

So, from a humble barn, through our sweat equity, to you...

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