Monday, December 30, 2013


Bidding farewell to 2013...
certainly a year I learned a thing or two about resiliency, compassion & courage.

Wishing you moments of reflection as you close out this year
and welcome the next.

May that blue bird of happiness fly your way!


Friday, December 27, 2013

winter wishes

Winter is here...with plenty of snow for boots & shovels.

All the kittens & goats are tucked into their barn each night.
By day, they play on paths Ian & I shoveled thru their pasture,
winding back & forth & over the bridges.
A box fort waits inside for the kittens, as well as a heater.

We take our role as caretakers of this little farm quite seriously.
We provide our animals with warmth & play...
keeping them content through these cold months.

I count the days to spring based upon our winter supply of hay, 
which is still piled high in the barn.  We will get thru the cold days 
one bale at a time.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

pieces of the past...

Years ago, we lived in Sun Prairie next to Mrs. Reed.
She was a most wonderful neighbor...
we even built a special gate in our fenced yard just for her.
She would come over & sit & be "neighborly".

When she passed away in her 90s, 
the family asked what we might like as a memory keepsake.
We requested the blue spatterware bucket she would plant a geranium in, 
set near her gate each year.

We planted in it one more summer in her honor.

Now that bucket resides in my kitchen, filled with memories.

We also picked this one antique ornament, hers, now ours.

What I love most about pieces of the past is that they form a scrapbook.
Some are our own memories, some belong to others.
We cherish & honor them.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas sale!

Stop by the Hixton Schoolhouse Antique Mall
for a special 20% off sale in my booth & case (dealer SPY).

Thanks for your patronage in 2013!

All the details about the right under "Chapters"...

Thursday, December 12, 2013

some mornings

As I walked out to the barn this morning,
this is what greeted me.

Some mornings take your breath away!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


As I left my office last night, later than I had hoped....
I thought about how much we try to accomplish at
this time of year.  We decorate, bake, wrap.....filling
each hour to the max.  And all of that on top of our
already busy lives.  We can lose something in the
sheer busy-ness of it all.  Perhaps that is why I so 
adore the quietude of the barn or the early morning 
hours--it is solace from the running.  It is just my time
to reflect, to unfill my mind & my overflowing schedule.  

I suppose that this is part of this time of year, to fill us up to this 
place where we have to overflow, where we have 
to stop & evaluate.  It is no wonder we end the year
with resolutions for the next.

Rather than wait, I resolve right now to be kind to myself. 
It is neither selfish or is creating our own solace
when we need it.  It is saying "no" when we must, and "yes"
when we can.  It is choosing how full we can be.  

Saturday, December 7, 2013

little surprises

sitting oh so sweetly on a hanging spice cupboard in
our kitchen is an enamelware teapot & cup from a child's tea set.
My newest collection, as I now have 3 little teapots...
would guess that they traveled to Wisconsin long 
ago from Germany.

tucked in is some vintage millinary...

I have attempted to keep the holidays fairly demure
this year, little something tucked here & there.  I like
the sweetness of it all.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

the holidays arrive

Stopped for gas in Fall Creek this morning.
And there to my right was a truck full of trees.
Off they go to a holiday near you.

If anyone follows the Wisconsin author, Michael Perry,
Fall Creek plays a predominate role in his book, Truck.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Hixton Antique Mall

Dave & I worked behind the counter Saturday
at the Hixton Schoolhouse Antique Mall
in Hixton, Wisconsin...biggest sale day of the month!
It was my first working day back there since September, felt good.

I redid the front display, red, turquoise & jade green!
Added a Christmas display in my case & a bit more to my booth.

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

Hixton also has a new Facebook page!
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