Wednesday, June 26, 2019

itty bitty barn sale

We will be opening the door of our 120+ year old barn's hayloft to clear
out some remaining furniture, rugs, fabric covers & misc. in preparation
for a little wedding happening there next year.  If you have ever attended a prior
barn sale at our farm, this one will be different....truly a clearance sale.
But, there will be good deals as the goal is an empty hayloft!

As a reminder:
No early sales
Cash & carry only


Saturday, June 22, 2019

doing dishes

I have always followed this individual path...sometimes parallel to the road, sometimes right through the field.  So, when we were married almost 40 years ago, we wanted to invest in a set of china, but knew ours would be anything but typical. We purchased our dishes, one plate at a time and use them as our everyday dishes.  How fitting that we chose Noritake, "Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady", with country sketches and prose to match by Edith Holden.

I also have this thing for vintage blue bird dishes, somewhat rare to find.  So imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon the third creamer to the right for a couple bucks at a thrift sale this past week. 

Birds ๐Ÿฆ and country charm on china.  Bliss. 

Friday, June 7, 2019

morning on the farm

sweet lily of the valley

Daisy in the window

north side of our 1857 home


Monday, June 3, 2019

birthdays are bittersweet

Today is for missing.
Sisters always...

Sunday, May 26, 2019


Our little orchard is in bloom!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

apple blossom time

apple blossoms whisper, "soon".

Saturday, May 18, 2019

happy tears

We will have a wedding in our barn in the autumn of 2020.
We are in the "fluff & buff" phase of readiness, appreciating the 
extra time to get things perfect.

Lately, when I open the exterior door to the hayloft and 
reveal the "take your breath away" beauty of that space, 
I get teary eyed.

We feel so honored to have this farm be part of 
Ian & Emma's special day.
Our cup truly runneth over.

And, I found something special to wear...fits a country wedding
pretty well too.  Sneak peak above.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019



Daisy Grace & Lucy Lily 
10 other furry dear hearts call Meadowview Farm home.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Who's that walking on my bridge?

New bridges arrived Friday!
Ralphie approves!

Friday, May 3, 2019

so it begins...

May has arrived & I have gardening on my mind! 

Friday, April 26, 2019

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Sunday, April 7, 2019

and, "baa"

A cup of German putz sheep...
Makes perfect sense to me.

Friday, April 5, 2019

finding our way

I've been thinking about the raspberry bushes in the middle of our block.
Sometimes we would sneak off to fill a bowl to lather with milk & sugar at our 
round kitchen table at 5410 Healy Lane.  I can picture the streets in Monona as if I was riding my bike on them at this very moment...sailing around the Maywood parking lot, shifting gear to climb Sioux Trail, traveling over to Dean's Store for a sugary treat.

I remember what seemed like the best drive to Paoli to purchase margarine, a drive where meat loaf sandwiches seemed to magically appear out of the glove compartment.  And the family trip to Fort Dells, where Lori was captured by Black Bart...and I felt this combination of pride & envy that she was the one.  And when our mom was a newly anointed single parent raising three girls, that brave solo trip we took along the east edge of Wisconsin.

I can trace the lines of the bus rides to day camp in Cambridge; the road to Aunt Frances' in Milwaukee, the route to the A-frame on Lake Kegonsa, and can vaguely picture our cousin Nancy's street in Janesville.

I can feel the paper map in my hands, torn from use...folded poorly.  
But mostly, we found our way by heart.  

I've been thinking about the raspberry bushes in the middle of our block.
About "What time is it Mr. Fox?" in Winnequah Park.
About my mom's voice calling us home.

We all find our way, somehow.  
It is not always neat or tidy or organized.
But, you see, the journey is unapologetically ours.  
Not predictable, not well planned.

Through grief,
We find our way by heart.  

No map, no easy directions. 

Lately, I have been thinking about raspberries.

Monday, April 1, 2019

kitchen cute

Daisy Grace loves to hang out on our kitchen sink.
Not sure why, but she sure adds extra adorable to this
original farm sink.  

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