Wednesday, July 1, 2020

got this thing for chickens

If you were to count your way through our house,
I am quite certain you would find several flocks of chickens.


They work hard to keep rugs from slipping, doors ajar,
and "cute up" little spots here & there.


However, outside, the closest you will come to a chicken is 
the rooster who crows to the dawn at our neighbor's farm.

Got this thing for inside chickens, I guess.
🐔





Saturday, June 13, 2020

birthday month

June has always been the birthday month for me.
I have many family members & friends that celebrate a birthday in June.
My birthday & Dave's birthday are in June.
Years ago, before we had the ease of Facebook reminding us of birthdays,
I kept a very organized monthly card keeper.  I kept Hallmark financially 
stable during those years, and June was always my big investment month!


So if you have a birthday in June, you are in pretty good company!

It is the birthday month for me.

❤️





Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Daisy, Daisy


Give me your answer, do.
I'm half crazy, all for the love of you...

💙Our sweet Daisy Grace💙





Monday, May 18, 2020

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Charlie


That's Charlie...the brown & white goat with my friend
Jani & me.  As you can see, he is very social.
❤️
Tonight was a very sad night as Charlie had taken 
a serious fall on legs already riddled with severe
arthritis.  A 10 p.m. call to a farm vet is never what
one wants to do....but a beloved animal suffering
is also not responsible.

Dave is especially missing this sweet goat boy, as 
he had been working hard to take care of him...
even providing baby aspirin to help.

May his sweet memory be for a blessing.
Good bye sweet boy.




Sunday, March 15, 2020

Well, that was fun!


When I first took the plunge into buying & selling 
antiques & vintage finds, we were living in 
Sun Prairie.  I sold in Madison, Columbus and Waterloo.
I learned quickly to include the Hixton
Schoolhouse Antique Mall on my buying route.

When we moved to our farm in 2007, I was 
tickled that we lived just 20 minutes from this 
favorite mall.  It was a place that you could
just get lost in, not fancy, just fun.
And I did just that, browsing the aisles 
frequently enough for THEM to inquire
if I might like to rent a booth.
And I did!
My first booth soon became my very
own little room.
And, boy did I have fun with that!

But, the years have changed the market a bit.
More folks interested in repro, more folks
looking to haggle lower than most 
dealers can justify.  And you still
have to bring in stock, and keep the
interest going thru display, social media,
etc.  Dave & I began to question over 
the past few years if it wasn't perhaps
our time to exit this business.

Now...for every negative I may have felt in
the past few years, there have also been an
UNBALANCED 100 times the goodness:
*Wonderful customers that I have gotten to know.
*Kind, kind people who share their love for vintage.
*People who have lifted me thru health struggles.
*And, of course the hunt for that next find!

But, my current health has ultimately 
provided the tipping point....because a 
booth is not going to just run itself!😬

Today, my little booth at Hixton will be unloaded, 
and remaining stock will travel to an antique
store that is creative and lovely and full of all
that is needed to inspire.  And I like that!

But...

I recognize that I may not have known you if not for 
my booth at Hixton, my Barn Sales, 
or maybe even this 
little old blog (which will still be around).

And, it has been fun!







Wednesday, January 22, 2020

💙




Wednesday, January 1, 2020

A new year, a new door


Many of you know that I have been immersed in health issues.
I typically am just an "annual doctor appointment" kind of gal...
but when I do get sick - boom, I go big!

Starting in November, two health tracks emerged.

One was work related, hurting my lower back while providing
books & more books at 12 events I hosted across the Chippewa Valley
at libraries and 4K classrooms during November.
For anyone experiencing back pain, it is quite debilitating.

My second track began as a persistent cough this past fall, ultimately 
diagnosed as a very large mass in my left lung.
After weeks of scanning, poking, and trying to finalize a plan of action,
my lung collapsed, sending me on a wild ambulance ride through
a Wisconsin snowstorm. The plan had been to have medflight with a 
Thoracic Surgeon on board meet the ambulance along I94 for an 
Emergency procedure. I was fortunate that the Emergency Room
at Mayo in Osseo were able to stabilize me enough to transport me
all the way to the Emergency Room in Eau Claire without the 
drama of a medflight rendezvous.  
I ended up in the hospital for 11 days, and was deemed
strong enough for lung surgery while there. I arrived home 
on Christmas Eve.

I will meet with my Oncologist & Spine Specialist to set a continued
plan for recovery later this week.  Of course, this wasn't my plan
for 2020...but I will walk thru this door with courage.

Over these recent weeks & days, I have felt the lift of
kindness, care, and such goodness...it sometimes feels
overwhelming.  From my son hopping a plane to fly home from 
Seattle as soon as he found out I was heading to Eau Claire in an ambulance,
to Dave...taking care of this entire farm & me without complaint,
to my big sis, Randi, literally lifting stress off of my shoulders
with her generosity, to countless family, friends & neighbors
stepping forward...the kindness has moved me.

We do not know our path. But, with love & support, we can walk
through any door. 

P.S. I have not been to the barn or pasture to greet my goats 
& barncats in almost a month. That is one of my next goals.
Missing that old barn door.

💙


Saturday, December 28, 2019

snuggle


Snuggle-licious Daisy Grace
💙



Friday, December 6, 2019

celebrate winter

I know, I know...when you get 8 inches of snow way too early in November, 
when treacherous ice paths lay in wait, when it is just too cold
too soon - what is there to celebrate?  Really!
❄️

Well, I am trying to embrace the stay put, tuck in, slow down-ness
of winter.  With two health issues looming large in
my life right now...I do need a rather forced hibernation.

So, I will take it, do that, slow way down, & be still.

(And maybe Pinterest a bit)
❄️my Pinterest link is to the right❄️








Sunday, November 3, 2019

Sunday, October 20, 2019

squirreling away...


This is a favorite view from our outbuildings to the
back of our house.  Add a sunflower, and
winter seems a long way off. 
🌻

However, we are beginning our diligent preparation 
for colder days: round of hay & bedding in barn, 
last days of mowing with leaves bagged 
for winter goat treats. 
We hope to get new front steps installed & stained 
and maybe even some trim painted.

Add to that, our twin baby goats are learning their own
winter preparation, where to go for warmth & safety.
How to get along with the bigger goats in inside space.

Sunny days to relish, as we knowingly prepare.




Monday, October 14, 2019

kitty mornings

❤️

♥️

Daisy Grace
❤️



Sunday, October 6, 2019

sisters


💙

Please help me welcome twin sisters, Tobi & Annie to
Meadowview Farm.

They arrived this afternoon, and I have been in the pasture
or nearby as they acclimate.  Getting used to their
new grassy pasture and big barn and new herd involves
lots of bleating, exploring areas over & over...
and a few dirty looks from the older goats.
I remind the big kids that they arrived just like this.

It has been fun to watch them graze for the first time, play on 
one of the bridges over & over and begin to figure this
all out.  Once they settle in for a nap, they will sleep.

They have fallen for Sawyer, the resident Tomcat, because
he is more their size. The cats are not impressed.

I should mention, the names come from my sister, Lori.  In her
final year, we often joked about me bringing her an animal to 
cuddle.  Due to her health, she felt it would be too much, but
she had chosen names.  I have held those names in my heart.
Until today...sisters. 💙

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

pink, it is


Just a little reminder that October is 
Breast Cancer Awareness month.

I will celebrate 6 years cancer free on October 17...
early detection matters.





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