Sunday, March 29, 2015

on taking care

A rainy Sunday with no "to do list" reminds me just how busy 
life has been.  I have made it through almost 7 months at my 
new job...taking only a handful of scattered sick/vacation hours in all those
months.  Dave & I continue to run our antique business...working 
two Saturdays each month at the mall we sell at.  Ian has 
moved from Milwaukee to Neenah in the past three months, and I 
have made the 6 hour round trip drive each month to help him set 
up his new place.  Add to that a farm that requires daily chores.

It is no wonder I am feeling a tad worn out.  I appreciate days like 
today when a kitty in my lap or a good movie or this rainy day makes
me slow down & take it easier.  

Do you ever feel like you are on this tread mill, working to meet 
expectation after expectation ~~ often expectations that we personally
have created for ourselves?

I am going to try to be better about time into my 
calendar for catching my breath, more time for things I enjoy.  Step one
was to cancel a work day at the antique mall in April for a day 
at a favorite first flea market.  Step two...adding this mantra,
"Be kind to myself"!  I will try to follow these words, how about you?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

sweet kindness

After returning at almost midnight on Saturday from a visit
to my Ian in Neenah, I really wanted to just attach myself to
the couch today.  But I had a list of chores to be done, and after
sweeping the hayloft, I headed out to our mailbox at the road's edge 
for Saturday's mail.  Attached to our mailbox post, I have a vintage 
egg basket filled with Easter I walked out, I noticed 
something else in the basket ~~ the Midori hydrangia pictured.

Left without a note...a gesture of kindness.  

My sincerest of thanks,

Friday, March 20, 2015

She is here!

With such glee, a warm welcome home is extended to Spring!

I do adore vintage postcards, and tuck them here & there.

Here they are found on an adorably charming green trellis I
found years ago in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.  Mounted on a narrow
wall, it provides a perfect venue to welcome each season and 
holiday.  I am beyond happy to move all my winter stuff to storage,
and bring out spring!

And let me try to even articulate how our farm welcomes this
season...I am certain I have witnessed the goats "dancing" in 
their pasture and can almost hear the apple blossoms getting
ready to explode in our little orchard.

Welcome home Spring, how you have been awaited!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

almost bunny time...

Even though St. Patty's Day is still here, my mind has turned to
spring...and bunnies...and, my beloved vintage Easter grass!
I have waxed poetic in the past over this green grass.  I have shared
dumpster diving for this wonderful holiday goodness!  And, no, 
the new stuff does not come close to replicating the charm.

I do not know what it is, but I tuck it in every little basket, bowl & cup.
Add an egg or two -- perfection!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

bidding good bye to an old friend

Let me not get too melodramatic, but last week I wrote 
"Cancel" across my subscription to Country Living.  I have 
subscribed to this magazine for far longer than I can recall...
back to the time when country living was hanging dried flowers 
& baskets and stenciled borders. 

I had mourned the ending of Country Home and Home two favorites ~ they had not weathered the 
Great Recession.  But Country Living had hung in there, 
getting thinner with time & becoming a sales catalogue more
than inspiration.  Add to the fact that their features are online...
just didn't seem a worthy investment anymore.

I will miss finding this old friend in my mailbox, but will visit with
her from time to time in the magazine section of the library.

My only current subscription is Midwest Living...and not quite
sure how long that relationship will last.

How about you, do you still get magazines in the mail?  

Sunday, March 8, 2015

green is my color

If you know me well, you know that green is my color...
cannot be denied.  When we first moved to our farm in 2006,
I thought about a different color palette, one with less green in it.
But it did not take long for my beloved green to tap me on the 
shoulder and remind me that our relationship was strong.  And
so I bowed to her beauty, her calm, her reminder that if there is
so much green to be found outside, then surely it is the true 
course to letting nature in.

I found this depression green jar for a song at a thrift sale.

Green McCoy....why yes, of course!

A little green corner of my living room.  Dave & I stood for
a time to win this green dresser at an auction in Eau Claire.
The green ice cream maker was a recent $8 score at a 
thrift sale last fall...I was shocked it was still there when I arrived!

My green couch, walls...even little wooden bench.  My
living room is like sitting in a creme de menthe...with just
enough brown and white to keep it grounded.

What color do you keep coming home to?

Thursday, March 5, 2015


For green grass, warm nights, animals at play, long days.
Just waiting for spring.

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