I haven’t posted in a long time. August and September are incredibly busy and it has been difficult to find the time to do everything I want to do. For one, it is harvest time and I am busy picking, … Continue reading
There is violence in nature. I am sure this tree was enjoying a beautiful summer day when a storm blew in and split it in two. Can images of violence, even in a natural setting, ever be beautiful? You decide.
When you hike in the woods, and you look closely, you will see animal tracks everywhere. It is always a guessing game to figure out what type of animal it is, what its journey was about, and where it could … Continue reading
When you move to the country you learn quickly just how difficult it is to keep Mother Nature in her place. You clear one area and in no time at all it has been taken over again by every type … Continue reading
You can already feel the first signs of fall. The days are getting shorter and shorter. The sun does not feel as strong as it did just a few weeks ago. The garden is browning and shutting down slowly. And … Continue reading
I simply love water lilies. Especially when they are anchored along the shore of a large lake. They stay beautiful even in the most violent of waves. Just looking at one can brighten your day. This shot was taken on a … Continue reading
A view of the south field from our house. This year the neighbor planted hay and the picture was taken right after the first cutting. The hay is drying and waiting to be made into round bales. Each year there … Continue reading
My son paraded all of his dinosaurs, monsters, and other animals across the playroom floor. Clearly, there are casualties in the group. When I asked him for the reason for this line-up he explained they were attacking the Barbies in their … Continue reading
When I first saw this thurderhead I immediately thought mushroom cloud. Luckily for everyone on earth it was just another thunderhead forming.
Sometimes a change in view can provide you with a beautiful new perspective you would have otherwise missed. The trees in front of you are strong, lean, and striking. Looking up towards the sky the trees appear light and seem … Continue reading
On a recent camping trip we went hiking in the woods. There are all sorts of mushrooms to be found there of all shapes and sizes. This one caught my eye for its upturned design which made it perfectly shaped … Continue reading
The space off the north porch needed a sitting area. To install a deck or patio would have been more money than I wanted to spend. Viewing a picture in Rachel Ray’s magazine gave me an idea. I decided to … Continue reading
One of the greatest pastimes you will experience when you live in the country is watching storms roll in and over your land. When you watch the storms gather and build, sometimes slowly and sometimes very quickly, you understand the … Continue reading
After a series of unsuccessful attempts at domesticating barn cats I finally got smart and adopted a 12 year old, completely declawed house cat for my daughter. Little did I realize in doing so I would be giving up control … Continue reading
The apples are ready…already. This is about 3 to 4 weeks early and is quite a surprise. This also means that in short order I will spending hours and hours watching pots boil as I can applesauce, apple butter, and … Continue reading
Our old, very old, barn. This barn is one of the reasons I fell in love with our place. Of course, it has no monetary value whatsoever and the real farmers around here think we should tear it down and build something more “functional.” … Continue reading
This year the vegetable garden is doing very well. We had a very wet spring and a good amount of rain continues to fall. The weather has been hot as well which really helps the corn and all the other … Continue reading
In the summer I try to avoid adding to the heat in the house while cooking so I prepare most meals outside and we eat on the front porch. A neighbor once told me this is called the “summer kitchen,” which I … Continue reading
St. Francis stands on the north patio surrounded by pots of celosia. Our St. Francis has a long and tragic history. Thirteen years ago I purchased the statue to watch over our two dogs, both who were killed at the … Continue reading
A shadowed corner situated between the house and the porch is transformed with a small pond and waterfall. Simple to do, quick, and inexpensive, this little spot has become my “zen corner” and provides a needed break in an otherwise stressful day.