Welcome to our 1864 farmhouse…life is good!

Monday, December 23

wishing you a very merry Christmas!

The days have flown by here on the farm...from piano recitals, orchestra & choir concerts to shopping, wrapping, and hiding gifties, it's hard to believe it's almost Christmas!

Sweet Girl baked 33 dozen cookies this week to share with missionaries far from home,

and Little Man has been busy goat-herding and nursing GB back to health
(and he's done a terrific job...GB is bouncing around like all the other goats!)

I was in my jammies at 6:30 last night...that says it all!

And so, before the next few days also slip by, we wish for you a warm & cozy Christmas filled with joy and time spent with those you love. 

Friday, December 6

there's a change in the weather...

Yesterday it was 70 degrees when I drove the kids to school...
no kidding, 70 degrees!

This morning, we found Mother Nature had played a trick on us...what a change!
Take a look around the farm...there's snow everywhere!

A snow-covered chicken coop ready for Christmas...

The Goat Barn sports a cheery wreath...after all, it is the boys' first Christmas!


Our dinner bell has two little icicles...and if the weatherman is right, it sounds like there's more ice on the way.

But that's okay...we're warm & cozy. There's a crackling fire in the fireplace, a Dutch oven on the stove bubbling away with chili, cornbread in the oven, kids giggling (and still in their jammies!), and Christmas music in the air.

So it's a happy Friday...this little fella says it all: 

Hooray for Snowy Days!


Tuesday, November 26

wishing you a happy Thanksgiving...

“Sincerely giving thanks,
not only helps us recognize our blessings,
but it unlocks the doors of heaven.”

-Thomas S. Monson

Monday, November 18

don't you love a good flea market?

This post is way overdue, but with wrapping up the farm for winter and learning oodles about goats (but that's another post), I've lost track of time.

Anyway, my friend Diana and I went to a terrific flea market this fall. It was on a nearby farm, and every barn was overflowing with wonderful things! Some vintage and retro, some primitive and time-worn, but all fabulous...it was hard to know where to begin!

Diana found some great retro items for her 1963 camper (see it here) like a darling old turquoise AM radio (that works!) and a pair of vintage suitcases which she turned into an oh-so handy end table.

I was on the lookout for primitive goodies, and came home with two enamelware pails that are perfect. Well...not quite perfect (the older the better!) they have rust spots and are a bit worn, but the colors...oooh, that's what got me. One is a robin's egg blue (and holds exactly 4 pounds of sweet mix for the goats...ideal!) The second pail is a swirl of evergreen and white. I'm not sure just what I'll do with it, but for now, it's holding seeds gathered from our flower gardens, ready to pack up and share with friends.

And so here are a few snapshots of the day...clever, creative, fun-filled inspiration!

I LOVE these doors!

Hand-painted slate signs...

Feed sacks, clocks, and sleigh bells...

A table completely covered with recipe cards!

This old rail-road crossing sign...

and last, but not least (don't let this frighten you!) vintage hats were given a new twist!

Diana and I joked we both should have bought one, and instantly our Halloween costumes would be complete!

There was so much more to see...and what a fun way to spend the morning with a good friend...roaming through barns, looking in nooks & crannies, and finding just the right goodies that needed a new home.


Tuesday, November 5

not missing this one!

Hug-a-Chicken Day!

And be sure to visit Tilly's Nest ... she's listed some great deals
offered by businesses celebrating today!

Monday, November 4

how did I miss it...National Hug-a-Goat Day?

Okay friends, this goat-wrangler has missed a new (to me, anyway)
national holiday...forgive me! 

Here's wishing you a belated (September 7)
and happy...

Hug-a-Goat Day!

Friday, November 1

farmgirl photo...

I have a feeling, that this isn't far away...

The sun is shining, but it's not fooling me...the wind from the north is icy. It's downright winter coat, fuzzy mittens, wooly scarf-wearing weather!

The Farmer's Almanac says to expect a "bitter cold" winter...
friends, I do believe it's on the way.

Monday, October 28

a fall-time tour...

Although the temperature was frosty 26 degrees this morning, once the day warmed up, it was looking like autumn around the farm. The leaves are falling, the nights are crisp, and homemade cocoa has become a daily must-have.

Time to pull out some of my very favorite fall snapshots...


I just love, Love, LOVE fall...for me, this is the best time of year!

Friday, October 25

so funny...vintage goat notice!

I have no idea if this notice, dated 1854, is authentic or not...
but, as a new goat-wrangler, 
it made me laugh out loud!

Sunday, October 20

bringing home the goats!

On my last post, you met the newest faces on the farm, but I had to share with you
these two faces...the kids bringing the goats home!

This is Tardis...he's definitely soaking in the scenery outside the window.

I have pictures of the other three goats on their journey home, but let's just say they're a bit, well, chaotic. Yes, I think that's a good word to describe it.


     4  goat kids

+   2  kiddos in the back of an Expedition (traveling at a snail's pace)

=       something we'll always remember!

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