Christmas is in the air. The older children should be home from hither and yon soon (college and some place overseas which shall remain nameless). Time to prepare for the big onslaught! I can’t wait for all to be home!!!! Ok~ wreath making first. I LOVE to make our wreaths au naturel and all wild …

Thanksgiving is probably my most favorite holiday. I have amazing memories of Thanksgiving with my family of origin (that sounds so sterile, clinical: family of origin. How can such a title describe my wonderful little mother (she’s little now. She used to look me square in the eye when I was a teenager) and bigger-than-life …

One more bulb post~ maybe! Our wonderful neighbor has allowed me to use her greenhouse! This is the neighbor with the big red barn where our sweet cows live in the winter. It is red too. She laughed when I asked if she was using the little red greenhouse this winter. Then she looked at …

It’s been a quiet autumn. The weather has warmed up and the snow has melted a little. I am SOOOO glad. It’s psychologically disturbing to have snow so early. The chickens are definitely finished laying eggs until spring. I miss the egg glut already. Phil is growing in waves: he thickens up, then he gets taller. …

A little walk- about

Today the boys had multiple errands and classes to attend and I found myself at home alone for an extended time. They are pretty protective since I fell (again) and don’t let me do too much around the house without supervision. Sweet boys. (What do they think I’m going to do? Motocross? Deep sea fishing? …

Right now on the farm…..

….there is a huge pork roast in the oven set on low. In a couple of hours it will be fall-apart-good~ ready for whatever supper sounds good to the boys: pork chalupas, pork nachos, (we are a little bit on a Mexican food theme lately), pork sandwiches au jus or just pork roast with oven …

the snow has stopped~ for now

Last Wednesday it started snowing. It snowed for 5 days. Then it stopped. This morning we have sun. After days in the gloom~ sunshine!   The clouds are supposed to blow off and then we are plunged into the deep freeze tonight. Kind of early. It’s only the first week of November! I know those …

the last drive before snow

It’s seven o’clock and still dark. I’m not sure if it will be light by 8. I can’t see outside but I can hear the wind rushing around the house. We must have a window open a tiny crack because I can hear a whistling coming from somewhere. Winter came with a bang this year. …

Quick weather update…..

Quick weather update~ Then a longer post later today…. or tonight…. or tomorrow.  :]   Weather:  A slight chance of rain and snow. Cloudy, with a high near 44. South southwest wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tonight a chance of rain before midnight, then a chance of rain and snow. Cloudy, …

Working in the garden on a Sunday afternoon

We had a skiff of snow Wed and Thursday nights. And Friday night too, now that I think of it. Ohmygoodness. We’ve had the weirdest weather this whole year. And, actually, snow in October is not unheard of. And it melted pretty quickly but it did make me feel the pinch of what’s to come. …