All photos were taken Friday, May 22, from my front porch.
Life really is about taking time to notice the little things.
The old and the new:
First thing out of bed, even before coffee (!!), still in pjs, I checked on Abigail. Nope, no calf yet. Then, I went for coffee …. only to discover that last night I forgot to put the lid on the carafe, which is what allows the coffee to drip into the carafe. Therefore, my coffee filled up the filter holder and ran over that, down the cabinet, onto the floor. No pictures of that. No sound either (good thing). So, I spent my first 30 minutes in the kitchen cleaning. Pig-farmer was happily away on a business trip.
She got up for her morning back scratch. Notice her calm, relaxed ears?
While I was scratching her back, she snapped to attention. When livestock alert, so should you. I had to strain to listen for what she was hearing…. coyotes.
The big, old, barn in the east isn’t ours, nor is it where they were headed. It looks closer in the pictures!
Here’s to hope (and patience) this Friday, friends!
on Abigail to calve!
Patience. Not my strongest suit.
It started with this blog, adding photography to the blog, then adding captions to the animals’ photos. What did? What started? The idea of putting the animals’ photos on other media. Such as a children’s farm animal book, Who Knows Whose Nose; greeting cards and mugs, and even crafting barbed-wire wreaths!
All of them can be found at the delightful, charming and friendly:
This cottage of treasures is in the little village of Westervelt, Illinois, a few miles north of Shelbyville and its beautiful, Lake Shelbyville. There is even a winery, Willow Ridge, less than two miles away! Bonus! Score two for the country life.
Come on in and I’ll give you a little tour of the store where my animals will (hopefully) help pay for a little of their feed.
First, you will be greeted by the nicest, most accommodating owners, Mike and Vickie.Then, just wander the beautiful arrangements, stopping to ooh and aah over the displays, crafts, antiques, primitives, woodwork, hardwood floors, scarves, jewelry, candles ….
Even the walk-thru closet is a treat for shoppers with displays of items like one might find in great-grandma’s attic.
However, that would imply that I would have photos of yummy, yellow sponge morels to show you. The squirrel laughed as I meandered about.I know my handicap in finding mushrooms, so I took my camera along. Maybe I could call it a photo-shoot instead of mushroom hunting? I wandered my way to the Kaskaskia River. The Redbud tree reaching and stretching over the river did not disappoint!
For today friends, I hope you enjoy God’s canvas.
I love it when the animals can get out on pasture.
It was a chilly, windy day that I turned them out and followed them about.
The sun cooperated and so did the camera and subjects:
there’s more. The ones that made me laugh, right out loud.
The following two are the same picture, just cropped differently.
I hope these have made you smile, friends!
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