Incomplete thoughts

My random thoughts this weekend have narrowed down to this: Routines have their place.  Structure provides stability.  But, I’m over rigidity.Kitchen view

I would have missed watching the timber behind my house come alive this morning if I had been on my normal routine.  Waking up

None of us should be so self-important that we overlook what God is putting right in front of us.  Is it appreciation for something? Someone? A simple need we can fill? Time for family and friends?  Can we stop and look outward?BubblesBench

Maybe take a little time to reflect.BubblesKitchen

Are we caught up in the right actions but missing the important?Autumn

Today I hope you enjoy what you are doing, friends.


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New views

The “new” old house in town is already changing!  The monstrous yews in front had to go.

BEFORE:That picture doesn’t really show how monstrous they were.  They were hide-a-bear big … if we had bears, that is.

AFTER:Now, it’s neat and tidy and should offer some color and/or “visual interest” most of the year.  Plants included: boxwood, hydrangea, coreopsis, and dianthus.

Oops …. forgot to get a picture of the old wagon (old picture below) in its new home.Yes, we moved it to town!  Rednecks that we are.

Views of our backyard:Bubbles is settling in to her new home:

So is Happy!  He has even made a new friend – Truman.For today friends, here’s to change!

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A Happy new home

Monday was a big day for our Happy.After the Nativity fiasco in December, Pig-Farmer questioned my ability to get Happy to load in the trailer.  Especially, if Happy had any clue that he was going to the veterinarian’s to get castrated….  This “procedure” should go a long way in helping our Happy be a more pasture-sharing gentleman.

Happy and I calmly worked together and he loaded like a champ!  Pig-Farmer watched from a distance and seemed a bit disbelieving.  Don’t ya love when that happens?

Our veterinarian made quick work of, well, Happy’s testosterone generators.  Soon, we were loaded back up and on our way to his new home.  He has a great pasture with trees over-looking beautiful Central Illinois fields.Most importantly, he has a very kind, loving new family!

Plus, his new home is on our way to church … and we have visitation privileges.  😉  I’ll be able to snap pictures to share with y’all.

Have a very Happy weekend!!


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For Sale


Yes, you read that correctly.  Our little farm is for sale.  That is why I have been quiet on the blog for awhile.  So much happening!!

We are in the process of buying a cool, old home on two acres of timber in Shelbyville.  I’ve been assured that deer will be the new “livestock” I watch from my kitchen window and backyard.

I feel I have to justify our move.  Maybe because so many people feel they need to weigh in with their opinion.  Many are happy and excited for us.  Many just want to tell us what they would do or never do.  (Note: I’ve learned to be cautious about ever saying that I would “never” do this/that/the other.)  Anyway, Pig-farmer (who shall remain known as Pig-farmer) and I have made this decision.  We preach simplifying but seem to have trouble living it.

Happy will have a happy home.  More on that later.  The rest of the farm animals have been gone for quite some time.  For the most part, it is just me and the cats rattling around this little farmette.

This blog will continue to evolve as it has since day 1.  I hope you will come along with me.


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Happy is as Happy does

Dusk told me it was time to start gathering my tools and project supplies and start thinking about what I was going to make for supper (popcorn).May23Dusk

Movement in the former goat pen caught my eye.  It is the only lot that hasn’t yet been mowed.  Happy was hanging out, creating a photo op.May23Happy1


He was nibbling the tops off the grasses.  Maybe he liked not having to lean down for his dinner?May23Happy3May23Happy4

We both got to watch a gorgeous sunset.


Sometimes it is best to enjoy the distractions and roll with the flow of the day.

May your distractions be beautiful opportunities.

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Hang in there, friends!  You’ve got this!

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April …

Looking for April??  Or at least an April post from me?

Seriously, I don’t know where it went!One minute it is here in its blooming glory….In the next minute, it gains momentum and flies into May!

The April flowers brought May showers (yes, I know that is reversed).  Look at this gorgeous picture my friend and co-worker took one morning as she drove into our wonderful, beautiful town of Shelbyville:  

The rains will run out eventually and we will be wondering when the next nice shower will come.  That’s how it is in farming communities, where livelihoods are determined by the weather.  It’s part of why we just make the coffee, isn’t it?  Do what we can when we can’t control the rest, knowing that the sun will still rise.

Friends, I hope May is off to a great start for you.  Mine is and I’ll fill you in soon.



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