Final Farm Fotos of 2011: No party animals here

As the sun sets on another year, we get ready to welcome in the new...... 

Thanks to the new lights that were put in a few weeks ago by Hubby and his brother (who just happens to be a great electrician), it looks like a festive party might be taking place in the sheep barn.

In reality, once the sheep come inside the barn for the night 
and fill their bellies at the feed troughs, they will probably pass out until morning.

No big celebration for the chickens either, 
who will have been asleep for nearly 6 hours by the time midnight rolls around.

There probably won't be much of a party inside the house....
 just Hubby and I sipping coffee and sharing a box of these.
(Which for me beats being at Times Square on New Year's Eve any day.)

After stuffing ourselves with the worlds' best doughnuts, 
me, Hubby, and Lily will snuggle by the fire and watch the festivities on TV.

Actually, we will probably start out watching a football game
then fall asleep halfway through the second quarter.
We're such party animals around here...

So long, 2011.....

And hello, 2012!
Happy New Year, everyone!


We're home!

Just a quick post to let everyone know that Hubby came through his surgery just fine, 
and now we're home resting and recuperating.
And there was one mighty sad little bulldog who had to stay home all alone that was really happy to see us when we got back. In fact, she hasn't let hubby out of her sight all day today....
Thanks for all your prayers and well-wishes, dear blog friends.... they mean so much to me.
Be back next week- Merry Christmas, everyone!


My wish...

This will probably be my last post until after Christmas-
Hubby is having surgery this week to repair a herniated disc in his back
and we will be spending a quiet holiday at home while he recuperates.

In between taking care of everything
(and everyone) around here, I will still be visiting my blog friends ....
My wish for all who reads this is that you have the most wonderful Christmas ever,
with plenty of joy and laughter and time spent with the ones you love.

"And the angel said unto them,
Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you:
ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."


Pumpkin seeds and Decorations

December Sunrise

This morning I'm toasting the last of the pumpkin seeds I saved from our fall decorations.... I had planned on saving some for adding a tasty little crunch to our tossed salads from time to time, but I doubt very seriously if they will last that long. I ate most of the first batch as soon as they came out of the oven and this time I had to try and control myself to keep it from happening again.

I seem to have acquired a taste tester in the kitchen.... 
I don't even want to think about what pumpkin seeds would do to her digestive system, 
so she'll just have to settle for something else to sample.
(And preferably something that won't give her any more gas than she already has....)

Mmmmmmm... they're still sizzling....
Can you hear them?

They're saying, "Don't wait until we cool off... savor the flavor NOW."

"Just one little taste won't hurt me..."


Hubby got the Christmas wreath up on the barn last week.....

The sheep are happy with it... but the Silkies? Not so sure...
Their coop is right next door to the barn and every time the ribbon flaps in the wind,
they think the world's largest hawk is coming in for a landing.

One of my goals is to some day have all handmade ornaments on our Christmas tree. I only have just a handful right now, but I'm getting there by adding a few more every year.
I'm still working on my new ones for this year- I ordered this pattern from a website called Connecting Threads... my good blog friend and quilter Charlotte told me about them and said she had ordered fabric from them before. I saw the kit for these tiny little mitten ornaments in their online catalog and I just had to have it- the pattern came with everything you need to make all six of them including the felt and floss.

I know some of you probably like to collect certain type of Christmas decorations, like Santas or angels... my thing is snowmen. I just love all sizes and shapes, and especially their sweet faces. These are my caroling snowmen- aren't they cute?

I also love making the table look festive this time of year...
is it just me or do the meals seem cozier when the table is decorated? ;)

Well, I'm off to put some more wood on the fire,
then work on my little mittens and to do some blog visiting.
Happy Thursday, everyone!


Orchard trip

The "fruits" of a wonderful day-
but I was beginning to wonder if the car would hold everything.

Quick picture post today- I'm having fun in the kitchen this week drying apples, toasting pumpkin seeds, and making preparations for the upcoming holidays, but I just wanted to share a few pictures of our recent trip to the apple orchard.
Hubby and I usually head toward middle Tennessee to make our fall apple run but this year we decided to take a different route.... my wonderful friend Tammy from the blog Simple Southern Happiness posted last month about her trip to a place in North Georgia called Mercier Orchards, and her pictures looked so wonderful I had to see it for myself. Unfortunately, I didn't get to take any pictures while we were there because a certain bulldog had a very full bladder by the time we arrived, and in our haste to find a potty spot I left my camera in the car. I did take some pictures of the view on our way home, however....

This is part of the North Georgia mountains......

And this is looking back toward Tennessee.... Chattanooga is way off in the distance.

This was about a 3 hour drive for us, but well worth it because the drive is so beautiful this time of year.

Once Lily emptied her bladder and had a snack, she pretty much slept the rest of the way home. (Except for when we stopped at Chik-Fil-A....)

When we got back home and unloaded the car, I took some pictures of my goodies....

Apples, of course- a bag of Arkansas Blacks for my daddy and for Hubby, and a large bag of cooking apples for me.

A bag of yummy sweet potatoes....

Some homemade fried pies from their bakery...

These next items made me squeal when I put them in the shopping cart- harvest nut and grain pancake mix and real maple syrup. *SQUEEEAL*  Oh, sorry.. I did it again....

This stuff is out of this world- muscadine cider. It's so much better than grape juice- it's not too sweet but has a wonderful fruity flavor.

This was Hubby's favorite part of the stash- grape jelly and pumpkin butter for his toast and biscuits plus yummy zucchini pickles and black bean salsa for snacking.

It was neat to see some items in their cold storage that we are very familiar with- fresh sliced bacon from Benton's Country Ham and cheese from Sweetwater Valley Farm- both of them local products from East Tennessee.

And lastly- there was no way I was leaving there without this....

Now my biggest dilemma is... where do I start? *YUMMY*


I just want to say how thankful I am to have such wonderful blog friends who visit here
and take the time to read about the little everyday happenings in my life....
I hope everyone has a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!


Friday Farm Funny: I see London, I see France.....

Around here we try to recycle things as much as possible, and that includes worn-out clothing that has reached the unwearable stage. I have a little container in the laundry room that we call the "rag box" where all the ragged socks, t shirts- and yes, undies- are washed and placed in to be used for everything from dusting ceiling fans and waxing cars to cleaning up greasy hands and dirty shoes.
This garment was used for the messy task of cleaning up our paintbrushes (and our hands) while we were staining the house, but I forgot to throw it away and didn't realize it was still hanging around until I went looking for my scrub brush.
Now, I'm not going to tell you who these belonged to, but I will say this much- I would love to think I owned a pair of undies that could be used to clean a paintbrush and the elastic still hold up this good on them.
But I don't.
And that's all I'm gonna say.

Happy Friday, everyone!


Looking at the world through a phone

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I had bought an external hard drive to store all my pictures and videos from my computer, and I forgot all about all the pictures I had taken with my phone's camera....
*sigh* (More pictures?)

Hubby and I bought our new cell phones in the summer of 2010 and we weren't really that hung up on having ones with built-in cameras; but since then I've found out that I like having the camera feature. (And so does he, surprisingly.)
These pictures are not nearly as good as my "real" camera, but they're little random snapshots in time of our life over the past year.

12/20/10- The day we brought Lily home. (She was 10 weeks old.)

 Another one of Lily as a pup.

 My special girls- Daisy and Edie.

 Cecil crowing.

 Meatball peeks through the gate.....

A cotton field in Georgia.

Lily watching something educational on TV.

Tiny little bluebird eggs in the spring.

 Pola after her brush with death back in the summer.

A huge Luna Moth.

Road trip- Lily checks to see if Hubby brought her back anything to eat.

On the road again....

Following Hubby into the hayfield.

Our first frost in October.

Lily riding shotgun.

 Hubby took this one from his tractor seat.

I took this one from my car seat.

Thanks for letting me share some more random pictures!
Happy Tuesday, everyone!