Showing posts from January, 2011

Friday Farm Fotos: Meet-n-Greet

"Hi, I'm Lily~ what's your name?"

"You smell funny!"

"Can't we stay just a little longer?"

"See you around... Mom says we've got to go..."

Happy Friday, everybody!

Home Time Tuesday: The cook is OUT

The temperature yesterday was near 50 degrees for the first time since November. Heat wave! Yay! I filled the birdbath with fresh water and sure enough, it wasn't long before a few decided to splash around in it. I didn't grab my camera soon enough to get a picture, but I saw several male bluebirds trying to take a bath all at the same time. It was such a neat thing to see. (Not to mention colorful!)

From my Kitchen:

Today is mine and Hubby's wedding anniversary and we're planning on going out to eat this evening. We talked about maybe driving to Knoxville and eating at The Olive Garden, but with us, you never know. One thing I do know....
My kitchen is closed today! *Sound of me jumping up and down*

From my sewing room:
Still working on a couple more apron/bonnets... I found this fabric a few months ago and had planned to do something else with it at the time:

Instead, I had a moment of inspiration hit me a few days ago when I found these tiny little roses I had saved in my…

Friday Farm Fotos: Sunbathing Chickies

Despite the fact that it was only 40 degrees outside, the clouds opened up long enough for Whitey and Ruthie to get the urge to soak their old bones in the warm sunshine for a few minutes.
(And I mean old bones... by our best calculations they are at least 7 years old, maybe more- which in chickens years is ancient.)

This is the poultry equivalent to a weekend in Palm Springs....

12:05 p.m.-

12:11 p.m.-

 12:15 p.m.- Tanned and refreshed, now back to the hunt for bugs.

Happy Friday, everybody!

Home Happenings Tuesday: Sewing patterns and Chowder

A little sparrow cleans up leftover chicken feed in the snow.
 Our snow has finally started melting after being on the ground for over a week- which is very unusual for East Tennessee, where most snows are gone by the next day. I have to admit, it's kinda nice to see the grass again... even if it is brown.

From my sewing room:
I've not been doing much sewing this past week (unfortunately) because of the weather... the temperature was below freezing for several days and it seemed like I was constantly having to go outside and thaw the water out for all the animals... I don't like to be starting and stopping a project, especially when it comes to sewing- I'm afraid I'll forget a step and mess up. However, I did take the opportunity to start organizing some of my patterns... gosh, I didn't realize how many I had! I'm trying to get them separated into groups, since some are for clothes, some are for crafts, etc.- then I'll put them back in order that I want to …

Farm Happenings Thursday: Flying sheep and chicken tracks

"Did someone say...TREATS?"

I had a special "Home" Happenings Thursday to share with you today, but due to unforeseen circumstances (okay, okay~ I didn't have all the pictures ready... *sigh*) it will have to wait until Monday.
Instead, it has been replaced with another episode of  "Farm" Happenings.... besides, I just couldn't wait to share some pictures of our snowy week with you.

Hubby and I have so much fun watching the sheep when they take a notion to romp and play, but I never seem to have my camera handy when the mood hits them; even if I do, I'm never quick enough to capture the moment.

Until now.

No, your eyes do not deceive you~ on the far left of the picture is the very graceful and acrobatic Sweetie caught in mid-flight.

Not to be outdone, the not-so-graceful (and very plump) Tiny is bringing up the rear; trying his best to catch some serious air.
*giggle*cough* Notice how even though his front feet are off the ground, the rest of him d…

Farm Happenings Monday: Snow, sheep, and eggs

We had another visit from Old Man Winter on Saturday and lots more is on the way today- it's 5:00 a.m. and the snow is piling up fast. Hubby just left a few minutes ago- he has to go to work earlier than normal in bad weather. Lily and I are sitting by the woodstove enjoying the early morning quiet.... (well, I am- Lily is snoring again.) The only sounds I hear outside are my wind chimes singing softly in the cold wind and roosters crowing... I love it when all the roosters wake up and get started- it's like roll call: first one is always Beau, my biggest black silkie roo; then my little buddy, Cecil; then Buster, the splash silkie roo, and then last but not least, Whitey wakes his old bones up and eeks out some noises that sound nothing like a normal crow at first...but once he gets the frog out of his throat he really kicks it in high gear and crows for the rest of the morning.

I'm trying to keep a good fire going in the woodstove just in case we lose electricity... I ha…

Home Happenings Thursday: beef stew and aprons

Old Man Winter paid us another visit yesterday... 2 inches in 2 hours!

From the kitchen:
I have beef stew simmering in the dutch oven along with sweet cornbread muffins for supper tonight. I really love "one-dish" meals... not only does it make for easy clean-up after the meal, but it's really two meals in one because we always have plenty of leftovers for another night. I found the most wonderful recipe for sweet cornbread muffins- it is so quick and easy you'll never need to buy another box of corn muffin mix again.
Basic corn muffins
1 cup self-rising cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup oil
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, grease muffin pan or line with paper liners.
Mix all ingredients together, then spoon batter into muffin cups. (Should be enough batter for 12 muffins)
Bake at 400 for 15-18 minutes. For variety, you can omit the sugar and add shredded cheese, jalapeno peppers, etc.

From the sewing room:
I've been workin…

New year, new beginnings

Photo from my very first post back in 2008

I've made my usual New Year's resolutions again.... You know the ones... the "taking better care of myself and losing some pounds" one, the "less TV/ more reading" one, etc....

Happily, I think I've found the secret to making the scales see things my way-

I've also decided that in the coming year I plan on trying to blog a little more frequently, and although I will still be writing about the critters and the other farmy goings-on around here, I'm also going to start sharing with you some of the things coming out of my sewing room. This was actually my intention when I started this blog three years ago... (Three? WOW!).... to share my creations whether they were good or bad; as some of you know certain projects turn out just great, while others seem to be possessed with an evil force intent on destroying your sanity. I have so much I want to accomplish this year, and some of my biggest goals are: I want to…