Monday, September 22, 2014

Welcoming Autumn

I am completely smitten with this time of year, when the days are warm and the nights are crisp, and the pumpkins are waiting in the tall grass to be discovered; their bright orange faces are so cheery as they meet you on your way to morning chores.  I love when the wildflowers bloom in the final hurrah of the growing season and grace the roadside ditches with their hues, 
parading to meet autumn.

"Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees, 
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
to swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With kernel sweet; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells."

~~John Keats 


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Contemplating Summer 

This summer has been a wonderful conglomeration of blueberries, playing with children, visiting neighbors, napping, growing and enjoying vegetables from the garden, sipping tea among the flowers, napping, and watching the sunrises 
reflect off the dew....... 

As I enjoy this cool Sunday morning, I am reflecting on all of the delightful times we had thus far this summer and the beautiful moments of nature and life I was a part of!  I will share with you the essence of these moments which I have endeavored to 
capture in photographs.....  

Moments among the flowers.....

Rebuilding a barn on the farm.....

An arbitrary rake..... 

You know how much I adore sunflowers...... 

Peeking out from in the shed......

Always remember to take time to smell the flowers and absorb the beauty around you!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Taking a Summer Break 

My personal designer and I are taking a petite summer respite.  We have been enjoying a little traveling, a little playing and lots of little walks.... in the sun.  Hope you all are 
having a pleasant summer!!!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day... 

with a Twist of Lime!

Whoever thought to put Father's Day in June was a very smart person!  It is a wonderful time for excursions and custard pies!  I have never known my canine father, but our little family has a very strong patriarch who has always been like my father.  So in our customary style, my personal designer and I baked him his absolute favorite pie: KEY LIME!  It is really a great little pie, easy to make and very delicious!  For my pie I use freshly-grated lime zest and Key West lime juice; it really makes all the difference.  I also prefer to use ginger snaps for the crust.  Those three things are the secret to my pie.....

For Father's Day, my personal designer took her father on an excursion to a beach on Lake Erie (who knew there are such authentic beaches in the pastoral midwest!?!).  It was a beautiful day and after their picnic they walked the mile-long beach (twice) at Headland State Park. There were many interesting things along the shore to discover and a wonderful breeze.  

They brought some beach finds home to share with us!

I love looking at the beach glass and shells; there is something a bit nostalgic and enthralling about them.  They remind me of the waves and beach no matter how long they've been sitting on a window ledge.  

Of course, I had to do something slightly absolutely radical for my new summer style!!  Thinking of Key Lime pie had me thinking tropical, and then I was just looking completely innocently at the food coloring, and slipped! 

No matter how many Key Lime pies we would bake, it could never express just how thankful we are for our father.  We couldn't ask for a better match; he's unique, kind, loving, funny and understanding...well, I'm running out of room for all the things we're thankful for; it would take volumes! 
Thanks Dad!

Happy Father's Day


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I'm a Morning Dog! 

 This week when I was looking for some poetry I came across the lovely poetry of Mary Oliver.  She is a wonderful poet and wrote a book of poetry called Dog Songs, as well as many other books.  I love the morning and watching the sun rise, so when I found her poem Why I Wake Early I decided to share it alongside some of my favorite morning views here on our farm!  I think that mornings and life in general are amazing in the month of May!  

Why I Wake Early

Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who made the morning
and spread it over the fields 
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories 
and into the windows of even, 
the miserable and the crotchety-
best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light-
good morning, good morning, good morning.
watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness. 
~~ Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver and Percy

Good Morning!!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

TODAY, I am inviting my personal designer to blog 
about her mother:

I have been fortunate to grow up with a wonderful mother!  I don't know what to say...she is just so great and I love her so much!  I have spent hours in the garden with her, eating gluten-free muffin experiments, watching Pride and Prejudice (2005 version), singing and dancing, cuddling and learning about 
life--sometimes the hard way!    

She is Miss Katherine Delores' and my biggest fan.

Thanks Mommy!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter!!! 

Finally--spring is truly here!  I had a lovely birthday on 
Monday--turning 14 on April 14th in 2014 was a very unique experience!  My personal designer gifted me this stunning little 1920s-inspired dress; it's one of my favorite colors too!  So of course, I will wear it for Easter! 

Here is a bird's eye view of my new dress!

For the past few years, my personal designer and I have been making Pysanky Easter eggs (sometimes called Ukrainian eggs).  It is a very old and long process of layering wax and dye on a hollowed egg to create a beautiful, often complicated design.  Above is a picture of some we made last year. 

For I remember it is Easter morn,
And life and love and peace are all new born.
~~Alice Freeman Palmer

Here are two Pysanky eggs we made this year.

Wishing you all a 
basketful of sweet sunshine!!!!