...it is friday! a look at the last week....

Yikes! Last weekend whooped my butt, and I have been playing catch-up on the farm since weekends are usually when I get the bulk of things done around here... Yesterday evening, I had planned on getting a little bit of the important stuff done before the rain rolled in, but it seemed like the universe gave me waaaaaaay more time than I needed, and I ended up getting ALL the acreage cut, dragged the horse fields, and even had time to swing with Barnie in the hammock for a bit. Crazy. This evening after work, I plan on doing something I haven't done in probably a year. Vintage clothes shopping. I am SO EXCITED. Then this weekend I hope to get Reece, work in the shop, and plan out a few more projects... Since it has been a week since I last posted, here is what all has happened in my little world...

Last Saturday & Sunday, I tended to the 4th market/fair at Neat Pieces. It was the biggest yet, with 17 vendors & artists, live music, BBQ, tarot, tea leaf reading, tintypes, and local pastries.... and here are a few pics from that event...

 Then when I got home Sunday evening, Eddie and I took a nice long walk on the farm, as I mentally prepared for another workweek.....
 ...yes. I even put up new 'christmas' lights on the porch!
... this week's words of wisdom.... ha! 
As I started painting the front room/ entrance into the workshop, I realized I may be stuck in the 80s and should possibly look for some JAMS and a hyper color shirt to wear this summer, as my current selection of paint colors is sooooo 80s. I love it though. Color makes my life complete! 
The mess always looks the worst just before it looks amazing, right? I have a little work to do, but it looks like the next week will be rainy and wet out, so perfect for indoor projects!!
the Esty store went on a hiatus in 2014. Although it is back up and running, I am not quite fully unpacked. Crazy. Five years later and I may just be ready to roll again!
Yes. I decided to finish and keep one of the indoor kennels. Reece has been spending a lot of time here at the shop, and I figured, why not? I have the space, the outdoor run (300+ square feet on concrete!) complete with a pool that he is terrified of, and lots of Eddie's retired toys. 
... meanwhile, Spring is in bloom around here, and I couldn't be more happy...

....and this year I have already found quite a few of these...  <3
My zinnias are sprouting!!!! 

...and this ol' goat just turned NINE!!!!!!! I can't believe it. When I rescued him, I did't know the first thing about goats. He was near death when I git him and Ellie, and he was touch and go the first six months I had him, but look at him now. The true definition of a butthead.... and boyyyyyyy do I love him!! 
This weekend, the clearing will continue, and the posts to the right in this pic will be one of my fencelines to a new section that will be secure enough to bring some of my project dogs for breaks from the shelter and a little fresh air at the farm. I am disassembling all of the outdoor chainlink runs from when this was a boarding facility, and making a very large 1/4 acre yard. This year is gonna be huge. Lots of dreams and plans becoming a reality in year five at the farm. Life is good! 
Have a great weekend! I am planning on blogging a bit more this weekend since I got all my chores done yesterday evening! Lots of time to play and plan...
Here are a few beautiful pics from around the farm this morning after the rain.....
 the garden is looking delicious! My lettuces, spinach, and strawberries are almost ready!!!




spring is here.... grow what is important.

Each season I usually have a list of plans, a bucket list if you will, of things I hope to accomplish. This helps me to prioritize things because I usually have so many things I want to do, it would be easy to get lost in it all and not get much actually done.... Since Spring officially started a week ago, and I have a good idea of where I want things to go in the next few months, this is my Spring bucket list!
make custom work table (I have an idea in my head for this... I have some vintage table legs, and leftover wood from my flooring project.

revamp online store for Fox & Forest (for the most part everything has been on hold during the move to the workshop), annnnnd get the online vintage store back up and running....Spring is my favorite time of year for the photoshoots!

gym in shop; move weights/ yoga mat to workshop - more space to spread out there....

more instant pics (instax & polaroid)
start work on Deere's book/ "Deere ~ The Little Blue Pibble That Could"
grow what is important. I mean this in a broader sense than just my garden..... I have been making changes to stress less and say 'NO' more, focusing more on myself and what I love to do. Create more, learn more, sew more, photograph more (with my actual cameras and not my phone).
Reducing tasks/ obligations that involve me leaving the farm. I want to STAY in this peaceful place more....

Suppertime strolls. Christian & I did this every evening after dinner in 2013. We also lived in the city where it was easy to walk out the door and be on a sidewalk. Now I drive a few miles to do my morning walks, but I also benefit so much from a nice long walk in the evenings. Working on a plan to 'borrow' a dog that can make a nice little trek in the evenings to keep me accountable, since Christian is so over the strolls, and my sweet, ol' Eddie really can't physically make it.
On that note, I leave this list with one more thing I hope to make some progress on this Spring.... Mr. Reece. He is a great dog, and I love his spirit and energy. He wasn't dealt the best cards and needs a good bit of work, but does SO WELL when he is at the farm on little day 'breaks' from the shelter... I believe Reece will also be included on my Summer bucket list as well, but I hope he is adopted and in his forever home when the time rolls around for me to compile the Fall bucket list....
...and gahhhhhh leee! It is Thursday! This evening after work I am taking a dog to meet her potential foster family and hopefully it will be a great fit, as she needs knee surgery and a home to recover in. She reminds me so much of Baby, and she will make someone the best companion!!!! Let's hope tomorrow I am scheduling her surgery!! <3