12.21.2018

christmas mixtape! (ho! ho! ho!)

jingle jingle jingle! a rare but blurry picture of me and the guy behind all of the mixtapes this year on the blog. christian. he exists! ha! and yes, i actually DO happen to have elf blood in my veins...... ;)
....a beautiful memory of our Baby... she taught us so much more about what love is. you'll never be complete until you actually KNOW the love of a dog....
 ...and of course our Eddie-Bear. <3
 another sweet pic of one of our farm angels, Milly....

 my mom passed down her elf and christmas-y spirit. we are a family that gets into the holidays more than most...
 ...me and the little brother many many moons ago!
 christmas Eli.....





12.20.2018

thursday. checking in...


For starters, is anyone else as shocked as me that time has flown by so quickly? I mean 2018 is going to be OVER in 11 days. 

It has been a crazy last month..... Deere got adopted. Then there was Thanksgiving, which is also a dual celebration for Christian and I, as we also celebrated our 19th anniversary (!!!). My sister came up, for the first annual Thanksgiving at our farm. 

Then a few days later, Deere got returned through no fault of his own. 

Eddie had a bad vestibular spell. 

Then Deere met his new potential family a few weeks ago, and finally last weekend Deere passed his 'meet and greet' test with his new family's coonhound and GOT ADOPTED (this time hopefully foreverrrrr!!!!),

and then the shock of yesterday that ended on a sad note with Pancha getting mauled by a hawk right before my very eyes....

I am so fortunate that in my frenzy of scaring the hawk away, knowing she was 'gone' and seeing the puddle of feathers and her poor lifeless body, I ran in the house bawling and shrieking for Christian to "help me"....  It was too late, and luckily it was instant, and Christian found the shovel, dug a hole in the garden, and buried my sweet Pancha. I knew her time was limited, purely because she was a senior little hen, and one by one, several have passed, but never have I had one attacked this way by a predator in my 8 years doing this hobby farm thing... needless to say, it left a big rain cloud over my evening, but I did have a crazy dream about her... I dreamed she actually came back! I went outside, and she was shaking off the dirt from being buried - crazy, I know - and then I realized that she wasn't spared from the fox attack that claimed the rest of her flock years ago, she came back. Weird. Anyway, it was a crazy dream but somehow offered me a little comfort. This means I am now down to three geriatric hens. One of my plans over the holiday break is to give the ol' coop a little makeover, fix all the holes that Eli has made in their coop, and maybe add a new color or two. 

This evening after work is gonna be filled with nothing but RAIN (again).... so my plan is to make my traditional big batch of ginger cookies .... If you are gonna be stuck inside today and want to try out my recipe, click HERE - there are a tin of ingredients, but they are soft, buttery, and I must admit the best ginger cookie I've ever eaten (pats self on back).

I have also found that this time of year and just after Christmas is the BEST time to thrift due to people purging and making room for new things.... I haven't been thrifting in a long time, and may make a little time for it this evening while I am out picking up supplies for a few projects for the weekend...

Do you have any special plans for the holidays? Tomorrow is my last day of work, then I have some very secretive projects that I will share here when they are completed - hopefully in a week or so. 

one more day and the fun begins....

 xo

-s


12.19.2018

RIP my sweet Pancha....

My sweet Pancha passed away this evening.... Most people won't understand the love a girl can have for .... just a chicken. But she was special. She was a lone survivor of a fox attack, a one-of-a-kind rescue brought to me just over 7 years ago......... it would be hard to explain how special she was to me, but maybe you can see how much she was loved through these pictures.....
..she even talked to me.....
..
...anyway, she had an unfortunate encounter with a hawk right before my very eyes, and even though I scared the hawk off, she was already dead... Christian took over and dug her grave and buried her for me in the garden. He's a good man and understands the love I have for all my animals...
...now she can run with Baby again. They were always pretty close <3






















happy wednesday!

There are HUGE plans in the making. I have found that some of the extra weekend responsibilities have become too much for me, and I have figured out a way to try to lessen the stress by making some big changes at the farm....
I am finally getting around to some concrete (pun) changes to the building that once had no purpose on the property! Stay tuned the next few weeks to see what happens, as the goal is to have made a LOT of headway by the end of the year!
 I must admit, that I gave myself an early Christmas present.... concrete blocks, mortar, SAND!! I love projects like these, and tend to jam pack as many big changes into my holiday week off work, but by the new year, major changes will have taken place here and I couldn't be happier!
 A new fenced area is also in the works, but the building is the main priority for starters!

I have also been running several times a week before work and FINALLY my waist is coming back ;) ! I feel better, because for me, regular physical exertion is so monumental in keeping me level-headed, especially at work where I literally am planted at my desk for 8 hours a day with minimal movement... eeeeeek - this change in my morning routine is actually what gave me the time to have the clarity to concoct this new chapter for the farm.....


I am happy to be back to running, which means I am fitting into my fun clothes again, which also means waaaaaaay more "frugal fashionable friday" and "worn" posts which I haven't been doing because of the weight gain.... yeah, it has taken me a few years to get real about getting if off, but I am ready!

This post does indeed make me feel super excited for the next week, but here it is only Wednesday.... a happy one though! One more positive note to add here...... Deere is in his new home! He went home yesterday and I can't wait to get some reports today from his mom!