autumn ambitions... music, plans, and food dreams

a few of my favorite things when the temps drop.....

.....purging things I haven't used in a year (details on a HUGE sale at the bottom of this post) ~ morning walks in the cool country air with Eddie ~ burning all the brush piles (which I will be doing in about three weeks after the chance of accidentally burning a nest of babies has passed)  ~ going to the county fairs ~ baking ~ soup ~ chili ~ early nights ~  ~ hot biscuits with honey on cool mornings ~ hot chocolate ~ hour long bath soaks with eucalyptus

heh, notice the comfort food of autumn ....which makes it hard when we have been trying to eat better, but with both of our birthdays back to back, it is hard to get off that sugar kick. I have decided to stop the 'sweet stuff Sunday' posts for the time being (to make things a little easier on us), and make it a 'savory stuff Sunday' post through the fall until it is time for Christmas baking..... all the Sunday posts will still be gluten free and *hopefully* delicious AND satisfying so that we can get off this sugar craving kick that the birthday months always put us in!!!

A few of the things I want to try to make the next few Sundays are:

shepherds pie
cheese-it crackers
french bread
my very deeeeelicious beef & black bean chili - and YES I WILL share my recipe!!!
chicken & dumplings

...now on to the purging part...

I have been slowly plucking things from my loft/ closet/ workspace/ home office, and man, is it hard parting with some things. I started with a few pieces of clothing, and have steadily been working my way through the books, kitchenwares, and shoes to the point where it now looks worse than ever, but you can see a glimpse of what is to come.....

The yard sale money will be used for various things regarding rescue animals, but most importantly it will go to training the rescue dogs in need! Reece has come a long way with the help of Tricia at Bone-A-Fide Training, I will continue to use her services for him as well as any other dogs in need! If you'd prefer just to make a donation, my Venmo is @frugalfashionablefarmer :)

I have been at least moving the stuff out of the house, and into the soon-to-be workshop/ workspace down the way, on the other end of the property....

This means that in the next few months I will be having either a blog sale (where I will charge a flat fee for shipping), and a shop sale where locals can come rummage through and buy my once cherished goodies. I desperately need the space....

The transition has been ugly at times, but I am so ready for a more streamlined, minimal approach to living.

shoes, dresses, small furniture, desks, lamps, knick-knacks, kitchenwares....

Since I will be around the farm most of the weekend, observing the goats (I am taking in a newbie and want to make sure everyone plays nice), I will take pics of a ton of the stuff I will be getting rid of. If you can come to the farm to pick things up, I will be accepting Venmo, cash, & credit cards!

anyway.... it is getting late, I must feed the animals and of course I get to wake up to the weekly mix that Christian will be putting together soon! 




fall! it is here!!!

Good morning! I am rested and ready for this coming new season.... The harvest moon last night had all the wild critters singing, shouting, rustling, and making Fall official! I was able to get all the grass cut before the rain rolled in yesterday, and can't wait for the official dormancy of all the overgrowth out here to happen, as there is still much to try to get a handle on out here.....

We recently had the ol' roof checked out - flashing and the skylight repaired for the upcoming rainy season. We found out from two different roofing companies, that the roof on this old farmhouse is indeed the original roof from 1905. Wow!!! It will be time to get a new one in the next year or so, but for now, we are all set for Winter and amazed at how sturdy old metal roofs were back then!!! They just don't make things like they used to!!

We also had the roof repaired on the large concrete building that will be something of great use to us one day. I plan on closing up the last five little openings (there were 50 total), and I had some people come in to check out the building, as well as work on an estimate to have a new ceiling put in.... little steps to turn this place into more than just dry storage, and hopefully something that can help this farm pay for itself one day...

I also have a little bit of news! Remember Misty used to have a special needs sister named Milly? Well, poor Milly passed away at the age of 4, after no one believed she would make it to her first birthday, and Misty has been a little lost ever since. The 'E' crew - Eli, Ellie, & Ellen are their own little family unit, and even though Ellen is the same age as Misty, Ellen was never handled, allowed to nurse until she was too big, and more attached to her mom than Misty, so that left Misty hanging on her own most of the time after Milly passed.... When Ellen got sick a few months back, I saw that as an opportunity to give her some space in the back yard for a change - some new turf, new grazing space, and also let Misty hang with her, hoping they would finally bond a little... Well.... it turns out, Misty has another sister that needs a place to go. Her owners had been letting her stay with Snow, the mama goat, and she recently passed away. Their owners reached out to me since Misty's sister, Bonnie, is now all alone, to see if I'd be interested in taking her. We will get her Saturday morning to see how it goes with the other goats. I am hoping all goes well and that she settles in rather quickly so that she can live the rest of her life out here with her sister! Misty needs a pal out here!
Well, that is all for now, I just got back from the gym (another 120 floors on the stair mill!! Yes - the MILL. much harder than the stair climber - whew!!), and am off to walk Eddie-bear, check water troughs, and feed chickens before hopping in the shower and heading off to work! I also have a lunch date with an extra special friend, so that will be a good break midway through the day!

Anyway, happy Tuesday!!




weekend in snapshots

When you go out into the woods, and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree.

The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying ‘You are too this, or I’m too this.’ That judgment mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.
-Ram Dass

 happy Monday!