new traditions & holiday plans...

Last year, Christian and I stayed at home for Thanksgiving and my sister came and stayed with us for a bit and we had a most excellent feast complete with a very memorable explosion of a fake pyrex dish, which blew shards of glass into every side dish... We had to start all over, but it made for some great memories for years to come.... here are a few pics from last year...

This year, we again are staying on the farm in our loving little old farmhouse and cooking a vegetarian feast..... also... did I mention this will be my TWENTIETH thanksgiving with Christian???  :)  Here we are below with the first baby goat I ever held... Ellen. She was a total surprise and the only spawn of the meanie Eli because he was snipped shortly after :)

The holidays mean chilly weather and I actually do like the cold, but it rolled in last week so quickly and caused me a little bit of anxiety about the winter prepping of everything - the wellhouse, crawl space, and making sure I had enough hay to keep the horses full and warm..... It is never ever boring out here to say the least! 

I will have a few days off work around both Thanksgiving and Christmas in which I plan to begin (and hopefully finish) a few new projects. Since day one of my farm dreams, it has always been about small goals. Never biting off more than I can chew, and never allowing my 'work' to stress me out - after all this is my grounding. My therapy. My happy place. 

Anyway, I am off for a day filled with picking up grub for all the animals, going to the dump, making some last minute things for the holiday market this weekend, dropping off stuff for the market, and hopefully I will have a little time to clean the shop. I hate coming back to a messy space... anyway, enough rambling - I will be back hopefully tomorrow evening with pics and tales of how the market was (pray the rain doesn't last long!) - I will be jacked from drinking too much coffee most likely...




....all in a morning's work...

my daily routine most days before getting ready for work.....

walk both dogs.....
..separately. As you know, Eddie is easily stressed, and since stress can trigger a seizure for him, AND since Reece isn't that great (yet) with other dogs, we rotate so neither ever has to see the other....

make sure the goats are all set for a new day... Bonnie & Misty are some major cuddlers....

feed the horses (and do a little look over of Miss Hazel)...

Lots planned for this weekend..... the holiday market, some new fence plans, and a trip to get grub for the farm crew.... 




want/ need/ hear/ read: cold rainy day version ;)

SNOW. I want some snow SO BAD. I know we usually have cold wet winters, but can we trade some of this rain for some of the white stuff, pretty please? In anticipation of a good snow at the farm, I give you my most favorite pic from almost two years ago <3

I did not even know this thing existed until yesterday when my brother and his friend came out to help me on the farm and brought one! It is cordless and compatible with my batteries!! Whoa!!


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Happy friday, y'all!  I just got off work and have lots planned for this upcoming sunny and cold weekend! Stay tunes for pics and possibly a sweet treat this weekend! 



Sunday Soup: Creamy Chicken & Thai Noodle

I was under the weather a little last week, and as I "took it easy", and snuggled with my dogs, it gave me a creative opportunity to plan a new segment for the blog for the cooler months.... 

Sunday soup.... it is a perfect way for me to meal prep for my lunches at work, and it is also a good way to keep lunch fairly healthy as well! I decided to start the segment off with a creamy chicken & thai noodle soup that I ate for lunch last week when we didn't have leftovers of collards and other seasonal greens....

This recipe is pretty basic and anyone can adjust the amounts of seasoning to suit your taste.

4 boneless chicken thighs... (Fresh Market was having a sale on these at $2.99/lb!!)
1 onion (quartered)
4-6 ribs celery (sliced)
3 large carrots (peeled and sliced)
1 tablespoon ground rosemary
2 teaspoons salt
4 Cups chicken broth
4 Cups chicken bone broth 

cook covered at medium temperature for about an hour, reduce to med-low, and add 1 Cup half & half...continue to cook another 15 minutes, then add your noodles, cover and turn off the stovetop. I regret to say that I did not measure out how many noodles I used, but it was just over 1/2 of a 14oz. box... 

Wait about 20 minutes, and devour...


thursday's mixtape

Yeah, I have been on a huge hiatus from these mixtapes, but I have still been getting them weekly from Christian. This one is perfect to come back with. A double mixtape....  Plan a drive out to the country in this very autumn-y weather and T U R N - I T - U P.....



I call this time of year - the few days after Halloween, “pre-Christmas”! Yeah, I am one of those. Thanksgiving is the halfway point between Halloween and Christmas. And my eyes are on the prize! I get several days off from work for Christmas, and every day until Christmas, I count down and will express gratitude for all the things that I have. All the little moments I am able to experience, and all the friends that have stuck around year after year. The dude that never anticipated he’d live on a farm, tucked away in a fairytale setting. Each day until Christmas on my Instagram feed, I am devoting one post to the things I am grateful for. 

I am starting off by expressing some gratitude today. My grandmas. Both of them. One showed me how to make old lady apple dolls, crochet, and how to look fancy in winter hats. The other taught me how to sew, grow a garden, and make red eye gravy. 

I have forgotten how to crochet, but I think it wouldn’t take much of a refresher to remember it again, and I sew whenever the time allows.... I am actually working on my Christmas costume today - ha! Yes, you read that right. Christmas costume. Every year I have a “Christmas With The Bitches” fundraiser, and I have a costume. I’m that girl. 

Anyway, after my morning of sewing, feeding animals, washing out and refilling water troughs, walking dogs, and planning out the next 52 days (until Christmas :) ), I will be attending a doggie wedding fundraiser with several friends. Check tomorrow’s post for pictures. I imagine it will be super cute. After that I am hoping to squeeze in a hay run since it is SO COLD and the horses have yet to get in their winter coats - horses stay warm by grazing, so hay = warmth.. 

Happy Sunday y’all! Hope to see you at the pup wedding in a bit! 



looking forward to earlier mornings...

This Sunday the time goes back one hour. While I get annoyed that it will be dark by 5:30pm until Spring, I am happy that the mornings will come a little earlier and that most of my farm chores will be done by 6pm (animals operate on daylight time). You see, when you have to be at work around 8am, and it is still dark at 7:30am, but you have to walk two dogs, feed horses, goats, & chickens, all while holding a flashlight and hoping to avoid an encounter with a creature of the wild, like a skunk.... ha! Yeah. I am happy about being able to do this now with a little morning sun. It means I can start earlier and not be so rushed to get it all in.... it also means that I can get back to my "suppertime strolls" which come in quite handy this time of year when I am more likely to eat more, because I love baking this time of year, and must taste it all..... 
This morning it is raining and cooler, Reece is next to me as I type, cuddled under a knitted blanket, snoring... I love and hate equally mornings like this. I hate that the rain is keeping me from my outdoor workout (which also serves as my therapeutic 'medicine'), but I love that instead of working out at this time, I am blogging...next to my sleeping rescue dog....listening to music and the rain on the tin roof, slowly sipping coffee, and dreaming a little about the future. 

I love this time of year, mostly because the jungle growth slows down. It gives me a chance to cut things back, visualize (once again) what I want certain areas at the farm to look like, and to plan financially for the upcoming year all the changes I want to see. Last year around this time I decided to finally put into place a plan to transform 2/3 of the 1300 oblong building on our property into a really cozy workshop/ idea hub/ studio for all of my dreams and projects. 

I visualized building two proper kennels inside for fostering a dog or two for short periods.... this happened a few times, with my very first overnight guest being Bruce. 
Now off to do all the things that must be done before work. IN THE DARK. 

Happy Wednesday to you all and may your day be swell! 




want/ need/ hear/ see

Yes! I am happy to be back with this segment. It is always a favorite this time of year, and although there aren't many gift ideas in this post, as we get closer to the holidays, there will be. For now just my usual odd wants and needs and recent binge watches.......
oh, how I want to see my visions for the workshop come together this winter while everything is dormant. One of those things is a red picket fence. Why red? Because I love color, and my favorite colors together are red, teal, and pink, which are the colors of the privacy fence in back.... I think a red picket fence up against the multicolored shop would be absolutely perfect.

I need a new pair of running shoes. I have worn out the ones I have been wearing.... any suggestions? I've always been a fan of the Nimbus from Asics, but I got a pair of Nikes last year for Christmas and they've been doing the trick as well! 

an oldie but so good. L7. What a great band that I have always felt didn't really get the recognition they deserved. 
this show is SO GOOD. Christian and I sat down to watch the first episode Saturday night and I couldn't sop watching. I love Paul Rudd, and he never disappoints. This is a Netflix original and is available NOW! Watch it and let me know what you think! 


Brrrrr! Fall is finally here!

Another week down, another week I haven't blogged... a lot has happened and I wanted to make sure my footing was solid again before getting back to the blog. Eddie had a bad spell a few weeks ago, but this miracle boy has made a complete recovery. I know his day will come, but for now, he is still here, still boppin' around like a puppy, and he has more good farm livin' to do.

Reece has continued on his upswing of learning to be in the world, not barking AS MUCH when we go through the gate at the park, getting desensitized a bit with people walking near the car, etc, and of course I am still working with Diamond Jim while he is away at school..... He is doing great and if you'd like more info on how you can adopt him, message me using the form on the right ------------->

Blindie had really been traveling the open spaces around here, and I had to step up my search game in order to keep her safe from nocturnal predators, but thankfully now, she doesn't really move much from the front porch now since she knows she has plenty of food and water there.... Yeah, she makes a mess, but one day she won't and until that day comes, she can do as she pleases. She has nourished us with fresh eggs for years and now is her golden years. Her sister is still fat and happy and has been coming up on the porch to hang as well. It is sweet seeing their bond. Most people who don't pay that much attention to chickens wouldn't guess they could be such characters. Anyway, when these ladies move on over the rainbow bridge, the coop will get a fancy makeover, a fresh coat of colorful paint, and a new flock....

I did end up getting my spinach in the ground for at least a short growing season, and we are eagerly awaiting the fresh crispy leaves of green goodness.

I have been getting a lot done on the work front... plans for a Christmas benefit are in the works, plans for a holiday market here and there, and winter projects for the shop's landscape are beginning....

I know I say this every time, BUT I do actually plan on blogging more especially since the holidays are coming up... I love the "want/ need/ hear/ see (or read)" posts and this time of year, I get to suggest gifts for all in this segment! I am planning on starting each week out with this segment starting tomorrow!

For now, sip your Sunday morning joe and catch up with what me and all the animals have been up to on the farm. As always, Christian will never - or very rarely show up in any post, but he is always here and we just polished off an entire season of a new show we discovered last night. Look for it in the post tomorrow! I am off now to feed the chew crew and then have breakfast at the local diner! Xo!