7.12.2019

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Wow! I am in disbelief that it is Friday already! This week flew by, and I wasn't able to get to a few things I had wanted, like seeing my ol' buddy Deere at the boarding facility while his farm is on vacay.

Lots of dog stuff, not too many farm pics because it has just been SO HUMID. Aside from the dog walks, I haven't been spending too much time outside...

A couple of my shelter pups that I work with are in temporary foster homes, and thriving! Hopefully with all this new info gained by being in a home, they will get adopted soon.

I am posting a few pics from the last week, and will be back tomorrow with the Saturday snapshots, and will be back more regularly after today, as I now have a little schedule going (again) for my blogging. The move from the loft in the house to doing most of my creative thinking, sewing, painting of the floors, and potion-making in the workshop took a little hiatus simply because it is so easy to snuggle with Reece instead....

This weekend I am gonna mend a few pieces of clothing, plan out the next week in posts, and hopefully re-list my stuff on etsy. I have been making all the bills just fine without the need for the etsy sales, but it would be nice to get a little ahead and move some of this inventory.

I also still have about 40 square feet of floor to paint in an new colorful chevron pattern.... I'd like to start planning that very soon!

So with all of the above, I also have a training session for Reece, a walk date with a shelter pup and her sister who is now in foster, and will be meeting a few volunteers at the shelter to help them work with a dog who is just scared of everything.



Last weekend was pretty non eventful, as it was my four day weekend and I decided I didn't want to do much but be lazy... ha! I did manage to make it to my favorite place for all things antique and vintage and found a few dresses that I need to alter, which I will do thins weekend so I can wear soon!

Anyway....

Happy Friday! I will update farm happenings very soon...

xo

-s















7.05.2019

HIATUS. Long weekend!

I am back from an unintentional hiatus from this blog...

I give you this. The brand new unused float in my pool (it will be used plenty today!). Maybe I've been busy. Maybe I've been lazy. Maybe I put my hands in too many pots to be able to keep up. I am here. Now. Here is a little recap in pics and a little summary of what my day-to-day has been looking like......

Every morning I wake up, I brew just enough coffee for me. I drink this from a handmade mug made by Christian.

Then I put Eddie's harness on him and we go out into the almost lit morning. He is allowed to take the slowest, most time-consuming walk, with no expectations while he munches on grass, stops to scratch, sits to watch the bunnies, and sometimes leaps to try to catch the one feral cat that roams the farm..... he isn't getting any younger, and I want the rest of his life to be golden....

After Eddie gets walked, then it is Reece's turn. He LOVES going on walks. We muzzle up, harness up, and go out. He is so used to the horses, goats, and chickens, but still gets very excited about the bunnies and the one feral cat on the farm. Then we eat breakfast......

After Reece & breakfast it is time for showering and getting ready for work. Where I literally SIT from 8 - 5 with the exception of my lunch break that is used for a quick trip home to walk and love on the canine boys, both Reece & Eddie love some lunchtime walkin'.....

At 5:01pm each day, I am on the road to home. Our farm. My most favorite place on earth. My place of peace. Yeah I have farm chores, but most of them are like meditation (for me).... Scrubbing water troughs on hot summer evenings is peaceful, and I usually end up playing in the water myself, so that chore turns into cooling off a bit... Walking the dogs isn't so bad at all because most of the walking trails are shaded by the hardwoods and lush greenery we have. It really is like my very own wonderland.

After all is done, and all the goats, horses, chickens, and dogs have been tended to, it is time for lounging and watching the tube. Our most recent binge was 'Fleabag'.

I am SO looking forward to the rest of the long weekend ahead....  Yesterday Eddie and I went on a little drive to visit my mom - he LOVES car rides......

the rest of the weekend holds more little fun things. When you are typically a hermit outside of workdays, it doesn't take much to make ya happy....A few planned things are:

a trip to my favorite antique place...

a few farm visitors

early morning baking! It is like magic! I love taking powders and liquids and concocting something like cinnamon rolls that make your lips curl up at the edges - baking or alchemy?

a little cleaning in the workshop and a little planning on the floor for the front room....

Oddly enough the fireworks last night were at a minimum. The least amount of booms we have ever heard since living here. It was almost a little strange. Anyway, I am off to the shelter to give my boy Cloudi a bath!

xo

-s

6.11.2019

tailwagger tuesday (foster plea for Cloudi)

Yeah yeah, it has been a hot minute since I have blogged... mostly because after work, I have been a little consumed with another project.

THIS little project. His name is Cloudi. You can see his official little kennel card bio HERE...
I won't even tell you what name he came in with...

He was picked up by the local animal control due to a lengthy list of reasons. He hasn't been treated the best in his short little life, and I decided to take him on when I realized he hadn't been letting anyone take him out in FOUR DAYS. This little scared dog was yelling at everyone to "Leave me ALONE!!", and quite honestly, he was pretty convincing that he meant business.

On the fifth day, I spoke with the animal control officers that picked him up (along with his 7 other siblings, who were skittish, but more welcoming of a few minutes out of the kennel), and they both told me he was worth a shot with me. So with their help, I managed to take him out that day, and his little tail stayed so tightly tucked, but he started to warm up to me.....

I was able to get him to take treats from me, walk a little on the leash, and even lean in for pets.

When I left him that day, I was certain with more time, he'd come around.....

At the end of that day (it was a Thursday), fines were paid, he and all of his siblings were reclaimed by his 'owners' and I was so sad for him.... I was also mad. Couldn't understand how this could have happened, but with anything related to laws and the legal system, there is due process, and they hadn't been convicted of anything, so it was their legal right....but still....

I must admit that when I had heard he was picked up the following Monday AGAIN, I was relieved and happy... I rushed over to animal control after work to see my Cloudi!!! It seemed he remembered me from our short little time together days earlier, and maybe was even happy to see me!

I committed to seeing him each day for only the free 20 minutes I had at lunch. I was still nervous that once again, he'd get reclaimed. Snatched away from endless loving possibilities to a life that was sad and lacking human connection. I counted down the days. You see he was only on hold for 5 days, and during that time, if his 'owners' didn't come back for him, he would have a shot at getting rescued or adopted....

The 5th day came around, which was Sunday. I waited at animal control until legally he was not able to go back to those people.... At 4:01pm last Sunday, myself and another volunteer who was equally devoted to these dogs, jumped up and down, high-fiving each other in relief and joy. Cloudi and his siblings that had been picked up the second time, had a chance. Two of his more trusting siblings left that day at 4:01, and two others have a great chance due to their friendly and outgoing demeanor. Cloudi is still looking. Cloudi is starting to trust humans again. Cloudi is treat motivated, and loves playing with toys....

you can see how sweetly he plays with toys in the video below...
He needs an experienced foster who understands he came from a sucky 'home'. A person that understands animal control is the best life hes had. Dry shelter, opportunities to go out to potty, and people wanting to interact with him. He has likely never stepped foot into a home, and isn't housebroken, but I believe in him. He has shown me his hunger for human connection, his love of toys, and his ability to trust again.

He just started wagging his tail a few days ago. On Sunday actually....

in the video below you can tell, he is actually enjoying the interaction <3
Please consider opening up your heart and home to a boy who was never shown love until he landed at the county pound.... If you are local to Athens, GA and would like to meet Cloudi, message me using the contact form to the right on this page. I can connect you with a rescue group that is ready to take him when a suitable foster home is found.

Thanks for reading and learning about Cloudi...... he is a real treat...


5.28.2019

wow.... five years ago...

Awwwwww. I snapped this the first weekend we were at the farm. I can't even believe were moving in just five years ago today. So much happened in our lives that first year here, it seems we have been here a lifetime already. Baby had already been here lots of times over the weeks before the closing date, and it was because of her I even found this little slice. We would always find little country back roads to explore on the way back from the feed store, and this little gem was tucked deep down a dirt road. The following month, a teeny tiny Spirulina showed up into our lives, and the month after that, Baby got sick. It is crazy and amazing how life twists and turns. Baby died 10 months after I took this pic. Baby got her own farm. She was able to live her last year running, never leashed, dozing off in the yard with me, and playing with the farm crew after we fenced everything and moved them here in August...I had promised her for YEARS that one day she’d be able to wake up and go run (we previously lived right downtown in a rental that had a tiny yard, and drove twice a day to our borrowed farm where the goats and chickens stayed, 20 min away)... Needless to say, even in her sickness she enjoyed being here at the farm, and I think she lived several more months happily because she was here. This picture was snapped 5 years ago today, and says SO MUCH! I honestly don’t think I would have found this place had Baby not loved car rides so much and inspired me to find quiet country backroads that we could drive slowly  without having someone on our tail,  while she happily hung out the window. Thanks Baby girl!!! Little does she know, she is also fully responsible for the advocate/ volunteer work I do for the shelter dogs, most of them pitbulls. She made an impression on me first, then everyone she met! 

5.27.2019

sunday sweet stuff: the last of the strawberries...


ingredients:

2 eggs
2 T butter
1 C sugar
1 C sour cream
1/2 C vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 C all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
12 oz. fresh strawberries

whipped topping (optional) - we have also made this with a confectioners sugar dusting and it is just as delish!
2 C heavy cream
1/2 C confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

instructions:
preheat oven to 375. put your 2 tablespoons of butter into your 9" round *deep* cake pan and pop it into the oven to melt. I forgot about mine, so my butter was browned - you can do this too as it was excellent!
Once the butter is melted tilt the pan to slowly swirl around and get all on the sides as well...

Slice half of your strawberries, and cut into chunks the other half. Keep the slices and chunks separate.

In a stand mixer, beat the eggs and sugar until smooth. 

Now add the sour cream, oil, and vanilla to your egg sugar mixture on low until completely combined.

In a medium bowl combine the flour and baking powder, then add to your stand mixer with the eggs/sugar mixture. Mix until smooth, but don't overmix....

Now pour half the batter into your prepared cake pan. 

Top with the chunks of berries, 

then pour the rest of the batter on top and spread the sliced berries over the top. 

Pop in the oven for 50 minutes.....

You can now dust with the confectioners sugar while it is warm, and enjoy OR let it cool completely and make your whipped topping.....

For the whipped topping, pour your heavy cream, confectioners sugar, and vanilla into your mixing bowl, whisk on high until heavy peaks form. dollop on your cooled cake and keep refrigerated. 

yummmmmmmm.........