winter brrrrr (and an old mixtape)

I really don't mind the cold so much, but I just wish if it was going to be so cold, that it would actually SNOW... we had a tease of possible snow a few days ago, but I didn't see ONE SINGLE FLAKE. I pretty much have all the farm chores down to a T, breaking ice in all the troughs before work, feeding double so that the critters can eat and keep their metabolism up and stay warm enough, and making sure the chickens have lots of insulation in their coop at night.....

This winter I also have my little shop project next door, so that is keeping me from getting too bored or antsy in this cold snap, but for past winters, I have compiled a little list of things you can try to do, to avoid getting down when it is to cold to really enjoy the outdoors.......

get into an old hobby....
I recently just bought an old polaroid 600 from a Facebook yardsale page, and the film is ordered and on the way! I used to really manipulate the development of polaroids back when they were actually still in style by freezing them during the process, as well as heating them. We shall see where this goes this winter, but honestly I am just excited to use the camera for good ol' snapshots!

make an extra effort to get some sun. It is no revelation that people tend to get more depressed when the days are shorter, so make an extra effort to get some vitamin D. You can easily make this happen by spending your lunch break a few days a week at the local county pound taking out a dog or two. This works in multiple ways to improve your mood - it feels good to give back, and I promise you the dogs will love the fact that you've given them a few minutes of attention, AND you'll pick up some vitamin D, even if it is a bit cloudy! Win - win!!
set a new goal....
yeah, yeah - I am a goal setter, and this sometimes drives people crazy that I am constantly speaking of goals, BUT to each their own... who's with me?
my goal this winter was to do something with that building FINALLY. I am in the middle of that project, but as I mentioned, it keeps my mind stimulated and keeps me interested in learning new things (I have learned how to do electrical work, work with a carpenter's square, and that a cordless skillsaw is the way to go for me, since I sawed through the cord - yeah.....). Learning new things allows for growth and as long as we are constantly growing, it is harder to get bored...

work on the year's budget.
each year, I try to come up with new ways to incorporate money into the farm.... for the last few years I have been sitting on this vintage inventory, so this year the plan is to start moving it.... I heard somewhere that if you can have seven sources of income, you'll never get yourself into a debt hole that you cannot recover from. I don't have seven, but the goal is set. Ha!

...and last but not least, if you can come up with a few things to distract you from the cold, dark days of winter, soon enough you will see the days are getting longer. YES!!! Yesterday evening, I was outside and it was still light after 6pm. IT IS HAPPENING, FOLKS. Hang in there....and just like that, tomorrow is also Friday. Obviously these tips are for me, but maybe they can help you as well! <3

We have lost the ability to do the Thursday Mixtapes segment due to the software company we used to use, no longer offering the style we found the most attractive and easy to use, so I am sharing an older mix from 5 years ago... it is fitting with this time of year and having a little optimism... enjoy!


thirty something questions. (another myspace survey)

oh, it is time for another myspace survey!! I did another one of these HERE, and felt like it was time to have a little old school quiz fun again today...

1. If you were to kill a man, horror movie style, which kitchen utensil would you use?
meat tenderizer
2. Did you ever swallow a coin?
no....but I know someone who did...
3. What was the worst gift you've ever received?
a pedicure... I don't know, maybe it is just me, but I cannot comfortably let someone 'tend' to my feet. Feels a bit Master/ Servant - ish...
4. What is your most embarrassing childhood memory?
getting the Heimlich maneuver at a crowded West Virginia diner from my grandpa after a piece of bacon got caught in my throat..  
5. How many kids do you want?
zero. zip. nada
6. Whats your moms middle name?
7. Have you ever operated a fire extinguisher?
8. Worst car you ever had to drive and why?
I will drive anything, and not sure that I have ever driven a 'worst car'
9. who do you hate?
no one. Hate is a pretty strong word.
10. what do you hope to have accomplished by the end of this year?
successful garden beds, clean hay barn, and my two project pups in their forever homes.
11. do you have any reallllly crazy relatives?
of course, who doesn't?
12. Did you ever wake up under the influence of NyQuil, completely unable to move?
13. Are you feeling nostalgic right now?
yes, which is why I googled 'myspace surveys'...
14. Did you own a Lite-Brite?
15. Can you dive?
16. Do you own a mouthpiece for anything?
used to for my TMJ
18. Have you ever used a pogo stick?
19. Can you juggle?
a little...
20. Whats your favorite Jelly Belly jelly bean flavor?
21. favorite food you CRAVEEE?
welsh rabbit that my mama used to make........yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm
22. When was the last time you pulled lint out of your bellybutton?
can't remember
23. Did you ever use someone else's toothbrush?
I accidentally use Christian's all the time. I only realize while I am brushing my teeth that I've grabbed the wrong toothbrush.. ha! 
24. Do you REALLY floss everyday?
25. what is your favorite cologne/perfume you always wear?
frankincense oil sometimes 
26. If you were on Double Dare, would you take the physical challenge?
27. What's the largest living organism that you killed?
a boar that was terrorizing the farm and then went after my mom. I didn't want to have to do it, but it was a matter of safety. 
28. Did you ever take a lighting bug and smear its guts on your arm so you get a cool glowing effect like war paint?
no way!
29. What's the best toy you've ever gotten in a McDonalds happy meal?
I never have had a happy meal... 
30. if you could be anywhere in the world doing anything right now what would it be?
somewhere lush and mountainous with rolling green hills and my farm....and I'd be sipping coffee on the porch with Christian and we'd be enjoying the view....
31. Did you answer question 17?
32. how do you feel right now?
good, but a little disappointed it didn't snow today. Boo.
33. Do you remember that square candy bar called "Chunky"?
I have never had it but do remember it.
34. Predict the length of the next Peter Jackson movie.
I have no idea, nor do I care.
35. What was your favorite toy as a kid?
Alfie the robot
36. are you willing to go the distance?

anyway, I am off to cut some wood for my shop project and dream of some actual snow coming our way. I am tired of these snow teases!! Give me the real stuff! 



ten things tuesday .... i'm pinning again!

i have decided i am going to start pinning again.. i haven't in a while, and since i am almost done with my little building project, i am having a renewed interest in pinning again.....

i ventured back to pinterest to get some inspiration for the finishing touches...

this 'ten things tuesday' is dedicated to pinning.












thursday's mixtape

I think this will be the last mixtape for a while, due to our player software being no longer offered and we haven't quite found a good replacement that we like..... Just remember though, you can listen to ALL of the mixtapes by clicking the little "christian's mixtapes' icon to the left on this page... It is my Friday today, as I have taken tomorrow off! Spending time with family the next few days and playing in my shop and on my farm in between! I'll be back tomorrow evening with a shop update - I am dreaming BIG and hope to get a lot accomplished, but for now, listen to this.......


new workspace = self care

It may not sound like these two go hand in hand, but try making all your dreams come true while in the presence of another creative brain merely feet away.... Yes, I absolutely LOVE our small house, but it is sometimes a challenge to keep my ideas flowing when my workspace is an open loft....and Christian is either writing music, playing music loud, or watching movies when I have time to spare and am trying to get in my creative groove.... and getting in that groove is a big part of self care as much as daily physical exertion for me.

Last year, I knew there was something brewing for the building on the property, but I was a bit confused as to what direction I wanted to go in.... part of me wanted to make it into something that could be doubled as a commercial kitchen. Another part of me wanted to turn it into a small apartment for out-of-towners. It wasn't until I actually started planning a temporary (or long term) housing situation for animals (ex: chicken ICU has been our laundry room), that ideas started flowing .... then as I was doing the initial planning, it started becoming clear what I wanted... The roof repairs were first. My plan was to just get the basics done. Then came the ceiling. Then it was more clear......

As most of you probably remember, I used to sell quite a bit of vintage clothing and housewares here in an online store and on Etsy. I had a few big 'yard' sales in the years past because when we moved, there was just no room for inventory, however I still have several bins of clothing stored away in this former 'dry storage' building.... I actually loved selling and having little photoshoots for my pieces...
Not only was it fun to do these shoots, it was more special when someone with not a whole lot of confidence would agree to participate..... There is nothing like seeing someone come out of their shell as you watch their confidence levels go up.... Below are a few of my all-time favorite shots... I admit that digging through these made me super excited to get back into vintage clothing and photoshoots for the store....

....now this is where the self-care part comes in. You see all these photos? They each made me SO HAPPY. every part. from picking out the outfits for each model, to setting up the shots, to yelling "give me what ya got!" to editing afterwards. This is definitely what I want to do more of in the coming years....

So... this new workspace will provide me the freedom to dabble in these photoshoots again, sell off some of my vintage pieces, which might fund more fun vintage-searchin' road trips, which will in turn bring me more of that in which I need in the self-care department....

A few things I have decided that will be utmost priority, is staying organized. I basically dismantled the online store before because in the new house, it was impossible to be organized in such a small space, and when it came time to ship something out, half the time I would waste hours looking for it....

Anyway, I am looking forward to what the next 6 months will bring and am hoping to have all the clothing out of the bins by the end of next month! After that is done, expect more shelter dog pics, and more field trips for Reece & Coco!!

Happy Wednesday, y'all! Tomorrow brings Christian's mixtape, although I am pretty sure if it goes up tomorrow, it will be the last one for a while while we try to find a similar format.... the one we currently are using goes offline this week... boo.




ten things tuesday

this Instagram feed by Michelle McKenzie. I have been trying to incorporate tasty ways for us to be more plant based, and stumbled across this beautiful feed. We are mostly vegetarian now with the exception of once per week at the most. Going vegetarian will be the next step, but I am curious...if you are vegan, how did you convert? Some have success going cold turkey, some take it slow. Dairy is going to be super hard for me and possibly even be THE REASON I can only be vegetarian. I have been a milk-o-holic my whole life, and I am already looking forward to fresh goat milk in the Spring..... 

this blog. I bought the book a few years ago, but the blog is updated regularly. This shot particularly made me sigh, dream for a second, and then wonder how I would really like living where there were no trees......

this chocolate mousse cake by Five Boys Baker.... I think I am gonna make this one day very soon.... I haven't made any sweets this year so far, and this looks like a great recipe to try out!!

Becoming a 'Jill of all trades' - always open to learning new things. I have a few fellow female friends  that are so good at most 'handy' things, and I try to be, but must admit that I get a little overwhelmed by the thought of some of those things..... last weekend I learned how to put in a light fixture! This might sound fairly easy, but I have always been terrified of electricity and even thinking about what could go wrong has made me not even make an attempt in the past. Done. and NEXT!

New hair!!! I just cut two feet of hair off! I do this every two years actually. I was looking back at the last few times, and I cut it all off in 2014 just after we bought the house, then again in November of 2016, so I was just a little overdue... But I always forget how damn good it feels to have all that hair GONE. Feels brand new and light and lively once again! I may keep it short this time around, as it is usually something I just don't think about much until it gets annoying, and then I just whack it all off myself. Who needs a stylist when you can save $$ and do it yourself?

$2.99 Tuesday at Fresh Market. We make Eddie's food, so this keeps the cost down for us. Wanna know what we make Eddie? We use 3 lbs of ground beef, brown rice, peas, carrots, and green beans. We make a big batch weekly and he gets digestive enzymes mixed in at each feeding. This has helped with his itchy skin, dull coat, and he has also put weight back on and maintains a healthy weight now, where he was a little puny there for a little bit. Might seem like too much work, but we've gotten the routine down, and it's really not bad at all! Human grade food for our sweet elderly boy every day! Comes out to somewhere between $50-$60 a month, which is what we were spending on his high dollar food that ended up being riddled with heavy metals and lead, which ultimately made him have behavioral problems and confusion in which he bit me in the face a few years ago!! All of those issues went away when we changed him over to this diet. <3
this green suit...... it is on 'sale' but will never be in my price range for clothing expenses. Even when I am 'rollin' in the dough' ;)
non-traditional comfort foods. Christian has been getting creative with our menu at home, and while normal comfort foods in the past have consisted of mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, burgers and fries type foods, last week we had a few different twists that consisted of sweet potato fries and black beans, although we still incorporated mashed potatoes in there, but with an unusual pairing I don't want to reveal just yet... I will say that I bought the ingredients to make a pizza with a twist and I will post that recipe here when I make it because right now I am not really sure how it will go... it will be vegetarian, gluten-free, and free of any processed ingredients except for the mozzarella cheese!

9. Decorating on a dime... knowing when to bite on a sale item, and when to get more imaginative.... I am currently decorating and furnishing the shop/ office on our property and am having a blast doing it. From hand painted floors, to one-of-a-kind clothes racks I made from shower rods and chains I found on the farm, this place will be fun and totally my style. Last night I spent about an hour putting together a coffee/ bar cart I got on clearance. I usually suck at these things, and since I am aware of this, I actually read the directions BEFORE I started assembling the cart. Ha! It worked!
water is life. I realized recently that I have not been drinking as much as I should - especially in this dry winter air. My skin has started to let me know by gifting me with fine lines around my eyes. I upped my consumption, and thankfully they went away! Whew!! That and my daily use of this serum that I formulated, keeps my skin hydrated and soft!

 It is nice to be back in the swing of more regular blogging!! Stay tuned for tomorrow's post on self care and how the new space plays into that!! It will be a stroll down memory lane, as I have already been going through photos from a few years ago.....




weekend in photos.....

I was so ready for the weekend, but somehow managed to get way more done than I had originally planned. How do I do it? I really don't know, but get asked this a LOT.... the weekend started with tons of fog. This made for a very cinematic seeming stroll with my Eddie.....

I got to visit to my old pal, Deere.... His family had a weekend planned out of town and he was being boarded at the facility that took him in last fall when his original adoption fell through. He was happy to see me, and I was so happy to see him. I have said it a thousand times.... He is where he was always meant to be. He is part of a family. He has a mom, dad, two human brothers, and a canine sister.  <3
I learned how to do a little electric work! I have been needing to get lights up in the shop since replacing the ceiling, and could have waited on my stepdad to help me, but decided if my friend Angie was free, maybe she could teach me! She is a Jill of all trades, and so, who better to learn from??

then off to get feed in my ol' Ford..... I LOVE driving this thing. It has no radio, so I usually sing and think of my dad when I drive it. The whole reason I wanted this model was because my dad had one and I vividly remember riding with him in it.....
 It was a lazy day for Eli on Saturday after the sun decided to break through the fog..... He ate and then slept in the sun for hours.....
 Everyone was ready for the sun.......

 ...and then Sunday morning I spent some time with my Reece. He is another example of a super smart boy (like Deere) that just needs someone to dedicate lots of time to.... and in return, he gives the best kisses....
 ...then my gal Coco got in on the kisses....
...then once again I was off to work/ plan/ and dream in my little shop. Christian finally saw it because I needed his help moving some heavy things.... He was super impressed....

 ...and then we ended the day making sure the well and all of our plumbing was ready for the cold, cold night ahead. My chubby Rose was happy to get double the normal amount of hay....

 Well, now I am off to walk Eddie and get my butt to work. Oh! I also cut my hair. yassssss. Close to two feet went buh-bye.... It was time for a change. Happy Monday!!



** footnote - sorry for the lack of posting on the weekends lately..... I have been getting into so much when I am off work, that I need to soak in an epsom bath (rather than chill on the couch and blog)  and then watch at least a few episodes of Twin Peaks with my most favorite man in the whole world!!! **