Monday, December 14, 2015

Tis the season

Christmas is in full swing around here.

Christian and Erika have decorated inside and out of their sweet, old farm house.

 And even my unfinished house got in on the fun.  Erika cut down a cedar for my front porch but it refused to behave properly in the antique stand she had for it.  So, the foreman on the building crew stepped in.  He "planted" her tree in front of the house and cut a smaller one for the stand.  It's good to have such nice people building our house.

Erika, Finley and I had a few minutes to spare before the Christmas Cantata at the Remington United Methodist Church on Saturday, so we drove around teeny, tiny Remington, looking at Christmas lights. Finley loved it!  So much so that we're going to walk the neighborhood next time -- after Glenn gets here and on a night when Christian doesn't have to work late so they can join in the fun.

Finley and I have been reading about the first Christmas so she knew right away that it was the "Bay-bee" in the manager at the Methodist church's live Nativity. (Everyone except the baby was "live.")

Erika and I have been talking about how this Christmas seems somehow more festive than previous seasons.  Maybe it's the Christmas music we're playing around the clock or the concerts and cantatas we've been attending and the movies we've been watching.  Or, maybe it's the influence of a little one who is now aware of things like sparkling lights, and the "Bay-Bee."  Whatever the reason, it sure 'tis the season for merriment around here.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Some Christmas things

Thing One.  Erika's Aunt Kathy helped decorate the tree again this year.  Afterward, we had pizza for dinner and we watched Charlie Brown's Christmas.  Finley only rarely watches TV and Charlie Brown and his crew held her attention for only a very short time.

2.  Erika supervised light installation.  No fuses -- human nor electrical -- were blown.

3.  Last weekend, the four of us ha waffles and bacon for breakfast (courtesy of Christian) then went antiquing in Rappahanock county, followed by a delicious lunch at 24 Crows and the Holiday parade in (Little) Washington, VA.  It was a grand day!

4.  Erika, Finley and I spent some time one afternoon at Oak Shade Farm, wandering around their Christmas trees, admiring their stand of Winterberry, and snuggling baby bunnies in their new barn.

5.  I found a pretty crock to hold my Winterberry.

6.  I switched out my little painting to a winter scene.  I can't get enough of Heidi's little paintings.

7.  I found these little vintage snow people in an antique store and couldn't resist.

It's beginning to look and feel like Christmas around here!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Some things from last week

1.  Tabitha continues to grow and thrive -- in spite of Finley's great love for her!  Tabitha jumped in this box on her own, but Finley has also stuffed her into quite a few boxes and bags.  Patient kitty!

2.  I'm not sure who is enjoying the new goat barn more -- me or the goats.  I'm so pleased they have a bigger, cozy place to hang out when it rains.  And, the OCD side of me is thrilled with the work/feed room Erika designed on one end of the barn.

We're still letting the boys out to browse -- the more then eat off the land, the healthier they are and the less hay we have to buy!

3.  Talulah's sole surviving chick is thriving.  She is getting so big that sometimes it's hard to find her among all the other chickens.  I haven't managed to get a good photo of her yet.

4.  This handsome guy is trying to oust the beautiful, black Cochin rooster.  It will be interesting to see who wins the harem.  I suspect it will be this guy, but I'm wishing they could each have their own harem.

5.  This child continues to delight her parents and me. 

6.  The frost on Saturday morning was so pretty.  For years I've told Glenn I wished we could live in a place where I could wear a coat.  And, I'm getting my wish!

7.  The cold, dry air brought impossibly blue skies.  And contrails!  I can't believe the contrails we see here.  They go on forever in our wide open sky.

7.  Insulation in my house!  

8.  Sheet rock in my house!  (When the house is finished the bathtub won't be in the middle of the bedroom!)

It was a good week.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

My Room

For the last 18 months, the room in the upper right corner of the house -- the one with the sun setting so prettily in its nicely aligned windows -- has been mine.  Erika, Christian and Finley have so graciously shared their house with me for much longer than any of us dreamed it would be.

Glenn's and my house is quickly approaching the 80% completion mark and the really big things --insulation,  sheetrock (or dry wall for you San Diegan's,) electrical service, septic system, etc., -- are slowly but surely getting done.  A late February or early March move-in date is looking possible (for me.  Glenn won't be joining me until later in the year.)

Oh, what a relief it will be for all of us when I vacate that lovely bedroom and, oh, how much we'll miss the good times that came from living cheek-to-jowl for much longer than we ever expected.

Friday, November 20, 2015


Farm Girl's California Grandparents sent her a cool birthday gift and it's been getting quite a workout recently.

She calls it, "Wheeeee!"

I think "Wheeee!" is the perfect name for it!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Brrrr!  Yesterday was a chilly day.  We woke up to a frosty coating on everything outside and, as far as I know, the temperature never climbed out of the 40's.

Finley and I bundled up when we headed out for our morning walk.

Shuffling through leaves is hard work and warms a body up quick.  Before long, off came the hat, then the cowl.  The jacket stayed on and buttoned!

And, when she deigned to ride in the stroller on the way back home, she snuggled under the blanket without a peep!

It's still Fall, but Winter is on its way!