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!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Losing and gaining

So the trees around Snake Oak Farm lost most of their leaves over the week I was gone, but the farm gained something, too.  An 8 week old kitten.

Meet Tabitha:

Sunday, November 8, 2015

What a difference a week makes!

When Glenn and I left for California on Halloween morning, the trees here in Remington were still solidly covered with leaves.  But, according to Erika, one day while we were gone, the wind came up and the leaves came down like rain.

When we went for a walk this morning, I was surprised to see what I could -- and couldn't -- see!

I can see the house from our road now.  I think it looks lovely peeking out of the trees.

I can't see the ground in the woods walk, it's so solidly covered with leaves.  Erika says it has been too muddy to take this short cut.  I'm hoping it will be dry enough to walk it with Finley tomorrow.  She'll enjoy scuffing her boots through the leaves.

It's good to be back in Virginia.

Friday, November 6, 2015

I'm gonna miss...

I leave for VA early tomorrow morning.  Checking in for my flight and printing my boarding pass brought a lump to my throat and prompted me to wander around taking photos of some of the things I'm going to miss.

This Christmas Cactus that will bloom without me, but I'm looking forward to putting the paperwhite bulbs I bought at Christian's store into a vessel with stones and water in the bottom to trick them into blooming in the house just in time for Christmas.

I'll miss decorating this (fake) feather tree, but I'm looking forward to cutting down a small cedar and propping it up on my still-unfinished front porch and decorating it.

I'll miss the light from the tall windows in our living room, but I'm looking forward to the light that floods Erika's and Christian's dining room this time of year.

I'll miss whichever of these things allows me to upload 17 photos to Blogger in less than 30 seconds rather than 30 minutes on our DSL connection in VA.  There is nothing to look forward to about DSL.

I'll miss all the strange and wonderful things Glenn and I have collected, made and been given, but I'm looking forward to living with all the strange and wonderful things Erika and Christian have accumulated.

I'll miss these sheets and the man who is continuing his search (including on QVC!) for the Holy Grail of sheets, but I'm looking just a little forward to the luxury of being able to turn the light on in the middle of the night to read if I can't sleep.

This counter space -- all. to. myself. -- I will miss it, but I'm looking forward to being with the three people who have so graciously allowed me to share their home, and their countertops, for the last 17 months.

Oh, I'll miss these girls, but I'm looking forward to seeing my three goat boys and all the other creatures on Snake Oak Farm.

I'll miss this table and the man with whom I've shared the meals eaten here, but I'm looking forward to again being part of mealtimes with a spirited 17- month-old girl.

These tangerines will ripen after I leave, but I'm looking forward to the kale and brussels sprouts and broccoli and root vegetables Erika and Christian are growing.

I'll miss this tree and our view of El Capitan mountain, but I'm looking forward to maples and oaks and hickories and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.

I'll miss this chair and the man who sits in it after a hard day's work. There is nothing in VA to take his place so I will continue to look forward anxiously to the day when Virginia really is my home because that's where he is living, too.

All that I will be missing won't fit in one blog post -- not even with the help of a high speed internet connection!