Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #153

apronHappy Friday and Happy Springtime!  The sun has been out and although we still had a dusting of snow this week and some really cold temps the sunshine and bright green grass (that is REALLY growing) tells me that it is springtime!  Hope you are feeling the spring bug also in your parts!

I know that Deb is feeling “springy”  based on the beautiful wreath she has created and SHARED with us on her blog today.  It looks simple when she does it; not sure if it will be simple for me….but I am willing to try!  Take a peak over there!

AND Heidi‘s new little goats…  Does anything make your heart pitter patter like the pictures and videos she has been putting up of her new family members on Farmgirl Chit Chat?  Oh my goodness, it must makes my heart melt!

I have been seriously MIA on the writing front as I am slammed with end of semester school projects and tests, but I have been lurking and reading and smiling at your posts and blogs.  I love having you as part of my life even when I cannot engage like I would like.

So I am READY to blog hop. Let’s get it going! Be sure to stop by all our hosts! And a Happy Easter to those of you that will be celebrating this weekend! Blessings to all!

Deb of Dandelion House (our blog hop founder and hostess primo)

Heidi of My Simple Country Living  

and White Wolf Summit Farmgirl Blog

and me, Debbie of Farmgirl Unleashed

So, do a little bragging on yourself, your homestead and your doin’s!  We are so excited you are here.

Be sure to leave a note if you’re new to the hop! If you haven’t clicked that follow button yet, please join us and be sure to stop by our FACEBOOK page and like us there too!
Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
You don’t have to live on a farm to join this hop!

 Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart~ MaryJaneButters

 

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #152

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Howdy farmgirl friends!  I am writing from Atlanta today after a day of pedis, manis and lunching with my mom, three daughters and the little baby to be.  It has  been a wonderful day of family fun with more of it coming my way.

It is definitely springtime in Atlanta, but I left Indiana in the midst of a flood warning and some of you are experiencing snow and hail and tornadoes.  Well wishes to all for safety.

Last week’s post on transplanting tomatoes from  Back to the  Basics got me so excited.  My little seedlings are several weeks from hitting the ground, but read the post made me dream of warmer days and digging in the soil again!

I had no idea planting banana peels with the tomatoes was a good idea! Awesome, huh???

Ready to hop? Let’s get it going! Be sure to stop by all our hosts!

Deb of Dandelion House (our blog hop founder and hostess primo)

Heidi of My Simple Country Living  

and White Wolf Summit Farmgirl Blog

Dolly of  Hibiscus House and Dolly is Cooking

and me, Debbie of Farmgirl Unleashed

So, do a little bragging on yourself, your homestead and your doin’s!  We are so excited you are here.

Be sure to leave a note if you’re new to the hop! If you haven’t clicked that follow button yet, please join us and be sure to stop by our FACEBOOK page and like us there too!
Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
You don’t have to live on a farm to join this hop!

 Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart~ MaryJaneButters

Dog and Cat Games

How many of you have a dog?  Lots of us do and we all get a kick out of our dog’s personalities and antics.  Since living in the country Jasmine has been unleashed at home and really “owns” the place.  She has a few acres to wonder in and stays mostly nearby but she does know that this is her territory.

However, there are some other neighborhood critters that also feel this is their territory. For those of you that live out in the country, you know that cats and pups wander freely and they have their own social system and way of communicating with one another.  For example, the pup next door is welcome over here.  She is a sweet dog and is really all of ours in the area.  We all know her and the other dogs know her as well.  But she knows that if Jasmine is on the porch she is not to be bothered.  Anywhere else is fair game, but the porch serves as Jasmine’s “time out” and she heads there when she doesn’t feel like playing any more. Macy respects that and would never cross that line. Somehow they have communicated that with one another.

One of my favorite Jasmine “relationships” to watch is the one she has with the cat.  Jasmine heads out several times a day, takes the highest perch on the deck and scans the territory for intruders.  By intruders I mean THE CAT!

Jasmine on the lookout

I wish I could capture on film what happens next, but it is too quick!  The bark is the first sign that the cat has appeared in the brush by the pond. That “enemy” cat is lurking and staring at Jasmine; you could honestly say TORMENTING HER and just daring her to “try to get me!”

Then the pounding of the paws down the stairs.  They are not graceful and more than once they have tried to move at a different pace than the rest of Jasmine and there are some tumbles.

Jasmine then darts straight towards the cat! Unfortunately that is not where the gate is on the deck.  Jasmine cannot seem to remember this.  She always darts towards the cat, runs into the railing and then recalls the gate is on the other side.  Cat just stares and you can tell she is thinking “you did that again didn’t you? not very smart are you?”

Jasmine turns around and goes to the open gate.  Cat is still staring, daring and tormenting!  Jasmine barks and barks and runs and runs!  If you have not seen this before you would bet money that this is going to be a vicious attack and that cat will be sorry! Cat seems to know different and she does not budge. BUT she give Jasmine the evil eye and doesn’t let up on her stare.

Jasmine stops dead in her tracks every single time about 5 feet from the cat.  She gives one last little bark that says “I told you! There is a DOG here and you better watch it!”.  Cat still stares with her evil eye and doesn’t budge.  Jasmine then turns around, looks at me and the house and walks back to the deck very proudly after her defending of it.  She knows that I am so thankful to have a watch dog that will keep the cats at bay.  She struts back very cocky and is pleased as punch at herself.

She traipses back to the office and plops down to rest after her horrendous (and heroic) affair.

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She dreams of chasing (and catching cats) and waits til next time when she can once again prove to all that she is diva of this land!

Happy Unleashing today!

FGU

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #151 & the winner is…

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Oh it feels like spring today.  Sunny and in the 50′s.  I got out in the pole barn, planted more seeds for green babies and coddled over the ones that are coming up. Seedlings

I love seeing these babies coming up!

What are you up to today?  I bet you are just aching to know who won our prize packed #150 celebratory gift!

Our hand-picked winner of the whole kit and caboodle is Solar Bizzi from looms4izzi blog!  CONGRATULATIONS!!!  You won a BUNCH of farmgirl goodies!
Please check out her delightful blog.  She’s a chicken keeping, weaving, gardening, crocheting and knitting farmgirl! Check out Deb’s blog for details on the prize package.

Let’s get it going! We love to see what you are up to! Be sure to stop by all our hosts!

Deb of Dandelion House (our blog hop founder and hostess primo)

Heidi of My Simple Country Living  

and White Wolf Summit Farmgirl Blog

Dolly of  Hibiscus House and Dolly is Cooking

and me, Debbie of Farmgirl Unleashed

And the rules…. simple, but here they are:

1.) Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
2). Leave your entry in the  Linky tools space to your  Farmgirl Friday post.
3). Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
4.) Enter up to three entries per hop!
Be sure to leave a note if you’re new to the hop! If you haven’t clicked that follow button yet, please join us and be sure to stop by our FACEBOOK page and like us there too!
See you on the hop!
You don’t have to live on a farm to join this hop!
 Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart~ MaryJaneButters 

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #150 and a Celebration!

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It’s a celebration! It’s a party! It’s a milestone!

AND it’s a GIVEAWAY!

A special message from Deb:

“Can you believe it? Today marks 150 weeks for the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!
Where does the time go?  I know exactly where it goes! We farmgirls mark time by the seasons. Planting season, breeding season, fresh egg season, farm baby season, growing season, and harvest season. And somehow in between we manage to raise families, nurture friendships, craft, run businesses, go glamping, volunteer, work, and spend time with our elders. And it’s time well spent in my book! When we follow our heart we are always right where we should be.”
Head over to Dandelion House for the rest of the message and the full details on the giveaway.  BUT here’s a snippet!
Deb, Heidi, Dolly and myself have all put together a great giveaway!  I wish that I could enter to win!!!
Here’s a bit of a tease:
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and then…
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and still more…
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and yes more…
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and there are a few other goodies pictured thrown in also.  If that doesn’t get your farmgirl spirit hee hawing I don’t know what would!
One comment on all four blogs gives you 4 chances to win the whole lot!
GOOD LUCK!
It’s still Farmgirl Friday so don’t forget to enter your posts and
HAPPY SPRING from all of your Farmgirl Friday hostesses!

Deb of Dandelion House (our blog hop founder and hostess primo)

Heidi of My Simple Country Living  

and White Wolf Summit Farmgirl Blog

Dolly of  Hibiscus House and Dolly is Cooking

and me, Debbie of Farmgirl Unleashed

My Farm Babies are Green

Seed PacketsI love seeing all of your pictures of your farm babies lately.  Farmgirl Chit-Chat has been filled with cute pictures of new critters on your homesteads.  This is our second full year here and much is happening ’round here; we have projects going no matter which way you turn. Although goats and chickens are on the roadmap, they won’t be joining us quite yet. My farm babies come by the way of dirt, seeds and end up green. :-)

Last year was the first try at tilling up some land and planting some veggies.  We ended up with 8 areas planted and 16,000 square feet of garden.  I am really obsessed with it! We played a bit with keeping things through the winter as a test and that worked pretty darn good!  We just ate salad this weekend from our garden plot that was our test bed. We will expand on that next fall/winter.

BUT for next steps in the gardening journey, I decided to start my own plants.  One, I thought it would save money (those little tomato and pepper plants get pricey!) and two, I just thought it would be fun! So with temps in the 50′s, a little sunshine, stuff from Johnny’s, High Mowing Seeds and Mike the Average  Gardener it was time to get planting.

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First I needed a table and heat mats. Our pole barn is dry but it gets chilly.  With snow still forecasted and germination needing 75 – 85 degrees, that needed to be solved first.  Hubby made me two great tables from a couple of slab doors and scrap wood.  The legs are in an upside down U shape and simply come off with a wing nut type bolt.  Great for storage and the budget.

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I got planting medium from Johnny’s and started filling my trays. Trays were saved from years past when I got starters elsewhere.  This year they will incubate my own little seedling babies. 

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You can see the blue sticking out from under the trays in the above picture.  That is heating mat. We are hooking them all up to our thermostat that can control four of them.

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Filling up the trays with soil and seeds was so much fun.  I even brought some papers out on our soil here at the house that was from a homework assignment at school.  It was fun to get my soil geek on while planting my babies.  I just did not want the day to end!

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In the end, 80+ tomato plants, 12 basil and a little spinach was planted.  This Saturday, peppers are on the agenda! I keep checking my babies and a couple are sprouting up.  I am so proud of the little guys.  I will take some pictures of them to share. This is just another experiment to see what works here!  I am in hopes that I will have a lot of babies unleashing from the soil soon!

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What are your planting?

Happy Unleashing!

FGU

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #149

WHEW!  Wordpress hung on me yesterday, giving me technical difficulties in getting a new post up!  Back up today so I will be Saturday hopping instead.  Hope some of you can join me for a bit!

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Spring type weather today.  60 degrees and sunny.  I will be in the pole barn planting some more seedlings.  I will post some pictures early in the week.  I am so excited about how that is coming along.

Tomorrow back to cold and snow– 1 – 3 inches are predicted.  CRAZY back and forth, but the spring temps and tulips peaking up through the mulch give me hope that spring is a-coming!

Since I am in planting mode a favorite of mine last week was this ADORABLE and yet truly FUNCTIONAL potting table. Just take a look at this beauty from Glass Slipper Restorations….

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I have some of these pallets and have been trying to concoct a potting bench and there it is!  Thank you so much for sharing on the blog hop Cindy!

And one more thing before we get hopping—-don’t forget there is a special surprise next week on #150 that I just know you will ALL want to be a part of!  Stay tuned…………

Let’s get it going! Be sure to stop by all our hosts!

Deb of Dandelion House (our blog hop founder and hostess primo)

Heidi of My Simple Country Living  

and White Wolf Summit Farmgirl Blog

Dolly of  Hibiscus House and Dolly is Cooking

and me, Debbie of Farmgirl Unleashed

And the rules…. simple, but here they are:

1.) Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
2). Leave your entry in the  Linky tools space to your  Farmgirl Friday post.
3). Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
4.) Enter up to three entries per hop!
Be sure to leave a note if you’re new to the hop! If you haven’t clicked that follow button yet, please join us and be sure to stop by our FACEBOOK page and like us there too!
See you on the hop!
P. S. — Don’t forget about our surprise on #150!
You don’t have to live on a farm to join this hop!
 Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart~ MaryJaneButters 

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #148

Pour some tea and share all your farm girl doings!. Hop around the blog hop and see what everyone is up to this week.  Heidi is having her Grab an Apron Blog Hop and Dolly is hosting a giveaway for one of her beautifully custom designed reversible fabric handmade bags! And Deb is in the midst of a beautiful kitchen makeover!  What are you up to?

Let’s get it going! Be sure to stop by all our hosts!

Deb of Dandelion House (our blog hop founder and hostess primo)

Heidi of My Simple Country Living  

and White Wolf Summit Farmgirl Blog

Dolly of  Hibiscus House and Dolly is Cooking

and me, Debbie of Farmgirl Unleashed

And the rules…. simple, but here they are:

1.) Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
2). Leave your entry in the  Linky tools space to your  Farmgirl Friday post.
3). Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
4.) Enter up to three entries per hop!
Be sure to leave a note if you’re new to the hop! If you haven’t clicked that follow button yet, please join us and be sure to stop by our FACEBOOK page and like us there too!
See you on the hop!
P. S. — Don’t forget about our surprise on #150!
You don’t have to live on a farm to join this hop!
 Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart~ MaryJaneButters 

Signs of Spring

Signs of spring??? Wait a minute…

  • We got more snow yesterday and last night
  • We have ice under the snow
  • I woke up to -1 degree windchill factor

As I trudged up the snow and ice covered stairs this morning in the single digit temps it would seem that spring would be a far away reality.

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But then I remembered my walk on Saturday before the snow had surprised me be revealing beautiful foliage from bulbs that were just peaking through!

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Aren’t they gorgeous? Don’t they simply represent a promise of spring? I was so excited when I saw these little guys poking through!

Today as I was dragging in snow and slush into the house, taking boots on and off, wearing my heavy coat and gloves to walk up to the office, I noticed something else that began to appear….

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Is that not the most beautiful blue sky blasting in the sky over the pole barn? It is another promise of sunshine, blue skies and spring.

Bulbs peaking through, robins eating at the birdfeeders, blue skies… yep spring is not only coming, it is making little appearances-even if some are hidden under the blanket of snow.

What signs are you experiencing?

Go unleash some spring!

Happy Unleashing!

FG

Saturday Musings: Wintertime and Waiting

DSC_0793Winter has been a long one this year just about everywhere.  I have loved looking at the snow and the stillness of it blanketing our land.

But on the flip side we have had more than one occasion where we have been unable to leave for more than a week because our uphill driveway is a skating rink when it ices and snows.  If you are paved, you can shovel.  If you have a gravel, curved, up hill and down hill driveway, that is pretty much impossible, so you just wait.

Waiting has goodness in it– you learn patience, you learn to slow down, you learn that you really can get by with what you have at the house, even if it is 2 weeks since you have been out.  You learn that what you thought you had to have, you don’t have to have.

I remember living in a sub division in a warm climate.  Snow did not keep you incapacitated for a long period of time. If we had snow or ice on rare occasion it stood the city still for a day or maybe two at the most.  That seemed like an eternity when you live in an area where running errands are part of your lifestyle.  Where running low on anything (even if it was something you really didn’t like) meant near panic, making a list and heading out to run errands. If I stayed home all day for any reason it was really almost like a badge of honor. “What did you do today?” “I was HERE ALL DAY; never left; wow!” And even if I had taken a day to grocery shop, get personal items and whatever else that was deemed a “got to have” just yesterday,  I would run out again to pick up something, to do something, to see something… just to whatever something! :-)

I think living in a place where there is so much stuff, so much choice and so much accessibility causes you to be create a lifestyle of errand running.  Sure you complain about how much you have to go do, how much you hate traffic, how much you hate lines, but the truth is you know no different.  It is your lifestyle. Stuff is all around you and there has to be something you need out there!

When I visit I find myself in the pattern in less than 24 hours.  A couple times a day, I am somewhere getting something or doing something that I have to do.  It is funny because I really do think it is like an addiction. Remember the line in the movie “if you build it,they will come”.  That is so true in a metro/suburban area.  If it is there, you got to do it!

So, back to snow and slowing down.  I love living out away from traffic lights, away from corners and streets that are so busy your brain is on overload.  I love living away from all the stuff that calls for me to leave everyday and go buy something, or go do something. Since moving here, I have changed my errand lifestyle into a LIVING lifestyle.  I LIVE here in my home.  I don’t just hang out here until I feel that I have to be somewhere else.  It is just the opposite; it has to be a good reason to leave.

During one of the storms this year, it started with ice and lots of it.  Our driveway was packed solid and our truck would spin and it was going on 10 + days since we had left.  I was getting creative on the dinner front (but that was really fun and another blog).  Hubby was determined that he had to get us out.  He took the tractor out with the scoop and tried and tried.  But even big orange Kabota tractors can’t break up gravel cemented by ice.

Conversation when he came in went something like this:

“Wow, I cannot get that stuff to break up”.  It is solid ice!” I will try again later”

“Why?”

“Because we have been here for a week and a half. We gotta go get stuff.”

“What stuff?”

“Aren’t we out of stuff?”

“Yes, but nothing that important.”

“We need to keep eating and stuff.”

“We have so much food that we haven’t even discovered yet in the pantry! We will not starve.”

“There must be something, are you sure????”

“If it was 70 degrees and sunny, would we feel compelled to go out today to run errands?”

“Hummm…. probably not! I guess we can just forget the ice and stay here, huh?”

“Yep!”

“Are you sure? I mean really sure?”

“Positive! Forget the ice and relax. We are good!”

So funny that sometimes we don’t even know what the “stuff” is that we need.  But bottom line is that it is probably nothing that we do need. Learning to wait, learning to make do with what you have and learning to run errands when you really do need to shop for a couple weeks is a wonderful lifestyle.  Lots of friends from suburbia think they would go crazy being “stuck” for 2 weeks. Maybe for the first couple of days, but then you relax, enjoy what you have, and realize, just like Dorothy that “everything I was looking for has been here all the time. There’s no place like home.”

Happy unleashing today! (whether you are snowbound or not!

FG