Saturday Musings: Heading Home

Two weeks in Atlanta with the new grandbaby and my daughters.  It has been wonderful and not to be traded!  A little life came into the world perfectly and my daughter has transformed into a beautiful (obsessed) mommy; her first step towards a lifetime of “momminess.”  I have loved being here, loved holding that little bundle and will long for that when I go home.

arlo and me

But home is where I am heading this weekend and I am equally excited about that!  Now it is not a neat little package I am walking into!  A remodel is underway and the crew and my hubby have done a lot of work while I have been gone.

I can’t wait to see my new door.  A window was here previously but this gives us great access to the deck (which we live on practically!) and look at all the sunshine into the room! Jasmine still looks a bit confused by this new addition, but I am already in love with it.


From the outside I think it looks great and I can start to visualize the end result. We are coming along in our journey to get the house where we want it.  AND all the vinyl siding is off (yipee!) and the house is wrapped and ready for the new Hardiplank that is painted and waiting in the pole barn for action.

exterior deck


So, it is a bit chaotic and terribly dusty and things are torn up but it is HOME.  I look forward to all of the craziness that will welcome me home.

I also have day lillies that I have not seen yet…


And tomato plants (and weeds) that I haven’t seen in over two weeks…

tomato and weeds


I am plenty excited to head back to my country home. I love seeing my family and I have LOVED that little bundle of joy, but am ready for a sunrise on the deck.  I am ready to play in the dirt again and hop on my tractor instead of an interstate.

But for my last day as a “city girl” we are getting our nails done–soon to be replaced with a farmgirl manicure; I will eat a fantastic dinner and drink some great wine tonight–soon to be replace with veggies from the garden and CSA; I will chow down at Waffle House–soon to be replaced with green smoothies and I will probably run some errands that really aren’t needed–soon to be replaced with not leaving my home for days on end.

I will also hug my girls and kiss those precious cheeks on Arlo–soon to be replaced with longing for that as those things really can’t be replaced.

I am heading home to my country home that is in chaos.  As I click my red shoes (red Teva sandles actually) I repeat “there’s no place like home.” 🙂

Happy Unleashing today in your home sweet home!


Buzzing with Excitement!

I did it.  I have registered (along with Mike) for Beekeeping School in October!

BK school

I cannot tell you how excited I am to take another step in my journey of simplifying, providing for myself and creating the homestead that I have been dreaming of and manifesting in my head and heart for years.

We have been reading some bee books and I am absolutely intrigued by the live and ecosystem of bees.  Their breeds, their roles in the hive, the community spirit that they live for (and die for). I simply cannot wait to don my white coveralls, gloves and hat/veil combo and get my first package of bees in a few months and welcome them to their new hive while I am working my smoker.  

I am living in a constant state of fulfilling the answer to the question “what do I want to be when I grow up?”  It is never too late to ask this question.  What I want to be is what I have been hiding for a long time.  She has been buried but is coming out.  That is what Farmgirl Unleashed is all about!  Creating a homestead, doing things for myself and others, getting real, getting simple and getting in touch with the cycles of life in nature and life.

Beekeeping is my next step on that journey…. I will continue to read and dream and experience.  Bees will be part of this new life and much else is to come!

Beekeepers out there?  Share your tales with me!

Happy unleashing!