Thursday, December 31, 2009

For Auld Lang Syne

2009 for me was the year of (attempted) heirloom gardening & starting my own plants from seeds, the foiled straw bale garden, torrential rains which virtually destroyed the vegetable garden, the loss of three beloved pets (more on that below), the construction of our long-awaited Barn/Cottage, the mysterious arrival of the Barn Cats, Wild Goose Chases which finally ended in Grady Gander coming to live with Greta Goose, and my entry into the blogging world on January 1st.

As the song inquires -- Should old acquaintance be forgot? Never! And neither shall the wonderful new acquaintances I’ve met through the blogging world. I’m so thankful for all of you! It’s one of the really GOOD things I will always remember about 2009.

Last week I posted about Harley cat and her miraculous recovery from her post-surgery complications. She was our little Christmas miracle. Today it’s with a heavy heart I tell you that she suffered other mysterious complications early this week, and went to the Rainbow Bridge on Tuesday afternoon.  Thanks so much for your kind comments about her on the last post, and I truly wish there were a happier ending to her story.  Some things we just can’t understand, but I do believe that she was a special little gift,  and that we (and the vets) did all we could for her.  Really hoping that 2010 proves to be a better year for our pets! Enough already! ;-)

Onto the lighter note ~
This is why I don’t mind washing dishes. A few inches from my kitchen sink there is this activity to watch. It somehow makes doing dishes a lot more bearable.


Here’s wishing you a VERY blessed, healthy & prosperous 2010.  Happy New Year!!!



Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

This Ozark farm chick has a dishwasher and believe me baby, I use it. Now my computer chair sits at the window I feed my birds. Heeeheehe!

I just wanted to thank you for poppin' over with your sweet comment.

You and yours have a very blessed New Year's Eve!!!

Unknown said...

That's a great shot! Happy New Year!!

Unknown said...

Oh Tammy, I am so sorry to hear about Harley but am so happy her final days were surrounded with love and comfort.

All the best to you in 2010!


Karen said...

I'm so sorry about your sweet kitty. It's so hard to lose our fur friends.

The cardinal photo is beautiful. We don't have cardinals where I live:( They're one of my favorite birds.

Happy New Year!

Jackie said...

Tammy, I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet kitty. I think I've missed some of your recent posts so I have some catching up to do. I've so enjoyed following along with the Flat Creek Farm happenings this year and I look forward to more in 2010. Have a wonderful New Years Eve!


Rural Rambler said...

Tammy I am so sorry about Harley Cat, but she was still one of the lucky ones. You did all you could for her and more. And you allowed her a peaceful death with the dignity that she deserved. That is a beautiful capture of Mr. Cardinal! I am looking forward to more Flat Creek Farm posts for 2010 and getting to know you better.

Happy New Year to Flat Creek Farm!

Kilauea Poetry said...

First, thank you for your sweet but sad and yet touching post! I like how you managed to highlight these meaningful events and bring us just a little closer! I'm so sorry about your cat..I can so relate..and your right, we won't or just don't understand everything (hugs)
Your lovely Cardinal is so special and I like your year in review with all the animals. Cheers to your barn cottage and all my blessings to you friend for this New Year as we also enter into another maybe uncertain decade! Regards, Regina-

Tara said...

Lovely photo Tammy! Love to watch the birds. So thankful to have met such wonderful people through the blogging world.
Praying that 2010 will be a blessed, prosperous, healthy year for you.

Lisa said...

Hi. Great shot. I'm sorry about your cat. Looks like you do have a busy farm.

Happy New Year.

V.L. Locey said...

So sorry to hear about Harley.

Happy 2010!

Kritter Keeper at Farm Tails said...

tammy, my thoughts are with you...harley is beautiful and her spirit will always be there with very sorry! i pray your new year will be extra special and good for you!

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

Happy New Year to my friend, Tammy! You are a dear friend, you know! I so appreciate all the help you have given me over the past year :)

I think Harley was blessed to be with you this Christmas. And then it was time for her to leave. There must have been a child in Heaven who needed a kitten..

Wishing a blessed year for Flat Creek Farm!
xoxo, misha

Lara said...

Happy New Year. Let's hope the rain doesn't destroy our Missouri gardens again this year.

Elle Bee said...

I'm so sorry about Harley. Sometimes these things can't be explained, but it's so good that the last things she knew of this world were your kindness and gentleness. She is rolling in catnip fields that go on forever now. Big hugs for you.
What a beautiful cardinal out your window. So glad you started blogging so I could peek into your life every so often. :o)

Just Joany said...

What a beautiful post. Although I am very sorry for your loss, I must say that was a lovely way to pay tribute to your Harley cat.

This is a copy of the same message I am posting in other places. I wanted to visit and thank everyone who has visited or followed any of my blogs. I have so enjoyed this new experience and look forward to getting to know each of you better. May this be a year of joy and prosperity for everyone.

Happy New Year!!!

Keep a hug on,

~ Just Joany
Red Wagon Flights

Word Designer

~ Yaya
Yaya's Changing World

Jenny said...

I'm so sorry you lost your little friend. Loosing a pet you love can certainly leave a hole in your heart. Your blog is lovely. I am a new follower.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

It's not in the failing to succeed that you fail; it's in the failing to try.
May the worst of 2010 be from the best of 2009.
Happy New Year
from Thistle Cove FArm.

Melinda said...

Hi Tammy--
Love the picture of the cardinal. It is beautiful.
Anything to make doing dishes easier--right?

I'll be back gotta get house stuff done not so much blog stuff.

Happy Sunday!


Melinda said...

It's me again--I forgot to say that I popped over from Catherine's blog.


Cheryl said...

I am so sorry to hear about Harley! A lovely photo of the cardinal, my goal this year is to make the view out of my kitchen window prettier.
Oh and maybe blog a little more.....
Happy New Year!!!
Misha brought tears to my eyes....a child in Heaven needing a kitten....lovely!!!

The Urban Cowboy said...

Sorry to hear about Harley. It is through your heart and memories that Harley will continue to live on.

Staci@LifeAtCobbleHillFarm said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Harley. I to wish there were a happier ending. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Catherine said...

I'm sorry for your cat, i didn't tell you but i've lost one last month too.I love the colour of the bird , we don't have this kind of bird. hugs catherine

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