Saturday, November 17, 2012

Life as We Know It

… has been busy! Let me just get my shaming out of the way first. Just look at the dates, people. My last post was September 16. Today is November 17th. Really??  I think I’ve hit a new blogging low. Must.Do.Better. (if you don’t believe me, I understand!).  Also, I’ve become terrible at blog visiting. I’d love to spend an entire lazy day just catching up on blogs! One can hope.

What are your favorite type of posts? Random posts are mine. I believe it is because my brain works that way. So random! That’s why I feel like I’m spinning in circles half the time – not getting any real stuff done (or at least not fast enough to suit me). The older I get, the worse it gets. Anyone with me on this?

Oh yah.

Where was I?

Here is one thing I accomplished over the long, dry, hot summer -- a re-do of an old ice box we’ve had in the barn for 25 years or more. Sorry, no ‘before’ pictures. It wasn’t in horrible shape, but did take some time (especially since at one point I painted it white.. what was I thinking? Covering up that cool old galvanized finish??). I dressed it up with old coke signs (the wire is now gone - Earth magnets worked the best for holding them in place). This way, I can change it up super quick if I want to. Hmmmm.. thinking some Christmas Coca Cola signs might be nice...


We also harvested honey. Amazingly, for a drought year we had several pounds and it increased from last year. Not enough to sell yet, but enough to keep us stocked until next year. The bad news is we lost our two new hives that we purchased. The good news is the “swarm” hive and original hive both seem to be doing great (at last check).

This little honeybee visited us inside. She wanted a drink of honey.

We have a new resident at the farm and I am in love. There is a story to go with this new resident, but that’s another blog post.


Gracie and Ruby are famous!! Well, sort of? They have a little space in the current (Nov/Dec 2012) Hobby Farms issue.


Chloe and Banjo say “They’re just donkeys… what’s the big deal?”

In August we were blessed with a visit from the Blacksmith’s oldest sibling – his one and only brother. Jerry visited from the far away and beautiful state of New Mexico, and stayed with a sister locally. We had not seen him in 12 plus years, but he and the Blacksmith always kept in touch. Sadly, it was their last visit as Jerry passed away peacefully in his sleep soon after he returned home to New Mexico.

I am so thankful they had that last visit, and also that we took several pictures. I loved this one with the good-natured sibling “fussing” going on (cute). These four were the only surviving of their mother’s six children. Now we have only three.

On this Thanksgiving we are reminded to count our blessings each and every day. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!! For this and every single day, we are truly grateful ♥



Karen said...

Tammy, it's so good to hear from you! I completely understand about the unplanned blogging break. It happens to the best of us:) Funny how life has a habit of getting in the way! It's always good to hear what happening at the Flat Creek Farm.

Dawn said...

What a darling post, loved seeing the windmill and the featured donkeys. I want bees but my oldest is allergic, so decided against it. Love the vintage cooler:)

TexWisGirl said...

um who are you again?! :)

*sigh* hate when life gets too busy. love the 4 sibling photo. sorry to hear of the loss of one of them soon thereafter, though.

like your coke machine cooler!

Anonymous said...

It does sound like you've been busy. I love the shot of the bee. I think it would be so nice to have bees and honey, but I'm pretty sure I already have too much to start something new. I love how those siblings look so happy in that last photo. I'm glad they had a chance to get together, and I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.

Unknown said...

What a fun item to have! And I like your idea for changing out the vintage advertisements on the front.

So sorry to hear about the passing of the Blacksmith's brother... bittersweet that he got to spend some time with him just before. I know it will be a great comfort to him as he grieves his loss.

Hope your Thanksgiving is full of many precious moments that make for sweet future memories!

Anonymous said...

Hi Tammy! So nice to see a post! Understand about the blog break, I'm feeling blogged out right now. Love the sibling picture. Sorry one has passed away. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all at Flat Creek in case I don't get another chance!

Dandy said...

I think this is the first time I've read blogs in months so it's perfect timing! I love the ice box redo and I'm so happy you all had that last visit. I'm sorry for your loss but glad you have those memories.

Tombstone Livestock said...

Love the Ice Box, will have to find some signs to hang on mine, clever idea. Saw the pic in HF magazine, think you should send in dogs pic too. Have a great Thanksgiving.

Jenny said...

What busy times!

I'm sorry to hear of your loss. How wonderful you had that last time together!

I adore the windmill and the coke cooler!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving! Nice to 'see' you today!

Unknown said...

Always good to see you post!! Happy Thanksgiving from my blog to yours!! Love the donkeys!!

McVal said...

Welcome back!!! I need a break of SOME kind...
LOVE that ice box.
Have a great THanksgiving!

Farming On Faith said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Tammy!

Unknown said...

When life is too busy to blog, it means you're enjoying it! I don't think that's a bad thing. And yes, I too wish I could read all the wonderful blogs I adore but there just aren't enough hours in the day. I completely get you.

Glad two hives are going strong. My split didn't make it but our original hive appears to be strong. We'll see come spring. No honey this year, THAT is a huge bummer but fortunately, there's always next year!

So sorry to hear of your loss. What a blessing you were all able to get together. Hugs to you all, Andrea
PS. I loved your comment about neighbours and I don't think it's wrong at all. ; )

Down On The Farm said...

So sorry to hear of the loss of your brother-in-law. Prayers for your family. So good to hear from you. I've been wondering about you. Congrats to your mules. Yes, they are famous. And if that is your windmill I am SO JEALOUS (in a good way). Been wanting an old windmill forever and just can't find one. I don't want a new one, I want an old one . . . with a story! Happy Thanksgiving my friend!!! God bless you and your family!!! (Can't wait to hear the story on that windmill)!

Laurie at Turner Farm said...

Tammy, so sorry to read of your loss.

Love the photo of the girls ~ We've had life get busy and I've not posted in a very long time ~ there will be a new post coming soon ~ as for my birthday my hubby gave me two boys ~ Hank and Harley ~ they are minis and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them ~ so cute. Not famous ~ YET ~ like your girls!

Great post and as always beautiful photos

Blondee said...

Wonderful to hear from you!

That icebox came out beautifully, and I love Gracie and Ruby's new 'look'!

Cheryl said...

Wow, I'm worse at keeping in touch with my blogging!! Love the new Christmas photo, and the bee shot, love the windmill, too cool!! Chloe and Banjo sweet. Sorry to hear of Hubby's brother.

Bliss said...

I like your fridge redo and you asses are cute.


Janet @ My Miniature Donkeys said...

Hobby Farm. Hmmm... If the girls are featured, I'd better check it out.

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