Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Front Cover: Our Little Necessary House Outback

I have a sneak peek for you. . .the SUMMER ISSUE OF COUNTRY RUSTIC MAGAZINE hits the stands May 24. . .just two days from now. . .and. . .I'm sure excited because. . .my story is listed on the cover!!!! . .for the first time. . .
My Mom on the left. . .
"Our Little Necessary House Outback" is a story about the "fancy one" my Grandmother had in back of her house. . .but it is also about how John and I built our own one summer. . .with before and after photos. . .To top it off, we included some black and white photos made by my Dad of vintage outhouses. . .He has a whole collection of them. . .
It was a fun article to write. . .and I think you'll enjoy reading it. . .Hope so. . .

Coming in the FALL ISSUE, our COUNTRY FARM HOME will be featured. . .with lots of photos inside and out. . .I can hardly wait to see that one. . .Lots of cotton and farmhouse decor. . .Of course, I'll let you know. . .
Just a quick little post to let you know what's happening. . .I'll be back at the farmhouse this week and will catch you up. . .Life has been anything but boring lately. . .

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Blue Bird--Blue Sky--Blue Bath


I never tire of soft and calming, light denim blues in our bath. . .In fact, I've even painted the ceiling a light blue and added clouds to make the room feel as if there is no ceiling. . .only open blue skies. . .
Recently I read that birds, like the sky, are often used as metaphors for feeling free. . .flying above whatever it is that might be holding them down. . .I loved that. . .Immediately my mind went to a bird's nest that I had rescued when it fell out of a nearby tree. . .no eggs in it, so I was sure the babies had long flown away. . .free of the ties that bound them. . .
With the nest and a 50 cent metal blue bird I found at a flea market. . .I set up a vignette in the corner of the bath. . .where I can lay back in the tub and imagine my little blue bird flying off into the sky (ceiling) above. . .and thinking how I should always remember. . .no matter how bogged down and disheartened I may get. . .that the sky is the limit. . .for a little blue bird. . .and for me. . .

"If happy little blue birds fly. . .beyond the rainbow. . .why, oh why can't I?"



Friday, April 19, 2019

Is It Easter Already?


My goodness. . .How did Easter slip up on me so quickly this year. . .It seems only last week I was scraping ice off my windshield. . .Yet. . .I am so thankful that's all over with for another year. . .and I am so glad Spring is officially here. . .The trees are leafing out. . .flowers are blooming. . .the garden is planted. . .my Spring cleaning is almost done. . .and I can wear white again. . .Remember that old rule about not wearing white shoes or hat before Easter?

I can't help but think of those Easters years ago, when I finally was allowed to wear new white sandles, a new pastel dress with a white hat trimmed in flowers and white gloves for the first time. . .Such a special day. . .My family always went to our own church at Easter but then it was a quick trip to my Grandmother Duncan's house for lunch and an egg hunt. . .Of course, we had to wear our fine clothes all day because there would be numerous photos snapped. . .
Happy Times. . .
Happy Easters. . .

Have a Wonderful One! 


Monday, April 15, 2019

Enjoying Spring at My New Reading Hideaway

Well. . .I told you I'd be back and that Spring would come. . .Right on both accounts. . .It took me almost two months to get things straightened out and have an available internet. . .We have so few options for our net needs at the farm that I tried to work with the phone company that I'd been with since 1973, thinking they would make it right. . .That was a mistake. . .I finally had enough and went with another company and couldn't be happier. . .So, everyone. . ."I'm back in business!". . .as they say. . .

We've had some rather cold Spring days. . .but when the sun shines and it's warmer. . .I like to be outdoors, whether working in flower gardens or resting with a good book. . .I decided I'd carve me out a little reading nook at the side of our Ste. Genevieve home just for that. . .I gathered brick from around that house. . .and. . .concrete pads from the Country Farm Home, along with a wooden planter left over from the fall. . .There was no expense at all, except. . .the little boy. . .Believe it or not, I walked into a thrift store at the same time I was working on my little hideaway. . .and there he was!!!!. . .$8. . .I couldn't imagine anyone discarding him. . He was perfect for my reading area. . . .
I do have an iron bench I'll be adding to the area for comfort. . .but this will do for now. . .I must admit, too, that sitting outside, admiring our backyard, I can sure daydream a lot about project possibilities. . .but that will be later. . .I'll have to work a little on John first. . .
So glad to be back visiting with all of you. . .
Hope you are enjoying this Spring weather, too. . .


Friday, March 1, 2019

Is It Spring, Yet? And, An UpDate. . .


"Winter is on my Head, but Eternal Spring is in my Heart" Victor Hugo
No truer words have I read. . .Winter IS still with us. . .but I know it won't be long in the South before flowers will be blooming. . .We are already seeing the return of robins and red birds. . .Bunnies are already hopping around everywhere. . .Doves are beginning to nest. . .So, don't give up hope. . .It won't be long now. . .
Actually, I am here to confess. . .I haven't been at the farm for almost six weeks. . .which is why I'm behind on emails. . .and haven't answered your comments. . .and why my posts have been rather short. . .But, it wouldn't have mattered had I been at the farm home because there has been flooding and damaging winds. . .Then one Sunday night the lightening was hitting all around the house, which first struck the phone line, took out the phone, blew up the DSL (literally). . .Then another strike hit the power meter and took it out. . .Luckily, John was home and able to stop any fires. . .When I heard from him about all the problems, I decided to stay in Ste. Genevieve and continue working on the house and magazine articles while repairs were made. . .The UpDate is: Still no phone and no net at the farm. . .and I don't know when it will happen. . .but. . .I WILL be back online. . .eventually. . .
In the meantime, I do hope your Winters are about over. . .but even if they aren't. . .Keep that Eternal Spring in your Heart. . .for it is coming. . .

Rabbit Nibblers Pillow by Eden Farms
Ste. Genevieve, MO
Thanks, Lisa!


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