Adventures in Anthropologie

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Hey guys!  Wanna hear something funny?  On Istagram I posted a #followfriday this morning.  Totally thought that it was Friday.  I don’t even know why.  Can we blame it on allergies?  Okay…we will.  Anyway…today we are going to “jaw” about Anthropologie a bit.  This is…..Adventures in Anthropologie.  I am talking about the store not…the social science that studies the origins and social relationships of human beings, just to be clear.

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Most of you all are like “Kel…totally old news.  We have an Anthro right down the street.  We know all about it’s somewhat Bohemian goodness.”  I totally respect that.  For those of you that don’t even know what I am talking about…or have seen it and never ventured in…this is my take on it:

I couldn’t make up my mind.  I wanted a little something from there to take back home with me.  I looked through the store over and over, back and forth, up and down.  I already had the monogrammed coffee cup with my initial…via online.  Our daughter got one though, that day, and it’s so cute.  Finally my sweet, patient, and handsome hubby made a suggestion.  “This looks like you.”  I had spotted the measuring cup but hadn’t really went over to check it out.  He was right.  It’s the right combo of things that I love.  A bit “potteryish” a lot “kitchen” and colorfully delightful.  I also picked up a candle out of the clearance section.  I wish now, that I would have picked up another.  It smells wonderful.

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Anthropologie is in a class of it’s own.  It’s not close to any other store that I have been in.  So eclectic.  I think that is what I love the most.  It’s so classy in an earthy and simplistic fashion.  I love that they have a wide range of things that are affordable on a day to day basis and then also have things that you might spot and need to wait and save up for.  If we lived close to one it would be a great place to pick up a gift for someone.  (All my friends and family would have monogrammed mugs.  lol!)  Did I mention the candles?  Just kidding…but I do love candles and they have some that are amazing.

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The moral of the Adventures in Anthropologie is this:

If you have one…enjoy.  Especially if you like things a bit on the simple side…like me.

Love from the dirt road,

Sigturquoise

A Few Things at IKEA

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On Spring Break this year, we took a little jaunt to Texas.  It was wonderful, relaxing, and just what we needed.  I had a few places that I wanted to visit while we were there.  Places that we don’t have here in our neck of the woods.  I am totally fine with that fact…because I am one of those crazies that actually loves small town life.  That being said…it was really fun to visit some of these spots.  IKEA was one of them.  Of course I picked up…a few things at IKEA.

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If you have never been…IKEA is like a big showroom upstairs and then a market downstairs.  The market was my favorite part and I was stoked about the prices.  I picked up some glass vases that I had seen on Instagram and also a sheepskin for the piano bench. Their candles smell great too.  I was really impressed with the whole thing and would definitely go back.  You guys are all like…”Duh…we have been and we already know this goodness of which you speak.”  Just in case though….that someone out there has thought of going and held off…go.  If you are into home decor…I would bet my eye teeth that you would love it.  (Okay…maybe not.)

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Our girls are enjoying the sheepskin for piano practice.  A little easier on the bum than a hard piano bench.  I love the bit of softness that it lends to such an angular spot.

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If you already know all about IKEA because you don’t live in the sticks…or if you have always wanted to go…leave me a comment and we will chat it up!

Love from the Farmhouse,

Sigturquoise

Rainy Day Blues

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Is it raining in your neck of the woods?  It’s sprinkling here.  I am waiting to do chores.  Good news though…no rain in the forecast for the next ten days I do believe.  That is music to this spring loving gal.  Rainy day blues…be gone.

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I may have to create a little sunshine today.  Do you guys do that?  Try to brighten the mood a little?  We are having tacos for supper and that always brings sparkly eyes to the Farmhouse.

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I hope that you all have a wonderful Thursday.  I hope that you stop to count the blessings all around…even when they come in the form of raindrops.

Love from the dirt road,

Sigturquoise

Easing Back In

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Hey Guys!  How are you?  We are back to living real life today.  We have been snowed in and then the week after that we were on Spring Break.  We went on vacation and it was wonderful…but vacation cannot last forever and today it’s back to the real stuff.  Outside chores are done, laundry is started, thinking on a grocery run, and I just brewed my first cup of coffee.  Monday…you aren’t so bad.  We are easing back in.

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I will have to tell you about my trip to Texas this week…after I get things squared away.  I got to visit a few awesome places for the first time.  IKEA, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and Anthropologie.  No…we do not have those here in the land of feed stores and Wal-Mart.  I am totally okay with that, but it was super-fun to get to experience all of these places that you guys enjoy.  I am also missing my family terribly. They were so hospitable to us in their gorgeous home.  It was just a good time all around.  My heart is very thankful.  I will try to get some shots up of my goodies that I brought home.  Squeal squeal!

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I hope that Monday is kind to you.  You can do it!  My Dirt Roaders are go getters. ;)

Sigturquoise

The Promise of Spring

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Hey Dirt Roaders!  Are you snowed under?  Are you tired of talking about snow?  We are getting there.  We actually got hammered with another round of it last night.  We have half heartedly mentioned the nitrogen for the ground…but for the most part everyone is ready for spring. (Some friends of ours call it free fertilizer.  I agree and we are thankful.)

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Sometimes life throws stuff like that at us.  It seems like hard times just keep coming with no promise of spring.  It won’t be that way forever though.  Hang in there sweet ones.  An old song says “It won’t rain always.”  It’s the truth.  If you feel as though you just can’t breath…tip your head up a little.  At times after losing our beloved Daddy, Father-in-law, and Poppy…I felt that I couldn’t breathe.  Our Saviour would give me that gentle nudge to look up.  It makes a huge difference. Life is still hard at times…but being reminded that God has everything under control makes a world of difference. Years ago, I was going through a hard time, and our pastor spoke to our ladies group.  We had all met at their house and he did a little devotion for us.  That was his topic.  It wouldn’t be winter forever and that spring was right around the corner.  I remember being so encouraged by that.  I knew that what he spoke was true.  God never leaves us in darkness.  Even when we can’t feel it…God is busy taking care of us.

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The kids and I are going to make good use of our time today.  We are going to clean and get things all spiffed up.  I plan on dragging out my workhorse….the Hyla.  Did you guys ever jump on that bandwagon?  We actually bought ours of of eBay.  I love it.  It just makes everything seem clean.  lol!  I am on my first load of laundry.  Always more of that to follow.  I also need to figure out once again…what to cook for supper.  What have you guys been cooking?  Leave me some comments and load me up with ideas!  I will love you forever!  (You know that I already do.) Please don’t be afraid to leave a comment.  I enjoy them so much.  There have been times that I have felt intimidated to leave a comment on other blogs.  Please don’t feel that here.  This is a place for us to visit and learn from each other.  I try to write this blog like a visit between friends.  Feedback…makes me feel that I am not talking to myself.  lol!

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Believing in the promise of spring,

Sigturquoise

Spring…Is That You?

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Hey guys!!!  How are you?  We are doing well.  Trying to stay warm.  The first day of March has come and gone and so far we have no hint of spring.  We are actually due for another snow storm tomorrow.  As my granny said.. “We will get what we get.”  Pretty cut and dried.

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So what are you guys doing to hop on the spring bandwagon?  I haven’t put our decor out yet.  I’m thinking about doing a little of that today, even with snow impending.  I have a couple of cute bunnies and a couple of pillows from friends.  I also have some daffodils that look very real.  It’s exciting to add a few touches to brighten things.  It’s also exciting to herald in the celebration of Easter.

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I also need to be thinking about what I am going to cook for supper.  I’m thinking on turkey kielbasa with cabbage.  That is my mom’s famous recipe and I am anxious to try it.  (She doesn’t use the turkey version though.)  Something hearty and healthy sounds good in this weather.  I may throw a bit of corn in there for the Mr. and a bit of okra for me.  We shall see.  ;)

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I hope that you have a lovely Tuesday.  When you think about it…we have some special people in our lives that have some serious needs.  If you could whisper a prayer for them…I would be ever grateful.  My Dirt Roaders are the best.  Thank you!

Love from the Farmhouse,

Sigturquoise

Faithful Readers

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Hey friends.  I am back!  You all are the best.  I have actually had half way decent stats while I have been gone.  Either you all have checked in, just to see, or people were actually stopping by and reading.  How sweet.  You, faithful readers, are amazing.

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Sooooo….it’s crazy.  Our family has been puny for weeks.  One little bug after the other and then it hits the momma.  We are hopefully on the upswing.  Upswing is always good.

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In the middle of that we had snow days!  A whole week off.  We loved it.  I am one of those crazy moms that enjoy every little drop of school breaks.  It was wonderful and cozy and a good time to be under the weather…because we could just relax.  Now it’s time to get in full swing.  Deep breaths.  lol!

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I hope that you guys have a wonderful Tuesday!

Sigturquoise

 

 

A Little Bit of Love

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Can you guys believe that it’s already February?  Crazy how time zooms by.  Of course…those er…um…laugh lines around my eyes…they tell a story of their own.  Moving on quickly….lol…how bout a little bit of love?  Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day?  I usually just put out a little touch of it for the kids.  They think that it’s pretty cool when they come home and things have changed like that.

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You guys know by now that I am a strong believer in the simple things of life.  I appreciate the beauty in intricate things…but as far as creating them myself, the simple things soothe my soul.  It could be a tad of impatience on my part.  Or it could be just the appreciation of a clean surface with a touch of whimsy.  Whatever it is, I know that it’s not for everyone.  For me though, simple, farmhouse style, even on Valentine’s Day…hits the spot.  Now…that doesn’t mean that I don’t love a touch of glitter (Oh my.  How I love glitter.) or bling here and there.  Just a touch though. ;)

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In other news…it might snow today!  I am so excited.  We haven’t had just a real good snow yet this year.  It has all been north of us.  Not everyone loves snow…but I do, and my vote counts…no matter what the snow grinches say.  (Sorry to my Mr.  I still love you. )

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I hope that whatever you do today…that you throw a little bit of love in there.  Treat yourself to something fun.  I am a firm believer in doing this everyday.  Enjoy this life that you have been blessed with.  Jesus loves you…and so do we.

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Out on the dirt road,

Sigturquoise

 

 

 

Two Cups Please

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I am having a two cups of coffee morning.  Our kids have been sick over the weekend.  Now…while it’s hard for all of them to feel puny at once…it’s better than stretching it out over several weeks.  I’ll take it…and look at it as the blessing that it is.  That being said…pass me the K-Cups.

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We had a little DIY going on Saturday.  We painted the front room.  It used to be red…now it is blissfully white and I love it.  I will try to get a post up an running….soon.  You will be amazed at the difference.

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I hope that your Monday is lovely.  Mine is going to get even better…with tacos on the menu tonight. ;)

Love from the Farmhouse,

Sigturquoise

Winter Weather News

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Hey guys!  How is the weather out there?  We, here in Missouri, are never sure about that one.  There may be some snow in our winter forecast…but no one is really sure.  I need to go to the grocery store…but it will be crazy.  If you tell folks in our area that we are going to get one snow flurry…they rush out to buy bottled water.  We tend to be a bit dramatic in this neck of the woods.

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I have two weather forecasters in my life.  One is the Mr.  the other one is his mother.  They funny thing is…their forecasts never match.  She told me that we would get a wintery-mix, he said only rain.  I guess that it remains to be seen.  That still doesn’t change the fact that I need to rush out, with the masses, and buy fresh fruit and veggies.  (Maybe some bottled water too.)

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Lest you think that we are all totally crazy, as most small town folk tend to be, let me explain.  Where we live…it is hilly.  I’m not talking one or two.  I’m talking…basically hills everywhere.  When it gets icy…it’s pretty much a go…that your are not going anywhere.  We live with this…happily.  The older I get, the less that being snowed in is a problem.  Plus…we have been off in the ditch on the dirt road before and the tow truck was at the top of the….hill…on the black top…and would not come and pull us out, for fear of getting stuck.  Um….okay. (Thanks Dad…for trying…by calling us in a favor.)  Thankfully…the sweet Lord above…helped us out of that one.  So…that explains a little of our small town crazy winter behavior.

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I love cozy days at home.  It’s pretty blustery out today.  I have two good books to read, a rag quilt to get started on, and of course my SAHM jobs.  There is actually a load of towels waiting to be lifted to their warm and cozy dryer right now.  I had better hop to it.

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Sigturquoise

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