Crazy Crazy Month of May

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I am waiting in the parent pick up line as we speak. Well actually as I speak. Into my little microphone thingy. Why do I forget all the rest of the year just how crazy,  crazy, super-crazy the month of May is? Then it rolls around and I act surprised. Maybe I should write this down. 😉


Other than that, we are all trying to hang in there. I’m sure that you all are doing the same. I will try to write a little more content for you… when I get a minute.


If your month of May is a little crazy, like ours, just try to remember that summer is around the bend. My hope is that it is a relaxing and refreshing one.

Love from the Farmhouse,

Kelli

Time to Heal

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If you follow along on Istagram, then you already know what has been going on in our world.  Our church had to let go of our precious pastor, of 25 years, so that he could really begin to live.  One of these days, I will write a loving tribute to him from our family…but first I need a little time to heal.

I am asking, at this time, that you hold his precious wife up in prayer.  She is amazing, and strong, but she needs the comfort that only Jesus can bring.  She needs time to heal.

I also ask that you hold our congregation up in prayer.  They are salt of the earth folks with great big hearts. Great big hearts are easily broken…and yes…they need time to heal.

This morning in my quiet time I was reading in Psalms about how the Lord lifts our head and sustains us. My battered heart cannot help but look up in hope…when I read those words.


Brother Hight…your healing is now eternal. It was instant and we rejoice in that. Ours though…will take a bit of time.

Thank you for your prayers,

Kelli

Adding Chickens to Your Farm

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Disclaimer:  These are not my eggs…er…um…our chicken’s eggs rather.😉 A friend gifted them to us.  They are French Copper Maran eggs, and I may just need a hen or two like this.

 

When we moved, years ago, we started out with just shy of five acres.  In the Ozarks…five acres is a farm…so we had a few feet to go. Since then when have added more acreage and have a farm of about sixteen and a half acres.  Just enough for us.  We have a few head of cattle, a few goats, a donkey, a miniature horse, chickens, and dogs and cats. Our farm has grown over the last few years.  This may actually be a sort of warning to you. We started with chickens.

 

Chickens are addicting.  We started by ordering those little balls of fluff from the feed store.  Do you have Chick Days in your neck of the woods?  Well…we do.  We raised them in the garage…caring for them and wiping their little hineys if needed.  (It’s so much easier to have a momma lay the eggs, hatch them, and take care of her own kids.) Even though we would order all pullets, except one, we would usually wind up with a few roosters in the mix.  The excitement came when it was time to turn them out into their brand new chicken yard. They were so cute running around out there.
 

We now have a wide assortment and even some little Polish gals with the wild “hair.”  My brother gave us those and they are so sweet.  Such good tempered hens.  We get lots of enjoyment out of our chickens.  They are fun to watch in the summer evenings, before they go to bed. When you have your own chickens, as long as they aren’t molting and are laying steady, you always have something to eat.  I remember my delight in skipping the egg cooler at the grocery store.  I felt very self-sufficient.  lol!

 

I think that it’s wonderful how farming is catching back on in this generation.  We live in a very rural community, so it has always been a way of life around here.  All of our grandparents farmed at some point.  You actually don’t go very far here without running into a farmer of some sort.  Even folks that don’t have any stock, or live in town, a lot of them raise a garden.  That is some of the toughest farming that there is.  Some folks even raise a tomato plant or two in a five gallon bucket.  I love that.  I love to see the light in their eyes when they talk about how well their “crop” has done. We raise a pretty good sized garden here and I preserve lots of things.  It’s one of my favorite things about country life.

 

 

Did you know that you don’t have to live out in the sticks to raise a few chickens?  Of course you did!  I believe, in our town, that you can have hens but not roosters and there is a limit on how many.  So even if you don’t want a lot of acreage to farm and take care of, you can still have a few hens to lay eggs for your family.

 

 

Our chickens are big scrap eaters.  That makes me feel great!  I hate wasting things, so even the vegetable scraps or leftovers…the chickens go nuts over.  They love old fruit and things like that too.  We even feed them our old pumpkins after Thanksgiving.  It is rumored in the organic community that this helps with worming the chickens.

 

I hope that if you are thinking of adding chickens to your farm that this has encouraged you.  We enjoy ours so much and are very thankful for them actually.  It’s funny how all of these critters just seem to be a part of your family after awhile. This farm life…it’s so much deeper than some realize.  It speaks to your heart in ways that you never imagined.  God is good to do things like that for us.

Love from the Farmhouse,

Sigturquoise

Little Bits of Kitchen

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Good morning, good morning!  How is everyone today?  We are definitely trying to hang in there.  I thought that I would share a few…little bits of kitchen with you today.  Everyone always calls the kitchen the heart of the home.  I would have to agree with that.  People usually seem to gravitate to that room at the Farmhouse too.  I love that.

Do you all have a coffee station.  It’s a pretty important part of our kitchen…let me tell ya!  Our Keurig was on the blink the other day…and everyone was a bit bummed.  (Especially since we had just gotten it in December.)  Thankfully we ran some cleaner through it and it works again.  It’s such a cozy spot in our kitchen though. I love to make coffee, but also my Sleepytime tea in this little spot.  Very cozy, in the evenings.

I’m sure that if you follow along on Instagram, you have seen this little piggy trencher.  The first place that I ever saw a little pig like this was either on Edie Wadsworth’s blog or Instagram.  She keeps salt in hers and it is adorable.  I think this one is a bit bigger.  I just put my salt crock inside.  It’s truly a delight in our kitchen.

Do you guys remember the plate rack turned cook book rack?  I loved my plate rack…but I really enjoy all of the these cookbooks being out in the open.  I know…that you know…that the kitchen can be pretty too.  It’s such a workhorse in our homes at times though…that we overlook some areas.  Don’t do that! ;)  Make every area of your kitchen enjoyable to look at or live in.  I promise you…it will be worth the effort and you will enjoy your time in there so much more.

I hope that you guys have enjoyed the little bits of kitchen that I have shared today.  I love this early morning shot.  (Ignore the Sherwin Williams paint bucket/egg bucket. Keeping it real.) I also hope that you all have a wonderful Tuesday.  Remember…life is what your make it.  You get to choose.

Love from the dirt road,

Sigturquoise

Life in the Slow Lane and Etsy News

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Do you actually know anyone who lives life in the slow lane?  Nah…me either.  Well…maybe our grandparents…but when you are in your seventies and eighties…it might be a good idea to slow down a bit.  Things have been picking up a bit more so around here lately.  That is normal for this time of year.  I have found some things that seem to help though, when busyness tries to take over.

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Yesterday evening, my husband needed to go work at the church.  I decided to fix a Crock-Pot turkey breast, so at least that much was already done.  Then we just fixed the sides to go with it and we were good to go. Don’t Crock-Pots make our lives easier?  When we have to be somewhere in the evening but still need to have supper on the table…I try to come up with “less stress” meals.  No one wants to be rushing around and trying to enjoy filet mignon at the same time.  Take the low road on that one.  You know…since we are talking slow land and all of that.😉

Another good tip is this:  Grab little “vacations” where you can.  Actually slow down and eat lunch on your lunch hour.  Don’t fill it with errands if they can be avoided.  When evening rolls around and your family has gathered back in…enjoy it.  Go outside.  Take a walk.  Give your dog a scratch on the head.  You know…I fear for a generation that does not take the time to enjoy life.  We just run around at breakneck speed and try to accomplish everything at once.  I really don’t believe that God intended that.  I believe that He is all for working hard…but also for pausing to enjoy the fruits of your labors at the end of the day. Our lives are what we make them.  We have to choose.

I promised you Etsy news and here it is!  Our shop is soon to open!  I will let you know on Instagram and our Facebook page as soon as it is live.  I hope that you all will check it out.  We are shooting for this coming Friday!  Stay tuned!!!

Don’t forget to switch to the slow lane…or even pull over and have a look around!

Love from the Farmhouse,

Sigturquoise

Whoa Nellie!

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Hey Dirt Roaders!  How is everyone out there on the interwebs? I wanted to say a big “hello” to those that are stopping by from the article in the local paper.  We are so glad to have you here on the dirt road with us. Sue, that interviewed me, came and stayed a while and we just had a wonderful visit.  I love it when business turns into friendship.  Anyway…I would have posted a welcome sooner…but this week is trying to make me all kinds of cray cray…so I’m all about the “Whoa Nellie” this week.

My week started out wonderful.  Easter Sunday.  We went to Sunday morning service and then we had lunch/supper here with a whole bunch of our family.  It was the sweetest.  My favorite part of the whole day was when we all joined hands, in a big circle, and gave thanks for the meal.  I love those peaceful moments.  Those are not “Whoa Nellie” moments.

Monday was a good day for us.  We were all off of work and school. Tuesday was nerve wracking.  I had a doctor’s appointment…but everything turned out good and that was a relief.  (My road to recovery has been a slow one. I am thankful to be progressing though.) So that was a very BIG “Whoa Nellie” day.  I don’t know how you guys are…but I can have my teeth pulled…and no biggie.  Take me to the doctor’s office and I am a mess.  I start cracking jokes, because I am so nervous, and it just goes from there.  It’s like I have my own stand up routine.  What on the earth is wrong with me? Anyway, by the grace of God, we made it through that.  We even had a little time to go junking and to buy a yummy smelling candle.  Balance, I tell you. Balance.

So that brings us to yesterday. I’m just out here on the farm, minding my own biz…and a family member has a small (okay large) crisis…and I needed to be there.  It all happened very fast and was definitely a “Whoa Nellie” kind of day…all the way into the night. Things are good now though…and I now know why I came across the verse in Habakkuk, chapter 3, verse 19, yesterday morning.  It talks about the Lord being our strength and making us sure footed.  He really does that on those “Who Nellie” days.  Aren’t we glad?  Of course we are!  My Dirt Roaders are smart and kind and tough.

As usual…I will not leave you with gloom and despair.  I will leave you with the heart shaped sweet potato that I ate on Monday evening.  It was so pretty and delicious…that it deserved a spot on the blog.  If you are in the middle of a “Whoa Nellie” experience friends…just hold on. God is right in the middle of that need. He with be your strength and make sure that your feet don’t slip. He also made sweet potatoes…and I think that was really nice of Him.

Love from the Farmhouse,

Sigturquoise

p.s. We are chomping at the bit to open the Etsy shop.  Hopefully it will be any day now!  Woo Hoo!

 

Comfort

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Some days it would be nice to pull the covers up over our heads. Or at least stay cozy with a nice cup of tea.  The real world can be hard can’t it?  The news…even when it’s not election year…can drive you to distraction.  Then we hear of attacks in other places and ours hearts just break.  We search for comfort.  We want to give comfort, and we want to pull comfort close to us.

Lots of the things that I incorporate into our home bring a sense of comfort.  Old things seem comforting to me.  I have a quilt that belonged to my husband’s granny and our little babies have covered up with it for years.  It finally got so tattered that I folded it and put it up.  Special papers that the kids have drawn and handed to us bring a bit of comfort.  Looking out into the pasture at the new calf brings some comfort too.  In hard times…we look harder.  We search more diligently. We need something that tells us…”Hey…it will be okay.”

Sometimes we reach out for comfort food. Something to nourish us physically…when emotionally…we feel a bit lean. I do believe that a warm bowl of something tends to feel like a hug, but even comfort food cannot fix the lean times of the soul.  We need something more for our comfort.

If you have followed this blog any length of time at all, you know where this is going.  We do have hope, sweet ones.  Jesus is alive!  It might look dreary…when Friday rolls around…but come Sunday, HOPE is alive. He won’t leave us hanging.  He will swoop in and rescue us.  Did you know that He is just like a mother hen with her chicks?  He will tuck us under His wing and keep us safe there. That is a wonderful promise!  It is a place of comfort…and that is the real comfort that we can share with others…and wrap around our own selves.

Be brave Dirt Roaders!  Jesus loves us!

Sigturquoise

Down Time

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Do you ever get a little glum during down time?  The whole rest of the world is going boom-shack-lacka…and you are all like…”sup?” Sometimes we have to make ourselves enjoy down time.  We have to choose down time.  Sometimes it’s not just healthy emotionally, but physically.

  
Sometimes we have to have a yummy caramel too.  You know…just to liven things up a bit. Lol!

If you are having a bit of down time…enjoy it.  You will be running around like crazy before you know it…or weeding the garden. 😉

Love from the Farmhouse,

Kelli

Spring Break

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Are you guys on Spring Break in your area?  We started on Monday and it’s always a welcomed break.  No bedtime routine, no homework, no hurried mornings.  I enjoy every break with the kids though.  I’m that crazy mom that hopes and prays for snow days during the winter too.  It’s just a good feeling when the chicks are in the nest.

I have been doing a bit of spring decorating around the Farmhouse. My mom and family usually come to our house on Easter…so it’s fun to have a few things out.  Plus, after winter…a bit of bright and cheery feels so good!  This will be Sweetie Pie Muffin Man’s first Easter.  (My nephew.  Yes…I give everyone a nickname/moniker.) How sweet is that?

This picture was taken in the evening, as you can tell, so the light wasn’t the greatest.  I was gifted with  a new scale (scales) though and “needed” to post it on IG.  My granny is blown away by the fact that I would want something like this in our home.  lol!  The older set cannot wrap their minds around us junkin’ women,  and our love of old, rusty, chippy, things. (I guess if your aren’t into farmhouse style…you probably can’t either.  Don’t fall out with me. You are not old. lol!) Another thing about this shot…my hand is in it.  Oh well…you win some…you lose some…and sometimes you just get a ribbon for participation. Ha!

Love from the dirt road,

Sigturquoise

 

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