Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Another sweet morning

I have been waking in the mornings and loving the view outside.  The sunrises are amazing and I am blessed to find new views every day.  Today the sun was a pinkish orange and totally hidden until almost 30 minutes after it rose.

The farm is so quiet in these months.  The fields are fallow, the barn is silent, and the weather is cold.  It is hard to wait for spring, to find the comfort of rest.  I need rest and each morning I see a view that reminds me that rest is perfect.

I hope you will find comfort and a breath of fresh rest in the pictures I've taken.


Sending sweet, restful love and kisses from the farm.
oxox

Sunday, January 15, 2012

As the deer

The tracks go from the tree on the left toward the sunrise


As I looked out the window this morning to see the sunrise I was surprised to find tracks in the field.  Last night's low was easily below zero and I would have thought animals would have hunkered down to stay warm.

Instead I found deer tracks in the field.  It looked like the deer even came up toward the house to look for any potential food source.  With our winter being so mild up until this past Thursday I'd think they were caught a bit off guard by the sudden change in weather.

I love this view.  I can never seem to get enough of it in the early morning light.

the tracks come from the woods 
I used to be a "night owl" when I was younger.  Now, mornings have become my favorite time.  Maybe it's the quiet of the house after Travis and Arliss leave for school, maybe it's the new morning sunshine warming my book room--I don't know.

 I do know, that if you look throughout my posts, you will find a number of the pictures facing east.



Happy Sunday to you.
Sending love and wintry kisses from the farm.
oxoxo

Friday, January 13, 2012

WINTER IS HERE!!

Winter arrived yesterday.  I was so excited, I still am.  The first flake came around 7:30 a.m. and it was officially snowing by 8:45 a.m.  This snow was very fine, easily blown from one place to another; which it did most of the day.

On a farm it's hard to record just how much snow fell, since the wide, open spaces lend themselves to be a freeway of sorts for the blowing snow.  I would say we have anywhere between 4-6 inches. However, due to the drifting there are the usual bare patches of ground right next to an 8 inch drift.  Welcome to farm country!

My dad recently gave me my grandfather's snowblower; a Ford ST 826.  It's old, it's huge, and if you forget to put it in gear when you try to use it, it is very hard to move.  Just sayin'.
Grampa's Ford ST 826

But, when you do remember to put it in "drive" it moves like a charm and does all of the wonderful things that a snowblower is supposed to do--without all of the bending, lifting, and overexertion that shoveling entails.

I am proud to say that I have officially used a snowblower for the first time,  following the step-by-step notes I took when my dad explained how to work it.  Including the very important step of closing the gas valve when I was done.

Today with the wind it is very cold, just in the teens with a high tonight in the single digits.  But I don't care.  The house is warm, there's knitting and quilting to be done and if need be I will go back out and clear a path again.  I can do that now, and it won't take 8 hours like it did last year during the blizzard (see my post in Feb. of 2011 for pictures).  It only took 45 minutes to clear the drifts and make a path to the cars.  WAHOO!  God bless the person who created the snowblower.

drifts next to bare places...with a pathway thanks
to my snowblower
Enjoy the pictures of my snowy wonderland and enjoy your winter.  Spring is coming ya' know-- the seed catalogs are already starting to come in the mail.




the old pump next to the barnyard

one of my favorite views near the machine shed




Sending rosy cheek kisses and love from the farm.
oxoxo

Monday, January 9, 2012

Sunrises and mercies

We have had an incredibly dry winter thus far.  No snow, little rain, it looks more like October or November than the second week in January.  After last year's major snow storms, it's almost like a let down.  And then, and then there are mornings like today.  

God has made amazing mornings since the first time there was light.  Today's morning sky was no different. 


 I cannot help but think of the Scripture from Lamentations 3:22-24 which says;  "Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”   




Every morning sky is new.  Yes, God may use some of the same colors, but they are always new--just like His mercies.


Enjoy!  Can't wait to see what He does tomorrow!


Sending love from the farm,



oxoxox 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New and Old

the sun through the haze
I spent this weekend hanging out with family and loving all that I am blessed to have and blessed to love. I took some pictures on the last day of 2011 here at the farm.  The sun took a long time to "show up" but once it did it was beautiful.
the silent apple trees waiting for spring

This morning on the way to church we passed some lazy clouds, more like those one would see in the summer than on January 1st of 2012.
summer sky in January


Enjoy the pictures.  As I write the wind is screaming and whistling through the trees around the farmhouse.  I can hear it as it blows through the keyhole on the front door, almost like the wind is trying to blow on a pop bottle.  I love listening to the wind.  Happy New Year!
Blessings to you and yours from the farm.
 oxoxo




can you find the sun??