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Ahhhh, Christmas is approaching....

We have had a beautiful fall, the weather has been good to us (but not the farmers) and I am not ready for winter. But then again I never am. I do however relish the Christmas Season. There is something magical about Christmas lights and lightly falling snow. The colors in the night sky dancing on the house with the lit up tree in the window makes me feel whimsical every time I see it.
My kids have grown and moved on into their adult lives. Christmas morning is quiet, too quiet. I miss the giggles as the kids wake up much too early to see what Santa has left under the tree. I miss the tearing of wrapping paper and the "OOOHHHH LOOK!" as the presents are released from their secretive coverings. I understand now why Mom wanted us to return home for Christmas every year, because she missed it too. I have always sworn quietly to myself I would never harp on my kids to return home for holiday celebrations and really haven't needed to. But this Thanksgiving one was different as my children weren't able to come home. The day was off, and now that it is passed, I think forward to Christmas. I yearn for the morning giggles. My husband and I will open our gifts Christmas morning with laughter, smiles and gratitude. The whole time, I will be secretly considering finding children to rent to be there with us next year. Just to bring the innocence and giggles back to my Chrismas morning.....

Flea Market Season

WOW!!
It was a wonderful flea market season and I am sorry to have it over. So it is time for a short breather and before we know it next years season will be here again!
Thank you to all of our vendors, all of our customers and the citizens of Davis without whom none of this was possible!

And if you missed out.... make sure to mark your calendar's for the "Second Saturday of the Month" The flea markets run from May thru October.

Good Problems?!?

So...Spring is here!  (Finally!)
   And the spring time rituals are underway.....one of the many is cleaning out the garden and enriching the soil.  It is a typical activity, no different than any other year, except this year I received a surprise.
   Some people like surprises, others do not.  I am one of the ones that like them but this time maybe not so much.
   You see, every year I plant a garden so that I can help feed my family.  Many produce items from the grocery store seem bland, like the tomatoes that the big corporations have to pick before they are ripe so that they can get them to the store shelves before they spoil.

Rooted, but not standing still

Rooted, but not standing still.....
As I am tempted by the nearby orchards all beckoning me to come and pick apples a few things come to mind.  First the smell in the kitchen when I have the dehydraters filled with cut apples and the crockpot filled with homemade applebutter.  But second is the tree itself and what the familiar site can come to mean.
 
Our family just yesterday continued a tradition.  We planted a redbud tree in our yard.   You see we have planted a redbud at each house we have ever lived in (this one makes the 3rd).

God Bless Small Town America

 
I have a confession to make…..I don’t live in small townAmerica….I am a wanna-be.
 
You see, my sister and I have opened this store together in her neck of the woods (aka Davis, SD) and I travel up from Omaha, NE (metroarea population of 400,000+)  each and every chance I can get to help man the store. 
 
But in my mind small town America rocks!!  From day one I have been made to feel like part of the community.  I am welcomed by name (think of Norm on Cheers!), I have people who are 100% sincere when they ask “How are you doing?

Golden Treasures

My favorite part of late summer/early fall......is not the fact that my kids are heading back to school and that means that they are another year older *sigh*.
No.....it is the fact that sweet corn is available at every farmers market and at street vendors all around town.
 
I consider myself VERY lucky:  I have a family of farmers and gardeners.  They range from having only a single rhubarb plant tucked into their landscape someone, to having a simple garden of tomatoes/peppers/green beans, to full out farmers with hundreds of acres of land that they use to help keep America fed.

Positive Thoughts!!

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. ~George Santayana


Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same. ~Francesca Reigler


If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit


So often time it happens, we all live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key. ~The Eagles, "Already Gone"

The beginning

Well, This is where I plan on keeping a living journal of our progress on the farm. What we learn, how we learn it and IF we do it! LOL!! No really, we have done so much and have more plans than money or time. I guess for me it would be nice to have this read and receive POSITVE feedback, but at the same time I guess that I am really doing this to help me in looking back to remember the beginning of our journey here and where we are now.  Also, our Grandson Gionni had mentioned when he was here last that he would like to "have" the farm when Nana and Grandpa go to heaven (BTW, he is 9 right now).
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