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This old girl is finaly getting a face lift

Everygirl in her life at one point, thinks she has wrinkles, extra pounds, bad hair and just about everything about her just doen’t set right sometimes in her life. When you get that chance to make a change in your apperance you often wonder If this is the right choice, hair color change, cut my hair short, leave it long or do a whole new you! Well I’ll say this old girl is going through some big changes, and it starting right now.

Often we overlook our selves by doing so much for others, honestly most won’t care what you look like so sometimes you just don’t care either. Apperances to some are about everything, apperances to some are nothing, Who cares right?, Well maybe for some they don’t care and we all know this kind, they pretty much only care for themselves.

You ever hear someone say how much better they feel when they change their apperance, well this old girl is starting to feel just that, this face lift will launch a new her with only more changes to come a total make over before long, this may take some time because of the costs, but it’s a start and you’ve got to start somewhere to get anywhere.

How exciting it will be to have a new look, after looking haggard and worn down for years, like being used up and no one caring , just waiting for someone to take notice and care about you again.

Well this old girl is on the road to a new life ahead with someone caring, this face lift will be the start to a boom of excitment for her and she will once again have a little shine from her lift, and maybe one day she again be what she once was in her hay day.

If you haven’t guessed yet, I’m not talking about me getting a face lift, although I probalby could use it but it’s not for me, but it’s certainly for the old girl.

“The old girl” is our beloved historic dairy barn, she’d getting a face lift this week with a new roof! She already is feeling better with all that old rusty metal removed, and breathing a little till the new metal roofing goes up and she will shine so big when the sun hits her roof it will look like she is smiling.

As you can tell I’m very excited for her, she is well deserved a makeover, she has been a loyal grand girl for many years to those that used her for many tasks, including miking cows.  Years have taken there toll on her, she has been overlooked, as well some repairs have not been so timely or fattering to her.

The sweetheart she is from her old lap siding, with her tall rafters, so many memories we will never know, for she keeps them tucked away in her beautiful beams of wood that was built many years go. I stand and look up to the rafters where the little birds like to nest, and she greets them each spring as they return to raise their young in her beautiful presence.

“The old girl” is cherished for her beauty,  for her ability to give us hope of the memories, because we know they are there, her make over starting with her roof will bring back her shine giving her once again the feeling she has a purpose and is cared for.

The home page picture of her will be replaced as each step in her make over is achieved, be sure to check on her status, celebrating her victories along the way.

 

 

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Humor is everywhere just listen

I would even go so far to say that Humor is in your genes, an inheritable factor passed down from generations of others that see the funny side for what it really is the “spice of life”.  Everyone isn’t gifted with it, nor are some even effected by a hilarity of sorts and some of us can’t re-tale a tale that was  comical to most , which becomes quirky to others.

My Mom had a quick wit, my oldest bother had it , two of my sons have it, me every once in while I can come up with something to at least make you smile. What is quick wit? the ability to think fast with a comeback line or to make a single conversation into a hilarious situation that will make you laugh so hard tears run down your face, or If your like me I laugh so hard I feel like I might pee my pants.

When my two boys get together their humor feeds off one another, which usually keeps us all in “stiches” or leaving the room to compose ourselves, but really what does humor have to do with anything in our lives? I’ll tell you lately I’ve been trying to teach my self to find humor in everything that irritates me, especially with others, however some are harder to find.

I was going through some papers the other day and found a letter written to me from my Mom, she wrote in the letter how things were going for her a typical letter from a parent, a small sheet of note pad paper lay inside this letter, again I read it as I had never read it before. Of course it was humorous but it brought such joy to see her hand writing and feel her wit through her writing. I’m sharing it with you today, from a lady that could find humor in just about everything, something I’m hoping I can get better at, because I find it makes you happy and If your having a bad day, then laughter is the key.

I can’t say for sure where Mom got this or If she wrote it, although it wouldn’t suprise me she was always writing things down, either way I hope you enjoy it from a grand lady that was a hoot!

“With time, women gain weight because we accumulate so much information & wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room, it distrubutes out to the rest of our bodies.  So we aren’t heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy.  Begining today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I think good grief look how smart I am!  Must be where the expression “Smart Ass” came from?

 

 

 

 

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Everyday gets a little lighter on the Farm

Which means I ‘m ready for day light savings to change, going to work in the dark and getting home in the dark isn’t something I really enjoy.  I don’t get to see the farm in daylight, can’t see the horses, just feel like I’m away for 4 or 5 days at a time depending on my schedule.  When the weekend comes around, it’s all good and it’s like I’m back where I belong again. Then it starts all over again come Monday morning.

Except for yesterday and today, I was met with frosty mornings, cool temperatures, icy water buckets and cloudy skies, along with snow in the forecast.  I really didn’t let any of that bother me I was just glad to be home on the farm, enjoying the sites in the daylight doing farm things  like feeding the animals.

Somehow I just enjoy cleaning out the horse’s run-ins, refilling them with shavings,  and just love their company to the alternative of going to work, well yes it is work here on the farm but I don’t see it as that, housework that’s work I don’t like doing it, like my house clean but hate doing it.  Being out side, doesn’t matter the wheather it’s were I want to be.

I like the feeling when the horses are so happy, they let me know by their calls , nickering when they see me coming or how excited they were today when they all got new selenium blocks and salt on a rope to hang in their sheds.  Ever see a 29 years old horse get so excited he jumps up down when he sees his grain bucket coming and knows there’s cut up carrots and apples because mom’s coming, that a priceles site and a heart renching feeling,  makes you smile no matter what else is going on in your life.

Being home on the farm means, I get to gather the chicken eggs and watch those silly hens do crazy stuff like trying to catch something blowing in the wind because to them it might be edible , I can hand feed the rabbits their papaya tablet on saturday mornings, the barn cats can get their ears scratched,  the four dogs can supervisor the morning and evening chores and take me on a guided trip to the end of the property and back to make sure everything is up to their standards.

Everyone has their favorite things in life, for me it’s just being with the animals, everyday, anyday.   I never tire of it, I can hardly wait for it to get light enough on the weekend mornings so I can go outside and do chores and just be with the animals.  Everyday is a new adventure on the farm and for me the farm is my adventure, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So hurry and come day light savings, so I  can spend longer days into the early evening with some of the things I love most in my life here on the farm, the animals.

 

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New Year New Items- Just Farm Girl Designer Bags and More

New Designer Farm Bags by Just Farm Girl It are here along with two new products we are introducing in 2018:

Two of our “New” designs ” the little red hen” and the senior horse.

These bags are made from poly feed sacks and decorative duck tape, no sew. Durable bags with a solid bottom making them ultra strong, waterproof, fold-able, easy to clean with a wet wipe. Each bag is hand made, each is unique with an inside pocket, no two are alike. These are an up cycled product, cleaned before put into production. $1o.00 per bag plus $3.00 shipping for each bag. They make great gifts and excellent all purpose bags, grocery bags, beach bags.

 

New Items for 2018

Designer Farm Tote for  gift giving, will hold a bottle of wine or use for a gift bag. Made from the poly feed sacks with solid bottoms making them strong and waterproof. $6.00 per tote plus $3.00 shipping.

Designer Farm Pillows, we made these pillows for the gardner in you to keep your knees cozy when your in the garden.  However others have discovered they make great patio chair and bench seat pillows, they are water proof and hand washable.  We lined them up on the chase lounge and how cute they look with one each of a different bag. $10.00 per bag plus $5.00 to ship.

We’ve been busy making custom orders for Designer Farm Bags, from the sack up we call it, you pick the feed sack, we make the bag for you, we have a variety of sacks available to choose from:

Rabbit, Cow, Chicken, Horse, Pig, multi animal sack, cat,dog, farm scenes, lamb, send us an email inquiry about the type of sacks we have and we’ll send you a picture of what we have that you are interested in and you choose the sack easy as that.

Just some of the sacks we have available, many more!  We always have some bags already made up availble too.

Payments through paypal only, invoice will be sent to your provided email, once we receive payment your bag(s) will be shipped. If you have additional questions about the bags please feel free to contact us we would love to hear from you.

Contact us through the website: justfarmgirlit.com

email: justfarmgirlit@gmail.com

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Thanks for looking, watch for more items to come.  Have a blessed 2018

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Family Gatherings, Traditions, making Memories

This a farm post no doubt, everyone’s shoes, boots and everything else at the door ready to go outside for another cold crisp morning. The farm was blessed this year with our three sons, along with grand kids and grand dogs for the Christmas Festivities. It’s been a while that we all could get together, seems it gets harder and harder to match everyone’s schedules, but when we do we make up for all the time we spend away from each other. Activities for the grandkids was a highlight for them, coming to the farm gives them a chance to partake in a few events that they don’t normally do.  Feeding animals every morning and evening soon became “chores”for some, and others wanted to do more. Evening chores included bringing in the wood, so a fire could be started to keep the house cozy warm from the cold nights, stoking the fire with adult supervision seemed to have interest.  Day activities included, riding in the sled and being pulled by the UTV, the grand boys enjoyed hot roding in the UTV with the uncles, but the granddaughter would rather feed horses! (That’s my horse girl).  Roasting marsh mellows after a snow fight with all the brothers to warm everyone up after they declared they were wet in places they hadn’t know snow could get to! We even squeezed in making ginger bread man cookies and decorating for Santa. (that could be come a tradition) The whole family pizza party at the local pizza pub, video games, pool, and beer, except next time they can order their own because they didn’t like the kind I thought I was ordering! Late night card and board games became an highlight for the adults, while the grandkids watched movies, played and certainly fell asleep after playing hard on the farm.

With all we had going on, we still have traditions that doesn’t change for us, even when family doesn’t come it’s something we’ve been doing many years and will continue as long as we are able. My husbands grandmother was Scandinavian, we celebrate Christmas Eve with a traditional seafood dinner that has been carried on for many generations. As our family has grown, not everyone enjoys seafood so we’ve added a few other goodies for everyone to enjoy.  The one recipe that has been passed on to me buy Grandma Randrup along with her pan to bake it in is, Carrot Ring. This is a dish that her family made, and now we make it once a year at Christmas Eve, with shrimp, oven baked oysters, shrimp salad, oven baked rolls, veggie and cold cut tray and of course desert, cheese cake. The ingredients  is pretty simple as is the recipe, and to describe the taste would be hard other than to say I’ve enjoyed it for over 35 plus years.

Making memories is priceless, I’d have to say as I get older I find it becomes more important to me to spend time with family and do the things you really want to do in life. I enjoy spending time with my grandkids, watching how quick they grow up, remembering when my kids where that young and how fast they grew to be parents of their own. We seem to think we have so much time to do this and that and pretty soon that time is neither this or that, it just not. What I enjoy the most with them is watching my grandsons rodeo, and playing foot ball. I love to watch my granddaughter get excited about feeding the horses their grain, cleaning the horse sheds out or scooping poop as we call it on the farm.  I enjoy that because that is part of their heritage, of who they are.  Yes they have other things in life to do that doesn’t pertain to their heritage, but it gives them a map to always circle back to where their roots are.

I share this family recipe with you, it’s a tradition we make memories with,

Carrot Ring

2 cups finely grated carrots , 1 cup saltine cracker crumbs, 1 Tablespoon flour, 4 eggs beaten seperately

1 cup cream beaten stiff, salt to taste:

Mix flour with cracker crumbs add to carrots with beaten egg yolks.  Add whipped cream, Add beaten egg whites last. Pour into greased ring pan/mold (metal one used for generations). Set ring mold in pan of hot water for baking.

Bake at 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes. Invert pan on plate for serving.

White Sauce for Carrot Ring:

3 TBSP Butter, 3 TBSP Flour, 1 1/2 cup milk, salt to taste, cook over stove until thick.

Add salad shrimp, about two cups to sauce, pour over inverted carrot ring .

 

Enjoy, and make those traditions even If it’s popcorn and movies night.

 

 

 

 

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This Rooster wears fur

Ranger is the rooster in the hen house, except he wears fur , has a short fluffy tail, stand up ears, yes you guessed it he’s a rabbit.  We have 8 hens and no rooster, so Ranger has decided it’s his job to be the boss of the chicken pen. Nothing gets past him, his favorite spot is to sit up on top of the rabbit hutches so he can see what’s going on at all times.

He also likes to keep those hens in line, he sits and waits for all those chickens to get in their little group scratching and pecking at the ground then he decides to run through them and scatter the flock and scare the hens so they run and squawk like there’s a skunk in the chicken yard. Sometimes when he feels really in charge he sits in the door way of the chicken house and won’t let the hen’s in or out.

Ranger really is a good rabbit, well he’s just in charge and he want’s everyone to know it especially those hens, he tries to boss our other rabbit but she isn’t going for it.  We got Ranger from the feed store when he was a little guy, he’s still not a very big rabbit but he’ll eat out of your hand and he’s gentle  but sometimes he doesn’t want to get locked up in his hutch for the night he’ll lead us on a chase around the chicken yard which he enjoys he thinks it’s all fun and games.

Poka Dot our other rabbit is the sweetest rabbit , we adopted her from the local Humane Society.  She had been there a long time, she’s all black with just a dot of white on her nose. They couldn’t get her adopted because she was blind in one eye, and black nothing fancy.  I asked to see the rabbit that had been there the longest, and that’s the one I adopted.  She loves to run and play when she is let out in the chicken yard, she will come to you for goodies and will follow you till she gets some.  She has a forever home so life is good for her.

We raised rabbits for many years, but having these rabbits is different they live a life of not being in a wire cage all the time, they can dig and run and be free in the large area.  I like to watch how they are just being rabbits, they have dug a hole in the ground so they go down there in the summer to keep cool.  I got these rabbits to give the grand daughter something small to take care of when she comes, sometimes I think I got them more for me.  I put a bench in the chicken yard and I like to sit and watch them in their natural state being free.  They do each have a hutch with an upstairs “loft” and the down stairs has a outdoor area, they are locked up at night to keep them safe from predators.

Most animals like being in their natural “state” this includes domestic ones, so all our rabbits will have that opportunity , If for nothing else it gives me great pleasure to watch them be free and just be a rabbit.

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Be thankful everyday and give thanks for everything

Thanksgiving has come and gone for another year, yet why should we not be thankful everyday and give thanks daily for everything?. I’d like to think there are more of us that think this way, is it selfish of me to think this? Maybe, but that’s not going to change my beliefs nor will I be able to change others. I know we are all super busy in our lives, time seems to go whizzing by the older we get so we just don’t take the time to think of all the things we could or should be thankful for.  I believe even the little things matter, what’s a little thing? depending on what you believe, most of us are thankful for our friends and family how about being thankful your vehicle started one cold and frosty morning not that I would wish that on anyone, but isn’t that a little thing compared others.

We are thankful for our health and our loved ones health, how about being thankful for the person who delivers your mail or your newspaper, or the neighbor that shared his garden with you or how about being thankful for the grocery clerk that packs your groceries just the way you like it.  I think of all these little things that are done for us by people we don’t know very well, like the older gentleman that held the door for you, well of course we say thank you to them but I’m thankful for them, because sometimes it’s the little things in life that turn into the big ones.

As we enter into the Holiday Season, we should think of others more than our selves and consider how thankful we are for everyday we are given to see our friends and family and share our lives with others. Giving thanks everyday for something, doesn’t matter what it is just something to lighten your day try it you might  surprise yourself just how many things you are really thankful for.

Happy Holidays everyone, today I’m thankful I have all of you to be thankful for.