Saturday, November 22, 2014

Wisconsin Barns and The Neighborhood



 Our barn. 

Check out the far right corner of the photo. That's what's zoomed in on above. Our poor barn needs a new roof. But, the house roof had to come first, and that was accomplished this fall. Maybe we could've done something to repair the barn if the big snow hadn't come so early in the season.


 Barn Roof, zoomed in

 The photo above is from this little block barn, which is probably actually a pump house.


And because of the great Wisconsin gun deer hunt, 
which opens today...

 Wouldn't you love to have lunch here.
But when you think about it, I guess it's no worse than
The King's Arms
or
The Queen's Head 
Which both sound pretty gruesome to me.


Vintage Coke Machine

Buck Snort Bar and Grill and the Coke machine are found in Colfax, WI


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Good Fences - Reminiscing - Harper's Ferry, WV

RR bridge and foot bridge
Can you see the steeple of the church at far left of the photo?

You might think that what I love best about Harper's Ferry, WV is the gorgeous landscape, where three states meet (Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia).  It's true, I do love it, along with the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, but I also love

the bridges, tunnels, and trains.*

My dog Bridger (R.I.P.) was actually named after the bridge at Harper's Ferry. When Mr. C. complained that 'you can't name a dog after a bridge,' I suggested the name 'Trainer.' Nothing more was said.










Old Bridge Pilings
Where the Shenandoah River flows in to meet the Potomac

And now for something completely different...


* There are actually many reasons I love Harper's Ferry, WV.  Civil War history,  natural beauty, good bookstore, gorgeous views from atop Maryland Heights, the rivers, along with the bridges, trains, and tunnels.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hodgepodge Gratitude


I'll have to get the dogs to move before I can vacuum the rugs.
But really...do I want to disturb them?

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1. What's something you take for granted, that when you stop and think about it you feel truly grateful for?

I'm not sure that I do take it for granted, actually, because I say a prayer of thanks every time I step into the shower and feel the warm water. How many people on this earth have never felt a warm shower, or maybe even a cold shower, and don't have running water. Every day I am so grateful for those things.

2. The color brown-love it or no? What's your favorite shade of brown? Most loved something in your home or closet in a shade of brown?

Brown used to be my favorite, or at least one of my favorite colors. Now it's green. It might have something to do with the climate in which we live. The brown I like best is the brown of my brother's leather sofa. If I remember right, it's kind of a coffee with cream, soft but dark, rich and yummy. Kinda like a Ritter bar, dark chocolate with hazelnut.

 Brown

 Green

White

3. What's something you're looking forward to today?

I'm looking forward to enjoying a clean house - once I get busy and clean it, that is. I wonder if I'll recognize it.

4. The word 'feminism' is not new, but it has been generating all kinds of headlines in recent days and months. What do you think/feel when you hear the word? If you're a woman, do you want to be described as a feminist? Why or why not?

You bait me, Joyce. You know you do. :-)

Betty Friedan
 TheStar.com

I think this photo was taken just before the house landed on her. 


The word 'feminism' conjures up usually loud and angry images of Bella Abzug, Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, and others. I wouldn't want to be listed among them. I think that many feminists, when they say they want women to have choice, don't really want women to have their own choice, but the choice they think women should make. Ask any one of them how they feel about a woman choosing to stay home and take care of her children (the SAHM). I believe in equal rights for women, equal pay for equal work, but I don't believe in being angry and hating men. Men are nice people. And sometimes way easier to understand.

Personally, I like the differences between men and women, and I'm grateful that I was born female. I'm not insulted if a man opens the door for me or plows the driveway or brings in firewood. And I do know enough to appreciate the good things my husband does for me every day and tell him so. It doesn't diminish me to do so.

Men and women, though different, have equal value. The 'feminists' aren't the ones who thought this up.


Paul writes to the church at Galatia:  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.


And to the believers at Ephesus, 'Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.'

We don't need feminism; we need Christians who actually live by these principles.

P.S. I'd rather have a load of firewood brought into the house than to receive a dozen roses - any day. Well, any day in the winter, at least.


5. What's something you personally can't eat without making a mess?

A pomegranate.

 I think he's less messy than I am.

6. When did you last surprise someone with a little gift or when were you last surprised by someone with a little gift? What was it?


Probably the meal I took to a young neighbor who just delivered their fourth child IN THEIR VAN at the edge of the highway. It is a long story. She is amazing and calm and extremely capable, and I admire her. Baby is beautiful. Mother and baby and the rest of the family are doing well.

7. Share a favorite quote, saying, song lyric or scripture relating to gratitude.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning;  great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 (This relates to gratitude in that I am grateful for God's faithfulness and mercy.)

 “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”  - G.K. Chesterton

And one more Chesterton, just for fun:
 “The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.”  :-)

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I was watching the TV news yesterday morning (a bad habit) and saw that in the Chicago area, a small plane had crashed into the living room of someone's residence. A neighbor, interviewed outside, said, 'I'm just thankful that the family is safe. They are really lucky.'

They are really lucky???

No, I am really lucky. I am sitting in a warm house in Wisconsin and do not have a plane protruding from my living room.

NBC News


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Monday, November 17, 2014

The Barn Collective


November 6, 2014


November 6, 2014



 Our driveway
November 14, 2014


Our driveway
April 14, 2013

Thought I'd add this late note:  I was just on my way home and listening to the radio. They were talking about the deer situation in Wisconsin because deer gun season starts next Saturday in Wisconsin. As you may know, I dislike deer hunting. I love 'my' deer that eat in our fields and sleep in our yard or in the woods. BUT, I'm becoming more worried this year that this long winter will mean more deer starving. That's not a good thing.

We still have a lot of standing corn in our county. If we get much more snow, the farmers will have to wait until next spring to harvest it.  I know that is not a good thing for the farmers, and I'm not happy about that. But because of it, there is a little glimmer of hope that the deer will find something nutritious to eat and survive (those who don't end up in people's freezers, that is.) And actually, I'd rather have the deer in someone's freezer than to have it die a slow death of starvation. I think you know that my issue is really with people who enjoy killing things, not those who hunt to eat.


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