Country Living Series

Friday, April 8, 2011

Random pix

Polly says, "Hey! Watcha doing in there?"

I was in town the other day when this semi truck passed me. I was startled to see a large Rottweiler balanced in back between the stacks of boards. I do NOT like seeing unrestrained animals riding in the backs of vehicles -- but I have to admit, the dog looked like he was having a blast.

We woke up yesterday morning to chilly temperatures...

...and about two inches of snow on the ground.

Granted it was gone by noon, but c'mon, this is getting old. It's April, for cryin' out loud. "We want spring!"

Older Daughter, our pianist, is learning a new piece that requires her to play in the upper octaves. One key kept sticking, so my can-do-anything husband unstuck it for her.

He removed one of the levers and gently sanded portions, then replaced it.

This piano was manufactured in 1906 and my parents bought it in 1959, the year after they were married. They passed it to us in 2004. I consider it a beloved family heirloom.

Gas prices as of 4/7/11:

Sewing lessons:

Neat clouds at sunset.


  1. Amazing that we live in different sides of the country and yet our experiences are similar. Two inches of fresh snow, cold frosty the past two mornings, sewing.... been doing that too making a skirt and top. Parallel events except the cows... we don't have any of those, but we do have chickens. :)

  2. I am a little west of you and also had snow, but only an inch, but it snowed off and on all day. Up to 60 today and the dogs are loving it. I wish this would stop though because they are suppose to grade and gravel our driveway and build us a barn, but first road restrictions have to be lifted and then the first load of gravel put on the driveway. I did have to have the driveway cleared of snow when I first got here, it had 2.5 feet of snow on it. That was 2 weeks ago. A lot of the snow is now gone but still way to muddy for trucks building barns. Have to get it done soon as out things from the east will be here by May, plus the chickens will too.

  3. Phyllis (N/W Jersey)April 8, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Ah, the sewing pic bought back memories! Our eighth grade project (in '58) was making our graduation dress. The schools still taught housekeeping subjects back then. I remember it well. The material was white dotted swiss and had to be made on the old style treddle sewing machine. My dress was a little different from the other girls because I was so short and skinny!
    I'm glad your girls are learning to sew - it's almost a lost art now-a-days.

  4. I really enjoy the random pix posts. I grew up in Michigan and have been stuck in the Arizona desert for the last 10 years, so the pictures of your farm are really enjoyable for me. I was suprised that there were no pictures of Lydia this time though.

  5. Patrice,
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  6. THANK MUCH for posting this! I'm very glad I found your blog!

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  7. Paul, who do you think was taking the pictures? ;)

    Anonymous Patriot

  8. Where I'm at, we're at $3.90 a gal for gas. It's unfortunate, but we're expecting things to get much worse. Keep prepping!

  9. sewing! and such a pretty shade of blue too.

  10. LOL it didn't take Polly long to figure out where the looking glass is.......That's a barnyard version of TV, huh?

    You'll never get the nose smears off, ever....the tradition has been passed on to the newbie......

  11. Temps in the 80s here, and I'm picking strawberries outta the garden.

  12. I still have an upright grand piano stashed in my Mother's garage (my oldest daughters says she wants it). we bought it 35 years ago for $25. well used piano. I have done some "fixing" also. and we replaced lost ivories with real ivory and plastic from other old pianos. It was made in the late 1800's or early 1900's (1st tuning date was 1906 and seems every "tuner" recorded his tuning date and initials inside the piano with pencil. what a GREAT sounding piano. some of my fondest memories are of listening to both my daughters playing at the same time-improvising. excellent piano players. peace

  13. Be careful what you wish for Patrice. Spring has sprung here and from my lifetime of weather observations, I see dry possible drought conditions dead ahead for my part of this world.