The Farmhouse

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hello! Is anybody out there?

It  has occurred to me that I have now been blogging for about 2 1/2 years. According to my homepage I have 8,690 views. Really? As I sit here at my laptop, I wonder, is anybody actually reading this blog? I rarely get any on-line comments (hint,hint), however, I do get plenty of spam comments. An example of this would be : I find your information facinating and new and please check out my site,Cheap Rowing Machines. So this has me thinking. Sure, I get a few emails from LOYAL friends telling me they enjoyed the latest installment,but, no comments! Come on folks make some comments, I can take it! Oh there is one stipulation - make them nice- I can't really take critisism!

For those of you who are reading here are the after pictures of the latest projects.

Landscaping around new fence.

Snow Guards are installed on the metal roof.

Grass seed and straw has been laid where the mighty tree once stood.

Our fall projects are now complete. We are hoping to get new neighbors soon, as this beauty is for sale. If you have a few extra $$ come join us in the hood!

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Fall At The Farmhouse

Well, I don't need the calendar to tell me it's Fall. I don't need the falling mercury to remind me that autumn is here. No siree, I know that Fall is upon us when I see this.

That's right folks - sweatpants!! When my beloved dons these beauties, I know Fall has arrived.They are here for the next 6 months so I must get used to this sight.Ahh love!

Much has been happening around these parts. Yesterday the BIG Tulip Poplar was laid to rest. We are sad,but, we had to remove it because it was dead, dead, dead! 

See the guy way up there?


This is the hole that insects made. This is probably what killed the tree. It was hollow inside.

Our favorite contractor Jason came by to build a fence around our ugly tanks.


We are going to plant bushes next to the fence to provide a screen.
I like this fence next to the front door as it hides the propane tank from view. Thanks Jason.

So today I parted ways with my pony. In other words - I fell off! Ouch! Like I don't have enough aches and pains. It wasn't her fault though, she got her hind hoof stuck while jumping over a fallen tree. The worst part of falling off (other than Head Trauma or Being Paralyzed) is getting back on. It's hard hauling this big old body onto the back of a horse, so glad she's short.I am happy to report that my RA meds are finally starting to work!! Yay! It's taken about 3 months, but, I am seeing a real difference. So grateful.

I must mention that we had a bit of Hollywood in our hood. The cast of House of Cards was stationed across the street at Stevenson University. Bella and I spotted the action on one of our walks. We saw the trailers and the lovely catering tent. We didn't see any "talent" though. I was hoping Bella would be discovered.

Speaking of Bella, she has taken to her cool weather spot on the porch.

Isn't this cute! She never does this in the summer, only fall and winter. Weird.
That's what's happening here at the FH. 
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Sunday, September 13, 2015

It's A Jungle Out There...and Some Ugliness.

Every day I walk Bella around the neighborhood and sometimes Cliff joins us. We pass the same things every day, but, it is always changing, too. There is an empty lot near our place where vines grow wild and we see wild creatures there. Yes, we see deer, groundhogs and rabbits, but we also see elephants, buffalo and giant hares, too! What?? No, we have not been smoking (well...not lately), we are using our imaginations! Here is what we see:

See the rabbit?
See the elephant? Woolly Mammoth? Maybe a Camel. 
Come on really look,you never know what you'll see. It's a jungle out there! 

We are thinking about working on the back of The Farmhouse. It's rather ugly.

We want to cover the tanks and heat pump. We are thinking of a small fence and shrubs.  Our favorite
landscape architect is working on a plan. It's a work in progress. We are also thinking ahead and will be getting snow guards installed on the metal roof. This prevents snow and ice from cascading on to the shrubs below.
I never knew we needed snow guards,but, soon we will have them! I tell ya, just like Roseanne Rosanna Danna said, "It's always somethin' ." 
Still battling with my RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis), meds have not helped yet. Sigh! Soon? Not much else happening here at The Farmhouse.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Confusing Days

It's mighty confusing here at The Farmhouse. Is it summer? Is it fall? Well, it's hot and humid so that's summer, but, the leaves are falling fast and furious so that's fall. right?  It's like this:


Fall :(
I am also seeing a lot of acorns, too. Does this mean we are in for a rough winter? Let's hope not.
Cliff says The Farmer's Almanac is calling for a bad winter. Yuck!!

I love these hot summer days. Here is where I spend a little time every afternoon.

I turn on the ceiling fan on the west porch, grab my book and stretch out on my little couch. It's not long before I am fast asleep! That's right - I sleep in the middle of the day. Just like a baby, after lunch I need a rest. I am claiming this is due to my Rheumatoid Disease, but, to be honest I have always enjoyed a nap. And this porch is so wonderful for napping. So...this "condition" is really kicking me in the ass! Besides aching and swollen joints, I am soooo tired. They say the meds should kick in any day now so I am impatiently waiting. The weird thing is I need to keep moving to feel better. It's a delicate dance of movement and rest. Bella has never been on so many walks!
The pillow business has slowed to a crawl, but, thanks to a very special client I just filled a big order.

My nephew is a realtor and he gives personalized pillows to his clients at settlement. He's keeping me afloat in these troubling economic times :)
I wanted to re-share my cabinet knobs. I know I spoke about them before, but, I just love them. Kitty and Bella are the models. So cute!

My friend was cleaning out her closets and gave me these three wooden pigs. I painted them with Chalk paint (what else?) and Cliff nailed them together and we hung them on the gate. So many flying pigs!

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates....

You never know what you're gonna get. Well it seems I've got myself a nice little auto immune disease. Rheumatoid Arthritis to be exact. Huh? How did this happen? One minute I'm fine and the next I'm a "patient" with a "disease". It started innocently enough, my knuckles on my thumbs hurt to the touch, but, they functioned just fine. Next, it was one or two fingers had swollen joints, and I thought maybe I had I got tested and that was a big Negative, but, what could this be? Then it really started reving up - one day my knees hurt, then my feet and hands and it was getting worse. My primary doctor tested me for all kinds of things and called one evening to say he thought it may be RA and started me on Prednisone. A miracle! No pain, but, of course we can't stay on that for too long so it was off to the Rheumatologist...I didn't even know how to spell rheumatology (still have trouble with it). He confirmed what my doctor thought and now I am being treated for Rheumatoid Arthritis. I am starting to learn how to live with this thing, RA. Mornings are awful - you are in pain and stiff and always wondering what will hurt today, but, after swallowing lots of Advil things calm down and you carry on. Around 2 pm a wave of exhaustion hits and I need a big ol' nap. Then I'm good to go until evening and the whole thing starts again! I have started on a DMARD , disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug (ain't that a fancy name!) and should know within 3 weeks to  3 months if it will help. So in my box of chocolates is RA. I am fine and I am trying not to let this "bump" in the road get me down. I am still riding my beloved pony, just taking lots of Advil an hour or two before and they say moving around is good.Like Forest Gump and Jenny - me and Advil go together like peas and carrots! I will keep you updated as go on this journey.
Things around the Farmhouse are good. We are in full bloom.

The Lilly's look lovely.

Cliff made this stone surround. Looks nice.

The vine is really growing on the arbor.
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Headin' West

Last week we went west. California to be exact. Our first stop was San Fran to see the "golden child" and meet his roommates and friends. We got the grand tour of his new place, a quintessential San Francisco Victorian - just like Full House! They rent the top floor and they also have a rooftop deck. It was very cool and in a great neighborhood. We spent one night in the city and then we were off to Yosemite.We had never been there and the only word that comes to mind is Awesome. Here are a few pics.

Roots of a fallen Giant Sequoia

Giant Sequoia - notice lightening strike in middle.

Welcome to Jurassic Park!

People were climbing!

That blob is a BEAR! We also saw a bear cub.

The Awahhni Hotel rests right at the base of El Capitain. It is beautiful.

One of the Falls in the park. Due to the drought they will be dry soon.

And of course Cliff scaling Half Dome - he made it to the top! Not!
We spent 3 days at Yosemite and then we headed to civilization in Carmel!
We have some exciting news to share....we are moving to Carmel!! We are packing up the Farmhouse and heading west. As you may know, Cliff is quite an expert on baked goods.He combs the world in search of the perfect chocolate chip cookie. He has decided that there are no decent bagel shops in Carmel and so we have decided to open one. Are you ready for the name of this new venture? Why, Bella's Bagels of course! Our logo will be Bella jumping through a bagel (like her agility). After working all day at our bagel shop, Cliff will play 9 at Pebble Beach. I will be busy at my new home on Delores Ave (look it up) as it may be the coolest street I have ever seen. Each house is different and out does the next. Ahh to dream!! No McMansions here - just amazing homes! Oh and right down the street is the Pacific Ocean where everyone takes their dogs to frolic at the beach. Enough dreaming - I have bees to care for.

That's right you can add Bee Keeper to my resume. The Carmel Valley Ranch offers a Bee Keeping Class and Deb and I signed up. So fun. We had a great time and enjoyed seeing Josh and spending time and $$ with him. The kid can eat - and drink! After a week of fun it was time to head back to The Farmhouse. We had some excitement on our flight home though. As we were about to land the pilot came on to say there was a "slight malfunction" of the flaps and to prepare for a "hard landing" - oh my! As we looked out the window we saw a line of fire trucks on the runway. Great stuff. Well.obviously we made it, but, it was scary. The Farmhouse never looked better. We have decided there's no place like home.
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

He's crafty, too.

I am not the only one who likes to craft. Cliff is quite crafty,too! When Cliff got a fire pit for his birthday he decided to make it more versatile. While not serving as a smoking hot fire, the pit now doubles as a coffee table.

The top pops off and viola - fire pit!
He has also re-purposed ( big word in crafting) old wooden crates into a side table.

I love this .Farmhouse chic!
Things are blooming all over and the Knock Out Roses are looking good.

But, I over-planted the Sweet Potato Vine and it's taking over the Begonias.

Lesson learned.
Here is a good view of the front of the house.

Pretty cute. Huh?
And of course a waterfront view.

This little lady sure loves her Farmhouse.

We hope you are enjoying summer. Thanks for stopping by.