Heaven Knows

I still miss his presence after all these many years later.

Bittersweet

Sister Debbie, a long time ago, cutting our Christmas trees.I like to think she entered heaven’s gates just like this! As many of you may have learned, Country Woman Magazine recently chose me as Country Woman of the Year 2017. I couldn’t be happier to have been selected among many other country women nominated across…

Life is full of ups and downs….

Such lovely fabric from the sacks Grandma mentions.  “Life is full of ups and downs,” my seventy-nine-year old grandmother wrote in 1993 and submitted to me to publish in Motherhood & Me, a newsletter magazine I published for several years back in the day… “especially in 1921,” she tells.  Woven in her story is a…

Mother’s Christmas Sewing Box

It was December 1966. Christmas was fast approaching. Two small farm girls were beginning to learn what the season was about. “You know what,” Debbie said to me, “wouldn’t it be nice if we could buy a present for Mom?”  Of course I thought it was a good idea but we girls didn’t have any…

Meditative Ramblings From the Porch

Front porch sitting is  the best. A perfect time to reflect.  September has arrived  to Cherry Ridge Farms in Ohio. Cool mornings and evenings and warmth mid-day is a favorite time of year for us.  Recently, I meditate on the porch while my husband works on his collection of  walking sticks. Few words are spoken.  I…

A Birthday to Remember

Contemplation: The act of contemplating. What a wonderful day I had yesterday………. it being my birthday and all. What made it wonderful? What made it extra special? I wasn’t expecting a big “ta-do” for my birthday, but what I got was even better. I don’t need elaborate parties to make my life complete. I can…

A New Year a New Look

Our driveway entrance to Cherry Ridge Farms Happy New Year  ………………to all my friends and  followers. It’s a new year so what better time to roll out our new look. As you can see,  I  have a new title and bi-line and design. Last year in 2013,   I  began as an official blogger as…

Is Winter a time for Reflection?

Winter is here in Ohio……..  Winter is here in Ohio though it isn’t officially displayed on our calendar until December 21. Do you know that winter can be a great time for personal reflection?  I like this time of year not only because of Christmas but  because, the present  year is winding down on the…

Handmade Christmas 2013-Handmade Votive Cups

Christmas and candles seem to go hand-in-hand for the holiday season, since the lighting of the first Christmas tree. This is my first time contributing to a series. For the  Handmade  Christmas 2013  I have assembled a handmade  votive cup using  scrap materials that  I have collected  or  purchased cheaply  at yard sales. The glass…

Do you have a motivation station?

My newest work toy on Cherry Ridge!  This week  on the farm, we  purchased a new to us  work toy. We have finally acquired a tractor with a front-end loader. We have wanted one for so long.  Now you might think, so what? But if there is one thing I have learned in my  lifetime…