Monday, January 9, 2012

This And That

Good afternoon!
Well at least for some of us it's afternoon ;)

Things have been pretty quite 
as far as me blogging goes. 
Since Christmas and bringing home
the horses we've been working around the 
farm fixing buildings etc.

Typical things when you live in the country.

I must say though that even though
I've only gotten on Rosey's back
once since we bought she and Hope home
New Years Eve
I've been spending a LOT of time outside
which is a good thing because I
can sure use the exercise!

It's amazing how much poop
horses make in just 
a couple of days
and every
couple of days I'm out
scooping it up.

Our gardens will certainly appreciate
it eventually :)

Before I headed outside to shovel
more...STUFF this morning... I grabbed my camera
and walked around the house snapping photo's.

Now that the tree and decorations are down
things are back to normal again.

I haven't really made any New Year's resolutions
other than the usual trying to eat healthier
and being more active...
I think I've got the second one taken care of
thanks to the horses. 

We'll see about the eating healthier part. 

We have no plans to start renovating
the kitchen and back porch/laundry/entry
this year but you never know.

Hubby may get a bee in his bonnet
and decide to dive right in. 

I overheard him tell someone the other day
that if they come to visit this summer
they'll see a new screened porch
on the house.

I'm going to be smart and not even
mention it...sometimes things work better
that way ;)

As I was putting the decorations away I found
this old stained glass window that
came from an old house in 
British Columbia.

I had wrapped it up for one of our moves
and forgot all about it!

It had an old white chipped paint 
wooden frame around it when I bought it
about 30 years ago but in those days no one liked
that look. SO...I had it removed
from the frame.

I know...I'm still kicking myself over that one.

It got a little beat up on it's trip
down here to Kansas nearly 12 years ago
but it's still in one piece.

It's from the mid 1800's.

See the little antennae sticking out 
from the glass? 

This spring we'll be starting to paint
a few of the old buildings on the farm.

As much as I like the old 'chippy' look
somehow it doesn't feel the same when
 it comes to old least not to me
and most especially to hubby.

Also if you want to preserve the old buildings
you have to protect them from 
the weather.

So you'll be seeing lots of 
barn red
with white trim
and visa versa 
in a few months. 

Hopefully all this outside work 
will help get me back into shape.

Now if I could only keep
my hand out of the 
cheese curl bag!

Do you have any projects planned for this year?


Beatnheart said...

hello and Happy New Year! just popped in to catch up and wow a Horse! how awesomely cool is that. I loved the pitch of you riding bareback and barefoot...fearless!

all the very , very best to you and Cynthia

ElizrdbthSpeaks said...

i love the stain glass window ... beautiful. butterflies are just perfect. i continue to see that man prayering pic. every where i go lately. does it have a name? it reminds me of my childhood. i had a babysitter that had the same photo. we live surrounded by trees. lots of leaves to get rid of. front flower beds to work on & always things to pretty up. & the hubby loves to add stuff here & there. ha. ha!! hoping to fit in some fun camping trip as well. (:

Kim said...

The house looks wonderful! I like the Christmas decorations but it is always nice to tidy up and get things back to normal. I'll enjoy reading about your horse adventures.

Country Gal said...

Your home is lovely !I do like the gingerbreads on your door frame. The stained glass butterfly window is charming ! My mother inlaw does stained glass ! No home projects as of yet but with Papa and I ya just never know lol ! Have a wonderful day !

John Going Gently said...

that kitchen cabinet is absolutely lovely!
I have those preserve jars too!!!


Skogkjerring said...

Hi! Love the stain glass! You have so many wonderful antiques around your home I loved and I thought I saw a picture frame which I also have- I THINK- or something very similar :-))

Your horses will definitely keep you busy and riding is excellent exercise, so sounds like you´ll keep both your resolutions :-))

I´m sure we have some projects we´ll get too this year but exactly what they will be I am not sure yet. Several things that need to be attended too but I am like you, wait and see what hubby decides is most important to get too :-))

Have a great evening!

Deborah said...

Maura you are so cute!
Cheese curls? Hmmm..Ive never tried them. Now cheesies...yes!
I know, I need to eat healthier this year too.
Walking around your home with you was so beautiful!
Loved my visit with you today sweet friend xo

Deborah xoxoxooxox

Deb said...

I loved this post, Maura. Your home is so pretty and fun to tour around in. Yes, I have a BIG plan. I guess this is the year we will move to the country. I can't tell you Maura how excited I am about this. I think deep down I really am a country girl. Looking forward to seeing you on that beautiful horse again. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

theromanticrose said...

Come è dolce e bella la tua cucina!Rosetta

Kath said...

I do enjoy photos of your lovely home Maura, they keep me going when I am working on our old place.
Looking forward to having more news of the horses.

Tara Dillard said...

Your header pics today tell me you would love my mud room with rescued built-in china cabinets. Stuffed with ironstone, china.....

Will faint if your new kitchen looks like my Cottage renovation. How do we do the same things?


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear Maura ~ Your home is so lovely, filled with an aura of peace and contentment. It sounds like you are taking each day and project as it comes. That's a good thing.

I LOVE that stained glass window.

Love and hugs to you ~ FlowerLady

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Your home is so lovely and cozy.

Enjoy your new friends. As you shovel the manure, keep thinking about how you will save on fertilizer this spring.. I am sure it will be worth all the effort.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh lovely photos.

I don't really have any big projects planned this year - especially not building or remodeling ones - except for working on another book - now that I've gotten one published I've got the bug.

Vintage Gal said...

Hi Maura ~ Happy New Year. Love seeing pictures of your home. It's so lovely. LOVE that stained glass window. Hope to see pictures of your new horses and the newly painted barns and outbuildings. I agree a fresh coat of paint on those is perfect (red and white is my favourite)
Have a great day

Mecky said...

The stained glass window is really pretty. Your house looks great!

Yes, I have about 30 projects on my list. Some small and some big. Right now is the kitchen. Not a redo but fresh paint. I need new counter tops but I don't think it will happen this year. The main thing for the Summer is the potting shed. I can't do a whole lot to it, but will do what I can.
Have fun painting!!
It sounds like Winter is on it's way. I am glad you were able to get out and enjoy this wonderful weather. I guess I will have to break out the coat after all.

GardenOfDaisies said...

Between horses and back porches and painting the out buildings, it sounds like you will really have your hands full! Your place is becoming more and more beautiful with each passing month!
The stained glass window is gorgeous! I think it looks really pretty without the frame too.

Scufty said...

Thanks for the walk-about in your home again. It fills my heart each time I see a place we've been. I see the old picture up - that's awesome - a perfect spot! The stained glass is gorgeous! Maybe you'll come across another old window frame to re-insert it. If not, it's gorgeous as it is. With your decorating knack, I know you'll put it in exactly the right spot! You're in pretty good shape already and I know tending to the horses and their "needs" will finish that off! Enjoy them! Have a wonderfully blessed day! Love you....Scufty xoxoxoxo

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Hi Maura~
I enjoyed my visit today! I just love your home and what you share with us. : )
I have many projects on my list this year, but am taking it easy this month to recharge and have some fun before the work begins!

Catherine said...

Hello Maura,
The stained glass is very nice and your house very warm.I love your cabinet in your kitchen very much.You are lucky to have such a nice horse! and i love the first picture of you on your bycicle, so sweet and the one withyour brother too. Have a nice day. Catherine

Bee Haven Bev said...

Hi Maura...

Love the window. I always have a mile long list of projects. I think this year will be the year for expanding our garden and a bit of landscaping around the arena. Maybe raise some quail......

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Your home is lovely. I'm especially loving your hutch. As much as I dislike taking down the Xmas decorations, the house always look a little neater when there gone. Good luck with all your projects. Our plans are to tile the kitchen floor in slate and re- paint the deck white.

Anonymous said...

Lots of good horse poop~healthy happy horses! We don't have any planned projects, projects just happen. All.The.Time. Whether we want them to or not. Looking forward to your red and white painting projects though :) Give Rosey and Hope a tummy scritch for me!

Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

I LOVE the stained glass window, Maura! I can't wait to see your paint projects. A new screened in porch? Wow! Now on to the could make some money off that poop, lol. Hubby has a cousing who has a pig farm, and hubby goes and loads the truck down every spring when he is getting the garden ready. I know, it doesn't sound wonderful, but that is just life. Hope 2012 is bringing wonderful things for you, and can't wait to see all of your completed projects.

Betsy said...

I loved seeing the photos of the inside of your house! Just my style! My hope for this year is to finally get my house organized so I can focus on some redecorating.

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

Hi Maura,
There is always something to do when you live out in the country with animals and such, isn't there?
I'm hoping to get the stone patio and walkways rebuilt this spring. They weren't done properly when first built and are looking rather poorly.
One of my dreams is to have a screened in porch. I think it would be so lovely and heavenly to be protected from pesky little winged critters!! ;)
Have a great weekend~

Special 'K' said...

My first visit to your amazing space here. Thank you so much for sharing. I know I am going to enjoy looking around and returning often. I look forward to engaging throughtout twenty twelve. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

Joy said...

I like the blue glass jars with the flower print behind them--gives me a decorating idea. Your restful music goes with your photos of your restful rooms. Have a great week. I enjoyed looking at the horses you have owned over the years.

Joy said...

Hey, smart woman on not mentioning that new porch to the husband, you've got the right idea. Sometimes if you push 'em to do something they won't do it just cause you pushed 'em! They want it to be their own idea. We gals learn a thing or two, don't we?

Wendy McDonagh-Valentine said...

Your stained glass is just beautiful. I have a couple of pieces that I've purchased over the years and they're still packed away as well. Why, I don't know!! Your horses are so beautiful!! I've never been horseback riding, sad to say. I love horses and am so happy to see that your two got a loving home. Best wishes with them!! : )

~ Wendy


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