Monday, June 15, 2015

Please...Let's Catch Up...


 ...O.K. No excuses really - just a bit of a break from blogging.  But Honestly and Truthfully - I, like the rest of you...have had a really busy spring.

As you all know by now - I have been in the greenhouse business for nearly 20 years. Every year I try to mentally prepare myself for the rush that is to come but for some reason...I never quite prepare my mind or my body enough.  And the older I get - my, oh my, well, let's just say it gets a little harder with each passing year. 



But thankfully, we probably had the quickest greenhouse season ever.  It was so cold for so long and once it warmed up - it only took about a month and the greenhouse was completely empty.  Remember though, we start getting ready for greenhouse season at the end of January.  So it is a longer season than most realize...


...Each year I am amazed at the people who are so gracious and kind to support our local growers including those of us at Central Farmers.  We truly couldn't be more thankful for the support!


I've taught a couple of classes this spring also...I'm always happy to help out our amazing local library with their adult programs.


 ...Plus I was honored to teach a class for the wives of the KY Farm Bureau Board of Directors...we had a great day!


Oh, and I also had a wedding to work on too - I'm not sure when or how I squeezed that in working 6 days a week plus time on Sundays!

BUT...the most wonderful part about spring is watching my little boy who is turning into a young man play the game that he loves most...baseball!  I'm so proud of him and it is just hard to believe that this is his last year for little league.  Oh how I will miss summers at the ball park!


But we have a few more weeks of All-Stars and I'm gonna enjoy them and treasure those times together with him!


 I hope everyone is doing well out there and I thank you for continuing to stop by.  I've got a wonderful recipe for Strawberry Bread to share with you...you won't want to miss it!

Happy Summer Friends!

  Cathy

Monday, March 16, 2015

Meet Socks...


 ...This is the newest addition to the Murray Farms Herd - isn't he just a cutie?  Of course, what else could we have named him with white socks on his feet like this.


When I went for my walk this afternoon - I spotted them in the distance.  As I got closer, momma cow...well, she spotted me and she didn't really know what to think of me - so they hid.  I couldn't believe I got this picture - both of them taking a peek around the tree.


Socks was thoroughly enjoying the beautiful sunshine that we had today - just prancing around.

This was her first calf and just like with many heifers - she had trouble.  Fortunately, my farmer guy, keeps a very close eye on them. At his last check around midnight - he knew she was in need of some help - so thankfully, he was able to help deliver Socks safely.   I'm grateful he cares for his animals like he does. 

You can see this momma didn't let Socks get to far away from her - I think she is going to be a great momma for years to come.  


He's definitely a keeper! 



Monday, February 16, 2015

Snow = furniture "switch-a-roo"...


 O.K. friends...for those of you that live north of KY - over a foot of snow is no biggie - but for those of us in the great bluegrass state - a foot of snow shuts down the town!  I would have to think back to my childhood (30+ years ago) to remember a snowfall like this!  I'd say we have about 15 inches and that just doesn't happen here- well, except once every few decades ;-)

 But...I'm not complaining - I LOVE snow - always have...always will!

This is a picture of the cabin outside my bedroom window early this morning.  The snow ended up covering the bottom railing of the fence.

 A peaceful look off the front porch...
 

My young man had to get out in it - unfortunately, the snow was so light and fluffy - you couldn't even make a snowball - bummer!



But when you are stuck inside - you get to do things you've been thinking about but hadn't made the time.  So I'm talking about this lil' corner in my kitchen.  Talk about neglected...it just looked pitiful - I mean I even had a cardboard box of mail under the table - sad.

So I cleaned off the table and was going do something different to the top but...
 I realized I've got to many shelves all lined up - it was looking way to busy so I figured I'd just shuffle the furniture...
 So a simple "switch-a-roo" did the trick BUT...that table was just out of scale there so I shopped the house and found one in the landing that fit much better...
 I love the legs on this table - it is simply made of tree limbs with a distressed top.

 I added a chalkboard, a letter and a few of my favorite kitchen things...including....
 a scale that was a gift from my mom -filled with Halos - goodness, I love these things...
 ...a little spring green in the form of fake bulbs in a old wire basket...

 I decorated the hutch with some simple yard sale wicker plates and some of my white pitchers and platters.


 ...And there you have it - my lazy snow day rearrange.




I even managed to hang my "FARM" letters today - which I've had since Christmas.


Simply being home - the main reason I LOVE SNOW DAYS!

Cathy















Saturday, January 24, 2015

My First Project of the New Year...


 Yes, I know - I haven't been very productive...but I've been enjoying the quite of winter with my family.  It won't be long and things will be in overdrive!  I start seeding in the greenhouse in just a couple of weeks and baseball is just around the corner.  Hope your time spent indoors this winter is restful!

So even though I haven't been very productive with big projects - I have accomplished a few small ones,  one of which being this small filing cabinet.  My craft closet was getting kind of out of control - especially with all the "little" stuff - like stamps and ink, and glue and tags, and scissors and wood burners...well, and...and...and....- you get the picture.


So a while back I had spotted this lil' filing cabinet at our local antique mall.  I just love all those drawers!  I could see the potential but it was just a bit more than I wanted to spend.  I pondered it for several weeks and finally I just treated myself!  After all, it would make for some great organization PLUS - I knew it would be to cute all painted up!

It had a few places where the paint was peeling and it was a tad rusty...

Nothing that a lil' sandpaper couldn't fix...

Be sure to always sand until you get a smooth edge.


Next I cleaned the cabinet well - and let me just say there were some interesting things on this cabinet - dirty is an understatement! I then sprayed the entire cabinet with gray primer for metal surfaces...

Seems like no matter how hard I try to get away from green - I keep going back to it.  I love this color... "Leafy Green" from Rust-oleum - reminds me of spring!
 

Snowball kept his distance yet he kept an eye on what I was doing.  He wasn't for sure what to think of me when I was shaking those spray paint cans -all the while channeling Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off".  I'm glad no one else was watching! ;-)


This cabinet has 30 drawers - yep... took a while to paint all those little drawers.

This paint has great coverage - two coats and I was ready to take it inside - with Shaun's help of course.  It may be small but it is heavy!

I simply cut some kraft paper to size and used some of my small stamps to label the drawers.  


You can see - all of those drawers are already being put to great use.  I love it - feeling all organized.  Now, only if the rest of my house was like this.


It fit perfectly at the base of our steps - right outside my craft closet.  I'm glad I decided to treat myself  with this cabinet.  It's nothing fancy - but I'm sure it will be a piece that will be serviceable for years to come.

Happy Winter Friends!

Cathy



Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry CHRISTmas!


Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas!
































May your day be blessed with family, friends, health and hope!

Cathy

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas in the Kitchen...


  Are you doing lots of baking in your Christmas kitchen?  I hope so.  I wish I could say that I have... but honestly - I haven't been home enough lately to cook anything!  But...I do plan on it real soon!

Once again - I used what I already had - just changed it up a bit from last year.  Enjoy the look around!

 I kept my red and turquoise color scheme just like in the sun room...


My kitchen shelves
- a basket and some berries
- my mason jars that stay there all the time
- and my lil' houses my mom gifted me when we moved here.


Y'all have seen these carolers for years - but I must say once again - that I just love them because my mamaw, Cleo, lovingly made these for me.  


My hutch painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint...


 ...all lined up with my canned tomato juice and applesauce...


One new addition to the kitchen this year is my walnut table.  My husband made this for me for Mother's Day out of lumber from our farm.  I enjoy sitting there in the mornings looking out at the cows.


I placed the base of my tree in an old flour sack...


...my carolers under glass...



...on the table - just a simple basket arrangement filled with greenery, pine cones, antlers and ornaments...


 It's a good thing I have lots of shelves - because I have lots of stuff...;-)



And lastly - my tree at the end of the kitchen table is filled with all of our family ornaments - the ones that mean so much to me.



Now...lets go bake some Christmas cookies!

Merry Christmas!

Cathy