A Little Green…

Just a few days ago…. -30 degree temps; same day temp hovered about 30 degrees. Amazing temperature span in one day. Life is good. No changes in the temp where the tiny mesclun lettuce plants are starting to thrive. We all need a little green in our lives.


Cozy Canines


These friends share a pillow next to the woodstove. What a great way to keep warm on a chilly 9 degree day in February. It’s early yet, with news of a few school closings as we are allegedly getting 4-8 inches of snow with a 20 mph wind.
Cozy is the way to go…today in Madison County.

Love…little surprises…


Jenny takes her position on the farm very seriously.

Amazing miracles happen every day and sometimes we just don’t notice. When living on a farm, you understand that the weather controls what tasks you might or might not be doing in any given day. Mother nature reminds you that you are not in control on a regular basis.

Sometimes surprises are inspiring, as in this morning. The doeling was happily running about; being guarded by Jenny. No worries, Jenny had it all under control. Surprised, yeah, -to find the whole scene so calm and under control. Great little surprise. Look around…

Patience… Winter is here…

“Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Take the time to observe the beautiful wildlife that surrounds are daily lives. Sharing a few photos I ¬†was able to capture yesterday. Pure joy… It’s visible…just open your eyes and view the world with patience. Slowly scroll down as the last photo is a rare scene.

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Cardinal at feeder

bird trifecta


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Rare glimpse of a shy woodpecker.


Patience is what it takes to catch this scene.


The Beauty & Abundance of Fall is sometimes found, fallen. This year’s abundance of apples is great for making cider, applesauce, apple crisp and of course the favorite apple pie. The leftovers found at the base of the trees provide nourishment later on for deer in the heart of winter. In Madison County, we do have an abundance to be thankful for.apples 2015

Hardy, Yes!

Hardy… The dictionary defines hardy as capable of handling adverse conditions.
As a resident of Madison County, I consider myself hardy, simply for living here.
We look forward to the change of seasons, but become frustrated when the season appears to take a step backward. As we all realize as we travel through life, sometimes we do have to take a step backward, and maybe, that it what keeps us so hardy; and strengthens us for the next forward step. Rejoice in our hardiness; look forward to the sun shining tomorrow.
Bonus points for identifying the plant in the series below.

This photo was taken April 9, 2015

This photo was taken April 9, 2015

April 16, 2015

April 16, 2015

April 19, 2015

April 19, 2015

Hardy...Step back...  April 23, 2015

Hardy…Step back…
April 23, 2015