Saturday, February 20, 2016

End of the Week...

It's been a strange week!

Last Saturday, we battened down the hatches for some bitter cold wind, and had temperatures in the single digits...we had snow during the day on Monday and an early dismissal from school...sleet Monday night and a two hour delay on Tuesday...and rain on Wednesday which resulted in lots and lots of mud.

Today, we have seventy degrees...yes...70 degrees and breezy sunshine! We also have snow drops blooming in the flower bed beside the house. Spring must be soon coming!  I know it could still get pretty cold, but today there's a hint of warmth in the air.  Yes!!!

This is my "Week's Favorite"...

For "Starts with H" I chose Home...

This is where Jim and I have called home for the last twenty-two years, and where he called home for many, many years before that!  This is an old picture, taken the year we moved to the farm.  Not a lot has changed, except that a couple of trees have come down and the barn and silos have since been repainted...

"Family" is the last prompt for this week.  I used to always try to get a good family snapshot taken each year for Christmas, but I've been lax in doing it lately.  Now the kids are so busy, and we are so often going our separate ways, and I miss having that photo!  So here are a couple from last June, at Eric's high school graduation...

I'm linking up again with Teresa at Eden Hills, for Friday's Hunt.  Click on the link for more blog posts!


  1. Love the Snowdrops and the shot of the family. Have a lovely weekend.

  2. Nice family photos and of your home and farm...
    It's so amazing how beautiful flowers can come up from dirt so beautiful and white and fragrant. Isn't nature so wonderful.
    We still have a little snow here and there and still some sizeable snow banks but's it's raining again. My husband got the tractor stuck in the mud hauling some fallen trees from the wooded area today as there was no frost in the ground...

    My body is telling me that the season is changing now and I trust my body. I have a friend who also can feel it in her body when the season changes. I'll ask her tomorrow at breakfast.

  3. It's nice to see flowers. A sure sign that spring might actually make an appearance again. You have a beautiful family.

  4. Our kids are all grown up these days, so I refer to the many scanned pictures that chronicle there growth. Always nice memories! It was warm today in southern CT - I know the winter is still here, but we need to enjoy the sun and warmth whenever we can!

  5. It's nice that someone already has flowers compared to our snow. Beautiful family photos.

    R. Täysin arkista

  6. The snowdrops are pretty and are usually followed by spring, we hope.
    Nice photos of your farm and family.

  7. Love that big farm house! They just seem homey. Love the shot of you two with your son. It's amazing how quickly they grow up and it's a chore to find family time. We've been warm here too. It's certainly been a crazy weather winter. Thanks for joining in at Friday's Hunt.

  8. Beautiful farm house. : )
    Warm here today though not quite as warm as you. 50 degrees here.

  9. I'm jealous that you have snowdrops blooming! Cute kids! and the farmhouse looks roomy, a great place to raise a family.

  10. I love your place, it is so beautiful! How fun to have the little snowdrops blooming, we don't have those here and what a fine looking family!! Our weather has just been HOT for the past week, 20 degrees above normal on some days. :(

  11. Hi Alicia, you have good looking kids. Do they have the rough farm raised hands as you did (I read your bio) when you were growing up. The Farmstead is really nice, standing out on the hilltop. It reminds me of the Iowa type.
    I grew up on a farm in Eastern Nebraska so I had a lot of that also. We had a small farm that grew corn and oats (now soy beans are replacing the oats) and then fed the grain to multiply the revenue that selling the grain would bring. We milked about ten cows and sold the cream. The calves we matched with an equal number we bought at auction and fed them until they were 'fat cattle.' We also raised chickens, sold the roosters except for the ones we ate on Sundays and the pullets which we kept for laying hens. Mom was the chicken lady but I helped her some. Also we had about 40-50 head of hogs we grew from piglets having about twelve mamas.
    Congrats again to the grad. Will he be going to college? Where?

    1. Hi Jim...yes, he is going to college. He's in his second semester at a small private college about an hour from home.

  12. love your home and sweet family, too. :)

  13. Nice to see that sign of spring! You have a beautiful family!

  14. Congratulations on 22 years. This year will be our 22 years. Time flies when you're having fun.

  15. I enjoyed seeing the photos of your family. I'm afraid the flowers and blooming trees will get "zapped" with them blooming too early.

  16. Spring is definitely showing her face! I love your house- how lucky you are to live in such a beautiful home, and a family home to boot. Have a great day!

  17. Alicia,
    That is crazy weather.

    It is difficult to get family pictures. It is also one of those things that are well worth the time to do.

    I hope you have a wonderful week!


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