Wednesday, November 11, 2015

November 2015 - Still here

I haven't posted since December of last year ... and was surprised to see people were still reading my old blog posts anyway.  Guess it's time for a new one!

It's been a year of change, and more changes still to come.

In May, I moved my beloved donkeys to an animal sanctuary.  This was a very hard thing to do, and I miss them terribly every day.  But I need to sell the farm and downsize, and there was no way I could do that with three miniature donkeys.  Lakeview Animal Sanctuary, in Pendelton, NY ( had room since they had just adopted out 2 of their donkeys, so they came and got mine.  So my 3 are now with a small herd of other donkeys, and Lakeview will find them great homes.  Please donate to Lakeview if you have a few dollars to spare.

I then decided it was time to get moving and get the property ready for sale.  The farm just isn't the same without my donkeys, it was hard to even go into the empty barn!  That turned out to be easier said than done!

Some spring pictures ... a red-breasted grosbeak visited.

A misty spring morning.

Getting contractors and people to do the work needed to get the property on the market was ridiculously difficult.  I personally spent many weekends scraping, priming and painting the house, sheds, etc.

Daylily Moroccan Sapphire:

I love Japanese Iris!

Rocky hanging on the deck .... Lily must be there somewhere too ...

One of my own introductions, Mystic Seer ...

I had sold off most of my daylilies during the summer of 2014, but kept about 60 in my own personal gardens.  I had 3 beds of seedlings left, but there were really neglected this past summer and I didn't pay any attention to what was blooming in them.

I had to take this picture ... for years I had been throwing daylily seedlings and unknown daylilies into the weedy area at the end of the pond ... this year they bloomed like crazy in there!  The next people who buy this place are going to be in for a surprise!

Daylily Black Falcon Ritual:

My own Mystic Avalon:

Daylily Galaxy Explosion:

Daylily Zoot Sims:

It was much easier to care for the gardens this year sine I didn't have the filed of daylilies to take care of.  I am looking forward to creating new gardens at a new house next year.

This was the field of daylilies  ..... now reduced to 3 weedy beds of neglected seedlings!

Look close ... a double rainbow!  And the yellow for sale sign!  I finally got everything done that I wanted to get done, and put the farm on the market at the end of August.  Very late in the selling season.

I've had 6 different people look at the farm so far, I was overly optimistic about how many actual buyers there were for a small farm!  Most everyone has loved the house, but are looking for other things ... a fancy horse stable, more land, not ready yet, etc.

Thankfully, I don't have to sell, so I can wait until the right buyer comes along.  I was hoping to be out by this winter ... but I don't really see that happening now.  And that's OK.  

My audience in the morning as I am getting ready for work ...

A frosty morning recently:

A stormy morning recently too!

So I will post more, here and there ... and see where we go!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year

I know, it's been a while again!  I have lots of photos to share and lots to catch up on!

I was scurrying around at the end of October getting ready for surgery.  I had a hysterectomy the first week of November, and needed to get things settled before the surgery.

I finally attached a couple of the tractor parts/ornaments to the barn.  I didn't put them all up, since so need some new paint.

Here's the "boys", Cosmo and Merlin - father and son, playing with a tire in their pasture.

I went to the quilt show in East Aurora in October, can't say I was awed like I had been other years.  But still some really amazing pieces.

A close up of the one panel above ... I love how the flowers were created!

My ornamental grass by the road, always puts on a very late show.

Silly Bailey keeping my seat warm.

My Christmas cactus, doing really well in the garden window in the kitchen, so well I bought another one for the window.

Silly barn cat, Seneca, soaking up the sun on the deck.

Lily and her friend Barn Girl, the other barn cat, enjoying a sunny day.

And then Snowvember hit!  I was two weeks out of surgery, recovering nicely, and the storm came.

My town didn't get much snow the first couple of days, but then on Thursday November 20th, it snowed non-stop all day.  My snow-dogs .....

My lovely neighbor Sally came to get the dogs out to do their business.  I wasn't supposed to be lifting anything, so couldn't shovel, but I did manage to make some paths with a broom. Sally took the dogs out to the road where the plow had been and they were able to go potty.

I had to keep up on my path to be able to get out at all.

My other neighbor Ron, he normally snowplows for me, was able to make a path back to the barn.

And it snowed ....

It finally stopped and the sun came out!!  Our town ended up with 69.3 inches of snow.

And more neighbors appeared!  I had 2 neighbors with their snow blowers, one with a tractor and snow blower, and 2 more that shoveled.  It felt so good to be able to walk out my front door for the first time in days!

I was amazed to see that one of my hunters decided to brave the deep snow and go hunting.  He said he would never do that again, by the time he got to his tree stand he was overheated and sweating ... and then he got chilled.  And he didn't see any deer!

And then it melted, and people were worried about flooding.

Just as quickly as the snow came, the snow melted ... it turned into mud season!  I hate mud season!

Had to grab my camera when I walked into my bedroom and saw Figaro staring at me from my bed.  The lump in front of him is Bailey sleeping under the comforter.  And I wonder why I breathe in pet hair all night long!

Here's my neighbor Sally again, she's my dogs second mother.  When she walks Lily around the pond, Seneca the barn cat follows her too.  She often sits on the bench and gives him some loving.

More pictures of pets on the bed ... silly Lily with Bailey & Figaro ....

Turned out to be a green Christmas, temps in the high 30's, no snow.  My brother-in-law Tim cooks for us.  So I stocked up on champagne, so he could have Mimosa's while he cooked.

He made a delicious prime rib and twice baked potatoes.

Sister Sandy brought her dogs reindeer ears with her, so we could put them on my dogs. Lily could have cared less, as usual ... she's like that about most things.

Rocky didn't like them at all ... no surprise there either!  LOL!

My small Christmas tree.  I went smaller last year and donated my big fake tree and tons of ornaments to a family we sponsored through work.  They were thrilled to get a tree and ornaments.

And this wonderful statue my sister found for me.  It's a Mackenzie-Childs piece.  Pretty appropriate with a donkey, dog and cat!  Just blew me away!

I hate caricatures of donkeys, so was thrilled to see such a good looking donkey!

And of course the cat and dog are pretty special too!

So now I've caught up for the year .... Hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year!  On to new things next year!