Time to Redefine our Lives in Oregon

A Great Day for a Story

I’m sorry for my absence lately…it has been a very busy season for me…..as is for most of us.

Gloria's Pond Nov. 2014

This post is dedicated to my Aunt H, and Uncle D.  We have not been able to enjoy a Christmas together since I was very young, so  I thought I’d bring a bit of my little family’s Holiday Season to the both of you.

Darol and Helen

You have both had some health challenges this year, and are in various stages of healing, and waiting for the next medical procedure.  I know the Lord has strengthened you both through all of this, and will continue to do so.  I am amazed at how, Uncle Darol, bounces back with seemingly (of course this is my view from a distance) little struggle, and how, Aunt Helen, presses on through the pain, and difficulties she faces every day.  You both are incredibly strong, resilient, and great role models to me in the depth of your faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ.  I wish we could have been closer in proximity through the years, and one day we will be….we will once again eat together at Grandma and Grandpa’s table.

Grandma & Grandpa 1987

We’ll pass around the football, the pie & coffee, and break open walnuts before dinner with Grandpa…then sit down to a competitive game of dominoes.  Yes, we will have those moments of my early childhood back again….in God’s great timing…we will gather in His presence, and we will enjoy the fellowship of our family once more

This is Christmas on our farm, 2014. 

The arrival of the elk herd kicked off our holidays!!  They were amazing!!

Thanksgiving came in like, “Speedy Gonzalez”…it was here and gone in a flash.  The day was quiet, and lovely. My mom spent the afternoon with us, and, unfortunately, the only picture taken involved food.

 

Thanksgiving Dinner 2014

A few days later, Tony was diagnosed with Pneumonia…probably one of the reasons our Thanksgiving day was so low key.  Thankfully, he got better quickly!!

As the days went on, and Christmas approached…we started to decorate.  Putting lights on the house allowed us a chance to knock down some huge wasps nests that enjoyed our roof-line over the summer months.

One of the three large cones within one huge paper wasp nest.

One of the three large cones within one huge paper wasp nest.

We picked out our Christmas tree from a local tree farm…

She was full, and beautiful!

She was full, and beautiful!

Okay…why did we go to a local tree farm to cut down a Christmas tree when we have a forest full of trees??  The only answers I can give you are….#1: someone, who shall be nameless, has a fear of spiders…#2: the tree farm shakes the bejeebers out of the trees they sell, hopefully eliminating those eight legged monsters….#3: we like to support our local farmers…#4: because $20 for a 7 foot tree is such a HUGE bargain (coming from the SF Bay Area where this tree would have cost us $125.00 plus, to get it from a local farmer and not a parking lot.) We love a bargain!!!  Here she is!!

Here she is...no tinsel though...we have cats!!

Here she is…no tinsel though…we have cats!!

We enjoyed our small town’s Winter fest, with the lighting of the Courthouse Christmas Tree…

Courthouse Christmas Tree 2014

And the arrival of Santa Claus by the fire depts.’ ladder truck…preceded by a Harley entourage!!  The line to see Santa was pretty long…

Line for Santa 2014It was a really nice evening with local vendors, and the little shops downtown all open for business.  There were carolers, free cookies and hot cocoa…and of course, Pressed Coffee and Wine Bar was a welcomed place to land for a hot snowball and good music.

Tony and I took a drive to Portland, and landed at the infamous, VooDoo Doughnuts!  Our first time, but it won’t be our last!!

VooDoo Doughnuts 2014 IMG_8371 IMG_8373Do you see the Chevy’s Fresh Mex Restaurant chip bag in the background….another stop on our day, leaving Portland.  There’s a story about Chevy’s (not for today), but if you’ve never tried their salsa…you haven’t yet lived!!!!

We always include our animals in our Christmas celebrations…..the flock was no exception….

Chicken House 2014Fourteen stockings for fourteen birds….Christmas Day, the flock received….

WHY...do chickens moult in the late fall, early winter??

WHY…do chickens moult in the late fall, early winter??

….shredded cheddar cheese for a breakfast treat, and Santa brought a big molasses chicken scratch block.

Santa's Gift 2014Me thinks Santa done good!!!! (Forgive me Ellen, the Grammar Cop…..hahahaha

Below are some of my favorite images of Christmas this year…

Images of Christmas 2014 IMG_8428 IMG_8429 IMG_8433

The bird house barn...I like to imagine that the scene from the cookie tin next to it, depicts what's going on inside the barn!!

The bird house barn…I like to imagine that the scene from the cookie tin next to it, depicts what’s going on inside the barn!!

One of my most treasured decorations since 1986.

One of my most treasured decorations since 1986.

My mom's little Chiweenie...Chique...all dressed up on Christmas Eve!!

My mom’s little Chiweenie…Chique…all dressed up on Christmas Eve!!

If you remember this past August, we lost our old friend, Tucker, after 13 wonderful years.  His stocking joined the place at Christmas where we honor our beloved furry family members no longer with us.

Our beloved furry family members no longer with us...but always in our hearts!

Our beloved furry family members no longer with us…but always in our hearts!

Christmas was full of joy…food…lots of food….gifts….and skeet shooting!!

WOW...I've really got to work on my technique...haahahaha

WOW…I’ve really got to work on my technique…haahahaha

download-5  Christmas Day Skeet Shooting 2014

Daddy and daughter had the best overall percentage of hits…but boyfriend, well, let’s just say he’s had a little practice….hahaha!  He’s got a good eye!!  Me, I need to practice…you too, son…hahahaha!!

After all the antics of the day….Hank had had enough…..

Christmas Hank 2014

…..enough ignoring him…..he was hungry!!!  With only about two moves left in the game…Hank handled the situation!!!  Look at that face….hahahaha!!!

Christmas 2014

From our family to yours…we hope you had a very Merry Christmas!!  Our thoughts and prayers for a wonderful, energetic, truly amazing, and joy filled 2015 go out to you.  Happy New Year to all who visit this farm, may your lives be richly blessed!!

Thank you for visiting today!   Your friend on the farm,

Tami

 

 

 

 

 

Comments on: "A Great Day for a Story" (7)

  1. Hello Tami

    Thanks for writing again.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Well THAT was worth waiting for! Your Aunt Helen and you could be twinsies, wow. Love the grammar cop reference, you know me too well and we have not even met…yet! Adore the lights on the coop. So sorry Tony had pneumonia and glad he’s on the mend..nasty illness. Sending the bestest wishes for the New Year and fervent hopes we can finally get to hug for real. oxoxoxoxox

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks for your kind words, Ellen!! You’re awesome!! We need to make the meet-n-greet happen….maybe this spring, when the weather is a little better. Now, if In-N-Out Burger comes to your town, I’ll be there with bells on!!! Hahaha

      Like

      • A Meet&Greet is FOR SURE on my agenda! I want so much to hug a Great Dane and a chicken. To say nothing of the hoomans on the farm, tra la. Can’t wait, honestly!
        I am surprised there’s no InNOut here already. But when I get a whiff of an arrival, you will be the first to know. Lotsa love, friends!

        Like

  3. Just moved 3 states away from my lifetime home to be able to buy land and begin homesteading. Thanks for extending your family to us for Christmas.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. jackierose….Welcome!!!!! I hope your family had a wonderful Christmas. I’m glad you could share in our day…I totally understand being away from family this time of year. Good luck on your homesteading…I hope it is all you hoped it would be!!

    Like

Comments are closed.

Tag Cloud

Have-a-Dane Hill Danes

Raising dogs in the classic, old-school Great Dane style.

Our French Oasis

LIVING A FRENCH COUNTRY LIFE

House by the water.

From blank block to new home in Mandurah, Western Australia.

Making Our Sustainable Life

Join us in our adventure building an eco-friendly, sustainable and self-sufficient homestead| How we plan to live frugally in our retirement years

Chantel Mickaela

ITS TIME FOR YOU TO BE HUNGRAY !!!

The Little Green Spoon

The Healthy Irish Kitchen

A Bright Ray of Hope

I'm a temporarily staying-at-home mom of two living in Oregon, learning all over again (after 15 years of city life) how to garden, harvest, and put up food. You might see posts about baking, parenting, crafting, organization - anything that strikes my fancy!

Homesteading NJ

Keeping the garden in the Garden State.

Winkos: a straw bale building adventure in Poland

A journey towards a more sustainable lifestyle

Press Publish

Inspiration and tools for better blogging from WordPress.com

Cherry Orchard Homestead

Learning to live a Simple and Self-Sufficient Life

Humble Little Homestead

Living Simply and Enjoying the Good Life

happilybackward

an exercise in simplification

Health, Life, and going back to basics

What I've been discovering about the ultimate self-sufficient lifestyle

Kevin Hotter

Los Angeles Freelance Writer • Comedian • Photographer •

Crockern Farm

The evolution of an old farmhouse, an American woman, an Englishman and their dog.

Mucking Moms

Horse Showing, Stall Mucking, Kid Raising, Garden Growing, Animal Rearing, Creative Crafting, Home Cooking, Penny Pinching, Coupon Clipping, Family Loving Moms

kelzbelzphotography

My journey - The good, bad and the ugly

Anam Baile (Spirit Home)

The Experiments of A Romantic Hobby Farming Homemaker

Preppin' Mamas

Get your prep on...no matter what comes your way!

My Foray Into Food Storage

A regular gal learning about Food Storage, Home Cooking, Canning, Gardening, and more!

The ancient eavesdropper

Nature's nuances in a nutshell

Willow Creek Farm

High Altitude Homesteading

%d bloggers like this: