Monday, September 25, 2017

Daddy Sent Me A Gift of Love



"Every exit has an entry for something else. . ."

A few days ago, Boo and I cuddled on the couch. . .him in my lap, taking a bath and washing away all the smells of a vet's office. . .where his job in research for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals keeps him away for weeks at a time. . .

In between his purring and grooming, he'd stop long enough to give me kisses. . .lots of kisses. . .not unusual for my Boo. . .but. . .on that day, there seemed to be more than usual and with greater intensity. . .

I began to tell him how much I loved him. . .stroking him under his chin like he loves. . .The purring became louder as he finally settled into my lap. . .Then we began to talk. . .well, I talked. . .Boo purred.

Did he remember how he was the one who picked me that day at the animal shelter? How he became such a huge part of my life and saved me from severe depression and feeling the loss of my Dad so deeply? How he became like velcro to me, attune to my every mood, always doting over me like an old Mother Hen? How he wouldn't leave me when I was sick and scratched at the bedroom door until I allowed him in to play doctor. . .to curl up and give me his prescription of purrs and kisses?

I like to think Daddy gave me the gift of Boo. . .I didn't realize it until about a year after Boo came to live with us. . .I knew this cuddling, loving feline had been a God-send for me. . .It took me a year to figure out that Boo could have been a Daddy-send, too. . .

You see. . .Daddy loved me dearly. . .He clung to life much longer than anyone expected so that we could spend more time together. . .I felt his constant presence long after he'd gone to his heavenly home. . .I think as he looked down upon me, he could see I was hurting. . .that I was in trouble. . .and he guided me to the animal shelter that October day in 2006. . .Boo was given the task of watching over me. . .healing my broken heart. . .making me laugh. . .encouraging me to love again. . .That tiny little furry ball of energy took his assignment seriously. . .becoming my constant companion. . . 

Someone recently asked me if I believed in angels. . .Of course I believe in them. . .in Heaven and on Earth. . .with two legs or four. . .I believe even more so since I met Boo. . .And here's just one of many reasons why. . .I realized that Boo was born on September 25, 2006, one year from the day my Dad passed away. . .Coincidence? . .I think not. . .A gift of LOVE. . .a reminder to continue to LOVE. . .

Today is our Boo's birthday. . .In spite of his constant battle with Addison's disease, he has turned 11 years old. . .He has now outlived thousands of other animals in the Pfizer Research program. . .They never expected him to live this long. . .but that's Boo. . .never living up to doctor's expectations. . .only surpassing them. . .He is truly one of a kind. . .


So HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BOO. . .
You're our LITTLEST ANGEL. . .
and always will be. . .


Thank you for allowing me to tell Boo's story again. . .
Many ask throughout the year about his health and miss him appearing in our posts.
Boo has had a challenging year. . .The photos I used are from the past. . .
One of the trial medications they administered to him
caused him to lose 80% of his beautiful coat of fur. . .
It's growing back now. . .
but he still has to stay more days at Dr. Cato's Clinic than he is able to be home. . .
Yet, he continues to surprise everyone with each flare of Addison's. . .
fighting through it and coming back when it seems all the odds are against him.

I also like to tell his story each year for Addison Disease awareness. . .
Not only in animals. . .but in humans, too. . .
Addisons is showing up more and more throughout the world.
Pfizer is making progress in new medication. . .
because of Boo and all of the other Addison 'volunteers'.
The first human research is now taking place in Sweden,
based on the results of this research.

For More about Boo and his fight against Addison's Disease: 






Thursday, August 31, 2017

Our Little Chapel in the Field is Revealed at the Duncan Farmstead



FROM THIS. . .


TO THIS. . .


We've done it . .The Little Chapel in the Field exterior is finished. . .Would you like to venture a guess of the final cost of this up-grade? . .$136.25. . .Had John and I not done the work ourselves, of course it would have been more. . .But, we enjoy a challenge. . .We had to take it slowly. . .and could only work when we had a spare hour or two. . .We also spent time searching the barns for make-do items we could incorporate. . .'It was a labor of love'. . .READ MORE WITH LOTS OF PHOTOS. . .





Tuesday, July 11, 2017

She Shed or Playhouse? The Makings of One. . .or The Other

A BEE SKEP AND A BARN WOOD BENCH


A BEAUTIFUL WHITE CREPE MYRTLE. . .WITH BEES. . .FOR SHADE


COUNTRY GOURD BIRDHOUSES 


STAR QUALITY


BEAUTIFUL VIEW FROM INSIDE


I have such a fondness for the antique garden house. . .Built of cypress barn wood, it was once the chicken house. . .When we moved to the farm, the poor little building was about to fall down. . .There wasn't much left. . .John 'transplanted' it  and put it back together with parts and pieces found around the barn. . .Since then, I've called it the garden house. . .but. . .it was far removed from our garden. . .although, after about five or six big dust storms this year, I could have planted a garden inside of it!




The day came to clear it out and clean it up. . .and to give it a new purpose in life. . .a SHE SHED !!!!


When I was growing up I had a PLAYHOUSE much like this one. . .Daddy built me a little table and chairs. . I had an old cast-off metal bed that served as a sofa. . .and I prominently displayed a NO BOYS ALLOWED sign on the front. (I had all boy cousins.)


It was my private place. . .where I could go and dream dreams. . .write my stories. . .read my books. . .and maybe nap on a hot summer's day. . .
So. . .the question I have to ask YOU is. . .
What's the difference in a SHE SHED and a PLAYHOUSE?



'ONLY THE AGE OF THE OWNER'. . .(wink)

You'll have to 'stay tuned' for the reveal. . .coming later. . .


. . .from my She Shed to yours. . .



Saturday, June 10, 2017

Our Denim Inspiration In Woman's World Magazine!!!!


Remember the tutorial on how to make a DENIM SHIRT PILLOW? Well, Woman's World Magazine was inspired from that post to feature denim in a whole house and to add our pillows to the mix. . .



It's in the June 12 Issue, already on sale!!!!




Interested in making a pillow of your own? 
Summer seems to be the perfect time for DENIM, doesn't it? Follow the links below for more DENIM  inspiration from THE COUNTRY FARM HOME. ..


 
 




There are many more. . .These are just a few. . .I use DENIM everywhere because it has played such an important part in our Farm's History. . .If you would like to see more, SEARCH 'DEMIM' in the Search Box in the right hand column. . .
Later!!!!!


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Advertising Tins, Tool Aprons, and a Vintage Flag




It's hard to believe that Summer is already here. . .but, I know it's true because John and I found ourselves venturing up to Missouri and the 100 Mile Yard Sale this past weekend. . .which makes it official for us. . .To be honest, we only covered about 35 miles of it. . .That took us all day. . .We returned home late that evening with smiles on our faces. . .very tired faces. . .


A few of my finds ended up on our porch table for the Memorial Day cookout. . .I'm a glutton for advertising tins, especially when I see red and white. . .'Back in the day' families were larger and groceries were often bought in quantities. . .Lard was used for frying. . .and greasing wheels. . .Livers were eaten for iron. . .plus, they were cheap. . .and every lumber yard gave out free tool aprons with the purchase of their lumber. . .Nowadays we don't use lard. . .livers are pretty much out. . .and carpentry is becoming a long, lost art. . .What to do with the cast-offs? . .Put them in a yard sale and the Farmer's Daughter will buy them!!!!!!. . .(wink). . . 


Actually, the advertising tins are being used in a lot of decor these days. . .I carried the advertising theme one step further, adding vintage tool aprons to the old farm chairs . .and the 48 Star Flag to tie it all together. . .With a few items, I have the making for a 4th of July table, too. . .Looks very Patriotic without being over the top. . .





Obviously unrelated items working together well.
The secret is to follow a color scheme. . .and to think outside the box. . .
Works every time. . .
With the warm summer days ahead, I want to soak up as much outdoors as I can. . .which is a good thing. . .We have had tornadoes, straight line winds, torrential rain, and hail over and over again for the last few months. . . Plenty of clean-up to do. . .
And then. . .there's always our 'Little Chapel in the Field'. . .which is coming along just fine. . .Yesterday it received it's first coat of paint. . .


We do have our work cut out for us, don't we? . .but we also enjoy it. . .There's something about living on a farm that brings out the best in us. . .

. . .from our farmhouse to yours. . .
 




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