Wednesday, December 9, 2015

End of Fall at the Homeplace

Happiness Is Living in the Country

Today was so beautiful. The temperature was perfect. There was no wind, and the sky was bright blue with some scattered clouds to add a bit of fluffy white. I took all of these pictures in front of the house and out in our front field. The BIG hill you see is our land. We have 7 acres up there filled with timber which we will not touch.

Yes, here is our "Bridge to Somewhere".

The creek our "Bridge to Somewhere" crosses.
Its name is Kerrs creek and the area 
where we live is know as Kerrs Creek.

 Our front yard just above the creek.

And, here is another of the front yard.

Here’s our little outbuilding where I keep everything
 I cannot fit into a house without any storage. 

This is our front field where we used to have cows. No more! No more goats and ponies. Just Jack, the dogs and Trouble, Bud’s cat.
That’s the BIG hill behind. As children, the kids loved to climb up it and then slide down. Then when they all came home a few years ago for my birthday, they FORCED me to do it, too. Well, that was
the last time. Thought I was going to have a heart attack going up it is so slick and steep, and then coming down was worse. The clincher is and was that day...when we got down we had to walk across the darn creek with lots of water in it. No fun for this old gal.
They can beg until the cows come home, but I will NEVER do it again unless they can find me another easier way to get up and down. 

Jack couldn’t stand it. He just had to get in the picture. If you look down the center and then to the right,you can seethe mountain we see from the house in the winter. 

I was looking for a quote to go with this post, and I came across this sometimes hilarious and other times poignant bit of farmer’s advice. Hope you like it as much as I did. There are some good lessons to be learned from it.

An Old Farmer's Advice
* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. *
* Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.*
* Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.*
* A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.*
* Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.*
* Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.*
* Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.*
* Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.*
* It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.*
* You cannot unsay a cruel word.*
* Every path has a few puddles.*
* When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.*
* The best sermons are lived, not preached.
* Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.*
* Don't judge folks by their relatives.*
* Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.*
* Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.*
* Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't bothering you none.*
* Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.*
* If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.*
* Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.*
* The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'.*
* Always drink upstream from the herd.*
* Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.*
* Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.*
* If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.*
* Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply.*
* Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.*

This post is linked with:
Skywatch Friday


  1. Those quotes are really good ones. It is beautiful where you live. I love all the trees, the bridge and those hills. xo

  2. Oh, Genie, I loved seeing your area...beautiful area. And I love that banner photo.

  3. Lots of sweet memories here Genie.

  4. So nice to have a look in your surroundings, you live in a beautiful area.

  5. Dearest Genie; OMG,what GREAT place 'I mean with wonderful nature' surrounds your house☆☆☆ I would be a lot healthier in your place p:-) Happy to hear nothing bud happened for your body after the tough walk♪ 
    Wishing you will have a wonderful rest of the week. 
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

  6. I was brought up in the country (in the UK) - and in many ways I love to live in the bush (in Australia) - but that may not happen for while - so I'll have to keep on travelling!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  7. Great quotes, beautiful scenery and a funny story.
    The header photo has my heart.

  8. Hello, you do have a pretty place. The forest is gorgeous. I can imagine sliding down that hill, maybe in my younger years. Love the farmers advice. Have a happy week!

  9. Looks like the only level place around there is your front yard. I like all those quotes. Just wish I could remember them and put them to good use when the time arises.

  10. Wonderful post and glad to see Jack in the photo ~ All very beautiful landscape photography!

    Wishing you the love and magic of the season,
    artmusedog and carol

  11. What a beautiful place, full of memories.

  12. A wonderful post and photos, Genie!!! And wonderful memories indeed!! Thank you so much for sharing!! I hope you have a beautiful weekend!!

  13. Thanks for showing us around your place. Sometimes I think I would like a little land with room from the neighbors and such.

    I love your quotes. Great advice.

  14. Living in the country is definitively more relaxing. Great pictures!

  15. viele gute Worte sind hier versammelt..klasse
    einen LG vom katerchen der nun erst seinen Gegenbesuch machen kann