Mar 06 2013

I guess it hit me when Ruth Curran, of Cranium Crunches, asked me for snow photos. She uses them on her blog to create brain teasers and puzzles to keep all of us alert and at the ready.

At the ready for what, I’m not sure, but whatever it is, we’ll be there, armed to the mental teeth. So, thinking about snow photos, I realized that last weekend, I thought we were on the downside of winter. And then Tuesday, March 5, with the weather predictions, we stalled out on the middle of that “downside-of-winter” hill. I decided to take stock of what’s around me to analytically research my “winter to spring” down-sideability.

Parrot Tulips are blooming, therefore SPRING.


Snowstorm today, therefore WINTER.


 Wegmans has pastel candy, therefore SPRING!


Snowstorm today, therefore WINTER.


Electric Peeps are here, therefore SPRING!


Snowstorm today, therefore WINTER.


Foil rabbits in place, therefore SPRING!


Snowstorm today, therefore WINTER.


Well, looks like it’s a tie. The situation could go either way. I am hoping for the best, with the forecasts for 60 degrees this weekend coming to pass. At any rate, it’s the weekend Daylight Savings Time begins, so I guess that means SPRING!

Do you have cabin fever like I do? Just time to move on and leave winter behind, right?

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Oct 30 2010

I have noticed that some country, fresh air lovers are casual in their approach, and others tend to be more aggressive, making over barns into homes and living spaces. Yes. That’s what I said. There are many resourceful people in the United States turning unused agricultural outbuildings into fine, attractive homes and studios. Especially endearing is the idea of living in the barn while renting out the farmhouse usually found with the barn to pay the mortgage and costs of renovations.

Lyn Johnson in Michigan bought a barn with a floor covered in manure, in true barn style, and fixed it up as a wonderful living space. If you click here, you can visit a web site where Ms. Johnson has posted a slide show and she says,

“It took a hired handyman several days to shovel down to ground zero whereupon I found a solid floor already in place. Power washing gave me even more things to get excited over. Wooden ceiling support beams were felled trees, some still with bark. Rough cut ancient axe marks carved the ends. Though well over a hundred years old, the barn was remarkably solid, in relatively good shape. My creative buttons were pushed, every one of them. I saw beyond what I had to what it could be and for the next several months my local Lowe’s Home Improvement store got to know me on a first-name basis. I no longer saw the little milk house as an office alone but rather the bottom level of the three-story barn as living quarters.

Living in the barn gave me the option of renting the small farmhouse for additional income. It made me think outside the box with other possibilities farm families might consider during tough economic times.”

“I live in a cow barn. The cows left long ago
when the dairy operation seized and original
owners sold the place, but after renovations,
it now has a warm, woodsy back-to-nature feel.”

In her slide show narration, Ms. Johnson explains all of the clever ways she saved money and made use of creative planning. And, Sunbonnet Smart applauds her talent for looking at the bright side of our current economic times when she says, “Had it not been for the tough economic times I might not have entertained the many options sitting right there in front of me, just waiting to be unleashed. It brought to mind Plato’s words that necessity is the mother of invention. True, indeed.

I overheard someone remark recently, “America’s in recession, but I’ve decided not to participate.” I’ve decided not to either. I live in a cow barn — and I’m loving it.”

To preview this well received book on converting your barn into a living space, hover your mouse over this link:

Living Barns: How to Find And Restore a Barn of Your Own (Schiffer Books)

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Oct 24 2010

An early 1900s postcard expressing current sentiments.

Well, it seems like whatever is happening, there are those who want just the opposite to happen. For example, around the Turn of the Century, the 1800s into the 1900s, the United States was mostly an agrarian society. Most people in America lived on the farm and longed to go to the “Big City” if and when they had a day off, or if and when they were of the age that they could leave the farm with Mom and Dad behind.

So, let’s fast forward a hundred years to where more people live in or near cities than live in the country.  Now, everybody I know talks about how nice it would be to have a piece of land where they could have a garden and some chickens. Sure seems like we have come full circle.

These geese were the first to notice
we have come full circle.

The love affair we had with the machine that came in with industrialization is over. Now we realize that nothing will replace the human mind or body, no matter what the robo-engineers at the technical schools like to claim to try and have job security. It is heartwarming to see tried and true values of family and home life returning along with a respect and love for nature and our planet Earth.

It also seems like there just as many people who aren’t caught up with modern conveniences as those that are. Once you think about all the families who are taking television sets out of their homes, for instance, and returning to family time and visiting with neighbors, it becomes clear that we are now using modern conveniences to enhance, not rule, our lives. It seems many people are waking up to the idea that getting back to nature and the way G-d made the world might be a right fine idea.

Fresh country air provides organic country apples.

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