Monday, January 31, 2011

The Ugly Truth

Each morning, as you read my blog,
I would love for you to imagine me like this....

gracefully skipping around the farm,
with a handmade basket on my arm,
tending to my chickens, goats and horses.

Flowing frocks, pinafores, floppy hat...
clean-faced, freshly washed hair blowing in the gentle morning breeze.

Sadly, though, the ugly truth is this...

I roll out of bed before the sun comes up.
I throw on my under armor and the rattiest, warmest 
outdoor clothing with the warmest, dumbest hat I can find and out I go.
I work for 2 or three hours in the freezing Northeast winter cold,
and I actually look like this.....

Sad, but true.

The upper pictures really are me,
when I have enough time to actually get myself ready.
But for morning chores....

Well, the animals (thankfully) could care less what I look like.

So there you have it...

The ugly truth!


  1. Now if this doesn't spawn imaginations to consider what we ALL look like as early in the mornings when we get up to take care of chores!

    I prefer to think all the animals think we're gorgeous - Tiffany diamonds nowhere near as valuable as that precious feed bucket!

  2. It doesn't matter what you throw on your back to do your chores. Your animals love you know matter what. What a great feeling. Have a wonderful day!!

  3. Ha! Ha! I can relate to that. I have been known to run out in my robe and pj's in the middle of the night to check on one of my animals that was feeling a bit under the weather. Farm chores in the bitter snowy cold are hard work, it's all about being warm, dry and comfy.
    Great pics of you and Moonbeam-he is quite a ham for the camera!
    Heather in PA

  4. right who cares what we look like as long as we are warm. I have a fav pair of winter overalls and a wind proof jacket..and of course the barn boots. I lumber around like some 2 year old dressed to go out to play and can hardly is something to see. Like you I am warm and that is all that matters. We are -25C this morning so I will be adding another layer..brrrrrr!!
    I DO love your summer outfit..we will see those warm days again..right???LOL>>LOL
    Keep warm.

    Judi B.

  5. LOL... I can relate! Sometimes my muck boots aren't even laced, gloves not matching!

  6. Hey a girl's gotta do what she's gotta do to stay warm!! Have a great day.

  7. You are pretty in all your photos!! So are the horses...:)

    the first 2 photos...I think being a city gal, its what I envisioned a farm gal would look and dress like... seeing Martha Stewart on tv as she goes through her day un-ruffled...

    But I need a reality check. It is getting up before dawn in the cold and tending to the animals. The rewards are so great.

    You all are truly blessed.

  8. Nothing ugly about staying warm while taking care of your critters. Ugly would be NOT taking care of them in your weather.

  9. Even though I absolutely love the photos of you in your frocks ~ simply gorgeous ~ I would think you were off your rocker if you were actually venturing out in the wee hours, with frigid temps dressed like that. I love the fact that being a farm girl means we are wise enough to dress appropriately for chores, yet feminine enough to have fun with the frocks and baskets..YOU are a true farm girl... and rock both looks...Love your blog

  10. But you're still the same warm,beautiful and caring person underneath...Even the animals know that!!!

  11. It seems that your horse loves you, pinafore or not....

  12. Oh, my, I love the ugly truth! You are one beautiful woman and your animals love your soul not your dress!
    I was just thinking about this, the other day. I decided to have a no makeup, hair combing Saturday and figured Dash, my housemate wouldn't mind...and he didn't say a word,thank heavens!

  13. oh yes-my long johns are the best thing also way up here on the coast of Maine doing barn chores-but my chickens sure do love to see me-no matter what!!

  14. I always feel borderline crazy-person when I have to bundle up in the morning to take care of my ducks & chickens. Nothing ever matches and I gain about 3 sizes with all my warm clothes on. But the chicks never seem to mind, so I guess it's a win.
    Love your posts! I'm alway excited to see what's new on your farm :)

  15. I've been told I look like Ma Kettle doing chores!

  16. I wish I could look perfect every day. But well life is what it is. What is in your heart is what really matters. Your creatures know you give them TLC. Your readers enjoy hearing all about your farm life no matter the case. Blessings!

  17. The truth of it is you clean up well and that's what counts. I just love the summer photos. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

  18. Oh thank God you have the internet back....I was truly worried for your sanity!!! Look forward to reading more of your posts!!

    Bracing for an ice storm,

  19. Hey friend. I ditto what everyone else has said. If I had to do the things you do, I would be wearing the grubbiest clothing that I had.

  20. LOL I love this post. Nothing like a little reality Blogging! I know what you mean though and I've even been looking for a cute little 'shabby farm chic' outfit to wear on better days around here but so far haven't found anything. I'm just really glad we have NO neighbors for at least a half a mile one way and further the other directions as I don't know if I'd have the nerve to let anyone other than hubby see me! I LOVE your look like you just came out of a Mary Jane's Farm photo shoot! I on the other hand...look like 'granny' from the Beverly Hillbillies on my usual mornings...only in jeans work boots and farm jacket. Oh well. Enjoy your day.
    Maura :)


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