Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Day Off

"My goal in life is to become the kind of person my dogs think I am."
My dogs love me.
Today they love me more than usual.
This is why....

Yesterday I had my first day off of farm work in a month.
Jim, our neighbor, who was out of commission for a month
returned for his Wednesday work day...
freeing me up to get a bit of Christmas shopping (hence the bag of balls)
and get some Christmas decorating done.

"Ruff, ruff, ruff.....ruuuuuufffffff..... Errrr...Woof !"


"Balls....the most-est, funnest thing in the whole world....Let's play!"

Lucky for the dogs, Hubbs came home early and treated them to a 
rowdy game of fetch.

Maddie, our biggest gal, plays catch.
(too much running is hard on her joints)

Sadie just enjoys the cooler weather.
Her disinterest in balls illustrates the fact that in her mind she's "not a dog".

Hickory's playing days are over.
She is content with a little fresh air...just passing time until her next meal.
(lives for food!)

Playtime is heaven for Oakley and Sam.

So since I had the day off, I did a little decorating around the farmhouse.

The tree in the kitchen....
sitting in an antique nail bin from an old hardware store...

decorated with snowflakes and snowmen...

Snowflakes over the island...

The kitchen window....

the warm glow of a snow-covered farmhouse....

Mr. and Mrs. Santa....

The living room tree...

silver and white snowflakes...

mercury glass ornaments....

The dining room center piece in an antique sieve.

A homemade quilt hangs in my kitchen at all times...
and is changed with the seasons.

Today it's back to farm work as usual.
The temperatures have plummeted...
winter has arrived.
The rest of the Christmas preparations will be done in the little
snippets of time between farm chores.
Today....the fireplace mantle.

PS....To all "lurkers":  Keep lurking!  I write this blog to be read.
My goal is to spread smiles.
If I succeed and you keep coming back, I am happy.
If you leave me a comment or an make my day.
If not....well, that's ok, too!

Keep smiling and have a great day!


  1. So much fun seeing the decorating you're doing!
    I agree with the pups...nothing like a good game of fetch or catch!

  2. Beautiful decor for the holidays! Always a joy to read about your days around the farm. Have a great one!

  3. Dogs are so fun... they get excited over the littlest things!

    Your house is looking quite festive! I like how you've incorporated some antique pieces in with the decorations!

  4. As always Bev, your decorations are just beautiful! I like the idea of hanging snowflakes over the island. Not that I have an island, but I'm sure I could find other places for them... :-)

  5. I lurk every morning about 8:10AM...It's a perfect way to start the work day...shhh, don't tell!

  6. Its always such a pleasure to have a day to do just what you want to do and it looks like you were busy doing exactly that.. The Christmas Decorations look great. the pups look happy to enjoy your company!!

    Have a great week!!


  7. Looks like the dogs had a blast!

    The house looks beautiful!

    Carmen and the Primcats

  8. You have SUCH a lovely home, and your Christmas decor only serves to enhance it. Thanks for posting these wonderful and warm photos of your home. :-)

  9. Your decorations are great. I like the centerpiece with the sieve. I have one of those, but I've never done anything with it. Great idea!

  10. I'm smiling just like I do every morning checking out your blog. Extra treat this morning with pictures of my Sadie! Your house is looking ever so festive with all of your beautiful decorations. I'm still waiting patiently for the contractor to be finished. Then it will be simple decor this year with all the work ahead of me. You bring a smile to my face every morning as I begin my day! Hugs!

  11. Lurker here! I read your blog almost every day and LOVE it. I grew up in Hbg and have family in Perry County (I think that's where you are?). I live in NJ now, and reading your blog makes me miss PA every day!
    And our Boston terrier thinks tennis balls are the best thing ever, too. :)

  12. I lurk everyday too....and love all the different posts, I find. Your decorations are much work..but what joy! I can just see Tyler's eyes when he sees all that!

  13. Your home is beautiful! Now I want to decorate too. Thanks for the blog I really enjoy reading every day. Merry Christmas!

  14. Yup thats our Miggy , goes crazy for game of fetch outside. OH WOW ! Your decorations and trees are beautiful as is the inside of your home ! Awesome photos. Girl your blog always makes me smile and happy I get my farm fix everytime ! Have a wonderful day !

  15. I'm mostly a lurker but I have to say that your blog is always the first one I go to everyday when I get on my iPad. You never fail to make me smile!

    Your decorations are beautiful!!!! Meghan

  16. WOW.the house looks wonderful..The tree in the nail bin is a great idea...looks good..You do an amazing job of decorating..
    Hubs throwing with his new shoulder ??? I think not..I hope not..Glad you had a day to play..You certainly put it to good use..Hugs..

  17. I heard this song the other day "Love me Like I Love My Dog"; it rang true. I can tell there is a lot of love for those happy dogs of yours. How big is that Christmas tree? Very pretty. I'm sure you did need a day off to decorate. It takes so much time to do all you do out there for sure. Merry Christmas!!

  18. I enjoyed the decorating pics. I love the idea of the arrangement in the sieve. I have one on the wall but have never done anything like that before. Hummmmm. Have a good night. Lisa

  19. Happy dogs and beautiful home!!

  20. I discovered your blog a couple of weeks ago...Have gotten caught up by reading from 2008 forward....It is in my top two favorite...You live in the part of the U.S. that I always thought I would love to live..Thank you for sharing your beautiful farm,family and critter family...Forest in Central Texas

  21. Good for you for having a day off finally Bev! Looks like Hubby had a fun time with the dogs and the dogs had a good time as well. You just can't go wrong with a ball or two can you. Your home is looking so warm and cozy with the decorations...thanks for sharing what you've done so far. I'm still working on ours...a little here a little there. Hopefully I'll be done this weekend. Have fun!
    Maura :)

  22. I'm going to leave you a comment of how absolutely Beautiful your decorations are for the farmhouse!

    Your farmhouse is what I want someday - all wood and high beams and a place to show off my quilts and art.

    Stunning - thanks for sharing.


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