Wednesday morning Dan took this picture around 6 am--gorgeous, huh? He's so good at catching beautiful morning light (I'm better with the evening light--probably because I don't have to be at work at 7 am (and this week it has been even earlier for him)--and these mornings on the farm are the mornings he wishes he could stay home all day rather then head on the 20 minute trip two towns over to work)
That picture reminds me of a song I just heard on Radio Heartland -- don't know the name of it (I could look it up--found it Choose Joy by Buskin & Batteau--and downloaded it, too!), but the lyrics said that every morning when you wake up you have a choice to start the day with joy--what a neat song!
Anyway, I thought I would also show you some updated photos of things/critters on the farm . . .
My pretty blue planter fill with pretty flowers (I just love the combo I put in there this year--I love last year's as well, but this puts a smile on my face)
Little Donald is growing by leaps and bounds! We figure (or Dan did) that he was at least 100 lbs when he was born and he has gotten SO much bigger!
Kittens are growing, too! L to R: Dewey, Bunny, & Hughey The ones on the left and right are brothers and little Bunny in the middle is a few weeks younger. She is part Manx(?), so she has no tail. She is really sweet.
Lastly, some knitting:
I started these Endpaper Mitt's (ravelry link) last week--they were all the rage a couple of years ago and now that I was finally able to purchase the yarn I wanted for them I am able to come a little late to the party. I am always a year or two late on trends (or a few years early--never the right time)
A little closer look.
So pretty! Can't wait to finish them, weave in the ends, and block them!
Oh, and last night the Dairy/Berry Day events got canceled due to bad weather, so next Thursday we'll try again!
it means tonight in our town we have a fun event at the bandstand
Dairy/Berry Day--free root beer floats and strawberry sundaes served by the Dassel Ambassadors and Ambassador candidates--live music by local musicians in the Mid-Minnesota Concert Band.
. . . but there will be someone sorely missed tonight at Dairy/Berry Day
this was her small town, too
our local newspaper editor, Lynda Jensen -- a fixture at any local event, willing to share pictures with me of event happenings (as I update the city's website or cable channel), a woman in her 40's with 3 children who knew what true sacrifice is, with a husband who was in Iraq while she was pregnant with her last child (and I can't remember for sure, but I think he was still there when she had her), the wife of a police officer with all of those crazy hours -- she died on Tuesday after suffering a brain hemorrhage from a fall she had a couple of weeks ago that went undetected.
We had just laughed last week at a local chamber of commerce meeting about her 18 year old daughter's need for her cell phone.
Praying for your family, Lynda, and for your co-workers at the newspaper.
I like June--it's my birthday month--things are growing in the garden and I usually haven't lost my ambition to keep the weeds down yet--strawberries are ripening--school's out (not that it makes much difference in my life--no kids and I am no longer in school or work at one, but still I've always loved that feel of school being out)--cute critters are out and about--and on and on and on--now, Dan doesn't love June so much--it means work (really hard work) trying to judge when to cut hay, keeping the wildness in the pasture at bay, working on things out in the mosquitoes (I guess these things can be said for me as well, but Dan is the one who really feels the pressure of all of it and is the one who does the really hard labor of it all--I help him with the hard labor, but he's the one who really gets down and dirty--I drive the tractor:he picks up the bales, I somehow throw the bales onto the hay elevator:he somehow pulls the bales off the elevator, stacks them up in the heat of the hay mow, and comes back ready for more as I finally drag another bale onto the elevator) . . . but, I digress--I really came here to show you some pretty pictures, so . . .
Strawflower--I'll have to get a photo of the whole pot of flowers I put together on the deck--yellow and white flowers in a pretty blue pot!
The old wooden manure carrier that used to sit out behind the barn just going to waste. Now it is in the front yard with a couple of rose bushes, painted daisies, and some lilies. I planted it full of canna lily bulbs and they are starting to poke through the surface now. I can't wait to see how it will look!
Last year's kittens! Murphy, Betty, and Maggie--Murphy's saying, "What aren't you petting me? You could be petting me if you weren't taking that picture!"
Well, that's where life stands at the moment! Hope you are enjoying your summer beginnings!