Monday, May 28, 2018 / 30 Comments

Flags, Flowers and Family

Well hello there my friends. I may very well be talking to myself since it's been almost a full year since I last checked in. It wasn't intentional by any means...we live in the country and the internet is for the birds. Finally, got something back up and working. I can't wait to catch up with everyone and see what you all have been up to. 

As for me, I'm just taking it one day at a time, doing life the Valerie way-it's been a long rough 12 months filled with a lot of loss but somehow Spring came around again (even though it's really been short) and it's already time for Memorial Day.

 How'd that happen?

I mean really? 

It was just Christmas. 

It's already garden season and I'm behind again.

We've had 2 temps here that make life hard for farmers- soaking wet and hot. 

It's a scorcher today and our fields are too wet to till. 

Mother Nature did pull out a few showstoppers though- check out my climbing rosebush above. I'm about to propagate the heck out of her so we can have her beauty all over the farm. 

The goats are as cute and ornery as ever. I mean if you want to love a creature and get exercise all at the same time, get a goat. Like multiples. They really love to be in pairs and you will burn twice the calories.

As for the family part, the hubby and kids keep me busy as ever and the farm is about to be invaded by children all Summer-just the way I like it. 

Apparently, we are going to throw the ultimate 10 year old birthday party for my son in July. He's already handing out invites to everyone we know. I may have 1/2 the county at my house.

 Geez Louise right?

The rosebush above is one of many my stepmom had me plant at the farm for her a year ago December. Sadly, we lost Kaye suddenly in August. It's been heart wrenching for us all especially my dad.

He still hasn't joined us at the farm yet. They have a place all set up here and we keep praying he will come out sooner vs later. He comes for the day and I tell you the dude can work circles around us all.

Why didn't I get that energy?

I got my old baker's rack all set up with plants again this year and NO I still haven't painted the glider the neighbor sent down years ago. I'm really going to get it done this year.    
For real.  

  I am.    

Quit shaking your head, it's going to get done. Wink.

Now for the flags I've got to go get them up.

 It's Memorial Day. What are you up to?



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  1. I'm sure you will get it done! Advance happy birthday to your son. He is turning 10 so he deserves half of your county as guests. lol. and sorry for your loss. It must have been really hard for your dad. I also hope he'll join you guys at the farm! Happy Memorial day!

  2. Those goats are too adorable, if I had a garden I now am tempted to add them to the wishlist too as family pets. Happy advance birthday to your son, 10 is such a big age, no wonder he is already excited!

  3. OMG you have a cute goats! They are such a adorable pets :)
    Our memorial days will be two weeks from now, and we are excited. Gorgeous roses, btw.

  4. I would love to have goats running around my backyard all day. I think that is such a great idea to use a bakers rack for all my plants and vegetables that I'm growing right now.

  5. Hi Valerie, it's nice to see you back. Half the county, huh? That's kids for you -- loads of friends, especially at birthday time! I'm glad you planted the rose bushes back then. Lovely reminders. And it looks like you are busy to the max. Well, welcome back to blogging and thanks for taking the time to come over to Marmelade Gypsy too!

  6. Hey Val! Good to see you back on the blogging jourbey and see what you've been up to! Are you busy with the party planning? Any ideas? We cannot wait to see lots and lots of pics!

  7. First of all, WELCOME BACK! I just had to giggle about your son inviting everyone and their brother to his ultimate birthday party -- this could be EPIC! Ha! I think all of us need a good, long break every now and again. Glad to see you made it back to the blogosphere!

  8. Welcome back to the blogosphere Valerie ! You seem already quite busy :-) Your climbing rose bush will become more and more beautiful in the coming months. Love these cute goats ;-)

  9. Valerie,
    Glad to see that you have come back to Blogging!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

  10. Sorry to hear about Kaye, but hopefully your dad will come around soon. Grief is tough.

    Thank you for stopping by Valerie! Here’s to a not so hot summer so you can get to farming the way you want.

  11. Hi Valerie, you sure have summer in tune, love the roses you have and for your boys birthday I always say the more the merrier! Thanks for sharing your Farm photos Lisa@ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

  12. You have goats?! How awesome. My daughter would love them!

    She also likes to invite tons of people to her birthday party, so I have to give her a limit. I can only handle so many of other people's kids.

  13. I loved reading about your country life. It’s a slower pace of life for sure

  14. Wowsers, I cannot imagine being without internet for a week, let alone a year. Sounds like quite the adventure. Enjoy the birthday party, its great that you have the space too. The last big birthday party my son had was way back in grade 1 - he's in grade 11 now. When the whole class but one child showed up, and we were out in the woods at a place called Ferry Island, all the parents dropped off their kids, and my husband, mother in law and me had to try to watch them all. It was quite stressful, but turned out alright in the end. I hope your son's party goes well too.

  15. Ohhh.. it's very cute post. Those goats are too adorable.They are such a adorable pets. Thanks for sharing this.

  16. It's really amazing for you to be back on Blogging. This post is also wonderful. And, thanks for these amazing pictures!

  17. My goal in life is to live on land with animals like goats, chickens and pigs. Your area looks beautiful and enjoy the warmer months.

  18. Love those pink flower pots as terra cotta too boring. Bright colors will certainly inspire flowers with more great colors which is perfect for putting a smile on anyone's face.

  19. Being without the Internet!! Goodness that would be so potentially aggravating to me at first, but after a while you really get to focus on what is important and that is family. Goats seem like a lot of fun.

  20. Hey welcome back to the blogger world. Thanks for catching us up with you and the family keep on blogging :)

  21. I would love to get away from everything for a couple of days. No internet, no phone, nothing. Just me and the nature!

  22. I would love to live in the country like that! It sounds like your sons birthday party will really be a good time!

  23. aww welcome back to the blogging scope! Sounds like your boy is going to really have an amazing birthday bash!

  24. Yay!!! So happy your back to blogging!!! So
    Glad your son had one fabulous birthday

  25. Sounds like you've been keeping busy on your blogging break. That rose-bush is beautiful!

  26. Back in my childhood days. we have a pet goat in my Mom's backyard and he is adorable, and smart. I like the country living, it is less stressful and more enjoyable.

  27. Glad you're back to blogging! And wow, you had productive days during your break. Your place looks really beautiful with all those plants and animals.

  28. Thanks for your post. seems to be useful for me.

  29. I just love reading your posts and the country life. Thanks for sharing :)


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