Sunday, July 26, 2015

Mountain Sunday * 26 July 2015

South of the barn.
26 July 2015

East over the barn.
26 July 2015

North of the barn.
26 July 2015

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Mountain Sunday * 19 July 2015

It's a beautiful day today! It's 77˚F and almost no breeze. It would be a perfect day to work outside if we worked in the yard on Sunday.

South of the barn.
19 July 2015

East over the barn.19 July 2015

North of the barn.19 July 2015

Monday, July 13, 2015

New Chicks

One of our Buff Cochins went broody. She sat on pile of hay for 2 weeks before I finally took pity on her and gave her some eggs to sit on.

They hatched out Friday, 10 July 2015.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Mountain Sunday * 12 July 2015

It's 82˚ F outside with clear, blue skies. What a lovely day!

South of the barn.
12 July 2015

East over the barn.12 July 2015

North of the barn.12 July 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


We have a wonderful friend who is also an artist. His name is Adam Thomas. I love his work! It brings me to a place of whimsy and also a sense of piece.

If I had lots of money I would commission him to make a sculpture for our yard that the neighborhood kids could play on and enjoy.

Our family went up to his exhibit at the Finch Lane Gallery in May.

This sculpture reminds me of the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.

This ladder/bridge on a bed frame made me think of Peter Pan, of dreams, and how dreams take us to a new place. I thought the only thing missing was a sail.
I'd love to have something like this in my yard for the kids to play on.

This one reminded me of tall tales as well, and how good stories lift us in so many ways. Good stories also connect us to those who have gone before us, and connect our posterity to us.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Mountain Sunday * 21 June 2015

It's clear and sunny today. Another hot day.
Temperature is almost 87 F. 
The air is still.
Barometric pressure is 30.05 and steady.

We are currently on water conservation measures in our area. The city says that lawns only need 14minutes of water three times a week for it to stay green. 

You can see that they aren't really telling the truth. I'm not sure if the lawn will live through the summer.

While we are currently following their guidelines for the residential areas of our property, we are more liberal in our use of water on the pasture so that we can continue to feed the animals. We still water early morning and late night to prevent as much evaporation as possible, but the fact is that the pasture grass needs more water than what the city officials recommend.

South of the barn
21 June 2015

East over the barn
21 June 2015

North of the barn
21 June 2015

Sunday, June 21, 2015


The neighbor kids love to come collect eggs.

There are a few kids that I trust to collect eggs when I'm not home, the rest need to ask each time they go into the barn yard.

One day I came home from the grocery store and this is what I found.

People wonder about us. They wonder why we would let neighborhood kids play on the play yard. They wonder why we would let them visit the animals on the farm. They wonder why I would let them play with the toys in the basement on hot afternoons.

It's because I don't want to be the grouchy lady on the street that chases kids away.

As much as possible, I want to live like people lived 50 years ago. The neighborhood kids could play in almost any yard, and in any house, because the people that lived on the street were safe. They loved the kids who lived there, and they wanted them to all have someplace safe to play.

I know we live in a world that isn't safe, that parents are scared that their kids are going to end up where there are evil adults.

I want my neighborhood kids to be safe, and to feel safe in their neighborhood.

They are welcome here, to play, to have a snack, to tell me about their day, to visit the animals, and to collect the eggs.