Monday, August 29, 2016

A couple of weeks ago I got to spend some time at my
friend Maggie's farm again. it was just as great as I'd remembered it
from my first visit right after they'd moved.
on my first trip to the farm i was so enamored with the 9 outbuildings and
the silos and the windmill...that i barely took any photos inside
their fabulous farmhouse, so this time i did...

i love the reflection of the cosmos on the counter.

this is sprinkles, or sparkles, or sequins... i can't really remember,
but here's a sad story: remember the first two kitties the hubblings got when
they moved to the farm? well while maggie was gone for
a few days on a camping trip something happened!
they're not really sure what, but they got home and the kitties were gone.
i'd like to think they joined the circus or something exotic like that.
although they were sad, the same family that had given them the 
first two kittens had another batch and so guess what?
this time they took all 4!
josie is beside herself with happiness.
girlfriend has spent about half the day outside with the 4 amigos since they
found their forever home.

"do not run away little kittens! you don't even know how lucky
you were to be adopted by the hubblings!"

and then there's the beloved bailey.
bailey the yellow lab gets to live in the house and lay on the bed and
wear t-shirts and dance.
it's good to be a dog here too i tell ya~

we watched a lot of olympics and there was dancing and a little shopping and then because our whole family is eating healthier, i brought the ingredients to make chicken tortilla soup 
and josie was my assistant.
my chopped junior assistant.
(anyone else like to watch that cooking show? how is it that those
9-14 year old kids can cook faster and better than most of us
seasoned cooks?)

my favorite ingredient in the soup may have been the lime juice- loved the kick~!

maggie loves horses. she's pretty sure she's going to get one next summer and it
can't happen fast enough for me! i want to photograph it standing in their 
beautiful pastures and ride it before i'm too old to swing my leg over the
saddle, so hurry up k. marge, i'm not getting any younger.

this is a great feature in the farmhouse kitchen.
it's a whole wall of cupboards across from the center island
and the rest of the cabinets. the h.'s use it for their
coffee bar etc. there is a whole section just for vases too...
maggie has so many cupboards and drawers that i found several that
were empty.
i am bringing some of my kitchen wares to store there next time i go
because i don't have a lot of cupboards and the ones i do have are
: ))

m.'s collection of antique rolling pins are in an old 
egg basket on the fireplace hearth.

their great room is so spacious that i suggested maybe she should teach yoga
classes. instead they just dance and do gymnastics on those lovely hardwood floors.
(the other side of this room is the living room.)

the minute i walked in and saw their cowboy boots lined up by
the backdoor, i got my camera.
(that thing-a-majig one the right is a boot puller off-er).

mason jar lights in a wire basket

a shelf in the master bedroom holds some of maggie's favorite things.

and the bathroom. oh it's feels like i'm staying in a fun cabin or at
a resort with the knotty pine walls and jetted tub. there's a shower to the right 
of the tub.

i cut a bouquet of flowers to bring and it fit on the wide dining room windowsill~

maggie likes pillow, like i like pillows. 
we're girls! we like pillows.

jos likes to wear dresses and she'd just gotten this one.
she wasted no time hopping up on the bed for a few quick photos
when i asked her.

i hope i get a chance to go back this fall when the leaves are turning and
the mosquitoes have flown south for the winter.
(they do that right?) : ) 
i want to sit on the deck again, maybe wrapped up in a plaid 
blanket and sip a cup of something warm.
and maybe i'll find another recipe and make some more soup.

the days are getting shorter and a lot of kids
started school today. i saw the school bus go through our neighborhood
and even though it was a muggy 87 degrees, i guess that means our 
summer is almost over for another year!

take care, until next time,
xo b.

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