Monday, May 6, 2013

I’m back (again)…

So I've wanted to get back to blogging but have struggled with how to gracefully enter back into something I’ve neglected for the past year and a bit.  I finally decided, with the admittance that I’ve never been “graceful”, that I’m just going to start back in like I’ve never stopped.  Work for you?  I guess it will cuz it’s how I’m going to roll with it. :)  So here goes …

Yesterday was our first ride of the season.  Someone[ahem] forgot to buy the new license plate sticker so we stayed close to home and mainly on back roads.  As we were riding we stopped by a farm that friends of ours recently purchased.  They wanted the surrounding crop ground but didn’t have a use for the the house and buildings which are now for sale.  The house is an old stone house that I’ve always admired, so with our friend’s permission, we took a tour of this little 3 acres. 

I didn’t take any full view pictures of the house as that seemed a bit weird since it’s not ours and it’s for sale, but I took a few inside pictures and a few others around the farm. IMG_1208It had a beautiful old front door. (Notice the birds nest in the upper left corner)

Love the crown molding over the living/dining rooms windows.  Check out the way the walls curved into the windows.  The walls must have been a foot thick and on most stone houses, they are squared off so we thought the curve was very unique.IMG_1210

Loved the widows walk!  However, getting to it was quite the challenge – up attic stairs and then a ladder.!  I’m tall enough, I don’t need a ladder to be taller but yesterday it was a means to an end if I wanted to look out from the walk.IMG_1240

I love old barns …


Especially weathered red ones. 

IMG_1259 Looking up into the silo.  Years back this would have been full of feed for the cattle housed in the barn.IMG_1219

Very cool brick stave corn crib…



And what country home is complete without a tire swing?  The manufactured plastic ones nowadays just aren’t the same. IMG_1253  As we rode home, the sun was starting to set on the fields that are worked up waiting for planters to run.  IMG_1275


We’ve had an unusually cold and wet spring so our farmers are a bit behind.  Last summer we were in drought so we’ve been thanking God for the rains.  Now that we have forecasted nice weather for a few days, they’ll be running hard for sure.  Prayers for their safety is appreciated.


  1. It's so good to see your post. While you were gone...I deleted mine and wrote everyone a 'dear blogger' letter. Their comments were so nice and endearing, I changed my mind and came back. I haven't heard from them since. JUST KIDDING! Blogging seems to have wound down for some, but I am seeing a comeback within the ranks. Glad to see yours. I intend to blog more than once a week, and I hope to see others do the same. I missed you!

  2. Missed ya! Welcome back.

    I would love that old house. What a beauty,

  3. OMG, this is too bizarre. I too have been away, a little over a year and just blogged for the first time this weekend. We must have all been given the "signal" at the same time ..... as I'm laughing. YES, the weather has been gorgeous the last few days and the farm equipment started moving. So good to see, I would love to know where this little farmette is located. We are looking for something in the country with some out buildings and my husband LOVES stone houses. Can you post the address or send me a private email? Glad you are back!

  4. Glad to see you back! Also glad that you got a nice ride in yesterday - what a gorgeous day! Let me know when you have time for lunch! ~Jeanne

  5. I always love your posts. I especially loved the photos in this one. Thanks for sharing. Glad you got your ride in. We rode to Cedar Rapids. It was a nice ride.

  6. Love the stone house...don't think it'd be efficient to transplant it down here. I've had a hard time jumping back into blogging- so much going on, yet not much to say!

  7. So glad to see you back! I say just jump right in with both feet...blogging works best that way. I love the Widow's Walk too!

  8. Welcome back! I know exactly what you are experiencing. I finally put together a blog post a few weeks ago after several months absence too, but haven't done anything since. Maybe you've given me a little shove :)
    You have some wonderful photos here! That is a beautiful farm! Better get that sticker so you can do some serious riding!

  9. Glad to see you! I've never been in a stone house before. I really love how the windows curve in - very interesting.

  10. I love that old house, too! Where is it?