Monday, May 18, 2015

~HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRAVIS LLOYD~

Three years ago today I became a first time grandmother...
 Little did I realize the joy this child would bring to my life...minutes after birth Travis was placed in my arms...the heavens opened and the angels began to sing...I fell completely and totally in love...
 Travis filled a space in my heart that I never realized was empty...
 He is smart, witty, funny, aware of the world that surrounds him...strong willed and stubborn...
did I mention stubborn?  in all honesty Travis acquired that gene from my side of the family...
Happy 3rd Birthday Travis Lloyd...you are the stars and moon...
now, if we could just get you potty trained...

Monday, May 11, 2015

~SUGAR AND SPICE~

Sugar and spice and everything nice...
that's what little girls are made of....
A baby girl...due early October...will promote me to a Granny of two...
Travis Lloyd is to  become a big brother...
~out of the darkness light shines through~
I am blessed...

Sunday, May 10, 2015

~MOTHER'S DAY~

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY
Dear blogging friends,
from the bottom of my heart I thank you for all the kind and thoughtful comments  received regarding Winslow Homer's death... My heart is beginning to mend...as is Mr. Dog Trot's...We shared a good laugh/cry reminiscing over Winslow's antics...Winslow Homer was such a naughty little dog...always in trouble...whether it be dragging a woodchuck out of it's burrow, returning from an unbeknown to me adventure... a deer leg bone dropped before me... twice his size... Skunked or "Quilled" we just never knew what he was up to. ...Winslow Homer proudly lived up to the independent...hole digging...barking... Cairn Terrier reputation...but we loved him regardless...It is quiet around the old homestead...but dare I say not for long...Tomorrow I shall share...
Lastly, I would like to wish each of you a Happy Mother's Day... may your day be sunny and bright... filled with the love of family and those you hold dear...Blessings...Julie...

Thursday, May 7, 2015

~SAYING GOODBYE~

WINSLOW HOMER (2000-2015)

I know you must miss me,
by the tears rolling down your face.
But believe me when I tell you that,
I'm in a very good place.
There are meadows here to run in,
and plenty of rabbits to chase.
There are other dogs to play with,
to frolic with and race.
So please don't worry about me,
my spirit feels light as can be.
There's no more pain to plaque me,
I'm young again and free.
And I'll be watching over you still,
of that you can be sure.
I'm your canine guardian angel,
and my love for you remains pure.
 ~UNKNOWN~
Granny what is this?
Winslow's red harness, I say...
He won't use it anymore?
No... honey...he will not...
Because he has wings?
yes sweetie...
because he has wings....

Friday, April 17, 2015

~SPRING AWAKENING~

~SPRING~
The earth is awakening...warming...the weight of winter lifting...today...a perfect day...one where you can't wait to hop in your vehicle...windows down...a favorite song plays on the radio...an oldie but goodie..."Ventura Highway" by the band "America"...I turn the volume up...  my thoughts go back in time... "American" my first concert as a teenager ...long days spent at the beach...burgers and fries at the A&W drive-in...an orange bikini...golden tan and long blonde hair...I look in my rear view mirror and here the words "HI GRANNY...I like that song"...
Hi Travis Lloyd...I do too...sigh~

Friday, April 10, 2015

~IT CONTINUES~


 ~Winter~
that is...

Sunday, April 5, 2015

~EASTER GREETINGS~

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The sun shines...the north wind blows...it is a cold April morning here in New England... the Easter Bunny  arrived bearing  baskets of decadent chocolates and sweet fragrant flowers...later in the day a wee one will enjoy his first egg hunt along with a basket full of surprises...how joyful it is to be a Granny...I am blessed...Wishing everyone a joyful and blessed day...but I ask you...

  

does this look like spring? Blessings to all...

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

~ THEN THERE WERE SIX~

 What began as a lovely March day...sunshine...snow melting...continued sunshine...lunch with family...Travis catching 40 winks on the return drive home...radio on...car window cracked...fresh air... note... local Dairy Queen  open for the season...perhaps a good  afternoon for the "girls" to stretch their legs...  locate a blade of grass...find a bit of dirt...good mental health weather...
After pulling into the driveway... while Travis slumbered... I headed to the coop...mercy me...what I encountered was beyond belief...a hawk...a large...no... huge hawk had made it's way into the coop...yes...inside the coop...as I neared...the hawk flew out of the  hen door ... up between the roof netting and off across the field...tragically... the remains of a massacred  hen  lay before me...Rosie, a prized egg layer and pet...I stood there momentarily dumbfounded...soon realizing I needed to find out the well being of my remaining flock... but... afraid of what I might discover...were they slaughtered too? ...thankfully... huddled together  in a corner...traumatized...but safe... six  hens...six ladies with all their feathers and toes were accounted for...

Sometimes life at Dog Trot Farm is a little too close to the Wild Kingdom.....I fear this saga has just begun...hold on girls it's going to be a bumpy ride....  



Monday, March 9, 2015

~MY APRON STRINGS~

As the March wind blows the sun peaks in and out among the clouds... today the temperature nears fifty degrees.. snow is melting...there is a slight but noticeable change to the morning... stepping outdoors...I close my eyes and tilt my face toward the sun... a bit of warmth can be felt...songbirds sing...daylight has lengthened... there is  new found energy all around...winter's grasp is slowly letting go...
also letting go are my apron strings... now, I do realize that the men folk in my family will not be too happy with me...but, you see...winter has been long...very long...and those long snowy winter days put me in a baking mode...but unfortunately for me... I also love to consume what I bake...I come by it honestly... I grew up in a family who love their sweets...some of us can manage this sweet indulgence...while others go amok.. I go amok...so for now...temporarily... there will be no sweets coming from this girl's kitchen...no cookies, no cakes, no brownies, no pies...and when my favorite little one says "granny I've come to steal a cookie"... I'll lovingly hand him an Oreo and leave it at that.~

Sunday, March 8, 2015

~SPRING THOUGHTS~

"Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle...a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl. And the anticipation nurtures our dream."
~Barbara Winkler~
 Here in New England we remain buried under a sea of white... spring is but a tease and remains firmly out of our grasp...but we dream...we dream of those warm dewy days and starry nights... where the peeper's song serenades us... blooms open...the air fragrant...a lingering scent...
 
until then...I hook tulips...

Sunday, February 15, 2015

~JUST ANOTHER DAY~

Just another day in paradise~

Saturday, February 14, 2015

~A MEMORY FROM LONG AGO~

Tonight, as I lay warm beneath the covers of my bed.. Neptune (our latest blizzard) is baring down... the wind blows... the snow swirls ...prompting my thoughts to travel back in time..a simpler time...one of a young girl...living on an island....a time when blizzards were a common winter occurrence...there was no weather hype...no mad dash to the grocery store or gas station...living a somewhat isolated island existence...one where the last ferry departed the island at 7pm and would not return till 7 the next morning...  you were prepared...or if by rare chance you were not your neighbor was... with a winter population of perhaps thirty families...the island was a tight knit community... one where neighbors helped neighbors...gratitude came in the way of a baked good...a jar of jam or perhaps a jar of pickles "put up" the previous summer...A blizzard was exciting, weather forecaster's never really knew how much snow we could expect or how hard the wind would gust, but as children, we remained outside constructing snow forts, igloos and snowmen for as long as our parents would allow...boredom was not in our vocabulary... One of my fondest memories as a child is not really a memory at all, but a feeling...with the last ferry long gone...cut off from the outside world...I felt safe... secure..across the water far off in the distance the faint sound of a foghorn...such a calming sound ...a road  crew of three... George, John and Uncle Ronnie... keepers of the night ...plowing roads...keeping us safe as we slept...I can still recall the sound of the old plow truck as it rumbled up the hill  outside my bedroom window...a window which most winter nights  frosted over with the most delightful icy patterns...It was a different time... a simpler time...but one which I will hold in my heart forever...

Friday, February 13, 2015

~WARMTH~

As winter's frigid temperature chill the bones...
a glance out my kitchen window warmed my soul...As we prepare for yet another blizzard here in New England...I know spring will arrive...later rather than sooner, but it will arrive..

Monday, February 2, 2015

~HOW QUIET IT IS~

Hello...girls...I'm coming...soon...very soon...I promise...
 The temperature is at zero...snow is falling...again...the house is quiet...much to quiet...Travis is spending the day with his "Mimi"...I am spending the day in bed...not by choice mind you...the virus I caught two weeks ago (yes, I had a flu shot) has now manifested itself into pneumonia...cough...cough...my main goal for the day is to bring the girls their warm oatmeal and blueberries...it is tough being a hen in winter...stuck in a coop with a bunch of catty females...almost as difficult as it is for me to be stuck in bed....Okay...I made it...a few hours late but I'm sure the girls won't hold it against me...tomorrow is another day...one that is without snow in the forecast...I hope~

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

~PERHAPS~

~WEDNESDAY~
Travis's favorite word of the day...PERHAPS...as in...will my nose stop running by spring Granny?...Perhaps...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

~NESTLED IN~

The North wind blows...whiteout conditions exist...the snow falls...a foot and a half so far...the southern part of our great state has come to a stand still...businesses are closed...airports shut down...no mail delivery...town trucks are out in masses...so the television informs us...visibility here is zero...
Winslow Homer remains tucked in his bed while the cats laze close to the wood stove...Mr. Dog Trot naps in his recliner...a much needed reprieve...there will be many hours of plowing and cleanup to come...I continue to recover from the flu...
Dear Friends I have been remiss in wishing each and everyone of you a Happy New Year...the holidays are but a blur...My brother and his family have found a lovely apartment close to the hospital for the time being...My dear niece Darlene continues her battle with cancer. Darlene has reached two huge milestones...She completed six rounds of chemotherapy and last week surgery...It is a tough battle to say the least, but one that she is fighting with such grace and dignity...if you could find it in your heart to say a small prayer for her it would be much appreciated...I am looking forward to catching up with you it has been far too long...Blessings, Julie~

Monday, January 26, 2015

~A JANUARY BLIZZARD~

Christmas is but a memory and the new year  in full swing...Old man winter has settled himself quite comfortably  here in New England... the old homestead creeks and moans as the temperature drops..like it or not.the first blizzard of 2015 is quickly approaching...bringing hurricane force winds...  two to three feet of snow... power outages will be vast...cancellations  have begun...Mr Dog Trot will work from home tomorrow...the wood box has been topped off... the generator and snow blower  fueled and on standby...snowshoes are placed by the back door...Winter in New England is magical...it's beauty undeniable...but I must  confess my thoughts have begun to wander to the warm days of spring...Tomorrow I will continue to recover from the flu perhaps enjoy a cup of tea and pull a loop or two...Those of you who a reside in New England stay safe...tomorrow is another day~

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

~ERNIE~

The anticipation for this day has been building for weeks... finally... Monday morning... December 1st... our little Elf on the Shelf named  Ernie arrived...Ernie sports a round cherub face with large blue eyes and is dressed in a suit of red. Ernie arrived sprinkled in gold fairy dust... There is one rule...a rule that must be obeyed... Ernie must not be touched by humans or his magical powers will be lost...Ernie "buzzes" around the house during the day...hiding here and there...keeping an eye on us... and returns to the North Pole at night... reporting to Santa...

 
 Travis being just 2 1/2 was a bit hesitant about an elf coming to live at Granny's house... but... soon discovers that Ernie is a kind elf who has brought him a gift of a chocolate kiss... 
 Day two found Ernie lodged  in an empty cookie jar along with a note kindly asking Granny to please bake cookies...
Tomorrow, the weather is to be unsettled a perfect day to bake cookies and discover what else this little elf has in store for us...being a Granny has such rewards...and the expression on a little boy's face...priceless...

Thursday, November 27, 2014

~I AM THANKFUL~

~HAPPY THANKSGIVING~
We rejoice and give thanks for the many blessings we have received here at Dog Trot Farm.
For health and happiness...
For a warm and cozy house that we call home...
Food for our belly...
The gift of a grandson who  keeps his granny's days filled with much joy and happiness...so much so that by end of the day I forget my own name...
For Winslow Homer...the little dog who puts the "Trot" in Dog Trot Farm...our boy celebrated his fourteenth birthday last week...we are grateful for each and everyday that he remains in our lives...
Lastly, we are thankful for our chickens, even though they have gone on winter hiatus and we have received no eggs in recent memory...
For two felines, Mrs. Tweedy and Birdy Mae...who both continue to claw the furniture and urinate in places I shall not mention...
For a husband, who at this very moment is making the Thanksgiving gravy...
and finally, I am so very grateful that we have not lost our electricity...the above photo is the winter wonderland we woke to this morning...and so it begins all over again...
BLESSINGS TO ALL!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

~SNOW ON THE PUMPKIN~

and so it begins...winter in Maine...
parts of the state received ten or more inches of snow today...they have been without electricity since early morning...fortunately for us we've had but a dusting...the wind continues to howl and the lights  flicker...the temperature will dip into the twenties this evening...we are prepared...as prepared as one can be on this second day of November...~sigh~