Day 18 – It’s Not Just For Leaves

We are in Louisville this week so this blog post is going to be short and sweet. I always thought rakes were only for leaves, but be sure to look through these creative ways to use a rake in your home decor and organization. Be sure to check out others blogging with me for 30 Days of Agriculture and join me for Day 19- Feeling Lucky?.

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Day 9 – Through the Barn Window

I had been searching all over for windows last fall and winter because I had this idea in my head to use them for my wedding. Everytime I came across something I liked it was way over my budget. I had just about given up, when I was looking at calves one day with Big Ron at one of our farms. As I walked in the barn I found the perfect windows!!! I found two of them that had all the glass broken out of them and told Big Ron they weren’t doing him any good and I need them. I cleaned them up and used them to hold the Seating Arrangements at our reception. After the wedding, I was trying to find the perfect place for them in my house and decided to use them as picture frames in our hallway. Below is a photo of my barn windows and one of someone else’s. Do you have any barn windows that you could do this with?

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These are my two barn frames full of wedding memories!

These are my two barn frames full of wedding memories!

Make it a frame with one big picture.

Make it a frame with one big picture.

Day 7 – The Garden Hose

In the 23 years of my life, my family has went through alot of garden hoses. Between me running over them while mowing the yard (yes, I admitted it), to washing cattle, to watering gardens and even providing water to our livestock, hoses are abundant on our farm. However, when they break beyond repair (oh, yes we have to repair them a few times before they are deemed unusable) they are discarded into the trash and no longer seem to hold a purpose on our farm. That is until today!!! Have you ever considered decorating with a garden hose? I know for a fact I hadn’t, until I saw these unique ideas for using a garden hose. I think these two ideas are something I may have to try myself! Could be great summer house warming gifts as well. Let me know what you think.

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I love this idea for making a garden hose into a floor mat.

I love this idea for making a garden hose into a floor mat.

This is adorable for spring time on the front door!

This is adorable for spring time on the front door!

Day 5 – Does the Outside Match the Inside?

When the boy and I began looking at houses we paid careful attention to the neighborhoods and what they looked like. We wanted somewhere we felt safe, looked nice, and the houses were up kept. At the time we weren’t thinking about what that meant for us (at least I wasn’t) on how we had to keep the outside of our house looking.

We moved in right as the drought of 2012 had taken over, our yard was brown, some of the plants were dead, and ivy had taken over the front yard flower beds. The bushes needed a good trimming and the mailbox was missing a flag. Since we have moved in we have spent many weekends away from home helping both of our parents at our family farms. Therefore, we usually only reserve Sunday afternoon to tending to the outside of our house. At this time the yard has greened back up and the boy keeps it nicely mowed and I do the string trimming around the edges. The ivy has been controlled with much of it removed, but I see a never ending battle in our near future. The dead plants have been removed and we have a new mailbox. The bushes still need some work but we have all next spring to landscape.

As fall arrived our neighborhood turned into a beautiful landscape of fall colors, as neighbors planted mums and other plants in their yards and around their mailboxes.

Mum decorations.

All fall I thought to myself that I too would get into this holiday spirit, but it never happened. I would drive or walk by these houses and aww at the beauty of their blooms. And that is about the time I started thinking…Do people judge what’s on the inside of your house, just by looking at the outside?

I guess that answer would be yes, as we are humans and we seem to have an issue with judging a book by its cover. I began looking at the outside of our house and wondering what people would think. I am sure they say it could use a bit more color or a bit more love, but if you came on the inside you would see a spotless and neat the boy keeps it. Do you get a grace period of being judge while your in transition? I imagine not, as when we judge others we don’t take the time to hear their story or listen to what some may say is an excuse. Instead we take one glance form an impression and move on.

So I have set a new goal for myself…when the winter is over and the green starts to come back and the flowers start to bloom, it is time to beautify the front of our house. I don’t want to be known as the “ugly house on the block”, but I also need to remind myself not to jump to conclusions.

I don’t want these guys to come knocking at my door.

I don’t know the story of the houses that are not decorated as fancy or more importantly the people that don’t look like I think they should. There is only one person who is allowed to judge us and his judgement is the only one that matters. He takes the time to listen and doesn’t jump to conclusions.

A Day At the Office

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Well as all of you have been anticipating. .ha, here are some pictures of me around the office. Continuing to have some serious storms in this area. Mom and dad had some damage today around the sheep barns but nothing to serious. Hope all of this soon subsides. In the meantime make sure you count your blessings every night and be square with those you love. Take the time to call on friends and neighbors and make sure they are doing well. On another note here are some photos of me around the office and showing all the things I have been working on.

The first picture is me at my desk. The second picture shows my desk in action as I work away at the many task I have, followed by the files and contest boxes I have been organizing and lastly I show all the cardboard boxes I have set up to begin accepting photo contest entries.

Not too much for today.