hello, sweet september



Though it doesn’t feel like it with a 105 degree F heat index yesterday, we are in September and yet I don’t know where the year has gotten off to.    It is hard to believe that it has been six months since I quit my job.  SIX MONTHS!  It’s a funny thing how when one thing empties, such as a daily job, it fills up instantly with other obligations.   My schooling continues, starting my fourth module of veterinary assistant training today, with 100% on my last test that pleased and shocked me.  They are by no means easy.  My children, my grandmother, the house, the garden, studying for my classes, working on my book,  running my daughter back and forth to her internship.  Now with September, I am adding homeschooling and volunteering at our local dog rescue into the mix.

Probably the last thing I should be doing is adding blogging back into the mix.  For a while, I thought that Instagram would be enough, but the truth of the matter is (now don’t laugh when I write this) I miss old-fashioned blogging.  If you’ve been blogging since the early 2000’s  (I had two during that time) you remember what I am talking about.  Online journals, where we shared our thoughts and our dreams and our daily lives and we made connections with people far away that wow, seem just like me!  When I jumped back into the blog world in March, it was a strange place I didn’t recognize.  Popups everywhere to email, join and subscribe, top ten lists, advice, advice, advice.    Wait …no ?!?!?!?!

I want my online journal back.  Something a bit more than my Instagram feed (which I do love, by the way, so go visit if you don’t already).  I want to SLOW DOWN and do more than just scroll between moments here and there.  I want to make a cup of tea and sit down and READ about others lives.  Their thoughts and dreams and struggles.  So I guess after a hectic August I am back.    Now, perusing all the blogs I used to follow, most of them are gone.  I follow a lot of my previous blogging friends that I stayed close to on Instagram, so I am reaching out now to find new voices.

So if you know of any, let me know.  I’m always looking for additional comfy, cozy little spaces to visit.

I hope this becomes a comfy, cozy space for someone else as well.

P.S.  I  am aware that the Daisy Lane Farm letter did not go out for August, let’s just say that Mrs. Pennamore and I had a very, busy August indeed.  In the meantime, know that I did get the first three chapters completed while on vacation and will be sending them out for my early readers in the next couple weeks.  Look for a new Daisy Lane Farm letter here and on the Friends page on the 12th.

the daily



Apart from watching lambing videos every morning on Instagram I have been a busy little bee.  There is so much to look forward to with the coming of Spring and the chasing of dreams!  With three days of sixty degree weather I managed to clean out the old kennel and rabbit hutch, build a garden box stand, attach a rain gutter to the garage (thanks Dad for the help with all of those!), clear the thorns out of the lilac bush, clear out the rubbish from the plants in the front and side yard and even start to take apart the old swingset!

Now we’ve been returned to chilly, rainy, windy days and those first sweet Spring reminders are a blissful memory.  The good news is THE MAGNOLIA TREE BLOOMED!  After two years of late winter ice storms killing it off, it is in its magnificent glory!  It was touch and go there for awhile and I honestly stared up at the buds so many times hoping for a miracle.

Ahh, the joys of Spring when color enters the world again!

With the onset of this chilly weather, it means tucking back into the house again and with that comes the dreaming part!  I’ve been busy studying for my upcoming veterinary assistant class (how many times can you write diarrhea, let me tell you).   I’m also taking an  Ornithology Biology course through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  I know I have told you before to check out their bird cameras.  I am especially watching the red-tailed hawks right now.  BR (Big Red) and her mate Arthur have been swapping out time in the rain, wind, and snow sitting on their clutch of eggs, such partnership and dedication and seriously all I can think is how bored is BR right now?  Also, don’t miss the Blue Tit family filling their nest box on the Wildlife Gadgetman page!  They are simply gorgeous!

Enough of the birds, both inside and outside my window.  The other focus right now is writing and with a strong lunge out the gate in creating this website and getting back into the routine of writing every day, there have been some fits and starts and frustrations.  I wasn’t really sure of the tone of this blog and I think I am still trying to figure it out.  It’s not just a writing blog, or a diary blog or an inspiration blog, it’s just going to have to be a bit of this and that, like everything else in my life.

Writing-wise, I am all over the board.  I’ve been working on some diary entries for a journal called “Chickadee Morning”. I’m still plugging away at my inspirational romance (five chapters left of the first draft) but really lately I’ve been taken over by a cast of characters in a little town called Woodville and they JUST WON’T LEAVE ME ALONE!    To take the pressure off writing  “A NOVEL” I am going to tell their story in a monthly letter format and then let it grow from there.  I’ll post Mrs. Pennamore’s monthly penpal letter the first of each month here and I’ve set up a Twitter page for her as well, so if you are on Twitter definitely follow her to see what she is getting up to!  Lastly, I have been kicking around the idea of sending letters to elderly homebound or residents of nursing homes, but couldn’t really come up with anything too excitingto say, so I am thinking of sending out the Mrs. Pennamore chronicles via mail.  I call it the writing ministry to go along with my bird ministry!

More details on that, but look for the first installment on May 1st!  You can get a preview on Twitter and updates on my Facebook page, so stay in touch.

In the meantime, we have to go shopping for PROM SHOES!  Hard to believe my daughter is going to be seventeen next week!?!?!?!  This week she made the front page of the paper, passed her driver’s ed exam and got accepted for her Cosmetology internship.  Great things ahead for this girl and I am obviously so proud of her!  Don’t let the naysayer’s fool you, homeschool kids can do anything!