Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A really weird story


Dumperoo watches for Poppy or me to sit down for a minute, then takes advantage of a nice soft lap to snuggle in.


Poppy sits in the swing while I cook supper, but this time Eli beat him to it. What we need around here is more animals. Actually, that would be fine with me. :)


Here's a really weird, but true, story...


You all probably know by now that Poppy is a hunter. Deer season is just around the corner, in fact, black powder season comes in next week. Anyhow, Poppy has been busy busy getting things ready, pulling out hunting clothes, boots, caps, various scents, gloves, masks, coats...you name it...stuff that will cover the cedar chest in our bedroom until next spring when turkey season comes in.


Anyhow, back to the story. Last Friday he told me he would be back in a little while, that he was going to ride his four-wheeler around and check out his deer spots. 

Before I could turn around good, he was coming back in the front door. Said when he cranked his four-wheeler, it made a horrible bumping and knocking noise and would hardly move when he tried to back it out from under the shelter. He had to really give it the gas to get it to move any at all. Poppy got on the phone and called Scott, a mechanic who works on four-wheelers . Bring it in Monday, Scott said.

So, Monday morning I am out helping Poppy load the four-wheeler onto the trailer hooked up to the truck. I was given instructions on how to immediately turn the crank to tighten the winch as soon as the four-wheeler was on the trailer. All loaded, done and done, Poppy pulled away...and I had a minute's peace. :)

We didn't hear from Scott until yesterday. The motor is okay said Scott. The problem was a big black snake living inside there, and when you cranked the motor, well, you shredded that black snake to pieces. Oh my gosh, I said, poor black snake. Poor poor black snake. Bet you, that was something a mechanic rarely sees.  Okay, enough of that story!

While plundering around in the sewing room, I found several pieces of cute Halloween fabric. This will be my newest addition to the bonnet shop...





It turned out kind of cute and I couldn't resist making a small one to match. Maybe I should make more matching sets.



Deb, over at justcats-deb.blogspot.com , I told Smokey that you have been asking about him, but he was too sleepy to sit up for a picture. 

Love,
Henny






Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Around the teeny tiny farm

Penny eating Kale...


Did I tell you that she was already named Penny when we picked her up? Nadine, who sold us the bunny, said her son had been calling her Penny. It's a perfect name for her, don't you think?

We have a little guinea family...the mom, the dad, and one baby...



Late in the day on Sunday, I noticed the baby having trouble flying up in the tall cedar tree so I brought out the old bent up ladder...
It's amazing how the baby knew exactly what to do...


Wasn't long before she was right up there next to her mom.

Haven't spent much time up at the little playhouse under the long legged tower lately...
and I still have the two old windows to hang up there...somewhere?

Seems like my energy and excitement over gardening fizzled out in early July. I've promised myself, if the Lord is willing, that things will be different next summer.



I want flowers, lots of flowers, growing along with the vegetables in the garden. So, I've got about seven month to dream, and plan, and work on improving the soil in the teeny tiny garden. I did get most of the garden cleaned up yesterday except for that big Basil plant and the row of okra.


The beauty berry turned out pretty in spite of the dry weather...

and pretty wild flowers are blooming around the pond...


I don't know what the pink flowers are, but the little vine with white flowers is a Hemp vine and it grows all along the water's edge. I'm wondering if it could be rooted in pots, it is such a pretty little vine.


and look who was waiting for me.

Thank you for visiting. Hope to be back soon.

Love,
Henny










Sunday, September 25, 2016

The little mystery sweetie pie

Simply had to find a minute for a quick post to show you that little sweetie pie I mentioned in yesterday's post...and here she is...


meet eight week old "Penny", and look...


she will let me hold her. A bunny that I can actually hold. Isn't she adorable?


I still can't believe we got this bunny. See, before we left for the beach, I was looking on Craigslist at the bunnies and saw Penny. The sweetest lady was selling her for $40.00 but gosh, they lived in Fayetteville...two hours away. We emailed back and forth and I explained that we were leaving for the beach for a few days, and since she was asking $40.00 and lived two hours away, that I probably would not be able to get the bunny anyway and that she should go ahead and sell her, if she got an offer.

A couple days after we were home from the beach I sent an email. The bunny was still available and she would take $20.00. She just wanted the bunny to go to a good home. I told Poppy how I had thought about this bunny all the time we were at the beach, then showed him the picture from Craigslist, and told him the lady had dropped the price from $40.00 to $20.00.  He said, ask her if we can pick the bunny up on Sunday. Whew! 

Getting close to home after that long, four hour drive Poppy said, I can't believe we drove four hours, used up twenty dollars worth of gas and then paid $20.00 for a "Penny". 

Okay, time to put the animals to bed. Thank you for coming back. I'll never understand why you do, but thank you!

Love,
Henny


Saturday, September 24, 2016

The rat's nest


It was December of last year when Jimmy, from the little feed and seed/license plate agency store, brought me the last of my apron money. It was also in December that my back problems started. With an aching back, sewing was the farthest thing from my mind.



Months passed and with the steroid injections, I've been pretty much back to normal...don't know if that's a good thing or not, you know, the steroid injections. Anyhow, a couple of weeks ago Jimmy knocked at our door carrying an arm load, five, to be exact, of men's pants that needed to be hemmed, or in some cases, cut off and hemmed, and asked if I would do the job. Of course I would. Absolutely!



When the last pair of pants was hemmed and pressed, I called Jimmy to say, "on my way to Walmart, I will stop by the store and hand you the pants...and Jimmy, would you mind if I hung a few more bonnets and aprons in the store window to sell"?

Jimmy said, "I'm sorry, we gave the store a good cleaning and decided to take down the rod". We thought with your back problems, you would not be sewing any more".



I assured Jimmy that was perfectly alright, that I truly appreciated all the years that he had allowed me to sell my bonnets and aprons there in the little feed and seed/license plate agency store.



So, feeling a little sad, I went to work on Henny's Bonnet Shop on my blog. 

How time flies. My days of selling at the Wake Forest Farmer's Market are over and now the fun days of selling my goods in the little seed store are past. Lots of good memories though.

Here's a fun note. I really enjoy the blog, pompom'sponderings.blogspot.com  She often posts pictures from the sweet little Brambly Hedge books, which I absolutely adore. Once she jokingly mentioned decorating her home like the mice in Brambly Hedge.  Oh, did a light bulb ever go off in my head!! The teeny tiny sewing room! My room! 



So, have you noticed all that's been added? Friends, I worked an entire day here in the sewing room. There had to be a way to hang those pretty flowered pink ruffly curtains to cover the wall around the closet...and it worked! Now to fill in every bare spot in every shelf. It has been so much fun! Poppy was home that day, and at one point stuck his head in the sewing room and asked, "what are you trying to do anyway". I told him, "build a mouse house". "Well", he said, "it looks more like a rat's nest". He smiled.

Thank you Pom Pom for the idea. My very own little rat's nest to work in and to hide in.

Love,
Henny

If all goes well, I may have a surprise, another little sweetie pie to show you...after tomorrow.







Thursday, September 22, 2016

More beach and a little news



Don't know who's feet these prints belong to, but it did make a neat picture.

Good grief, seems like everywhere there are little animals to worry about. We spotted at least three birds with one of their legs missing. This was the smallest of the birds and missing a little foot...





and another one on the far right...
The boy running in our direction with a handful of sand, scared the birds away.

both legs...just pretty!

Then there were the kitty cats that roamed from room to room at the motel...


This black kitty had a big fluffy tail. 




and this cutie pie. 

We climbed the sand dunes late Saturday after enjoying a big seafood dinner. Hopefully, we walked off a few calories... 

and looking back...we only climbed half way up, darn it!



and in the big yellow shop below, Poppy agreed to smile for a picture...


Okay, I've been on the computer way too long!

I did want to mention, however,  that "Henny's Bonnet Shop", based in The Teeny Tiny Sewing Room, :) is now out there for the whole world to see. It has been fun thinking about all this.

Love,
Henny

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

We're back!!

I can't believe all the happy birthday wishes! Thank you!



It was a happy birthday indeed! Our little vacation trip to the beach was absolutely wonderful!

Never, have I been so excited to walk in the sand and feel that sea breeze,


and just take in the beauty of it all.


and how fortunate that tropical storm Julia stayed away from the Outer Banks. Not a drop of rain did we see, only sunshine, and the clouds we did see only added to the beauty. The weather was perfect and there was a nice cool breeze.

Talk about luck! The rain got here just as we were getting home. Much needed rain too!



The full moon on Friday night...



They said I nearly blinded them with the flash...



Not much of a post here. Just wanted check in and say, "we're back"!  I won't scare you away with too many pictures, but there is another thing or two for a post. 

Gosh, guess it will take a while to catch up with you all. Thank you for stopping by.

Love,
Henny



Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A little vacation

I wasn't going to say anything, but, well, today is my birthday. Not much going on here, but I'm feeling pretty happy. Friday morning Poppy and I are driving to the Outer Banks of North Carolina...Nags Head, to be exact...the beach! We're meeting Andee and Todd there.


Image from Sun Realty   sunrealtync.com

Will I even know how to act?? This will be our birthday party...mine and Andee's, since her birthday was last Thursday, the 8th.

Long skirts and tee shirts pretty much describes my wardrobe. I do have a couple pairs of old jeans that I wear gardening and working here at home...so packing for a few days at the beach...well, let me just say that my half of the suitcase would have been empty. 

The stores just don't carry my kind of clothes any longer so I made a trip to the Goodwill store yesterday... 



all washed and ironed and looking brand new, I now have 2 pairs of shorts, (knee length), new jeans, the tan capri's (is that what those are called now?), 1 pair grey knit pants, and these really cute...



blue striped seersucker shorts...and the cost, $14.00, for everything! Why, Poppy paid $14.00 for his new cap.

Anyhow, better get busy. Can't wait to see the ocean again, walk in the sand, pick up shells, wade in the water...and I do mean wade. I'm afraid of sharks and crabs and seriously do not want to get washed out to sea. I'm kidding... Oh, and eating out three times a day, looking forward to that!!

Love,
Henny








Monday, September 12, 2016

A big thank you!



No wonder the mice are having a ball!

Dear friends, if I don't do anything else, I've simply got to tell you how much I appreciate the sweet comments about the little mouse that was stuck in the wire. Thank you.

Thankfully, things have been pretty quiet here for a day or two. I still have not told Poppy about the mouse and he obviously has not looked at my blog. Do your husbands, or wives, read your blogs?

Speaking of mice! I was thinking of having a baked sweet potato for lunch and asked Poppy if he would like one. He said yes. I pulled the last two sweet potatoes from the basket in the pantry. Would you look at this...


I baked this one for Poppy. 


Dumperoo watches


and B's little paws were so cute.

Need to get a little sewing done tonight so I will stop here. Thank you!

Love,
Henny