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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Just One, Chickens Sunning, Dad's Thought

This sweet little bench sits by our door. It gets used almost daily by one grandchild or another, to put their boots and shoes on and off. I can't remember just when I painted it but it may have been 30-some years ago when we moved here and started our lives together. Come to think of it, our own 5 used it.Chickens have been a part of our family long before I was even born...eons ago! Mom still raises them, in her 80's, she says, for the fresh eggs, fresh air, and the exercise. When I stopped over a couple of mornings ago, there she was with her water can in hand and a shovel. She had just cleaned out the hen house, spread fresh bedding and gathered nearly a dozen eggs.
Bell and Brew couldn't get high enough to sun themselves while the Keeper of the Coop, did her chores.

I love this picture. It was painted 14 yrs ago, when my Dad was still dreaming of a cabin in the woods someday. When we told him we were building a log cabin, and what spot we had picked out, he said, "YUP, that's where I'd build it." He couldn't cross the creek because of his lame legs, and there was no bridge yet. We did agree it should go ' just where he told us, and it did. '
Dad's ' vision ' of what our cabin would look like is pretty close. We had already cleared the land, had the slab layed, and the first round of logs went down before he and Mom arrived. They were there for most of the ' cabin raising.' I will have to show you more of that process someday, but for now, the plan is to extend the roof, just like Dad envisioned and I always wanted. The cabin frame went up in less than 2 weeks, much too fast, and plan as we went along....not advised.
None the less, our little piece of Heaven has paid for itself over and over again in rest and relaxation. I cannot believe how fast the time has flown by and so much is still undone. Does it really matter? No. We have a retreat from the daily rush, where we can daydream a day away if we so choose.

Have a great Day Dream yourselves, even if it's just in your favorite easy chair with a good book or a hank of yarn, knitting a piece of warmth. How do YOU relax and where?

Thanks for stopping. I love hearing from you.
BlessYourHearts

14 comments:

Darla said...

Love these short stories and memories...uh relax? That's a hard one for me, one the doctor keeps telling me to do though.

texwisgirl said...

What a beautiful place! Yup, a cabin in the Northern Woods of Wisconsin is wonderful!

The White Farmhouse said...

I would love to have a cabin like that at our property in Houghton Lake. Right now there is just an old trailer that we use. Rather my hubby and his buds use for hunting. He says every year he is going to tear down the trailer and build a cabin. Still waiting though.

Cher' Shots said...

Okay, you're feaking me out here - once again 'great minds think alike.' I posted about daydreaming before even seeing this post! Happens quite often between us sisters! lol Love the cabin but would settle for a chicken coop in my backyard too!
'love & hugs from afar'

Cher' Shots said...

Okay, you're feaking me out here - once again 'great minds think alike.' I posted about daydreaming before even seeing this post! Happens quite often between us sisters! lol Love the cabin but would settle for a chicken coop in my backyard too!
'love & hugs from afar'

Louise said...

Dads know best. Once again, you have proved that fact. What a lovely place you have to watch your piece of nature.

Jean said...

What a beautiful place you have there in the woods, and a great place to go to and relax.

Farmchick said...

What a beautiful cabin. If I went I am not sure I would be able to leave.

jack69 said...

Oh how lovely are the thoughts that dad had something to do with the planning. Love the painting, but the reality is something else. That is a memory we will cherish, seeing the 'Cabin' but like my buddy Fred says, That ain't no cabin! It is a great log Home, and knowing how much you put into it means so much, even on this end.

Love you and thanks for retracing the steps.

Love ya
We are over in Ypsilanti now and have some electricity without hearing the diesel generator. haha
Sherry & jack

Paula said...

My spot is the stock tank (pond sounds better) feeding the turtles. Your cabin is lovely.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Love that cabin in the woods!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Dar, I always love reading your blog. The stories about your family are always so interesting... Bet you really miss your Daddy... I miss mine and he's been gone since 1969....

We are under a tornado watch tonight... GADS!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Shug said...

My husband would faint and fall over to have that cabin. It looks like such a peaceful place and who wouldn't want that?
And I think the chickens are too cute! I remember my grandmother always having chickens. We still tell stories of how she would pick one out and after catching the thing, she would ring it's neck for super that night! yikes...
Hope you have a wonderfully Blessed Weekend!

see ya soon...
shug

Cicero Sings said...

A lovely little cabin in an equally lovely setting. Peaceful. My house here in the Cariboo was like our little cabin in the woods ... though it is in a subdivision in the woods. We are on .6 of an acre and have left the back yard wild.

Your Mom sounds like my Grandma. She always had chickens.