Hi, I'm Holly! Welcome to cutie pie cottage

Hi, I'm Holly!  Welcome to cutie pie cottage

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My Cup Runneth Over- Sort Of!

This is my 29 year old son in his back yard here in Idaho. Tonight, I'm going to his going away party. He's been offered a job which requires schooling on the west coast of Washington. He'll be living there during the week and then coming home to his wife and children on the weekends. When he's done with schooling- possibly 9 months- his whole family will relocate somewhere in Washington and my grands will be gone. Sniff- sniff! This is all rather sudden and we got this news the same week we were told we would have to leave the farm BUT we now know (as of yesterday) that *WE HAVE ANOTHER YEAR HERE* YAY! One year to look, pack and plan- instead of months. One more year to enjoy the farm. We are so relieved and I'm able to deal with my son's departure and my DIL and grands eventual departure much better now.

My 14 year old seemed a bit disappointed over our staying another year. I asked him why and he said he had hoped we would end up moving to another state where the fishing and hunting are a bit better! Silly boys! I think all they care about are their adventures!

So, yesterday I worked in the garden. Now we can put up the pool and I can plant flowers and we can go ahead and get those chickens we've been wanting. Thank you, Lord.

Thank you all for your love and prayers!

Friday, April 13, 2012

How Much Is That Kitty In The Window?

How much? About 50 cents, I think. This is the thrift store night light that I gave to my Grand Girl for her birthday. It is heavy ceramic. The little light is hidden up above the top part of the curtain. The night light was in the largest box I showed before. See why I had a white kitty theme?

This is what it looked like before. Not bad but not pink and yellow like she and I love.
It also was "chippy" style (Like my thumbnail in this pic!) and I knew my GG wouldn't like that so I painted, glittered and glued.

I changed the net backing to lace, switched out the flowers and added a little dotty rag ball for kitty to play with. My GG really liked it and said it was her favorite present. ☺

It sure is fun having little girls after all these years of boys. Don't get me wrong, I love my grand boys and I'm actually more comfortable with them at times. I know boys. But these girls sure are fascinating creatures! They think and respond so differently than the boys. Sometimes, I just stare at them.

I've been spending lots of time house hunting via the Internet which can be fun but discouraging at the same time. At this point in time, the only thing that consoles me about leaving the farm is the possible prospect of owning our own place again. No, it won't have 345 acres but if it's mine- it will be mine- and that means a lot. We'll see. I have my eye on a little place right now that might work and i'm actually getting excited about it.

(My husband and I never agree on these sorts of things and it is always very trying, tiring and stressful. I should be an expert by now- on marriage AND moving!)

Thanks again for all your love and support and please forgive me if I'm slack in my visiting you just now.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Enjoying The Farm

When we were first told our time on the farm was coming to an end, I couldn't even step outside without crying! You see, I'm not that attached to the house- it's the farm that I love! This is a pic of where my boy and I went for lunch the other day. This is the rock on chive hill and that is the horse shoe tree. You can't tell in this pic but they were burning the wheat field up on that ridge and there was a strip bright orange fire! This pic cracks me up! Look how big my back side is compared to my skinny legs. Ha-ha-ha! I know I have a jacket wrapped around my waist- but still! I'm sitting and looking down at the rock where we had lunch.

My grand puppy, Butters thinks she's a "real" country dog when she comes out here! She looks funny as she tears around and gets all dirty. I have to make sure she gets really warm when she gets back to the house.

I'm used to big tuff country dogs like Lexi! Here I'm tacking prickles out of her fur. We never have to worry about her getting chilled or sick so it's taken some getting used to having a little delicate dog like Butters.

We also went here the other day. I didn't want to go. I wanted to stay in bed and try to sleep my sorrow away but I'm glad I went! The sound of rushing water always does something for me

Here I am on one of the many bridges that cross the creek. I am wearing my many layers of hiking clothes! (I'm so ready to shed those layers!) This creek flows in the canyon bellow the farm and this was my first time here! My boys have hiked and hunted down here but it is a VERY steep hike down- too steep for mama! We drove down and around and hiked in here on the primitive walking trail. I walked for 2 hours. Surely that will help my back side. Yes? ☺ It's very pretty here but also very scary! My boy has seen a bear down here and of course there are moose, wolves and mountain lions, too! My boy delighted in scaring me from time to time but then ever so sweetly comforted me, too.

We are going to walk down there again when things green up and I'm not as concerned with getting caught in the snow. I also think I want some pepper spray!

Well, we had a wonderful Easter with family and friends yesterday and then this morning, I am meeting my man in town for breakfast and getting pre- approved for a home loan.
for breakfast, I am going to order the french toasted Cinnamon roll from Sharis! Yum! And then I'm going to pretend that we can actually afford to buy a place in the country!

Thank you all for your love, prayers and encouragement. It means a lot!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Girl Presents!

I had fun wrapping birthday presents for my grand girl yesterday! Boys just don't care for such things! Or at least mine didn't. Ribbons, lace, cupcakes and flowers! ah... I'm so glad the Lord gave me some grand girls! My GG wants a white kitten some day so I went with a kitten theme for her wrappings. She also is fond of yellow and pink (like me!) so it was really fun to design everything together.

The paper is a scanned copy of a piece of vintage wrapping paper that Amy from My Shabby Bungalow gave me! The kitty faces are so perfect! That yellow rose was from Amy, too.

Then I used the kitty cabbies that I bought from Andrea at The Cottage Market!
Perfect- right?

I'm feeling thankful for the little things that make me happy and living in denial about the things that don't! ~ Wink ~

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Time Has Come To Leave The Farm

We found out that our landlord wants to retire and move here to the farm. He had originally told us that he "might" want to retire here "some day" so we had hoped for a few more years at least. We saw this coming- a premonition of sorts but we are still very sad and dreading the work and stress of another move. This farm was a miracle for us and I don't know why it has come to an end but God does and I rest in that. We know that the Lord has something else for us and I know it will be good once we SEE it!

We might have to move as early as August but then again, it could be another year. I can't quite wrap my head around it yet! I'm already looking for another place since places in the country that are affordable are not easy to find. I looked for this place for months before it came up but I'm hoping for an easier find this time around. I can hope- right?

Your love, prayers and friendship are appreciated so much! More than anything else in the world, I just want to settle down and play house and NEVER have to pack another box again. Will that dream ever some true for me? We'll see.