1.30.2013

Boots, Birds and Birthdays

I feel a random post coming on. With crazy weather {tornado sirens last night; a first for me!} and a cold, dreary drizzle settling in, I'm looking for a way to entertain myself. And you know what that means: I'll grab my camera and photograph anything!

First up:
my Hunter boot analysis.
{Because I'm bored and crazy like that!}

Around town vs. on the farm.

You couldn't have paid me to buy Hunter boots in Houston. Target prices were my max. But my "budget boots" didn't hold up on the farm, so I ordered several pairs and fell in love with the ones on the right. {Details here.} 

I wear these every single day!

The heavy duty Hunters are awesome on the farm, but too bulky for trekking around town through parking lot puddles. Franklin is a low-key, casual town, so I feel no pressure to have hip boots {not like I had them in Houston anyway!}, but I somehow managed to fall in love with Hunters. So I splurged again and bought the original gloss. {I love the height, but shorter friends tell me they're too tall for them. Try a kiddo pair if you have small enough feet! Shorter and less expensive!}

Final thoughts: the fancy schmancy boots on the left aren't nearly as awesome as the hard working boots on the right. They feel thin-soled compared to my barn boots. I think they need inserts. So there you have it: my brilliant analysis. In three paragraphs. {I sure know how to ramble on about random things on a rainy day!}

Next up:
my bird fetish.

Here's my favorite bird:

A custom painting from my amazingly talented sister.
{More details here.}

And I love eggs and nests:


And my newest love:

She's my favorite!
Shhh! Don't tell the other little chicks!


I named her Aunt Annie Lee after my great aunt who lived in Nashville. My grandfather's sister. {I'm thinking that means she must have lived in Franklin as a young child. Crazy how I have family roots here!} Aunt Annie Lee used to let me store my college stuff with her over the summer. Oh, and she fed me more than one person should ever eat in one sitting! Such a Southern lady.

And this is Hope.


This little chick came home looking like she wasn't going to make it. All wobbly, lethargic, eyes hardly open, wings malformed. We googled late into the night and found a possible answer: pasty butt. I'll spare you the details, but it can kill your baby chicks. {If you'd like to google it, be my guest! I'm not ready for my beauty loving blog to be the source for that kind of stuff!}

Back to Hope: we named her that because we had HOPE that she would live. We prayed over her and nursed her back to health. And today, she's bouncing around like the other little chicks!

On another note, you should see what my husband feeds these little birds. Gourmet, I tell ya! Finely chopped rosemary, garlic, arugula + whatever other greens we have with a dash of sea salt. I don't mean to brag, but we may end up with the best eggs you've ever tasted! Way to go, husband!

Here's their home right now:

A trough with shavings and a few dirty rocks.
They LOVE to peck the dirt off! Soon they'll need the whole space.
{The red heat lamp makes for some whacky photos!}

I don't have details about the coop yet. My husband ordered it. He knew if I got involved in the details of decision making, we wouldn't have chickens until next year...at the earliest! So he took care of it and asked me only a few questions. Hope it's good looking! I'll keep you posted.

And how about these birds?

They are all over our farm right now.

Huge flocks land in our pasture then whoosh off all at once...
literally making a loud "whooshing" sound as they fly off en masse.
{Who tells these birds when it's time to land, take off, and land again?}

And these aren't birds, but I can't help but show you the puppies:

Bella and Buddy, camouflaged in the dormant winter grass.

See them in the bottom left?

Now that the new fencing is complete, the dogs are free to roam the entire property. I love looking outside the windows and seeing them out there. Their favorite spot is right in front of the house. They don't know about the chicks yet, so for now, they must think their job is to guard their people. Sweet puppies! I'm crazy about them!

And finally:
birthday happiness!

Gifts from my husband and sweet girls.
Big white Anthropologie boxes = total happiness.
{I don't like clothes shopping. Thrilled to have them do it for me!}

Beautiful, deep thoughts from my oldest.

A cheerful card from my youngest.

A nostalgic visit to the legendary Bluebird Cafe.
{My mom flew in for the day...just as she did for my 21st.
I lived in Nashville then...and we went to the Bluebird that night, too!}

An unbelievable dusty bottle of French wine from
the best neighbors ever! Could I be any more blessed?

And a late-1800s violin.
{My husband's attempt to awaken a little girl dream!}

Trying new things, like violin lessons at age 38, doesn't come easily or naturally to me. I have no idea how to play this! What if I'm not any good? What if it's too late? But my sweet, adventurous husband remembered a little girl dream...and has noticed how I perk up when I hear someone play a mean fiddle. {At Christmastime, I heard a local musician play Silent Night with such passion that I about cried.}

So here I am living on a farm near the Music City, wearing barn boots everyday, holding baby chicks and taking fiddle lessons! Things I never did in all my years of city living!

Here's to new things...and random rainy day photographs!

36 comments:

  1. I love posts like this! They are second only to pictures of your beautiful home. xo

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    1. Thanks for enjoying a little randomness with me!

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  2. You really did name a chick Aunt Annie Lee....I love it and so would she.

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    1. Yep! I wasn't kidding. And she's my favorite! ;)

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  3. that post left me smiling a huge, hurt-your-cheeks kind of smile. love it! fiddle on, girl!

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    1. Fiddle on. I like that! Reminds me...I need to practice! xo!

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  4. love this post. love the peek into your life. thanks for sharing your beauty! :)

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  5. I play viola, so we can play together when I get there ;) you can teach me how to be organized :)

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    1. I'll take all the help I can get! I have NO CLUE what I'm doing! I hear the music in my head beautifully, but it doesn't come out that way! ;)

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  6. Such beautiful, precious words from your daughters...means your doing a grea job, momma!

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    1. Sweet of you to say. Thank you. They are more precious than anything I've taught them to be!

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  7. Happy birthday Linsey! Loved this post, boots, chicks, fiddle and all! What a sweet husband, momma, and girls you have who showered you with such love on your special day. Have a fabulous weekend!

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  8. You may feel like this post is full of randomness (and perhaps it is), but it's my kind of randomness! I, too, have the original black gloss Hunter boots, and another more sturdy pair for farm chores. I love your b-day gifts...Happy Birthday, btw! Aren't those hoards of blackbirds a touch eerie? They freak me out a little when I see a bazillion of them in the yard in a group like that. I'm enjoying seeing the chicks through your eyes...they are so sweet, and it is funny how one becomes your favorite. I have never named any of mine. My little nephew usually declares that they all shall be named 'Braxton'...bet you can't guess his name! Oh, and your sister's art (wow!), and your mother, and that piece by your daughter--love! (sorry so long, please don't ban my comments...:)) Happy Weekend!

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    1. I would never ban your comments! I'm thrilled to have a connection with someone more experienced at all of this farmgirl stuff than I am! I love it, but I'm very much novice and in need of help! ;)

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  9. happy happy birthday! loved the little chicks too and your boots are awesome! have a wonderful weekend. xo

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  10. Happy Birthday!! Everything about your birthday sounds amazing. You are truly living the dream, definitely my dream ;) Please keep the posts about your lovely farm life coming oh and don't forget to add in those beautiful home pics as well.

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    1. It's not dreamy every day or every moment, but your sweet comment reminds me that we are very much living a dream. Thank you!

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  11. Linsey,
    So happy to hear your family and farm are ok regarding the intense weather in your neck of the woods lately. Happy birthday fellow January child! Isn't it always a wonderful day when you can spend it with so much of your family, and it's a bonus when it's your birthday.

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  12. Sweet Linsey..what a delightful peek into a birthday celebration. Oh you have peeps!! So fun!! I can't wait to see them and watch their success as egg givers. I hope you are richly blessed in this upcoming year, with His bounty and fun boots!! Much love to you!

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  13. My sweet friend...you draw me into your life with every word you write. You make me eager to know you and your sweet family better. I want to see your dogs running in your field. I want to pick up one those tiny little chicks and rub it's little back. I want to listen to that "little girl" practice her violin lessons while recognizing her dream. I want to sit beside of you while you listen to Silent Night again sometime and sense that same emotion with you. I want to hug your girl's necks and tell them that their cards for you were wonderfully thought out and made. I want to tell them how very talented they are.

    Yes, your words make me want to do all of that.

    On a lighter note...I have cleaned pasty bottomed chicks up also. A little damp tissue or rag does the job quite well.

    Blessings friend.

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    1. You are precious, Amy. How is it that a blog friend could be so dear? You're a sister! xo!

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  14. Linsey, happy birthday!! I totally get the boot thing! I went through two sets of cheap boots when we first bought the ranch, then broke down and bought the glossy Hunter original boots. I wear them all of the time, and they are so important to have when you have property. Hope you had a wonderful day. Those baby chicks are adorable!!

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  15. Such a sweet post Lins! Happy belated bday and here's to all new adventures in the coming year. Looks like you've starting it off right.
    xoxo~
    T

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  16. you're so awesome. Happy Birthday!!!
    I'm actually very glad you talked for three paragraphs about Hunter boots...want some...you helped me decide. I was thinking a bright color, but black goes with EVERYTHING, so black it will be!!!

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    1. Ha! I knew those three rambling paragraphs were meant for someone who thinks like I do! Glad it helped you! I thought about red gloss for a bit, but am really happy with the black. Practical with a touch of sass thanks to the gloss. XO!

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  17. Happy birthday! I love the letters from your daughters...they just KNOW, don't they? One of my favorites from mine, in a particularly trying year, read in part, "I know this year has been tough but you will always be the best you can ever be don't forget it." She had no idea how much I needed to hear something like that - and it took a 12-year-old to say it!
    Also, you will love those black Hunters after you drop in some insoles! I wear my no-longer-shiny ones camping (water + poison ivy) and in the country and it makes all the difference :)

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    1. You are absolutely right that they KNOW things. Deep down things that you cannot teach. What a blessing!

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  18. Happy birthday! I love the pics of your precious chicks and pups! Made me smile for sure!

    XXOO

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  19. Happy Birthday, Linsey! Your randomness is fun...they are me smile! What breed are your puppies? They're beautiful.

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  20. Happy Birthday to you! You sound so happy and alive. I am so proud of you for trying so many new things and being open to a whole new world...that's no small feat! You have come so far this year and I pray you have the most beautiful year ahead!

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    1. Thank you for speaking words of LIFE and for being proud of me in this new world. It's scary at times, but voices like yours are a soothing, encouraging balm to my soul as I trust God's best for me with a shaky but excited heart!

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  21. Glad you had a Happy Birthday. If you've never seen blogger Heather Bullard's chicken coop design, check it out on-line. Just search for "Heather Bullard chicken coop". It is really beautiful. It might be a little fancy for your needs, but I thought you would enjoy it if you haven't seen it.
    Sue in Fl.

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    1. Her coop is my favorite! I shared it with my husband when we still lived in Houston. It feels a bit fancy for our setting {and for my husband's preferences...and he was in charge of the coop}, but I love it!!! Thanks for making sure I had seen it!

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  22. You go, girl! Having the courage and tenacity to reinvent ourselves and try new things is what keeps us young at heart!
    I'd say this will be a year of YOUTH for you! ;)
    Happy belated birthday, Linsey. Blessings for your year ahead,
    Nicole

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  23. Aunt Annie Lee = so cute :) A Belated Happy Birthday, Linsey!! Looks like it was a fabulous one :)

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