Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Going back to the future .........

Go back to 2001.

September 11, 2001 to be exact.

Clear blue sky.  Honey and I sitting on a hill ........ crying and watching one lone airplane fly over us on its way to Omaha.  Air Force One.

And I said these immortal words (at least, to us!) ..... I just want to hunker down in Donahue with my flowers and my chickens!

Only one little problem  ........ I had neither.  :)

But we knew we were looking for a simpler future .... a simpler life.

A life that included massive canning sessions.  A life that included evenings with our friends.  A life that only had hand-knit socks, home baked bread, and  home grown tomatoes.

And out of those priorities ........ Miss Eff's was born.

Since 2002 ...... the farm has grown and grown and grown.

But with that growth, the priorities were pushed aside.

My pantry is smaller than it has been in 10 years.

I bought bread for Honey's lunch for over 8 weeks last summer. 

And hand knit socks?   I don't remember the last time I made a pair for either Honey or I.  I do know, we both bought socks this fall.

I miss sitting on the ground talking to my customers, not for a minute but for hours.

I miss playing with new chicks.

I miss swinging on my swing, knitting under the apple tree and taking a nap in the sun, next to a kitten.

I need time for Honey, time for our needs and time for our friends.

So we are making changes!!!!

The farm will have new hours......... some you may like, some you may not.

We will be open Thursday through Sunday from now on.  That means .... we will be closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

But on Thursday (from June 15 to August 15th) we will be open until 8 pm.  So you can come to the farm after work to pick up flowers for the weekend.  You can bring a lunch and dine in the corn-zebo.  And maybe, just maybe .... you might hear some great local music.

And on Sunday ........ we are changing the hours to 12-3.  My faith is important to me.  And the expression of that faith at church is important to me.  So we will be opening an hour later so I can be spiritually rejuvenated for the week ahead.

Just to re-cap the hours ..........

Thursday -- 9 to 8 (June 15- August 15) otherwise, 9-5.
Friday -- 9 to 5
Saturday --9 to 3
Sunday -- 12-3.

We will be closed .... Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

You can always call ... and if I can accommodate you, I will.   

Hand embroidered tea towel .... newest on the shelf.

Yea .... its time to get back to my roots.  Or in my case ... my grass roots.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Seven .... I tell ya Seven.

It is January.

And from past and current experience ......... if it can break, it does.  And it always does it in January.


So far this month ........

The bumper fell off the truck ..... it is wired/ taped/ stuck together.  Please don't put your foot on the bumper.  It will fall off on your toes.  But we will let you stick your chewing gum underneath it!

I had a flat tire.  Two nails ... too close ... had to buy a new one.

The snow blower died.  A week after Honey checked it all over, started it up and it ran beautifully.

He tore it apart and found the offending part.  Which is no longer available.


This meant the purchase of a new snow blower.  Fortunately ... Honey is an ungineer (not really a engineer but thinks like one and knows the system!)  Manufacturer added a spacer, changed the number and said previously part is no longer available.

Cost of newly numbered part with an added spacer ... $14.00  All is well.

Iron died.  Replaced.

Washer died.  Still working on that one.  Best case scenario .... part will be available by February 4th.


I'm bonding with 80 pound-load washers, rolls of quarters and my kitchen sink.

Printer died.  New replacement will be chosen today.

And last night, the truck was making ominous sounds.  REALLY ominous.

I'm counting the days.


January can not end soon enough.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

It is soooooo cold........................

the only flowers I can even dream of ..........................

are on tea towels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, January 21, 2013

A moment in History ..........

44 Presidents.

57 inaugurations.

The peaceful transfer of power in this wonderful country.

Congratulations, Mr. President.

From a gray-haired flower farmer in Iowa.

With a special thanks to one of my favorite Republicans, Kaleigh ..... for giving us such a special photo.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Just a quick note ........... I have updated the "Just like Grandma" page of the blog with some new tea towels that are available.

So if the cold, snowy weather has you stuck in your kitchen .... drop me a note (and a check!) and I will send you a new towel to make you smile.  Remember ... these are hand embroidered (not machine!) towels!

And my needle-pricked fingers prove it!!! 


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Just a little late!

Latest tea towel!

So ........ I am running just a little late.  Or just maybe ...... I am running ahead of schedule.

Nahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! Not me!!

OK -- let's start out 2013 with a bit of a rant.

Remember this?????  

Well .......... 4.5 years later, the $1100 washing machine is at it again.  It has not taken hostages like it did in the past.  But its control panel lights up like the Vegas strip ............... and it sits there. No wash.  No rinse.  No spin.  Flashing its lights,  saying .... Nah! Nah! Boo! Boo! No laundry for you!

Currently, I am waiting for the final repair estimate.  They are hoping to get the control panel to fall under warranty.  Since the washer warranty is only one year ............ no one is too optimistic.   And now that  Bosch no longer makes laundry equipment ......... customer service may be out the door!

Which leads me to another point .................

Seriously, why does EVERYTHING break in January?????

We have replaced tires, tied on bumpers, replaced a 6 month old iron, removed a toe nail, checked heart rates, pulled blood tests and on Friday, the surgeons attempt to make my uterus bright and shiny again!

Seriously!  Nine days in ..... everything is falling apart.

Including Honey and Miss Eff.

Looks like its going to be an interesting year!