Thanks to all of you who sent emails checking in on me - that was so sweet. I have been away for awhile from blogging - but I do have a great excuse. Mr. Farmhouse and I just got back very early Sunday morning from the beautiful island of St. Thomas where we spent a week with 6 other fun loving couples in a house that we all rented. That 1st picture is the view from our bedroom - now that's not to hard to look at is it. The 2nd pictures is a view I'm pretty sure everyone in my neck of the woods is really tired of looking at. Major winter storm hitting our area with predictions of up to 20 inches of snow. Mr. Farmhouse made it into work this morning and will be shutting down our business at 11 this morning. In the 20 years we've been in business I think I could count on one hand the number of times he's done that. That snow on the deck wasn't there at 3 this morning when I got up to check things out - the above picture was taken around 7:15 - crazy isn't it. Thank you also to everyone who sent emails asking about the flooding in Fargo. It's a very serious situation up there. The Fargo/Moorhead area is about 45 minutes from our house. Our youngest son lives up there and has his own business. It was hard to be so far away as they prepared for this upcoming flood. S#2 took all the precautions he could in prepping his gym for flood waters. He closed down a week ago and every drain is plugged to avoid any sewer back-up. He's helped in sandbagging and doing everything he can to help out. One of the bigger problems to come out of this storm is actually the wind they are predicating - this can put tremendous stress on the dikes holding back the water. 2 of the couples on the trip had family evacuated from their homes in the Fargo area and were camping out at their homes here in our town. Please pray and keep them all in your thoughts.
On a lighter note - the trip was so much fun and the weather couldn't have been better. So many laughs and memories where made during this trip and I think everyone came back refreshed and ready to tackle the real world. Because the house is in a bit of a remote area
Mr. Farmhouse and I took a stroll through the area where we were staying at
building on the side of the hill
beautiful flowers around the house'
hummingbirds that came so close to us all the time to sip from these beautiful flowers
every and I mean every morning these birds woke me up with the sounds of their - uhmmmm intimate moments - and it was something that went on all morning long - no joke. Excuse me here, but it gave a new meaning to a quickie, LOL. This picture was taken from my bed during there quiet time :). He sure was a busy guy, but she hung around and wasn't in a hurry to leave either. All morning long it went on - I was exhausted, LOL.
I just have to share this view from my walk-in shower - heavenly
this was the upstairs hallway coming out of our bedroom - the place was full of very interesting art from the owners travels around the world. I neglected to take pictures of the rest of the house, however we will be exchanging pictures once we all get them loaded onto a C/D so I will have them eventually.
great little island across a sandbar from the house that we went exploring on - very cool. That's our house way up top and the owners house below it
eating outside at Iggy's for all you can eat crab
taking the car ferry to St. John's Island
enjoying one of the beaches at St. John's
Mr. Farmhouse and friend bobbing in the water
the surf was pretty rough and that calm look above was deceiving. This beach charged for entrance to it, however on that day they were letting you in for free because of the rough surf. Here's Libby getting ready to be hit by a wave
I got creamed big time by a wave and decided that I was done venturing in. Dang near lost my swim top and I'm pretty sure I traumatized the group of little boys that were by me. I swear I heard them screaming, "MY EYES MY EYES" , LOL.
My only complaint on the trip - there they drive on the left hand side of the road
- not a big deal I guess, HOWEVER there are steep hills and sharp turns through most of the island and if you recall - I'm not a big fan of that kind of driving. Lots of dented guard rails alongside the road. The island is about 13 miles long, getting from one end to another takes well over an hour if that tells you how twisty turny the roads are. Get this, they will give you a ticket for talking on the cell phone or for not wearing a seat belt, you can however drink liquor in the car if you want to, we choose not to. Mr. Farmhouse handled it just fine - me I just gripped the the door handle and prayed, LOL. Kari you would have been proud of me riding on those roads.
this baby has been on order since the beginning of December. There was much frustration on everyone's part as to why it was taking so long. Believe me it's just a soaking tub, no jets or anything. But I'm glad I waited because it's the style I really wanted and it was worth it.
The railing upstairs also went in while we were away
The upstairs fireplace mantel went in
I think it measures somewhere around 6x20 with shelving on 3 sides - lordy I can't wait to fill it up, LOL
We are very close to getting this project wound up - many of the things are resulting in a domino effect - waiting on one thing before they can finish up another thing. My counter tops are coming from Fargo - so there may be a bit of a delay from the flooding. Non-essential businesses are encouraged not to be open and so somethings are just out of our control and that's OK. It will eventually all come together.
This post has taken me about 2 hours to do and here is the same picture of the deck, just 2 hours later - YIKES that's a lot of snow.
Today I'm going to do something I haven't done in awhile - sew. I really need a change of pace and a feel of needle and thread. It might only be handwork - but it will feel glorious to touch. What a perfect way to spend a day, snowed in and sewing. Mr. Farmhouse just got home and said it was the worst driving he's ever driven in. Ice freezing up on the windshield and wipers and 10 miles an hour on a road that's normally 55. Hope your neck of the woods is full of sunshine.
Until Next Time