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How does an Aunt lure a cute 25-year-old niece to noTTafarm for the weekend? With the lure of shopping, of course! It was easy this past weekend; both Chelsie and I were excited to take a 50-mile field trip to Avoca, Nebraska for "Rural Route Rust." This antique/junk vendor fair was so much fun - 45 vendors and literally thousands of visitors vying to see who would could nab all of the cute vintage wares. "RRR" was held at Bloom Where You Are Planted Farm which also hosts a fall pumpkin patch. If you get a chance to visit, take it!
The show started at 10 but when we arrived at 10:05, there was quite a hike from our parking spot and a little bit of a wait to get inside. It was a little windy but the weather was great!
Chelsie enjoyed the farm animals; goats, cows, and chickens were all available for we city folks to gawk at. (I should say, however, that I live on a not-a-farm and Chelsie is a current Agriculture student so technically, we're not city folks.)
My favorite buys of the day were from the Purple Pincushion. The proprietor, Sarah, re-purposes vintage textiles and creates the most adorable things! I love my purchases: a felted wool fox brooch (not to mention the Scottie dog brooch I had to have, too) and the cross-body bag fashioned from a seed corn bag.
After we left RRR, we zoomed a few miles up Hwy. 34 to check on some farm land my folks own. Chelsie was instructed to check to see if the ground cover rye was up (it was) and report back to Grampa. I took this photo to show them that their granddaughter is "out standing in her field!"
Chelsie also brought me a few surprises! She re-purposed a microwave stand purchased at a local thrift shop and created a beverage cart for me. She had my dad add a new structure with casters to the bottom, then painted everything a soft yellow. Mom purchased the Tiffany blue beverage dispenser at Target, then I added the matching bins below. Chelsie found another piece of Chromex and teak serveware on a recent trip to Overton plus a glass Scottie dog creamer at an antique store. Thanks so much, Chelsie! I'll be anxious to use all of this at our next gathering.
Scott and I played host and hostess for the Camp family on Easter Sunday (April 5). We had ham (surprise!) and turkey and bourbon-glazed carrots and au gratin potatoes and so much more . . . whew! I think I'm still full! To top it off, Marita brought lemon meringue pie and chocolate sheet cake to share. It was quite a meal! The day before, The Newlyweds (Pat and Kathleen) spent the day at noTTafarm. Pat helped Scott clear more dead limbs and trees from the grove east of the barn while Kathleen attacked my pre-Easter to-do list. She was an excellent helper; she mixed, rolled, baked and dipped a batch of Kahlua Wafers (the Camp kids' favorites) and made deviled eggs. It was great to have an extra pair of hands in the kitchen!
Of course, as with many events, I didn't have the presence of mind to snap many photos - but I did manage to capture one of our great niece Sophie. Her uncle Pat and aunt Kathleen hid a few eggs outside so she could experience a wind-blown hunt at noTTafarm.
The dining table centerpiece was a Pinterest find . . . Scott snipped lengths of twigs for me (very precisely, of course) and I hot glued them to a popcorn tin, then added a little jute twine as a ribbon. The container was perched atop the big pine slice last used as the wedding cake platter. With the addition of a moss-covered bird and a faux next, the centerpiece turned out quite cute!
We hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family, too.
The Big Day stands out as our favorite memory of 2014. One of the many ways Pat and Kathleen found to thank us for noTTafarm's hospitality was the gift of an amazing authentic street sign. It took us a few months (ok, it's already been over seven months) but we finally found a great spot and completed installation.
The street sign is the official size and manufacture of a local municipality. One of Kathleen's friends (and a wedding guest) created it at her request.
We also received an official aluminum bracket.
After considering a few options for posts, poles, and trees from which to suspend the sign, we agreed that the easiest - and also the niftiest - spot was to hang the sign on the barn. Scott used the bed of the Ranger as a raised work platform, lining the bracket up with the door hardware.
Let's count how many tools it took, shall we? First, the drill was used to bore holes for the bolts . . .
. . . then a socket wrench to tighten the 2"-long bolts.
After a little bit of coaxing (with a file), the sign slid into the two slots which hold it in place.
An Allen wrench was necessary to tighten the bracket bolts.
(There was a slight panic when the Allen wrench went missing during the process. We calmed down when it was discovered in someone's pocket (not Kristin's.))
We may move the sign closer to the driveway if we find an appropriate post. But for now, the sign looks great and we're excited to have it on display.
For a Saturday play date, Scott and Kevin took a field trip to A&R Salvage - a fascinating local repository of salvaged architectural and construction items. Kevin was in search of antique door hardware but Scott is the one that came home with a prize. For $25, he* purchased two "T"s from an old exterior sign to enhance the Audi portion of the garage. He is planning to add battery-operated light bulbs so the T's glow as intended.
Now all we need to do is paint the garage interior, get the cabinetry hung, and decorate! We're aiming to have the fanciest garage in northern Douglas County.
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*Actually, since he didn't have any cash, Scott owes Kevin $25.
With the month rapidly winding down, I thought I'd update you, our dear readers, on a few small tasks we've taken care of lately. Actually, not "lately" exactly but really Sunday (March 22). We got a late-afternoon start because somebody had to fix the Ranger tire that was punctured last week. Of course, that somebody required a new tool to get the job done.
This new doo-hickey removes tires from wheels. Getting the tire back on the wheel was the tricky (time-consuming) part.
Finally, after an hour of frustration and help from YouTube, the tire was back on the wheel where it belongs.
Our big task for the rest of the afternoon was to disassemble and store the bar that was created for The Big Wedding last September. It has been living on our patio since then, and really needed to be stored somewhere safe to have it ready for the next big event (whatever that may be.)
The Ranger pulled the trailer around to move the bar to the corn crib for storage.
Scott used his air compressor and air wrench to remove the bolts.
We couldn't have asked for a better helper than Bibbers!
Side note: Bibbers made it through the winter just fine. Having a heated and insulated kitty cat condo in the barn (and having food delivered to the barn on especially inclement days) helped him put on his winter weight. No, he does not need to live in the house.
We lifted the separated components onto the trailer
(that thing is heavy - even in sections!)
Until the next big event . . . the bar has a home in the corn crib.
I wonder if we should set up the trail camera to catch any marmot/raccoon/opossum parties?
Wilson spent a good portion of Friday (March 20) outside, enjoying the warm Spring weather. I was "lucky" enough to spy him walking through the yard south of the house with a little snack in his mouth. I know it's every cat's right to chase a mouse but it's still disarming to see a pet sauntering toward you with a smaller furry creature securely caught. Warning: look away if you're squeamish.
That's a pretty big mouse!
After he had his fill of rodent, Wilson left to go on the hunt again. He abandoned the back half of his snack for the crows to find. (What a considerate kitty!)