April 15, 2015

Have you ever had one of those days?


Well, today I had one. . .


a splendidly perfect day!

So, what makes a day perfect for a farm girl, wannabe children’s author, like me?

I awoke to birdsong drifting through my window and a dazzling sunrise shimmering through the pines which highlighted a perfect
blue sky morning. Skipping the shower, I threw on my grungiest clothes and headed out.

Look out garden, here I come!


my rototiller– no gas required

It felt so good to smell the distinct odor of ‘I used to be a cattle farm’ as I turned the healthy soil.

I took a big whiff. . .aaah.

With the warm sun hitting my shoulders and singing birds all about, the heavy job hardly seemed like work at all.

Hope enjoyed it as much as I.


I am confident about my organic gardening skills this year.  I know a few seeds and a bit of water will
produce heaps and heaps of goodness.

Yes, there will be pests.

Yes, there will be disease. . .


but there will also be plenty. I do not understand our quest for surplus via chemicals. Research is showing that pesticides and herbicides
(this means round-up) are killing our frogs and affecting butterflies and bees.

I LOVE frogs. . . and butterflies. . . and bees.


Here on the prairie, I am committed to old-fashioned hand pulling of weeds, and if time does not permit?

I will simply enjoy them.


the first dandelion

After gardening, I went on a walk with Hope who enjoys antagonizing her new friends, Jet and Julia.


We visited the swamp, listened to peepers, and picked pussy willows for rooting.


Then I tackled about 25 years of accumulated walnut shells in the old chicken coop as chickens are in the prairie’s future.


Finally, I was able to squeeze in treasured writing time before the troops arrived home.

Life is good!


Latest Comments

  1. Marcia says:

    There are going to be chickens in the coop again? Yay! That brings back memories! And I agree with organic farming! Good for you, Julie! You have met your calling!


  2. Cynthia says:

    Sounds like the perfect day to me too!! Beautiful pictures:)


  3. Nick says:

    Kudos to you for your organic gardening plans! Here’s wishing you a bountiful crop this year. I’ve noticed on that some Baltimore Orioles have been sighted in SE Michigan. Have you seen any yet? Hopefully the barn swallows have returned by now.


  4. Mother Hen says:

    Wonderful photos! I have my grungy clothes on.. worn out jeans with holes in the knees.. a little mud here and there.. So comfy…and dirt under my nails…


  5. Aunt Marilyn says:

    You are right . . .life is good.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Eliza Waters says:

    My idea of a perfect day! I love your carpets of daffodils and chionodoxa – beautiful!


  7. derrickjknight says:

    Lovely – even though that soil looks tough

    Liked by 1 person

  8. amaryllislog says:

    Lovely post, thank you for sharing your words and images!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Julie@frogpondfarm says:

    Gorgeous pics good is it being organic! I just wish others could see the light. More chickens .. Brilliant 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Tilly Frueh says:

    I want a day like that!


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