Crafty Farm Life

| 1/23/2014 2:45:00 PM

Cyndi WatsonThe farm has brought me so much discovery, that I can hardly place it into words here. Moving to Kentucky, leasing expansive farm land and living the good life has given me room to reflect. I am happy.

Even though my household is on one income, and it is often colder than I can care to admit, I couldn’t go back to the city life – not just yet. Moving out to the rural way of life has opened my heart to things I would have overlooked in the past, as pure wonderment, I feel inspired to be more creative.

I gaze out my window each morning and I can see hundreds of black birds that I haven’t identified yet as crows or not. They don’t strike me as crows – they are pretty large. Still they feast on the old crops of corn and perch in the trees like dark looming officiant, ever keeping watch of my goofiness, as I try to behave like a true country girl. I tend to the chickens, clean the coop, play with the dogs, and rake up old cobs of corn and their husks to fill the compost area with it. I see red birds, deep blue ones, and I even saw a baby owl perched in a tree late one evening.

I find myself doing some odd practices like collecting dead branches – as if I have a wood stove, which I don’t. I just think they have some usefulness I have yet to discover. Since the chill of snow has me inside more than outside these days, I found projects to occupy myself with.

Cyndi's simple chair project 

Enter the old school chair. I love re-purposing, redesigning and up cycling, and winter is the best time for some of these little projects. I found a small, school chair in a second-hand store. It was wood colored- stained and rather plain, too plain for my tastes. I went to work on it changing its plain blonde-stained wood color to a weathered white and black corner chair.

1/27/2014 6:45:52 AM

Cyndi, you sound like you are satisfied to be a country dweller. The sights and sounds of country living are indeed soothing to the soul, don't you think? Those old farm houses are a problem keeping warm. I'm not sure there's much you can do to fix that without spending lots of money. My personal solution would be to get some long underwear. I do that in the city. My house is never over about 68 degrees in the winter. The bedroom where I sleep is about 55 degrees at night. Would I like it to be warmer? Of course I would but I just can't afford the big heating bills. I get a few complaints from my daughter but then again, winter is not the time to dress in shorts and T-shirts. Hopefully, winter will be over soon. Have a great Kentucky repurposing farm life day.