May 2009


I generally don’t go to auctions, I don’t have the patience to sit thru til the end. Invariably, the item I covet, is not auctioned off til the end of the day!

My parents used to frequent auctions in the midwest all the time. They got some great deals. I went to one with them, in Illinois, more than 30 years ago. I bid for the first time on some vintage duck decoys, and got one. I still have him!!!

Yesterday’s auction was for the estate of the elderly man, Willard, who used to own our property. My husband had become attached to the old guy, and used to stop in on his way home from work to visit and check up on him.  Willard died a few months ago, and his family has been working thru his vast accumulation of stuff, to get the house ready for sale.

His sister and her children are the last of the family, and it was hard on her to watch people going thru her brother’s things and tromping thru his house. But she stuck it out til the end.

It is sad when our lives, and all we were, end up on the auction block. But we all accumulate so much STUFF over the years, and ya’ can’t take it with you! So, I guess there are 3 sure things in life – death, taxes, and auctions!! Remember George Carlin’s diatribe about “Stuff”?

My husband was going to bid on the square baler, but it went too high. All the farm equipment went really well and high!!! There was a lively bidding war between a farmer and a woman over a popular piece of New Holland farm equipment (I have no idea what it was used for!) The woman won out- paying $1,850 for it!!! After she won, she turned to her dad – and said, “I hope you’re happy – we got it!!!”

The auction started promptly at 9am, as promised, the farm equipment went at 10:30am, and we left before the house went up for bids at noon. One of the local churches served food- the apple pie was delicious!!

Auctions are kind of a social event for the local folk. Everyone knows everyone else in a small town, and some just come for the cameraderie, not the bidding. And of course, there is always a smattering of dealers, who drive the prices of the antiques up with their bidding.

I did bid on a quilt on the first wagon of items. I have no patience – there were other nicer quilts in with the furniture, but I knew those prices would be higher, and the bidding wouldn’t be until later in the day. And, it was getting hot!!!

Willard’s wife had quite a nice selection of quilts, starched linens, and stitcheries. According to the neighbors, she had done quite a bit of quilting, til she got diabetes, and lost her vision. Kind of a sad story. But I hope her family kept some of her handiwork.

The quilt I won, was not the prettiest there – but sturdily made and very simply machine quilted. It is feed sack, which is what attracted me to it, and the backing is  all bleached feed sack- some of the printing is still legible.

Here are some pictures of the day – and some of the treasures I DIDN’T get- altho’ I would have loved some of the mixing bowls, the 1860’s leather bound Bible, and the 30 gallon copper pot that was discovered in the attic!


Auctioneer Charlie Whetzel starts the auction

Auctioneer Charlie Whetzel starts the auction

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Pieces of a life......

Pieces of a life......

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The square baler we didn't get

The square baler we didn't get

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Oh, I wanted that milk crock and the set of mixing bowls!!!

Oh, I wanted that milk crock and the set of mixing bowls!!!

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30 gallon copper lined pot that was squirreled away in the attic!

30 gallon copper lined pot that was squirreled away in the attic!

1860's leather bound family Bible that was purchased from an antiques dealer in 1975 for $37.50! I wonder what it sold for!

1860's leather bound family Bible that was purchased from an antiques dealer in 1975 for $37.50! I wonder what it sold for!

My purchase - the feed sack quilt

My purchase - the feed sack quilt

close up of some of the blocks

close up of some of the blocks

Some of the lettering from the bleached sacks is still legible

Some of the lettering from the bleached sacks is still legible

(see my other blog for quilt details)

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All is well, and sunny, at Mountain Meadows this fine Sunday morn……..


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Well, the farmers say to never plant before May 15th – there’s sure to be one last frost. They were right – altho off by a few days!

A couple of days after the 15th, the night temperature dropped. Gardens all around suddenly sprouted boxes, milk cartons, pails and whatever else could be used to cover tender plantlings!

I did learn something tho – you can protect certain plants from the frost by covering them, but you CANNOT protect them from the cold! Out of 30 tomato plants, I lost 26 to the cold. They were all covered, but coldness still gets thru.

So, today, I was back at the co-op, picking out new tomato varieties, and a couple of other plants. One of the employees joked about getting me a greenhouse discount!! I thought about it on the way home – I am going to ask if he was kidding or not!! If such a thing exists, I want it!!!

At the co-op, I met up with the farmer who runs the small local farmers’ market – and I’m in!! Woohoo!! Without a greenhouse, I really don’t have any veggies to sell until mid summer, but cut flowers, plantlings, a couple of birdhouses, my tea related items and scones will be what I have to offer. We’ll see how it goes. It’s a small town, small market, and a bad economy. But, I am getting my feet wet in the market, and if last year’s garden was any indication – I will have way too much stuff for my own family, so hopefully I can offer it to the public at a very reasonable price.  If I can make just enough to put toward next year’s garden, I’ll be a happy camper!!!
Next year I hope to grow some of what is on everybody’s wish list around here – asparagus, berries, rhubarb. I have lettuce, broccoli, onions, beets, carrots,corn, potatoes-white, red and sweet, blackberries galore, the usual cukes, zukes, and beans, eggplants, squash blossoms, a wide variety of herbs. Next year will be more herbs, lavender, sunflowers, and drying flowers. It should be fun!!

Right now we are in the middle of building a pole barn to hold the hay we sell. The first cut is due in a week or so, weather permitting. The barn should have a roof by then!!

In the middle of all this, I am walking the dogs, taking Miss Lilly out for walks also – to improve her ground manners!!Miss lilly is our miniature horse.

The daughter and I walked Miss Lilly down to the river the other day. she has never seen water in that form before!! We came to a little riverlet, and she flat out refused to put her tiny little hooves in it!! Since we were moving forward, she gave a mighty leap and sailed over the 3 inch wide water!!! She looked at the river, gave it a taste, and was ready for the walk back home. She is sooo cute, and I’m hoping as time progresses, we can order the harnesses and figure out how to train her to pull a cart.

Miss Lilly and her 2 big men!

Miss Lilly and her 2 big men!

Kids, don't try this at home!!!

Kids, don't try this at home!!!

This is what happens when the husband asks the wife to THROW him up a crowbar!!!

This is what happens when the husband asks the wife to THROW him up a crowbar!!!

Kildeers' one egg in the driveway......

Kildeers' one egg in the driveway......

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All is well and busy, at Mountain Meadows this fine, sunny day…………


Way too much going on for words – enjoy the view!!!

Pole barn going up

Pole barn going up

Raccoon left his mark in the wet cement- love it!!

Raccoon left his mark in the wet cement- love it!!

Titmouse built a nest in the black tube surrounding the electrical wires - so no electricity to the new barn, til the babies leave the nest!

Titmouse built a nest in the black tube surrounding the electrical wires - so no electricity to the new barn, til the babies leave the nest!

Potatoes are growing!!!!

Potatoes are growing!!!!

New birdhouse on the barn - one can never have too many birdhouses!

New birdhouse on the barn - one can never have too many birdhouses!

My pew, my view, my hay.........

My pew, my view, my hay.........

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All is well, bright and sunny, at Mountain meadows this morning…..

nesting goose unperturbed by fishing.....

nesting goose unperturbed by fishing.....

Used a zoom on this - I was not as close as the fishermen. The mate was keeping watch across the pond.

Used a zoom on this - I was not as close as the fishermen. The mate was keeping watch across the pond.

Private road to the fishing hole- catch and release

Private road to the fishing hole- catch and release

Tent caterpillars are emerging.....

Tent caterpillars are emerging.....

Mirror image

Mirror image

Fishing for a hat!

Fishing for a hat!

Got it!!

Got it!!

D/H's catch of the day!

D/H's catch of the day!

Watercolor

Watercolor

A relaxing afternoon comes to an end........

A relaxing afternoon comes to an end........

All is well at Mountain Meadows this evening. Happy Mother’s Day to all!!!

First time visitor- the bluebird brought sunshine!!!!

First time visitor- the bluebird brought sunshine!!!!

The a.m. view after the rain- clouds hung up in the mountains.

The a.m. view after the rain- clouds hung up in the mountains.

What once was a puddle....checking the future pond site.

What once was a puddle....checking the future pond site.

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After the rains - the flat rock we used to sit  on is hidden under rapids!

After the rains - the flat rock we used to sit on is hidden under rapids!

Can you spot the horses across the river and in the woods?

Can you spot the horses across the river and in the woods?

Tiny woodland flora

Tiny woodland flora

Hope you enjoyed the nature walk between raindrops!!

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All is well at Mountain Meadows , on the eve of a full moon……………..

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Happy Birthday, Sunman!!! 4 Years old!!!

Happy Birthday, Sunman!!! 4 Years old!!!

All is well, and very, very soggy, at Mountain Meadows this morning……..

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Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid……..John 14:27

Been busy – too much to do – too many sticks in the fire!!!

Here are some pics of what has been going on around here lately!

Vintage find - once a rabbit hutch, then a feral cat feeding station, now a planter!

Vintage find - once a rabbit hutch, then a feral cat feeding station, now a planter!

The orphan Sweetpea, from across the road

The orphan Sweetpea, from across the road

The survivor of a set of twin goats, rejected by her mother...:>(

The survivor of a set of twin goats, rejected by her mother...:>(

Neighbors grinding corn for the cows

Neighbors grinding corn for the cows

Dragging chain thru the furrows to mix up the fertilizer before planting potatoes

Dragging chain thru the furrows to mix up the fertilizer before planting potatoes

The potatoes are in the ground & then sprayed w/somehting to keep the potato bugs away -so much for pesticide free!!!

The potatoes are in the ground & then sprayed w/something to keep the potato bugs away -so much for pesticide free!!!

Digging another row - we had lots of potatoes and it was 90 degrees!!!

Digging another row - we had lots of potatoes and it was 90 degrees!!!

Planted - with some carrots on the side!

Planted - with some carrots on the side!

Went back at 7pm when it was cooler to plant onions - this is after we were done!

Went back at 7pm when it was cooler to plant onions - this is after we were done!

All is well, and partially planted, at Mountain Meadows tonite………………..