Quelle Semaine

Apr 19, 2009 | Uncategorized | 13 comments

 What a week!  Me-n-my chickens and Big Daddy have been down on the Farm for seven days.  And not just any farm but my Grandparents piece of paradise just outside of Mapdot, Indiana.  (These days it does not feel as “map dot” as it used too with Truck Stop lights on the all to close northern horizon being taller and brighter than ever and as you will see, modern wind technology visible on the far southern horizon.)

Every year when the G.P.’s as we call them get home from Florida Joel and I like to go down and help clean up the house.  Sometimes that means arriving before they get home to wipe down windowsills and run the vacuum and other years that means not getting their til May to help plant flowers.  This year put us there just days after their arrival for a wonderful time of visiting and of course a little clean up too.  A bird had gotten into the basement of “the big house” and had sh*& all over the place and there were flower beds full of dead perennials and leaves.

It wasn’t all work – we did get a bizarre kick out of visiting the expansive line of windmills.  Aidan LOVES windmills and was in his glory.  The rest of us enjoyed the photo opp but found ourselves completely creeped out by this ugly technology encroaching on Indiana farmland.  There are hundreds in the area and it’s rumored there are more to come.  Juls (my Aunt) and I snagged moments here and there to tinker with Photoshop but getting a couple things done for Gram was the priority.  Aidan and I raced the train, smashed plenty of pennies and got the conductor to wave at him, there were multiple laps around the property in the golf cart and by the end of the week Aidan was skillfully stearing on his own and we looked on as Great Uncle Wally drove down the road in his tractor to come and dig a new garden for Gramma!  We played “Skip-Bo 15” talked Tea Parties and pitiful Presidents, drank a little wine and had a few good You Tube laughs of course too.  

On Thursday we were going to leave but I thought “Why bother?”  The kids and I stayed but we sent Joel home to work for a few days that evening only to have him return an hour later.  I-65 had been SHUT DOWN due to hazardous chemical spill resulting from a 3 semi accident.  He turned around, went to bed and left around 3:45 a.m.  He worked Friday and Saturday and joined us again this morning.  What a saint.

The Farmgirl in me was thrilled to take the kids on long country walks and I very much enjoyed the mental clarity that comes over me when I get out of the suburbs.  (The Parisienne in me however was gagging for a Latté the entire time!)

It was so very good to see my Grandparents!  I missed my Grandma so much and found myself in tears over that longing quite a few times when we would I-Chat or talk on the phone this past winter.  Even as a child I would stare out the back window of our family car as we would drive home from the farm and cry. 

We had such a wonderful time.  A little crazy the first few days and then peaceful and perfect.  The Farm is kinda like Paris.  The minute I leave I start scheming on how I can get back…


  1. cityfarmer

    I’m having a struggle here thru the tears.
    One thing I am so thankful for is the love for this mecca that all three of MY chickens have…and you passing this love to your chickens.

    We will carry on…by each others’ side.

  2. Bonjour Madame

    You are so blessed to have your grandparents. It sounds like you appreciate your time with them and that is so fantastic! I miss mine terribly. Their land looks like it is so wide open with plenty of breathing room, so peaceful.

  3. Joannah

    A little Americana! Sounds like a delightful time with your grandparents.

    Makes me want to hit the road and get out of the big city.

  4. Old Centennial Farmhouse

    Oh, I just loved your slideshow (must learn to do that!) and the loving description of the time you spent at your G-pa’s and G-ma’s….it’s wonderful. I have a little catch in my throat because my chickens never got to know MY G-pa, and I loved him so….I know my kids would have, too. He died the year I got married, so really, I never even had an adult to G-pa relationship. This is precious, and you will NEVER be sorry for extending your stay. But, I bet they enjoyed it MORE than you!
    It’s good to get home, too isn’t it?

  5. Catherine Anne

    Great post! Your Getting dirty photo in the garden is great! -http://catherineanne5.blogspot.com/

  6. Berlin Deluxxe

    It warms my heart to know you and your family are so close to each other and the land as well… I’m glad to know you enjoyed yourselves 🙂

  7. Frippery

    Lovely post. My husband and I had lost all our GP’s before our children were born. My Grandma passed away a few months before our wedding. Your children are lucky to have Great GP’s to learn from. What a pleasant time you have shared.

  8. Catherine Anne

    Happy you checked into our blog. I found you on Living off grid at Eclectic Culture Farm. Your blog name got my eye. Its nice to view other families living similar lives.

  9. Farmgirl Cyn

    Hurrah for farm life! You guys are SO blessed…I know you already know that! I could only wish my folks and grandparents were still alive. Your kids will have such happy memories from their visits at the farm and at your mom’s!
    On a side note…I made the pepper/parmesan tart crust on Saturday, and filled it with a layer of goats cheese(soft enough to spread it, not slices) and strips of roasted red peppers. A sprinkle of fresh ground coarse pepper and fleur de sel and it was a huge hit!
    Also, made the buttermilk cake with blackberries yesterday, and the family inhaled it! It is such a beautiful presentation and so delicious! (I told you I steal recipes!)

  10. Carissa

    Just have to ask which day last week you were out near the windmills? My family and I were just there on Friday and took photos with the kids too. Who knows maybe we passed each other. 🙂 And you are right it was very creepy.–Love your grandparents farm–so peaceful. 🙂

  11. Faith

    Sounds lovely!!! I would love to gather the boys up and meet you guys there for a long weekend this summer!!!

  12. Life in the 'Burbs

    I ditto all the comments. But let’s get to the chase…Seriously, girl…How Skinny ARE you??????? You look awesome!!

  13. Anonymous

    Oui! We are back and loving it! The new place just was not our cup of tea. So glad, glad, glad to be back ~
    Hugs ~


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