Wide Open Spaces

Five Minute Friday: Crowd

This is the day that we type for 5 minutes about the topic we are given, via LisaJo. I’m setting the timer….ready, set, go!


For the most part, I am not really a big crowd type of person.

I don’t mind it once in a while, but it is not where I live.

I enjoy the wide open spaces that a crowd just can’t provide.

To me, wide open space brings peace.

Having neighbors is great, just not too close.

I love living in “God’s Country” away from the crowds and noise.











I love this cow that wanted her photo taken.

I love this cow that wanted her photo taken.

























Why I Love October In the Country

This is why I love October in the country……












Artwork on the rural landscape.













Simplicity on the Amish homestead.












A utilitarian monument to hard work.












Someone wanted to be in the picture.













Curious cow, makes for a cute picture.














Corn shocks that whisper “harvest” through the dry rustle of leaves.












Soybean that makes the field shine golden.






























A Psalm for giving thanks. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.  Psalm 100: 1-5 ESV

A Saturday Afternoon Drive

Got my to do list done early today. I asked my husband if he’d like to go on a Saturday afternoon drive with me? He drove. I took my camera. This is some of what we saw….








Taking a rest in the field.  I am lovin’ the llamas. Yesterday, all the babies met me at the mailbox.  We made eyes at each other across the fence. They are the cutest pieces of fluff, ever. They make me so happy!









I think the horse might have been wondering what we were doing… Just trying to get a picture, buddy.









What you lookin’ at? Is that a smile, I see? Say cheese!









Lots of train tracks, out here, in the country… and I mean lots.









We thought this was an interesting picture. I took the picture while hubby was the lookout. It wouldn’t have been near as nice a picture if we ended up smooshed by a freight train, just sayin’.









I’ve got a thing for barns…and silos. This is no secret…




















































The red, white, and blue flying high, up on top of a granary.












God bless the U.S.A.






Spring Is Here!


Spring is in the air!







Mud season begins… April showers bring MUD.








Beautiful blooms…a sign of new life.








Tractor Supply’s CHICK DAYS…I can’t help myself, they are so cute!








Is there anything more peaceful than watching a horse graze in the field?

Even the dandelions are pretty!


A Photo Walk

The rain of this morning has now turned to snow.

So, I’ve decided to stay inside and go for “a walk” through my photos from this past year.


































































Country Living

The morning begins…











Nikki taking a rest on  my side of the bed.











Lonnie getting a little R&R.











Sun setting on another day in the country.











Salem, sweet kitty…













I am enjoying being the owner of chickens.












This was such a peaceful evening.












Yum, fresh eggs!












Morning Glories












The way to home…











Noticing the beauty in the small things…

Driving Down County Road 12

Today, I was on my way to the house of one of my home instructed students. The sun was shining and the air was warm. I had the windows down in the van. It was one of those glorious days.

No traffic, and the only time I had to stop was for a deer. She was standing perfectly still, the only thing giving her away was the slight twitch of her ear. We locked eyes, she and I. She was just as interested in me, as I was in her. Then the moment was gone. She turned and sprang into the air. The only sight left was that of her white tail as she ran off. A similar experience happened the other night with a fox. Beautiful. Just beautiful.

I meandered on down the road and slowed down to watch a heard of Holsteins gathered around a feeding trough. Their black and white swaying back and forth, trying to get to lunch. I smiled at the sight of them.

The fields dotted with farms for as far as the eye could see. I noticed the carefully plowed rows, and the farmers in their tractors, baling hay. The big, round hay bales looked like rural art…and I appreciated the view.

As I rounded a bend in the road, the sun hit the silver topped silo, and nearly blinded me with the brilliance. Silos…utilitarian towers of rural America.

All is art, and beauty…when one trains the eyes to really see. Even the simple can become profound.

Have you ever had days when you were so happy, that the feeling just bubbled up inside? Threatening to spill out all over the place? It’s that moment when you realize….really, realize…..that you are blessed.

Enjoying my Saturday, in my little piece of rural America……..

I wish the best for you, my friends. May you realize your blessings today.

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.  Malachi 3:10 NIV


Take Me Home, Tuesday

I am starting a new Tuesday series, called Take Me Home. I don’t know about you, but I love to look at other people’s homes. Country. City. Small cottage. Big farmhouse. An apartment. Lots of noise or the quiet of a still evening. It’s all good…and it’s all home.

I’m going to be doing a picture series on my home, here in the rural Mid-west, for the first few Tuesdays. Hopefully, over the next few months, I will be able to show you some of my favorite blogs that deal with home. So, pull up a comfy chair, get your favorite drink (iced tea, anyone?) and enjoy.

Because…it’s always good to come home.

Hey, is that you I see at the end of my road? Stop in and visit.

This birdie was singing his little heart out for me.

I love our neighbor’s red barns, and wide open field. This is such a picturesque view for me.

Another neighbor…you are seeing my neighborhood through my eyes.

This is what I see every time I get the mail. Yesterday, this little guy was waiting on the fence for me.

I have a thing for barn pictures, can you tell?

Yes, I was in the van. No, I had stopped. Um….I was not driving and snapping pictures. I wouldn’t do that. No, I would not. Really.

This is the view from my kitchen window. These are my neighbor’s llamas. I love them. I have an addiction to llamas now. I’ve become a llama mama. Is there a llama recovery group?

The storm was rolling in last night.

This is the view of the side yard from the front porch. The sky was darkening…the storm was coming.

The front porch. One of my favorite spots.

Glad you dropped by…