Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Yesterday my honey and I spent the day in town, got flu shots, doctors visit, had new tires put on the car...it was busy! Got the tires at Costco and had about a two hour wait, so we walked over to Barnes & Noble and of course the first place I go is to the magazine rack to check out new decorating magazines! Well, I spotted a magazine that I have heard a little about, "Mary Jane's Farm", and decided to buy it. After we got our tires we headed over to Home Depot for some things my honey needed, so I waited in the car and got a chance to look through my new magazine.

What a nice surprise it was! Mary Jane Butters was talking to my heart! All the neat things in her magazine are really down to earth and so interesting to me...(This is the Oct-Nov issue.) Even her editors notes column "Honesty for Life" was inspiring and very well written. It's all about getting back to the simple life. I especially loved the article about painting a quilt on the side of your barn - and I am going to do that (someday soon, promise!) Well, needless to say I signed up for a subscription!

Anyway, all this reminded me of a conversation I had emailing with Kathy at Kathys Cottage, we were talking about always dreaming of living on a farm. And ever since I was a young woman, I have wanted to have chickens, cows, farm animals and live in the wide open places tending to our home, animals, land and hearth. Well, Roger and I did come as close to that as we will probably ever be. We have raised pigs, turkeys, ducks, rabbits, dogs, had an orchard and I have even canned our home grown food now and then. Since I was little, I sewed my dolls clothes and as I grew up sewed my own clothes and my children's too.

All this puts me in mind of long country roads, clothes hanging on the line, putting vegetable seeds in the good earth, and watching them grow! Eating fresh tomatoes off the vine or apples off the tree! And remembering my parents and grandparents, who were organic farmers before it was popular to do so. I guess I get that "farm" feeling from them, grandma always made homemade everything, always in a dress with an apron; grandpa was always out in the orchards working from sun up to sun down, in his overalls! My folks raised some beef and had orange and avocado orchards...Mom sewed our clothes and canned all kinds of things - I especially loved her chili sauce and pickles too.

Now we live in a climate that is too cold to grow fruit or vegetables, except in a greenhouse - so that rules out the cornfields! But we may be getting chickens and a clothesline soon too! So if you are a "Farmgirl" too, please keep in touch; and check out the new magazine I found; "Mary Janes Farm" you will love it!

Computer trouble again! I tried to add Kathy's html into this post and also the html for Mary Janes Farm, I have done this before and it worked fine, but even though it looks like it took, it didn't! Frustrating! Does anybody have any suggestions as to what I am doing wrong?
So you all have a great week!



Kathleen Grace said...

I am a farmgirl and I love Maryjanes magazine! She has some really great ideas and articles, just one more thing we have in common Marilyn:>)

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

What a great magazine, I will have to check it out this weekend. Thank you for sharing this with us.
You were a good girl to get your flu shot, I'm chicken.
Take care and enjoy your day,

The Stylish House said...

Hi Marilyn,
This looks good I will look for this magazine next time I am in B&N. I've lived many places and looking back one of my favorites was in Montana, because we had a large lot. I'm definately more of a country mouse then a city one. :)

Dolly said...

Oh that looks like my kinda magazine!

I have always been a city girl {born and raised} Now I am a farmgirl and love it!

Love your lampshades! Do you do special orders?
I have a lamp from my mum that needs "just the right shade"! :-)

Also I'd love the website addy to subscribe to Mary Janes magazine!
I would love to have it delivered to my doorstep { we don't have magazine shops out here in the middle of nowhere! :-)

Thanks a bunch

Elise said...

thank you for sharing this with us- great post !

Shery Jespersen said...

Hi Marilyn, I enjoyed your blog from top to bottom...and yes, I'm a farmgirl too. I love your lamps, your choice of music too and we'd be dangerous out antique-ing. I am also a Christian. I just wanted to let you know your blog was a real treat. My blog is also on blogger, I am Reata Rose Ranch. I would like to add you to my blog list, but I don't know how to do that yet. shery jespersen