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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

14438 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
14438 Posts

Posted - Nov 05 2020 :  8:35:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh Jean,, what a wonderful blessing to be re-united with your brother..

>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

www.katmom4.blogspot.com & http://graciesvictorianrose.blogspot.com

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JeanP
True Blue Farmgirl

405 Posts

Jean
Deary ID
USA
405 Posts

Posted - Nov 06 2020 :  6:29:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
November 6, 2020
My goodness it feels like an early Christmas here at Clearwater Farm –so many greetings and gifts. I am humbled. Mail was late today so light was poor and I didn’t get pix taken of all the lovelies – will do that over the weekend and post them.
One of the fun greetings that came today was from a farmsister asking if there were many farmgirls in the little towns all around my area and that brings to mind how I got to Deary, Idaho in the first place. It’s all Mary Jane’s fault, you know. Yep. It is!
My husband at last had retired for real and we had zeroed in on Idaho as our final retirement destination. I would take off in my Jeep and go scouting while he stayed home and watched our little farm and critters in the high desert of Northern Nevada. We really liked the Salmon area (mid-state) and made an offer on a neat place there. While in Escrow, the she-owner went into the front yard one night and shot herself – BAD KARMA. We backed out of the deal. Fast forward a few months, I’m looking at the magazine stand in our little local grocery store and spot this funky fun-looking magazine – I don’t have to tell you what it was do I? Brought it home and was enchanted by the beautiful photos of the Palouse and Mary Jane’s Farm. DH tells me to climb in my Jeep and go have a look/see. I did. I fell in love. Told him he better get up here and take a look. He did. And he fell in love. Took a year of searching the internet and making several trips but he finally found this little run-down 12-acre farmlet where the Palouse meets the Clearwater Forest . . . and the rest is history.
This is the "before" pix . . . you'll get the "now" pix later. A lot of work but it keeps DH off the streets and outta the bars. LOL. jean

"However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at."
. . . .Stephen Hawking
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quiltee
True Blue Farmgirl

5962 Posts

Linda
Terrell TX
USA
5962 Posts

Posted - Nov 07 2020 :  5:25:38 PM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
That looks like a very nice place, Jean. You done GOOD!

Farmgirl hugs,
Linda
Terrell, TX

Farm girl #1919
Farm Girl of the Month August 2015 and April 2017


"Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly . . . on a broomstick - we're flexible, like that."
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treelady
True Blue Farmgirl

1955 Posts

Julie
Medina ND
USA
1955 Posts

Posted - Nov 07 2020 :  6:29:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What a beautiful home Jean. Congratulations on being farmgirl of the month.

A little rain can straighten a flower stem. A little love can change a life.

Max Lucado
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JeanP
True Blue Farmgirl

405 Posts

Jean
Deary ID
USA
405 Posts

Posted - Nov 07 2020 :  6:41:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Julie and Linda. That was the real estate photo when we bought the place 7 years ago. It now has a beautiful front porch addition. The porch covering you can see on the left side of the house is now a wonderful glassed in studio. The first building (left in photo) is the barn. There is now a greenhouse in front of it which is located in the fenced in garden adjacent to the chickens summer quarters condo and fenced yard. The building on the right is DH's shop. It was already here and magnificent and was the big selling point for him. We are in the process of upgrading the fencing now and next construction efforts will see improved entrances and house painting. Lotsa work.

"However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at."
. . . .Stephen Hawking

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JeanP
True Blue Farmgirl

405 Posts

Jean
Deary ID
USA
405 Posts

Posted - Nov 07 2020 :  11:11:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
November 7, 2020
We received an invitation today to our best friends’ 70th Birthday Bash next week. She is one day older than he is. LOL. Oh, would I love to go. As I said, she is my best friend. She has family coming in from Texas and they have planned quite a celebration. This dang auto-immune crapola I have puts me in the high-risk category right now for Covid19, so we have had to decline and be content sending our love and gifts. I am so tired of having my life inconvenienced every time I turn around because of Coronamadness. Aren’t you?jean


"However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at."
. . . .Stephen Hawking
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5540 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5540 Posts

Posted - Nov 08 2020 :  05:56:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jean love your 3-things. This too shall pass is one of my favorite things to say when I'm having a bad day.

Beautiful homestead. I know you enjoy every moment of your day working and playing there. Have you named it yet. Must have a name.

Sara - FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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quiltee
True Blue Farmgirl

5962 Posts

Linda
Terrell TX
USA
5962 Posts

Posted - Nov 08 2020 :  07:26:24 AM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Those are great improvements, Jean! Your husband got his shop; did you get a craft/quilting studio area, too?

Farmgirl hugs,
Linda
Terrell, TX

Farm girl #1919
Farm Girl of the Month August 2015 and April 2017


"Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly . . . on a broomstick - we're flexible, like that."
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JeanP
True Blue Farmgirl

405 Posts

Jean
Deary ID
USA
405 Posts

Posted - Nov 08 2020 :  9:18:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
November 8, 2020
As I begin my second week as FGOTM for November, I am reminded as I look at the calendar that this is World Kindness Week. We could sure use some more kindness in the world these days, couldn’t we? But I surely find it in abundance around the Farmgirl Connection. And, I am so thankful for all the love and kindness that has been shown to me. And, my DH who shows his love and kind heart in everything that he does. Quiltee aka Linda asked today if I had a studio here at Clearwater Farm. Oh, yes, indeed! The first thing my DH did when we moved here was to enclose a 12’x26’ covered porch and turn it into a beautiful studio with two walls of glass, industrial lighting and floor to ceiling shelving on the other two walls for storage. It’s such a joy and I spend many happy hours there. Come on over and play any time. I have two Viking sewing/embroidery machines and two Featherweights. So just bring your UFO’s and your sweet smiles and drop in to play anytime . . . . socially distanced, of course . . . Storage area Sewing Table Book Making and Paper Craft Station. Not shown is a huge work table/cutting station. I am spoiled. jean


"However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at."
. . . .Stephen Hawking
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craftingram
True Blue Farmgirl

511 Posts

Karin
Nashville In
USA
511 Posts

Posted - Nov 09 2020 :  05:14:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jean, I love your little farm! What a wonderful place to live. and your craft room is fantastic!

Karin
Farmgirl #2708

Romans 8: 38,39
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Blessed in Colorado
True Blue Farmgirl

4395 Posts

Debbie L.
Oregon
USA
4395 Posts

Posted - Nov 09 2020 :  06:56:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh, Jean what a wonderful sewing room you have. And all those big windows to watch all the happenings at Clearwater. I can see your doggie in one of the windows Such wonderful views. I too would spend all my time there.
Have a Beautiful week and have fun.

Big Hugs,
Debbie
#1582
Blessed in Oregon
Farmgirl of the Month September 2012 and February2018
“My altars are My Mountains
and the ocean.” Lord Byron”

Women are Angels, and
when someone breaks our wings we simply continue to fly on our Broomsticks. We’re flexible like that.
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NatChap
True Blue Farmgirl

403 Posts

Natalie
Clarkesville GA
USA
403 Posts

Posted - Nov 09 2020 :  12:33:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jean, reading about your journey and your awesome attitude just made my day! Thank you for sharing! Many blessings!

Keep shining!
Natalie

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JeanP
True Blue Farmgirl

405 Posts

Jean
Deary ID
USA
405 Posts

Posted - Nov 09 2020 :  1:09:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
November 9, 2020
On another page of the chatroom today NatChap aka Linda L. referred to my “journey” which brings to mind a piece I wrote a while back. It’s pretty personal but I promised you would get to know me. I called it Jean’s Journey . . . . I decided to break it down into two parts. So, here’s the first installment. It was an interesting experiment breaking down my life into a series of one-liners. Try it . . .
Jean’s Journey
1930’s
• Cloth diapers with safety pins
• Pablum and formula
• Mama singing along with the radio
• Handknit booties
1940’s
• Hand-Me-Down clothes
• Foster Homes
• Breaking the yellow bubble into the block of white margarine
• Screaming along with Frank Sinatra
• Air Raids and Black-out Curtains
• Lassie at the 5-cent Saturday movie matinee
• Roller skates and skinned knees
1950’s
• Poodle skirts and haircuts
• Burgers at the diner
• Screaming along with Elvis
• Tippie the border collie
• White bucks and saddle shoes dancin’ at the Hop
• Losing Mom
1960’s
• Hot Pants
• Big hair and big lashes
• Getting married
• Having babies
• Rock and Roll and doin’ the twist
• BB the rescued half-Siamese cat
• High boots
• Losing Dad


"However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at."
. . . .Stephen Hawking

Edited by - JeanP on Nov 09 2020 1:17:35 PM
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

14438 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
14438 Posts

Posted - Nov 10 2020 :  12:27:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
OK,, 1st,, all I would need in that room of yours, is a stocked wine rack!!! lolol!

Love the 'List'..
thanks for sharing 'you' with us..
hugz
>^..^<

>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

www.katmom4.blogspot.com & http://graciesvictorianrose.blogspot.com

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JeanP
True Blue Farmgirl

405 Posts

Jean
Deary ID
USA
405 Posts

Posted - Nov 10 2020 :  12:33:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ha Ha. No prob. The wine rack is right around the corner in the kitchen just a few steps away. Always well stocked with Merlot and Pinot Griegio.
Next four decades coming tonight . . .

"However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at."
. . . .Stephen Hawking
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quiltee
True Blue Farmgirl

5962 Posts

Linda
Terrell TX
USA
5962 Posts

Posted - Nov 10 2020 :  12:48:29 PM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Thats a nice sewing room, Jean. I love working in my sewing room.

Farmgirl hugs,
Linda
Terrell, TX

Farm girl #1919
Farm Girl of the Month August 2015 and April 2017


"Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly . . . on a broomstick - we're flexible, like that."
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debbieklann
Sharpshooter/Schoolmarm

376 Posts

Debbie
Madras OR
USA
376 Posts

Posted - Nov 10 2020 :  1:05:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh Jean...what a beautiful studio! I can just imagine all of the hours you spend and the fun that you have in here! A lovely farm, too!

Debbie Klann
Farmgirl Sister #770
2018 Farmgirl of the Year

"Well behaved women seldom make history"....Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

4990 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
4990 Posts

Posted - Nov 10 2020 :  4:13:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow, Jean, that is one special sewing room complete with views, ample space, and a place to call your sanctuary for creating!! Your farm is really nice and it does look you two have found the perfect home. Thanks for sharing the photos too.

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
FGOTM- October 2018
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

14438 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
14438 Posts

Posted - Nov 10 2020 :  4:17:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pinot Griegio??? I'll be right over!!! lol!

>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

www.katmom4.blogspot.com & http://graciesvictorianrose.blogspot.com

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JeanP
True Blue Farmgirl

405 Posts

Jean
Deary ID
USA
405 Posts

Posted - Nov 10 2020 :  4:57:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
November 10, 2020
A cold, snowy day today. Made a pumpkin pie and have roast and potatoes in the oven. Good day for some comfort food. This was my view today as I worked in the studio. Little structure on the left is the Summer Quarters for the chickens that faces downhill into a large fenced playground for them, Directly ahead is my enclosed garden. The weird little structure is a greenhouse. On the right is the barn.

Jean’s Journey - continued
1970’s
• Getting divorced
• Bell bottoms and tie died tunics
• Learning to cook with commodities
• Too busy as a working mom for hair “do’s”
• Clancy the Irish Setter
• Little League and gymnastic events
• Birkenstocks
1980’s
• Marrying John
• Dress for success in tailored business suits
• Business lunches with martinis
• Sassoon haircuts and Lady Clairol color
• Breaking the glass ceiling
• Clancy the Irish Setter
• Mad woman skiing and white-water rafting when time allows
• Spike heels
1990’s
• Making braided rugs from cut up business suits
• Trying to regain lost Domestic Goddess status
• Listening to the Golden Oldies
• Sadie the first of several Golden Retrievers
• Jtronics
• Tennis shoes for long walks
The New Mellinium
• Surviving Y2K
• Retiring to Idaho
• Golden Retrievers – Duke, Hoss and Rusty
• The Three Amigos – adopted Himalayan cats
• Losing daughter Maggie
• Finding long lost brother Albie
• Hours crafting and sewing in the studio
• Surviving Covid19 and social distancing
• Shedding makeup & stylish hair
• Sippers in winter, barefoot in summer
• Realizing that the journey was the destination and that I am a sum of all the parts.


"However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at."
. . . .Stephen Hawking
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

14438 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
14438 Posts

Posted - Nov 10 2020 :  5:09:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
must see your 3 Amigos...... pics plz...

>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

www.katmom4.blogspot.com & http://graciesvictorianrose.blogspot.com

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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

7634 Posts

Denise
NJ
USA
7634 Posts

Posted - Nov 11 2020 :  06:23:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jean, It is a gift that you can write up things like that in your life. It is also a beautiful gift to be transparent to others.
I love your farm photos and what an awesome craft studio! Enjoy every minute of your time in that happy place!

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"I am a bookaholic and I have no desire to be cured."

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5540 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5540 Posts

Posted - Nov 11 2020 :  06:36:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good morning Jean, so sorry for the lost of your daughter Maggie. I know that empty pain that never goes away. I lost my only child, Dustin, in 2017 when he was 43.

Now to Sassoon hair cuts. That was my style for years. I cut my own hair now so gone are the days of a precise cut.

Love the view from your studio window. My way of thinking all windows should have a view even if it's just one potted plant or a windsock blowing in the wind.

Sara - FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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NatChap
True Blue Farmgirl

403 Posts

Natalie
Clarkesville GA
USA
403 Posts

Posted - Nov 11 2020 :  3:06:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jean, I love your metamorphosis through every stage of reinvention! You are so inspiring!

Keep shining!
Natalie

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JeanP
True Blue Farmgirl

405 Posts

Jean
Deary ID
USA
405 Posts

Posted - Nov 11 2020 :  4:47:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
November 11, 2020
Veterans Day today. How many vets in your family? I can list
1. Uncle, US Army, killed in action in WWII
2. Brother, US Air Corps, WWII
3. Ex-husband, US Marine Corps, Korean War
4. Husband, US Navy, Viet Nam
5. Brother in law, US Navy, Viet Nam
6. Brother, US Marine Corps – between conflicts
7. Son, US Navy – between conflicts
8. Nephew, US Marine Corps and US Army, Gulf War
I’m very thankful for these veterans and for those brave men and women who have served or are currently serving to protect our freedom and precious way of life that we are privileged to enjoy. Aren’t you? I received the following from a friend. I wish I knew the man’s name so I could give him credit. But it is definitely good food for thought.
Jean

A man went to the Great Lakes Military Cemetery. He took some pictures while reflecting on what's going on in our country today.
Then he wrote this simple poem:
I don't see any color here,
The headstones look the same,
No black no brown no white skin tone,
There's no one here to blame.
These soldier's fought and died for you,
Their color you can't see,
Your rights are still protected,
Here's the place to take a knee.


"However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at."
. . . .Stephen Hawking
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