Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Last Roses of Summer

As I look out my kitchen window, I can see this beautiful rose bush that has been faithfully blooming for many years.  What comes to mind is the poem by the Irish poet, Thomas Moore...The Last Rose of Summer. But, I much prefer to hear Tom Waits, with his scratchy sounding voice, sing his lyrics, The Last Rose of Summer. Unlike the sadness I hear in both the poem and the song, I know my roses will come back next year to decorate the view in my kitchen window.

The night temperatures have been steadily dropping over the past few weeks. Soon, all that will be left of the roses is this photo I've taken.  It is a reminder that spring will come again and my rose bush will take on another year of blooming.

Until next time,
Meggie Mac

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mug Rug for Santa

Am I the last craft person on earth to learn about Mug Rugs? I was flipping through my latest crafting magazine when I saw a project on them.  What a clever idea and the perfect gift to make for my family as a Christmas gift.

Check out my page, Crafts and More. I have posted my first craft/sewing project, showing my idea of a mug rug.

I guess you could call the mug rug a "hybrid"... a cross between a place mat and a coaster.

Meggie Mac

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Windmill

If you have been following me from my humble beginning of two weeks ago, you can see I'm writing a hodgepodge of my life. When I first woke up this morning, I thought I had "zip" for today's posting. But, as the day lite inched it's way into my bedroom, I turned to face the window. There she was, the windmill.  My inspiration for today!
During the summer months the trees block a complete view of the top of the windmill. But this morning, the cooler weather has taken most of the foliage from the tree. And, there it was. Standing proudly as she has for many years.
Looking at the windmill in the early morning lite, reminded me of one of the reasons I chose this old farmhouse. Part of me fell in love with the site of her, holding on to be rescued.

On the priority list, the windmill has always been on the bottom. But, in order to save her, there have been several occasions where help was needed to keep it from falling down.

Stephen, the local carpenter/handyman is doing the job I wouldn't dare attempt myself.

Yes, it probably would have been cheaper to take her down and erect a shiny new one.
There is no doubt about wouldn't be the same!

Meggie Mac

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Rain Drops Falling On My Head

Raindrops on my tin roof woke me up this morning.  It was a glorious sound to hear since we have been suffering from a severe drought most of the year.  The summer fires came within a few miles of my place. Many homes and forest land were destroyed this year.  The local farmers and ranchers have been hit hard. I don't believe anyone was able to bring a crop this year. And there was very little grass for the animals to eat.

But what I'm thinking about today is the rain on my roof top and dreams of the spring garden. Hope is everywhere, you just need to open your eyes and heart to it.

Meggie Mac

Friday, November 25, 2011

Sleepy Kitty

Laying low the day after Thanksgiving?..... looks like Lionel has the right idea.

 Today I'm working on my first craft project to be published in a couple of days.

The blog has now been up and running for 10 days.  If you like what you see, please sign on and let your friends know.
Meggie on the Prairie

Until next time
Meggie Mac

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving....this is a day to sit back and be mindful of all our blessings, while enjoying family and friends.

Meggie Mac

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Farmhouse

Hello everyone....please check out the page on The FarmhouseThis will give you some idea of where I started my life in the country.  There were no big contracting companies to help me start my blueprints to go by.  Only hiring local help as money allowed.  It was a strictly pay as you go project.

Meggie Mac

Monday, November 21, 2011

Country Cats

When you live in the country there is no need to go to the pet store to purchase a kitten. At least not in my part of the world.  There always seem to be an abundance of kittens arriving mysteriously at your back door.

Let me introduce you to my cats at the farm. They are Lionel the Tabby, Scooter the Black, and Smoky the Gray.  And, yes, they did arrive as a surprise gift.

I heard their cries before I actually found these tiny kittens.They have been living with me for over 9 years as barn cats.

Today is the day I need to entice them in a pet carrier for their annual trip to the vet.

Wish me luck!
Meggie Mac

Friday, November 18, 2011

Short Days

Are you as surprised as I am when the days become short and it is dark before dinner time? I seem to have the same conversation each year with my friends by saying, "Can you believe how early it gets dark these days?"

The good news about short days is that Christmas is just around the corner!

Meggie Mac

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Under Construction

This is my very first post on my new blog.  I hope you will be watching as it grows in the coming weeks. I'm interested in so many subjects and crafts, that it will probably change from time to time.

The plans are to have a craft project every other week, showing the directions and a completed project. There will also be a store front if you choose to purchase a completed craft item.

 Living in the country in a 90 year old house can be a challenge. Through humor and photos I hope to show you the rewards country living embodies.

My Scottish heritage will be a continuing saga to enjoy as I discover my grandfathers dating back to the 1700's. There will be plenty of photos as I put on the tartan of my clan and participate in many of the USA Scottish Festivals beginning in the Spring of 2012.

Until next time,
Meggie Mac
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