Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
So here are some photos of our dining room table. It is an ~ 8 ft X 4 ft section of a bowling alley lane that we purchased from Buffalo ReUse (aka the ReSource). This store was recently featured on ABC's Extreme Home Makeover that took place in Buffalo. The store is amazing as they take parts of old houses, etc and re-sell/recycle them so that the don't end up in the landfill and in doing so they are preserving history! We are not talking junk here folks, they have some serious pieces there, and a warehouse full of treasure just waiting to be part of your home. It's true, they don't make things like they used to. Go there, you will find that out first hand.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Thanks to my brother Todd for designing this incredibly cool, very "boy-scoutian" patch for the farm! I like the idea of having multiple looks for the "image" of the farm. Much like some of my favorite bands have a design concept for each album or concert poster and take great, thoughtful care in each and every element of the design. While each look is different from the next the common thread is the band, in this case it is the farm. This would look really nice on a winter hat or flag. I have often thought about putting a flag pole on the property with the American flag, the main farm logo flag, this as another and the family coat of arms which Todd also designed.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Traveler and I just got back from a walk around the property...there he is over my right shoulder.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
I wrote this in 2001...they do come true.
i dream of horses,
of waking up early, for them.
the smell of their heat
as only the morning would allow.
and a cool shot of the barn light during the snow...
I have to say that I haven't been enjoying winter all that much for the past few years. Apparently winter isn't as much fun when adulthood sets in. While as a kid snow used to mean forts, street hockey, snow days, etc; snow now means snowblowing, driving to work when others have snow days and more snowblowing...and yes getting stuck here and there occasionally. No one prepares you for this that's for sure.
I wrote this in 2002...it is quite appropriate for the snow that has quietly been falling for the past week with temps hanging out in the single digits.
#88 model for winter
this storm has no memory,
it goes on without purpose,
as though it forgot why it started in the first place.
it is total.
“it was evening all afternoon,”
for a whole week straight.
this is the second half of another poem that i wrote a long time ago, also very appropriate: it's named quiet enough to hear.
...the snow, again fell so effortlessly.
at that moment everything was paused, frozen in more ways than one, yes, paused.
snowfall brings with it silence, a silence like no other.
nothing moves at times like this.
summer nights have a rhythm to them,
winter nights are a deep breath in no hurry to exhale.
the jets overhead arc out of earshot and silence returns.
quietly the world sleeps as nature wills itself on,
all the while i stand quietly so as not to disturb.
i remember winter nights like this when i was a kid,
outside building snow forts with dad and todd, mom inside with warmth, waiting.
the ubiquity and beauty of snow is as always,
quiet enough to hear.
for the listener, who listens in the snow,
and, nothing himself, beholds
nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.
-an excerpt from the snowman by wallace stevens