There will not be a Meadowview Farm Barn Sale in 2014.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

pink it is

Today marks the start of October, certainly one of the sweetest months I know.

And today marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  With some
authority I share the importance of early out of eight women will be 
diagnosed with breast cancer ~ that is the reality.  But the reality is that the prognosis 
can be very good.  I placed my faith in my medical team and let them do what they needed.
A lumpectomy followed by 35 rounds of radiation ~ "sure".  No clear margins, so a second
lumpectomy ~ "do it".  Still no clear margins, so a mastectomy with lymph node removal
 ~ "let's get this done".  It wasn't bravery or courage....for me it was survival.  Period.
I had things to do.
And I was fortunate, my lymph nodes were clear, it had not traveled...
so no radiation needed, no chemo required.

On October 17th I will mark one year cancer free.

Now please do not get me wrong....there are realities that come with any medical
procedure.  I wish I would have known some of those things.  Regaining arm motion
after a mastectomy is work.  When your lymph nodes are removed, funky stuff
happens to nerves, and forever more that arm is off limits for any pokes.  Fatigue 
rocks you to the core.  Deciding to go through reconstruction, wear a prosthesis, or
just be ~ are all decisions that impact every day.  Practical things are not so easy.
And no one told me the implications this would have on something like life insurance...
I am now a risk to any underwriter ~ they won't bet on my life.  Thank goodness for
safeguarded health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.  No matter your political
persuasion, everyone should have enough heart to agree that denial of health insurance
based upon a preexisting condition is inhumane.  

I have learned more than I ever thought I would along this pink winding road.
My admiration to those women who bear a double mastectomy runs deep.  I cannot even
begin to imagine how so many women travel from surgery to recovery to chemotherapy.  
How they walk through that valley ~~ heroic!  But we all do what we need to, that is life.
And no one really wins or loses any battle in breast cancer....we all survive, moment by moment.

Today marks the start of October, certainly one of the sweetest months I know.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

morning has broken

The song is best song by Cat...
He said he sang it remembering how his mom "lullabied him".
Night to morning...morning to night.

Today I waited for her to arrive.  Sitting on my deck with a coffee in hand.
Warm robe & patience that comes with time.  I waited.
She is loyal.

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Just a little reminder...there will not be a
Meadowview Farm Barn Sale this year.  We will miss setting up &
then seeing so many folks we now consider friends arrive and
fill our driveway & hayloft.

For the why, click HERE

          We thank everyone for their continued support!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

blackbird singing

My newest collection....vintage Pie Birds ~ black crows
to be specific!  These guys usually "nest" in my laundry room,
but for autumn they will be found in my kitchen!

I truly love everything about them!  Raised head in song!

            "Blackbird singing in the dead of night

            Take these broken wings and learn to fly
                                 All your life
         You were only waiting for this moment to arise."

Saturday, September 13, 2014

there be apples

Our small orchard has provided plenty of apples this year.
Our goats get their share, and we certainly enjoy at least 
an apple a day!  Dave even made one of his pies last night!

And there is plenty to share!  We take several wheelbarrows full to the 
road edge almost daily.  Folks stop by with empty bags & bins.
Off our apples go to be appreciated by others.

Apple time has indeed arrived at Meadowview Farm!  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

feels like change is coming

                     A collection of butter pats!

Chilly winds have knocked apple after apple from our trees....
we will have wheelbarrows to fill!  Summer warmth seems to 
be changing over to autumn ~ greens, browns & oranges have
found their way inside....soon pumpkins will populate the 
farmyard too!

I count the days to my new job...Monday it is.

Change is arriving at Meadowview Farm.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

return to Autumn

September brings with it structure.
School buses in the morning, apple picking
after work ~ time to begin squirreling away
harvest for the months ahead.  I like the 
routine, but also mourn the loss of morning &
evening light.  Autumn waits just around the 
corner, with a blaze orange jacket and plaid cap.
Like a sure friend ~ loyal & awaited.

Welcome home September!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

September on my mind

Autumn has arrived at the
Hixton Schoolhouse Antique Mall....
Dealer "SPY"!

All the mall information to the
right under "Chapters"!

Friday, August 29, 2014

good morning!

You just can't plan this...sweet sweet
morning glories self seed & return each 
year at our flag pole base. Here they
hug a rabbit statuary & a birdbath.

I do adore nature's surprises.

Have a great l o n g weekend!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

just be

My mantra for today, for this week, for this year:

"Just be."

Thursday, August 21, 2014

sun flower time

they grow & grow & grow & grow

~ ~ ~  then Bloom ~ ~ ~

           Such happy flowers!

Monday, August 18, 2014

my news

This vignette is very representational of me, Kari.
The smaller vintage sketch is of an apple tree...
my ode to our beloved farm and orchard.
The larger sketch is by Carl Larsson...
who lived about the time our farm was born ~ it is
a picture of a young woman, her back to us, holding a wreath. 
The mirror to the right is from my childhood home, 
passed down from my grandma.  

As you may know, I am contemplative, a bit vintage.  
I am also passionate about advocating 
for children & families ~ that is the teacher in me.  

My Ian recently shared what he believes
to be my foible, he shared that "I care too much".  
And I suppose I do.

I believe a life lived with compassion & passion, is a life well lived.
My news is not about antiques, our farm, barn sales or kittens & goats.  
That is all a part of who I am, as is my work life...which I tend to 
not write about here.  What I do know is that I must be passionate about 
my work, and I have always been fortunate to have just those kind of jobs.

So, my news is that I am taking on a new challenge...
one that fills me with great pride.  I have accepted the position 
of Executive Director of the Family Resource Center of Eau Claire 
& Dunn Counties.  This wonderful agency grew from a community 
vision about 15 years ago to provide multi faceted support to families.
From Playgroups to support to teen parents to support for incarcerated families 
to trainings, etc....if there is a way we can support positive parent/guardian and child
interactions, we are there.

This is my news, and I am feeling very lucky.  It is time for a change!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

waiting, hoping....

~~ potential change is looming~~

Hope to share some very good news soon...

Until then, enjoy my August Rose in the stair rails!

Friday, August 8, 2014


Of course I needed I threw some seeds in an old water trough,
and the blossoms have arrived!  I am anxious to see how this raised garden works!
I figure I may have to provide some support as the pumpkins get bigger.  Love a 
little horticulture experiment!  And, love the prospect of pumpkins!

        Almost pumpkin time!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

filling in

My favorite local nursery has now reduced hours and
diminished plant stock.  All the same, I recently was 
there on a mission to find some hardy fillers for my planters.

I start each spring with my beloved pansies & violas...which
tend to hang in there, but with certain disdain for hot days.  
They begin to straggle over the edges & yellow....blooming 
with their little faces all the while.  So I grab whatever 
annual looks like it will take my planters into fall.  Sedge is
my new favorite...a tall brown grass with curly tops.  Lettuce
in a deep burgundy will will Asparagus Fern.

I dig them in around the yellow violas.  Smooshing in
some Thyme for good measure.  This vintage metal 
ice cream chair was missing a enamelware
pan (with several rusted holes for drainage) is perfect.

Tucked a bunny in with the plantings....why of course!

It does make me a tad sad when the summer plantings begin
to round the bend on their way to Autumn~~ but I do so
love that season, too!

How are your gardens?  Do you fill in too?

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