This old window was installed on the east side of our old house in the attic where it was really not appreciated. When we razed the house about 4 years ago, it was one of many items we saved. Just now getting around to cleaning it up and bringing back to former glory.
Daughter, Jessica, is always thinking of nice things to give others. She brought home from Vietnam Simple Coffee Co, a couple sacks of delicious coffees grown and roasted in Son La, Vietnam. She has since recently returned to Vietnam (quite the adventure in that – taking 52 hours and now in isolation!), so i’m enjoying the Forest flavor all by myself. We shared Sunrise earlier in her visit. Okay, now i’m going to cry because i miss her still. 😦 She’s been doing this international schools teaching since straight out of uni – you’d think i’d get used to her being gone.
Simple Coffee Hanoi
Số 87 ngõ 50/59, Đặng Thai Mai,
Quảng An, Tây Hồ
Hà Nội, Vietnam 10000
Excellent roast. My first cup was a bit of a surprise at how dark and strong Tanzanian Peaberry was. After that, i adjusted the amount of beans i use for just the right enjoyment. Although the description uses aromatic notes such as Sweet Brown Sugar, Black Tea, Anise, my first sniff reminded me of campfire cooking. Salter Bros Coffee Roasters roast the beans you order AFTER you order. Super fresh.
So, i didn’t find any buyers for the old farm machinery i found on one of my farms last fall, so i put it on display! Crazy, i know, but it’s either that, or they go to scrap iron for 4 cents a pound.
The two smaller pieces were fairly simple to wrangle into place, but the riding one bottom plough required the use of tractor and front end loader to lift into place. Son, Dallas, took care of that. He also was the muscle behind getting the shaft on the big wheel rotated so that it would set level. I applied liberal amounts of rust buster stuff as well as loosened the rust around the opening with maul and punch. Thankfully, the set screw came loose easily. Using an old wagon jack, i lifted the low side up, then we started with the big pipe wrench, then as the shaft moved closer into place, i switched to a smaller wrench and a cheater bar. Like i said, Dallas put all the grunt into the actual move.
There is one more piece i plan to move into my antique garden – maybe i’ll have time next week.
Life on the Farm!
Sometimes life can be really depressing, especially at the end of a long, cold winter and everyone is exhausted, but then just little things can really brighten your day! Last summer, we razed our old house, but before doing so, we wanted to save the old rose bush that had been sheltered in a southeast facing corner for perhaps 60 years or maybe more! A long time ago, a visitor suggested that it was called a ‘seven sisters rose‘ so-named because of the way the blossoms cluster in sevens.
So, we moved it. I had called Mendenhall’s Florists & Nursery in Brookfield, MO for advice and found out that it would be nearly impossible to move it in the middle of the summer and have it survive, but we had no choice.
Last summer, we took down the old horse barn behind our house and salvaged as much lumber as possible. Built in 1899, it had far outlived its usefulness and had become, not only an eyesore, but unsafe as well. Jeff McCotter used some of the planks and timbers to build a stunning platform bed, as well as, these beautiful picture frames. I finally got around to taking some old glass to Hometown Hardware and having glass cut for them, then i finally ordered and received the frame turn buttons to hold the photos in and the hangers, then finally cut foam board pieces for backing. Then FINALLY, this morning, assembled the whole affair. If you had frames made like i did, would you want them to come back with glass, backing, turn buttons and hanger already installed? or would you prefer gathering the materials and doing those parts yourself?
My dear friend Ivis from Bolivia introduced me to Yerba Maté several years ago and I’ve been hooked on it since. Described as ““strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate” all in one non-alcoholic beverage.
Be culturally in vogue with a gourd and bombilla to properly enjoy your maté,
Yerba Mate contains caffeine, so check out possible drug interactions and side effects.
Cultivation (from Wikipedia). The Yerba mate plant is grown and processed in South America, specifically in northern Argentina (Corrientes,Misiones), Paraguay, Uruguay and southern Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Paraná and Mato Grosso do Sul). Cultivators are known as yerbateros (Spanish) orervateiros (Brazilian Portuguese).