Ever since I discovered MaryJanesFarm a few years back I am much more in tune with the things that make me tick and those that tickle my fancy too! The best part about being “a farmgirl at heart “is knowing I’m not alone in my ‘ farmgirly-ness’. Whether I’m working on a project at home, out in the garden or off on a road trip, my farmgirl spirit is always with me. I can count on it every time to add an extra dose of surprise and romance to everything I do. Just the other day I went shopping for pumpkins, mums and gourds and ended up falling head over heels in love with a…
Well, you’ll just have to come in for the full story cuz…

 Our local Sheriff’s department has an amazing horticultural program. Every fall the inmates grow and sell the most beautiful mums, pumpkins and gourds alongside hay bales and cornstalks. As I pulled into the parking lot a sea of mums and pumpkins ripe for the pick’n came into view. I couldn’t wait to get inside.

I grabbed a cart and made a B – line for the dollar table covered in Mums.

They had some beauties!

There was an amazing variety of gourds to choose from.

And cornstalks galore!

Love these ornamental red chili pepper plants!

With a cart-full of fall beauty I set out to get a closer look at the greenhouses and make my way through the farmyard.

As you can see by these sunny images it was a beautiful, crisp, 57 degree fall day but something was nagging at me the whole time I was shopping. It was all I could do not to rush through picking out my mums because what you can’t hear in these photos are the sweet calls of my new love…

Before I introduce you, let me back up a bit. I grew up around Mary’s (and Marvin’s’ too) Lots and lots of them. I had forty years of seeing Mary’s every day of my life. Not in a hands on way like many farmgirls but they were always there in the distance. The suburban sprawl that swept through northern Nevada in the early 80’s changed things for me and the cows. Prior to that time, a day didn’t go by where you couldn’t drive past a field, pasture or BLM ( Bureau of Land Management ) land and see cows happily grazing.

Just for the BEACH farmgirl record, you don’t see a whole lot of anything on four legs grazing in the wide- open along the south coast of New England. Seagulls, yes! Cows, no!

So, when I heard Mary mooing off in the distance my heart melted on the spot! I was a goner! My mind went rushing back to the fields of cows I used to pass on my way to and from home in the first chapter of my life as a western farmgirl. I’d roll down the windows and shout out HI COWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But with each new housing development, golf course and shopping center the cows either disappeared altogether or were moved to land that was no longer visible from the local roads or highways. That’s progress I guess, but I sure missed seeing them.
 Back to New England! I had to wind my way around a few corrals before I finally came eye to eye with sweet Mary the Moo Cow.

I stopped in on the sheep just after they ate lunch. This one was hoping for a cookie or a carrot.

I think this one knew better!

looked like she might attack me if I came to close. Hi Rosieeeeeeeeee.

Bye Rosieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

The mini horses were adorable.

And fiesty too!

Sniff, sniff…

The goats were darling.

And curious!

As cute as all the farmyard animals were, none of them compared to my Mary once I finally found her!

Her big brown eyes, soft brown fur and big floppy years had me swooning from the minute I laid eyes on her.

She sees me!

She’s checkin’ me out…

She LOVES me!!! I bet we can finish each other’s thoughts!

Thanks so much for joining me today sisters! Remember to bring your farmgirl spirit where ever you go. It will make an ordinary day into something magical every time! IT’S A FARMGIRL THING!

Now it’s your turn!

Finish this thought in the comments section below!

Off Road

Until our next shoreline visit~



Deb #1199

* The image above was taken near Pyramid Lake In Nevada where I hope cows still roam out in the wide open. That little red number was my BK car ( before kids )! My next convertible will be a HORSE!

  1. If you could drive a tractor before you could drive a car.

    Good one Nicole! 🙂

  2. Diane Van Horn says:

    You have "days of the week" aprons instead of undies!

  3. carol says:

    you might be a farmgirl if

    —expanse, seeing the sky kiss the ground
    —the vibrant colors of earth and sky and…well, of anything that grows
    —textures…. and smells…the dry,cutting roughness of musty hay bails or corn stalks; the silky coat of a cow that carries the scent of "country"; the smooth skin of a veggie that "reeks of just-picked freshness"….
    —creatures–large and small living in their corner of the world, fulfilling the reason they were created
    –hand-made, seeing the beauty of anything that was touched and handled, designed and formed as an expression of an individual’s unique personality

  4. Debbie says:

    This is the best post I’ve read in a long time….lol. I, too, love cows. Once, several years ago at our local fair, I fell in love with a little jersey cow and apparently she loved me too. Unbeknownst to me, she wasn’t secured to her stall and when I walked away from her she followed me through the crowd. So, there I was tooling along through the people and there was this adorable cow following along like a puppy…lol. If I could’ve I’d have brought her home with me.


    Coastal farmgirl

  5. Adrienne says:

    If you live in the city and the farm comes to you with 18 city-wide farmers markets a week supplied by farmers who grow their crops and create their wares within 50 miles.

  6. CJ Armstrong says:

    You might be (I know I am!) a farmgirl when:
    – one of your favorite scents is freshly turned DIRT!
    – doing gardening barefoot just makes you giddy!
    – the slobbery smooch of a calf or lamb makes you smile!
    – getting pure joy out of the donkey running to the fence to greet you!
    – receiving "butterfly kisses" from your llama, Rocky, is just the best greeting ever!
    – the down right hard work of farming and gardening gives you such peace and satisfaction at the end of the day when you can finally sit down and rejoice in the day’s accomplishments!
    I could go on and on because that is the life I have always known . . .ALWAYS! I’m grateful for the heritage and the life my parents provided us as "farm kids"! GRATEFUL to the tips of my barefoot farmgirl toes and the bottom of my farmgirl heart!
    Thanks Debbie!

  7. Brenda says:

    You might be a Farmgirl if seeing your hens come out of the run wings flapping heading straight for you and it makes you smile, laugh and cry almost at the same time. My grandfather was a dairy farmer. I spent a lot of time when I was a young child walking around some really docile "Marys", but one of them was my Auntie. Thanks for the stroll through the barn yard!

  8. Jan says:

    … the smell of cows chewing their cud and horse manure put a BIG smile on your face and make you have a warm and fuzzy feeling in the pit of your stomach…
    FWI: They are delivering my 1965 Ideal travel trailer tomorrow! Just had to share this with you and the lovely MJFarm crowd. Only this group could appreciate my excitement!! WOOHOO…This gives me the winter to put her in order and get lots of ideas for decorating. Also, to figure what to buy to pull it with…Which came first, the trailer or the truck???

  9. Mary Pitman says:

    awwwwww all of these are farmgirl things. Lovin’ it here in Oklahoma!! fall is best season, all the gorgeous colors!!!! and doe deer with their babies feeding in our front yard!!

  10. Cori says:

    if you feel a kinship with all the other farm girls out there no matter where you each live!

  11. Linda says:

    I love cows too! I told my granddaughter that whenever you drive past a pasture of cows you have to open the car window and yell "mooooooo." My husband thinks I’m nuts but we laugh and laugh and have a great time.

  12. Shery says:

    Hi D-Boz! I sure enjoyed the autumn tour in your neck of the woods. Fall is the most delicious time of year . All the work of the summer is over, the harvest goodies are everywhere and I LIKE hunting up my jacket. Thank you for taking me along for the day.

  13. MaryJane says:

    … if you walk into a barnyard and realize you’ve discovered long lost kin … dred souls. Who doesn’t love a cow’s eyes! I always want to kiss a cow when I see one. Does that qualify as an if?

    Hi MJ!

    You bet it qualifies! Since I don’t have a cow except for " Mary" will you kiss yours for me?

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