The Feast Of Trumpets

Curse not the month of bluster and tumbling bonnets, for it takes a blast of many trumpets to loosen winter’s claws of ice. Ancient Jews held a festival in March in which trumpets owned the air. A jubilant chorus of brass marked the end of a season and the beginning of a new one. Indeed, there is something victorious sounding in the blowing of a horn!

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  1. Nicole Christensen says:

    Hi Shery,

    I’m not big on windy days, either. Here in Connecticut, a big wind could mean serious injury from a big snapped tree branch.

    I love the way you displayed your vintage postcard collection – very clever.

    By the way, how is your little dog – the one the deer injured a few posts back?

    Farmgirl Hugs,
    Nicole (Suburban Farmgirl Blogger)


    Hi Nicole! Thank you :o)  My little Dotty is just fine…she has a scar, but the injuray area is now haired over. She’s wised up and decided that barking at the deer is only safe up on the deck. Hugs back at ya.  shery

  2. Nancy says:

    I Love your Featherweight! I have one that looks like it. The Most Wonderful "Romantical" 🙂 gift my sweet husband ever gave me, was finding one at an antique mall while he was driving home from a business trip. It was in the case and looking loved, but in Very Good Condition. He came home, went and bought wrapping paper and a card, and brought it around the corner to surprise me when I got home from work. I had been looking for one for quite a while, and it was an especially Wonderful Treat. I’m with you, sew ahead and back, that’s all I need. Thanks for the post.


    Nancy,  To get such a gift from your husband is soooo sweet and thoughtful. I bet your little heart went bumpitybump instead of pitterpatter :o)  shery

  3. Jan says:

    We also have a WIND problem here in the lovely Spokane Valley (AKA Greenacres). Supposedly has something to do with the currents involved from the Rathdrum prairie sort of east of us. My dad even built walls around the swimming pool area so that that *!*#** wind wouldn’t bother him so much. Long after dad passed and we moved into my folks old home we still comment on the scarey nature of those wind currents. One beautiful summer day, my hubby and I went shopping. I had forgotten to put down my umbrella covering the table in the corner of the HIGH walls out back. We found the umbrella about 150 feet away in my mom’s backyard next door. All this and on a perfectly quiet beautiful summer day! It always makes me laugh to say my dad’s quote: "This wind won’t blow in my whiskers much longer!".

    Love your little sewing machine and your blue box. After you paint and sand, what type of product do use as a glaze and how do you apply it? The ‘glazing’ part of this technique has me a little confused (I’ll just blame it on the WIND..) I read the article that you wrote regarding the couple that repurposed furniture in MJF magazine. Just haven’t used a glaze before…I have two pieces to work on in my sunporch.

    Happy spring!


    Hi Jan, I just used Old English scratch cover to darken the box, rubbed off the excess, let it dry and then prayed it with Deft spray varnish – satin or semi-gloss.  shery

  4. Diann says:

    I laughed out loud with your "fence episode". Not laughin’ at you but with you. I live in a plains area where the wind is pretty consistent. Come March, it kicks up a notch, but all that darn work outside still has to be done. I am reminded of chasing a feed bucket clean across the pasture and trust me I was mighty thankful no one was close to hear what I was saying as I stomped after it! Wonderful spring days to you and yours!

  5. Colleen says:

    I’m with you, Shery. HATE the wind. I live in "Simi Valley", which is a Chumash Indian word for "windy". Yep, hate it.
    Loved the "furry accordian" cat metaphor, sounds about right!
    This "winter" in Southern Cal I’ve had flowers outside my window all season- we haven’t had much of a winter. But I lived in the midwest for 10 years and I sympathize with everyone who is having spring fever right about now.
    Hope your winds let up and the cats can go out!
    Sure enjoy your blog. Thanks so much…

  6. April says:

    Yes, the seed catalogs are worn out and I’ve already got some of the seeds – love Heirloom Seeds. Starting seeds is on my list for this weekend. I’m also working on finishing a playhouse/shade house we started building last year – time to get it painted and finished. Big veggie garden plans this year. My dogs won’t tolerate chicks – my mom raises those! 🙂

  7. Terry says:

    Hey there Shery girl, pull up those big girl panties and blow caution to the wind!! You know I love ya 🙂


    My big girl panties are bigger’n you remember ’em! ;o)   shery

  8. Marcia says:

    Living in mid Florida I envy what you and others are experiencing. Must admit also that the wind we have been having just enhances the "laundry on the line" freshness I love.
    You have whett my desire to search for my basic sewing machine, and perhaps make that quilt from favorite old clothing!
    Thank you

  9. Dolly Sarrio says:

    Hi Sherry,
    I love reading your articles!!! I so love the photos you use also. Like you I don’t like the wind that much either. It chaps my face, makes working outside so much harder than it has to be. Everywhere I live is out in the open just enough to be constantly windy…..

  10. Debbie says:

    Hi Shery!
    Oh, I just love your posts! You always take me someplace I like to be, but, like you I prefer a place minus the wind.
    I remember March being our windy month in Nevada too. Now that I think about it, August and September could be windy as well…Here on the shorelnes, the wind is fierce and feared especially in October during hurricane season. These last few days have been like late spring with record high’s in the 70’s three days in a row…However, I understand its’ about to come to an end..we might be back in the low 40’s by Monday. I HAVE worn out my seed catalogs and purchased the first cut flower seeds for the season. I’ve vacillated between a green house and a hoop house for extending my growing season. But the best part of these last few days is that my Backyard Flower Farm is underway! Two 4×12 raised beds are completed ( only 6 more to go )! I am more than excited about this new farmgirl adventure! My hubby and son were in hysterics’ listening to me babble on about how wonderful it’s going to be while they worked away.
    We share another thing in common. I too am a bit of a technophobe. I don’t want or need most of what is offered today in the world of electronics and I adore your sewing machine. What could be better than that? Sorry about that bump on your head… the best thing to do on a day like that is try again tomorrow! Some days it’s just not worth it to force the issue what ever it is! LOL
    Love ya sister! Hold on to your hat ( visor )
    xo Deb

    Thanks D-Boz! Can’t wait to see your garden project later on when you have plants coming up. I opted out of the Govt greenhouse option as it is a hoop-house and I had severe doubts as to the wind-hardiness of it.   shery

  11. Lacey says:

    Hey Shery!! Another amazing write up, I totally feel your pain when it comes to WIND, I live in Saskatchewan, Canada where the weather changes every time you blink!! This past Monday we had a huge storm with freezing rain and up to 90km/Hr wind, Tuesday and Wednesday were well above 0 degrees and this morning the snow started and it has been for about 12 hours now!! Calving is proving to be a bit of a challenge as well, today we lost a set of twins because the mama took off to a far corner of the pasture and with a white out blizzard we didn’t know she was there, when we found her it was too late 🙁 Not sure when you guys calve there but GOOD LUCK with it!! :). P.S Glad to hear your little pup is doing better!! Lacey


    Hi Lacey, Awww, sorry about your losses. I hate that and we, too, have had spring squalls that take a toll in that regard. I loathe the waiting game you play until you can go out and see if there is any damage control you can do…or just cound the losses :o( We don’t start calving until mid-April. The weather can still pose a threat, but you don’t get the long-term frigid temps. We don’t have barns at the ranch, so we HAVE to work with nature. There is no real profit in pushing time. Thanks for the well wishes…right back at ya girl.  shery

  12. Nancy says:

    Sometimes I think the wind is Mother Nature’s Puck–tweaking us humans who try to outwit her with gardens and fences and outdoor things. During the summer, though, it is Mother Nature’s balm, taking the sting out of the summer sun.

    I love your sewing machine! It’s just occurred to me that I have a collection of old machines. Hmm.

    Thank you for such a great start to my day!

    Hang on to your hat!


  13. Suse says:

    I am still sewing on the sewing machine my father gave my mother as a wedding present back in 1954! Several years back my husband got me a brand-new machine with stitches galore, but the time-tested Singer 301A is my machine for anything from upholstery to mending, to quilting and clothing construction.

    Always enjoy a visit to your corner of paradise out West. As a transplanted Indiana farm girl here in New Jersey who grew up with a horse and cows, I look forward to all of your posts and pictures of life out on the range. Thank you for sharing and I only wish I was a little closer to Wyoming so I could stop by and swap howdys with you!


  14. cora jo says:

    Shery, you reminded me I have my Mom’s Feather Weight. Nice machine. Also have and use a treadle. Ok, also have a plane White and a fancy Janome…hmmm Well, I do sew a lot. My fav is the treadle. Go figure.
    Spring sprung too early here and now is soooo cold. Daffodils were fooled. Hope the apple trees make it to apples in the fall. But, the seasons changing is a major reason we live here in the north, right?

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Pitter-Patter Potpourri

Greetings farmgirls! Spring hasn’t sprung in our part of the country yet and I have a raging case of spring fever (an annual occurrence). I have pansies on the brain … among other things. This time of year, I always wonder if perhaps the greenhouses have any in stock yet. I should know better by now, but that doesn’t stop feverish visions. I’m afflicted with both spring fever and cabin fever, so, I’ve been trying to maintain a good mindset by doing a variety of indoor things. If you’re a feverish farmgirl too, c’mon in, have a spot of tea & sit a spell.

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  1. cora jo ciampi says:

    Shery, Yes, the re-do is an on-going, eternal (so it feels) project. We laid a "tile" (read that peel and stick) floor in the kitchen. Looks great. After reading comments left by other sisters last blog, I realize one of us needs to write a book about transforming trailers. Hmmm! Since we got snow here in the White Mountains of New Hampshire last night, I too am ever so ready for Spring. I saw my Daffodils were attempting to stick there little noses out of the dirt and I begged them to wait! sigh. Life is good, none the less. enjoy!

  2. Hyacinths are in bloom here in Tennessee so I’ll take a nice whiff for you! they are the best. I always love your posts, keep up the great work!


    Thanks Denise! Just knowing that SOMEone is enjoying hyacinths makes me feel closer to spring.  Shery

  3. Carol says:

    What a great blog today! I absolutely love the baby shoe pincushions! Oh my, I can’t wait to see the other versions!
    Your new quilts are lovely – plain and simple! You find great things and have wonderful taste. I thoroughly enjoyed everything you talked about today. I, too, cannot wait to finally see some color. Spring, in Pennsylvania, is right around the corner, I think. This morning I saw our neighbors daffodils and they are blooming! Yippie!

  4. Nancy says:

    Whew! Decorating can be both tiring and invigorating! What a great find in your quilt!

    It’s greening up here in Tennessee with a few tiny blossoms on the blueberries. I hope you see a little color soon!


  5. Oh Shery,
    I too find my self gravitating to warm sunny spots (like your hens do, lol!) and to bold colors,,, I am sooo over ‘white’ everywhere I look or go! Not to mention Cold!
    I grow violets in my home because they bloom for me even in the dead of Winter…. I bring in potted geraniums & azaleas for the Winter, and mine have been blooming for the past 3 weeks! :>)
    Hang in there, have fun & keep us informed as to the goings on at the Jespersen Ranchero ( & your wee trailer too!).

  6. Debbie says:

    Howdy Shery!
    I can tell by your post, you are in a fever alright…Spring is a time of awakening and I’d say you are bright eyed and bushy tailed! You are so talented with your sewing projects! Looking at all you do with needle and thread, ( and baby shoes ) makes me yearn for the hum of my machine purring along… but like you, so many other things are calling me right now! I just love your new/old quilts for decorating your newly designed spaces. Bright, cheery colors sure to ease next winters blahs! Your swan story brought a tear to my eye. You had patience and you found " the one "! Yay! You asked if there was something I had been yearning for that has found me. I’d say my china cabinet is right up there. But, there’s still something I pine away for! My very own HORSE! Someday!!!:) As always, I so enjoy your words, images and the way you live from your heart and so easily share it with us.
    Much love,
    Your Beachy Sister in the East!

    Some people are gifted with saying the nicest things…and you’re one of ’em. I’ll help you hold on to the dream of having your own hayburner. I know what it is to wait for that specific dream too. I began riding at age 3 and from then on I was in the saddle more than not until I was about 13. We moved due to Dad’s career and for many years afterward I waited … through my teen years and then the years of being a young adult unable to afford owning a horse. Eventually, the good Lord worked with the winds of change in my life and finally He was in a position to answer a threadbare heart-prayer. He does work in mysterious ways and bringing ‘the desires of your heart’ to fruition pleases Him. If it were not so, He wouldn’t have said so in His word. Hang on to your heart-prayer with both reins :o) Be assured, He hears. Love you my too far away kindred spirit farmgirl pal.   Shery

  7. Deb Esposito says:

    I too have been on the hunt for some pansies to sit on the windowsill and just smile! I guess we’ll have to wait a few more weeks 🙁

  8. bonnie ellis says:

    Minnesota is having record warm weather (for winter). For St. Patrick’s Day they are predicting 60’s and 70s. Say Happy Birthday to your friend. Our 50th wedding anniversary is that day too. Everyone can celebrate with us. Green is the color of spring and I too am really needing it to be here. Easter colors are my favorites and that comes so early this year. To us 40 is warm and we can’t wait to be outside. Warm weather is coming soon. I don’t know if I can wait! Love your blogs sister farmgirl.

  9. Jan says:

    Hi Sheri, What a great find you got with your quilts, they are really pretty! Are you going to hang them for decoration? Your babyshoe pinkeeps are adorable, you are sooo talented with your sewing!! You have a great eye for color and fabrics and putting things together!! I love the picture of your Ribbon, she is beautiful!! My golden boy isn’t very golden right now, he has been enjoying rolling in the mud!! The swan is very pretty, so glad that you were able to find just what you had been wanting. Well worth the wait. Sounds like your remodeling is coming along nicely, love that you chose barn red for your porch. That is one of my favorite colors too. Well, the crocus & hyacinths are blooming here in KS and my daffodils are up and getting nice big buds on them. With the warmer temps, hopefully they will bloom this next week. Yay! I am decorated for St Patty’s Day, all in Kelly Green – love that rich green color. I do have something on my bucket list that has been there for a long time and that is to have a few chickens….hopefuly someday. 🙂 Happy Spring to you Shery


    Jan,  Thank you so much for the friendly feedback :o) Yes, the red patchwork quilt is hanging my hallway where the sun cannot reach it. I’m shamrock green with envy that your spring flowers are springing. Everything here is still fast asleep with no real thaw yet. I’ll help you hold onto your dream having some hens and fresh eggs to gather. I do love them so.   shery

  10. Jan says:

    Thank you! Thank you! I have always been saddened when I run across little worn baby shoes at estate sales. Now I know that I can re-purpose them and they will have a loving home. My mom saved my brother’s ‘PF CANBUS’ (that was what he called them – so cute – also know as PF Fliers canvas)shoes and also a couple of pairs of my baby slippers. Now I just have to do something with them!
    My hubby just brought home a darling Singer sewing machine and it’s frame from a junk pile on a job site. He is making me a table for our dutch oven cooking (when you do it outside with charcoal )out of the frame. The sewing machine has the most wonderful green and orange patterns. I will be using it in my sun room as part of my green accents, perhaps. Sometimes I just can’t believe what people throw away!!!

    I feel so blessed that I have came in contact with all of the MaryJane gang and their abilities to creatively re-purpose and re-use older treasures. Can’t wait for your pics of the finished projects!


    Jan, what a lucky goil you are. One woman’s junk is another woman’s treasure!  shery

  11. Terry Harp says:

    I so enjoy your posts. Your ideas inspire me and I just love your down to earth attitude. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us each month.

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