Indigo Blue And Farmgirls Too

Have you ever had a hankering for something that really wasn’t all that important, but even so, the flicker of it remained alive on the far back burner in your mind? An antique step-back cupboard is something I’ve wanted for many years! I saved several photos from country magazines. I thought that maybe I might find one someday. The other thing was this: Ultimately, it would have to wear a coat of vivid indigo blue that was so popular in the late 1800s. Then, one day while visiting a friend, there stood a sad old cubby in a corner of his workshop. It was cement gray and held together with plywood. It had no back and was as crooked as a country road. But, in it, I saw a dream come true. (Above)

Above and below: saved pictures of the kind of cubby I longed for. The Camps And Cottages book is one of my favorite decorating books and on the cover is another great blue cupboard. My old cubby needed some repair, which my husband was kind enough to take care of. Initially, he scratched his head in wonderment … wondering why I wanted to save cuch a rickety old relic. Once the old gal was firmed up and ready for paint, I went to work. Now that she is finished, she’ll store my emergency pantry items on the north wall in the porch. I’m just days away from moving all the other furniture in too.

I’ll share the grand unveiling of my porch in the very near future, but I had to give you a preview to tide me over.

On other fronts … remember my injured dove? Well, I set her free shortly after my last post and after she flew to the garden fence, she lingered there for well over an hour. One by one, the other doves at the feeders left. She remained. I began to worry that she was not able to fly strong enough to leave with her friends, but that she could fly good enough to evade re-capture. I turned my anxiety over to He that is greater than my anxiety and right about then, one dove came back and perched on top of the garden shed. It then dropped down beside her (below). Soon they flew up together to a power line … then off they flew and I’m just sure it was her mate! I’m told they mate for life. I know it is a little thing, but I was moved to tears. Seeing dead animals in varying stages of decay along the highway has always bothered me. It was a good feeling to save a probable casualty … even if it is just one little dove.

Then, this … my farmgirl pals & I have not gotten together since our glamping trip in August. Everyone just got busy and, well, months passed. Now that we’re all a little less busy, Anita played hostess. We went out to her place for lunch and a gift exhange. She served homemade chicken & noodles, whole-grain rolls and a relish tray of home canned pickles. Michele and her mother, Barb, told us all about their vacation in the midwest. Michele brought home several antique finds. I need to go and pay her visit so that I can see what all she packed home.

Anita has been busy carding wool. She wants to get plenty of it ready for a winters worth of spinning and knitting. How she loves her sheep. She married into being a shepherdess. Her husband, Jerry, likes sheep better than any other farm animal. There used to be many huge sheep ranches in Wyoming, but the market changed dramatically and that is no longer true.

I love this antique print on their bedroom wall. I don’t know the name of it, but it was a very popular image from the late 1800s.

At home, I’ve only dressed the house up with a few Christmas items … outdoor lights, a wreath and a small tree in the living room. The porch is where I wanted to go all out. The clock is ticking! The large tree is sitting outside. And, as I pen this, I’m recovering from a very bad cold. Yck! So, I need to make peace with what I’m able to do and let it go at that. There is still time for the porch transformation, but I’m eager.

The unveiling of my farmgirl porch has been set back again, but I think it will be ready for my next post after Christmas! Until then, I hope every one of you experiences a little holiday magic and a generous helping of peace. Be ye merry 🙂

  1. Nancy says:

    If only we had time for all the things we want to do! Here’s hoping you’re back up to speed soon!

  2. Terry says:

    Have a peaceful and blessed Christmas my friend!

  3. Marla says:

    Beautiful job!

  4. Joan says:

    Oh what a lovely visit we just had – you always encourage, peak ideas and make life a joy. So happy Dove did so well – you did the right thing, they so amaze me with their closeness. What a wonderful ‘cubby’ – hmmmm IDEA!!! So sorry you had that awful cold – do take care so it doesn’t come back on ya and no matter when you get your porch pic’s out – I know it will be worth the wait. I too have a print like your farm girl friends – it always hung in my childhood bed room – I was told ‘like the sheep dog watching over the sheep – God too will watch over me’. Take care, God Bless, Merry Christmas

  5. cora jo says:

    Sheri, If we didn’t have dreams of those favored things, what would we do with ourselves!? Praying your cold is long gone. Hoping for a peaceful Christmas for you, for me, and for all. Letting the merry gentlemen rest, I am up for the challenge of getting the things done. Our family (grown kids) have agreed to put $ in a hat and send it to a worthy charity…we’ve chosen one that will give chickens (or a goat if we can afford it) to a family around the world somewhere…even in the US. Rest. Enjoy.

  6. Betty Benesi says:

    Ah a kindred spirit who believes in rescuing old furniture and hurt animals, a woman after my own heart. Your porch will still be there. Sometimes we just gotta let it go.
    Be healthy and enjoy the Holiday just as it is! We always want perfection, but it’s really overated. Best wishes!

  7. Debbie says:

    Hi Shery!
    I so enjoyed this lovey dovey post… What a beautiful ending to your rescued dove story.That cupboard of yours is going to be fabulous!!!What a find! I so love it when those back burner dreams jump up and surprise us by coming true when we least expect it and sometimes when it’s most needed to keep us believing! I can’t wait for your porch unveiling… So nice to see you and the girls together… Can I move in? 🙂 🙂 🙂 Everything looks so cozy and homey!!! Get some rest so you can wrap up that nasty cold!
    Lots of love to you and yourn!
    Deb ( your beachy blog sister in the east )

  8. Joni says:

    I loved your post. I am like you when it comes to those old pieces. I am forever picking up pieces and dragging them home to ready up for my country kitchen and house. I am very fortunate to have a real Hoosier Cabinet in my kitchen and it has had a number of uses over the years. It now holds my herbs and herbal teas. So happy for the lovey dovies. We have them too. We also have swallows who come in the spring. I have learned that they come 14,000 miles from Argentina to Arizona to raise a few families each year. This past April they flew in and one of them flew into the rail of the front porch and died. It broke my heart. The one was alone for about a week and then disappeared for a while. But pretty soon came back with a new mate and raised several families. Thanks for such a delightful visit.

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