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another day on the ridge

Another day on the ridge and we are making progress. The first order of business was to do some house repairs and paint. Second, get moved in. Third, start winterizing. We attempted to time everything in a way that we were not moving in the dead of summer, but still have enough time to winterize before the snow flies. I love winter and snow….I can do without the ice….but I guess we take the good with the bad. Most think I’m nuts for loving the snow like I do. I think because I grew up in Florida and had excruciating summers and no winters may be some of the reason I love the snow. Either way, I want to be ready. I’m secretly hoping for a snow that keeps us from leaving the ridge…fully prepared for it, of course.

The house from first sight was the perfect one for us. It contained everything on our list of wants. We had looked at several houses, but this one felt like home! It was horrible waiting for a yay or nay on our offer….then waiting for closing. I’m patient, but…..oh I couldn’t wait to get here!

I began picking out colors for the walls, carpet for the floors, new decorating ideas as well as sift through what I had and deciding what I was done with. Wow, what a process. All the colors I had picked out changed when I went to purchase the paint. I knew what I wanted, but something else in my mind was trying to decorate differently. Glad the real me stepped in or I would have been in an elegant, fancy, expensive farmhouse that no one could relax in. What we ended with is totally us all the way down to the camo living room.



We are technically on a farm…we have 15 acres, 2 barnes, and the house, but no animals. We are surrounded by trees and nature. My son’s wish; to build a dirt bike track to ride and play on. My husband’s wish; hunting, peace and quiet, bird and deer watching and feeding. All great ideas. I just wanted a place of my own, a beautiful place to call home. I was never ready to settle down some where in particular, I had plans to go beyond where I was.


After traveling with work for a period of time, I was ready to settle down and call somewhere home permanently. Out of the places we had been and spent time, southern Ohio was going to be our final destination. So, here we are…found a beautiful farmhouse up on a ridge hidden behind trees right next to a state forest in southern Ohio. We worked on the house prior to moving during which time we stayed at Terri Mae’s. The old house was 5 hours away in Indiana so this was a big move for us. Our things sat in trailers borrowed from my dad while we waited for the carpet to be installed.




It is so nice to be mostly unpacked…finding my pretties and setting them around. I’ve only moved a couple items that I’ve already placed…I don’t think that’s too bad.


Yesterday, Terry trimmed trees in the back yard. Some of the neighborhood boys came to hang out with Carey and ended up doing yard work. It worked out well for Terry, he cut the branches off the tree and the boys cut the branches into firewood and moved it across the yard for drying. Things were coming together very nicely.


We had a storm come across the state last night and hit us in the very early morning and lasting until almost noon. It is our biggest storm here yet….the pic is through our living room window.

20120908-162936.jpg The storm brought cool temps…I had to find my hoodie and sweats just to hang around the house. I love the cool though, so I very much so enjoyed today. Terri Mae came over to spend the day and night, Rod had a job out of state this weekend and she didn’t want to be board. I’ve helped her start a blog…she’s managed one post and spends the rest of the time hanging out with us.

20120908-164433.jpg had to share some of the work crew…..the grandkids!!


a walk on the ridge

Terry and I went for a walk on the ridge today. First time since moving out here that I’ve been out on the ridge. We’ve only been here two weeks so it isn’t as bad as it sounds.

I have admired the ridge from my porch and upper deck..it is beautiful and we fell in love the very first time we saw it!! So when the sun went down, Terry and I went for our walk.

It was a gorgeous journey through the tall grass. The house was beautiful from over here.

Terry had already cut trails in the high grass, but he couldn’t see the deer very well so he decided to take this opportunity to mow. On his way from the barn with the mower, He grabbed me a chair…so here I sit, watching the leaves change, feeling the air cool down, and taking pictures in hopes to capture the pure beauty before me.










lol..couldn’t help it

I’m sitting on the deck……iPadding…..and this nut comes from the top of a tree, down a branch, changes direction, hits another branch, changes direction again, falls a few feet, hits the railing of my deck, slams the floor of the deck, rolls across the floor, hits a chair leg, then comes to rest inches from my toe…..I think that nut is out to get me 🙂


Once in a blue moon

Once in a blue moon? Ever heard that phrase? Well, if you were one of the many waiting for that blue moon I hope you didn’t miss it last night. The last one was in 2009, the next one in 2015. What a spectacular sight!!! Terry, my husband, Terri Mae, his daughter, Rod, her husband and myself took the opportunity to enjoy the blue moon from the water.
We loaded up the jon boat and the canoe and hit the lake. We arrived at the lake around 8 pm and after unloading the boats we were ready to take a late night stroll.

We had never been to this particular lake before so I was watching extra close to the area directly in front of us. The last of the sun light was just about gone. The moon lit the water pretty well….we could see the light reflecting from the water.

The trip began in the lake and we scurried across it heading toward the river that fed it.

Houses on the river lit the banks, the evening call of the wild began to pierce through the trees. We came around a bend and the full beauty of the moon was clear. The clouds surrounding the moon gave a mysterious glow…almost a harvest moon. The stars were bright like a million diamonds in the sky.

We rode through the lily pads until the depth was less than a foot. We tied the boats together and Terry and Rod took turns using their trolling motors to cruise up river. Terri Mae and I stood in the boats and felt the wind through our hair…the cool against our faces. The ride was amazing and I can’t wait to do it again.

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