Thursday, February 17, 2011

Just keep swimming

The joy of having a White Leghorn tell me how it is:

Seeing a tree with more textures than I can count:

Catching my Buff Orpington right in the middle of a dust bath shake-off:

Seeing the sun shine on a spot in my garden where it hasn't shone before:

Dreaming of spring during cold winter days:

Being present for funny goat faces:

Having the perfect light to catch the rich colors of my Rhode Island Red:

Filling thumbprint cookies with homegrown and homemade raspberry jam:

Reigniting my interest in running:

Sweet-smelling goat faces waiting for me every morning:

Being led to the barn:

Being surprised with an anniversary basket overflowing with love:

Adoring my donkey's muzzle:

Laughing at my llama:

Watching my goat, Reggie, balance on top of a door:

Having my husband make me pose for an awkward (why do I have two shovels in my hands?) picture because 99.9% of the time I'm the photographer:

...These are just a few of the things that are making me smile -and getting me through- this winter...

34 comments:

  1. brilliant! am loving the john deere sweatshirt! I have one of their baseball caps!
    Lovely pics of all your babies, love them all!

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  2. Definitely things to keep you smiling. You have a great smile!

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  3. posted this over at mine for you but didn't know if you'd see it!

    http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/home-cooking-skills/classic-victoria-sponge-with-all-the-trimmings

    this is the recipe, but I didn't do the strawberry centre, I just used a good raspberry jam/jelly. Also I added a vanilla pod to the cake mixture.

    It's incredibly light and fluffy :)

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  4. Great photos! Good to see a picture of you. (I have a sweatshirt almost exactly like yours.)

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  5. I love this post, it made me smile all the way through it!! Your goats really do have very sweet faces, what breed are they? And how else would you be posing for a photograph if not with shovel in each hand? Isn't that what everyone does? :D

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  6. Yes, sometimes we have to look for the things that make us smile, despite the need to crawl back into bed for a day.
    I know you'll think I'm being silly, but that picture of you is great! You have such a beautiful smile.
    Hang in there, just keep swimming. :)

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  7. Funny, I was going to do a post titled just keep spinning. :)

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  8. Awesome pic's Danni..I love the fact that you have farm cats..and they found YOU!! Thats just cool!! Won't be long and you'll be showing us pic's of stuff growing in your garden!!

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  9. I may have said this before, but you are a great photographer. How cute is that little acrobat Reggie!? :D

    Lovely post!

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  10. What a lovely post!

    I admire folks who can appreciate the beauty that surrounds them, even if it's in silly goat faces!

    Happy weekend!

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  11. You're adorable, well loved and a blessed one. I love your animals and your sunshiney attitude. Yay for you. The Olde Bagg, Linda

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  12. Well I love that stand up happy tail kitteh leading you to the barn with all your fun sweet faced critters! Life at Critter Farm has to put a smile in your heart everyday! The photographer looks good on the other side of the camera and there IS a big ol smile! That is a big ol shovel too on the left!!

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  13. I love this entire post, but best of all was to see your face with that big smile!--Inger

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  14. Great pictures! I especially love that shot of George from behind- what a purposeful stride!

    He sure has moved in, hasn't he?

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  15. Life is good! Sometimes it just takes a few photographs to realize it!

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  16. What a beautiful post! Thank you so much for sharing these good feelings and your beautiful critters and farm. The love basket is wonderful! @>----

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  17. gorgeous photos...and that's one fierce leghorn!

    hang in there, spring is right around the corner. i think. :)

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  18. Love the John Deere shirt! I just bought one at Tractor Supply with a drawing of a woman driving an IH. The caption reads "Dear John." Gotta love tractor humor.

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  19. What a wonderful, uplifting post! Thank-you. Off to prepare for my farrier/shearer to arrive to do eight sheep and four horses - so of course it's SNOWING!!!

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  20. You have so many reasons to keep that smile pasted on your sweet face! Great post!

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  21. I love the things that make you smile! Thank you for sharing.

    I love it when an animal "tells you how it is". I get that from a cat every day when I come home (she has to complain about the heat being turned down while I'm at work)(and the lack of warm lap to rest upon)(and the stale food in her dish). I don't have chickens any more, but when I did they also shared a day's worth of complaints.

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  22. Great montage! Love the anniversary basket, your husband must be wonderful. A full body photo, is that a challenge to the rest of us?

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  23. And now I am smiling, too! Thank you!

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  24. What a beautiful post. Thank you Danni. You ROCK! Why is it that I'm now not going to be able to stop thinking about those cookies? :)

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  25. Life is full of challenges and hardships no matter who you are or where you live. And I do know that.... but you do have such a lovely life on your sweet little farm! and I am so thankful that you have decided to have a blog and share it with those of us lucky enough to find it!!

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  26. PS: send your training schedule if you think of it.... I'm going to try and "join" you!

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  27. That's an awesome list. So nice to see your smiley face on the other side of the camera. And, get a load of George! He's all but moved right in. Love it! Your Leghorn is a riot. I'm already completely smitten with her.

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