Peace on the Farm

NC Mist

How have you been? Here in my neck of the woods, the days are slowly getting shorter. It is dark in the morning until after 7am and the leaves are slowly falling from the trees.

I took a quick trip to my sister Mary’s house (farm, really) last week and spent two lovely days in North Carolina. One highlight of the trip was Starr’s food. Dinner on the first night was black eyed peas, collard greens, carrots, homemade mac/cheese, and fresh baked bread. If you think this was amazing you are right.

Dinner on day two was homemade pizzas and salad. Delicious.

I got acquainted with the six dogs of the farm but I have to tell you about my absolute favorite. It was Emma- the Emmanator– as Mary has fondly dubbed her.

Emma 2Mary rescued Emma as a pup from a hot car (Go Mary) and ended up being her new owner. Emma has doubled in size in a few months and is just a ball of energy. From the moment I walked into the farmhouse, Emma squealed to visit with me and I couldn’t help but indulge her in as much attention as I could.

It was a tempting thought to stash Emma in the car with us and bring her on home to PA. But Mary loves her and I’d never argue with a dog to owner kind of love. Plus, Emma would likely exhaust me as she has a way to go before some of that puppy wears off!

Other things I did in NC…. two trips to the best Goodwill store ever (in Mocksville, NC) yielded me two new comfortable tops, a Christmas red tablecloth for $3, a gorgeous fall scarf for $1. What woman doesn’t love a bargain?

I had a great lunch with my webmaster Susan at my favorite Winston Salem restaurant- Sweet Potatoes. I chose the grilled turkey burger with cranberry mayo and of course, a side of sweet potato fries. Susan and I kicked a few ideas around and got to chat like good friends!

On the morning of our departure, Mary and I walked the dogs down a long path that runs adjacent to her property. Corn stalks had recently been cut down and the field was wide open. The sun was coming up and it was a scene right out of a movie. A glowing sky, the multiple colors of a sunrise, and even a cloud formation that evoked a bit of a spiritual presence filled my heart with a calm and serenity. I knew these blessings were a good reason to live on a farm.

Cloud Cross

So I’m back home now, reminiscing about my time in North Carolina. Even when it’s only for a few days, it’s great to just get away….

Horse NCHow are things with you? Are you busy, slow, doing anything autumn-y with yourself?

Join me on my graceful journey.

13 Replies to “Peace on the Farm”

  1. I love reading your stories and adventures! My life is so busy and hectic right now! 3 kids in school and all that goes with THAT, plus meeting with case workers, case managers, kinship workers… counseling, doctors appointments, trying to get speech therapy assessments, allergy shots and so on! Then 2 editing jobs (which I LOVE to do)….one releases on Halloween called The Prey That Got Away…the true story of how Betty Lee Hanson escaped from the hands of serial Killer, Ralph Andrews in 1973!
    I would love to take the kids to a pumpkin patch this weekend, but I am not sure the weather is going to cooperate!

  2. Hi Joanne, “wow”, you always seem to be someplace where there is wonderful & delicious food!! haha!! What an awesome post….the beauty of nature ( the cloud formation most certainly evokes something spiritual), the heartwarming story of Emma’s rescue, and a quick little trip to spend some quality time with your sister. Good stuff!! It makes me wish I had a sister. Time to get out and enjoy the last blessings of fall!!

    1. Hi Cindy!
      I am blessed in that I have great friends and family to share things with. I hope you are having a great fall and enjoying all of the wonderful blessings that are out there just for you….xo

  3. Sounds divine, Joanne…I’m happy you were able to spend that time with your sister on her farm. I can imagine the quiet and rest you must have felt there. Not to mention the love of being with your sister.

    Enjoy a great weekend, my dear,
    Marianne xo

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