A FACELIFT FOR THE SHED

One of our big improvement projects on the farm this summer was giving our shed a facelift.  As we continue to transition from being a corn/soybean farm to a flower farm, we are looking for other ways to use our shed.  Since we don’t have the large farm equipment any longer, we now have a lot of space to work with.  The first thing we did this summer was to give the shed a much needed paint job.

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IDYLWOOD FARM

The land on which my husband Murray and I live has been in the family for over 150 years.  The farm is recognized and registered with the State of Illinois as a Centennial Farm.  In 1850, William Trigger and his wife, Mary Ann Trigger left England and came to the United States, where they settled in Peoria County. In 1857, they made their home on the property on Grange Hall Road.  Their son, Richard N. Trigger was born on the farm on Grange Hall Road on September 26, 1860.  On January 11, 1893, Richard Trigger married Edith Irene Douglass.  On May 27, 1896, their only surviving child, a daughter, Dorothy Viola Trigger was born.

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SPRINGTIME

Spring is my favorite time of the year.  The farm is changing daily with new growth and blooms.  My morning walks are even more enjoyable as I am serenaded by the singing of the many birds as they welcome each new day.  Last week we received some much needed rainfall.  I am anxious for the return of sunshine and warm weather.

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A LONG WINTER FILLED WITH LIFE’S TWISTS AND TURNS

Life is truly filled with twists and turns.  The best laid plans can be changed or altered in an instance.  The only certain thing in life is the uncertainty of life.

My goal for this new year, 2016, was to rework the blog and introduce some exciting plans for this spring and summer.  But my plans have been put on hold for now.  In mid-December I came down with asthmatic bronchitis.  The first round of antibiotics did not do the trick, so right after the start of the new year we tried a second round of a different antibiotic.  Last week, I spent the good part of an early morning in the emergency room.  The lingering asthmatic bronchitis has turned into pneumonia.  Interestingly, I had pneumonia last April.  The first time in my life that I have had pneumonia or bronchitis.  And now I have had it twice in the past 10 months.  So now I am on a third antibiotic and doing breathing treatments.

Life’s twists and turns.  It is so easy to get discouraged when you are dealing with a lingering medical condition.  I choose to focus on all the good things and blessings in my life.  Like being able to work from home and the wonderful people in my office who are covering for me in my absence.  Like my wonderful husband who is always there for me.  Like my caring sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren who are more than willing to help in any way I need.  Like my faithful church family for all their thoughts and prayers and visits.  I may be a bit under the weather, but I am feeling strong and determined from all the support I am receiving.

So my plans are moving forward, just delayed a bit.  Ryan and I will be reworking the blog in February and sharing the story of Idylwood Farm and my hopes and dreams for the future of the farm.  I am also experimenting with taking pictures to see if I can get some better pictures for the blog.  Not sure how that will come out, but I am determined to try!

Life’s twists and turns.  Stay strong, everyone.  Life is good.

Until next time,

Pat

MID-JULY ON THE FARM

With another round of thunderstorms and severe weather in the area last night, I took a quick walk around the farm to see how things were growing.  Since we have had record rainfall this summer, the crops and flowers look fantastic.  Luckily, we have not had any standing water in the fields so things are lush and brilliant.  I hope you enjoy these pictures of what’s growing on the farm.

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A BEAUTIFUL SPRING

It is a spectacular spring day on our farm on Grange Hall Road.  I love this time of the year and watching the outside come to life with beautiful bright colors, extraordinary floral smells, and the spirt of hope and renewal after a long, cold winter.  And it is even more meaningful for me as I continue to gain back my strength and stamina after a bout with pneumonia for most of the month of April.

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LIFE’S TWISTS AND TURNS

The month of April seems like a blur to me.  The month started out spectacularly as my colleagues at work presented me with an award named in my honor, the activities of Holy Week, and a very joyous Easter Sunday.  As I celebrated Easter with my dear family, I felt as if I were coming down with something.  I passed it off as allergies, since it is that time of the year.  But as the week after Easter progressed, I felt more and more ill.  Work became very difficult as my “allergies” developed into a considerable amount of chest congestion and a constant cough.  I decided it was time to have this checked out and to my surprise I was diagnosed with pneumonia.  Three weeks later, I am finally on the road to recovery.  I am very fortunate that I have never experienced this in my life, and hopefully I won’t ever again.  It made me stop and think about how terribly fragile life is and how things can change so quickly.

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GOLD MEDAL FLOUR AWARD-WINNING COOKIES

I received a wonderful surprise last week – an email indicating that my Old-Fashioned Cookie recipe was being featured on the Gold Medal Flour website.  As I reported in a blog last August, the cookies received the New Entrant Award in the Gold Medal Flour Best Cookie contest at the 2014 Illinois State Fair.  I introduced the cookies and the recipe on the blog that was posted on February 12, 2013. Read More »