It has been ages upon ages since I have written anything here. Life has some pretty strange seasons that some of us have to travel through..and my life has been no exception. I found myself divorced by December 2013 after a one month shy of 24 yrs of being married. To say that it has been a major adjustment over the last two years is definitely an understatement..but I'm still alive and kicking..and even though I've been through hell and back again..and some days I still struggle and try to adjust..I'm doing ok..and I'm learning to smile again. I have no idea how many of my former blogging pals still do this blogging thing..or if most everyone has transferred their writings and musings to a facebook format or other avenues, as truthfully in the last two years..so very much has changed in how folks interact online. But here I am..and we shall see how this writing and sharing again goes. I'm here..and I'm alive, and life goes on..and it is a beautiful thing. Even through life's seasons. Blessings to you.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Posted by Tina Leavy at 5:10 PM
Monday, January 28, 2013
Howdy..I am still alive and kicking.. bet you all wondered I am sure, and probably thought this blog was dead and buried..well, I actually thought so too..ha..but you know..writing is therapy sometimes..and here I am at this old blog of mine..looking around at it and thinking..I need to get back to it, and get back to brightening others days through the pages of this blog. So..here I am.., and I am going to try to keep posting here from time to time..sharing,caring,and little by little brightening up someone else's day along the way..I hope anyhow.:)
Posted by Tina Leavy at 6:12 PM
Thursday, June 28, 2012
oh gosh..I have not been on here in a long time friends. I think it is mostly because I, like many others got sucked into the facebook vortex,but here I am. I wanted to say for the record..it is not I that has diabetes..it is my son that was diagnosed with it in January. (I had a comment where someone mistakenly thought that it was I that had it) my son was diagnosed with type 1. ok...well I / we have been doing well. Adjusting to our new home. I/ we have been planting blueberries,some of the plants from lowes and home depot and the master gardeners show here in marion county last spring on the blueberry bushes for those who may have wondered where we got them from. Also put in 6 raised beds 5 of them 8 feet by 4 feet beds and 1 recently built about 8 fort by 8 foot that will soon hold about 100 iris bulbs.busy putting in a rose garden and other plants around the new homestead and adjusting to the type 1 diabetes journey. I am glad that school is out for a little while...we home school,but still a break is good from that also. I just wanted to stop by and check in with everyone and say "hey there..I'm still around" :) if any of you here would like to add me on your facebook friends list please feel free to. (http://www.facebook.com/tina.wilson.1257)I post a lot of my photo work over there. (the photo below is not mine,but I thought it was beautiful.)
Posted by Tina Leavy at 7:33 PM
Sunday, January 29, 2012
I have decided to reopen my vintage finds site on etsy. You may find it here:
|copyright T.Wilson 2012/Small Town Living|
I saw my first robin the other day! Which means Spring is definitely right around the corner..can't wait to get started on our Spring garden.
nothing like fresh from the garden lettuces and green beans.:)
Wishing you all a lovely day!
~The Garden Goose!~
Posted by Tina Leavy at 5:34 PM
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Wow! time flies when life gets busy doesn't it? I did not realize until today that this poor blog had been neglected so. Almost a year since I have visited its pages and written something about my day, my gardening dreams,my family's plans,and hopes,etc. Wow!
Posted by Tina Leavy at 9:11 PM
Monday, February 21, 2011
Before I had ever heard the Dervaes name ( in fact I had only heard about them about a year ago) urban homesteading(o.k. I guess I better put a big TM here) has been in my family's blood for quite a very long time.
My grandfather and grandmother were farmers in Idaho and in fact my grandfather was quite the envy of folks as they'd come to see his garden from miles around. He used to garden by the moon signs I was told. And my grandmother..I get my love of simpler living from her...she used to can loads of vegetables and had lots and lots of shelves full of canned items that they had grown stored in their basement. In fact my grandparents later moved to Washington and had a restaurant where they would serve such things as cantaloupe and watermelons to their customers(with a scoop of ice cream included)
Then when my grandfather passed away my grandmother came to live with us, and the farming tradition didn't stop just because we lived in various towns/city limits.
Nope..in fact they kept on pretty steady all through my growing up years. We'd have things like home made bread and noodles. We even collectively planted gardens in our backyards. Granny would can vegetables and I'd sneak into the jars of home made butter pickles.
One year my dad and I rescued 200 baby chickens from a alligator farm and raised the chickens in our backyard. Giving some away for free to the local community and maintaining a flock for ourselves to gather eggs from, and for my granny to prepare chicken dinners with.
I honestly can say..nope the Dervaes have nothing on us and our lifestyle. We had already "been there and done that" for quite some time.
I am a 3rd generation urban farmer if you will.
I've had chickens and ducks in the heart of the city, and ever since I've been a wee girl I have had a heart for the land and for growing things.
In fact my home now qualifies for homestead exemption. If the government deems my property as a homestead then surely when I farm in the city limits that makes me an urban homesteader/farmer.(insert big TM mark here too...gosh that looks silly but I guess "they" say we have to do it, but TM is my initials anyhow so maybe I should trademark the TM..huh? yah I like the sounds of that..ha)
|My grandmother and I|
Yes, its in my blood and has been for a very long time.
~The Garden Goose!~
Posted by Tina Leavy at 12:27 PM
Friday, February 18, 2011
|Before the action began.|
|Overseeing the cows|
|The Anthem and a word of prayer start the events|
|Goat tying event|
|Calf tying event. Riders have to lasso the calf then jump down and proceed to do the same thing that is done in the goat event. Calf must be laying down and all legs tethered.|
|Tossing the hands out to the side like this signifies that your task is complete.|
Posted by Tina Leavy at 9:57 PM