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StarrySkyRanch
England
Joy-finder, traveler, mom to many, wife to one, sometime photographer
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“Why did she make things? Well…She enjoyed it of course; but it also somehow helped her remember who she was and where she came from.” - Anonymous Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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"Moooooom! There's deer out back!" "Where??" "Coming up over the hill!" "Don't tap the glass. Don't let the dogs out!" "I can't see. MOM! Tell her I can't see!" Can you see? We have to peek out the window and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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Hymn for St. Nicholas From every land and every age We sing of those who bravely wage The saintly fight with Spirit's sword In mighty battle for the Lord. Saint Nicholas the Shepherd true Who brought his flock to faith... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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"The next day, the second day of December, we all, even John, even Daddy when he got home from the office, made Christmas cookies." - The Twenty-four Days Before Christmas My favorite line comes a few pages later, however. "After... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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Favorite project this week was the winter trees against the snow and sky. The children cut a undulating edge off the blue paper and glued it over the white. Then they used sharpies just below the snow line and "grew"... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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"For Mrs. Sharp's family, the holiday excitement begins as soon as the Thanksgiving turkey starts simmering on the stove for soup. Then we put away the everyday china to make room for the Christmas crockery and bring out the Advent... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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It should be understood that everyone in the family has a present for everybody else; these presents should be precious, though not in terms of money, as they should not be bought, but home-made. This is quite a task in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Outside: The rich autumn reds and oranges we were blessed to enjoy so long have been blanketed with beautiful snow cover all week. We need the moisture and I just plain love the snow. Then again I loved the leaves.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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The days leading up to Thanksgiving were all over the map. We knew we wouldn't have everyone here. That didn't really bother me since that's more the norm these past years than not. It didn't bother me that much anyway.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Things have come together for my husband after some weeks of research. He had been looking for sources of local, preferably grass-fed meat for our family as well as a new (to us) freezer. After calling too late for a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Eight trips 'round the sun and a few trips partway around this big globe we walk on. Five houses she has called home, as well as many short term rentals. Her feet have splashed in the ocean and stood on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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It's been a while since I have done a share of what we are reading and watching so I am officially typing out my notes right now. I have begun the third and last volume of Kristin Lavransdatter. There are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"It is infinitely well worth the mother’s while to take some pains every day to secure, in the first place, that her children spend hours daily amongst rural and natural objects; and, in the second place, to infuse into them,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Since the moon had to rise higher than the mountains directly behind us before we could catch a glimpse, we weren't able to see a SUPER big supermoon near the horizon tonight. It did give us a beautiful color show... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Telling stories out of order again. It's a weakness of mine. We have now wrapped up football but up until the last two weeks this is usually where we were at the end of a week. Looking at the pictures... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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My street is lined with flags planted by the boy scouts in the early morning hours today honoring those who have served our nation. Some of them hold a special place in my affections. Looking at these snapshots leaves me... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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It has been a full week, even removing the election from the mix. Saturday was a work day in house and yard, at least after one midday soccer game. LOTS of weeding and leaf bagging and cleaning. We had overnight... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Thoughts for election day.... "...it's not our politics that will save us, but our humanity and the smaller more beautiful worlds in which we love each other," "To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely." "...such... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Hoping your weekend has drawn you in and surrounded you with peace and beauty. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Every year, come fall, they round up the bison on Antelope Island for a week-long process of inspection, medication, and culling. We did not get to the round up this year but had been planning this trip to see them... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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That's a wrap! Halloween 2016 was a good one. Given how hectic the last few months were Halloween loomed too large for me by late September. Big siblings we thought would be here also ended up with changed plans. We... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Pumpkins. We got them more than a week ago. Maybe two. We can only be so awesome though and costumes and a block party funneled all I the awesome I had up until today. I think I may have grossly... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Autumn has ushered in a season of renovation around here. There is probably a metaphor in there somewhere, at least for me who sees metaphor at every turn. I've been documenting the work but if I don't post early mornings... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"I live my days in the in-betweens. In between heart-melting sweetness and meltdowns. In between racing and resting. In between letting them grow and internally pleading them to stop growing. My days take years to pass. My years flit by... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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October Ay, thou art welcome, heaven's delicious breath! When woods begin to wear the crimson leaf, And suns grow meek, and the meek suns grow brief And the year smiles as it draws near its death. Wind of the sunny... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch