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Written by Sue, Wednesday, January 22, 2014              sunny, cold, 20's, not used to this. ~smile~ 
Taking some time today to try and get back to blogging, My friend Vee, once stated that the longer you stay away from blogging the easier it is to stay away, I have found this to be so true! Truth is the farm and farmhouse keep us so busy, our ewes have been lambing, we have been blessed this year 35 new babies, no losses, last year we lost 8 lambs. We decided to keep them locked up during lambing, it seems to have been the right thing to do. Yesterday, Mr P decided to give them a treat and let them roam in the front yard, they were jumping and running everywhere, I love watching the lambs, play, they are like children.


 I have finished taking inside Christmas decorations, down, and packing them away! When you have as many trees as I do, that takes a while, however, when it is just the two of us at Christmas I only have one, but when the family comes home we really go all out,that is because we know that they expect nothing else, and because we love them!

 This is one of my favorite photos it explains one of the reasons we go all out with family, it is a time when they can totally relax and be themselves,enjoy sitting by the fire, with a hot beverage, colorful lights glowing, either conversing with us, or just taking a nap! If I had to describe "Home" in one word it would be "Refuge", the outside world can be pretty tough at times but "Home" offers us, warmth, contentment and safety!
Simply as a little child, we learn a home is made from love,
Warm as the golden hearthfire on the floor.
Anonymous

I didn't have a Christmas tour of the farmhouse this past season ,so this is my one and only, until next Christmas.~smile~

 Some might think wrapping each ornament might be silly but I have done this for years, and years, and that is probably why, I still have most of them with me, except those I break while either decorating or undecoratiing, I seem to have butter fingers. I got lucky this year, I only broke one glass ornament. This happened while I was taking the last tree down and was bragging to myself of how I had not broken one. Remember pride goes before a fall.

I wrap with toilet tissue, because it is soft,it cushions, is reusable, and inexpensive,Jack who is my faithful buddy, got tired of waiting, and watching me wrap, he says "enough already".

DH and I decided, (okay I decided) this would be a good time to clean and organize the garage, it took us three days, to dust, wipe, and wash the walls,  go through, clean, and organize the other boxes. When we were finished I told DH that it was clean but  looked junky,  his reply was "that's because we, (moi, tries and keeps everything),yes I am guilty, I am a hoarder, he is a throw away er, why I even found a cord in the trash, he was trying to get rid of, needless to say, it went right back.  And yes, Dh placed all of the boxes on the shelf, with a little help from me, I was the pusher upper!!Just in case you are wondering that bike has my name on it and has been pleading for me to take it for a ride.~grinning~ You think!!!!And that chopping block in the corner is a future project, I am going to restore it, and give to a friend.

Lots more been going on here at the farm, doing a lot of planning, baking (just can't seem to stop, lol),  just nesting. 
Enjoy your day, 
Hugs,
Sue 

18 comments:

Farm Girl January 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM  

Well I am glad you did a blog today. It is so nice to sort of get caught up. It is so true, about not blogging, just like anything else you fill the time with other things.
Your lambs are lovely. I think there is just something that makes me happy is to see lambs gamboling along.
You do have lots of boxes. I think every thing looks neat and orderly.
Thank for sharing today. I have missed you. It looks like your year is off to a good start.
Blessing to you dear Sue,
Kim

Doniene January 22, 2014 at 4:29 PM  

Yes, I have missed you!! Always a ray of sunshine to my day!! Great lamb crop!! We'll start kidding in Mid March, with the bulk in April.

Lovely Christmas for a lovely family!!

Blessings and hugs!

Debbie January 22, 2014 at 5:30 PM  

When I see you post I know all is ok in blogdom. I'm glad to hear that you wrap stuff too. I use tissue paper and all that paper we get from Amazon packing. Glad your sheep population is growing.

Vee January 22, 2014 at 5:31 PM  

Lovely to find you here. I thought it must be time for lambing and that you were very busy with that. So glad that the lambs have all come safely into this world. Fun to see you in these lovely photos, too. Did you have a good Christmas and New Year? Was everyone home? It must be a houseful when that happens!

Angela January 22, 2014 at 5:33 PM  

What a wonderful gift of hospitality you have! And how fun to watch the lambs! Sometimes not blogging means you're busy living, and that's not always a bad thing:)

Patsy January 22, 2014 at 6:11 PM  

I was happy to see your comment and glad you are back blogging.

Mrs.Rabe January 22, 2014 at 6:49 PM  

I always miss you, Sue, when you take a break from blogging. You are a lovely and encouraging presence in blogdom!

Your home is lovely and the glimpse of Christmas looks even better! What a sweet thing to create a refuge for your family. I knew you were my kind of friend!

Deanna

Kathi January 22, 2014 at 6:59 PM  

Sue, Your home is beautiful, warm and cozy. I should follow your example of wrapping each ornament. I do tend to break them. Love your sweet doggie next to the fireplace.
Thank you for your kind words about our puppy. Hugs, Kathi

Happyone January 22, 2014 at 7:06 PM  

What a joy it must be to see all those lambs being born. I always thought that was a spring thing.
It must be such a blessing to have such a wonderful family.
Love that red bike. : )

Happy@Home January 22, 2014 at 7:44 PM  

So nice to see you popping in for an update, Sue. That is one of the nice things about blogging... coming and going as it suits our schedules.
Your baby lambs are so adorable and look so happy running around in the open air.
I enjoyed all of the glimpses of the farmhouse at Christmastime. Everything looks so warm and welcoming.
I can relate to the wrapping of the ornaments. Glad to know I'm not the only one who does this.

Lea January 22, 2014 at 7:57 PM  

Well, so glad you shared these pics with us. Those lambs are so precious. My little Princess would LOVE to see them.

Your Christmas decor is so lovely and it's obvious the pains you go to with them. I am very, very particular about how I put my decorations up too.

Good to hear from you!

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor January 22, 2014 at 10:29 PM  

Love seeing you and can't wait to show the Benjamin the lambs.
Your home reflects your warmth..and boy do you have the energy. I hope your visit with your daughter was wonderful. Miss you on blog land, but lately I haven't been keeping up either.
Hugs and blessings!!

Cheryl January 22, 2014 at 10:53 PM  

Did I miss you? You bet I did!! You have been my blog buddy for quite a few years now, and even when I don't see you for a while, I think of you and wonder how you're doing...and I am always glad when you pop in for a little visit.

As always, you have been a busy girl! I know you enjoyed having your family there for Christmas, and I am sure that you pampered them.

Loved seeing the photos of you, dear friend!

Debbie January 22, 2014 at 11:31 PM  

Well I have certainly missed you and it was sure nice to catch up a bit. I too wrap almost all of my ornaments. Some go right back in their original boxes...dumb maybe, but they have lasted (some of them 39 years!) I think your garage looks wonderfully organized. There are soo many things like that we should do but I just never want to whne we actually have the time. Hope your Christmas was wonderful. Your glimpses looked beautiful as always. The lambs are so sweet. Enjoy your week sweet Sue!

Cheryl @ TFD January 23, 2014 at 1:00 AM  

You've been missed and it's good to see you again! I wrap all my Christmas things, too. Some of the ornaments go back in the original boxes and then get stacked in a tote.
Your house looks pretty and Jack looks so cute by the fireplace.

Elena January 23, 2014 at 1:11 AM  

Dear Sue, It is so good to hear from you again. You look so happy and glowing with health in your pictures. It so warms my heart. I loved your quote about home and my feeling too! God bless you and your beautiful farm house!

Debbie January 23, 2014 at 7:15 AM  

So glad to see you back, and I agree with Vee. (No surprise because I tend to agree with Vee on a regular basis.)

I find that for ME, when I stop blogging myself, I get disconnected from the blog world entirely. I will walk a broad path around the computer. It's as if I can't handle reading when I'm struggling with blog malaise. (Not a pretty quality in me, but it's the way it is.) I get "anxious" for lack of a better word by reading blogs when I am not able to write.

So... I step away. Yet the stupid part is that it is the READING that drew me in to begin with. I find facebook, etc. to be downers, but I find my blog friends to be inspiring.

Said all that to say that I'm glad you are back and loved your Christmas at Pear Tree Lane Farm.

Blackberry Lane January 25, 2014 at 6:15 PM  

The lambs are so sweet and fun to watch. Your home looks so cozy with the Christmas lights glowing. Wishing you and yours many blessings in the new year.

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Sharing thoughts from my heart with you,

The farmer and his friends
Thank you so much for coming by, please come and visit anytime.

~Welcome home~

This blog is dedicated to my dear family who live many miles away, and to you dear ladies , who have a heart for keeping the home fires burning. You, who love and cherish your family, and have a desire to create a home that says "Welcome, you are loved and cared for."

My desire is that when you leave that you will be encouraged and know that you too are loved.

Sue~

The phrase "There's no place like home", is so true.

No matter where I go, I always love turning the key and hearing that clicking sound in the lock of our back door . Even if I have only gone shopping, I am so happy to be home.

Did you know that every home has its own scent, the first thing I do is sniff the air, and I offer a quiet prayer of thankfulness, and for safety.

My decorating style is my own, I decorate with the colors and treasures that are me. One of the things that I have enjoyed about blogging is the difference in how we all view the world, and our homes. Just like our Creator made each of us to be unique, we create our own unique styles and colors in our own homes. I have learned so much from you and enjoyed your homes so much, and have learned so much about you from your homes...

I truly believe that God wants us to have a safe haven to come home too, a place we can claim as our own,... just like us, homes come in all shapes and sizes if love is there it is our home.., if our things are there it is our home. When we add our own personal touches, it is our home

Home is a place we can go to when the storms of life are raging. I often listen to the wind and rain when it is coming down hard and am reminded of the safety of our sheltering home. It is the one place that we control what and who comes in, (well,most of the time. lol)

Sometimes late at night, when I am unable to sleep I will get up and as I am walking across the room, I hear the floor creek beneath my feet, I go, sit, and listen to other sounds that my home makes, a pop here and there in the wall, it is like the wall is talking to me. A home not only has its own scent, but it also has its own sound. I truly believe that a home takes on its own personality, US!!

So why this blog?....
I wanted a place that I could come, talk about, and share of how my day was spent here at the "farmhouse", and about the things that I do to make it a "home". Making a house a home is a lifetime endever, and I might add a joy, as our lives are always changing.

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