28 May 2010

happy friday

Bonjour mes amies & happy Friday!

I hope you have all had a lovely week - I certainly have. My dad is visiting from Minnesota - something he does for a week twice a year - and honestly, they are my two favorite weeks of the year here on the farm. Usually we work on fabulous projects such as the penned yard for the chicken coop, building a pergola, the retaining wall next to the pergola, grading a hillside, paving an entry, etc... I love it because not only to I get to work with my dad (or watch my husband work with my dad while I take photos and "direct" their work...) but when he leaves (my very least favorite days of the year) I have something to look at and remember our visit. Have I mentioned how much I hate when he leaves...?

Unfortunately, this year, the weather is not cooperating AT ALL. It has been raining almost the entire time. Yesterday, when it wasn't raining for 13.7 minutes, my dad mowed the entire property! As you can see, he is as driven as I am to get things done!

We were able to do a bit of work in the studio - a building on the property that has been sadly neglected and is suffering from some pretty awful water damage, not to mention mold and carpenter ants. It is under cover and we are able to work on it and stay dry. I am hoping to get back out there today as I have the boys home from school for a FOUR day weekend (yippy!) and they are always a big help with things like this.

I have also been working on a couple of new things for the shop that I am really excited about. I hope to be able to list a few of them in the coming weeks if I can get them exactly how I envision them and ready for sale. Dad is helping with parts of that as well. Now if I could just figure out how to get him to move out here... I am open to suggestions here my friends... :)

Have a magical, marvelous weekend mes amies - enjoy your time with those you love, or the peace and quiet of your time alone. If it is sunny, enjoy the warmth on your skin and, if it is raining like it is here, nestle in with a warm cup of tea, a good movie, and your most comfy blanket~

Gros bisous,


paige said...

oh kim, i LOVE that image...LOVE!!
you are amazing

have a fabulous time with your dad!
i simply can not wait to see what you have in store for the etsy shop

FEDERICA said...

This photo is gorgeous!
Happy weekend!

Kathy said...

Last year at our family reunion in Montana in August it rained hard, it was cold and the wind was blowing. All the families bring RV's because our place there is small....well with the cold everyone had to come into our home...35 people and 8 dogs...for 4 days! They only slept in their rv's at night.....it turned out being the BEST year ever...well for me anyway. We all re-arranged furniture..things we couldn't have done by ourselves and I got to clean behind all the bookcases, we watched movies, popcorn.... and it was a blast.....
so sometimes rain is the best possible thing you could imagine.......

Bonnie said...

I love it when my parents come to visit. They always enjoy working on projects with me too! I remember when my husband and I got our first home, my mom and dad came to visit for a couple of days and helped fix up the back garden with me. We have since moved, but I still have one of the large garden pots from that day. I don't think I'll ever be able to part with it. * happy memories * :)

Enjoy your time with your dad and the wonderful weekend!

Adore your photos as usual and can't wait to see what you have lined up for your shop!!



Privet and Holly said...

KIM: We are living parallel lives!
My dad is the SAME way and when he comes to MN to visit from WASHINGTON, he HAS to be BUSY. Over the last few years he has built the kids a tree fort, made a built-in closet in our garage, a shoe shelf for the garage, put up bead board in my son's room... well, you KNOW as your dad is the same. I hear that your weather has been dreary but that it is looking UP for the weekend. Enjoy! xx P&H
PS: Looking forward to seeing your new things in the shop!

A Vintage Chic said...

I so love when my dad visits, too--sounds alot like your dad! Always looking for a project to work on...something new or something to mend. Fathers are wonderful!

Hope your Memorial weekend is filled with lovely memories in the making!


Amber Whitehouse said...

I love the photo and your blog header ~ beautiful! Have a great weekend with your dad!

Ange said...

Kim that's wonderful that you're having such an amazing time with your dad. Can't wait to see what you've been making miss Nimble fingers!!

Much love ma chérie

Ange said...

PS - did you say you had chickens? That's a coincidence as my husband would really love some. But as I will explain tonight - I'll never be able to get my dad to come over from Thailand and help set up the coop. Oh what's a girl to do ;-)

Martha said...

I hope you have a wonderful, wonderful weekend!!

Stephanie said...

What a gorgeous photo! As for Dad, enjoy him while he is there, and try for a woebegone "Sure do miss you when you're not here, Daddy" ... works for me!

Clarity said...

Beautiful flowers, interesting projects, changeable weather - sweet.

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Hi Kim!

Enjoy your visit with your sweet dad!
I'm doing a reverse-rain dance for you right now for clear skies!


Chani said...

Awww, your photos always make me dream! I adore looking at your blog!

Maija said...

Sounds like a perfect visit!!!

Jill said...

Are you sure you are not going to get in your car and go to Farm Chicks next weekend? It would be so fun to see you!

As for your dad moving west...hmmm, hard to convince when he is returning to 80's and sun in Minnesota...but no Kim so that may convince him.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Miss Sew & So said...

oh kim have the most magic weekend with your dad- he sounds like a doll= and you are obviously exactly alike! isnt it wonderful for your boys to see the relationship you and your dad enjoy- that is such a blessing xx
hope you get some clear skies together....
todays picture is heaven....so excited about creating with my fb elements...would you mind if i use one of your photos in my link to your site and fb?
melissa x

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour, How wonderful that you have this time with your Dad - enjoy!!

Tamara said...

Your blog is beautiful. Noticed your in the Pac NW. We lived in Oregon for 5 years, 1/2 in Seal Rock and 1/2 in Sisters. Its so beautiful there!


June said...

Kim your dad sounds like a great guy. I always loved time with my dad too. He could do anything. It is awesome that you two are having such a great time together.

Mikal said...

Enjoy all your boy time!