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A Lesson

As a child growing up on Green Hill Farm there were two things that I looked forward to the most: visiting with Grandma and Granddaddy Rieley and summer time.  One thing that I liked best was neither required dressy outfits or shoes.  I also relished the freedom of an undetermined day, one without rules or routines.  I’d run around on the farm sometimes barefoot and still in my pajamas, or a mismatched outfit chosen by me; one which usually included an article of clothing made of terry-cloth, a Mork and Mindy tee-shirt and maybe even knee socks.  I probably resembled something akin to a cross between Little Orphan Annie and a peasant.  Nevertheless, I didn’t care.  I had Grandma to visit, stuff to get into, and I was comfortable–a formula that equalled happiness in my world.  Of course, those days are long gone, because I’d never go outside today without at least a pair of flip flops on my feet.  I also don’t wear terry cloth shorts or knee-socks anymore, either–at least, not together.  However, I still prefer jeans and tee-shirts to dressy outfits, and I’m known to wear my pajamas outside the house on occasion (but never off the farm).  As for those undetermined days, well, I still love them, because you just never know who you may meet or what you might learn. It was a glorious summer day like the ones depicted in those old Country Time […]

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Snowed In On Green Hill Farm

Acrostic poetry by Tonya R. Hengerer “Snow” Softly falling– Not a sound, Only Whirling, whirling to the ground.   “Winter” When Icy, cold weather Naturally interrupts The warmth Enjoyed upon Earth Radiated by the sun.   “Shovel” Something with which one Heaves snow Out of the way; a Very useful, Everyday tool–mostly Languishing in a shed until winter.  

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“The Weekly Bleat: Tea Time”

“Tea Time” Traditionally an opportunity to Enjoy a cup of tea Accompanied by dainty sandwiches and   Tea cakes, Involving the use of good Manners and proper Etiquette. ~Tonya R. Hengerer     “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” ~Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

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Heirloom Recipe: Colonial Queen Cakes

  I found this recipe for tea cakes in a cookbook called Southern Cakes.  It features some of the most delightful and delicious desserts associated with Southern baking:  everything from sweet potato pound cake to red velvet cake.  Reading this cookbook and admiring the lovely photographs of beautifully baked cakes so reminded me of Grandma Rieley.  My grandma was a wonderful […]

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“The Weekly Bleat: Just a Thought”

*These quotes are taken from Karen Salmansohn’s book, instant HAPPY. *Photography by Tonya Rieley Hengerer “Trees that endure the stormiest times grow to be the STRONGEST and MOST BEAUTIFUL.  Ditto how your stormy times can encourage you to thrive and BLOOM INTO YOUR MIGHTIEST YOU.” “Everything you’ve ever done, every person you’ve ever met, every experience you’ve ever had is […]

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The Virtual Blog Tour Award

I would like to thank Edwina from Edwina’s Episodes for the compliment of having been nominated to participate in a “Tour Through Blogland,” also recognized as “The Virtual Blog Tour Award.”  I am happy to accept and appreciate the consideration.  It is a privilege to be counted amongst such a distinctive group of nominees.  Edwina’s Episodes is one of my […]

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