F is for…

7.12 027‘f’ is for fruit… or, alternatively, fruitcake.  Both are Rylie’s most common nicknames. I can’t really explain it and it certainly wasn’t intentional.  If you hear someone yelling in the next aisle at the grocery store, “Come’ere, Fruit!” you can bet your bottom dollar it’s me.

‘f’ is for flowers… which make me happy.  Particularly, daisies.  Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flowers?  I do.

‘f’ is for fabric… which I love.  Any kind.  All kinds.  From old sheets to retro kid reproductions to lace and linen… I love it.   Anna just brought me back some cotton from Guatemala… which makes me wonder if maybe I married the wrong person.

‘f’ is for farm… on which I live.  Our current living-census includes: 3 humans, 5 barn cats, 1 dog, 35ish chickens, and 10 longhorn cattle.  I am pulling for a donkey in the near future, but there are those that are against me.  Ahem.

bike 1‘f’ is for Friends… a show that defined college for me and still makes me laugh every time I watch it.  Chandler- Matthew Perry?  A comedic genius.  GENIUS, I say.   

‘f’ is for flea market… or garage sale or estate sale or other-people’s-stuff sale, where I occasionally stumble across a major find.  This month, it was Rylie’s ‘new’ bike from the 1960s.  She’ll be able to ride in about 6 years.  Still.  It was FIVE DOLLARS and is red and metal and perfect.  Give me a break.  I will defend myself to no one.


Love y’all.  I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend…

We shall talk about vacation and zoos and gardening on Thursday.


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TexasNorth is a little farm in Western Michigan. It's home to 5 chickens, 25 longhorn cattle, a coonhound (Banjo), 1 barn cat, a husband, and 3 ridiculously funny children. The mom of this zoo has been known to mow the lawn in a skirt and roast marshmallows after dark. View all posts by texasnorth

15 responses to “F is for…

  • Jim

    Love the bike. We waved as we went by your house late yesterday, course we were on 131 and 96 so you probably missed it.

    You need to come to the Ann Arbor/Seline Antique fair 3rd weekend of each month. Lots of Stuff.

  • Jessica "Haynie" Carr

    Friends was a big one for us in college too. I now own all ten seasons on DVD and am not ashamed of it. not one bit. It makes me just feel good to watch it.

    You have 5 cats!!!!! my how they grow.

  • Miss Laura

    That bike is so perfect I can barely contain myself. Good job, you.

    And I think I’m with Curt on the donkey (as I am sure it is him and not Rylie standing against you on that one)…but I DO think you should get a goat.

    Thanks again for the very…uhhh…fertile dirt. I may be doing some planting tonight.

  • jtp

    I love Rylie’s new bike- so cool! and i’m with you on the fabric- love it, any of it….you must find your way to gastonia, NC and go to mary Jo’s…it’s a dream come true! it’s all fabrics all the time- like Grocery store big….

  • Sunday

    i cannot even get over the bike! that is an amazing find and really should be in my family since we are the beach cruising family! Friends of course, it always makes me feel good and sometimes cry!.

  • Amy

    i frequently quote Friends episodes in casual conversation. I LOVE that show. (so does Tommy, in spite of himself. If its on, i see him chuckling at the jokes!)

    Also, daisies are wonderful. Walker and I just named our Subaru Outback Daisy a couple of weeks ago…..

  • Becky

    I love that you call Rylie fruit, I have developed many odd nicknames for Ellen as well, that came from nowhere but I always use them. I love friends as well, but I have to go with Ross on being the funniest on the show, his humor is more subtle but makes me laugh the hardest. So does this make me Rachel and you Monica? 🙂

  • Jessica "Haynie" Carr

    My “wedding dress” came from Mary Jo’s….. I love that place.

  • Julie

    F is also for funny and fabulous which you are both!

    I changed my inspiration pictures for my apron dreams on the blog. You’ll have to let me know when you get some up for sale cause I want to get one for sure!

    love that bike! What a great find!

  • Danny

    You should get a mini Burro. Name it whatever you’ve already chosen for a regular size donkey then add -ito. Burrito is already taken.

  • marie

    i and my people vote for a donkey. 😛

  • Lisa

    I want that bike. I must have that bike. Not for (my) KatieKate, though. FOR ME!!! It’s fabulous, I tell you. Simply F is for Fabulous!

    Personally, I would have a goat or two. They’re so cute. So, next week maybe G will be for goat. 🙂

  • ecky

    that bike is dreamy!
    i’m with you when it comes to loving other people’s castoffs – especially when they are my other favorite F word – FREE!
    i recently got a killer 1960’s kid’s table and 2 chairs – all chrome and mod vinyl! chris found an amazing metal and wood trunk on the side of the road and a woman gave me 3 large garbage bags and 3 small bags filled with my new wardrobe. it’s the best!!!

  • annie

    fruit and fruitcake are great nicknames, i will be sure to listen up in the grocery store just in case you are over this way.
    Yeah for “stuff” sales. wish we could go to the flea market together.

  • stitchy1

    I love Friends. It’s what I watch whenever I need a boost and a laugh and I totally agree with you on Mathew Perry being a comedic genius.

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