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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Madonna of the Barn

 The fact that we even have  barns cracks me up.
We are not rural folk by any stretch of the imagination,
although the Mr. sometimes fancies himself to be.

I fancy myself 10 pounds thinner,
so it all evens out.

 We have three long, rectangular chicken-type barns,
although one of them looks to have harbored goats in another lifetime.

The barn closest to the road has been dubbed the "wasp and cat poop barn",
as it has produced a never ending stream of pesky wasps all Summer long,
and a feral cat seems to like to make her "deposits" inside.

One day, with a lot of patience and elbow grease, this will
be the future Man Cave.

 Our middle barn is actually a semi-gutted barn which serves as
a three-car garage.
Outside of this barn is where my beautiful barn Madonna resides,
alongside an assortment of rusty old farm implements and fire wood.

She just "fits" out here, her delicately weathered patina
blending seamlessly alongside her rustic companions.

 Our third barn is also the infamous storage barn y'all have been
given glimpses inside of in posts past.
Truth be told, it's the mother of all storage units, and I'm still
holding out hope that a barn sale of some sort can take place here,
perhaps next Spring. 

I had hoped to do this in the Fall, like now
but then...well, readers of this blog know what happened.

Is she not lovely?
She gets more and more beautiful with age.

Speaking of...
not the beautiful part, but the age thing.
I endured celebrated another birthday yesterday, and to all those 
amazing Facebook friends who wished me a happy one, thank you!

And to all of you lovely folk who still
operate under the misconception that
I'm much more of a Spring chicken than I actually am,
far be it from me to burst your bubble.  ;-)

Off to face the day.
Hopes yours is blessed and joyful!


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to you! xxx
Beautiful pictures of your Madonna she almost has a glow about her and she does look right at home x

Candylei said...

Happy belated Birthday! I can imagine you dressing up the barns for future photo shoots. When I say "dressing" I mean your addition of beautiful things as barns by themselves have a natural beauty.

Have a great week and stand tall with this extra birthday!

Anonymous said...

Happy B-day, Anne!
What a lovely rusty Madonna.
Hope you're doing well, my friend.

Rachel Pallas said...

She is beautiful out by your barn~ So glad you had a nice birthday too!! xoxo Rachel

Miss Gracie's House said...

Happy birthday, dear one...I do hope you found joy in celebrating.


I love her! Hope your birthday was wonderful, "youngun"! ;-)


Blondie's Journal said...

Your Madonna looks perfect by the beautiful.

Wishing you a Happy Birthday!!


NanaDiana said...

Happy, Happy belated birthday! You're not getting older -you're getting wiser...and better...just like wine-you will be better with age!

Love that Madonna-she is perfect by the barn. Maybe the ManCave will harbor the feral cat-sounds like they go together to me...just leave one section of floor open and fill it with sand...presto...instant little box...and you just rake it! just a thought- xo Diana

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to you, spring chicken!! xo , T

Vicki said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Love the Madonna.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Happy Belated Birthday Anne! The Madonna is serene...-peaceful....

Lou Cinda

Rene Foust said...

She looks absolutely beautiful by the barn! I too have to laugh out loud and pinch myself all at the same time when I say to people that yes I, me, Rene' am the owner of a barn. I couldn't be happier it was one of the things on my bucket list so when I turned 50 this past spring I checked that one off (although I haven't been able to move into the house yet it is 190 yrs young and it needed way too much work and it was just my son and I to do the work) move in will hopefully happen this month and I will be looking for a Madonna for my barn now! Happy birthday!!!

Anne Marie said...

happy belated birthday Anne!

cannot wait to see what you do with those barns someday :)

Anne Marie

SuzyMcQ said...

A happy belated birthday from me as well. Hope it was filled with happiness, reflection and lots of love.

Olive Cooper said...

Well happy birthday to you. Pretty soon all those barns will be brimming over and you will wonder how on earth that happened. Joe's old sheds, at our old house, are so full of stuff I decline to enter them but they have some genuine vintage stuff in there.

Sue said...

Love the rusted Madonna! There is something about rust that makes everything just a bit better! And lastly, wishing you a very happy birthday and hope it brought you everything and more that you wished for!

Take care, Sue

stefanie said...

happy birthday to you!!!! a man bout a you cave!!! hahaha

White Ironstone Cottage said...

Happy to share a birthday month with someone as beautiful as you
Happy Birthday

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

Happy Birthday, my friend.
Love, Lisa xo

Low Tide High Style said...

Happy Belated Birthday girlie!!! Sorry I missed the big day, but I hope you had a great one! And I love your Madonna!

Kat :)

Privet and Holly said...

Love all you barns.
LOVE you.
Happy Birthday!
And you still look
like a young chickie.
I've met you and I
can say so!!!
xx Suzanne

andrea said...

She IS beautiful, and happy birthday! Maybe it's time to get some goats?? andrea@townandprairie

Becky C said...

Happy Birthday sweet Anne!! I hope you had a great day :) Lots of love!

Tilda said...

age is only a matter of mind. like you, i am the keeper of barns. but in Michigan, barns are the normal, at least in northern Michigan they are. happy birthday.
in fond thought, Tilda

Tricia @ A Rosy Note said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Anne!! I hope you did something super fun, ate lots of cake and all your birthday wishes came true!

Sooo, the wasp and cat poop barn...that's a catchy name. It will be a great memory when it becomes the MAN CAVE. I said that with a forceful, manish voice...could you tell? LOL.

Love the pretty Madonna :)

Anonymous said...

She is absolutely stunning. Happy Birthday!

Nita Jo said...

I love your Madonna! So beautiful. I hope your birthday was filled with love and happiness!

Jilly said...

I hope your birthday was filled with joy and happiness! She is absolutely stunning. I thing I am late, so be lated a great birthday.
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Ness Lockyer said...

Happy Birthday again sweet Anne. I do love your 'Rustonna', she is lovely out there with your barn. You are so lucky to have three...I'd just like one!
Ness xx said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANNE!, How fun it must be to have 3 barns. Having a barn sale sounds perfect:) Your Madonna is beautiful. Have a wonderful week.~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Beverly said...

She is a real beauty, Anne. I imagine she will exude her grace and presence to all of the barns.

Someone thinking you are a spring chick is a very good thing. Happy belated birthday. Keep celebrating!

Lululiz said...

Oh darn, I missed your birthday!
Your madonna really is beautiful. She looks so serene and just perfect where you placed her.

Binky said...

Sorry I missed your birthday, Hope it was a happy one!!!

A Cottage Muse said...

Happy Belated Birthday Anne!
Hugs to you!

kerrie of sea cottage said...

Your barn madonna is perfectly rustic and beautiful. Now that I am Catholic(I was confirmed on Easter) I have been in search of a grey chippy madonna like the Jeanne d arc living variety.

Theresa said...

Happy Birthday Anne! I hope it was as special as you are. t. xoxoxoox

Martha at Authentica said...

Anne - A most happy belated birthday! Your Madonna is perfectly beautiful! I think she is in the most wonderful of spaces...humble...and isn't that what Mary is? Humble, pure, GRACEful?

Blessings sweet Anne..still praying for you and your mom! you have a biz page on facebook?

Joy to you,

Theresa said...

Happy Birthday dear Anne! I hope that it was a wonderful day! Love your sweet Madonna outside your gorgeous barn! Have a blessed day my friend, HUGS! AND you ARE a SPRING CHICKEN:)

Pam said...

Happy Birthday. Your Madonna is very peaceful looking. So fitting that she is watching over the barns.

My Grama's Soul said...

Happy Birthday sweet Anne......didn't have enough courage to tell us how old hugh? LOL LOL

I love it that the MR gets the barn with wasps and cat poop.....for him future man cave. That is too funny.



Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Belated Happy Birthday honey. And yes you are still a lovely young spring chick.
Enjoyed my visit tonight

Katherines Corner said...

Happy belated birthday Anne I hope you day was truly as sweet as you are.
I love the Madonna my bloggy friend, truly beautiful xo

GardenChic said...

Love the statue of Madonna near the barn. She seems to be watching over your beautiful home. Great place for her. Happy Belated Birthday...

Love, Jody

The Flying Bee said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Friend! xo

diana said...

Happy Birthday... what a dream to have 3 barns

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Clearly I'm just catching up with all your recent posts, but I have to tell you how big my smile was when I read "spring chicken!" It was one of my mother's favorite sayings and I use it to this day. It always makes me smile because I can still hear her saying it, lauging all the while. And between you and me, you are so not alone ~ I'm no spring chicken, either!


Anonymous said...

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