Red Dirt Farm and Studio

Living a creative life transitioning from farm life to flip flops

An unexpected break in winter weather brought sunshine and milder temperatures.

The snow melted and is now just a cold memory.

I did the warmer weather sunshine chicken dance out by the farm stand.

Neighbors drove by and honked at me.

I’m sure they were thinking there goes that crazy lady doing weird shit again.





















Tire tracks in the snow from customers down at the farm stand made my heart happy.  I left tracks of my own, walking back and forth keeping the eggs stocked.

Just like that the snow melted and warm temperatures zipped in and it is lovely out.  I know it won’t last, but oh how wonderful it is now.

This week, I baked crusty bread and sweet potato carrot soup.   The vegetable scraps went out for the chickens and Papaya.

  Mr. Cottage will have to go to the dentist.

  He broke a tooth on my crusty bread.

The hyacinths in the kitchen window are blooming and the whole downstairs is wrapped in the scent of spring.  Devine.

I’m sipping lots of tea these days and dreaming of spring planting.  A few seed packets jumped into my shopping cart the other day.

Papaya is doing the fan dance regularly – love is in the air.




Now, about that award.

I’ve been awarded the Liebster Award, by Mrs. N in Japan. (please go see her at her charming Clover Cottage).

 How kind, except I really suck at these kinds of things.  Actually, I’ve turned similar awards down before because I’m not so good at following directions, or chain letters, or pyramid type schemes.

  The point of this award is to help bloggers that don’t have a very big following, find their audience. I feel in this case it is, for the most part, a good thing.

  I have struggled for a long time finding my tribe.  I won’t lie, it has made me sad at times that there hasn’t been much interest in my blog.

  D.A. Squires, who is an extremely talented writer, made a comment on my blog recently that writing for her, and she thought for me too, was something we simply must do.

  I don’t consider myself a writer, a storyteller, perhaps.  A storyteller with my pictures.  She is right, I just feel I must do this.

 I’m blogging for myself, now.

  Hoping that doesn’t sound selfish.

 Maybe you’ll understand, maybe not.

 I prefer quality over quantity.  I only have a few folks that read or comment on my posts.  I cherish those comments, and many of you have come to feel like friends.  I wouldn’t trade these few, for a million readers.


In the spirit of helping others, I present The Liebster Award.

The rules are simple:
Acknowledge the blog that nominated you.
Answer the 11 questions your nominator asked.
Nominate 11 other bloggers, that have less than 200 followers.
Ask them 11 questions.
Let them know you have nominated them.


Here are my answers to the questions that I was asked:

1) Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging, several years ago, under a different name, to promote my art.  That didn’t work because I’m not any good at marketing myself or my work.  I hate self-promotion.  Also, I’m not a very good teacher and I don’t do well explaining how to do something to people.

2) How did you decide on your blog name?

That was a hard one to come up with.  This blog started out with the name Life at Coral Cottage – which was an easy name because our house was a cottage style farmhouse and it was painted coral.

A few years ago when we started our whole house renovation and addition, I knew the house would be painted a different color, and I was ready for a change to the blog name that reflected the changes we were going through.  However, I really struggled with what name to change to.  When we did excavation on the house and I shared photos here on the blog, so many people commented on the red color of our soil.

I wanted to call our place a farm, which might be splitting hairs a wee bit  –  we don’t farm farm, we just sorta farm.  And then there is this whole part of my heart that wants to be a flower farmer, but all I’ve got to work with is this red dirt.  Then one night we were watching Blake Shelton on The Voice and he talked about a genre of music called Red Dirt Music – well I got what he was saying about it being a regional thing. I just loved the sound of Red Dirt, something about it seemed real and from the earth and natural and not pretentious and all the sudden it was – that’s us, me and my one and only.  Were simple, real people with a real life and a real little farm with a whole lotta red dirt.

3) What is your favorite post that you have written (link please) ?

I have two, one about Daisy and Winter and one about saying goodbye to Lucky Duck.

4) If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be?

I don’t want to be anyone else, I’m just now, 50 some years later figuring out how to be me.  I wouldn’t mind spending the day with the guys from American Pickers, that I would love.

5) If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I’d love to go back to Germany.  However, since I have been there and done that, I’d say Hawaii.  But, if you want to give me a free trip to Germany, I’ll take it – just ‘sayin.    I would love to photograph the tropical flowers and see the volcanic formations and that blue water.

6) What is the most difficult situation you have found yourself in?

Helping a loved one who was in a severe mental health crisis, get help. It was a very complicated and dangerous situation.   It is too personal and painful to talk about.

7) Would you say that you are an introvert or an extrovert?

Oh Introvert – no question there.

8) Where do you prefer to live-city, country or someplace in-between?

Country. Country.  Oh, did I say the country?

9) If you went to Japan what is the one thing that you would want most to do?

I don’t know anything about Japan and have never had any interest in going.  Now that I have found two new bloggers who live there, I’m so excited to learn this new culture and see photos taken by real people, living real lives there.  I’d want to meet Mrs. N, for sure.

10) What is your favorite book?

I can’t say I have a favorite book, there are many.  However, I think of two book series from childhood, that have had a lifelong impression on me.  The first, The series from Laura Ingalls. I learned so much about hard work and honesty and trust through those books.  Thanks to the character in the book – I wanted to marry a man named Charles.  I loved the way that name sounded.  As luck would have it, I found my Charles and married him – (yay Mr. Cottage).

The second being Alfred Hitchcock’s, The Three Investigators.  (No Hitchcock did not actually write the books).  This series started me on the road to a fascination with mysteries and crime and wanting to solve mysteries.  I always wanted to be a detective – still do.

11) What is your biggest challenge?

Right now, this part of my life.  Staying true to myself, staying on course of my True North, while following through with family obligations.  I thought life would get easier as I got older.   The last few years have been a real struggle, oftentimes thinking it isn’t going to get any easier from here on out.


So folks – now shall we move on to the bloggers that I have nominated.  I haven’t followed the rules.  There are a lot I mean A. LOT. of blogs out there. I found it hard to find 11 blogs that I wanted to follow, that had fewer than 200 readers (the rules).  I spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to find the right blogs. Also, for my own personal ease, I stuck to blogs that are hosted through WordPress.

In no particular order here are my nominees.   I hope that you, the readers and the nominees, will stop by and say hello to everyone.

  1. To Create Sunshine
  2. Chester House Farm
  3.  Dream Valley Farmstead
  4. Brunson Home
  5. Southern Rural Route
  6. No Harm in Farmin


To those of you that I have nominated, follow through as you seem fit to do and what feels right to you.

Here are my questions to you.


  1. Do you prefer warm weather or cold weather?
  2.  What type of music do you enjoy listening to?  A favorite artist or group?
  3. Are you a listener or a talker?
  4. Would you rather go to a big fancy party with all the trimmings, or have a quiet night at home in your favorite comfy clothes?
  5. You drive by an old abandoned house.  Do you stop and whip out your camera/phone and start taking photos or drive by it thinking it should be torn down.
  6. What makes your home special to you?
  7. You find an obviously abandoned Dog/Cat what do you do?
  8. You have a free day to do anything that you want.  How do you spend it?
  9. Do you enjoy cooking?  What is your favorite dish to cook?
  10. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
  11. You’ve been kidnapped.  The characters from the last T.V. show you watched are coming to rescue you.  Who is coming to save you?



That’s all folks.


22 thoughts on “midwinter reprieve and a little award – Liebster that is.

  1. pennross says:

    How did you get so much more snow than we did?
    Kindred spirit here. Introvert and hate self promotion. Blog to share, not to sell, throw out chain letters and so on…One day I’m going to get to your neck of the woods and say hello.


    1. That snow thing is one of those things, you just never know… I have these thoughts of meeting those of you that I have struck up a friendship and a bond with. Then I laugh because we all say we are introverts – what would we say to each other? We’d all stand around staring at each other and then say bye! Really, it would be fun to pick a time and a place and just meet, maybe paint (except I’d have to watch – ‘cuz I can’t even draw stick figures) take a walk in the woods and eat good food. And maybe dye each other’s hair strange colors and put on temporary tats. xo kim


  2. Debra says:

    I want to visit you someday too. I hope I can hold a chicken or Papaya.

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    1. Debra – we are going to have to make a date. Holding the chickens easy – Papaya yeah good luck with that one! Our paths will cross someday – don’t you think? You were brought into my life for a reason. xo kim


  3. Sara Windsor says:

    Hi, Kim! I have been a terrible follower and friend lately 😦 We only have internet through our phone so have not nearly enough data to do all the things I’d like to online. But when I saw your post on fb today I really was missing your beautiful photos and words so came to enjoy the goodness…soglad I did! I’ve missed you and your blog.
    Mostly doing good here, but hubby and I are ready to live in a quieter place and put of this building where the manager is quite toxic in many ways. I don’t mean to complain, just that at this point in our lives we want to be around our tribe and not folks who have such negative and hateful energy. We were very blessed to have lived here for some of the amazing friends we’ve made, but are hoping it’s getting close to time for us to move on. 😉 We’ve found that we love the town of Westport, WA, right on the coast with many beaches to enjoy, a small fishing and vacation town. Our dearest friend moved there last month and we’re waiting for someplace to become available for us (in the meantime visiting her as often as we can!)
    I am still able to do some creating, but in our studio apartment I have to keep everything put away and create on the large footstool so I don’t get artsy as often as I will when we have more space. I am grateful for being able to do what I can.
    I’m so loving being back in western WA…just love the evergreens, the abundance of nature, most of the people lol, etc. Our daughter and her family moved in May back to Missouri (Not really by choice but rather circumstance) and they’ll be moving again as her hubby is enlisting in the Army (he was in the Navy but let go because they had too many people at his level; I still find that weird). So, they likely won’t be moving back out this way as originally planned…it’s hard to be far away from them again, especially our granddaughter…and the next grandbaby due in June!
    Our oldest son visited for two weeks around Christmas..awesome! And our youngest son and his gf are coming to visit in March. We can hardly wait!
    Overall we are doing good…we are happy, grateful to have this time of life and adventures together, and moderate health is better than what could be.
    Thank you for continuing to write your blog and share your fabulous photos (you are my favorite photographer!). I send you much love, peace and blessings ❤

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    1. Hi Sara what a wonderful surprise to hear from you. I think of you often. I hope you guys will find that quiet spot that fills your soul with all good things and leave behind those negative vibes. Your creative spirit must not be contained I hope your new place will have a special spot for you to spread your wings. Love and peace to my beautiful hippie friend. Xo kim


  4. Pam Kaufman says:

    I love your blog and read it faithfully. I’ve enjoyed watching the process on your house remodel and really like hearing how all the pets are doing. You take wonderful pictures to go with your words. I have wondered, but felt it would be nosy to ask about father cottage. Wasn’t he going to move into the cottage when his space was complete. I hadn’t read anything about him in awhile and was curious if all was well with him. Thanks for writing your blog I look forward and enjoy your posts.

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    1. Hi Pam thank you for letting me know you are out there reading. I love it when people ask questions nosy ones too. 😀. We are still working on the addition for my dad. I’ll try to answer honestly while not stepping on toes. We have been drained physically, mentally and financially working to make this happen. We keep plugging away at it. Dad is well and living large. He has found other interests that have him not so anxious to make the move out to the country.

      When I hear that people get enjoyment from reading about our pets and every day ordinary lives it is rewarding. It is so weird why would people that don’t know you want to know about your happenings? But I’m the same way, I read blogs from people I don’t know and enjoy reading their words and peeking inside their homes. People are funny – I’m one of them!

      Thanks again. Xo Kim


  5. Hi Kim, thanks for the award, very thoughtful. I’ve only blogged for a couple of weeks and I do get excited anticipating responses to my posts. Now Im thinking about your questions and looking forward to a new post.

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    1. It’s my pleasure. So interesting to watch people work on their dream, be it a home or some other endeavor. I enjoy reading about your progress. This blog award business is a bit time consuming, hoping you will find some new readers. I’m behind in my reading… best wishes Kim

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  6. I’m a new follower and a country ma’am at heart. I raised chickens in high school so I felt drawn to you and your blog immediately. I loved your photos today!

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    1. Hello fellow country heart. I enjoyed taking those photos, thank you for saying so.
      I’m new to your blog too, and behind in reading. I’ll be by soon to catch up. Thanks for popping in today. Xo kim


  7. says:

    Dearest Kimmie — Thank you for the nomination. I loved the questions Mrs. N asked you and the questions you are asking of your nominees. I’m not sure I want to play because it’s “work” and I seem to be overwhelmed these days. But I loved hearing that you were a mystery reader. I didn’t know that about you. I grew up on Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Trixie Belden and continued onward with ever more mysteries and thrillers. In the last year, I fell out of love with the genre because it had become too true to life — all those murders — and I wasn’t okay with that. I have yet to find anything else to read so I have occasionally read children’s books that I missed when I was growing up because my nose was buried in all those mysteries. I just finished reading A Wrinkle In Time.

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    1. Linda – yes it is work and I understand completely. I was quite apprehensive about following through and forced myself to do it. Really don’t think I have any more interest in my blog than before. Plenty of trolls that follow that I know have no intention of reading if you know what I mean.

      I read all those same mystery books too. I’ve gone back to reading them again over the years because of their innocence. I agree too much reality makes me uncomfortable. A few years ago I got into reading Dick Francis, fascinating but definitely dark realism a little more off putting. I’m a big fan of Sneaky pie murder mysteries by Rita Mae Brown. The cats and dogs and other animals solve the mysteries and it is set locally in my neck of the woods.

      There is another series which involves a cat which I can’t think of right now…

      Hope you are ok, miss seeing regular posts from you. Xo kim

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      1. says:

        I’ve made a note of Sneaky pie author. I’ve updated some older posts (none of mine are ever permanent) but just have no interest in the blog right now. Started going to WordPress Meetup gatherings, though, and have gotten some help with things I need to do when you aren’t under the “.com” umbrella.


  8. Gerri says:

    What a lovely post! I love your blog and am really enjoying getting to know you through your post. I will be looking at the questions and visiting your nominations. Thank you so much for thinking of me! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Hi Gerri you’re quite welcome. I agree it is fun getting to know each other. Your blog is uplifting and different and has lovely photos. Thanks for stopping by. Xo kim


  9. LaDy says:

    Kim –
    Always love reading your words and viewing life through your lens. Keep blogging, snapping pics, and being true to you.



    1. Thank you LaDonna – it is always nice to hear from you and read your encouragement. Hope you are well and doing good things I know you are. Xo kim


  10. D.A. Squires says:

    You are so deserving of this award, Kim, but I understand your reaction…we must be kindred spirits! The self-promotion required of authors is very real and not my cup of tea–at all. I have wished my birds could drop the books into homes where they would be read and enjoyed. That would be PURRFECT : ) I think the creative endeavor is very personal and in a way, the work is its own reward. But undeniably, the cherry-on-top is when it can be shared and enjoyed by others.
    Papaya is magnificent (“Sir Lancelot” in Fantastic Tails : ) I have never seen a fan tail so beautiful!! And merci for the lovely compliment and including the book in the lovely ‘spring is around the corner’ photo montage… please know I am already looking forward to your next post…


  11. D.A. I love the image in my mind of the birds dropping books at all the right places. Sigh. We have to do the hard work too, don’t we? I haven’t gotten to Sir Lancelot yet – (what a name!) As I sit here at the computer typing this message, Papaya is sitting on the bench outside the window looking in at me. He watches my every move through the window. I don’t know if spring is around the corner or not, we are supposed to have snow tonight. As always, thank you for your words of wisdom and support. xo kim


  12. Sarah West says:

    I loved seeing the snow, what a shame you didn’t capture your chicken dance too! Sarah x

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