Monday, September 3, 2012

A Humble Harvest

As in other parts of the country, this drought-ridden summer has been a devastating one here in Nod.....

There will be few crops to take in. 


Few leaves left to turn and dance on autumn winds.


No late-September lawn mowings.

No third crop hay.

 Irreversible losses.

It is certain to be a humble harvest.


For my faithful followers, this is also a humble little fall giveaway.  Miss October 31st.  I realize she is quite "prim" and may not appeal to all of my followers.  For that, I apologize.  But if she appeals to you, let me know in your comment and I will put your name in for a chance to adopt her.  (And I will not feel badly if she's not to your liking....)  I'm truly sorry I didn't have the time for anything hand-did....I did not make fact, I'm not positive she is even handmade....I purchased her at my favorite (i.e., the only) prim shop in these parts this past weekend.  
This is for current followers only please, and I ask that you do NOT post this on your blogs, etc.  Yes, it is open to my followers outside of the US. 
I will leave entries open until September 21st and draw a winner sometime after that date.  I will, however, ask your patience in advance in announcing a winner and in mailing, as the prior week will be a chaotic one here in the nest.  But rest assured, she will be to you before All Hallow's Eve.


Anonymous said...

oh my gosh, what devastation, the drought has hit your area very hard, so so sad, your give away is such a beauty, a lovely creation from head to toe, I would love to have my name added to the pot, I hope you are well, you sound busy and I hope its a good kind of busy, I hope your mum and your son are enjoying better health as well.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Hi Robin ~
Woo hoo. I'm first! I'm usually not first at anything ... grin.
Anywho, I promise if I am chosen to give Miss October 31st a very good home!
My. The drought looks much worse in Nod than Ohio, but then again, I'm not a farmer, so not sure if it's that bad on the farms.
Hugs to you :)
Oh! Someone beat me to it so maybe I'm #2?

Kim said...

Robin, this dry summer has devastated so many farmers. Our lawn is full of brown dead patches but that is hardly the same as people whose incomes depend on the weather. (but I did save money not having to pay the lawn man so often)
Your giveaway is generous. I hate to say this but......I think she would creep me out in my house. For some reason I'm not sure she won't come alive in the night......(seriously). LOL

Kaisievic said...

Sorry to hear that it has been such a dry summer - we know drought all too well here in Australia. Don't worry, the rains will come eventually. Our last drought in Victoria finally broke last year after 11 years!

Your prim doll is lovely but not quite suited to my decor, so please do not count me in your giveaway, I just wanted to say how nice she is.

Ann said...

WOW - and I thought our drought conditions where bad. I sure do feel for your farmers and us too - when the price increases hit the grocery store later this year. We didn't mow our yard in June or July and only a couple times at the end of August.

I personally LOVE the pumpkin doll and would love to add her to my prim decor - thanks for the giveaway. Hope all goes well in the next few weeks for you.

Heather Wise said...

Oh, my dear, I am so sorry for your loss of bounty and beauty. I will pray for your area even though I know the crops are beyond repair. I am just so saddened for you.

I love the pumpkin gal. Thank you for thinking of your readers. It is very generous! I would love to also be added to the pot.

I love your blog. I always love when your blog pops up and see that big beautiful crow!

Blessings and prayers,

Primitive Stars said...

Hello, so so sad about the crops, really to darn dry here to. I`m a follower and I sure love the prim dolly,would give her a good home to, so please enter me in your wonderful giveaway please. Blessings Francine.

Mugwump Woolies said...

Love the prim pumpkin...please add my name to the pot. How sad to see the devastation caused by lack of rain in one place, and the flooding caused by too much rain in another. What a Summer this has been! Hope all is well with you and yours.
Take care,

annie said...

so sad, and tired looking everything looks, hoping and praying for better days to come no matter what the season. please kick me in, I think she is so sweet and eager looking for autumn!

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Looks like your part of the woods is getting the same kind of drought we are. So much devastation.
Miss October is just prim perfect! Such a nice giveaway.

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

Hi Robin- I saw a program a few nights ago about the devastated farms and how many farmers are now turning their cattle into the cornfields that are beyond saving. They are hoping to keep the cattle fed a bit longer with the cornfields before they have to seel them off. So sad. Farmers in western Pa., while also in dire straits, are still hanging in there--we got enough rain to somewhat revive some crops. Farming is a difficult road anywhere in the country. I love your little prim dolly and think she would make a suitable bride for my handsome skelly doll! I would love to be included in your generous giveaway!!--Jan

marly said...

Those photos are so sad. I hope there is a wet fall and winter to put some moisture back. What a sweet offer and thank you, but please don't include me. She reminds me of myself in the dental chair, clenching my teeth. I still have surgery coming up!

Simple Pleasures said...

Those are very sad photos. This has been a horrible summer, too hot, too dry! I love your pumpkin man and would like to be entered in the sweet giveaway. Have a great evening.

Angela said...

Summer has been a rough one on so many of the farmers and will dwindle down to all us consumers I am certain. So sad. Our garden was so pitiful this year. Sure didn't fill the cupboards and freezer. But life goes on and God will provide. He never said it would be easy. I love your Miss October. I bet she would love to come South where the winters are mild and fall is just wonderful. Let her come over and visit the blog. Bet she would just love Darbee Rae too!! Please sneek my name in the pot. Hope you had a great Labor Day weekend.

basketsnprims said...

Robin, so sorry about the drought in your area. It isn't much better here in Michigan. It's been a struggle all summer keeping everything watered. I feel so sad for the farmers. I love your prim Ms. October 31st and would love to be entered in your generous giveaway. She's perfectly prim. thanks so much, praying for rain

~Sara said...

So sorry about the droughts. We are still having 100 degree plus weather here in Northern Cali. The fires are all around and we have to stay inside some days for the smoke is so thick. Today was a good day we were outside for a barbecue at our sons and it wasn't too bad. I would love to be entered into your giveaway, Thanks so much Blessings~Sara

Christine said...

It has been a hard summer - for you drought and for us in the UK not enough sun and too much rain - nothing much has come to fruition. I feel so bad for the farmers.

Thank you so much Robin for offering such a wonderful prim doll. I'd be thrilled to own her so please put my name in the pot!
Best wishes

Shirlee said...

Nod looks almost as bad as it does here in the bowels of hell. We went for at least 6 weeks this summer with no rain & high temps. This past weekend it rained straight on through from Friday till late yesterday afternoon. I wouldn't be surprised if there is flooding in town which always happens with a big rain. I will find out later when we head to Lexington. I'm rambling. Anyway, very nice & thoughtful giveaway but don't include me. Best of luck to all who enter!

DianeM said...

Yes, that was a humbling post...really shakes you up to see what others in the country have had to endure this summer. My prayers go out to all the farmers and laborers whose livelihood depends on the harvest.
Please enter me for a chance to win the delightful doll.
Thank you for your generosity :)
Smiles, DianeM

BumbleBeeLane said...

Yes I think most of us will have Humble Harvest this year..Sad for the people who depend on it and sad for us that prices will once again climb...I love the prim girl throw my name in the old magpie!~Amy

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I like her a lot! Please enter me Robyn! We had a bit of rain that has seemed to help things a bit. I think farmers here will be a bit better off.
Take Care,

TheRustyThimble said...

Robin, So sad to loose so much in crops, but beauty still remains in your photos, the farmers here were devastated for the second year now.

My grandpa used to say the soil just needs to rest this year, oh how I loved going to his farm and helping.

Love Miss October and would love to be entered
Have a wonderful day

M.j. said...

Oh my I absolutely love this gift cute...sorry for your hardships...ciao4now64 at yahoo dot com.

Karen said...

Hi Robin,
Oh my goodness I'm so in awe at the bad crops this year. When we were in Pennsylvania a few weeks ago the corn is GORGEOUS...and they said they had DROUGHT...I don't think so, not like ours in the midwest anyway...very sad and praying for the farmers...and us as it falls down the line to everyone.

I WOULD LOVE TO ADOPT THIS ADORABLE PUMPKIN LADY! She will go just beautifully in my home...there's nothing ugly about her!


Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Hi, Robyn ~ Sweet giveaway~kind & generous~ leave me out of the hat~ I have realized after carrying all the boxes of fall from the attic I am falled out~ I need to clean some out~ giggles~ I am having fun decorating~
We have been fortunate here had some rain in August helped with the corn & hay,we will have enough feeding for the beefy, just not any to sell, some parts of Ohio haven't been as lucky~
I count my blessings~
have a great day

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

My heart breaks at all this sad devastation. We are having forest fires in the mountains above Glendora, CA. All our children were born there. After the fires comes the rain and mud slides. It just seems that nature can be very cruel. We now live at a higher elevation (3000 ft) above Glendora, in the High Desert with not much to burn. All our children have scattered except for Sandy, as she will always be with is ... God willing.

Sandy & I love the 'Pumpkin Lady'. We would love to be included in the drawing.

Have a Blessed Day,
Barb & Sandy

frontporchprims said...

Hi Robin. Beautiful post. Sometimes we need humble once in a while to better appreciate the things we have or had. Your humble giveaway is awesome to me. The more prim, the better. What a wonderful thing to share with others. Thanks so much for the chance. -Steph-

oldgreymare said...

Although I no longer collect dolls of any style I have a dear and kind friend who would love to have her, so please enter me. I would love to surprise her with Miss October<3

CarolG said...

I certainly love your little prim fall doll - she would look lovely in my home. Thanks for the chance to win her.

I live in PA and the drought is not quite as bad especially in our area - don't get me wrong lots of things didn't make it with the heat we had but we have had rain recently.

Pamela said...

I can't believe the drought devastation in your area. So sorry to see this.

I love Miss October 31st! She is adorable! I LOVE prim and would love to enter for a chance. Thank you.


Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

our area has been hit too ~ no third cut for our hay pumpkins, no bittersweet berries ~ but, it's ok...the sun comes up every morning, and sets ever night ~ the moon lights our paths and keeps us in balance. ~ so what? whe have drought, high temps, scorching sun? ~ it will come to pass...and we will be better for it. as always.
just wanted you to know you're not alone in the crazy circumstances!!

Blessed be!
Lori from Notforgotten Farm

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

oh & p.s. ~ your generous giveaway is so sweet, but please pass me on this one, not that she isn't awesome, but i have enough ~ and isn't that all we could/should ask for??

lilraggedyangie said...

o my sweet crow indeed the harvest will be a sad one ..but we can rejoice in punkins!!! Im just leaving a comment you just leave me out of that saweeet give away (as your friendship is the best GIFT EVER!!!) even if you are ending it all on my Birthday ! lol hugs lil raggedy angie

The Moonlit Stitch said...

Hi Robin! I'm trying to catch up on my blog buddies now that summer is winding down...we are brown and crunchy as well here. The essence of fall still lives in our hearts! Orange & Black state of mind! ♥ Lisa

Linda said...

Miss October 31 appeals to me...right down to her blue feet! I have been reading your blog for a long time through Google Reader but just made it "official". The crop photos are so sad. I hope the land of Nod and the rest of the midwest recover next year.

Woman Seeking Center said...

Your images are painfully familiar Crow. It is the same here with the drought - tho the blow of the hardship these losses bring is not lessened with it being shared by so many..... It's difficult to know how many states, fields & lives will be harmed and plowed under (literally) this fall.

Corn is dessicated on the stalk, my apples are no larger than golf balls (tho the poor things ripen as if they defy reality still!) Many of the counties in these parts have been granted crop disaster assistance. Helpful of course but no replacement for a good season or for small farms/personal stock growers.

Still we keep saying, each to the other, we suffer no wildfire, flood, mudslide, tornado nor hurricane. Roof above intact, basement below dry, barns standing ~ luck is found at times in the lesser scope of ones disaster.

And yet I hope beyond hope for next year to bring sanity to nature at least (and for the world overall if I had my druthers).

And yes of course (!) the old girl and I would love a chance at Mz. Pumpking :-)

Hugs, Issy

Cindy said...

The drought is devestating! It is so sad..
We had a terrible drought in Texas last summer, no hay, had to sell 1/2 our cattle herd, rivers and ponds dried up. But this year, it is much better! Trees and shrubs I thought had died, came back to life. I am hoping that rain comes your way soon!
I would love to have that sweet little pumkpin head!

Farmhouse prims said...

Hi Robin, So sorry about the drought in your area. I have been very blessed in Va. we have had lots of rain. I know it is terrible in lots of the US. Please enter me in your giveaway. I love your pumpkin girl. She is prim perfect to me. Thanks for hosting such a wonderful giveaway. hugs, Lecia

Cottonwood Lane Primitives said...

Hi Robin; sorry to see you've had the drought so bad there, too. We finally received rain last week and it was a good, steady one, but still too late for many bushes, trees and the corn. I'd love a chance to win anything you make or purchase, but especially something Halloween themed! ~Roberta

Denise * KKL Primitives said...

Hi Robin. So very sorry your area is having a drought. :( We've been very fortunate this summer in Western PA - we've had a lot of rain - in fact too much some would say. Lots of flooded basements.
I would LOVE to adopt this beautiful prim Miss October. I love anything prim and extreme prim.
Thank you for the opportunity.

Carol Stuck said...

Hi Robin: I am so sorry that your area is experiencing this drought. Michigan has been hit hard as well.

Please, please include me in your drawing for the pumpkin beauty. I love her!!!!! She is prim perfection. I would find it hard to part with her. ha! Thanks so much for offering such a sweet little gal to one of us "ever so lucky" bloggers.

hugs and smiles,

tattered 'n torn prims said...

Sooo sad!! :O( I fear our fall will be a little less colorful too....unless you call dead a color!! LOL!!

Enjoy the crunch beneath your feet!!

cindy said...

hi robin, the pictures you posted look very familiar to me. we here in lower michigan have been suffering with the drought too. we farm and are hoping to get 50% of our crop. the doll is adorable, handmade or not. please put my name in for your drawing. thanks, cindy@

Vicky said...

Looking at your pics makes me sad :( It was super dry in Illinois when I was there in July. Hubby says they've received some rain since then but still the crops were ruined for the most part. I met up with a gal and her kids from Wisconsin and she said it was pretty dry where she lived.
Love the little Pumpkin doll and hope you'll enter me in your drawing.

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

The drought has hit us very hard as rain and hot temps for nearly two months. The soybeans are brown, the corn is stunted and brown...and my garden looks terrible, despite watering. I know the midwest is even worse off than central New York State. :-(
I'm so far behind on blog reading, since we've had company non-stop for nearly a month.
I'd love to be entered to win your cute pumpkin gal. I think she adorable! Thanks for the chance Robin.

Barb said...

Yes Robin, I think it has been hard everywhere.
Our little garden sure took a hit this year.
Dismal as my husband called it.
I love your little punkin headed critter. I will post to my side bar. Thanks for the fun giveaway. Makes up for the lack of harvest.
Enjoy your day,

sjcountrycrafts said...

So sad to think of all the farmers trying to feed their animals and water their crops. We have finally in six years got our underground water supplies up to par and the grass is growing.hope things get better there. Please enter me

yorkie's primitives said...

I am so sorry about your losses Robin! It didn't quite hit that hard here. Please enter me in your giveaway. Love reading your blog, Valerie

Rhissanna said...

Wow, Miss Crow, those are sobering pictures. I'm used to scorched earth here in Arkansas, but your images brought home how devastating this drought has been.

(Yes please for the giveaway!)

Carmen and the Primcats said...

Hey Crow! Long time no see! Getting all caught up for a moment here and BAM... what do I see but a really prim doll for giving away! Sign me up please! And have a great day!

Carmen and the Primcats

Pendleton Primitives said...

Seeing as I can't have any more babes, I'd love to adopt her! She is just darling and what a wonderful giveaway!

trishh said...

I love your blog and your pics are great. Glad I found you on Pinterest!!

Lori @ applegrovetreasures said...

First off, I would love to be entered, she is wonderful!
Second, I did not realize I was not a follower because I have been here so many times in the past, anyway, I am following now!!!
Stop by sometime, would love for you to visit my blog:)
Thanks for the chance ~

Raggedy Creations said...

Hi Miss Robin. I feel so badly about the drought all through the midwest. It is just terrible. So sorry for all your losses. Please sign me up for Miss October.


Raggedy Creations said...

Hi Miss Robin. I feel so badly about the drought all through the midwest. It is just terrible. So sorry for all your losses. Please sign me up for Miss October.