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postheadericon The Winds of Change – From MoonCat Farms to Red Barn Blue Skies

Hello fellow meanderers who have blown in on the winds of change… welcome to our old friends from MoonCat Farms and to those of you new to us!


horses & mules on bridge for winds of change post


I’ve really missed all of you at our MoonCat Farms Meanderings blog. It hasn’t been the same talking about our daily lives as well as sharing the things I find in my own wanderings, it’s been a bit lonely. Because of this I’ve decided to rekindle the fire and start up yet again, but in a new place. I’m looking forward to adding many new friends as well as we move forward with this new venture.

Our new home is here at Red Barn Blue Skies. It will be more of an overall lifestyle and family site instead of just about the farm, although all of the previous posts and conversations are now here as well. The farm has its own actual website now for the heritage animals we’re raising at Forty Five Farm. It got to be a bit confusing for our livestock customers with the two farm names so we went with the legal one and are dropping the Mooncat Farms name.

There will still be quite a bit of crossover with the animals here as they do comprise a major part of our lives, but for the most part this site will be – a little bit about a lot of things and a lot about the little things that make our life wonderful.  I’m continuing to contribute in several other places as well:  book reviews at One Book Shy of a Full Shelf and tidbits about saving money at Centsable Couponing as well as my newest Halloweenistic. You can see I like to dabble and divulge in several areas and enjoy sharing them with others.


So, with a little change to the name and format, MoonCat Farms Meanderings will now be Red Barn Blue Skies. Bear with us as we make the change and we’ll be up and running right away.





Welcome to the next chapter as the winds of change blow through. I hope you’ll enjoy your time with us and join in the conversations.

postheadericon Hello, My Name Is… 100th Post!

Trisha from Mom Blogs at MomDot wrote about how we, as bloggers all introduce ourselves when we first set up our “About Me” page. We then forget about it and start posting. That is all we really tell about ourselves other than our day-to-day posts on our day-t0-day lives. We then just associate other writers as the blogger known as MoonCat Farms, not a person named Julie behind the words.

Trisha set up an “Introduce Yourself to Your Neighbor” round-robin/Mr. Linky type of event in order for us all to learn a few things about the people that we’re conversing with regularly. Important things such as my name is really Julie or Jules, not MoonCat Farms and the hubby is not legally named Mr. MoonCat, but Michael – although it does have a ring to it.

I thought it would be fun to join in and share some of my info as well since this also marks my 100th post! I was going to do a giveaway to celebrate, but I think I’ll just give away some information – much more valuable. I will be doing an actual giveaway of something tangible that you can hold in your hot little hands in a couple of weeks. It will be my 1 year blogiversary and the beginning of OWOH or One World One Heart 2010. You can click the icon to the right or read my post about it here.

On to some valuable dirt on the MoonCat Farmers…ummm, Julie & Mike.

    • We are both firm believers of lazy weekend mornings, he likes Saturdays for the cartoons, I like Sunday just because I do.


    • My favorite author is Diana Gabaldon. After we got together, I made him read the first book “Outlander” because he is my “Red Jamie”. He insisted we use a part from the book in our wedding vows….


    • We love being an auntie and uncle and are hoping to add a child to our life this year and finally become parents ourselves.


    • I like rock music and he likes country. I grew up on a ranch listening to country and he grew up as a city slicker listening to show tunes.


    • I rarely wear anything but pants and he regularly wears a skirt – I mean kilt


    • We both enjoy fishing. I catch them, he cleans them.


    • I am the proud owner of a Fantasy Football team. I play with several guys I grew up with. Hubby watches a lot more NFL since meeting me.


    • We both have natural, very curly hair. My father once remarked that if we ever had a child, “that THING would have some WILD hair!” Thanks Daddy.


    • I am still extremely close to a group of friends that I have had since I was six years old.


    • Michael played the part of “Lord Gordon” in Renaissance Faire. I dubbed him “Lord Pompous-Assedness”. I was a serving wench that he dallied with once or twice.


    • We met online!


    • He is ex-military and I am ex-law enforcement.


  • We both enjoy cooking and way too much eating.

Well, I think that takes care of some of the burning questions you’ve had about the MoonCats. I hope you can now rest easier knowing that I hate to gut and clean my own fish! This has been fun for me and I hope you’ll go by Trisha’s blog here to learn more about her and some of the great bloggers that are participating. It really is cool to be able to put more of a name and face to some of the fabulous writing out there.Hey while you’re still here…look at the poll I have posted to the top right. Do me a favor and click on a few of the things and let me know what you think. It’s quick, easy & anonymous and it will help me out with knowing what you’d like more or less of. Thanks gang…

Hope you’ll stay with me for the next 100…

postheadericon Blue Moon

Blue Moon, you saw me standing alone,
Without a dream in my heart,
Without a love of my own,
Blue moon, you knew just what I was there for,
You heard me saying a prayer for,
Someone I could care for,

And then there suddenly appeared before me,
Someone my arms could really hold,
I heard you whisper “Darling please adore me,”
And when I looked to the moon it had turned to gold,

Blue moon, now I’m no longer alone,
Without a dream in my heart,
Without a love of my own.

And then there suddenly appeared before me
The only one my arms will ever hold
heard somebody whisper please adore me
And when I looked the Moon had turned to gold

Blue moon
Now I’m no longer alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own

Blue moon
Now I’m no longer alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own

Blue Moon – Original lyrics by Rodgers and Hart in 1934

For those of you that are newer to our blog, you may not be familiar with Mr. MoonCat’s and my affinity for the full moon. We are both very much in awe of the beautiful orb and feel quite a connection to it. These romantic milestones in our life weren’t planned by any means, but our first date was the night of a full moon, our first kiss occurred under the next one, and he proposed to me when the moon was full.
So, in keeping with these probably not-so-much “coincidences”, we planned our wedding for the night of a full moon. The photo below is “our” full moon.

One of our most special and cherished memories of that night was after everyone left and it was just the two of us (with the frogs, crickets, and other forest nightlife) dancing under this gorgeous full moon in the trees. It was beautiful and it was perfect! (Especially since just about NOTHING went right with the wedding & reception.)I started reading up on the Blue Moon. There is a lot of mixed information out there about where the name came from. For the most part, it just means that there is a second full moon in a month. It’s not really the color blue. In the majority of the years, there are only twelve full moons – one per month. Since our calendar year and the astronomical year don’t always mesh, a blue moon can occur once about every 2 1/2 – 3 years. This is because a calendar MONTH is closely matched up to the lunar cycle or how long it takes the moon to go through all of its phases. The calendar YEAR is based on how long it takes the Earth to go around the sun. Since lunar and solar cycles are different, we end up with our beloved Blue Moon!You can actually see a blue-colored moon at times as well. This occurs when there are certain atmospheric conditions and particles in the air. Some noted times are when we have volcanic eruptions such as Mt. St. Helens or Mt Krakatoa. Huge forest fires such as the Canadian one in the 1950s will also create the illusion that the moon is tinged blue.So, enjoy this beautiful not-so blue, Blue Moon tonight. You may have to wait another twenty years or so to be able to howl at it on New Year’s Eve!

postheadericon Giveaway alert

Starting tomorrow, December 2nd we will be participating in the December Giveaway Day hosted by Sew Mama Sew … Be sure to come back for more details and enter to win prizes from MoonCat Farms and HUNDREDS of other blogs……

postheadericon MoonCat Farms Marketplace

MoonCat Farms Marketplace finally has something in it! I got off my rear and found some time to list some of the note cards that I’ve made from some of my photographs. The three shown above are the first up. I will be adding more over the next few days. All of them are also available as prints. My Etsy shop also has a couple of the flower pincushion/sachets that I made.
I would love to hear what you think!