Posts Tagged ‘MoonCat Farms’

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!

postheadericon Critter Corner – Porkchop

I can’t believe it is 95 degrees today! We got a brief little dose of Spring for a couple of very short weeks & now we are in the nineties! I’m not ready for the heat. I still have winter clothes and space heaters out and about. I had to run out early this morning and make sure my little herblings and veggies had a drink before the temperature soared. Just 5 days ago, there was frost on my windshield when I left for work.

I had promised an introduction to my little punky Porkchop and am finally getting around to it (mostly because I’m sitting in the cool living room this afternoon waiting for the sun to go down before going back outside to the garden..also because he is sitting on my lap at the moment, helping me with the laptop.)

Porkchop (aka Punkers, Punkydoodles, Porklet, etc.) is my 3-legged, blind in 1 eye baby. My vet calls him my little trauma kitty because he also has flea allergy dermatitis and a penchant for fighting with another of my cats, Badger (when he isn’t snuggling with him). At the same time, he is the biggest baby and gets very upset when he can’t wallow around in my lap and drool. He is such a charmer, he greets me at the door when I come in, usually with one of his toys. He loves several of the toys that I have made him, especially those with our catnip. It drives him nuts!! It’s like kitty crack. I have plans to put these kitty toys and our catnip on our site for sale in the very near future. Porkchop wants to share his favorites with the feline world.Punkers is a cuddler and sleeps on top of me (or even the hubby at times) every night. Which brings to mind his latest nickname – Chunkapunk. When we had him neutered his weight tripled (at least). It’s funny, because he is the most active & spastic cat we have. He gets to cruising up and down the tiled hallway at full speed in his little, lopsided galloping gait! His only clue that he isn’t the same as the other furfaces is the fact that he can’t leap to the top of the kitty tree in a single bound! Hubby made him a custom one so he can reach the top and rule from his perch near the ceiling anyway. And even though he is one of the smallest (except in poundage) of the critters in our home, Punky definitely rules! Please spay and neuter your pets. I support the NSAL and their many programs to help end the pet overpopulation problem. Please click here for more information. SPAY-USA – a program of the North Shore Animal League

postheadericon Earth Hour 2009 – Turn Out the Lights..


Well, the hubby and I have big plans tonight…We’re going to sit in the dark!

Yes, we paid our power bill and yes, we are choosing to turn off the electricity in our home for an hour or more…. We’re taking part in a global event to show our support and commitment to saving our planet. (It doesn’t hurt that we are including a bottle of wine, some cheese & crackers, and a nighttime stroll in the plan.) Being environmentally friendly and conscious of our carbon footprint can still be romantic!

This is the 3rd year in a row that millions of people worldwide will be turning off their lights & other non-essential electronics for an hour tonight to celebrate Earth Hour. Individuals as well as companies and international landmarks will take part by flicking the switch from 8:30pm to 9:30pm local times this evening. Even the famous Las Vegas Strip will be dark (on the outside) for this hour, including the huge “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. This will be a first as the only time this is ever done is for a minute when a local star dies, never for an entire hour. Huzzah!

Sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund, this event started in Australia and is celebrating it’s third year with more participation each year. From the website:

In December 2009 world leaders meet in Copenhagen to agree on a post-Kyoto policy for tackling climate change. One billion people voting with their light switch during Earth Hour will create a powerful mandate for our leaders to take strong and decisive action on climate change in Copenhagen.

With the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote, Vote Earth is a global call to action for every individual, every business and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet.

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Sign up for Earth Hour

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While too many people still don’t really think that 1 person or 1 family can really make a difference on a global level, it is amazing when events like this occur to see that EACH INDIVIDUAL really DOES count. We’re talking BILLIONS of people choosing to do something as simple as flicking off a light switch for one hour. It’s a start folks…


postheadericon Critter Corner – Chandler

This will be the first of many posts regarding the 4-legged (and one with 3) creatures that call MoonCat Farms home. Michael and I have a deep love for animals and would have more if we had the space and were insanely rich!

My dad has always said that if animals & kids don’t like a person, you need to wonder why. Proof that Michael and I were destined to be together was given to us by Ding, Dad’s anti-social and extremely rude cat. (Sorry, no photo – I wasn’t kidding about the anti-social part) He hates pretty much everyone except for Dad & I, but he decided it was true love with Michael and began mauling him right away. Dad decreed that Michael was a keeper because Ding liked him. Can’t argue with that logic…

Now on to the largest of our herd.. Introducing Chandler (Bing)

Chandler is a 2 1/2 yr old Catahoula/Plott Hound mix. He is a BIG baby, weighing about 100 lbs now. He is a big lover who enjoys lounging, chasing butterflies, and stopping to smell the flowers (and then unfortunately – for his momma – eating them.) The picture above was taken when I caught him chowing down on all of my lovely pansies. You can see the lone survivor behind him. He enjoys roses and strawberries as well. Not only do I deal with the birds, bugs, and hubby stealing my produce..I also have this brute who “helps” me in the garden. He has a real love of sleeping on our bed even though he has a wonderful doggy bed of his own. His best friend, besides our other dog Calien, is Celie the Siamese kitty. When she was a tiny little kitten about the size of his ear, she decided that he was her hero and that she had to sleep on him and pounce on him whenever she could. He gives her slobbery baths and cuddles up with her at night. It’s really cute to see this tiny little cat and her big protector all snuggled together. Even with his plant-stealing issues, Chandler is a great dog. He is very smart and fiercely protective of both Michael and I and his kitties. He has become a very good watch dog around the place, letting us know right away if there is anything amiss or if we have visitors. I highly recommend this mix of breeds as you get the best of both the Catahoulas and the Plott hounds. There are several of these dogs with this particular mix available for adoption on the website: I am seriously considering another one for us as we are so happy with our Chandy.. (and yes he’s named after THE Chandler Bing from “Friends”. We were having a hard time coming up for a name for our puppy when we were watching TV one night. He was sitting between us on the couch and something caught his attention on the screen. He had the exact same silly, surprised look on his puppy face that Matthew Perry had on the TV. So we had our name! Of course, Chandler is my favorite of the “Friends” guys, so that helped..)In our next installment of Critter Corner, you will meet the 3-legged, blind in 1 eye..Porkchop..

postheadericon OWOH Winners!

Ok, I actually got a chance to do the drawing before I left for work. The old hat was amazingly full, but we have the two lucky winners: Congratulations to Waxela S and Trisha D!!!!

I will email you both privately as well. So keep an eye on your inbox.

Thank you to everyone who participated. What a fun and exciting event. I hope to get to play next year.

Now, I will be concentrating on meat for my blog! I hope you will all check back with me as we’re also hoping to launch the website with our product line in the next few months. I’m planning on some more giveaways too as this was a blast to participate in!

postheadericon Last day for giveaway!

This has been amazing! I have been having such a blast meeting so many wonderful people and fantastic artists/creators. The sheer amount of talent that is involved in this event is HUGE. While I really didn’t plan on visiting every blogger involved, I DID. I have spent so much time this last week checking out the amazing sites that my hubby started threatening to limit my online time! It’s been addictive though. Some of these talented bloggers have so much to share that you just don’t want to leave their sites. I have earmarked several (dozen) to go back to when the hubby isn’t peering over the shoulder. Especially since I have found several lovely, lovely items that I must purchase for myself and gifts of course..

I’ve also been thrilled by how many wonderful people have stopped by my little fledgling blog! It has been so nice to see the kind and encouraging comments from some of you amazing peeps. I’m really getting organized now so that I can start blogging on a regular basis, about my farming & herb endeavors. I’m hoping that I will even have photos soon.. The camera seems to be working, but it’s iffy. Maybe a great excuse to have to buy another?

Ok, so here’s the plan: My drawing will officially close at midnight tonight (Pacific time). Tomorrow I will post the two winners and email them, this won’t occur early as I have to work 🙁 but I will have the names up by 5pm. The winners will then have 48 hours to contact me with their mailing info. I will package up their goodies and send them winging away to their new homes. Hopefully all will be happy and I will have kicked my blogging career off in a great, big way! (I’m also hoping people will come back to see me!)

Ciao for now! Until tomorrow at least.