The Rich Heritage and History of Past Blessings Farm . . .

  • By Brenda Buckingham
  • 17 Sep, 2013
As I said in my last blog post, I am excited  to share with you the history of our old farm.  We have been blessed to call “Past Blessings Farm” our home for the past three and a half years.  We are only the 5th owners of this 115 year old home . . . […]

Our farm was built in 1898.  It was originally owned by Andrew Perry Dye and his wife Helen.  They were from Wisconsin and he had served in the army during the Civil War for the Wisconsin 32nd Infantry as a Sargent. According to the records of our local cemetery, he was born in December of 1843 and passed away in 1921.  His wife Helen passed away in 1919.  Records show that they are both buried in the Union Cemetery here on Orchard Prairie, but I was only able to find the headstone of Mr. Dye.  Many of these old stones have not weathered well, so it may have simply fallen apart over the years.  The Orchard Prairie history book shows a Helen Dye in a 1913 photo of middle schooler’s.  Given the time frame, I am guessing this was probably a grandchild of Andrew and Helen Dye, but no other information on her is available.  Our farmhouse was sold in 1920 to a young energetic couple named Royal and Phoebe Cutler.

Apparently the old cold storage sheds were torn down only a few years prior to our moving here.  There were several of them and they had been used to store carrots and turnips.  They had become dilapidated and were considered a risk to children that were known to go “exploring” in these old buildings.  I am also told there was an old barn and a couple of other outbuildings that no longer exist.  We do still have the old original garage, which was once a carriage house for the wagons of the early owners.  In the 1950s, they added garage doors more suited for an automobile.  Where I am guessing the old barn stood, is now our shop.  While it is large and heated, I so wish it had the personality I am sure the original barn once had.

Blessified

By Brenda 07 Jun, 2017
I am so happy to finally be able to blog again!  As many of you may remember I kept hiring website designers that for reasons unknown, kept dropping off the face of the earth.  Finally, in frustration I got the world's thickest Wordpress book and taught myself enough to get my site up and going.  But things kept changing and some plug ins would simply stop working.  My blog wasn't letting me add the fonts I wanted.  More and more issues kept creeping up.   In January, when we ran an ad for one of our shows, a digital code was added to our website to drive traffic.  Not realizing the power of Spambots . . . I hadn't even known what they were before this . . . this code now opened the world to these robots to place spam on my page.  Before we finally switched over to this new site I had . . . get this (almost worthy of a drum roll!)  30,000 spam comments waiting to get on my blog posts!!  It was so incredibly frustrating.  Finally, we went to our team of amazing experts (Katie, Kelly, Melissa and Casey) and had them recreate things.  There were certain things I wanted to remain.  I am abnormally attached to my turquoise barnwood.  I needed my pig logo.  I wanted a similar look and feel to my old page . . . but cleaner and easier to use.  They listened.  They made changes that I wanted.   And they created "captchas" . . . which is where you have to click a button declaring that you are not a robot . . . see apparently Spambots don't have fingers . . . or at least not coordinated fingers . . . so they can't click buttons.  So today I am finally able to blog.  So many changes and exciting things happening here . . . but for today I just want to say "I am back and I am glad you are here, visiting my page."  And I want to say I am grateful.  For something so simple as being able to blog again.  The evil Spambots have been conquered!  Life is good!
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I recently chose to “Unfriend” someone one Facebook. She was no one I was close to and no one who ever did anything to personally “harm” me. It wasn’t over political or social differences. It was because she was unkind to those she should love the most and watching it felt somehow wrong . . […]
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By Brenda 22 Feb, 2017
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Losing Yourself or Maybe Finding Who You Really Are . . .
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My last post, I hate to admit, was a bit whiny.  I don’t go that direction very often, but on that particular night, I had let fear get the best of me.  Looking back now, I see that God was always in control and always will be.  Our show, “Pickin’ Christmas” was a great success […]
By Brenda 02 Dec, 2016

Tonight I just got home after setting up for our latest show, “Pickin’ Christmas”, which will take place at the Greyhound Event Center in Post Falls Idaho this coming weekend, December 3 and 4.  We have the spots all marked off, the placement figured out for everything from decor to ticket booths . . . and my booth is done.  I am pleased with how simple it came together and how nice I think it will display.  But still tonight finds me anxious and stressed.

By Brenda 28 Nov, 2016
Today, as I sit in my comfy wing back chair, writing this post, the snow is gently falling and  I feel the spirit of Christmas cheer coming as well.  I love this time of the year and we are so excited to be able to add some holiday fun to the lives of those in the Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington area.
By Brenda 24 Nov, 2016
It’s almost here . . . our newest addition to our line up of “Pickin’ Shows” . . . Pickin’ Christmas will come to the beautiful venue, Greyhound Park & Event Center in Post Falls, Idaho December 3 and 4.  This show will be fabulous . . . we will pack the venue with the most amazing, hand picked vendors . . . from vintage to handcrafted creations, there is something for everyone . . . and for everyone on your Christmas list.  Furniture, signs, jewelry, candles, original design clothing, metal art, and so much more.  Repurposed, upcycled and recreated treasures.  Enjoy the lovely Christmas music playing in the background as you find one-0f-a-kind treasures and enjoy fabulous food from our food vendors.  $7.00 gets you in for the entire weekend (with a stamp on your hand) and kiddos under 12 are always free.  Free parking as well, at this conveniently located venue, just off of I-90.  Don’t miss it!!
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