Bravery

Some of us are braver than others....


Invite: 5th Annual Country Kids Party (2017)

You are invited:

To our annual Country Kids party!

What? A simple, country kids festival to celebrate the country in our kids. There might be simple games, perhaps a craft, you can pick some wildflowers, take a walk in the field, feed the goats, snuggle a chicken, catch the train going by, help us clear out the secret garden, etc. Plan on having an afternoon snack of ice cream with us.  Sept 23rd from 2-5.

Cost? This is our annual party for charity. This year the donations we collect will go towards hurricane victims. 


What to wear? Overalls, plaid shirts, blue jean dresses, cowboy boots, barn boots, straw hats. Or whatever suits your fancy. 

 Food? We'll have our ice cream stand open.  One ice cream per guest.


Come anytime to our Maine homestead after 2:00 (not before please). Stop by for a quick visit or stay for a bit. We'll wrap up around 5 so folks can head home for dinner. Come young, come old, and plan to have some fun! It's a family event. Let me know if you need directions.

To see some fun from last year and year before, look here: 

http://www.bornimaginative.com/2016/10/country-kids-re-cap-2016.html
http://www.bornimaginative.com/2015/09/country-lovin-kids-2015-recap.html

(If you could let me know you might stop by, that would help us plan. Facebook event linked here soon.  Thanks! And if you do come, please don't park on the road. Let's keep everyone safe!)

Maine Beaches

It's that time of year when the Lipskys return to different beaches. Less traffic to battle, many tourists are gone and we are left with near empty beaches.  Truly, is there is no better place for nature study.  
Love being a local.









September's "Chicken Soup with Rice"


Another month, another verse and another bowl of soup!  We're making a "Maine" version of "Chicken Soup with Rice", inspired by the "Chicken Soup with Rice" by by Maurice Sendak (1962).  Kids are really enjoying memorizing the poem of the month and I'm taking their picture with their soup in the same spot. 


In September for a while
I will ride a crocodile
Down the chicken soupy Nile
Paddle once, paddle twice
Paddle chicken soup with rice

It's neat to see how the seasons change month to month on this old Maine farm. 

November 
here.  
December here.
January here.
February here.
March here.
April here. 
May here.
June here.



I cannot commit to making the same soup 12 times this year, so I vary it. This month's soup was Veg. Beef.



Farm Girl

The newest farm girl and her daddy.  Can you spy the goats in the first pic?

Also, save the date for Sept 23rd. We're hoping to do our Country Kids party then! More to come on that later.







Working together




This week it absolutely crazy.  Not only is it peak harvest preserving time, but it's also the time when a whole bunch of big things I've been working hard on are gearing up.  Never before have I had SO many opportunities to lead groups. I'm wearing a lot of hats these days and my mind is definitely spinning.

Just this evening, at 4-H, I had my 4-H co-leader take a pic of the salsa the kids made (thanks for the pic, Maya!). This salsa is so gorgeous, isn't it?  It was made by a group of really awesome 4-Hers. That's impressive in and of itself, isn't it?  Know what's more impressive?  We GREW all these ingredients. The 4-Hers did. There are 9 different kinds of homegrown tomatoes in this. There are homegrown peppers, homegrown basil, homegrown chives and homegrown garlic.  We all walked in with ingredients and this is what the kids made.  I know I'm mighty partial, but these 4-Hers are a pretty amazing team.

All the things I've been working on as of late, it's not just me doing the brunt of the work.  Every single activity/teaching opportunity I have lately, I have been so fortunate to be one member of a truly amazing team. Historically, I haven't loved working in groups. In school back in the day, I used to say I hated group work and would request just doing the project on my own.  Was it the group work I hated or the fact that some members were not pulling their weight? Decidedly, it was the latter.

So not the case now! Every team I am on, the others not only pull their own, but also go above and beyond.  Lots of new ideas, thinking outside the box and working together to make things better.  It's fun teaming up with folks who are likeminded and growing alongside of one another.

Sure, homegrown tomatoes taste mighty good on their own.  But, when everyone brings their best looking tomatoes and extra fixings to the table, the salsa becomes the most amazing experience.

Thankful for these incredible women I've been working with and looking forward to a big and bright future with them!

County Fair 2017

Somehow I missed getting a picture of Adrian doing his public demonstration and with all the ribbons he earned. Oops.  But, as usual, it was a great time. I asked Adrian if he could choose going to Disney or going to the county fair, what would he pick?  He didn't miss a beat and said "The fair."  I'm with you, Adrian. I'm with you.

 I stitched a 4-H patch on a hat and bib for Anna-Kate and dressed her in the dress my 4-H sister from my childhood gave to Anna-Kate. (Thanks KP!)  Hard to believe my kids are 3rd generation 4-Hers entering items into the fair!

At least here's pics of their projects:


























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