A last nod to summer

As we soar from summer to fall, I decide to post my last little nod to summer. Lanternfest. Music, crafts, lanterns, parade, food, glowsticks fireworks and a community that we love dearly. And summer, thanks for the memories...we'll see you next year.


 A big hand stitched piece-all these french knots. Three Audubon birds that sing their calls for my bird lover.  A cow book an two books with sweet illustrations from a Maine author.  Pattern for a dollhouse. Two Shaker brand new needlepoints. Five skeins of  100% wool.  $8.00
 Swoon. ALL these vintage books (which the ones above are two stories in one) for fifty cents each.  Soooo many classics for me for my kids!  It's no secret I'm a book lover.

7th Birthday Recap

 You know, I think age seven is pretty fabulous. I had a blast shopping for all the things I knew he'd love and I'm pretty sure his grandparents feel the same. He knows what he likes, loves what he loves and is just all around a really neat kid.  He's big enough to do so much on his own, but at the end of the day, he wants snuggles and books with his mama most.  Seven is fabulous.

 (His meal of choice-sausage, corn and peas, fruit salad, mac n cheese from a box (gasp!) and orange juice.  Plus an American Flag cake).

 Masking tape for life....in this vintage 'rusty old' tape dispenser.
My bird lover.
 Cow lover.
 John Deere lover.
 What can I say? He's consistent!  Year seven is going to be the best yet!

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: 


(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. 

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.


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