Wool skirt for upcycling.  The bowl set with all the mini bowls. Those vintage cone things that are for some type of pastry.  Half yard white fabric. Nearly 2 yards red wool. $5.50
Farm puzzle. Child sized guitar. Book. Melissa and Doug lacing bears. $5.00

Zoo 2015

We've never been to the Wild Kingdom this late in the season. The cooler temps meant the lions and tigers were super active.  A good day indeed!



Extension Homemakers

I randomly stumbled upon the "Main Extension Homemakers" page. What's that?! A club for those interested in homemaking type stuff!  I found out there was a club in our town.  Word was they were all two generations older than me, but that isn't something that would bother me (it was the same when I was a member of quilt club years ago). I contacted them and they unfortunately meet while I work.

It got me neat would it be to have a club with members of my generation?   Support, advice, mentorship, encouragement, inspiration and knowledge other than awesome could that be?

Last week, an overseer of the program met with me at my house to outline what it entails. The more I know, the more I want to do it.  Plus, the entire group as a whole is an aging population.  Getting the younger ones in will make sure some of these arts aren't dying.

So, what's a homemaker?  A person, especially a housewife, who manages a home. (Google)

What's a house wife? A housewife is a woman whose main occupation is running or managing her family's home—caring for and educating her children, cooking and storing food, buying goods the family needs in day-to-day life, cleaning and maintaining the home, making clothes for the family, etc.—and who is generally not employed outside the home. (Wikipedia)

Yes, it sounds very back in the day type thing, but I am going to assert it doesn't have to be that way.  Because getting together, we'd be not yesterday's homemakers, but "Modern Day Homemakers".

Who are Modern Day Homemakers? Maybe working moms who want to make healthy meals in the crockpot. Or maybe stay at home moms who want to start a garden. Perhaps women who want to learn how to sew, knit, crochet or hook rugs.  Maybe women who want to do some woodworking and build some furniture. Could be women who tend animals and can their produce. Could be single women who are interested in making their own soap or household cleaners. Or the married woman who wants to learn how to bake bread.

Modern Day Homemakers are all inclusive. All types of people are welcome to join. From the single apartment dweller to the one who is fully engaged in a running farm. What we all have in common is the desire to learn in order to do just a bit better for ourselves and families. It's not a competition. It's a place where asking questions is okay.  A place where we all can help one another along.

Can't you see it?  Canning parties. Seedling swaps. Sharing perennials.  Chicken keeping 101.  Quilting bees. Fiber groups. Classes, learning, mentorships.  So many possibilities.. 

So, tell me local Southern Mainers...would you like to attend an informational meeting?  I was thinking for those who are interested, we could take a poll to see when would be best.  I also don't want this to be 'one more thing', I want it to be fun for all of us!  Usually groups meet 8-10 times in a year, so not super overwhelming.  Please share with a friend who also might be interested. Send me a message to let me know if you'd be interested in learning more.

If you're not local, might you consider starting one too? We can be sister clubs!  I think it's about time we let google rest a bit and go back to learning from each other.


Barn Cat

Remember that barn cat that showed up?  I've had a couple of inquiries as to whether or not that barn cat is still here.

He is.  And he doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.  Home sweet permanent home is with us, I suppose.

Why do I get the hunch that he'll be here permanently? Well, where else would he get fresh milk?


It's bitter sweet, these shorter days.  Because I always focus on the 'sweet' and try to ignore the 'bitter', I must say how I've been enjoying the earlier evenings. We fully enjoy the entire sunset (rather than half see when we have to run in for bed) and we have more time in the evening for books and snuggles.  I love throwing on long sleeves and flannels at night too.  It's so comforting to bet back into the rhythm of the next season.  It's a sign of so many good seasonal memories to come.


I was hanging up the clothes. Audra was 'helping' me...or I guess I could just say keeping me company.  Adrian was scurrying about around us, I wasn't paying much attention to what he was doing.  After a bit, he said "Mama, I have a surprise for you. Will you come in the kitchen?"

And there he was beaming. "Mama, I picked you all these flowers because I love you and you are beautiful and I know you love flowers on your table."  Well, didn't my heart just grow five million sizes bigger!  My lone sunflower suddenly had such great company.  I smile everytime I look at the table.

This business of being five? Well, I love it.


 Three pairs of fun socks. Camping enamelware. And a new butter container, blue transferware (which my dad will be happy to not see the broken one in constant use as it has been for the last year.) $6.25.
 Books! Thinking ahead and collecting for their chapter book time. 10 Junie B Jones, 8 Beverly Cleary (RAMONA!!!), Sandra Boynton book with CD. Plus this vintage Norman Rockwell counting book. $5.00.  I love this book, this page is case in point:


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