Dairy Barn

Thankful for such a good trip with our 4-H crew. That Adrian can't pass up a trip to any farm.  That Audra can't pass up an opportunity to be social. Win-win.

Happy Halloween 2016

 From the M&M and two little stinkers.

A single batch is never enough....

Go big or go home.  Or if you are at home, just stay home and eat granola all day and forever.  I will not complain about that one bit.  It's been much too long since I've made it. Recipe here.

My Helper

The good news is I cannot bake or cook anything without my helper. 

The better news is she is definitely a helper now and things move along faster with her help!

Gardening 2016: Update #6

Other Updates from 2016

Garden Update #1
Update 2
Update 3
Update 4
Update 5

So, this is the end of 2016 gardening. The kids and I have been out there a lot, clearing.  Now we're onto the spreading of the manure. It looks pretty bare out there, except the collards, chad, kale and broccoli are going strong.  There's still carrots out there and there's a whole round of parsnips that never sprouted over summer, but are starting to grow now.  My husband found himself in deeeeeep trouble, as he threw away my slip that I was keeping track of yearly produce by the pound.  I was somewhere between 650pounds to 675 pounds when he threw the slip away.  A bit more has come in.  I'm assuming that this year was like last, ~700 pounds of food is what last year's was.  Not bad considering I was gone for 2 weeks and there was major drought in Maine.  We certainly are still living on what we grew. Last year's 700 pounds kept us going until the next harvest, so maybe that's the magic number for our family.
  I have a supervisor and a worker.  You can guess who wears those hats!

 Thankful for raising these kids on homegrown.


It's Thursday morning. I'm home, with a huge to do list in prep for a harvest party we're hosting for our church.

But I'm home all day, which is a good thing.

We woke up early and got both fires going in the house. It's so toasty in here.

Adrian has been spending all morning cutting tractors out of the new magazines the feed store gave him.

Audra mixed up the batter.  I tell you, she hardly ever gets egg shells when she cracks eggs.  Not bad for age 4!

Then pancakes....on the wood stove. With wild Maine blueberries and local syrup.

My husband worked overnight last night and came home to a toasty house with pancakes from the woodstove.  He is mighty happy too.

I can already tell it's going to be a good, good day.

Craft nook

It's been a while since we did this project.  My husband and I redid the YELLOW countertops (yuck) over a year ago now so they are all black in the kitchen. I really ought to take pics of the whole room.  One of these days.  There was also this big old dingy corkboard in the desk area in the kitchen.   I covered it with bird fabric and love the results.

Mama Made: Little Stinkers

Year four of coats as Halloween costumes. Hey, if I'm going to do all that work, I want them to wear the costume more than once!

Introducing my two skunks, my little stinkers. Their request.
 Lined it so it's extra fancy. I should have taken a pic of the back. there's a strip down it, just as a skunk would have.
 All winter, I'll have little stinkers in their mama made coats along with me running errands. 

Roaming, Home Sweet Home

 I'm so thankful for this space, the time and ability to roam free, home sweet home and the memories my children will have from their childhood.  Home is my favorite place in the whole world to be. 

At play

I'm just so happy that my beloved anamalz are getting played with! ( http://anamalz.com/ ). Since big brother only farms and does construction, I'm enjoying the new round of play ideas as of late.  Secretly, as a grown up, I like playing with them too.

A girl and her cat

 Zippy is the cat we found in the barn last year.  Our barn cat is definitely an indoor/outdoor cat now. Audra LOVES this cat.  Zip totally tolerates her.  He could run away, but he doesn't. I thought I'd give you a day in the life of Zip.  Make sure you watch his face in all these for a good laugh.

 And after all that, when he totally could be far, far, far away from Audra, here he is, resting next to her as she is fast asleep.  He is one special cat.


 A picture stand, three stickerbooks and a horse coloring book (brand new!), scooter (one I don't love, but considering the amount of fights we have over the sole scooter we have, worth buying anyway), a pack of pipe cleaners and a mug with a lighthouse on it (to remind me of my gram).  $5.50.
Two pairs of like new shoes and two alarm clocks.  Hoping to use those clocks to let my kids know when they can come find us in the morning. Ha!  Likelihood of working, slim.  I  have a teensy bit of hope.  $4.00

Beachy October

What great time of year it is on the coast.  The tourists have left and we can go back to having wide open beaches to ourselves.  It's a definite perk of being a local!


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