Weather...

Just Sunday, we woke up to a winter wonderland.  Today? 70 degrees and we're putting up our homemade bluebird houses and thinking spring. Bluebirds are back and we are hoping they are interested in moving in one of our homemade houses. 

Now, this little hint of spring does a soul good, but a bit more of winter is promised in the great state of Maine. That's okay, for I'm not sick of the beauty of winter yet.






 


Art Fireside

Two things I love: doing art fireside and art made by little hands.  This is "The Demick Farm" for all my relatives. May drawing farm scenes always be his thing, for I don't think I ever will get tired of them.



This baby...

We all love this baby a little more everyday. 

And I love my baby dressed head to toe in handmades. <3

She's been the perfect addition to our family. 


"SOP" signs

Remember that challenge I did a few weeks ago? The one that I stated I wanted the kids to be outside a minimum of 3 hours a day, regardless of the weather?  We did the challenge. And now we are just continuing.  We've met that goal most days.  Definitely not at once many days, since it's still winter.  But going out side some in the morning, some in the afternoon and sometimes evening...it adds up. The other goal of the baby and me being outside with them daily too? Yup. Doing that. Except for my long work days, we're hitting that.  Today I went out for two walks with the kids (one doing some birding and one just because) and I pruned fruit trees with Anna-Kate on my back. 

Creativity is soaring too.  Audra says she can read and write and needs no one's help.  We apparently spell "stop" different ways. Hers doesn't need a 't', so I'm told.

So I present to you, "Sop Signs".  Make sure you stop if you see one!





Weekends

Sometimes the no-fussy-stay at home-use whatcha got-just be together weekends are the ones I love most. 


Mama Made Applique Shirt

It's been a while since I've made him something.

Mama made applique shirt for my birder.  It could use a little ironing, but he doesn't care. I just sort of made it up, no pattern. He loves birds and he loves blue jays and now this is his favorite shirt.





Thrifted

Another vintage bowl. I know, I know.  I have a problem. And this miniature little set. They are half the size of my thumb. Thinking they'd go perfect in a teacup fairy garden. Anyone made one of those before?  Grand price: $5.00.

Read

I guess this place is as good as any to curl up with a good book. Read. Read daily. There's much to enjoy, much to discover. Read.

Baby #3



My happy place.

I honestly had though that ship had sailed and I'd be a mama of two.  It's certainly amazing to be twice blessed with littles.  But, to be three times blessed? Heartwarming.

Seriously, this is the best baby ever.


Food for thought

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” -Audre Lorde.

If out in the wild, these two could have a predator/prey relationship.  But, since they took the time to get to know one another, they have found a common interest. They both love curling up in front of the fire.  They have taken to spending quite a bit of time snuggled like this together.

Let us not be so quick to judge and find the good in one another. In a world you could choose anything, choose kindness.

Mama Made: New Mittens

New stitched mittens for my littles.

 And Mr. Serious and Miss Goofy modeling them. Love this duo.

Three dudes

Three dudes.

Two with Carhart coats and BOGS boots.

One with an impressive comb, spurs and sickle feathers.

Living the farming live and even city boy husband is loving it for a change.  Home sweet home.


Thirfted

I hit the jackpot on book sets lately.  
 I've been wanting these for years. Found them on facebook marketplace for $8.00 for the whole set.
 I got this set above from the 1950s $1.50. For the set.  And the set below on the Presidents for $1.50. For the set. Wow.
Basically these three sets together would cost upwards to $350-$400 if I bought them on Ebay.  And I only spent a whopping $11.00 for all these books.  The thrill of the hunt and trophies.  Hit the big ones this time around.

And I need more bookshelves.


Winter in Maine

Back in my ice skating days, it was absolutely a no-no to take your rink-ready sharpened skates and use them outside. I skated on my pond anyway.  

No pond on this property (yet), but we shoveled some snow off of a flooded patch in the backyard.  

I cannot think of a more peaceful place to go ice skating.









Home

My BFF gave me this mug recently.  Life is good. Let's stay home. After my crazy day yesterday, home is just what we needed today.  Feeling back like myself again.  Amazing how just being home is the best medicine.




(And a BIG thank you to Melinda, Carson and Tanner for the 'new to us' coat. Adrian won't take it off.)

Keeping on



Although there were parts of today that were good, on the whole, I could really use a do-over.  Or perhaps at the very least a trip to Australia, where they don't have bad days.

I'm determined for tomorrow to be different. I'm up too late, but am putting every effort of my being into tomorrow being a good day.  Laundry, dishes, cleaning. Books are out and ready for our morning readings. The waters are filled for the animals tomorrow. Homemade banana muffins are still cooling.  A peach smoothie is prepped (with home canned peaches). Coffee is ready to go with a flick of a switch. A Lebanese meal like my grandfather used to make is made and ready to go into the oven, much of it with homegrown goodness. 

In a sea of overwhelming, exhausting and headache worthy moments, it sometimes feels next to impossible to put one foot in front of the other. But, I'm a mom and it's a mom's business to turn impossible into possible. That's just what we do. Make things happen. I'll keep on keeping on and tomorrow is bound to be better.

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