Between his pillow case making and Audra's decorative pillow making, we are swimming in and around pillows and pillowcases. Yet they ask me if they can make another and I reply " Yes".  The answer is always yes when it comes to stitching. They are becoming quite independent!  

Stitched: Bag holder

This is the solution.

To this problem:


Stemming from the ridiculous amount of bags from our monthly shopping trip. I've never had so many bags in my life, I've been doing reusable since before it was cool!  Cannot wait for covid to be over so I can not have this influx of plastic.

She filled it in no time. It stored all these bags.   I think we need a few more, however. On a separate note, as a bonus, she's wearing a mama made outfit. 

Garden Update 2020

Year in Review: 

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

Update 6

And what it looks like now all tucked in for winter.  I spread almost completely by myself another 14 yards of wood chips, fully embracing a Back to Eden permaculture garden next year again.  I had five years of tilling here, and no longer do I till. This coming year will be the 4th year of a no till permaculture. It's become my favorite way of gardening. Most of the work is not in the heat of summer.  The cooler months are the months that require the attention. I much prefer it that way! 


We got our garlic in. This is the first year we have grown enough garlic for a full year of use, as well as enough to plant for next year.  Self sufficient with garlic now. One step at a time.

I also transplanted two nanking cherry bushes and transplanted a large elderberry bush to see how it does.  I am trying a row of grapes in a new location, transplanted those too.I planted 100 spring bulbs and some parsnips. I also added a brand new garden space for pumpkins for next year.  I mulched everything and moved the compost/used what was there.  I still am getting a few hardy greens out there. Everything is set and tucked in for winter now.  If you need me, I'll be looking at my seed catalog fireside. That is until February hits and I will be pruning those fruit trees and getting my grow lights set for starting seedlings.  Thankful to be able to provide food year round for my family from this space.


 We're getting used to having a wee one in the house again.  We do love our little Copper.  And Holly. And our fireplace. And books. And kid love when I work from home and daddy has a training so they can watch movies.  We've only had Copper a week and a half, but he has been such a great addition. 

I am a strict 'no dog on the furniture' sort of girl, unless it's my fave rocker and a cute Copper apparently. He won't fit up there for long.

Weekend sewing

Hoping to do some weekend sewing this weekend, my little sewing buddy along side of me. My dad made that little 'iron' and she uses it quite a bit. She's even wearing a little wool dress that's mama made. <3

Date with my girl

 My husband brought the big kids on a hike and I stayed home for a 1:1 date with Anna-Kate and to tend the puppy. We went for a walk, sang lots of nursery rhymes, listened to her monologues without interruptions, played with the puppy, read books and she insisted we both eat fruit snacks and color. Her dream date is pretty awesome in my book! To think she did the 'date' wearing mama mades from head to toe (pants, dress, coat) is frosting on the cake!

Adrian's projects

Adrian put science, history and farming together and made this water wheel.  It worked really well.  He was so proud. 

That's the only smile for the camera he has given me lately.  He got new glasses and this is the best I got of those:

He finished this sewing project and this is the best I got: 

Oh well. I suppose this is ten.  He is at least a happy kid when the camera isnt' around! 

Meanwhile I get little miss "TAKE A PICTURE OF ME!" whenever the camera comes out...

Mama Mades (and Copper)

 Finally got a pic of my littles in their mama made jammies.  Lighting wasn't ideal when they put them on, but they love them! 

Copper enjoys taking a nap in the dirty laundry. Notice the pile of mama mades to be washed. Every night I dump the laundry on the floor Copper naps in. Then once he's done, I wash it up and repeat the process the next night. A good little routine. We love Copper so.

Changing seasons

 After being barefoot for months, she has started to wear boots!  It would make sense for pants and coats to follow, one would think...  Frosty mornings have arrived in Maine, afterall. Some battles I do not fight.

This is her favorite chicken, Chocolate. 

He has a name!

 I kid you not, this puppy has not been alone for two seconds during the day.  My kids are smitten. He's such a sweet puppy and doing really well doing his business outside and walking with us on the leash. Audra insists he loves books, so clearly he's fitting in with that love. After considering probably 200 names (thank you for the suggestions) and intense conversations, we all agreed that we could live with the name Copper.  So Copper it is! 

And I hope you don't mind daily pics, because I am pretty sure that is what will be happening. 

I can assure you Holly is also getting plenty of attention. 

Our fluffy new addition

Introducing our new littlest love.  

I grew up with golden retrievers. Thumper. Ginger. Sage. When I was 20 or 21, I found our beloved golden (Sage), who had passed away too soon. Sage was the puppy my dad got for my mom when was really sick, before she died. Such a special dog. I then asked my dad for another golden, but he said "No, kids are all out of the house, not getting another dog."  When I was first married and looking for a dog, (15 years ago!), I put in a request for a golden retriever. I've always been committed to rescue dogs, so everytime I considered adopting from a breeder, I reconsidered.  Somehow we have been blessed to adopt this sweet rescue (many thanks to Lish and Amanda).  He's our third rescue (the late Kammie was from Alabama, Holly is from Arkansas and this puppy from Mississippi).  We cannot figure out what to call him, but we have already figured out we love him. My husband took a long weekend so all five of us can be together for four days.  Kids are excited beyond believe.  Holly (lab) loves him. Zippy (cat) is avoiding, lol.  I just am so thankful to have this sweet boy join our crazy fun household. Now...what to name him is what we need to decide. 


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