Monday, April 14, 2014


Connor brought home a new friend on Wednesday. Max is the Pre-K class monkey. He goes back to school tomorrow. Max came with a diary that we had to fill out. We had to take him everywhere with his. He went out to eat, grocery shopping, to soccer practice and outside to play.

Friday, April 11, 2014


Connor had his first soccer practice last night. Thursday is skills night and he will do different stations. They got through two last night before our parents meeting. Unfortunately, we missed a chunk of the meeting, hope we didn't miss anything important!

We will get our schedule this weekend hopefully. Jon is the assistant coach for Connor's team :)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Chickens and Bluebirds

The chickens had a blast digging through the garden bed yesterday. Layers of straw, leaves and newspaper apparently hide lots of yummy bugs and sprouts. 

This is mama Bluebird. She is the one who made her nest in the wall of our three-seasons room last year. They never actually left, they stayed all winter. She was out hunting. It's already too late to put up nesting boxes, we spotted them building their nest already. I'm going to put up one box in the walnut tree and see if they will move later on... 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Puppy and Ice Cream

Bailey is 18 months old! She's such a good looking girl!

Connor and I have been making ice cream. Our first batch had broken chocolate covered graham crackers and marshmallow topping for s'mores. The second batch has cream cheese and a can of strawberry pie filling for strawberry cheesecake ice cream. The next time we make it, I will take pictures and post them with the recipe.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Quilt and Other Things...

I finished my first lap quilt. It has lots of mistakes, but that is ok!

I spotted a skunk coming out of the woods. It went to the neighbor's field and then back into the woods. This is the first one I've seen here.

And we had one last (hopefully) snow/ice storm on March 12th. We've had dustings of snow since then, but hopefully we're all done now. I'm so sick of snow.

Chicken Ice Palace

Monday, February 3, 2014

Snow, bread and deer

We have had a TON of snow and subzero temps this winter. This is our basement walk out. The wood at the top is taller than I am. This is mostly from drifting.

Yes, that is a -12 f. It's been as low as -19 f. 
The chickens have handled it well. When it's below 0, I don't open their door except to put their water in the coop. The coop stays nice and toasty.

We lost a tree in a summer storm last year. It finished coming down recently and took almost all of the branches off of this tree and left a gaping hole.

I made challah! My first challah and my first braided bread. It's part wheat.

I made french toast and bread pudding with it. Yum.

I finally spotted our three-legged deer and was able to get my camera before she left. We nicknamed her "Daisy". We first spotted her in 2011, and almost three years to the date, I got the bottom pics. We saw her a few times this summer with a fawn. She gets along really well. No clue why she's missing a leg, but it doesn't bother her.

Sunday, January 12, 2014


I don't think I ever got around to blogging about this... I'm teaching myself to sew! With help from Facebook groups and YouTube videos.

I am learning on both my grandma's 1898 Singer treadle:

and a Brother I bought with Christmas money, it does sewing and quilting:

As far as we can tell, the Singer was my grandma's mother-in-law's. No idea where she got it from, but there's no way she bought it new. This is Vesta J, my great-grandmother who died long before I was born.

It was made in Clydebank, Scotland in 1898. January 22nd to be exact, so it has a birthday coming up :) It was fairly well taken care of and sews well. Jon and I took it apart and thoroughly cleaned and oiled it. 

My current sewing table set up for the Brother: 

(see the sewing box on the floor? I have matching fabric and am going to make a machine cover for both of them, along with a few other little things)

Lap quilt I am working on: 

New fabric that is too beautiful to cut just yet: