Friday, April 18, 2014

Quiet

You know when it's quiet and you find yourself getting involved in something that needs to be done. Minutes tick on and then you stop in your tracks, and you realize...it's quiet. Quiet is NOT good with two littles. What disaster is brewing?  Then your heart starts racing as you sprint through the house, frantically hollering their names, trying to locate your brood.  Finally you find them. And you stop.  (And if you're lucky, the camera was left *right there*.)  And you smile.  Because sometimes, quiet is good.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

The coast calls...

The nice days in early spring? The coast calls to us locals.  Empty beaches and rocks to explore without oodles of tourists. Free. And when we're especially lucky, we discover good friends had the same idea and we spend the afternoon together doing nothing but enjoying coastal life together.  Really, it was quite the marvelous day (and we should do it again, A!).  So I again bombard you with coastal love. I hope you don't mind.





 













 






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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring in Maine

It's spring on this farm. There's signs of it everywhere. 

 No coats. Clothes on the line.

Garlic sprouting (below). Parsley, oregano and kale (!) coming back to life in the garden.

 
 There's dirt to water.
 And a tray of summery beverages to tote outside.
 And buds.
 Warm sun making the perfect napping spots.
 Flowers promising to come.
 Some already bloomed.

 

 
 More dirt to water.
 Spring clearing, burning brush and enjoying the freight train in the distance (can you see it?) without being so cold we must go in before it's by.

Soaking in the warm sun.
 Loving that sunshine.
 Sidewalk chalk.
 More dirt to water.
 
And picnics.

Animals preferring an outside adventure instead of a day in their office...err...coop.

 Mud.

 More watering. He did this much of the day. (Which clearly is unnecessary with all that mud. Details, I tell you.).
 Goodness, we enjoy a day at home enjoying the welcome spring air.  Happy Spring, friends!
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Thrifted. Updates. Randoms

1) Thrifteds.
 A puzzle. A pack of embroider hoops.  Miniature wicker baskets, perfect for cups in the play kitchen. Doilies for a wedding, a transferware plate. A miniature cradle and the condiment cups, used as buckets for farming play. $7.00.

Usborne book. Four patterns. The decorations for our Easter tree.  Fabric. Basket with top. Scoop. Blue container (love the container for hard boiled eggs) and a sweater that I am planning on upcycling. $7.00

2) Updates
-Seedlings are growing. Pretty much everything came but peppers.  Peppers are so finicky.
-Our house was the messiest it's been in months because we've been playing outside so much.
-I have been working so hard to clear this rock wall out in front of our house. Black raspberries, prickery thorns and brush of that kind, as tall as trees, makes for lots of pricks on my end.  Ugh.  It's especially tricky because there's oodles of concord grape vines. I'm trying to cut back the black raspberries, as they are too thick to produce (and wild ones aren't worth saving, in my opnion) and keep the grapes.  It will likely take me the next five years.
-I came across the fourth secret garden...with a granite bench.  Rumor has it that they used to have a goldfish pond. I think I found that too. Exciting!
-My husband helped me have a controlled burn yesterday.  I was pretty nervous. It had just rained, so it was perfect timing.  It was a lot of fun! And a mountain of brush is gone forever.
-It's this time of year that I put a lot of pressure on myself to get the garden things done. I must remind myself it's all a work in progress.  I have a lifetime to complete the progress, hopefully.

3) Randoms.

She's still hiding when she doesn't want to get into trouble.


 

And him? He creates his own trouble sometimes. Somehow as I was helping his sister to the bathroom, I missed him sneaking into the kitchen, unwrapping a butter container, melting it the microwave, spilling a little as he removed it from said microwave. I walked into him cleaning the mess he made on the floor. "WHAT are you doing?"  "I wanted to do a little baking, mama."  Well then, let's get started!  What? You didn't think I'd really reprimand him for wanting to bake, did you? A boy after his mama's heart.
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