Friday, November 28, 2014


It's crazy to think the day before yesterday, we were trying out this beast. 
 Well, three of us were. The fourth, napping.  We all know better than to mess with naps.
 My husband was getting quotes left and right from dealerships for something that would remove th snow and mow the lawn. Along comes stealthy wife, with a great ad from craiglist. Only used a couple times for a HUGE chunk off the original price. Brand new vs. slightly used.  Used, hands down.
 And then boom....the next more grass and just this.  Green vs. white. The white won.
 While our little guy spent more than an hour shoveling a path to his animals and a path to our garage (his own idea!), he petered out when he hit the driveway. Rightly so...there was a lot of snow. After they went to bed, attempts were made to use the snowblower, unsuccessfully. Power went out. We were feeling defeated.  We gave up and went to bed.  Adult calmness vs. Adult temper tantrum.  Well, it wasn't quite a temper tantrum, but basically the beginnings of one, yeah that's what won.
 But then, the beauty of the stunning.

 Inside or outside? Stay inside by the fire or enjoy the beauty? Finally outside won.
 Thankful I did, it was so beautiful.

 Although I must admit...pajamas vs. actually getting dressed...  Pajamas won.  (And how about my brand new boots? ...Never even worn, perfect tread.... thrifted for $5.00. Much cheaper than the LL Bean ones I was planning on getting. Score.)
Complete failures vs. success.  With a little less stress, prayers and a whole lot of patience, success won in the end.

I realize this post is scattered.  But that's how we were feeling with this storm.  With the snow, the power, the learning curve of something new, a house to worry about, two kids to look after and a Thanksgiving meal to make.... we weren't ready for all these curves. Every decision felt like we were contemplating and we felt conflicted. Which is silly, as we do live in Maine and we should be more prepared.

Sometimes it's good to take a deep breath, step away and then try again.  When we do that, things really do change lots of time. And when they do, things are wrapped up before you even know it sometimes.

Which is good, as less anxiety, frustrations and impatience leads to more time to just enjoy and be thankful for the day.  I guess our little bout of bad day blues was good, as once it turned around, we really saw how thankful we are.


 I still have a few days off of work.

I'm going to remind myself to push aside those adult decisions so I can fully embrace being where I it matters, home with my littles.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving 2014!

Happy Thanksgiving! From our house to yours!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Ooo, look what I found!  Wooden handmade in VT. Swoon!!!

They are these cute little serving trays. Perfect for picnics, for carrying our lunch to the sunporch. Or for crafting. Now I know I sometimes may have "unique" tastes....but these were the half off tag because they had been there so long. Fifty cents a piece?! Score!  Ad that to some more Usborne books (love those!), a metal top (how have we never had one?) and some small traffic cones (for very important farming work.) $6.00

I just love these little trays for little hands crafting.

(Always farming equipment handy, you know, in case of an emergency. One can never be too prepared.)

And other adventures.   Two wool skirts. A wooden Christmas rocker, a cow bowl (for you know who), a ten cents pattern I couldn't pass up and two bib overall snow pants (one in this size, one a size up). $5.50.
And another Dinosaur book (love those), all of our very favorite book of all time right now (awesome pictures and story "Time for the Fair"), more Richard Scarry, a wooden tow truck and an xylophone. $6.00
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Oh Audra...

It was after 10pm when she stopped singing "With a knick knack paddywack, give a dog a bone" last night.  Or hollering "I love you so so so much, mama! You so spesh (special)!" Or telling me she's never going to close her eyes. Yawn.  Good thing she's cute.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

New Ironing Board Cover (And giveaway).


It was really long overdue. If I showed you what was there for a cover before, you'd agree. I got this ironing board from the dumpster from my first apartment (true story).  All metal, screeches when you open it. I cleaned it up and bought a cheap cover, maybe from the dollar store?  Well, that was 13 years ago now? Time for an upgrade...a little vintage fabric perhaps? I think I paid fifty cents for the fabric.

 Sweet girl approved.
 In with some of the vintage scraps, I whipped up this zippered pouch. It's about the size that would fit a mini notebook and a few markers, or whatever else you choose that is about that size. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought I'd give it away to one of my readers. I'm humbled, thankful and blessed to have so many of you follow our journey.  You all say such kind things to me and are such an encouragement.  Even though I don't always get a chance to respond, I am thankful for your support. All you have to do to enter is either leave a comment here or a comment on facebook: . That's it!  Best of luck and thanks for being so kind to me! :)

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