Thursday, November 20, 2014


Random thrifteds.  Each kid had $5.00 Halloween money (thank you, Janey!). I just let them loose,  interested in what they might pick. And here's their loot. It all would have cost the full amount, but the fine ladies at the thrift shop always charge my kids something like 22 cents total for their items. 
  Melissa and Doug magnet dolls, tap shoes and sunglasses.  These are Miss Audra's pick

 Books, coloring book, a feed truck, a football for dad and an outfit in case we ever have another baby (no plans in the works now!).  Adrian is mighty generous.
And mine? Maybe $7.50. I just couldn't pass up wool hats and I am a wee bit addicted to books.

And you tell me now. What's your latest score?
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Three Season Porch

So...this three season porch.  It's marvelous.  For warm weather living, there's floor to ceiling screens.  It's no longer warm weather living in it's been on the to do list for some time to get the screens out and the walls and the windows in.

Now, this set up is likely a century old.  It's heavy, labor intensive and has to be just perfect to fit. Lots of shimmying, pushing and squeezing to get it to fit.  The first time we did it, my dad and husband spent the entire day on it. Last year, my husband and I did it and it took more than half the day (and I shall never forget that time...for I was climbing ladders, holding windows, fastening hooks, with a baby on my back).  This year, with the help of our farm truck, amazing husband/wife teamwork and shoving snacks at the kids to keep them back, we did the whole thing in just over 2 hours. 

I'd say that deserves cake. I may or may not have made cake to celebrate.  Totally justified, don't you think?

Anyway, I have so many ideas for out here and haven't taken the time or made the effort to complete my vision for the porch.

It's not done, there's more I want to do, but it's comfortable, a great space to play and used now the screens are gone. It's amazing, as on sunny days, the temperature is often warmer than in our house.  Perfect spot to get a little warmth in the winter and it will serve as our greenhouse to start our seedlings come spring. 

It's a huge area. Big enough for a living space...
And a dining space.

Oh this wooden tray! I was so excited when I found it.  It was this summer, I think it was $10.00. Thrifted, naturally. A little splurge for myself.
It's huge (as in my kids wanted to pretend it was their boat), wooden and even more important than collecting  miscellaneous things, it's a marvelous serving tray to carry the plates and such from the kitchen to the porch.
More than anything...this space is so great to play in.

(She doesn't mind living on the dangerous side. She was trying to hold onto the horse and jump with it up and down.)
So, in your travels, plan to meet us on this porch. It will keep us warm on sunny winter days and we can enjoy a spot of tea as our children try to give us heart attacks doing dangerous things on the trampoline. All in all, this really is a fab room.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Just this weekend, we woke up to a white out.
 My kids couldn't wait to get out there.
 Particularly him. He's been asking for snow since April.
Having it come reminded me of my list entitled "Things to do before snow". There's still plenty on that list that hasn't been accomplished.  Anyway, the snow was beautiful. It's mostly gone now. 
 From what I understand, the town I grew up in and the town I went to college in have a plethora of snow right now.
 Given we live in Maine, snow is a certainty. 
 Thankful to have this little teaser of fun times to come and thankful it has melted so I can (hopefully)  accomplish those last few things that I meant to do before snow, but haven't.
How about you? How much snow is in your backyard now?

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014


 We've been finding random caterpillars lately. Conducting investigations = much better than any television show or electronic game.
Especially when done in costume, with your favorite pals super close.
What sorts of things can you discover that are technology free today?

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Two Years

I've meant to update as we go along, but I missed our two year anniversary of living in this home a couple weeks ago. Better late than never.

Many of you have been with us on this journey, remembering when we bought this farmhouse/farm and when we celebrated a year. Long story short, it's an 1880s Southern Coastal Maine area estate that has been in the family for decades.  We're the new owners. We're bringing it back to working order, one day at a time.

It's been two years now. The projects have slowed down a bit and we've been settling into living in this amazing home. 

Some of the pictures are the same from last year's update and some are what we've updated in the last year.  We invite you to come on in and enjoy our homestead and see some of what we've been up to in the last year.

This picture is the one that was listed on the MLS system. Not my picture, but a picture I remember fondly, as I was dreaming of making this place ours.

Here it is through the seasons...
Through winter,





And fall.

And now through the rooms.


His room.

Her room.
 Guest room:




 Three season porch.

 In the summer


 Craft area.

Our bedroom.

Random things that make us happy:

Wood heat.

Getting this root cellar back in working order (which this picture is before it was's filled now..oh my!)
Filling this woodshed.
The barn.
New barn door.

Land cleared (thanks goats).

New (to us) swingset.
 Lots of wood.


Fresh picked.

Roadside stands.
Home cooked.





Baby chicks.

 Faithful pup.


And our great mouser and non mousers.

And of course, our two littles who are learning, growing and thriving.

 And brief escapes to places we love (thankful to live in a coastal town.)

Our little family of four making a homestead out of this old home/farm/land. From winter to summer and back to winter again.

 Thankful for this homestead here.

And the life we share living here.

 And thanks to you who have followed along, offering support, suggestions and provided inspiration. Blogging isn't my job, it's my hobby and it's fun to share with you. Don't forget, I'm on facebook too,
Two successful years on this farm, cannot wait to see what year 3 brings us. So many ideas in the works, we shall see what another year brings us.


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