Spring Weekend

While the calendar told us of Spring’s official arrival nearly a month ago, this weekend was, for us, the first full spring weekend.  We’ve had beautiful warm days already, but this weekend was time for outside cleaning up and pea planting.  So that’s what we did. Sophie helped me get the peas in.  The garden […]

Hello, February

First, please note that I live in Maine. It is nearing 50 degrees today, February 1st. Also, please note that because of these unusually warm days, I checked on my bees. After lifting the 500 pound bench seat off of them (I got my workout for the day) and fumbling with the locking strap thingie […]

New to Me Baking Counter

Upon finishing the wall, floor and trim painting of  Maddie’s room I still had a lot of afternoon left. With the paint in one hand and a still loaded paintbrush in the other, I walked by the buffet that I had recently moved from our garage into the kitchen. And I heard a whisper, “Psssst!  Psssst! Over here.” […]

Maddie’s Room Remake

Under the chapter of “How we Shuffle Five Children into Two and a Half Bedrooms”, we updated Maddie’s room. I had hoped to get to it before Christmas, but busy happened and I just never found the time.  So it was one of the top projects for us to tackle in 2016. We loved the […]

Happy Living Room Curtains

The living room of the cottage has had the windows dressed for some time with panels of discarded old lace, which have been quite lovely and allow the sunlight to dapple through the panels and create the prettiest patterns on floor and rug. But with the decorating of the cottage for the upcoming celebration of […]

Goats in the Rain

Another day of unusual weather for Maine for this time of year. Rain.  Some say they’re glad it isn’t snow. Some say (mostly the children) that it needs to be snow. It is December, after all. Do you know what goats do in the rain?  A whole lot of this. And this. Because goats, at […]

Dreaming in Legos

We still haven’t finished up the interior of our new mudroom ( here, and here) and bedroom  expansions in our home, but we’re using those spaces and loving every square inch we built.  So, of course, I’m dreaming about another home addition.  We love our home, and we don’t want it to be overly large, and I admire those who […]