Weekend Mommy 

Life now only matters two days a week. The remainder pass with anticipation and preparation like a dream. Sleep is hard to come by so full of thoughts of you both. Waiting, wishing, hoping, missing. Then your here smiling and laughing. Both so open and loving that I can hardly believe my good fortune. Always…

Soup! Made easy.

We have a few patches of wild asparagus that grow in our yard.  Yesterday was so cold and dreary I decided it was time for some soup. I haven’t written much  about cooking on this blog and for those who know me, this might seem a little odd. First of all- I have been cooking since I…

Home Again, Home Again.

Five years ago, back in California- I would have said that a 50 degree day with rain was the worst possible weather for an outdoor market. Now I know better.  There are things like sleet and snow that could make the day way worse. Yes, we were chilly but we were surrounded by hot soup, coffee,…

“I Got My Lunch All Packed, I Got My Shoes Tied Tight.”

The Greenland Farmers Market is happening in just a few hours. I am completely beside myself. I have been going to farmers markets as long as I can remember.   I can’t tell you how much I miss the ones back home.  I have never been on the vending side of the market.  I’m not going…

Off With Her Head!

The dandelions and trees are in full bloom! As much as I dislike (and my husband down right HATES) the mock cherry tree in our front yard, its blooms are the first large source of nectar in our yard.  So it gets a pass…for now. For the past week it has been buzzing loudly like…

Before Apps Ruled The World

“In my day we didn’t have…” Yes, I have come to that inevitable place of derision for the younger generation and all their “gizmos, gadgets and whosiwhatsit.” And, I DON’T CARE.  I am completely prepared to decend into the land of “bah humbug” when it comes to the ridiculous new, extraneous time sucking inventions of…

Down By The River…

  In our wandering around Maine we have seen some beautiful things.  Peaceful rivers full of tumbled stones and some VERY cold water. Meanwhile down stream this lazy river joins with others and turned into a torrent. It even comes with multiple warnings. What siren?! Sudden release of water?!

Lessons From A Seed

Today, I marveled at the singleminded effort of a seed. Conceived in a bloom and set free tumbling to earth to lay and wait covered by snow and the oblivion of all that came before. An entirety of existence bound in itself the passing of time allows the opportunity to root a chance to twist down and hold fast,…

We Went To Mexico- No One Spoke Spanish And We Saw A Moose!

That is because we went to Mexico, Maine. We have been meaning to go gold panning since we moved.  Yesterday we got our butts in-gear and headed north.  We saw lots of nothingness; punctuated by small towns and tons of lakes and ponds.   Some have little islands and the coolest private cabins. I kind of…

Catching A Dream.

I may be taking this a bit too literally but what’s the harm? In my quest for the Holly Gr….. No wait, stop that! Sorry, too much Monty Python of late. Since I have decided to make a run at our dreams of living from the land and the things my hands can make from it- I have…

Emerging Life

Maine is amazing this time of year.  It’s a trip to watch as sticks and barren ground explode with life.  As if all the plants have to wait for frost to pass and then SPRINT for growth while the sun still shines and before the snow falls again.  Quite a thing to behold. Click for the gallery and have a…

Where is Dr. Doolittle When You Need Him?!

I have never subscribed to the notation that I am the “mother” of our many animals.  As I have written before our animals are not our children. Though they are our familiars. (Try saying that sentence five times fast.) They know you by your intimate actions and while they may not mark all the instances of…

Home

I have spent a lot of time writing about what we left behind in Ca: Family  Friends My hometown  The redwoods Our lives as we knew them  I feel it is time to move on and give thanks today for where I woke up this morning. Home. We began looking for property the moment we…

Your Free Range Days Are Over!

Last year we learned an important homesteading math lesson. (Chickens + planting a garden) x (no fence)= fat chickens/no plants. The chickens have been contained! It was time. I constantly worried about predators and neighborhood dogs (not to mention Isis) having free access to the flock.  We knew that we would have to build an enclosure…

When I was a kid, I swore…

That I would eat candy all day, even the kind that would stain my tongue bright “colors not found in nature.” That I would watch daytime TV to my heart’s content. I would never do the dishes.  Well ok , maybe once a week. And I would eat Marie Calendar chicken pot pies every night instead…