Beware of Squirrels

Anyone who knows my adorable little sister, knows that she is afraid of squirrels.  She is not a squeamish person by any stretch of the imagination and it is not like she squeals anytime one crosses her path. Growing up in the redwoods we were constantly surrounded by the adorable little creatures.  You wouldn’t get very far…

“Ch-Ch-Ch- Changes.”

Here in Maine the feeling of change is tangible, like someone flipped a switch overnight and summer on its way out.   There is a new crispness to the air at the beginning and end of the day. You can see it clearly in the trees, as they frost with golden red tips and tops. Our garden knows it…

My First (and Last) Christian Puppet Show.

When I was about seven our mom accidentally took us to a evangelical puppet show.  It was put on by the church at the top of town and one of my friends from school was going. I asked if we could go too and she saw no reason why not- until the show started. The lights dimmed and…

Why? Because I Felt Like It.

Sorry, I can’t keep all of them in, all the time. After a late night binge of The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings I woke up and REALLY REALY wanted a felt hat.  A wizard hat!  I found some wool roving online and ordered it as if clicking quickly would ship it faster. I grew…

“All Things Are Difficult Before They Are Easy.”

8/20/09 Boys, It is just so very hard- hard to see you both smiling in pictures knowing that it’s not for me, that you don’t even remember me anymore. It is hard to know that I am not wanted in your lives, hard to know that people think that is what’s best for you. Hard to…

Now And Then.

Now.. And then. The pumpkin/melon patch started in the green house. But it could not contain the awesomeness!

Judge Not…

Before Monday, I could have truthfully stated that I have never cried at the death of someone I didn’t know.  I think there are many people around the world who could have said the same before the passing of Robin Williams. I only hope we can all gain some perspective. There is much to be desired in our society’s understanding…

“Growing Old Is Mandatory Growing Up Is Optional.”

Today is my birthday. I am 31! My thirties have yet to come with the anxiety, doubt and depression promised to me by sitcoms and TV movies.  My biological clock is not thudding in my ears (but that could be because I DO have kids, I just didn’t birth them.) I have never had a…

Homesteading Math 101: Counting Chickens.

Does anyone remember that old riddle about how to get a cabbage, a goat and a wolf across a river with one boat? That is what it feels like we have been trying to do recently.  I have decided to call it homesteading math. With our final hatching of the summer now over I can finally count…

Letting Go of Giving Everything Up.

I feel now that so much of what I am looking for, the patience, the peace, the calm can only be found though my ability to let go. I have realized that when I try to change things I have no influence over, I find my greatest unhappiness. The concept of letting go of your expectations of control is easy enough.  What…

Foul! Guinea Fowl That Is…

When we left for my sister’s wedding we had 11 eggs going in the incubator.  For the first time this summer they were not chicken eggs. I declared my desire for guiena fowl one night this past winter.  Thanks to the magic of the internet I was able to have fertile eggs sent to us. Our local feed…