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more new life on the farm

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The last time we “rented a ram” for our ewes was three years ago. Three springs ago, two lambs were born on the same day, and apparently I texted Kenny, who was at the office, “I’m never lambing again! This is too stressful!”  I don’t remember saying that to him, but he reminded me of it yesterday when Iris, our five-year-old ewe had a prolonged labor, and I texted him, “I’m never doing lambing season again!” The three previous lambs born to our farm were born within 30 minutes of…read more

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the hamptons

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i have to be fully and honestly frank. the facade must be put to rest. i am not a camper. i am not a camper in the woods, or in a motor-home. i’m not a camper in the summer, fall or spring. camping does not thrill me because i like clean and comfortable a little too much, especially if we’re talking “vacation.” i think this is where i need to also admit that i think i’ve become a bit OCD. with cleaning and cleanliness. but i have a theory about…read more

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running thoughts (III)

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a week and a half ago, i injured my toe. i’ve talked enough about it that i’m sure you know which injury i’m referring to.  the morning after injuring it, i was aching to go for a run. but i could barely put any pressure at all on the toe. i couldn’t even put a sock over the toe without yelping in pain. i knew i had to take it easy, and not do any form of exercise until my toe felt much better. eight days after the injury, i…read more

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knitting for the boys

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with all the knitting i’ve been doing for kenny and myself, it would seem i’ve left out the three boys! i have not forgotton our offspring in my latest “making” adventures, i promise you. in fact, here they are sporting their brand new, made-with-love from mama sweaters! sawyer’s covering all his bases, “it’s cool,” and “peace out!” they have yet to wear them out anywhere. in fact, for some reason, they all put them in the garage the minute after i snapped these photos. good thing i’m so in tune…read more

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starting school…

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…but not for two weeks yet! i’m so glad that we’re still in full summer mode here because i would be completely distracted if i had to “do school” right now. i’m considering a very organic, easy-going start to school in a few weeks’ time, when i can finally put summer behind me and “get excited” about falling temperatures, feeling stuck inside, and non-grilled food for 6 months. we are nearly ready with all of our curriculum, but actual planning has fallen by the wayside as our busy summer has…read more

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seven quick takes

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*this week was VBS at our little local church. this was the 4th VBS that the older two boys have gone to there, and it was adam’s 2nd year. as usual, they all loved every minute of it. i’m glad that the older two don’t feel that they’re too old for something like this. i love going early to pick them up and watching them get really involved in the singing and dancing to the music. makes a momma proud. * i mentioned this on facebook a while ago: kenny…read more

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gratitude ~ may 11, 2011

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dining al fresco after spending the afternoon in the warm sun…

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owls! (again)

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our owl family was “featured” on the frugal family fun blog!  i’m so honored. 🙂

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the smell of fire upon me

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the boys and i spent the day with 30 other students (and their parents) at a local conservancy that was “established for the purpose of providing an environmental and cultural education center for the community.” our field trip was led by a local historian who provided our group an incredible hands-on learning experience. in our entire field trip, all the students were able to participate in cooking over fire, dipping candles, spinning wool, gathering apples and pressing them for cider, blacksmithing, wheat harvesting and planting, and we got to watch…read more

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i gave in…

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i normally dont’ splurge on fall decorations because i think they’re overpriced even though they’re beautiful. i hope to have planted mums in our front yard eventually, and grow our own gourds and pumpkins everywhere. eventually… our local farmer is selling mums for $5.00 a pot. that’s the cheapest i’ve seen in years, so i splurged this year and actually BOUGHT mums. and pumpkins! we grew some decorative gourds this year – i want to grow even more next year! i hope your saturday is just as lovely as it…read more

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