Saturday, November 28, 2015

Thanksgiving Weekending

Thanksgiving brings a terrible chore,
'Cause I'm forced to eat, then eat some more.
If I don't eat it up right down to dessert,
I fear the cook's feelings will surely be hurt, 
So I do my part, even though I suffer 
To be a good guest, I'm a belly-stuffer.
~Karl Fuchs

I am so grateful. Grateful for my family, grateful for so many who love us and want to be with us, grateful for our mobility and ability to travel, grateful for so many darned good cooks willing to slave away, grateful for the good attitudes and appetites of my babies, and grateful to be back home again.

What a holiday! 

Wishing all a weekend full of leftovers of all the good stuff- gratitude, cheer, and of course the spoils of the feast. 

Happy Weekending!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanks at Thanksgiving

"I'm especially thankful for Mrs. Massey and rainbows."
There are about 100 beautiful photos I could take and post that would represent Thanksgiving; pumpkins and gourds, fall leaves, autumnal dining tables, pots and pans full of delicious things... you get the idea. But this little gem, which came home with Audrey on her last day before her Thanksgiving break, says it all, doesn't it?

And it's true- I do have so much to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Getting Down to Business

We're getting down to business around here, y'all. While Henny naps, my girl is cookin' up a storm! I can't wait for her to get to present what she's made to her family.

So. Proud of her.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Home Improvement Stuff

There's not a lot to say about our weekend... I mean, there was a lot going on, but it was kinda the same-old same-old: cutting down scrub, mucking up the house, neglecting all the chores... you get the idea.

Except this weekend we made serious, obvious progress. We cleaned up a lot of the brush we've been tearing down. We broke down a lot of the dead trees into firewood and got that split and stacked. And inside we (and by we I mean mostly my father-in-law) got all the sinks working again.

We worked out in the woods basically from sunup to sundown through the weekend, mainly because our mighty skid-steer Kubota will have to go back home at some point in the next week. Now that we're back to Monday the focus will turn to the inside of our Home, and I'll start working through the wreckage that always follows a workin' weekend. Now that the sun is coming up, it's time to assess the damage and develop a battle plan.

Isn't there a holiday coming up soon, too?

Aaaaaaaaah, this crazy home improvement stuff!

Happy Monday!

Saturday, November 21, 2015


Every weekend can't be all work all the time, right?

Happy weekending!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Workin' on Stuff

There is a lot going on right now around here, y'all. Our yard is torn up, our woods are torn up, our kitchen and bathrooms are torn up, our new well is still exposed (and there's supposed to be a freeze coming this weekend), and there is debris from all these projects here, there, and everywhere.

We're eating off of disposable dishes- after today we'll have zero operable sinks- and we're running out of silverware, we're tracking sand everywhere we walk, and the kids have been glued to some kind of screen for the majority of the last 24 hours in the name of keeping them out of the way.

BUT it'll be worth it soon...

...because this.

Only a few more days 'til it's all wrapped up.

Only a few more days.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Right Now

Right now, I'm...

...stuffy, sniffling, and weary. There is a bug that's got a grip on 3/4 of us and it has worn out its welcome, let me tell you.
...alternating between chores and sitting still while sipping hot tea almost constantly, and appreciating the gray drizzly day that's keeping me from feeling guilty about taking it slow.
...wishing the chickens would make it easier on me when it comes to gathering eggs- those girls have decided that they'd rather lay their eggs anywhere but their nesting boxes, and I've had to climb up into their hen-house and hunt through the hay every day for almost a week now to find them all.
...feeling hopeful that there's a chance we'll turn the table on that invasive scrub that's been swallowing up our woods this upcoming weekend, which will be the last weekend we have our rented skid-steer miracle machine.
...beginning to flip through magazines and favorite cookbooks to plan what I'm going to bring to our Thanksgiving dinners next week... and bursting with love and pride as my sweet girl follows suit; she has declared that she too will be making and bringing a dish to contribute to our feasts. I could just about smile my face off right now. I can't wait to see what she's going to want to make.
...loving how my (little) big guy has taken to following me around and picking up on chores and such and diving right in to help and actually helping. I have Mama-doubt every day about almost everything I do, but there are days when it feels like I'm doing some of this stuff right, y'all.

Here's to getting something right every once-in-a-while. Happy Monday!