Monthly Archives: October 2012

CSA bag 26

Acorn squash, carrots, kale, garlic … I make kale chips and there won’t be a problem with the carrots or garlic. I don’t know if I like winter squash as much as summer squash.

halloween costumes

I love Halloween, here are the highlights thru the years with Madigan

Store bought pumpkin

Boots the monkey

Captain Feathersword

Baby Jaguar

Poncho from Webkinz

Pumpkin again

The Black Puffle from Club Penguin (With Ash and Adam)

Zero from Elebits

Sonic the Hedgehog

Last chicken day of the year

When ever we go out to Bramble Hollow we try to bring food for the pigs. We didn’t have the space to save scraps for the pigs, and I think they noticed.

I can’t say that they remembered us, but they sure did look they expected something from us.

The turkeys are getting ready for Thanksgiving.

This could be the best team when it comes to chicken catching.

End of the Saturday Farmers Market

Today was the last saturday market till spring. It was was rainy and not very busy but we hit our usual spots. Here is what I will miss, access to fresh veggies for the weekend.
Fresh cookies from Sedulous, but they will still be at the Tuesday Market.
Something to do every saturday morning.

The break is nice, I know the farmers need it but sure do love the market. Sure there are other markets to go to, but Grandin is my favorite.

See you in the Spring!

csa bag 25

We got beets, onions, broccoli, potatoes and chard. It’s still a good amount of veggies for end of the season.

trying to keep expectations low

Buying a house is a big deal. Buying a house that could give us the freedom to do all the things we want to do is HUGE, especially since we have been looking for about a year. Remember this one? Or this one? With that in mind, I am trying to stay cool about it. Not get too excited. I don’t know if that’s something I have learned over the years, do not get overly excited about something cause if it doesn’t happen you won’t looks so disappointed. I don’t like getting disappointed…in fact I am the worst at not having my expectations met.

Example, Madigan…I wanted a girl so badly, even on the last sonogram we got, which was about 3 days before christmas I asked the tech again, is there anyway this could be a boy (I have a terrible poker face and would have sobbed openly in the birthing room had it been a boy.) and she said “Not without a series of painful operations.” I expected my little girl, had it been anything else I would have been devastated.

With the house, we are still at the “we walk away” point if the sellers don’t do what we ask. So when Boomer and Madigan want to go pick out colors for the walls or look at lawnmowers, I remind them we still live in an apartment. I also have to keep my hope for the garden and making portable coops in check cause I know I will be the one cheering everyone up if we don’t get the house.

Another tidbit about the house. Closing around christmas, kind of scares me. I am a busy gal last week of the year, only a little time off from work but SOOOO MUCH TO DO. It’s christmas eve dinner, open presents, breakfast christmas morning at Margaret’s, open more presents, over to Boomer’s folks for dinner, more presents. Day after christmas take down the tree and take down all christmas decorations, make birthday cake. Madigan’s birthday means donuts for breakfast, open presents, pictures taken, chinese food for lunch, open presents, what ever else she wants to do, make special birthday dinner or out to eat, more presents. Couple days off, New Years eve super snack party till midnight. Couple more days and we celebrate our 12th anniversary (and they said it would never last). I have things to do that I can’t just wait on.

Oh and let’s not forget we still need to strategically place our bet on when everything will be done and put in our notice at said apartment.

did someone mention a house?

This is the house we are trying to buy. Here’s what I love about this house, we could have 2 more kids and still not out grow it. (At 43 that’s not happening, but I enjoy the thought) There’s room for everything that could come up in the next 10 years. Practicing music, working on a dunk shot, coming up with a science fair project, practicing lines from a play, getting ready for prom, studying for the SATs–it can all be done here. I don’t know about you, but the thought of having a second kitchen to can on a hot day and still be able to make dinner upstairs is amazing. A portion of the basement isn’t heated so we have a decent place to store all of that canning and the worms can be in a cooler place than the pantry in the kitchen. The possibilities are endless; water reclamation, solar panels, composting, sustainable living, chickens and pigs can all be done here.

We are getting a home inspection Wednesday, USDA guy has to come out and check property, appraisal, underwriting. If all works well and there are no delays we would close between thanksgiving and christmas.