It was a very good year

“When I was….. um,”.  Lets just say last year, 2014, was a very good year.  It was a very good year for new beginnings.  We had a few.  Hauser Our little baby Cocoa More Hippie Chicks Our newest member to the family.  Grandson Travis Baby bunnies Guinea Hens!  (very noisy guinea hens!) The 3 Stooges….Alpacas!! Moe, Curly and Larry….yuck, yuck, yuck! Beaks.  Our little lost Parakeet She found a permanent home and a new friend, Blue.  Beak and Blue. Honey Bees! Last but not least. Mo.  Mr. Molashes and Thunder. When I was ……. ah…  It was a very good year.  It was a very good year for new friends and old. The Bunkhouse opened it’s doors to our first guests.  Mo’Riches Bridget and our hubs….Cheers to new friends! and more guests who soon became friends. Facebook friends that came to visit and friends that I hadn’t seen since elementary…

Wonderful Fall Weekend

I have been so excited and I admit more than a little nervous about this coming weekend.  I’d been wanting to host an open house forever so I finally bit the bullet. It was long over due.  Anyway, I got a few nudges from Facebook friends and I knew it was now or never.  I think everyone had a ball.  I know we certainly did. October 17, 2014 We started this weekend on friday night when we had some very special guests at our house for dinner.  You know how we live close by the Abbey of Regina Laudis, actually smack dab in the middle of it?  Well my husband is very good friends with a lot of the people there and ever since we moved into our home we have been trying to get together with them for a house blessing.  Well 2 years have passed but we finally…

Pumpkin Planter

As much as I enjoy the summer and used to spend a great deal of time working on my tan every year, I have to say that fall is my very favorite season. Everything about it speaks to me. The colors Textures Smells, tastes. I love it all. I especially love to decorate for fall using natural elements and warm rich colors.  One thing that I always look forward to changing up with the season is my outdoor planters. I like to mix it up a little each year so I added a pumpkin and ivy to the mums along with the ornamental cabbage. After filling my urn with fresh soil I hollowed out my pumpkin. One of the best investments I have ever made would have to be my pumpkin carving kit.  It makes short work of carving and cleaning and you can achieve all kinds of intricate cuts…

Caring for Cast Iron

I have a weakness for cast-iron skillets. When we bought our house the previous owner took all the firewood that was stacked in the shed but left behind an entire collection of cast iron.  I guess he had a weakness for firewood. My cast-iron skillets hang in the fireplace so they can get pretty dusty.  I try to take them down on occasion to give them a good cleaning and re-season them.  Now that doesn’t mean that I stick them into a sink with soapy water, or go at them with steel wool.  Nope, you don’t want to do that!  Caring for cast iron is really easy once you know what NOT to do. Well cared for cast-iron skillets…so happy!  Mistreated cast-iron skillets…so sad! If you have a new cast-iron skillet, before you use it you have to season it.  I don’t mean to sprinkle it with a little salt…

Home Tour…Not!!

I’ve been a lot little under the weather these past few days.  Appears as though I have caught a head cold so I have been camping out on the couch with my trusty iPad, my box of kleenex and my cold remedy tea with honey.  Poor me.  This has given me a lot of time to play on the internet and look-up some fellow bloggers.  It seems as though everyone I see offers a “home tour”.  This is where you get to go into their homes and see how beautiful everything looks.  How they decorate, what they make, how they live.  Well let me tell you it is very depressing.  If I wasn’t sick already I am now!!  I mean, have you seen some of these homes??  First thing I do is look at the pictures on the house tour.  Then I read the “About” section of the blog to see if…

Nutcrackers

I have a little problem.  More like an obsession, maybe it is more like a sickness or an addiction.  It comes and it goes.  Most of the time I’m fine, it doesn’t affect me at all, I can hide it and nobody even knows. From January to October I don’t even think about my little problem but then when November rolls around it hits me again and by December I have a full-blown case of ….. Nutcrackers!!!! It is my girlfriends fault, I blame her. My best friend forever turned me on to nutcrackers. Every year her and I get together to make peanut butter balls for Christmas and she would have Nutcrackers everywhere.  They were in every room of her house, big ones, small ones, fat ones, skinny ones.  They sat on top of cabinets and counters, they stood watch on the windowsills, they peeked out from the bookshelves.…

The house that John built

This is the house that John built. John was a commercial airline pilot who’s passion was the meticulous reproduction of an 18th century house. This is the wood, these are the nails and this is the glass that lay in the house that John built. John was a purist.  It took him 10 years to build this house along a country roadside, nestled in a clearing, behind a fieldstone wall.  He started in 1984 and it was completed in 1994. He hand cut the boards out of green timbers of native red oak using an antique broadaxe.  Every nail was handmade by a nearby blacksmith costing John $12,000.00 at the time.  Each nail was a 4 headed nail made to period even though John could have used the less costly 3 headed nails that are mass produced.  He used 700 panes of glass, which he cut by hand… only breaking…

Firing your bake oven

If you have been following along with me you know by now that our house has a beautiful fireplace in the dining area that was built for cooking.  It even has a bake oven or bread oven, pizza oven as they are sometimes called. Cooking fireplace  Last winter I tried to make a pizza inside of this oven but I had no idea how to do it.  I read whatever I could find on the internet, which isn’t much and gave it a shot.  Needless to say my pizza was a flop, half of the dough was cooked and burnt while the other half was still raw.  So this year I decided that I would do my best to find out more information and keep trying until I got it right.  Luckily for me one of the previous owners stopped by awhile back to introduce herself and see what we…

I think I’m a Farmer ya all!

You know you are a farmer when: Your day starts before sunrise and ends shortly after the dinner dishes are done. You wear your PJs to do chores like tending chickens, watering plants, picking veggies and running to the store to get milk.  What?  You don’t?? All your shoes, even your high, spiky heels, night on the town shoes have chicken poop on them. You get insanely excited when the latest issue of Grit Magazine comes in the mail. Your idea of a good time is watching chicken T.V. and cracking open a cold one. Your new favorite vehicle to drive is your John Deere. You start making your own soap, detergents and fabric softeners.. All your shelves are now filled with jams, sauces and Dilly Beans!! Your French Manicure is now a dirt manicure and your little black dress is your husbands flannel. Your favorite store is now The Tractor…

Our House, Our Home

Recently my husband and I purchased a new home that has changed our lives.  We retired a few years ago, sold our “dream home” in CT. bought a small Condo, packed our bags and moved to  Naples, FL. We were having the time of our lives! Beach, boat, jet skis, dinner in fancy restaurants, shopping at the finest stores, going to The Naples Philharmonic to broaden our horizons, eating right, excersing daily and missing everyone back home. Something just didn’t feel right.  So after many trips back to CT. we decided our retirement was just too soon.  Packed up some stuff, and came home. Unfortunately “home” was now a condo.  It just wasn’t going to work with our ever growing family!! So after much soul searching and sleepless nights, we decided we once again needed to get a place to spread our roots and provide our family with “home central”.  Problem…