The Ugliest House on the Block

Photo: Foamy stuff. Foamy stuff that dripped from the roof to the ground, leaving a trail of foamy stuff allllllllll the way down the front of the house.   One of our animal neighbors is a woodpecker. He’s…aggressive. He found a particular spot on the house, just above one of the second-floor windows, and decided…

The Next Set of Challenges

Photo: It’s still winter, but the absence of snow and the warming temperatures have given us opportunity to visit with the flower beds in preparation for Spring plantings (which are still a ways off). I’m very pleased to see that the over-winter preparations we did back in November have produced gloriously black and nutrient-filled soil…

Blessings in Disguise

Photo: There is one less tree in the world today, and I’m sincerely sad.   I find that a lot of my conversations with my husband as of late are simply regarding logistics. We always need to be in two places at once. This weekend was full of that. I’m sure some of you Dear Readers…

We’re Still Warm

Photo: A friend of mine put up her children’s dresser for sale on Facebook and I immediately was like, OOO MEE!! GIMMIE!! The boys quickly outgrew the little dresser we’d had in their room, so I had been looking for something cheap and big. She sent me the dresser and this kiddo couch and some sort of…

Trouble Comes in Threes

Photo: I wonder which thing God made first: Autumn or New England? Either way, they are made for each other. They are perfection. Autumn and New England are that perfect couple from college that are gorgeous and smart and fun to be around and you secretly hope they’ll break up but they totally make it all the…

Full Stop

Photo: Little boys getting cozy with chickens a few days ago. Being a parent is fascinating stuff– the world blows up and they just don’t know. You keep their world spinning with your calm and your focus. They really do follow… it’s amazing.   It was a gray and drizzly morning yesterday, so when the sound…

Where There is Order, Chaos Is Never Far

Photo: We’re constantly asked by neighbors and family, “what’s your project right now?” Lately, it’s been the yard, which has been easy and exciting and refreshing. We were starting to get serious about painting the living room in dining room (in other words, we’ve been battling over colors and whether or not “accent walls” are…