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beans and goats (and more snow)

So, it's another snow day today.

I made some bean soup:

bean soup with kielbasi

But i'm ready for some warm weather. I'd rather be outside with our animals.

This is our new goat, Dixie:


Isn't she pretty? Yes, her legs really are that short.

Of course, when Stumper saw the camera, he had to say hi, too:

Stumper says hi

Hello, Stumper.


I love snow. It's fun. It's magical. It's beautiful when the sun is shining on it. The only problem is, to get snow, you need cold. And I don't like cold. Once in a while is ok, but day after day of bitter temps is too much. And I'm sure my animals agree. Their water freezes over, they spend too much time inside. They're restless and bored. We are all ready for Spring.


warm weather

It was so nice walking the kids down the driveway to meet their buses this morning. Even though the temps were only in the 20's, there was frost on the grass, and we could see our breath, it felt absolutely spring-like compared to the sub-zero temps we endured last week. February usually brings the most bitter temps and wind and March is notorious for dumping extreme snow storms on us, but a nice sunny day in January can make me feel optimistic that spring is not that far away. And I know the chickens are loving the warm sunny day! :)

I'm sitting at the kitchen table enjoying the sunlight along with my tea and a slice of the banana bread I baked over the weekend.

banana bread

Snow Day

Today was a snow day. A very, very, very cold snow day. I didn't leave the house at all. (Well, except to feed the chickens and goats of course.)

Snow Day

It was a great day for baking. I've never been much of a baker until we moved into this house. (Just ask my husband to tell you the story about my banana upside down bread). I don't know what it is about this house that makes me want to bake -- cookies, muffins, cake, and even bread. I wonder if the past owners were bakers and some part of them is still with this house?

Today I made:

Mini French Breakfast Puffs

A mini version of Ree Drummond's French Breakfast Puffs. Yummy little bites of cinnamony-sugary goodness!


Cinnamon-Sugared Doughnut Dropscookbook

Cinnamon-Sugared Doughnut Drops. From a recipe in my favorite cookbook. Sorry I couldn't get a better picture but I barely had time to snap this one before little fingers began grabbing from the bowl. My 5-year-old gobbled down a bunch of these. She looooves her donuts. I wasn't sure if homemade ones would measure up to the store bought ones she usually gets but apparently homemade is even better. :)


Happy New Year, all!

I usually wait until the 2nd day of the new year to start off with a bang. January 1 has always been a day for introspection, planning and goal setting. This year my "resolutions" include:
  • write more (including on this blog)
  • sketch more (I'll include some of the less "sucky" ones here)
  • worry less (a friend of mine talks about surrendering -- I have more research to do on this but it has to do with giving up control, becoming one with the universe, allowing yourself to just be instead of fighting to fit a mold society has created.
  • and my annual resolutions of course (stop biting my nails, exercise, eat healthier)

This blog is intended to highlight my daily challenges and triumphs. I will be posting about writing, sketching, reading, running, parenting, homestead/farmstead adventures, back yard chickens, and surviving on one income in a two-income society. (As well as anything else that pops into my head.)

I hope that you will find support, humor, and inspiration in my posts. But mostly, humor. Because a good belly laugh is sometimes all you need to make everything ok. :)



Since I am not training for any big races and I'm not currently working outside of the home, I've decided to tackle NaNoWriMo, PiBoIdMo, and SkADaMo this month. So far so good. But it's only day 1!


Training for my half of a half marathon

What I am training for:


So I "ran" my first 5K for the season.

My time was somewhere between 41 and 42 minutes.

Pretty slow but not bad for my first race on an unfamiliar trail that started with a HILL that made me think the whole route was going to be uphill.

I also had to contend with dogs running in front of, beside and behind me (the race was for the Humane Society), a snapping turtle in the middle of the trail, the telephoto lenses of the nature photographers trying to capture National Geographic-worthy images of said turtle, and a creepy guy taking pictures of the runners with his cell phone (ewwww).

At least I left plenty of room for improvement throughout the summer/fall.



Trying to awaken from my winter slumber......



So I haven't been writing much lately. I blame it on the added responsibility of supervising my fourth grader's homework, coaching cheerleading, training for a 5K at the end of this month, running after a very active, recently very demanding 1 year old, schlepping off to a full-time job every weekday.... 

But really I think I am just spoiled and stubborn. "I don't want to write, I don't want to write."

Actually, I  think daily about the books I want to write and the characters in my head. I jot down interesting thoughts, things I hear or see. To actually sit down and write though is like fighting with myself. Schizophrenic style.
"I don't want to write."

"Just write something."


"Ugh! Just do it."

"I don't want to!"



I know I will eventually sit down and crank out pages of something. I am like this in all areas of myself. I give 100% for awhile then just back off entirely. Cooking, cleaning, filing, social networking, running....  Should I just accept that this is how I am or treat this as a major character flaw and try to overcome it?


Hey, look! I just wrote something!