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We had our former landlords over for lunch yesterday, Gabe made some Asian-inspired grilled chicken and pork wraps that were fantastic as always. I made a quick cranberry-orange scone with a vanilla orange glaze- there are none left, but I do have half a bag of cranberries so I could make one more batch for the week.

I’ve also been making an effort to do more meal planning, 1.) so my grocery shopping isn’t so disjointed, and 2.) it makes dinnertime with Piper so much simpler if we don’t have to play the “What should we eat” game. Gabe bought a copy of America’s Test Kitchen’s Slow Cooker Revolution, and I’ve been using it a lot. There is a great variety of recipes, and most of them are pretty easy to put together in the morning before I leave for work.

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Piper… she turned 8 months old 2 weeks ago and it seems like she changes almost daily lately. She feeds herself really well, and when she’s playing its evident that her hand eye coordination is really good. She’s such a busy girl! Her current favorite pastimes are stalking the cats, playing with Gabe’s bongos, and dancing any time she hears music.

We are also in the throes of garden planning, we know where its going and what’s going in it (seeds not ordered yet though) but didn’t do any work on it last fall, so we have a lot of work ahead of us this spring. I’m excited though, because there is an already established strawberry patch!

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Made my list of seeds to order, and added some annual flowers for some color! I put giant sunflowers on the list, and I’m excited to see how they turn out.

Happy Sunday!



Before you read too far, a warning: This post is a bit whiny and needy.


The Nitty Gritty


I can’t believe how quickly time passes.

We’ve been pretty busy around here, I’m excited because we are finally at a point where we are eating fresh veggies out of our garden! Most of the perennials around the house are blooming too. I got back from NY to see that I missed the peony entirely though. That was disappointing.

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Into the Frying Pan.

I don’t normally do this, because it doesn’t do anything but stimulate arguments- and I try to keep the peace these days. However, my Facebook is flooded with all of this nonsense these days and while I don’t want to say anything there, I still feel compelled to offer you my opinion. Because this is the internet and I can.

Opinions, Yay!

Last Post from NY!

We’re down to the wire here. The U-Haul is packed to the brim, the apartment has been vacuumed, scrubbed and painted (touch-ups) and we are ready to go… in the morning . The cats have no idea what is going on, and seem generally confused. I feel kind of bad about this, but at least Gabe and I are here so it’s not like we are abandoning them.

NY had given us a lot, and as much as I am desperate to get out of this state, we have a lot to thank it for.  I finished my education here, met my husband here, found a career path here and so many other things. I can only hope that Vermont is as good to us in the future. I feel as though this is a new beginning, of stepping out truly on our own. I’m scared, I won’t lie- but I think it’s going to bring us some great things.

Next time, from Vermont!


Back to the Country Life.

Never has 7 days passed so quickly before. A week ago I returned to my Alma Mater (Morrisville State College) with my boss to speak to the kiddos. Tuesday we had our job fair, pretty sure I found my replacement. We’re doing interviews this week.

And then I went to the farm! I was so busy trying to keep up with the tornado that is my nephew and soaking in the family that I didn’t take as many pictures as I usually do. I did get the chance to ride Terrible Terry though. 🙂 Mom is in the process of re-training him to be a Western horse, and he looks great for her. He was good for me too, and it was nice to just poke around the arena on him for half an hour. He is the biggest pain in the ass, unless he’s working. In this photo he is pawing the concrete, if he’s in his stall he’s typically kicking the stall door. It’s an attention thing.

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I spent a fair amount of time with the little man, he is talking so much- you can have a conversation with him now.. And he’s hilarious. He ran over my sister’s foot (his mamma) and when she got upset he told her that she should stay out of the way! So he’s a little fresh too, and most times its difficult to not laugh at him. He also told me that his best friend is Santa. Smart kid.

I came home Saturday, and yesterday Gabe and I drove to Vt (for the day) to look at 3 apartments. The first was a total waste of time, it was over priced for the dump that it was. The second was the place we were most interested in, but a 4 wheel drive vehicle is a necessity to get to it. It is quite literally located in the middle of nowhere- which is not fun in winter. We slid a couple of times in and out, and while it was otherwise perfect (though a bit pricey) we decided that was not for us. The place we are moving to is perfect!

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The small building to the left is a one bedroom cottage. We are so excited to not have neighbors in the building! The property is on 50 acres, 5 minutes to town, 10 minutes to my job- and it’s a horse farm. Small, they only have 2 ponies (one that I can ride!!) but horses nonetheless. Any time I’m missing that horsey smell, it’s going to be right up the driveway!

Gabe and I are beyond ecstatic that everything came together as seemingly easy as it did. Divine intervention?

Moving day is March 16!