Morning Mist

I ventured out for a walk early this morning, just before the sun peeked over the horizon. When I opened the front door, it was still almost completely dark and the fog greeted me, quite literally, by glowing in the lights flanking the front porch and clinging to my face. I could see the dropletsContinue reading “Morning Mist”

Back to Work

As the sun rose this morning, I finished my early workout, then slogged through the saturated grass to feed the animals. Dolly was first to the gate, as usual. She is large and in charge, always the first to the trough as she bleats commands to the others who follow. Kenny, her twin, has grownContinue reading “Back to Work”

Respite and Reset

Just yesterday, my family and I arrived home from three days in Perdido Key, Fl. We spent long hours relaxing, enjoying the sights and sounds, and sleeping in the middle of the afternoon. After the chaotic past two years, it was such a relief to entrust our home and animals into the capable hands ofContinue reading “Respite and Reset”

Hope

I had already fed the animals, picked off the morning’s offering of tomatoes and okra, and sat down with a cup of coffee before I looked at the date. September 1. Though it is not the official beginning of Autumn (which is September 22), the march toward cooler temperatures, golden leaves and all things CrockContinue reading “Hope”

Summer’s End: An Update

It feels like forever since I’ve written anything here. Summer flew by and we are all settled in to a new year of homeschooling with busy days of reading, writing, and all the math. My kids have split into three different tutorials, creating a logistical nightmare for me while cocooning them in perfect environments forContinue reading “Summer’s End: An Update”

Mud Pies and Mimosas

Over the weekend, the algorithm powers-that-be decided my feed should be filled with photos of the beautiful Mimosa Tree because they are in full bloom here in Tennessee. It’s funny how a photo can bring back vivid memories. Mimosas are one of my favorite trees. When I was growing up, we had a huge oneContinue reading “Mud Pies and Mimosas”

A Year at Arundelle Green

It’s hard to believe it has been exactly one year since we turned the key in the lock and began moving into our new home! In some ways the year has flown, but in many others it feels like we have been here forever. I remember the first week in our house, the sense ofContinue reading “A Year at Arundelle Green”

Meet Hank!

Kenny, Dolly, and Reba have been adjusting well. They have come to accept Curry as their boisterous, playful guardian and weathered thunderstorms (lots of them!) with courage. I did realize, after the zillionth storm, that I needed to move their shelter. It was not drying out between rains and I worried they would get sick,Continue reading “Meet Hank!”

The Coop, Chickens, Cats and Poop! (Not necessarily in that order)

*This post does devolve somewhat into chicken poop management, so if you are squeamish you have been warned! What a fun experience it has been to see a vision come to life! From a Pinterest photo adapted for our needs, a gifted carpenter worked for almost a month to build a predator-proof, one-of-a-kind, beautiful chapelContinue reading “The Coop, Chickens, Cats and Poop! (Not necessarily in that order)”

Meet the Chickens!

For several weeks, our dream chicken coop has been under construction on the edge of the Shadow Wood. As I watched from my vantage point at the kitchen window, I imagined the happiness of looking out and seeing our fluffy girls pecking around against the green backdrop of a Tennessee Spring. As their cozy coopContinue reading “Meet the Chickens!”