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A First Look at Finishes

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Our big renovation plan keeps taking massive strides toward breaking ground. Honestly, I’m so anxious I can’t stand it. However, seeing these views every few weeks is scratching the itch. This week, Elaine sent us our materials draft. For real – look at these beauties. Um, when do we move in?!

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Building a Goat Fence

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Over the past month, Aaron and my brother Chris have been installing a 4-wire electric fence around 2 acres of our wood line. The goal: we want goats to do all the brush clearing for us. We’re getting goats. The two of them have put some long evenings into engineering not only the fence, but genius ways of making the …

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Morning Chores with the Cows

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Whatever the weather, the cows need water. Aaron’s innovative water pump in the pond plus barrel on the side-by-side strategy has been working great for transporting water to the cattle pen in the pasture. This morning, Isai and I joined him for the routine. Isai was totally into it. Our little guy is getting bigger by the minute. As we …

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Crossley Farms Blackberry Jam

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This summer, we’ve had some excellent salads, unreal potatoes, delicious sweet corn and epic tomatoes. While our oversized garden didn’t quite have the same oversized production – we had more than enough to feed our family and friends and are still celebrating the abundance. Over the long Labor Day weekend, I unfroze some blackberries that we pulled from the brambles and …

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Kristin’s HOT Salsa Recipe

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I’ve been dying to learn a thing or two about canning. I bought a great book of recipes – but there’s only so much of the intimidation factor that can be eliminated by a book. To really understand how this process goes, I needed some help from the fam. Thankfully, my cousin Kristin from Krash Design was totally up for it. …

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More Blooms in the Flower Garden

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Just when I thought the cut flower blooms were dwindling, the Dahlias go and throw in a few more surprises. After harvesting a pretty bouquet a couple of weeks ago, I figured we were creeping toward time to mow and till what’s left of this year’s crazy garden experiment. A few surprise blooms are keeping the magic alive though. I’m …

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Meet the New Chicks

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A week or so ago, Aaron went to town for farm stuff and came home with new chicks. Without missing a beat, he had a whole chick habitat assembled in the garage as if our March chick babies had never left. Since we’ve been down to 7 chickens in the coop – we’ve been feeling the itch to grow the flock. …

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Early Morning Fog

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After dusting off my Canon in the last couple of weeks, I thought it would be fun to wake up in the wee hours of the morning to snap a few sunrise shots of the sunflowers at Grinter Farms nearby. Boy, was I wrong. Our little dude is on week #2 of a double ear infection. What was a hellacious …

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Our Renovation Plans Continue

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After a month of feedback and changes, we are so so so excited to be looking at the next draft of our renovation plans. Our vision of what this home will be keeps creeping closer and closer to the finish line. I cannot possibly wait to actually live in it. Once again, Elaine knocked it out of the park. Look …

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Water for the Calves

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Aaron has a general mantra for pretty much anything that challenges either fo us: “We will always find a way.” As annoying as it can be to hear it sometimes – he’s generally pretty right. When the cows moved out to the pasture, getting water to them became a pretty big challenge. The longterm goal is to build them a …