In February of 2009, my husband and I bought our first home located on a few acres in Johnson, Vermont. We live here with our dog, Ollie, two cats: Elvis and Atticus, six Nigerian Dwarf goats: May, Chutney, Poppy, Juniper, Willow, and Jokers Wild, and about fifteen laying hens. And to top it all off we welcomed our daughter, Isabel, into the world on January 11th, 2011.

We're slowly updating our 1850's farmhouse while steadily working towards a healthy, meaningful, self-sufficient life together.

This blog details our endeavors along with our successes and failures- all in good fun. Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again soon!


May and I enjoying some sunshine


Life is Good!

Lovingly Posted by Melissa Friday, May 9, 2008

Wow. I never get tired of seeing the beauty of the natural world. This morning, after a lovely walk through our trails, we discovered quite a suprise at the foot of the driveway. The suprise was over ten feet tall and all legs, and there were two of them. I could barely believe my eyes as we watched them walk up the drive and disappear into the surrounding woods.

Shortly thereafter I randomly checked my bank account online to discover that good ol' G.W. decided I deserved an extra $600. Thank you very much. Just about the only good thing that came out of that man...not that I think this'll help the economy but it sure does make my wallet feel a little warmer for the moment.
Finally, by the afternoon, karma smiled at me and I got a job. Thank you very much. Not only do I get to start on Monday but it is for a good old Vermont company that started up about 160 years ago! The Johnson Woolen Mills has just acquired an awesome new employee and I'm going to be working in the sweat shop. Just kidding, I think all your employees have to be under 10 years old to qualify for that. But seriously. It seems like a nice place and I get to sew all day. How bad could that be?
Finally, all the waiting and crappy days, hopeful interview after interview for a job I never land...the sun smiled at me and just about everything that could have gone well, DID.


  1. Mom Says:
  2. aww you made me cry! You more than deserve to have the sun shine on you your the sunshine itself!
    I'm glad I got to share in those moments too! I'm very proud of you and good luck on Monday, ( course I may need good luck too since I'll be the puppy sitter!! ahhhhh!!!)

  3. Zach Says:
  4. Congradulations! That's great news! Moose are very lucky, you know? Kidding, that's great about the job. I'm sure it's a load off your mind! See you tomorrow!