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
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A Beautiful Fall Day

Lovingly Posted by Melissa Sunday, September 27, 2009

Man do I love fall in Vermont.  Have I said that enough already?  Ok ok, moving on then.  Yesterday was GORGEOUS!!  It started out as a pretty frigid morning, I almost turned on the heat but decided that one extra layer ought to take care of it for now.  We went out to feed the girls in the barn and all the blades of grass were covered in a little blanket of frost.  I was psyched to get my Carhartt jacket into use again.

We were up extra early (thank you, SHYLA) and headed over to the annual Underhill town-wide yard sale.  Walked away with only six stuffed animals to show for it which cost a grand total of one dollar.  No, we're not the kind of people who start gathering things for someday when we have kids: we live in the NOW.  Well anyways, the toys were actually for the dogs.  I think Ollie has already destroyed two of them but Shyla couldn't care less which is funny because we did, technically, get them for her.  Ollie is more of a tennis-ball freak, but if he gets the chance to rip something into shreds he is all over it.

By the time we got back the sky had cleared and it was solidly in the 70s with the sunshine.  Kyle began working on finishing up around the entry door.  We had originally had wire moulding for the switches and outlets on that wall but he figured since we had to tear the wall open to widen the opening for the new door, might as well hide the wires while we're patching everything back up.  Sounds good to me, wire moulding looks like crap as far as I'm concerned and I figure the sooner we can get rid of it the better.

Too funny, though, while he was working I took some time to let May and Chutney out on the front yard.  We've been accumulating a decent amount of leaves from our maple trees out back and I figured they'd probably take care of them for me so I wouldn't have to rake.  Dried leaves are one of their favorites so I let the girls out of their paddock and they eventually followed me back over to the front of the house.  Well, they didn't quite have the same agenda and next thing I know they are trying with all their power to just go right in the front door.  So I'm trying to keep the dogs IN the house while keeping the goats OUT and poor Kyle was stuck in the middle of the whole mess. 

I think it is safe to say that I think I'm still going to end up raking the front yard.