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


I love a busy day

Lovingly Posted by Melissa Saturday, December 12, 2009

I wasn't too awfully optimistic this morning about what we might be able to get accomplished.  My honey was sounding a little less than ambitious and mentioned fixing the window (we had missed the spacers on the second window that we installed in the guest bedroom so it was a solid two inches deeper into the sill compared to he first one) but he didn't think he'd really want to do much else.  Kyle is definitely not a lazy guy, but with his final for his class coming up this Tuesday night he's been studying during his free time to be sure all goes well.

After enjoying some morning tea (or coffee in Kyle's case) and crocheting my new basket for collecting eggs (more on that later) we started work on the window.  It wasn't terribly warm out today- nineteen degrees without the windchill- but in the front of the house we were blessed with some bold sunshine which helped keep things warmer.  Kyle cut the wood for the spacers and then we unscrewed and removed the window.  After ten minutes or so we had all the wood spacers in and were ready to re-install the window.  Putting in a window has never been so easy, and it really feels good knowing that after a bit of experience we are confident and fairly adept at getting it done.

Right as I was filling around the window with canned spray foam my Mom showed up to take Kyle and I out to lunch.  We loaded into the Jeep and headed into the neighboring town of Morrsville to The Bee's Knees- an awesome restaurant that serves food made from local, organic dairy, meat and produce- where we got some food and some great local beer (Switchback is our favorite microbrew here in Vermont).  The Bee's Knees is one of my favorite restaurants around here- anyone who supports the local community is A-OK in my book.  Not to mention that they have live music, great food, WiFi, and a huge picture window you can sit in front of on a chilly day here in Northern Vermont.  You can go there and order a beer, tea, or coffee and just sit and enjoy the local atmosphere- absolutely wonderful.  It just happens to be my Mom's favorite place to eat here as well- so it works out.

When we got back home we headed out to the barn.  I wanted to shut the barn door as the wind was really blowing and since the girls weren't taking advantage of the sun I might as well shut the door to the barn to keep them a little warmer.  We caught eleven eggs today, so gladly handed off a dozen each to my dear Mom and our neighbor's daughter, Jennifer.  We have consistently been getting around 10-12 eggs a day so we were more than happy to unload some on some willing folks. 

We'll be heading into Jeffersonville shortly to hit The Tavern for some drinks and darts with some friends so you can be sure we'll be handing off another couple cartons of eggs before the night is through.  So, as its time to head out, I guess I'll wait until tomorrow to write about our demolition that we undertook this afternoon.

1 Responses to I love a busy day

  1. Donna Mae Says:
  2. I had a great time with both of you and my sandwich at the Bees Knees was really tasty..:) Looking forward to seeing you both again soon! XXXXOOO
    Love you!