Posts Tagged ‘babies’

To be clear, every Mother’s Day I’ve had and will have since duder was born is the best Mother’s Day ever! But, this Mother’s Day, we planted 80 feet of white potatoes in the field and 30 feet of sweet potatoes in the high tunnel. And I’ve already got one handsome little spud! (With another on the way!) Who could ask for more!?! 🙂


Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mommas. Especially mine!


Read Full Post »

I brought our newest members home yesterday:

photo (1) photo

I know for certain we have at least 3 Black australorps (the best egg layers in my experience) and one Light Brahma, in memory of my beloved Fancy Boots. The other 6 are a toss-up. I ordered a “Rare Breed Egg Layer” batch, so we’ll see what we get once they’re a little bigger. How fun! And they sure are cute little devils. 🙂

I’ve also been asked to write an opinion piece for the Cleveland Plain Dealer about the Pro’s of having backyard chickens in the ‘burbs. Flattering,  yet I can’t shake the niggling feeling that I’m opening myself up for some trouble!! Oh well…

In other news, my baby boy turned ONE last month. Can you believe it!?! I get a little choked up thinking about it. He’s so handsome, funny, and smart, just like his daddy.

photo (2)He had one heckuva party, too!! 🙂

We’re just counting down now until our baby girl gets here! 12 more weeks!! I can’t believe that either!

Thanks for checking in!


Read Full Post »

Things are beginning to feel springy around here lately! (FINALLY!) The sun is shining, and the temperature has actually consisted of TWO whole digits most days. I’m starting to feel my spirits lift from the winter doldrums.

As you likely know, we are expecting our second baby, due in July. We had our son last March, so the growing season was difficult to manage. Unfortunately, this year will be even harder. We had a scare last week, and I’ve been told I’m on light-duty. Not bedrest EXACTLY, but, you know, no long walks, strenuous exercise or housework, or even picking up our son. 😦

Not an easy thing to hear when it’s planting season.

Regardless of the short-term difficulties, it will be ALL worth it when we’re holding our new baby. And, its times like these you’re thankful for friends and family. Yesterday, we had some family come help Rich prep the high tunnel beds.


Adam, Mike, and Rich

Rich said he got weeks worth of work done with their help. So thank you ever so much, guys!!

I, on the other hand, have been undertaking the exciting task of transferring from couch, to chair, to bed, on a fairly regular routine, under the watchful eye of my mother. You’d never guess, but she’s a drill sergeant! (Just kidding mom, love you and thanks so much for staying to help us out!) I did get a reprieve today, and enjoyed some time at my seed-starting table with a little help.

001 002 003








I didn’t even get 2 whole flats started, which is only a fraction of what we usually have. But, since I’m essentially sidelined for this entire season, I’ve probably started TOO many seeds. I suspect we’ll have some GMO-free pepper and tomato plants available for purchase again this year. I’ll keep you updated.

And, although we’re four months behind, we got our specialty, organic garlic in the ground today. Ok, well, I didn’t. I supervised while Rich did all the work. But, regardless, it’s in the ground, and I’m excited!!

Also, my mom is attempting to teach me to knit. A good way to keep my mind busy, and my tush in the chair, I supposed. Except for the fact that I am NO good at it! So, that being said, if you’re looking for some outside time, we could DEFINITELY use your help at our place this year. If you do a good job, you might be rewarded with a caddywhompus hand-knitted scarf! Or a dozen eggs, but that’s not as fun! 🙂

Let us know!


Read Full Post »


005 CSA Week 2:

  • English Breakfast Radishes
  • Easter Egg Radishes
  • Green Onions
  • Chives
  • Kale
  • Arugula
  • Mustard Greens
  • Mixed Baby Greens
  • Snow Peas

Tomato Plant Sale Blow-Out!

We have some odds and ends tomato plants. They’re beautiful, and headed to the compost bin if we don’t have any takers! I’ll give them to you for $1.00! (Remember, they’re heirloom, and chemical free!) You can’t beat that deal!

Be sure to check our “For Sale” tab! We have other goodies!

And a special THANK YOU!:

To my sister-in-law, and new volunteer farm hand, Anne, who has done an AWESOME job weeding, now that I’m back at work, and falling behind… 🙂 Thank you ANNE!

(She also makes some MEAN salmon!!)


And just for fun…



Read Full Post »