Top 30 photos of Maine this Summer 

Ever since moving from Maine 20+ years ago – I have to go back – only that place sings to my soul like no other – no matter how short a visit may be – each summer I try to go and “stock my pond” to inspire me through to the next summer. I can take photos – but nothing can capture the smell of the salt air, the balsam fir – the feel of the foggy misty days with the sound of fog bells dinging off shore or the sound of loons calling to each other. This summer we packed a lot of adventuring way up north into just a few short days  – it was well worth it!  (For the sake of accuracy: The last 6 photos were on our way home in NH or Vermont). 


My animals – so much love

 I can’t imagine my life without these beautiful creatures – they give so much love and devotion (ok – so not the chickens – they provide eggs and entertainment) and they trust and have such sweet souls – I believe they do have souls – how could they not? I wouldn’t want a life without them. ❤️🐾🐴🐎🐐🐈🐓🐺 


My Top 20 photos from Alsace France (difficult to choose!)

The Alsace wine road travels along a line of the most charming villages I’ve ever seen. Some villages are enclosed by ancient wall fortresses. Each little village is nestled in the foothills of the Vosges Mountains across the large valley from the Alps in Germany. The villages are full of colorful old houses, many with wisteria growing up the sides. Stork nests sit on top of the beautiful ancient churches. Vineyards surround the villages and beautiful castles top the hills. This is someplace I plan to visit and explore often!           IMG_9959                                       

Thankfulness: the faithfulness

Love this

david and the giant

Day sixteen: I’m going to let the words of Matt Redman speak better than I could today (emphasis my own)

Never Once

Standing on this mountaintop
Looking just how far we’ve come
Knowing that for every step
You were with us

Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You’ve done
Knowing every victory
Was Your power in us

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You’ve done
Knowing every victory
Was Your power in us

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You…

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Harvest Day 2 : Corn

Day 2 of Harvesting : Corn! I wasn’t sure if I should just freeze all of the corn fresh or if I should make something and then I realized, the whole family loves my corn chowder recipe! So, I made and froze cream of corn for future corn chowder – when the days turn cold and soup is what’s for dinner!  I used this recipe for the cream style corn, minus the flour (my daughter has Celiac’s disease) and bacon grease.

My Corn Chowder Recipe (I learned how to make this a long time ago when we lived in Maine)

8 Medium size potatoes – diced

2 medium onions -diced

4 tbs butter

4 cups water (or you can use 2 cups water and 2 cups chicken/vegetable broth)

4 cups milk

4 cups cream style corn

Melt butter in skillet, cook onions until transparent, add raw diced potatoes and cover with water/broth. Cook until potatoes are tender. Add milk which has been heated in separate pan. Add 4 cups cream style corn and salt and pepper to taste.


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Harvest Time

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, so I would say I was raised a “city” girl. When I was young, I dreamed of what it would be like to live life in the country with animals and gardens and especially a horse. This dream came true a few years ago when we made a big move to Upstate New York to a home with a small piece of land. I have since been learning about the farming “lifestyle” in small ways. One of the things that I noticed is how many phrases we all use that must have come from our farming roots, these phrases make so much more sense when the origin is understood! For example, we are raising hens and during the winter they hate when they can’t go outside in the grass because the ground is snow-covered and they get very cranky because they have to stay in their coop. They are “all cooped up”!  A dream of mine came true when we bought a horse. I took riding lessons when I was younger, and have been taking lessons as an adult. I fell off once and had to “get back in the saddle”. In horse training we use a whip, and if he doesn’t pay attention, I “crack the whip”. Before winter starts, we need to get ready in lots of ways, but especially with “squirreling away” wood pellets for winter heating. This leads me to harvest time or when we are squirreling away for winter. It’s a time when the tomatoes we plant and the corn, pumpkins, zucchini, cucumbers all need harvested and cooked down for canning or freezing. I love this time it feels so productive and to know that the food was grown from seed in your own garden is so rewarding. Since we like it to be organic, we may lose some along the way. We lost some tomatoes this year to blight and maybe some spaghetti squash, but our food is clean and healthy. Today was the beginning of fall cooking; roasted tomatoes, saucing tomatoes, tomatoes cooked down for soup and tomatoes dehydrating. We can’t bottle that wonderful aroma, but we will be tasting the “fruits of our labor” all through the winter. 10678622_10152663693627674_7596557120421716579_n 10672369_10152663693377674_6062259209660173128_n 10639732_10152663693682674_6086813403781896663_n 10628037_10152663693472674_8485435709955237869_n 10624560_10152663693582674_4296620918972498284_n 10610902_10152663465312674_4363565416251203595_n 10593015_10152663693742674_6768438586675939842_n 10522573_10152663693322674_5833825380399301334_n 10394074_10152663693262674_4058603693441126283_n 10678748_10152663693537674_8571395630179155201_n



Color My World




We all know how time flies, so, before long, this world of mine, of ours, here in Upstate NY, is going to turn to white and grey. If we are honest, and don’t like to ski, those two colors will last longer than we would really like them to. There is something about color, even if there isn’t any sunshine, that just makes my heart sing. It is well studied that colors effect our mood and even our physical reactions. For example, red increases heart rate and blue decreases heart rate. So, for now, until the colors of late summer and fall turn into white and grey, I’m going to soak up all of the color I possibly can. If I can help it, I will never let another year go by without planting a cutting garden. The colors are just spectacular. IMG_2320.JPG




Teddy Bear Sunflowers

This year I grew a cutting garden. Over 20 years ago when I lived in Maine, there was a small flower stand on the side of the road that wound through the Scarborough marshes. Everytime I passed by and sometimes when I would purposely drive out there, I would buy a boquet of flowers. I loved them. This is what inspired my own cutting garden 20+ years later. In my cutting garden I grew cornflowers of all colors, zinnias, Dahlias, baby’s breath, cosmos and Teddy Bear Sunflowers. The sunflowers are so fuzzy and small.