Enjoying the storm.

My birthday was great. It’s official… 26. A good way to be, I think. Tonight we’re going to have a family dinner at my folk’s place. I’ve requested homemade Reuben sandwiches (with my sauerkraut!) and Georgia Peach cake with our raw ice cream. It’s gonna be good. Vera sweetly asked me just before I put her down for her nap if she could "share" my birthday treats. Of course, sweet child, I’ll share with you. 

Yesterday we went walking to farmer’s market, then to a late breakfast at a little nearby cafe, then dropped V off with her Grandma so that we could get a couple of books and have a nice dinner together (we had gift certificates to use… it felt decadent! Crab cakes and chocolate mousse were involved, I was very happy.) Anyway, I didn’t get many pictures, but I got some.

My girl, loving the windows being down. We had a little extra left on our card at the end of our book adventure, so we picked out "The Adventures of Frog and Toad" (a classic) for Vera, totaling 32 cents for us. Not bad! She loves it, too. I think one of these years I’ll have to get other people presents for my birthday. That’d be fun.

Jeff and Vera thought it would be a good idea to put poor little Asa in the doll stroller. Well, you can see just what he thought of that idea.

In addition to the KitchenAid, Jeff gave me a coffee table! Oh, the coffee tables in my life… This one is particularly nice, though, because he put it together from found materials. The top he found and refinished with natural oils, and the legs came off of an old table off the side of the road. I love it.

Vera seems to like it.

People who know me well know that I like to rearrange things. I like to mix it up, kick up the dust and start fresh from time to time. I looked at my living room on Friday and knew just what to do. From this…

To this. Much better.

I love doing that. It took like 30 minutes, and was so so refreshing.

Harvests are going well- big and busy. I am definitely slowed down a little by the way life is these days. Two hands can only do so much. So I’m just doing what I can, when I can, and not worrying too much about it. BUT, there’s this little patch of land (less than an acre, although not by too much) almost directly across the street from us. It’s great, and it’s just sitting there for sale. We called and left a message with the owner to see how much they are asking for it… if it’s cheap enough we may just try to go for it. I have visions of a community garden/neighborhood CSA… chickens and goats, a little cob community house with an outdoor kitchen (and a nice room for my massage therapy), a big greenhouse… day dreaming like crazy over here. Oh what I would love to wake up and go to work right in my own yard. There are lots of local businesses who would be interested in buying greens and stuff, too. It could be so great.

Anyway, I am happy to be here. I’m glad I was born. 

Quote of the day:
"Like all of us in this storm between birth and death, I can wreak no great changes on the world, only small changes for the better, I hope, in the lives of those I love." (Dean Koontz)


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Comments (17)

  1. brigittefires

    I’m glad you were born too 😀

  2. custardfairy

    Happiest and best wishes, with warmth and love!

  3. littleloveflame

    aw so nice to see you – this is the first real close up face pic of you I’ve seen and it connects my heart to you more. Thank you, and you are lovely.

  4. purerandomness

    Happy birthday! Looks like it was lovely.

    Poor, poor Asa in the doll stroller! 🙁

  5. see_anotherside

    Happy birthday to you! Glad you had a good day. Great pictures as always, the light in your house is lovely and I like how you rearranged that room too.

  6. decemberthirty

    Happy birthday! And only 26–I didn’t realize you were so young! 😉 Glad you’ve had such a happy celebration.

    I love the rearranged living room. Big improvement! And hooray for Frog and Toad, too! I love it when kids are still reading some of the books that I remember from my own childhood.

  7. jess3686

    Happy Birthday! I love your new living room arrangement. I’m a big fan of moving furniture around too. My boyfriend and I have had three different arrangements since we moved in a year ago.

  8. honeyrider

    happy birthday! it sounds like it was such a lovely and low-key affair. enjoy dinner tonight!

    oh and your living room looks fantastic rearranged like that.

  9. stupidfool

    happy birthday!
    i love your big dreams for the plot of land across the street–i hope the price makes it do-able! (i also love the picture of asa in the doll stroller 🙂

  10. david_anderson

    Happy birthday! And good luck with getting that land!

  11. afistinthefrill

    happy birthday, beautiful! you are so blessed <3

  12. yayhappens

    Happy birthday! I’m glad it went well for you and hey, I’m glad you were born, too. For sure there are some things that I wouldn’t have learned about or even have been introduced to if it weren’t for you. ♥

    The livingroom looks so much more open and inviting with the new arrangement. I think it is so awesome that Jeff does things by hand. What a really special gift to refinish a table let alone put one together! Lucky in so many ways, you!

  13. pagangoat

    Happy Birthday! It sounds like it was lovely:)
    That land idea is great, good luck with it!

  14. moondaughter20

    What a lovely lovely picture of you! You look so happy!:)

    Vera is such a cutie! I’m glad that coffee table (gorgeous!) passed her Vera tests. 😀

    Definitely a big improvement in the living room. 🙂

    26? I was 26 when I met Carol. I’ve done another 26 with her.
    Glad you had a great birthday! I posted a birthday wish for you on my journal in case you missed it having all that fun! 😀

  15. haurelia

    Sounds like a great many ways to celebrate!

    I am laughing at myself because I saw the knitted scrubbies and at first glance, I though, “oh look, someone gave Grace a knitted hamburger for her birthday.”

    The living room looks lovely, your new table is beautiful and I am very excited about your community garden idea…wish we were still there to take part.
    Oh! And Frog and Toad was a major favorite of mine and my sister’s. Thankfully, my dad still has a few of them. Hooray for Vera!

  16. unicorntapestry

    I am glad you were born, too! Gosh, my life would be so much less awesome without you.

    Poor Asa! You’ll have to defend him from his dad and sister. Brothers are the best toys.

  17. lilpeace

    That picture of Asa in the doll stroller makes me literally Laugh Out Loud every time I look at it, which I’ve been doing over and over. Disgruntled little man, “Get me the hell out of this stroller! Where’s my milk?! Do you think this is funny?”

    <3 You.


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