Thursday, November 16, 2017

goodnight Mama Cat

I came out to the barn this morning and found Mama Cat lying face down sprawled on the floor - I thought she was dead.  She was not, but was barely alive, and as I picked her up I found a large, deep gash in her neck and throat.  I moved her to a comfortable place and she died a few hours later.  Something must have attacked her during the night, my guess is an owl, as the wound was clean and deep, not a bite wound.  There was no sign of a struggle in the barn, no blood, nothing knocked over.  I imagine she was walking around the grounds last night and she was able to get away from whatever attacked her and make it back to the barn. A friend live-trapped Mama Cat and her kitten Mali in 2012 (original blog post here) Mali disappeared a day after we met her, but Mama Cat grew into a sweet, affectionate cat who loved being petted and would follow me all over the farm grounds.  I will miss her greeting me in the barn in the mornings and will always wonder what killed her last night.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

yes I did

Ate a "Git-R-Done" brand salted nut roll from the marked-down basket at Tractor Supply.  It was delicious.

Monday, November 13, 2017

gaga for chaga

Traded a piece of cheese for some chunks of locally foraged CHAGA mushroom - this highly medicinal antioxidant mushroom grows on birch trees, looks and feels like petrified wood and makes a mild dark brown tea

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

ketchup & mustard

Thrift haul from Goodwill in Acme, MI: vintage red elastic waist skirt with cute pockets BLUE tag half off for $2.00, and yellow terry cloth sundress in the "swimwear" department $3.99
Vintage labels read Katie Brooke, Made in U.S.A  and DeMura, Made in Japan

Monday, October 30, 2017

St. Vincent De Paul haul - October 30, 2017

Excellent thrift visit today: Barbo brand boots from Canada - this is a mukluk company and their boots start at around $200...check out the dinosaur teeth soles on these!  Perfect fit $3  Also pink Banana Republic t-shirt on the $0.50 rack, and lovely pair of wool gloves that need a small mend - $1.00
Grand total with tax: $4.77

Thursday, October 19, 2017

more R&R Hall of Fame pics

oh David

I forever love Dub

The messiah himself

more Bowie costumes

the original cartoon-covered Pearl Jam drum head - this was a popular t-shirt design in the 90s

Iggy's leather jacket

my dance

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


T-shirt of the day at Saturday market, 10/14/2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Housewife nerd time: I am happy to see Joy dishwashing liquid is using their signature vintage colorful logo!  I remember this from my youth and think it still looks great

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Friday the 13th

This past week:

My dairy inspector informed me we (and all other small dairy companies) have to begin complying with a mountain of paperwork and record keeping.  It's fine, but requires expensive required classes, and hundreds of hours of back office work

I went to the dentist with a toothache, and he told me I have a cracked tooth - mine is the second image below, fixable, but nothing to do right now...just avoid chewing on it ;- /

And to finish up the week, on Friday the 13th, my 2004 Ford Explorer died.  REALLY died.  Bald tires, damaged axle, advanced rust, oil leak, damaged exhaust system, the works.  At 212,000 miles, she's been a good ship.  Mom & Dad and I drove down to Cadillac, MI to meet my new set of wheels, a nice 2010 Explorer

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame

we LOVED it!

I went the most crazy over the costumes - this is one of Jimmy Hendrix's jackets

David Bowie jumpsuit

James Brown jumpsuit

Original Clash lyrics written on the back of a paper CD envelope

Detail from lapel of a jacket worn by Tom Petty

they wanted our stories too!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Common Ground 2017

covered bridges all over Maine

trip companion ultra friend Raquel - in our sweet Annie headdresses at the Fair

flower greenhouse at the Fair

we did shots of this delicious mixture

amazing posters and art for sale from Beehive Collective

tattoo style - thank you Maine

Thursday, October 5, 2017

scenes from Maine

John & Mary's house at Little Falls Farm - where I apprenticed in 2008

their new outdoor wood fired oven

frisbee obsessed farm dog Jack

greenhouse full of peppers and tomatoes

exterior view of the greenhouse

hello ladies

cheese in the aging cave

Handsome buck Willie - look at that coiffure!

sweet pig

Kirby the mini donkey

apples in cold storage

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

home made

home made apple vinegar: simply chop raw apples, cover with water and keep the fruit below the water line for about a month on the counter, and let the wild yeasts and bacteria do the rest.  Mild and delicious!

Monday, September 18, 2017

the visitor

Enormous wood spider hanging out in the Boss Mouse bathroom - safely relocated outside where she belongs

Saturday, September 9, 2017

market haul for September 9

Lettuce mix, arugula, onions, jalapenos, squash, cherry tomatoes, mini sourdough breads, bok choi and cucumbers, cucumbers, cucumbers

and a nice pumpkin!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

the Mothership

Saw the 40th Anniversary rerelease of Close Encounters of the Third Kind over the Labor Day weekend.  I am as thrilled by it as ever - here is my favorite scene from the movie