Category Archives: Humor

Mid-May in Spy Garden

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarchs are my favorite!

This makes me want to add more milkweed to the garden!

One more shot!

Toad- love the iridescent green eye lid!

This Christmas decoration has become a permanent fixture in our landscaping! It is so large to store in the basement and somehow it just fits in all seasons, right?!

Woo! The cotton is popping up!

Bolting kohlrabi

Garden view with Dexie

Love-in-a-mist (Nigella)

The end of the year festivities at Forest school included a project culmination; the kids planned and cooked a meal entirely outdoors for the parents. After the delicious meal we had:

S’mores!

Mmm!

Forest School teacher scooping up homemade ice cream (also made by the pre-K kids)

Inside, a movie played of all their practice-cooking rounds!

Their semester-long project was a great success. Construction also continues at Forest school and I wanted to share a shot of these cool signs they added to the construction fences:

Such a nice idea and adds a cool element to the construction-vibe!

In other construction news, we are nearly done with the chicken coop!

Hahah just kidding, that is part of the school addition

Behold…

The Coop…

d’eggtat.

Coop d’eggtat

Greatest chicken coop name ever, right?! Quite apropos as the chickens (well, at least the building the coop part) has usurped our lives! Plus we love a good revolution, are are always generally dissatisfied by the status quo AND are all quite rebellious in nature. So the name is just perfect!

We are still working on the signage (this one is by the Spy)

There will also be an “Eggsit” sign on the inside of the door. HAHAHAHAHAhaha

More pictures to come of the coop details once it is totally finished (still need to build the run). The chickens are loving their new home and I am just thrilled to have them out of the house!

We have also taken more trips to the barn to visit our friend’s horses…

Check out my friend’s awesome Great Dane!

He is the coolest!

Giving Dexie a run for her money in the good looks department, right?!

Like a pro!

Blink

Love, love, love!!!

Happy Monday! Hope your week is off to a good start!

Spring Chickens

One with the chicks.

As you can see…

She’s not enjoying them at all.

Green on green on green

Zzzzzzz

Cardinal on her nest

First there were 3 little cardinals, then 2, then 1, then none. Bad spot for a nest? Hopefully photographing it didn’t disturb them. Maybe the black rat snakes are out hunting (even though we haven’t seen them yet)? Spring can be brutal.

At school the kids were drawing/contemplating a dead bird that met its end by flying into the school window.

We saw a run-over copperhead snake on our road (3rd one this spring!)! Again, a brutal spring for some. Exhibit D: the awful flooding in our area (we are up high and were thankfully not affected other than the kids having a week off school and bad traffic). All of the chicks are happily still alive and have enjoyed pecking around the yard (we’ve kept a close eye on them) but are still spending their nights in the comfort of our living room (in a bin).

Coop site planning

We cleared out a pretty good sized area.

And Smoochie…

Got the base of the coop built! Woo!

We also moved the rabbits out to this area; so the bunnies and the chickens will be neighbors.

Hey neighbor!

They caught some worms and the kids exclaimed, “I thought they were vegetarians!?”

Me: “No, look at them they’re like little velociraptors (especially when they blink).”

What’re you looking at?

Holding Specky

Check out Specky’s leopard print feathers!!

Puff Puff helping to weed the garden

I LOVE the salmon favorelle’s feathery feet!

Springy abstract sculpture

Chickens are way more well behaved than bunnies. I spent like 45 minutes one night last week (during the heavy rain) trying to catch Bun-Bun in the woods.

Cinco de Mayo

Goldie admiring the lovely edges of the garden plots

Where we planted…

Red Foliated Cotton (image from Baker Creek) 

We have never tried growing cotton before; very exciting!

Dexie has been nice

Hopefully she will never discover that they taste like chicken!


So for any of you that are considering getting chickens; there is a ton of information out there in internet world about raising chicks but I wanted to give you the most important #1 tip we’ve learned so far about keeping chickens:

Just wing it.

BAHahahahahah

March 2017 in Spy Garden

I have been busy with a few things (you know…working full time, graduate school, kids…just a couple things! Ha!) and embracing spring by considering the season fresh, bright and energetic (instead of just “more busy”). (I’m all about a euphemism.) This means I am forced to be more organized. By nature I am more about spontaneity than preparation but planning does have its perks. Such as more free time for hobbies.

Painting in progress; light and bright!

Cheerful vibes

Checking out a gallery

One new thing I’ve started doing is making a general plan of dinners for each week. I notice this really helps avoid any produce being forgotten and spoiling. We’ve had a few delicious and super easy successes this week so just wanted to share. I am totally not a recipe person. (I feel they are too bossy.) So this is really just meant to be inspirational for trying new things in the name of the spring season!

Monday: Roasted chicken, spinach garbanzo cakes*, lemon garlic tahini dipping sauce

*A block of defrosted and drained frozen spinach mixed with a cup(ish) of garbanzo bean flour and a little water and then just cook like pancakes. I also added garlic but you could add any spice/combination of spices. These are delicious and were a big hit. I plan to make all different variations of these (you could use any vegetable too).

Tuesday: Wild caught salmon marinated with orange and thyme, baked sweet potato chips, orange slices

Wednesday: Pork Steaks, Peas

Thursday: Rabbit (Bun-Bun) Stew…Hahah just kidding. But seriously though I think our rabbits would be delicious. They eat all of our scraps of organic produce, fresh alfalfa hay…And just think, if we did raise rabbits for meat (and fur; hello ear muffs!) we would get to have way more rabbits as pets, which would mean greater variety of bunny photos…tutorials on hide tanning…it would certainly make for fresh blog content, right?

Adorable Dinner?

“Bunny TV”

Thursday (seriously): Carrot Lentil soup with ginger and garlic, Flat bread*, Quinoa cakes (eggs, quinoa, parmesean cooked up like pancakes or in the oven)

*Homemade bread on a weeknight you say?! Yes! Whole grain flours (I like a mix of garbanzo bean flour, ground flaxseed and coconut flour), water and a little oil and you are in business! Flat breads don’t have yeast so you don’t need to wait for the dough to rise; after kneading you just let the dough rest for ten minutes or so. Roll them out and they bake up in minutes in the oven or on a griddle. You can also add spices or seeds to these.

While I’m cooking dinner I also make our lunches for the following day (with the exception of Babyzilla who eats very nice snacks and lunches courtesy of the Forest School chef).

Here is her school’s menu from this week for even more easy meal ideas:

And check out the construction going on at Forest School; they are expanding!

In garden-food news, we started eggplants, tomatoes and peppers; several different varieties of each.

I didn’t buy any new seed packets this year (yet) as I was trying to use up the supply of seeds I already have. Some of the seed packets are a few years old so some may not germinate well but in my experience seeds are usually fine for several years past the packaged date.

Today in the garden I saw quite a few honeybees. We plant lots of herbs and flowers to attract bees.

One of two lilac bushes in the garden

Tulip (my favorite)

Thanks Nana and Pop for the basketball hoop; the kids are loving it!

Check out that purple!

Awesome, right?!

Before I go rest up for another busy energetic spring day, I want to share two awesome new blogs of old friends of mine from Wesleyan University.

The first is Boheme Voyage; the stories of a couple traveling around the world. The photos and writing are excellent and the food looks amazing (hello, more recipe/non-recipe ideas)! I especially love that she focuses on architecture…and plants!

Architecture in Hue, Vietnam by Ashley Trudeau

Vertical Garden in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Ashley Trudeau

So check it out! Here is the link again: Boheme Vogage

The second is Dr. Elizabeth Winter’s website. The design of her site is impeccable. She shares excellent and practical health advice on the blog and there is also great information on the other pages of the site. Here is an excerpt…

Unlike conventional Western medicine which focuses on disease, integrative medicine focuses on all the aspects of a patient’s life—physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and environmental—that contribute to a patient’s health and well-being. Science has unequivocally shown us there is a real and profound connection between the brain and the immune system and our emotional state and disease. When we ask, “How are you feeling today?” we really mean it, and we spend the time to explore your relationships, happiness, work environment and stress level, believing these all contribute to one’s health and overall wellness.

Whether we are talking about migraines, joint pain, infertility or constipation, we are talking about symptoms, all of which have an underlying cause. Often times in conventional Western medicine, symptoms are misinterpreted as diseases. Integrative medicine works to treat the underlying cause of your symptoms. In doing so, your underlying health status is improved overall.

Functional/integrative/environmental medicine is the field in which I plan to practice when I finish this excruciating invigorating doctorate program so I am especially interested in her site. Check it out! Here is the link again: Dr. Elizabeth Winter 

Hope you all have a wonderful Friday and are feeling energized by spring!