My Favorite Time of Year

Spring is absolutely my favorite time of year. Everything is coming back to life and the whole world is just so full of potential. This is the time when I start embarking on my many annual projects and set up my plans for the next few seasons. Of course, this means that it becomes the […]

A New Year

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New Year’s Eve has come and gone. It’s now 2016. For many people, that means turning over a new leaf. This is a time to reassess where you are in life and what you’re doing, as well as make changes to improve yourself or your situation. Some people are capable of doing this year-round, but many of us need the reminder that time is passing to get our lives back on track.

I’m the type of person who requires some sort of deadline in order to make major changes, so a new year holds a lot of significance for me. This year, I want to start focusing more on my health. Since I found out that I was pregnant, my life has been all about RT and her environment. I did take care of myself during the pregnancy, but that was about her, not me. After she was born, I picked back up some of my less-desirable habits, as well as some new ones that weren’t great for me. I started smoking again, and my diet became horrendous. […]

Decluttering

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When my husband and I were moving into our home, I was amazed at how much space we had. Before, we had been living in a one-bedroom apartment, so an entire house with three bedrooms and a full basement seemed so massive. I am now astounded at how quickly we’ve grown into the place. In addition to the master bedroom, one of the bedrooms is used as my studio, also known as the “chaos room.” The third bedroom is RT’s nursery. The rest of the house is just full of stuff. […]

Accepting Help

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This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about how overwhelming it can be to live on and manage a homestead. Last time the topic came up, I focused mostly on setting priorities in order to accomplish major goals. Now that I’m eight months pregnant, the situation has changed a bit. There are some tasks that I simply can’t do, whether they push my physical limits, or whether my husband/doctors have told me I shouldn’t (the latter is far more frustrating).[…]

Preparing for a New Addition: Part Four

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If you’re a regular reader, you may have noticed that over the last few months I haven’t been posting nearly as much as usual. As my pregnancy has progressed, everything has gotten more difficult, including (maybe especially) the things I didn’t expect to. In addition to every activity consuming more energy than it normally would, I’ve also been dealing with some pregnancy-related health issues. I’m now finding myself in doctors’ offices four or more times per week. Nonetheless, I’ve been doing my utmost best at keeping up with chores around the house, but some of my other usual activities have been forced to take a backseat. […]

Preparing for a New Addition: Part Three

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I have officially reached my third trimester. As of this past week, I have less than 90 days until my due date. Unfortunately, despite my healthy lifestyle, it turns out that I have gestational diabetes, so it’s likely that the baby will come a little early. It’s really starting to feel like crunch time. Therefore, my husband and I took this weekend to step away from our respective projects (I’ll be updating you on my planter box progress next week), and work on getting the nursery in order. […]

Picking Up Pieces

In case you haven’t noticed from my previous entries and many projects, I love to upcycle. Working with my hands to make something beautiful is an incredible and fulfilling experience. I also enjoy knowing that I’m keeping the world just a little bit cleaner by keeping something old out of a landfill and making it useful again. […]

Preparing for a New Addition: Part Two

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Finally, I got the nursery cleaned out of just about everything. We still have a litter box and the spare bed in there, but everything is clean and the closet is emptied of all but baby gear. We even bought baby-sized clothes hangers to help organize all the onesies we’ve already received as gifts, and some of the many baby hoodies I’ve knit. We’re planning on purchasing a closet organizer, so we’ll have somewhere to put all of our little one’s blankets and toys – we already have quite a few![…]

Preparing for a New Addition: Part One

Lately I haven’t been writing posts for this site nearly as frequently as I used to. There was a point when I was successfully posting every week. Usually I post about my current ventures, but there haven’t been as many as of late. Between sick pets, a job with a family-owned start-up company that’s picking up steam, and expecting a child for the first time, I’ve had a greatly diminished capacity for the sort of projects I normally undertake – but that’s finally starting to change.[…]

Getting Started

We moved into our dream house. It’s a beautiful place, with lots of land. Some of my favorite plants are already thriving in the yard – rhododendron, bleeding hearts, irises, and more. It’s clear that at one point someone who lived here had very similar goals as we do, but the most recent owner had other things on his mind. The house is amazing, and perfectly livable, but it’s going to need a lot of work before it’s a fully-functioning homestead. My husband and I have come up with lots of plans from fences to solar panels, but we can’t do everything at once. […]