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Kate
Patterson, New York
30-something city girl living in the country.
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Ella and I just returned from a trip to visit her great aunt Di in San Francisco. I had forgotten how far away California is from New York -- and how different it feels. Of course we was a great time. And that is saying a lot, considering I arrived... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2012 at what to tip the mailman
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So today. First, Ella throws up in the car flooding herself and the carseat in curdled white on our way to meet up for a stroller walk with a couple of other moms. That's ok. It's not the first time, and I have a seat cover. I strip her down... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2012 at what to tip the mailman
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It appears that Ella has gotten on the fast track to toddlerhood. All the sudden she is walking with her walker by herself. And she won't stop. Except to sleep. She seems to be more sleepy these days. Falling asleep on nearly all car trips. wearing her Bremer Stadtmusikanten dress... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2012 at what to tip the mailman
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Ella is obsessed with stirring these days. Really all she needs is a bowl and a spoon and she is busy for the foreseeable future. Add to that a nook to climb into -- most recently the bookshelf, or a suitcase -- and you pretty much have a fairly good... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2012 at what to tip the mailman
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Ella has started to raise herself to a standing position holding onto things and is very into climbing into spaces, such as her sled, the dog bed, and now that we have introduced her to the outdoors, the red wagon with the broken wheel I picked up from the recycling... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2012 at what to tip the mailman
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Our first rabbit baby has opened his (I think it's a snuggly laid back baby boy) eyes! And it's just a matter of days for the others I'm sure. In the meantime I've been reading up on rabbit raising and have learned that rabbits should stay with their mom for... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2012 at what to tip the mailman
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The rabbit babies are growing quickly -- still all curled up in Mama Rabbit's fur ball nest all day long, eyes shut tight. But much more alert nonetheless, jumping out of my cupped hands when I try to photograph them. Now that they have grown some fur, the two dark... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2012 at what to tip the mailman
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We got sooo lucky with Sunday's weather. Ella's party was wonderful and the turnout was great! I cannot believe our luck that we have so many wonderful friends in our lives -- both old and new! Singing Happy Birthday to lil' Miss Ella. Organic carrot cake cupcakes Reading her new... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2012 at what to tip the mailman
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This morning I was loading the stroller into the car when I noticed movement down the driveway from me. A red furry deer, no a cat, no the FOX! The long bushy tail gave it away, as it walked rather unhurriedly, off into the thicket. Oh boy. At least I... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2012 at what to tip the mailman
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My family was visiting from Maine this weekend for Ella's Birthday party on Sunday and to make a Sandbox with beams leftover from some construction projects. I know. We are lucky. My stepdad, who builds sunrooms, restores boats, and installs full bathrooms and kitchens in his spare time, created a... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2012 at what to tip the mailman
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The Tractor Supply Company's Chick Days are here and of course I had to go and get some chicks for Ella to experience. A bad idea probably, as seven more Heritage Breed chicks are on their way next month and I hope to have the Silkie raise them for us.... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2012 at what to tip the mailman
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Today Ella and I got home to find a little chirping box in front of the door: our mail-order chicks have arrived!!! They seem to have made the trip ok and all were alert and healthy. I am so excited. There's one more Easter Egger that will lay green eggs,... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2012 at what to tip the mailman
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Not far from the chick babies and the baby rabbits there's another nest in the Guinea coop -- filled with, I kidd you not, 40 plus++ eggs and under heavy guard by not just one but two! Guinea mothers. Guineas are colonial nesters, as in, several hens contribute eggs to... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2012 at what to tip the mailman
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Since discovering the litter of baby bunnies, Ella and I have been over to the pen dozens of times, and not just to deliver clover leaves, carrot sticks and wilted lettuce to the new mom. I worried that since delivering her babies, the Mama bunny has not gone anywhere near... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2012 at what to tip the mailman
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Speaking of Mother's Day, this morning as I checked in on the Silkie and her chicks and briefly glanced into the cage of Oreo, our mini Rex rabbit, I found myself staring, uncomprehendingly, at splotches of blood and what looked like a few rubbery sausages. Then I spotted a whole... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at what to tip the mailman
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As Ella is about to turn one (My baby is turning one!!!), I am feeling a bit nostalgic over my first couple of months as a new mother. How quickly it all goes indeed. Now we have a toddler on our hands, and while we have the nursing and sleeping... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at what to tip the mailman
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Okay, here's another one for the department of oddities: At each doctor's visit, the pediatric nurse instructs me to undress Ella down to her diaper. We then lay her on the scale, and stretch her out on the table to measure her. She then leaves cheerfully telling me: "the doctor... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2011 at what to tip the mailman
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So Ella pretty much either sleeps or throws an all-out tantrum which turns her head beet red and scares us. Pretty much that is, except when she is gearing up for her first big smile. Then again, mommy and daddy might just be too tired to have taken notice of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2011 at what to tip the mailman
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Our beloved daughter, Ella Vivienne Waters, was born at 9:58pm on May 18, 2011 by C-section, after a long hard day of labor. She is 21 and 1/2 inches and weighed 9 lbs and 14 ozs. Happiness and gratitude fills our hearts. She is perfect. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2011 at what to tip the mailman
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Ok, so I officially finished my pregnancy. Now, for part II, the "getting out" part. Well, that's apparently on hold. More info on Tuesday after my doctor's visit. But for now, I am just lumbering through my daily routines, imagining that I have undergone an inexplicable body transformation leaving me... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2011 at what to tip the mailman
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This of course would happen... Here's the scene I returned to after taking Merlin for a hike with my friend. Perhaps using cat food as fox bait was pushing our luck. Meanwhile, poor Guineas and chickens are confined to their coops/runs. Can't take any more chances though: Mr. Fox got... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2011 at what to tip the mailman
The electrician had warned me about a red fox lurking nearby when he was installing the lights in the goat barn. And I had wondered about all the chickens and all the Guineas calling it a day yesterday and retiring voluntarily into their coops by 5pm with still plenty of... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2011 at what to tip the mailman
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Two things that make me smile, while I'm on the subject of dogs. First, ok this one is bitter sweet. For the past two weeks, I've been driving past this sign: "Found Dog" in big bold letters, with a picture of a white beagle under it. Every time I smile,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2011 at what to tip the mailman
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A good childhood friend of Jamie's is spending Easter weekend with us visiting from Georgia for the annual Auto show at the Javits Center in the city. As if that wasn't plenty, we are getting some more baby care training this weekend, turns out. A three-month old German Shepherd was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2011 at what to tip the mailman
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Just three more weeks until my due date! yup -- I pretty much live in my yoga clothes right now.. Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2011 at what to tip the mailman