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Katie @ Life With The Crew
Pennsylvania
Trying to manage to keep life simple and happy in a crooked, old, pet-filled farmhouse with an idea crazy dreamer for a husband!
Interests: Making good food from organic ingredients, living simply, running (not too fast), dreaming of traveling, sewing without patterns, photographing pretty things, and knitting with natural fibers. Oh, and cleaning up after my busy and curious little babe!
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I am thankful for a warm nest of my own that I share with my little bird and handsome mate. Pictures taken at a new spot in the gamelands that we never explored before. With the leaves down, bird nests were plainly visible - what a secret world of wonder!... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Life With The Crew
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A Saturday afternoon hike at Shaver's Creek Nature Center. The center is closed for construction until next Spring, but the trails are open for walking and are full of discoveries. A very active porcupine site, a single soft feather, glorious gold oak leaves, and a bizarre crusty egg casing are... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Life With The Crew
They were actually really big satisfying first snow flakes!
Of course, there is always a reason for chai! We do plenty of iced chais here too. And I actually made a chai popsicle the other day by mistake. I have been freezing apple cider into little pops for my daughter and I actually grabbed the mason jar with the wrong brown liquid - chai concentrate instead of cider! She didn't mind at all.
Yes, the plants you sent all did well here Regina. The seeds that I planted in the spring didn't amount to anything, but I'm sure I'll now have plenty of self seeders next year! Thanks again!
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Last year in November, I completed the Annabel cardigan. I loved how toasty warm the Quince & Co. Osprey yarn was, but the wide neckline of the cardigan still left me cold. Also, the arms were pretty wide, so I thought it could use an update. I pulled out the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Life With The Crew
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Spicy warm chai, snowflakes falling from the sky. Ski tracks on the grass, a bright blur slushing past. Unexpected winter weather, sharing popcorn inside together. We had an unexpected wet snowstorm on Tuesday. As the little babe was leading her horse out of the riding ring, she paused as she... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Life With The Crew
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Scrabbling, pawing, gnawing, chewing, these are the sounds near my head at night. Biting, clawing, occasional thumping, these mice could give someone quite a fright. I close my eyes, try to sleep, but I'm counting squeaks instead of sheep. Inside the wall they are safe for now, out of sight... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Life With The Crew
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Today I am thankful for... ~a glorious walk in the woods after a soggy day of pouring down rain. The chicken yard is a mud and chicken poop pit, the backyard is a dead grass and dog poop mess, but the woods were beautiful. And since we fired up the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Life With The Crew
The Hobbits tend to keep to themselves.
I felt guilty too about puling out some calendula, but one of these nights the hard frost will hit.
Hmm, my daughter says that if your husband is short with curly hair, eats two breakfasts, and likes the colors green and yellow - you're definitely a hobbit's wife. Luckily, though I think they are supposed to be neat and tidy. I already miss the cute little baby knitted items - I didn't really start knitting until she was two, so I missed a lot of teeny tiny cuteness.
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First off, I'll start with the hairy feet, because they are so cute. One night when I couldn't sleep, I hopped on-line to send some emails while the little babe slept. I saw an update from Our Ash Grove that they added new items to their shop. I jumped over... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at Life With The Crew
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Today I am thankful for... ~a family day of rest after a super crazy week of getting our newest Airbnb rental ready in a pinch. We did it (minus one kitchen countertop and the guests sat on folding chairs - luckily they were family friends!) and so took a much... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at Life With The Crew
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We woke up to warm weather (again - crazy for October) and rain that had started falling over night. The little babe ate breakfast and then declared that she was going outside. "Okay, but I'm not going with you." That didn't matter, so donning raincoat, skirt, and wellies (too warm... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Life With The Crew
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It was a beautiful Autumn day for the little babe's 5th birthday party, which was a super secret surprise. Considering that she didn't even know what a surprise party was or the fact that she is still young enough that I can actually make the party decorations and baked goods... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Life With The Crew
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The fluffy seedpod is swamp milkweed - a little more delicate looking than the traditional milkweed. The last two photos are of the prickly cucumber, a native species which in warmer climates tends to be invasive. It likes wet areas and we found it at the marsh that we like... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Life With The Crew
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Bright blue skies, crashing surf, hedgerows of beach roses, stacking cairns, salty sea smells, and windblown apples free for the picking. The two large Golden Delicious and one dark red apple are Pennsylvania grown, the rest are from Peaks Island, Maine. This is my first attempt at jelly making and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Life With The Crew
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Today I am thankful for... ~beautiful rocky coasts ~brave little babes ~lovely Autumn light ~fun places to stay while traveling - way better than the Econolodge! (Muzzy Ridge Farm and Ten Apple Farm) What are you thankful for today? Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Life With The Crew
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Last weekend we attended the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. This was our third time and we really enjoy going. There is just so much to see - we had two full days there and still missed some things! Sustainable agriculture, eco-building, traditional folk arts, fiber animals, political activism,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Life With The Crew
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The Auger tank top was not to be. It was too big and the cotton stretched way too much, so I decided to put that stretchy habit to good use - a shawl/wrap that I want stretched around me. I found a "diamonds in moss" pattern in my trusty knitting... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Life With The Crew
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Today I am thankful for... ~family time - pressing cider with homegrown and foraged apples. The press is a beast to drag out of the shed, but once we have it all cleaned up and ready to go and the sweet cider is running, we're glad to have it. After... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at Life With The Crew
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feisty, fluffy, Flora Bunny the French Angora. Oops, there she goes, I told you she was feisty! I have thought about getting an Angora rabbit for a while. Nothing serious, just, "Oh, wouldn't it be so neat to have one of those. It would be sort of practical, right? Wool... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at Life With The Crew
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Orb-weaver spiderwebs, falling leaves of Autumn colors, late morning dew and lovely light. Hydrangeas that get even more beautiful as the season passes. Fresh pressed cider straight from the backyard. I'm loving it. Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2017 at Life With The Crew
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Today I am thankful for... ~the warmth of the sun - today felt like early September is supposed to feel around here. ~a basket overflowing with library books and a little babe who begs to read them. ~a husband who knows how to use tools and does the jobs that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Life With The Crew