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Jennifer Steedly Duncan
A tiny village straight out of an English novel.
Crazy Southerner writing from a 1795 Vermont house, how did I get here again?
Interests: Writing about the crazy things that happen in my life, teaching kids to grow, cook & eat good food; good books; helping community farmers get great food out into the community
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On our way to riding lessons, I pick up a Times to go with my coffee, then, while the kids tack up, I settle back on the instructor's lovely porch and pull out the Book Review, always my first start to the paper. ... As good of riders as they are turning out to be, I foresee a horse or two in my future. *gulp* Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2013 at Counting Fireflies
8 years old and a drill? Definitely!! Pull together a bucket of the tools they can use. Hammer, drill, handsaw (yes mama, a handsaw) nails, screws. Have a little safety/proper use session and let them go. Let them get the woodscrap pile together. And for those little gear brain children - just send them over to instructables.com and go back to sewing. Great directions, they'll figure it out.
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2013 on handmade at SouleMama
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This freebie showed up in our driveway. Faded vomit green was what we decided the color was. Hideous. Even my limitless imagination and optimism faltered a little bit when I saw it coming down the driveway. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2013 at Counting Fireflies
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Silkie Bantam chicks Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2013 at Counting Fireflies
Jennifer Steedly Duncan is now following Charlotte Dixon
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Jennifer Steedly Duncan is now following Novelicious
Jul 28, 2013
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To be here for a week, boondocking in the the winter desert, you are going to need a properly outfitted bus: Big awning Living systems: Solar Panels Interior control panel for solar Hot water and heating system 80 gallon black water tank 80 gallon fresh water tank and battery bank ≈ Generator on right Tool bay Other systems Pictures: control panel Generator panel Engine Bay < Mains in bay Starter batteries Five folding bikes, 1 yellow, 2 red, 2 blue Bikes fold up and all fit in half bay with room for storage (boogie boards!) on top. Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2013 at Counting Fireflies
Posted Jul 19, 2013 at Counting Fireflies
It's Monday. Do you need a laugh? Trying to figure out what that rhythmic noise against the side of the house was, I glanced out the window and this is what I saw. So of course, I made a mad dash for the camera and tried to capture it. I only was able to get a few seconds before Sean spotted me and decided I was more interesting, but it was enough. Just another day around here. Just another day. Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2013 at Counting Fireflies
Funny that your pic has turkeys in it. We have a small flock of wild turkeys that has suddenly migrated into our pastures and every morning there are new tracks. Our moment is a Vermont first for us. The wet snow finally let the kids loose their inner architect. http://www.countingfireflies.com/countingfireflies/2013/03/this-moment.html
Toggle Commented Mar 1, 2013 on {this moment} at SouleMama
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Posted Mar 1, 2013 at Counting Fireflies
So, so precious. Love it. This week, I'm just happy for the sun. http://www.countingfireflies.com/countingfireflies/2013/02/this-moment-winter-sun.html
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2013 on {this moment} at SouleMama
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This moment - winter sun Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2013 at Counting Fireflies
Jennifer Steedly Duncan is now following Rabbit Is Wise
Feb 12, 2013
I needed a smile this morning and that did it. That is the quandary of multiple siblings. The first are so protected, so insulated, and the youngest are not. It's impossible to keep them so insulated while their big brothers are making their own forays into the world. It's bittersweet. And how well do I remember grassy grass grass. Check out Asylum Street Spankers album, "Mommy says No." It is our latest attempt to bridge the big kids need for "adult" music with little kid needs. Pretty fun. I particularly rock out to the lunch box song on the way to the ski slope.
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2013 on dance at SouleMama
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OOH, And envelopes. You rock!
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I especially LOVE the cardinal list one. Perfect for my boys who don't want super gushy stuff. I'm pinning away!
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New ski jumps and homemade marshmallows. That was our weekend too. We got lots of snow, but none of the wind so it turned into a gorgeous weekend.
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2013 on white winter at SouleMama
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Ski swaps happen in October (whatever that holiday weekend is) at the ski lodges - one in Killington. That is the place to pick up your gear. Also, BIG sales happen at the outdoor stores Presidents Day weekend (this coming weekend) Being new to Vermont, we had to stock up too, but fortunately our friends told us about the swaps. Outfitting a family of five for snow is $$$$$. :)
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2013 on white winter at SouleMama
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By the time the winter storm hit Vermont, it had petered itself out to a nice winter's night snowfall. Friday's dreariness gave way to a beautiful Saturday morning, with a foot of fresh, fluffy powder. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at Counting Fireflies
How do you get your lake cleared like that?!? Ours is buried under snow and there is just a small patch open that the locals clear for skating. Jealous! Ours is my favorite thing. Belly laughs and silliness. http://www.countingfireflies.com/countingfireflies/2013/02/this-moment-belly-laughs.html
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2013 on {this moment} at SouleMama
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This Moment - Belly Laughs Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2013 at Counting Fireflies
ooo! I've been looking for something for my kiddo's wall!
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2013 on the print shop at SouleMama
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Love it! Perfect for the first project.
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2013 on the first knit at SouleMama
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