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St. Louis, Missouri
getting my Martha on, ADD-style
Interests: so many things! Cooking, knitting, crafting, soap-making, singing, piano, flute, rock-climbing, photography, SCUBA diving, beach-hopping and probably moving on to new things now.
Recent Activity
We have had some gorgeous spring days here! And it's always made even better when it's kidding season. Technically Dwarf Nigerian Goats can breed any time during the year, unlike other species of goats who have a periodic breeding season, so there is no set "kidding season". But since we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at getingrid
It is said the family that prays together, stays together. (Or is it just from the Disney Robin Hood movie I had memorized growing up?) I think that it should be inserted it is the family that works and prays together that stays together. Teaching my children to work around... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2016 at getingrid
Animal videos are the best. I read a meme the other day that pointed out how amazing technology is these days. The gist is that if we were to meet a famous historical person, their minds would be blown by our pocket-size smartphones that can access all the information that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at getingrid
I was so happy to find two important ingredients for a happy life this summer: a new friend and local u-pick orchards. I can't help but compare blueberry picking in Southern Illinois to blueberry picking in Oregon. The blueberries in Oregon were amazing. The bushes were smaller and more contained,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2016 at getingrid
My family is beginning to dread that one weekend every fall where I make everybody dress up in outfits decidedly not fit for a Saturday and pose for family photos. They hate sitting and smiling and when they begin to grimace they know the lecture is coming, the one where... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2016 at getingrid
I don't know why we wear crazy outfits. I think it has something to do with the fact that almost nobody can see us. Anyway, my game plan is to catch up on the blog posts I shot photos for over these past 10 months and then catch up to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at getingrid
If you read this blog, you're probably my friend. And if you're my friend then you you most likely know by now that we just had a baby. We wanted to do it the old-fashioned way and wait until after he arrived to make any announcements. After these few years... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2016 at getingrid
Ahem, I have joined the ranks I was avoiding so long and started an instagram profile. The purpose of this instagram account is to accompany this blog solely and show updates at the farm with the hashtag #hadleighgrange. There won't be any selfies or photos of my family or my... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at getingrid
It is becoming painfully apparent to me that I consistently fail at staging photos. It's one more thing to add to my list of things to practice and improve on. My first-born turned nine last month and was very excited to have a fairy garden party. So, fairies and gardens... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at getingrid
If there is one thing that has surprised me about having goats, it's how easy and enjoyable they are. They are so small and require little space, are the cleanest of the livestock, and interact more like a pet instead of the typical stand-offish ruminant. I love my goats much... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at getingrid
Yesterday was the first official day of spring and we are so happy to welcome it. Hadleigh Grange has not a few babies right now! Demeter, the very naughty dog, had her puppies on the 18th and Valentina, my epiphany of a goat, had her babies this morning! I checked... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at getingrid
Thank goodness I can refer to winter in the past tense! And, here it is, the name for our farm! After lengthy deliberations I'm happy with this name. It's old and, in that tradition, its name is a definition. It was important to name it for how it feels to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at getingrid
Those are my chickens looking out of their coop pophole door. They're utterly traumatized by the snow. You see the one on the right giving the snow a dirty look? I imagine she's thinking, "Girls, do not go outside right now. The sky is falling. It's falling. From the sky.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at getingrid
There was this one time this summer when I actually made something. Most of the rest of the summer was composed of hot dogs, take out, pizza, and the occasional meal brought over by my mother. Yup…pretty glamorous. But then I made this cherry clafoutis and I felt a little... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at getingrid
Once upon a time, long ago, it used to be summer and the days were long and slow. The grass was green and all the world rejoiced, fed and grew fat off the bounty of the land, including the fish. I fiercely miss those days. All summer long, we stared... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at getingrid
Thank you! I knew I could count on you! Mike doesn't want a name that's too distant (he thinks it's silly you se old English names) but I love "ambar" as well as Avonlea. I'll check out that link and THANK YOU!
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2015 on back in the saddle again at getingrid
It has been so long! I have truly missed every aspect of working on my blog, not the least of them is connecting with friends and family who check out my blog from time to time. For the moment, life is crazy, interesting, overwhelming, and finally beginning to feel comfortable... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at getingrid
(*This is not our future home.) The lesson of the day for me is that a home is a home, no matter how small or where it is, whether it's furnished or not, you're camping out on the floor, or whether it's yours at all. A home is a place... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at getingrid
Look at this nice, relaxing photo before you read on. I took this of my daughter and her rabbit Minerva McGonagall back in April for my baby's birthday. So cute. So loving. If Minerva looks frightened to you, it's because she despises being touched. But as my daughter's teacher said,... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2014 at getingrid
Hello, Athena, goddess of war and wisdom. Or is that Artemis, goddess of the hunt and archery? Did I mention we did a brisk speedwalk through the museum??? Does anyone know who this is? Anyway, as promised, the photos of our few hours in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at getingrid
Back in February, my husband needed to be at a one day training conference in New York. As in New York, New York. Not one to be left behind when there's a party happening somewhere in the world, I tagged along. I love tagalong trips and it was my first... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at getingrid
I know that line isn't original but it seemed so appropriate because in three weeks we'll be moving all of our stuff into our new home! We are getting so excited and find every day a little harder and harder to wait. This last weekend I went out to an... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2014 at getingrid
In preparation for our move to acreage, I decided to acquire French Angora Rabbits so that I can harvest their angora fiber (which does not harm the rabbit in any way) and spin it into angora yarn. No, I don't know how to spin fiber into yarn but I figure... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at getingrid
I've really loved that hashtag this mother's day because it reminds us of all those countless times that it was mom to our rescue, it was mom that we needed, it was mom who made us smile again, it was mom that made it all worth while, it was mom... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at getingrid
or "Chickens: the Gateway Animal". My, my. It has been a very long time. And I haven't written any of the posts that I planned in my head to write. I still on planning on getting to those, but since this was quick and easy, I thought I'd share this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at getingrid