Thursday, June 30, 2011

Ready 2 Run

The kiddos have their 1st track meet today! Notice who had to get in the middle of their group portrait...that cat is too much!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Nina

On Sunday we went to South Port Marine to see the replicas of Christopher Colombus' famous ships, the Nina & the Pinta. It was really interesting to tour them & learn more about living on them. It's hard to imagine sailing all over the ocean & discovering new lands - those were very brave men!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Goldfinches & Tamaracks

The goldfinches have been eating the cones off the tamarack trees like crazy! They must be yummy? All a matter of personal taste, I guess. I thought they looked so pretty with their bright color contrasting with the dark green spills of the tree & the dark brown, almost red cones.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Welcome to the Future

Just throw in your dirty clothes & when you get home, not only are they clean, but also dry! Wow!! Ours was delivered yesterday & I've only done a couple of loads, but so far, so good...

Saturday, June 25, 2011


We have a bluebird that has nested in one of our apple trees! Yesterday evening we watched him chase off a woodpecker who made the mistake of landing on 'his' tree. It was so funny! I'm so thrilled because we've never had one here before...he's a friendly little fellow, but it's been really hard to get a picture of him!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011


I'm not sure what caught her attention, but apparently it looked tasty!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

A Surprise Visitor

Yesterday evening I was talking to my mother on the phone when I happened to look out the kitchen window & see this fellow eating the clover...I guess he doesn't miss my little dog, Izzy. He certainly didn't come this close to the house when she was living here...

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Lily in Training

My Paint mare, Lily, is currently in training with a friend of mine. The other day I drove over to her farm during my lunch break to get some pictures...doesn't she look like she's having fun?

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A fly on the...

I took several photos of these beautiful little flowers, put them up on the computer & decided that the fly added so much interest to the image that this would be the one that made it onto the blog. Now, who can tell me what kind of flower it is? I haven't got a clue!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Jimmy's Eye

You can see what a quiet old pony he is...we will miss him. Wednesday evening we took him to his new home. He was very happy to see that he has 2 mares for company! He pranced all around to show them what a pretty boy he is & they were duly impressed. Thanks for all the great rides, Jim!! You'll enjoy your retirement...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Black Giant Chick

This is our very favorite chick! In a lifetime of raising chickens, I have never seen one that is quite so inquisitive. As soon as you go out to the pen, she comes running right up to you and looks up at you, as if to say, "Hey there! What's up?" She loves to listen to us talking to her & seems to enjoy being picked up. It's always interesting to see how they change as they grow up, but I'm really wondering about this one...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


I went kinda crazy buying marigolds for the garden this year...the greenhouse had so many of these pretty multi-colored & red varieties that I bought a whole flat of them. I planted them in all of our gardens & they make everything look so bright!

Monday, June 13, 2011


Of all the chickens that I have raised over the years, Bantam Sumatras are my very favorite! The roosters' feathers are so magnificent, especially on a sunny day, glistening with iridescence, against a nice grassy lawn...just gorgeous. Scrappy has been a member of my flock for almost 10 years now & he still rules the roost!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

It's Rusty!

You would think he was a rock star if you could see how the kids react when they see him! He's definitely their favorite...& he just loves them right back. Unconditionally. That's the best thing about pets!

Friday, June 10, 2011

West Paris Old Home Days

West Paris Old Home Days start tonight with a fireworks display! There is lots going on downtown all weekend - it should be a wicked lot of fun!! I'll be there with my kiddos & my camera...

Thursday, June 9, 2011


We usually see it from Main Street, but here is the other side of the Universalist Church, from the parking lot of the Baptist church. This church is also where the Boy Scout troop meets, so the boys are here quite often.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


What to do when you haven't finished drinking all the water in your bottle? Squirt it at someone else!!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Early Morning Light

We finished planting the veggies last night...cukes, squash & watermelons...can't wait 'til they produce!

Happy Birthday, Mom!!

I don't know why this photo is's driving me crazy trying to fix it, so I'm done. Everyone just tip your head sideways so that you can enjoy it properly!

Sunday, June 5, 2011


I love the big porch on the front of this house - perfect for sitting out in the evening & watching the World go by...or at least as much of the World as travels through a small town!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Mighty & Daisy

I couldn't resist posting just one more photo of this gorgeous team!

Friday, June 3, 2011


Every year, after the parade, I have the kids pose in front of these lilacs for a portrait...

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Praying for our Fallen Soldiers

During the Memorial Day Parade, the color guard marches to the bridge where a prayer is said and then flowers are tossed into the river to remember those who fought for our freedom. These little girls were honored to be able to participate this year.