Vintage Tables and Houseplants: Winterizing the Yurt

The maples around us are bright red and yellow; Even the oaks are starting to change. The ferns are rusty gold all down the path to the beaver pond. We’re stacking wood and planning for winter’s bacon. The whole world smells of October. Inside the house, we’re shifting furniture and hanging curtains – getting ready…

Maine Summer Sangria

We had friends over for dinner the other night. It was hot and humid, I put goat-curry to simmer on the outdoor stove and let peachy-thyme galettes set on the table – under a napkin to keep the bugs away. For drinks, I made fresh lemonade with blueberries and peaches for the kids and chilled…

Spring Cleaning

The point of Spring Cleaning isn’t merely to wash and declutter..its to create something fresh in the new season

Bookish Thoughts: The Quotidian Mysteries

It’s no secret that I adore the writing of Kathleen Norris. I found The Cloister Walk to be such a rich work of poetic reflections and gentle spiritual imagery. Dakota is an equally compelling look at rural life, and in The Quotidian Mysteries, the blend of lectio divina; a deep, quiet feminism; and joyful domesticity earns…

Cleaning with Essential Oils

Essential Oils are so trendy..or they were..maybe I’m behind the times. Are they still trendy? Essential Oils – amazing little bottles of scent for so many tasks around the homestead! They are the distilled heart of the herbs and flowers we interact with everyday. And they’re great for cleaning! I like dropping some lemongrass in…

Washing Dishes..

We have piles of dishes to clean today…mostly canning jars that just need an extra scrub to get the dust out before they’re used for canning. But it’s been a busy week (again! Oh-my-goodness August is an insane month for us this year!) Dishes are not my favorite chore. I grew up with a dishwasher,…

Keeping House

How do you keep your house clean? Do you have a cleaning schedule, or do you clean as you go? I have a schedule, I’m not the best at following it, but I try. Today, Wednesday, is ‘deep cleaning day’. On Wednesdays I tie up my hair, put on black lipstick and so much eyeshadow,…