Today In My House


I started a fire in my wood stove this morning. Because I can. Because I have lots of wood! You can see on my ottoman that I also have yarn out. I’m getting ready to do some crochet projects. The urge to crochet always comes on me in the late fall. I love to crochet in the cold months. It’s something fun to do inside by the fire. I’m getting ready for winter all around, which included making a shopping trip to stock up on my yarn stash!

Also in my house today is this naughty girl.
Chloe. Who is once again driving me crazy as I attempt to once again get her contained. She was contained yesterday, but was right back on the back porch when I got up this morning. She will run off when she sees my hired men coming–she knows they’ll be here to try Plan #825,619 to contain her. So she’s confined to the house until they arrive!

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The horses partook in a little vandalism of their own the other day and are currently in the back barn yard until I get the fence in their field fixed. They are so naughty!

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"It was a cold wintry day when I brought my children to live in rural West Virginia. The farmhouse was one hundred years old, there was already snow on the ground, and the heat was sparse-—as was the insulation. The floors weren’t even, either. My then-twelve-year-old son walked in the door and said, “You’ve brought us to this slanted little house to die." Keep reading our story....

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