Life is full of lessons learned- some good and some not so good.  Some lessons help you to move forward, change direction or stop you in your tracks and re-evaluate why you are doing something.  One lesson I’ve learned about myself is that I’m pretty crap with this blogging business – inconsistent with my writing (hello random post a year ago!), terrified of a blank page and generally not sure why I’m doing this in the first place.

Looking back as to why I created this website, I wanted to document all the fun events and changes that are happening at this point in life for personal reasons.  Lord knows I’m not organized enough to keep a written diary (after dozens of abandoned attempts!).  And although I have not followed through with writing about all the changes that have taken place these last couple years, the changes they are a-happening!  I’ve really enjoyed looking back over the meager entries I’ve written in the past and realized how much has changed since then.  So I’m freshly inspired to really dedicate more of an effort to this online journal.

There have been several new additions to the homestead over the years that I haven’t written about – new chickens, new hive a bees, a husband, our dog Rosey and most recently (as in yesterday!!) an adopted rooster.  Since the intention of this space is to chronicle our day-to-day adventures (and no one aside from my husband knows of the website’s existence- Hi Joe!), I think over the next few posts I’ll provide some introductions of the critters and places of the NOBO homestead.  After all, where have my manners been?

In the meantime, enjoy a photo of our stunning new rooster Pru (or Bradley Cooper as he’s more affectionately called).  This is our first time with a rooster so it is sure to be an adventure indeed!




Someone recently told me that you could judge how harsh a winter would be by the number of acorns that fall to the ground at the end of the summer.  I’m not sure how accurate or true this is, but I love this little theory.  It’s almost like nature is preparing all these little critters who store and feast on these acorns food enough to survive the long, cold winter.

I find this theory more interesting still as I had read in the Boston Globe last year about the lack of acorns fallen to the ground that year and thought that the rodents might not have enough to eat to make it through the cold months (thereby affecting the populations that feed on them, etc etc).  After that article, we then ended up having one of the mildest winters on record in the Northeast…

Well one month ago walking down this road near my home was like being attacked with acorns by the trees (a bit like the trees throwing apples from the wizard of oz) and now nothing.  They’ve all but disappeared so the little guys living around here must have been pretty busy.  I wonder what this says about the winter ahead…

big plans

I had big plans for this weekend! Having chosen to ignore my father’s (good) advice when initially installing the electric fence in the bee yard, and put landscaping cloth down below so the hives weren’t covered in weeds (‘oh, it’ll be fine…’), predictably the bee yard is now covered in weeds and shorting out the electric fence I have protecting my bees.

So I had big plans to cut strips of landscaping cloth under the fence to deter weeds from shorting out the electric charge (fingers crossed this will work!), check in on the ladies and hopefully add a second level to their home and of course mow the lawn (as I wasn’t able to last weekend and with all this rain it’s become a bit of a jungle). And I was going to accomplish all of this before noon when I had to take off to head down to my aunt’s house for a surprise 25th wedding anniversary party.

Well (predictably), that didn’t all happen. But I did my best, got about 2/3rds of the ground cloth laid (fingers crossed the bears keep out just one more week!), added the bees new level (might have been a bit soon…) and got the lawn finished… and I was only 2 hours late for the party! I’ve come to realize that everything takes longer than you expect it to. But that’s just life and there will always be a growing to do list in the background. You just gotta keep plugging away at your goals, but at the same time you also have to know when it’s time to call it a day and just enjoy the party!

thank you to the troops!

Hope that everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend! It was a wonderful weekend here, full of a bit of everything. LJ came into town for a flying visit (literally just a few days) so it was great to spend time with him and my parents threw an engagement party for us at their house. It was a lovely, laid back, BBQ style event and just so great to celebrate this exciting moment of our lives with family and friends!

Oh and the excitement doesn’t end there, we’ve had a fox visit the house two days in a row (no doubt checking out our chickens) and he’s run away pretty quickly when we go out after him but I just worry about when no one is around at home to chase him off. The coop/run is very sturdy, so I’m not worried about that, but it does have an open floor (so the chickens can scratch and eat the grass) so I’m just hoping he doesn’t manage to dig his way underneath. Will have to think up some new defenses…

Aside from that LJ and I kept very busy this weekend taking care of little projects around the house. Well lots of little projects and one large one I guess- we painted the entire backside of the house, which took a good 2 days to accomplish. But it wasn’t all work, we also took time to enjoy our new space that we will call home together shortly. We took a dunk in the river behind our house, sat out back and drank some champagne to celebrate and plot future dreams, and explored the nearby town center that we will come to know well in the coming years. It was a truly a whirlwind, but wonderful, weekend!