Thursday, November 25, 2021

Thanksgiving Take Two

 This Thanksgiving for the firs time ever - we hosted.  It was a thrill.  My parents came in to stay with us and we invited our neighbors Ron and Mary to join us for the day.  We are all vaccinated and boostered, and felt that we could pull this off and still keep everyone safe.  We kept it small, but we spent all day making food for our feast.  It was a lot of fun.

Finley really enjoyed helping make everything

Loved setting the table

It was great having Arlington home for almost a week

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Thanksgiving Take One

 We have never had success going to have Thanksgiving with family because we live so far away.  It is such a short holiday and traffic can be an absolute nightmare.  So we have never been able to make it work.

This year, Mat's family came to visit us the weekend before the holiday, so we decided to have Thanksgiving with them a big early.  It was fun to have people to serve with our new kitchen and remodel!

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Cainan's Birthday Present

 Back in June, Cainan had asked for tickets to one of his favorite You Tube star's shouws - YIAY.  Arlington said she would take him if we got the tickets.  Tonight was that show.  They had a great time.  Arlington drove in from UMass, took Cainan to dinner, they road the subway, went to the show and came back happy.  

Tao is Cainan's middle (given Chinese) name.  Arlington found this place for them to have dinner

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

When you live in New England

 You spend most of the fall blowing the leaves out of your yard.  We live on 4 acres of almost all trees, so it is a constant job.  I had been doing well until last nights wind storm

Saturday, November 6, 2021

New Town Library

 This weekend was the open house for our town's new library.  I have never been so excited for a public building before.  It is GORGEOUS.  Finley and I volutneered for the open house and then spent some time exploring it after.  It is so beautiful and huge inside.  I cannot wait to spend all of my free time there

This was the guest book.  They put an outside on an old dictionary of the blueprint of the library.  Then people could sign anywhere in the dictionary they desired.  It was a great idea
Mat and I made the donor wall
Even the donor wall was a work of art
Finley hanging with some friends
Those windows are the first thing you see when you walk in the front doors.  No picture could ever do their size justice

Monday, November 1, 2021

24 Years

 Today Mat and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary.  We had a nice dinner out at a beautiful restaurant, took a walk, and just spent time together.  

We took a local walk after dinner and this area really made me think of Basel

Saturday, October 16, 2021


 Cainan decided that this year he would like to go to the Homecoming Dance.  It was outdoors and they had to wear masks, but I am glad they had the dance.  The weather was unseasonably warm which was great.  He went with a wonderful group of friends.  Finley elected to go bowling with friends instead

Monday, October 11, 2021

Rocking Chairs Get New Life

 We are in project mode around here.  I have recently restained our side front porch after months of contractor wear and tear and brought it back to life with a nice deep red color that matches our doors.  And then I painted two old Cracker Barrel Rockers that we had.  They had a hard life especially while we were living abroad, but thank you to Chalked Paint and outdoor poly, we brought them back to life for next season.  I love how they turned out.

Sunday, October 3, 2021


 Our most recent project is complete.  We had the contractors build us a nook on the outside of the pantry where we wanted to put a large bookcase.  Mat cut all the pieces, I stained them and then he and I assembled them this past week.  It is beautiful.  I already have 400 books on the shelves and room for more.  It is such a statement piece right when you come into the house

Thursday, September 30, 2021

The Range FINALLY arrives

 Almost 9 months after we ordered our Range it finally arrived!  It was like Christmas in our house to see them put it in place and then get it hooked up.  Finley and I didn't waste any time baking our first cookies in this bad boy. Even Cainan wanted to help cook dinner.  I love it

New for 2021 on the Wolf Range is this interface.  We were excited for this upgrade from the old model.  It is also Wifi connected so I can control the system from my phone.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Covid Testing Returns

 Last year for 17 weeks we did twice a week Covid testing on our students in our district.  That Covid testing has returned this year.  Since it is definitely not over, our district felt this was a good way to help keep our students and staff safe.  Now there is also a test and stay program for everyone who signs up for weekly Covid testing so the numbers sky rocketed for participation.  We have over 1000 stuents in our very small district participating!  

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Comic Con

 This year Finley decided she wanted to try and sell some of her fan art at the Boston Comic Con.  She applied for a table in the spring and got one.  So this past weekend Mat and I took turns hanging out with her at her table.  She was a superstar.  She talked to everyone who came to the table and sold a ton. She ended up making $1000 in three days.  We were blown away.  She sold out of so many of her things.  We were so so proud of her

Thursday, September 2, 2021

High Schoo Begins

 Today is the first day of school in our small town.  Finley and Cainan are both starting high school today.  9th grade here they come!

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Pantry Complete

 Mat and I have finished the pantry.  We built the shelves for the food.  And we built some decorative shelves to fill the walls on the opposite side.  It came out beautifully.  It was just as I imagined!

The pantry shelves are about 20 inches deep.  We took 6 IKEA bookcases and attached them together.  IT was a lot of work but totally worth it.  Mat did a great job.  I have been scouring antique shops for cool boxes and antique items to use to store out food.  It has been a lot of fun planning out.
Mat built me 4 shelves made out of reclaimed barn wood.  They are gorgous.
A few years ago I found this hymnal holder from an old church at an antique store.  It makes a perfect holder for my favorite cookbooks

I also took two of the old cold mining lanterns we inherited from Mat's grandpa - derusted them and added them to the pantry.  It was a fun project to bring them back to life

The before
The after!

Monday, August 30, 2021

Arlington starts her Sophomore year of college

 This weekend Arlington started her second year At UMass Amherst.  She is still an Animal Science major and was excited to get back to campus.  This year all classes are going to be in person, the campus completely open, and all students invited back.  It should be a more college experience this year.  They are still requiring masks in all indoor spaces and everyone has to be vaccinated, so fingers crossed things go well.

Mat's parents were here to help her move in which was very special.  Arlington is in an on campus apartment this year.  She has her own bedroom but three roomates.  It has two bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room so a lot of space to spread out and relax.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Scooby Turns 10

 Happy 10th Birthday to our Scooby!  I cannot believe he has been with us a whole decade.  He is still silly and goofy and a big old dumbo.  We are so lucky to have such a good dog

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Jim Gaffigan Show

 For Arlington's birthday in 2020 (yes you read that right) we got her tickets for a live Jim Gaffigan show.  We love his comedy and were so excited to be able to see him in person.  However Covid hit and his show was postponed until August 2021.  We were so glad to be able to go this past summer.  Cainan didn't come with us  - chosing to spend the evening with his grandparents instead.  The show was amazing and it was so cool to see him in person