Spring is coming- get out your seed catalogs!

Have you noticed it? It’s getting warmer and warmer. I can actually see brown grass in our yard. Yes, it’s surrounded by a lot of snow- but it.is.there. Imagine a weird, almost creepy grin right now. That is what is on my face!



Tiny leaf, soon you shall be free!


I took my DD out today for a little sledding and it was gorgeous. The sun was shining so much that I couldn’t see anything for a minute when we came back inside. Has that ever happened to you? I’m going to show you some pictures of what we saw while exploring.



This is a wild apple tree. It looks like two trees, but there’s just a lot of snow…

This is the time of year when DH and I get a little antsy. We start looking at seed catalogs, tree catalogs, and, dare I say it, hatchery catalogs. Yes, we look forward to receiving the Fedco and Cackle Hatchery mail. Chicks and ducklings will start to show up at Tractor Supply. DH has to physically remove me from the store. Maybe it’s cabin fever?




That’s a pine tree. Right in the middle of a field of wild strawberries. Not pictured: wild strawberries.

I’m just going to say it. I think that Punxsutawney Phil was wrong this year, I’m going to have to agree with Staten Island Chuck’s weather prediction. (If you click on that link, just be aware that they give a little more information on the origins of Groundhog Day than you may actually want to know about.) It just does seem that spring is here earlier. I know we could still get more snow, and we usually do up here in Northern Maine. However, I think it might be milder than normal.




Those branches are actually grape vines. So delicious. The grapes are delicious, not the vines.

Either way, this weather is inspiring me to get out the catalogs, make plans for the garden(actually, DH is the real gardener- I just tell him the seeds I want), and maybe add a few new critters around here.




Why does this dog always show up in my pictures?


What does spring mean in your home? Are you ready for it?




Declutter Diary and random thoughts…

It’s Thursday and that means I have a picture of a box on the floor in my living room for you! How thrilling. 🙂 It is for me actually; it means I’m getting an excessive amount of stuff out of our home.

The Box


The Contents

  • cloth book cover
  • 2 hats
  • small quilted tote
  • 2 pairs of gloves
  • 3 hangers
  • VHS tape
  • package of vitamins
  • large candle
  • small stuffed animal
  • letter opener
  • small plastic container with lid
  • mini blind cleaner
  • 3 paint brushes
  • scrub brush
  • pig knick knack
  • bottle of body spray
  • one coaster…hmm
  • 13 items of clothing
  • 30 paperback books

That is…66 items. Sweet. That makes a grand total of 165 items I have removed from our home in just 4 weeks! It’s encouraging. That’s good because there’s plenty more to be removed if I want to hit my goal of 1200!


Sorry for the slow down here on the blog(also with our videos)- Beks is a busy person. I don’t have such a good excuse. Our laptop fell the other day and keeps trying to reboot/repair. Imagine a sad face here. Oh well. This stuff happens to everyone. I’m working on getting it fixed, but it’s going slowly.

We took the Little One sledding a few days ago. I think she enjoyed it. We did too.



DH with DD. Don’t know where the dog came from. 🙂


Our dog isn’t that old, she just likes to shove her nose deep in the snow. She really loves snow. We think something may be wrong with her.

Earlier this week, one of our African geese was attacked by a weasel. I was pretty upset about it and, of course, the geese were very upset about it. The weasel is MIA and I’m worried it will happen again. I have taken measures to keep the geese safe, but they are not the only animals we have that could potentially become prey.

Did you know that a weasel can get through an opening the size of a quarter? Our geese are quite large, probably between 12 and 16 pounds. That’s one ambitious weasel.

How do I know it was a weasel? Funny you should ask…I walked in on it attacking the goose. I think I surprised it by turning the light on. I know I surprised it when I started shouting at it and smashing a milk jug full of water against the wall in an attempt to scare it off. Seems silly, but it did work.

We have set a live trap for the weasel. In case you’re not familiar with live traps, it will not kill the animal it traps. In case you’re not familiar with weasels(I wasn’t), they are notoriously elusive.

Well, that wraps it up for now. How is your week going? Any goals you’re working on? Got a solution for weasels?

Have a great Friday!