Nov 6, 2017

"Fly Me To The Moon"

Woke up to a power outage early this morning...On the bright side, I was able to see the moonlight dancing across the floor allowing the chance to enjoy the simplicity of this beauty!

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All rights reserved Jennifer Maltba
Photo by Jennifer Maltba all rights reserved

Nov 5, 2017

Early arrival

Winter has arrived...and with it the first snow on November 3rd. brought almost 11 inches. 

Well hello Winter!!!

I know it comes every year...but this year it caught us off guard with such a large amount this early on.

Could this be a sign of the Winter ahead? 

We will hunker down and put another log on the fire!

Oct 23, 2017

Confussion is nothing new

Fall is here and this lovely lady is a little confused about the weather.

 Found this one and only lonely blossom.... In all her glory!

Her last little hoorah before winter arrives.

Oct 22, 2017

The good stuff

I love when you haven't checked the compost pile all Summer and find black gold for Fall amendments when you finally get around to it!

Sep 7, 2017


Tiny but mighty....The grapes came on in full force after being severely pruned back from winter damage. The arbor is loaded and it's time for us to enjoy the abundance!

Sep 6, 2017

Drying out & Digging up

Our farm kitty "David" hard at it, as I harvested potatoes and battle the smoke filled air...We have been socked in with smoke this week from the Montana fires. Thank goodness no fires close to us at this time!

The garden just isn't as pretty as we let some of the varieties dry out for seed saving. We will be saving Dill, Peas, Broccoli and Bean seed this week

Sep 5, 2017

Sharing the Bounty

With two apple trees in the back yard, there is plenty of hungry wildlife that finds their way to the bounty. We have more than enough to share!

This year the branches are fully loaded bowing under the weight.

Aug 29, 2017

out of control

 I may have dropped the ball on picklers this year but these slicers are out of control!!!!

Aug 27, 2017

Bringing the sunshine in...

Harvesting dried Sunflower heads

Summer has brought so many changes for us this year. Our oldest son is engaged and our youngest son went away to college leaving us empty nesters for the first time in 20 years.

It's not a bad thing....I'm focused and happy about all of the positives of being a new empty nester but things around here just seem weird.... The house stays clean on its own πŸ˜‰, the laundry basket isn't overflowing at the end of the day, the house has a new quiet that will take a little getting used to and we are learning how to shop and cook for just the two of us.

For the most part, our day jobs are keeping us pretty busy and preoccupied.

We were able to squeak away for a plane trip to Boise to celebrate our nieces vow renewal/wedding celebration earlier in the month. It's been so long since the two of us have been able to fly away together.

*Making a note to self: More trips will be in your future!

We moved and settled the youngest son in his new digs at the college dorm.

Plans for a new shop are underway here on the homestead...and excavation is about to begin. It is very much-needed space.

In the meantime, Summer has been hot and very dry... The garden has been hanging in there but has battled blossom end rot on the tomatoes and zucchini.

Summer has also thrown us a curveball as we discovered abandoned kitties under our chicken coop that took us a couple of days to catch. They were wild, scared, hungry and dehydrated!!!

Kitty number one went on to a loving home and kitty number two has wormed his way into our hearts and we have decided to make him a part of the family. Our mini Yorkie thinks that he is her new toy😺 it's really cute watching her try to make friends and kitty just isn't sure yet!

Now on the home stretch of Summer...we can feel the change in the cool morning air.

Aug 7, 2017

Going to have myself a good cry!!!

No, I'm not emotionally distraught....I'm just going to cut into my Ailsa Craig onions for a fresh Cucumber Onion Salad today πŸ˜‹ and enjoy!

Aug 5, 2017

Seeing Purple

The Royal Purple bush beans have been in flower and just starting to show their pods.  I'm loving all that purple in the garden. Looks like a good harvest coming my way ;-)

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