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One year ago today, I moved into this beauty. Now it looks way more put together out front, and soon the porch will be surrounded by fruit bushes. In one year, I tore out a wall, got a second dog, became a mother to three ducklings (😂), planned a massive garden, and dreamt about all the amazing things I'm going to do with this house. I cried a lot while house hunting (it's stressful af) but I would do it all over again if I knew this house was waiting for me. I feel so lucky to have a place to call my own, where I can be myself and get as many animals and plants as I want and no one can tell me I can't. 😅
Here's to another few good years in this house. 🍻
I got this book in the mail finally and it's hands-down the most beautiful book I've ever held. I've only skimmed through it and I can already tell that this was a great purchase. It's chock-full of information, tips, and AMAZING pictures. I'm completely obsessed, and so ready for spring. 💐
Guys, I finally did it. I brewed my own flavored kombucha. I tried making a standard batch of kombucha about nine months ago, and quit when I moved my scoby into a new container and it somehow became moldy. (😖) But, a few months ago I discovered @deannacat3 and saw all the things she was doing with kombucha and became re-motivated to try again. Two months ago, I began growing my own scoby. I was doing weekly brews of sweet tea, swapping out the processed tea with the new batch, and waiting to do it all over again the next week. It's been a long time coming, and I finally have a decent sized scoby. Last week I noticed my kombucha was starting to fizz during the first ferment, so I figured trying to do a second ferment and adding flavors wouldn't hurt anything. So I bottled everything up and waited. It's been about seven days, and today I thought I would do a taste test. It's amazing. I made pineapple ginger and it's like a tropical ginger ale. It's way better than any store bought stuff I've tried, and it feels good knowing I made it myself.
I just wanted to give a shoutout to @deannacat3 for her amazing tips (everyone check out #deannakombucha!!) and for inspiring me to try again. I can't wait until summer so I can have my own fresh veggies to try out fermenting again. 👩🏻🌾
I would like to introduce my new babies. I got three khaki campbell ducklings to start a backyard flock and they're my favorite things in the world.
Duckling number one is named Pomona. I named her after Hogwarts' finest herbology professor, Pomona Sprout. Like me, Pomona loves plants and is a fellow hufflepuff. So she deserves to be honored.
Duckling number two is Fisher, in memory of the incredible Carrie Fisher who means more to me than I can explain. It's pretty fitting because this duckling makes sure she is heard and takes no crap from anyone. 💛
Lastly, duckling number three is Gypsy (Gigi for short). She is named in honor of Stevie Nicks, my kindred spirit and one true love.
These ducklings will see all the Harry Potter and Star Wars movies they can handle, and I'll make sure they know every Fleetwood Mac song ever recorded. I love these girls.
After a couple weeks of 50+ degree weather, we're expecting snow tonight and will have below freezing lows for the next ten days. I'm just so ready for spring and plants and staying outdoors. So, to help me cope with the cold, here's a throwback to last summer at the flower garden at my aunt and uncle's. My uncle is an amazing "hobby" landscaper and last year they had massive garden beds full of hundreds of zinnias, marigolds, canna, and other flowers. The amount of butterflies was unreal. I got a bucket full of their zinnia and marigold seed and I'm dying to get them in my yard. HURRY SPRING!!
This is my bff, Big Momma. We don't really have names for our chickens, but this girl is my favorite. I call her Big Momma because she's easily the biggest and fluffiest, and she tends to be broody the longest. It kinda makes me sad that she'll never be a real momma, she really wants to be one. She's the alpha in the pack and she always clucks back at me when I talk to her, especially when I call her name. I ❤these chickens and I wish I could spend all day laying in the grass listening to them gossip. 🐓
Sometimes it's hard to look at this section of my yard and realize that in two short months this will be fully fenced, packed with growing veggies, and home to three ducklings. Even though I would prefer mountains and more land, this is a great property. I have a black walnut tree on one side of my garden and a mulberry tree on the other. I have dozens of snakes in my yard, millions of night crawlers in the spring, and even a random fox. It's not where I want to be, but it's close enough for now. 👩🏻🌾
Finished my first crochet project ever. I've been crocheting for like, eight years and have never finished a project until now, so this is a big deal. But this is a scarf/wrap is the 'Tea House Wrap' pattern (FREE. PATTERN.) from @twoofwands that I made using @redheartyarns Fiesta yarn in black. I'm obsessed. It's huge and cozy and amazing. It's so, so simple to make and it only took me about a week (working for an hour or two a day) to make it and I'm so glad I did. It's things like this that make waiting for spring bearable. 👌🏼
In the spirit of being honest, I have to admit--I'm struggling to find my balance in this presidency. Whether you admit it or not, Trump's policies are very destructive to not only people, but this little blue dot we call home. This isn't about sides, it's about common human decency and being responsible for the things in our care. I'm really, really struggling with maintaining a balance of being aware and being too aware. I don't understand how people can see what's happening to our country and still be a functional human being. My anxiety is through the roof, my migraines are out of control, I don't know how anyone is able sleep. All I can think about is, "what the fuck are we going to do?" It escapes me how people, including those in my own circles, can be so blind to how this will all effect us down the line, and it most definitely will. That being said, this post isn't a cry for help, although it may seem like it. This is just a reminder that while, yes, being proactive and informed is vital, it's also important to take care of yourself, too. You can't help anyone if you don't have yourself in check first. Be active, stay alert, stay driven, and be kind, be kind, be kind. ❤
Ps, Beyoncé is having twins. ~blessed~
2016 was insane, mainly because of this dwelling right here. I'm excited to announce that 2017 is going to be more insane because I just launched my blog (a day early!) Check out my year in review by clicking my link in my bio. ✨
My little Christmas angels. 💕
I got to see this gypsy/angel/witchy queen tonight and it was a life changing experience. I was so sad I didn't go to Fleetwood Mac and my mom surprised me last minute this morning with tickets to her show. I know all of her songs and thought I'd be singing along, but she's so glorious that I was speechless all night. EVEN WHEN SHE SANG GYPSY AND RHIANNON. I love this woman. I love my mother. I love everyone. (Ps. Me and Stevie were wearing essentially the same outfit, no joke. Black long sleeve dress, black tights, black heels. UGH. 😍)