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A busy week

 Even though Christmas is fast approaching, the temperatures here haven’t felt as much.  We took full advantage of the seventy degree days to get a bunch of needed items done.  I put some finishing touches on the new rabbit hutch so we could finally move the bunnies out of the chicken coop.  

We also replaced two more of the front steps leading up to the cabin, and repainted the porch a steps.

I worked on stepping up my hummus game.  Ever since our trip to Israel two years a ago, it has become a staple in the pu-pu rotation. 


We also gave ourselves a Christmas present that we have been talking about for a couple years now.  We bought a new record player so we could finally revive some of those family heirlooms living in the bottom of the closet.

Now onward to Christmas my friends.


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A little more Christmas 

While the Christmas tree is definitely the star of our Christmas decorations, we do have some other beloved items we put out each year.  

We have two nativity sets that we put out each year. One large elegant one. 

And one simple carved set.


As well as a few signs. 

And of course you have to have an angel or two.

Then we get into some of the items that we think are special, such as this little penguin. Unfortunately someone in the factory put his feet on backwards, but we love him anyways.

And this this little elf, who couldn’t love a face like that. 

Then there is one of my favorite items we have.  It is a simple painted terra cotta Santa who looks downwards, like he may be sad. Well at some point the end of his hat broke off several years ago, and we left it near him until we could fix it, but it just seems to work better now as he looks longingly down at the poor broken tip of his cap.  Each year we put it out just as is and it makes me smile. Poor Santa. 

This seasons mantel theme was stars. 


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Our Christmas tree

I am not a fan of the cold, and thus winter is not my favorite season.  The big exception to this though is the fact that Christmas falls during this time and I love the Christmas season.  A big reason why I love Christmas is the tree.  I have to admit that in years past I have not been the most excited person about decorating the Christmas tree, because we have so many ornaments that it it seemed to take forever to put them all on.  This year though I was struck by all the memories that came flooding back with each ornament we added to the tree. 

We have been celebrating Christmas with decorating trees together since 1999, and have collected a wide range of ornaments in that time. Some we have purchased, others gifted and many family hand-me-downs.


A little explanation on the duck.  My wife wanted a platypus ornament, unfortunately that is not the easiest to find, so we had to make our own. 

More on the rest of our holiday decorations to come, but for now enjoy your week world. 

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What’s been going on

 Sorry it’s been so long since I last posted. Well let’s see what’s been going on around the homestead.  Fall is fully upon us and the brown and gold colors have surrounded us.   
River has been surveying her kingdom from the porch, probably because that is also where the treat jar is. 

Most of what was going on was the cutting down and splitting of the fire wood that we had delivered.  The wood I got was 18 inches long but the opening of our wood stove is only able to take a piece about 10 inches. That means a lot of little cuts.

The other thing that has taken up a bunch of my time in the past few weeks was the fact I finished two books.  The first one I finished was “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg.  I started this book because I know I am a man that is driven by habits and the fact that it could help me understand how they affect me and how I could use them in business was a bonus.

The second book “Ready Player One” by Ernst Cline was a great fast read.  The book has a ton of references to the glory days of the 1980’s, and was a great quick read. Apparently it may be more of a young adult book, but when you have a low maturity like myself it fit perfectly.

Life goes on.  Enjoy the rest of your week world. 


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A fine day

It’s a beautiful November day with temperatures in the mid-70’s.  There are plenty of things to be done but today just feels like one of those days to stop and appreciate life, and the place I now call home.   
Although they normally don’t seem to care what I’m doing, the ducks decided today to come visit as I walked beside the pond.


As I continued around the pond I came across a present left by one of my web footed friends. 

Or perhaps the Easter bunny is out here practicing for next year. 

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the unique cabin #3

This is another installment in my series of blog posts about how our cabin has items that make it unique amongst all cabins, and possibly all homes, around the world.  For todays post I looked at one of the largest items that inhabits our home, and one that other homes in the country setting may in fact also have and that is a five foot tall metal rooster.

So while rooster art may be common, few I imagine would keep it in the living room.  Right?   Okay so others may have a rooster, but how many also have a metal rabbit playing on a laptop?

In the unlikely chance that  another cabin has the rooster and rabbit combo (doubtful), let me throw in the item that will put our home over the top.  How many others also have …..wait for it…. a three foot tall  penguin wearing a party hat and bow tie.

 (Drop the mic and walk off stage)

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The past few days

The past few days have seen a lot going on for us.  The biggest change has been the temperature, I know it is still fall but this morning it felt like winter had arrived.  The thermometer read 30 degrees this morning. 

The overnight lows have meant that we have fired up the wood stove every evening.  We have not had our heat pump going as of yet so we can keep our electric bill down.  We get our electricity from an electric co-op which has turned out to be very expensive, and since we have to use it to even flush the toilets we want to use as little as possible. 

The changing season has also brought down quit a few of the leaves.  I am so thankful that part of the contract to buy our property was that the owner had to include his lawn tractor and leaf-vac.

And finally our little homestead got a couple new additions this week, in the form of two female long hair bunnies.