so very quiet…


I am sitting here, savoring a quiet moment on a rainy afternoon. We were supposed to have a garage sale today, but we got rained out, so it's been a lazy day. Clara is napping and Jay is out. I'm munching on a rather yummy piece of Banana Bread with Coconut and Pecans from the Magnolia cookbook, and I just started to feel the need to post. I know I am rather silent here, and I apologize. I have alwyas been something of an introvert, so sharing does not always come easily. But a couple of friends have pointed out my stinky blogging, as well as my quiet sort of nature, and I thought I better just post something already, lest I just completely turn into a recluse!!



The belly is getting bigger, the days are getting shorter and the impending arrival of our wee little babe, (who happens to be another girl!!) is getting close. I have been spending alot of time just feeling nesty and reading books, and bonding with Clara. I think it must be normal to have feelings of guilt about bringing another child into the family. Clara is so used to our time together, and of course to being the center of attention, that I am sure it will be a hard adjustment. So we've been spending alot of quality time together.


It has been a very busy couple of months around the house. We've been doing tons of home inprovements (a big old breakfast bar in the kitchen, with a big slab of black walnut for the top), Clara's new room is in the works, new windows for upstairs. Plus we're thinking of putting in a woodstove to save on heating costs this winter. Also, one of the things that is leaning us in that direction, is the fact that we have TONS of firewood now. We had three huge white oaks in front of our house that were attacked by gypsy moths the past 3 years, and they were dying. It was a very sad thing, but they were chopped down two weeks ago. They were HUGE trees. Almost 200 years old, and enormous. It was sad to think that they had been there for all of those years, for the whole life of our house, and then chop, gone in a matter of two afternoons. But they had been looming ominously over our house, and one big branch falling could have taken out our top floor. Here's a picture of me standing by the one trunk. Big, huh? Oh, I mean the tree. ha!


What else, what else. Lots of family type functions and happy get togethers. Lots of autumnal preparations in the past couple of weeks. Oh, last weekend, I went to another great Earth Angels event! It was such a perfect sunny day and really lovely. Jen has some pics on her blog. But she had some amazing prices on some amazing work, so I did buy a couple of things (bad!) Here's some stuff waiting to be hung. Did I mention I have a phobia about hanging art in the wrong spot. It takes me ages to hang a piece, let alone a bunch of stuff. I mean it's only a nail hole, right?? Issues, I tell you.  Anyway, two little paintings by Laurie Meseroll and a little shadow box by Debbie Hartwick  


A little doggie pincushion also by Debbie Hartwick


I also picked up a couple of other little cute things. Who can resist, I ask you??

Oh, I hear a crabby toddler calling my name. bye for now!

12 Responses to so very quiet…

  1. good post jenn :)
    it’s quiet here too, not nice weather for the craft fair so we will go tomorrow…i’ve felt like watching movies under blankets all day, and have been craving sweet baked things so that bread sounds really really good right now.
    I didn’t realize just how big those trees were! wow.(still haven’t gone by to see their absence…)

  2. Funny it’s raining here too. Man what a gigantic tree. Lucky when that doesn’t fall on your house.. Your’re lucky, you’re gonna have a baby.. Good luck..

  3. love this post.
    the pics are great
    what a big tree- sad but obviously it was necessary
    thanks for the links!
    oh, and the art on the wall thing -i have the same issue
    i don’t know but i think it means we value our homes and space and that even if the blank wall stares us down we’d rather find the perfect home but maybe i am just making excuses for my lack of decorating.

  4. Hi, Jenn — I checked out your delightful book from the library and can see already that I’m going to have to buy my own copy. Your projects are so charming, and you’ve answered a lot of questions I’ve always had about needle felting. Now I can advance beyond apples and pears! Thank you, and congratulations on your expanding family!

  5. Oh what a lovely post! I do miss the old days, when I could actually buy one of your sweet critters on etsy, but at least I got the one! You look adorable…man; those trees certainly needed to come down! I know how you’re feeling about Clara. When I was carrying my second daughter I wondered,”We’ve always been like the three bears. Is this new baby going to be an interloper like Goldilocks?” LOL. All that was OUT the window the second we laid eyes on the new baby, and it’ll be the same for you, I’m sure. BEST WISHES to your sweet family.

  6. Yay, good to hear from you! I’m a long-time follower of your blog and miss your posts!

  7. Yeah. I don’t think you can get any cuter.

  8. your posts are fun, dont stop writing (i will nag you like your friends if you stop, ha ha!) i have two daughters too, your clara will love having a baby sister. my second daughter is BEGGING for a baby sister or brother but we are done done done!

  9. This is my first visit here – you have a very beautiful blog. And the colour of these two bottom pictures is wonderful. So quiet and lovely.

  10. nice bump
    not tooo big :-)
    i have managed to produce only girls, 4 of them, and still craft ! yay ! mind you somedays i get NOTHING done, the baby, mary is just shy of 6 months and the twins are 2.5 … they steal ribbons :-)

  11. the tree was awesome to bad you couldn’t make a table top from a slice of that trunk..

  12. the tree was awesome to bad you couldn’t make a table top from a slice of that trunk..