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Cultivate Simple 4: Back To Ohio

October 29th, 2012

This week we chat with Hannah & Heidi about what it is like to be nieces of the Morrises. We also discuss our roots and how we became gardeners and bloggers.

Full Interview with Hannah & Heidi (unedited):

Blog posts mentioned:

The Mixed Herbal Lawn

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From the Archives

July 7th, 2012

Since a move is in our future, I’ve been going through boxes little by little to avoid having to do it all at once. I found a box in the attic of old photos. Growing up we had all kinds of pets, but guinea pigs were my favorite. When we were in the states, we always had one.

Even though we had several guinea pigs, his name was always guinea and he always was the same kind. We’d have him for the year we were here and then he’d be given to a friend when we’d head back down to Colombia.

I have fond memories of dressing my guinea pig up with hats and playing with him. Someday I’ll have a few pet guinea pigs again. They’re such fun little animals to have around.

What was your favorite pet as a kid?

Friday Favorite: Seafood

July 6th, 2012

I love seafood and fish, really any kind of thing that lives in water. If I have the choice, I’ll always choose fresh seafood over any other kind of protein. Here in our small town it’s tough to come by good seafood. I would drive to Cleveland on the days it’s delivered at West Side Market, but it’s still not quite as good as it is closer to the ocean and it would be 3 hours of driving.

I grew up eating really fresh fish. My grandpa had a boat and we’d go fishing on Lake Erie often, we enjoyed lots of walleye and perch when it went well. When we lived in Colombia we ate all kinds of different fish and seafood, huge river fish and seafood when we were up on the coast.

One of the things I’m super excited about when we move to Maine is the fresh seafood. I was talking to the people we bought the property from and they said there’s a seafood CSA close, which I’ll be joining as soon as possible!

While in Maine we stayed at the house with the couple we purchased it from and they fed us all kinds of great fresh seafood. After signing the closing papers we went down to Youngs Lobster Pound to get lobster & steamers for dinner that evening.

Wednesday for lunch we had leftover lobster on a salad. That night for dinner we enjoyed Maine shrimp in a stir fry of local vegetables. We only ate 6 meals in Maine and 3 of them contained something from the sea – sounds like the perfect ratio to me.

The chickens seem to enjoy seafood just as much as I do.

Are you a fish/seafood lover or do you prefer something else (or are you vegetarian)?

Friday Favorite: Diablo III

May 18th, 2012

I mentioned a while ago that Mr Chiots and I enjoyed playing computer games together. We’ve been playing both Diablo and Diablo 2 for a LONG time. Not many people know this about me and they’re surprised when they find out.

We’ve been waiting for Diablo III to come out for so long. We preordered our copies last fall and were hoping they’d come out for Christmas. The game didn’t come out for Christmas, but Mr Chiots got me this mousepad instead.

This past Tuesday the game officially launched and our pre-ordered copies arrived via UPS. Sadly, I have had too much going on to play. Mr Chiots has played for an hour or so.

It’s too bad the game arrived during our super busy season. Not only are we trying to get everything ready for selling and moving, the gardening season is in full swing and our business really picks up in the summer. Looks like I won’t be playing much until this coming winter. I also like playing board games, Scrabble being my all-time favorite.

What’s your favorite game, either computer or other board games?

007 Days of Christmas

December 27th, 2011

For quite a few years now Mr Chiots and I have been spending the week between Christmas and New Year’s watching as many James Bond movies as we can fit in. It all started years ago when Spike TV had the 007 days of Christmas and playing James Bond movies 24/7 during this week. We used to watch them on cable, but then we cancelled that. Then we had Netflix and would get them from there and the library, but the library copies never played very well and we cancelled our Netflix. This year we decided we’d start buying a few of the 007 movies on blu-ray each year until we have the entire series.

We especially love the old James Bond movies, there’s just something fun about them. I don’t know if I have a favorite Bond, I like them all for various reasons. I’m certainly looking forward to the new one that’s scheduled to come out in late 2012.

The blu-ray copies are fantastic, they remastered them from the original reels and they did a great job. We’ve only had time to watch two so far, but we have the rest of the week to go and we’re looking forward to seeing the rest. ¬†We’ll actually be taking a few evenings off, popping up some popcorn, and snuggling up on the couch to get our fill of James Bond!

What’s your favorite old movie?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.