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Hello Snow

November 27th, 2013

We had our first official snow yesterday morning.  Sure, we’ve had snow already this fall, but none of that stuck around.  In my book, in order to be official snow it has to layer on the ground and stick around for more than an hour.
The first snow 1
We knew it was coming, it wasn’t a surprise, but Mr Chiots hadn’t put the snow tires on our MINI. Since this car has high performance summer tires on it, there was no driving it to the garage to get the snow tires on, it wouldn’t go up the small hill from where it was parked to the garage.
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That meant the great changing of the tires happened in the driveway, right in front of the house. Of course Dexter was a great help, he’s very good at these kinds of chores.
The first snow 2
Thankfully, we put the plow on the truck a few weeks ago in preparation and the basement was filled with firewood and now we’re officially ready for winter!

Are you ready for winter? Do you live in an area with lots of snow that makes winter driving a little more difficult?

Traveling Fools

December 4th, 2012

Mr Chiots and I are travelers, we’ve spent many hours driving across the country and have visited many states. Driving is our preferred method of travel because there are so many interesting things to see. There are so many interesting things to see while you’re on the road, gardens, houses, businesses, cars and people.

Yesterday, we traveled in a big truck and got to see a whole different view. The world looks completely different when you’re up that high. I saw things on our trip to Maine that I’ve never seen before because they’re behind embankments and trees.

Of particular interest to me while traveling, is the beauty of the natural landscape. Nature really does do it best, it’s amazing that we spend hours planning, planting and tending our gardens and they pale in comparison to the beauty of a wild garden. We can learn a lot about gardening by taking note of wild areas.

What do you notice most while traveling?

There and Back Again

October 27th, 2012

And so it begins, the long journeys to Ohio and back for family functions and a few work projects. Mr Chiots and I don’t really mind though, long drives are something we got used to in college. The drive ends up being between 12-14 hours each way, depending on traffic and how often we stop.

We spend our time planning for the future, dreaming big dreams, discussing what we hope to accomplish this winter, and so many other things. Riding in the car gives us valuable dedicated time to talk without other distractions.

Another great thing is that there are so many wonderful things halfway. Every now and then we’ll break up our trips with stops in the Catskills, Winterthur, Longwood Gardens, at friends’ homes, and other wonderful places we discover.

After being away from Maine for a week, it’s good to finally be HOME! Yep this is home.

What’s your favorite mode of travel?

Hitting the Road

September 19th, 2012

This morning we were up early and ready to hit the road. Mr Chiots is driving the big moving truck towing the MINI behind. I’m following in our other car with all four cats and Heather, one of our neighbors.

No doubt it’s going to be a LONG day, but we have walkie talkies so we can chat and audio books to listen to. On the recommenation of a friend, Bossypants on the iPod as is Travels with Charley in Search of America (my favorite all time listening material for traveling).

If you’d like to keep up with our trip and the adventures that follow in upcoming days, I’ll be posting to the Chiot’s Run facebook page when I can throughout the day!

Do you like road trips?

On the Road Again

March 4th, 2012

Remember when I mentioned a month or so ago that Mr Chiots and I were headed to Florida to film a few events?  Well, these past two weeks we were on the road again.  Driving down to Florida, stopping for three days in Orlando to film the Disney Princess Half Marathon for Girl Power 2 Cure.  My college girlfriend works for the charity and has a daughter with Rett Sydrome and we like to help when we can. Then we had a few days off and headed down to Key West, where we went to Dry Tortugas National Park and enjoyed some relaxing camping in our tiny teardrop by the the ocean. Then we were off to Naples for another event and made sure to stop at the botanical gardens of course. Then on to Tampa and Georgia to visit family and a few friends along the way.

Originally we were hoping to take a few more days for a bit of a vacation, but we have a tripped planned to Maine again in April/May to look at houses, so our vacation days will be spent doing that. In the coming weeks I’ll be sure to share the wonderful things we experienced as I have time to sort through the photos.

Do you have any trips planned for this year?

For everyone that’s wondering how we manage to eat healthfully while we’re out on the road – there’s a post all about it over on Eat Outside the Bag.

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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.