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So Long Samson

August 6th, 2019

Yesterday morning found me at the vet with Samson, our 15 year old orange cat. His kidneys failed this past weekend and thus we had to say goodbye. It wasn’t a huge surprise, we found out this spring that his kindeys were starting to weaken. With supplements he gained an extra few months of life.





We adopted him and his sister Soafie as kittens many years ago and he’s been a wonderful member of the family for the past 15 years. He was Lucy’s favorite cat (Lucy was the lab mix that the gardens were named after) and a favorite of most people he met.




He was the typical orange male cat, friendly and loving, always willing to give love and accept love in return.






It’s always sad to say goodbye to our furry family members, but it’s nice to know they have lived long happy lives. So Long Samson.

So Long Terrible T

April 22nd, 2019

She was called Sweet T and Terrible T, and was a gentle giant, but a little neurotic too. She wouldn’t hesitate to kill a coyote, raccoon, skunk, or fox, but was gentle with the ducklings (her favorites). We loved her independent spirit (though not all the time). On our way home from the emergency vet Friday night, Mr Chiots said “I can just see your mom, in her bathrobe, greeting T and feeding her milk bones from her pocket.” My mom loved this dog, as did everyone that met her. She will leave a giant Anatolian shaped hole in our hearts and on our farm. We are thankful she went out in her prime while still working and doing what she loved and we didn’t have to watch her fade to a shadow of herself. She lived a good, long life. It’s so difficult to lose pets, but they are such wonderful companions while they are with us.









They weren’t 100% what happened, but the best guess is hemangiosarcoma. While tragic for her to go so quickly, in the end we realized it’s a blessing that she was playing one and gone the next. She would not have tolerated treatment or a long illness. So long Tara…

That Dressed Up Chiots

October 31st, 2018

Lucy, the garden’s namesake has been gone for a few years now. It was sad to lose her, but she lived a long and happy life with us. Around Halloween I always think about her because she LOVED to dress up and go trick or treating with the nieces & nephew. I searched through my photos and found a few to share.













Lucy was a great do, she was larger than life and still lives on in our hearts. We were blessed to have her in our lives for almost 13 years.

Happy Halloween from all of us at Chiot’s Run

So Helpful

January 22nd, 2015

Dexter is so helpful when it comes to the new afghan I’ve been working on. He’s pretty much claimed it as his own. If I have it out while working on it he immediately settles in on it for a nap.
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I’m just about finished up with this project, which is good because I can’t wait to start on another. There are a few hats I want to make because it’s still winter and I need another warm hat or two. No doubt Big D will be happy when I’m finished with this blanket because he can sleep on it all the time.

Any fun crafty projects on your to-do list?

Extra Spring in Her Step

November 20th, 2014

Terrible T is a winter dog, which is understandable with the thick double coat. Once the weather dips down into the teens she’s a completely different dog. It’s like she’s a puppy again with boundless energy.
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Tara in Snow 7
Tara in Snow 5
Tara in Snow 2
Tara in Snow 1
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She rolls in the snow and has a GREAT time. I can’t take her on hikes in the summer, she’s simply too hot. Now that the weather has cooled down we’ve been taking hikes in the afternoon. She had a grand time sniffing deer trails, peeing on fox scat, and rolling in the snow. I can’t blame her, I love the cold as well. Back when I was a runner I much preferred running when the temperature was below 30.

Do you like the cooler weather?

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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.

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