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November 14th, 2013

Yesterday was a busy day for us, we left the house early in the morning (after feeding all the animals and walking the dogs).  We spent all day running here there and everywhere.  Our first stop was a restaurant supply store because we needed to purchase a few supplies for our pig slaughter (which is scheduled for this weekend).  Next we stopped at a trailer store and purchased a small utility trailer which we’ve been sorely needing with our small cars.  We then headed up to the grain mill to stock up on animal feed, 1000 lbs of which was loaded up in the car & trailer.  While there, I stopped by a small yarn shop to pick up a few skeins of yarn.  
grain in car
We then headed down to the hardware store to purchase a few items needed to turn our back porch into a slaughter house.  When we finally arrived home late at night a quick supper was in order since Mr Chiots had a fire dept. meeting. Thankfully I was able to finally get my feet up not much after that.  Dexter also wanted to help wind the yarn I purchased, but he didn’t quite understand how to do it.
dexter and yarn
We like to maximize our trips for gas and time and thus about once a month we have to spend an entire day running errands to get supplies like feed and other necessities.  It makes for a long day, but it does save from having to make shorter trips more often. The gas savings are also appreciated!

Do you like to make errands weekly or do you like to save them up and get them all done at once? 

Resting Up

June 23rd, 2013

Traveling can be tiring! We’re one week into our two and a half week trip to Ohio and we’ve been busy. On Friday we spent the entire day babysitting our nieces and nephew along with a few of their friends. Yesterday we put in a LONG day of work and now we’re TIRED! I wouldn’t leave you without a post when I’m taking a day off, it always means there will be a photo of some cute furry animal that lives the high life at Chiot’s Run. These are our two indoor cats, Samson & Soafie, enjoying an afternoon nap in the living room.
Cats sleeping 1
Hopefully you can take some time to rest up this weekend!

Happy Feet and Melonade

April 11th, 2011

Yesterday was the first day of sandal season – and that makes me very happy. I’m a sandal gal, I really HATE wearing shoes. Typically I always go barefoot in the house and wear sandals outside. My sandals are always Keens if you remember from my Friday Favorite Post about them. My feet are just so much happier in sandals or flip flops – so they were very happy yesterday and they’re looking forward to the warm days ahead.

Yesterday was a beautiful day, it was warm and sunny (actually a little too warm for spring). We spent the afternoon clearing the new lot, pulling out saplings and cutting down wild grape vines. We also cut firewood and started preparations for a new compost bin made from saplings (more on that later).

It cooled down perfectly in the evening. We watched the sunset and enjoyed a cold glass of lemonade (which we jokingly call melonade – some of you will know where this comes from). Spring evenings are wonderful here in NE Ohio. They’re cool, breezy and the bugs aren’t out yet. It won’t be long until evenings will be ruined by buzzing mosquitos.

Are you a sandal/flip flip person or do you prefer shoes, or are you barefoot all the time?

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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.