pictured, not pictured

I know I have been neglectful of this blog. The truthful excuse being that, while we are cooped up indoors (mostly) hiding in terror from morning chores in -17°F below temperatures, I can't bring myself to be attached to the computer. It makes me feel too cooped, if possible. Instead we've been eating, playing with christmas gifts, playing with friends and babies, playing with cats, and venturing out of the two-roomed womb for chores and snowshoes.

So, I thought I'd start off a back-to-the-blog with a visual and non-visual recount of what is happening here.


1. The snow that finally stuck.
2. The impossibly sweet natured baby that belongs to Noah and Meghan.
3. The first of the seed catalogues and a shamelessly out-of-season smoothie to match.
4. I have no excuse for how fat they have grown.
5. Pound cake; similarly I offer no excuse for how much I have grown.
6. Half the pile of books I have promised myself to this winter.
7. Ominous.
8. Nobody here will play chess with Nick. Which makes me feel guilty, but not guilty enough to learn to play.

Not pictured:

1. The four chords of Wagon Wheel my sister taught me on the guitar. Played ad nauseam.
2. My one and only resolution to "learn" how to play said guitar this year.
3. Two barrels of cow water and their corresponding heaters left unplugged the night it dipped to -20°F.
4. Nick's frozen beard.
5. Frozen water pipes in our home, and a kitchen with the ensuing 2 1/2 days of mile-high dishes.
6. Thursday's fruitless search (in a string of many) for farmland to have and to hold as our very own.
7. A visit from the parents of the pictured baby.
8. A New Year's night of best friends congregating in Vermont and killer banh mi sandos for dinner.
9. Peeing outside in the middle of the night in subzero weather.
10. The clarity of the stars ogled at during the aforementioned pees.
11. The indignation of the sheep on being snowed in.
12. My excitement for my first weaving class tomorrow.
13. Eggs that freeze and crack before we have the chance to collect them.

I hope you are enjoying winter in whichever nasty or pleasant form it takes for you.


  1. Wonderful pictures!

    Good luck with your class tomorrow!

  2. I'm curious - how much farmland are you looking for exactly? I have family in western MA and VT as well as an ex-small-family-farm of my own that I'm trying to sell.

    Also, can I plug teaching yourself to play the ukulele if you're trying to learn an instrument? It is wicked easy and fun.

  3. Love this post, especially your not pictured words.

  4. I was drawn to the ric-rac cactus in the book photo. We have one on our front porch that comes in when it dips down to freezing, but yours looks homey there on the shelf!

  5. I was just about to say, "Wow, you had a baby the whole entire time and I didn't know!" He is quite the little cutie : )

  6. Seed catalogs are such a welcome relief in the winter, but they tend to make my cabin fever worse.

  7. Do you have any suggestions for places to enroll in community classes (any type of homesteady/farmy classes such as the weaving)? We are moving to the NEK this summer and I've been searching for things like that to get involved in. Thanks so much!

  8. Wow. That is really, really cold. Way colder than I think I might have ever felt. Sorry about that peeing thing.

    And I read about your weaving in my sneak peak of Seasoned (shhhh!!) (soooo good by the way). I'm really excited for you! We got some rug yarn made at the mill from Abraham's fleece, and I can't wait to weave a rug with it myself. Let me know if you learn any fun tricks!

  9. I just have to say that little baby is SO sweet!

    Kate from Clear the Way

  10. @Jenny O we are looking for at least 30 acres of pasture, with the possibility of clearing for more available. Depends really farm to farm what we are looking at :) Would love to hear more if you have any available properties! Message me at kathryn.maclean@gmail.com

    @Jessica, I may have some leads for you depending on where you are moving in the North East Kingdom. Why don't you email me at kathryn.maclean@gmail.com so we can talk more about it? !

  11. Playing is the perfect way to spend your days while hiding from such frigid temperatures! Stay cozy!!!

  12. That treeline photo is so amazing. I hope you don't mind, but I added a January calendar and put it on my desktop. It's gloomy in that silent beautiful way that makes me love winter.


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