"It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all." -Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Wonderful Life

It's about time I updated about everything! We're settled in back in Maine, we're both working, and the man-formerly-known-as-Mr.-Marine-but-hereon-know-as-Adam received his beautiful package from the Police Academy and we're well on the road with that. I am not really that keen about my job but it's just temporary until we find out where we're going to be with the State Police.

Last week I went to the most AMAZING FAIR EVER; Common Ground Fair. There were so many amazing things to see and I wish I had a million dollars to spend on all the great food and books. I got an amazing goat book that I know I'll spend many winter nights pouring over thinking of the goats we'll have soon. I also tried switchel, an old haymakers' drink made out of vinegar and honey which was fantastic. It was a really inspiring day!

I also tried my hand at cheese making. Adam and I ventured to the local health food store where I bought the culture, vegetable based rennet, and a gallon of local raw goat milk. It was a super easy process (or at least the book I read made it that way, I highly recommend Ashley English's Home Dairy) and the feta came together quickly. The whole experience was very much like a science project. It was cool to watch the curds and whey separate and to see the curds turn into a solid mass when wrapped and hung in cheesecloth. Unfortunately,  I can't tell you how it tastes until Thursday because the cheese has to cure for three days. The suspense is killing me!

Well, I've got some things to take care of before I head off to work. I've missed writing and I'll be back to it on a regular basis fairly soon.

Until next time,
xoxo Stacie

Thursday, September 1, 2011

"Thankful Thursday"

In the midst of utter moving chaos, I am taking a moment with a full coffee cup and this laptop to remind myself the reasons why I don't want to pull my hair out.

I am thankful I have a strong, healthy husband who can move everything for me. There are many things that could've happened nearly a year ago that would've rendered him not able. I am thankful for two years married this Monday. I am thankful for my parents for opening their hearts and their doors to us until we can find a place and get settled. I am thankful for fantastic friends who will come over and help me get organized and motivated. I am thankful for the long road ahead but also for the journey that led us to it. Most of all, I'm thankful for the military for reimbursing us for moving so we don't have to live in the poorhouse!

Thanks to everyone who reads this. It's going to be an quiet week or so around here while we travel, pack, take care of everything, have fun visiting with family and friends, and settle in to our new life. Wish us luck!

Until next time,
xoxo Stacie