Monday, October 25, 2010

just a reminder

We have moved our blog to Stop by and say hi!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

This blog has moved!

Hi friends! You can now find Tom and Joellyn and our adventures at We will no longer be posting on this blog. All previous posts have been moved to the new location as well, so please update your bookmarks and feed readers to the new site address. We hope you will visit us there!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Under Construction

Happy Hump Day, everyone! I hope you are having a good week. I just thought I would pop in and tell you I'll be taking another short break from posting while I work on some changes to our blog.
When we made the big move to Montana, I made plans to do a lot more posting. I also decided then that it was time for our blog design to grow up a little, and I am finally getting around to making those changes. I will be back on Monday with the new scenery!

Tom and I are heading out for the weekend to a Young Farmers conference. We are hoping to make some new farmer friends and network a little. Today, my first issue of Atomic Ranch arrived in the mail, and I am so excited to bring it along on the trip for something to read! I'll let you know if I find some good inspiration.

See you next week!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Craig's list find

Check out these tables I bought off of Craig's List for $65.

I'm digging their retro, mid-century vibe, though I have no idea when they were actually made.

What do you think? I'm planning this for a sitting area in my basement. What else does it need? A little color?

Images: sheepskin rug from West Elm

Monday, September 27, 2010

89 years

When you've been in a daily posting habit, someone is bound to notice when you go missing for over a week. Sorry. You see, I had to take a blogging break to work on organizing my house. We are still living in chaos after moving 3 months ago. Lately, when I start to feel overwhelmed, Tom has taken to reciting this little poem:

Have you heard of tiny Melinda Mae,
Who ate a monstrous whale?
She thought she could,
She said she would,
So she started in right at the tail.

And everyone said,"You're much too small,"
But that didn't bother Melinda at all,
She took little bites and she shewed very slow,
Just like a little girl should...

...and in eighty-nine years she ate that whale

Because she said she would!!!

-by Shel Silverstein

I sure hope it doesn't take 89 years to get settled into this house.

Regardless, I'm back this week and full of things to share. Thanks for sticking around!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

diaper verdict

I've had a few questions about my cloth diapering adventures, so please bare (ha!) with me through one last diaper post.

So, the verdict? After a few weeks of trying them, I've decided to keep going. I maybe would feel differently if I weren't home as much, but for us right now, it works. I love not having as much diaper garbage.

Doing laundry every day hasn't been much of a problem. I try to line dry them as much as possible to maximize the savings (they can take awhile to dry in the dryer), but then I usually finish them off with a quick dryer cycle to soften them up and make sure they are really dry.

She seems to be getting used to the feel of them because she had a few good sleeping nights (before the ear infection came along and threw that for a loop). I was afraid I might have to use disposables at night, but now I am only using them if I'm away from the house for more than a few hours.

Oh, and if you do this, I highly recommend getting cloth wipes too. I just wet about 6 at a time with hot water and put them in the wipe warmer. (If you let any more than that sit wet for too long they can start to smell since they don't have preservatives like disposable wipes do). But it is the lack of preservatives that make them so gentle. And you don't have to worry about separating your dirty wipes (garbage) from your dirty diapers (laundry).

So, newbie mothers, if you are thinking about cloth diapering, go for it! Its worth a try! (And I was a skeptic).

Friday, September 17, 2010

Mad Men and Midcentury design

I enjoyed these photos from the set of Mad Men. Even though the era of this house is a little bit earlier, you can definitely see some of the same influences as in our house.