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Snow is falling.

I cooked a feast as though I was expecting an army.   Mr. Cottage carved the turkey, we gathered our little family together, we gave thanks and ate until our bellies could hold no more.


Happy Birthday, Baby Winter, seems like just yesterday.











































Giving Thanks.

I hope you and yours had an awesome Thanksgiving with those that you love.

 Mr. Cottage and I made our traditional visit to the Boy scout stand and purchased our Christmas tree.  It seems to be an especially nice tree this year.  I’ve enjoyed decorating, listening to holiday music and had plenty of help from the furry and feathered kids.

Teaching an old dog new tricks.

 I visited with a dear friend the other day, that I haven’t seen in a few years.  She is one of those people who I can take long breaks from talking and seeing and yet when I do see her it feels like just yesterday.  She had come to town because of the death of her younger brother.  Though it was a somber occasion we had a wonderful visit.   A few tears were shed, mostly there were oh so many belly laughs and giggles, so good for the soul.  She told me a friend of hers would be joining us for lunch.  She said, “you will like her.”  I told her “I doubt that –  I don’t like anybody.”  This introverted hermit was pleasantly surprised and for someone who rarely feels at ease meeting new people, it was a wonderful afternoon together, and I look forward to many more.

  Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks.


Happy Birthday, Winter!

Yes, that’s not so baby – any more Winter, walking around in the house in the above photos.  A year ago, Mr. Cottage and I welcomed our first grand baby-chick.  That’s right, Momma Daisy hatched her first chick on a cold winter night in December 2016, which I wrote about here.   Momma Daisy was sick and weak from her time sitting on her one and only egg and we were worried she and the chick might not survive the bitter cold, so we made the decision to bring them in the house.  We were such proud grandparents and little did we know we were about to embark on an amazing adventure.  Call us crazy!  So much has happened in the past year, Baby Winter has grown into an adult, though she doesn’t have any chicks of her own.  Momma Daisy is currently mom to 12 adorable fluffy chicks.  She raised several other broods over the past year and is an old pro now.  Winter would prefer to be an indoor chicken full-time.  She comes inside for visits every day.  If we can’t find her, we know she has somehow managed to sneak into the house.  Oh, Baby Winter, you make us smile.  Happy Birthday!

Farmhouse Renovation Update.

We are slowly pecking away at our renovation, as time and money allow.  Mr. Cottage has spent endless hours working on the electrical.  He has been installing a million outlets and switches, smoke detectors too.  He also installed a couple of the recessed lights, but we aren’t sure that we like the style and may switch them out.  He also primed all the walls and ceilings and painted a few sample colors.  We have picked the colors for Father Cottage’s space.  The Bedroom and living room and maybe the bathroom and kitchen will be from the Gentle Whites collection from Benjamin Moore – Classic Gray – OC-23 it is the color to the right of the window in the above photo.  Even though it is called gray, it looks off-white/light tan to us.  There is good bright daylight in both the bedroom and his living room and not so much in his kitchen and bathroom so we may pick another color for those areas.

Upstairs the new guest bathroom will be tiled in classic black and white hexagon, appropriate for the 1920’s era of the original part of the house on the floor and white subway on the shower wall.  We plan to use gray grout and to tie in with that, to paint the walls gray, although we haven’t picked that out yet.

In one of my photos with the paint charts and floor samples, I have a tie back to a pair of vintage curtains, which I purchased at an auction, at least 20 years ago, as part of my color inspiration for the master bathroom bohemian farmhouse look.  The curtains have a floral design in reds and burgundy with green leaves and gold birds.  I’m thinking of doing an accent wall in a gold tone.

We brought home two hardwood floor samples, they are both hickory – one wide plank and one narrow plank.  We are leaning toward the wider plank, although it is a bit more costly and may have to be ruled out because of the budget.  There are so many decisions to make.  It is fun, although a bit overwhelming too.


How about that super moon, was it fabulous or what?  The sky has been particularly beautiful at dusk with amazing shades of pink and blue.

Between cooking, baking, and eating, I’ve done a wee bit of crafting.  That white Santa, I’ve had for some time.  I’m not sure but I think I may have brought him back from a visit to Germany.  The old white sugar pot has been around for a long time too, and they just seemed to go together and the finished piece makes me happy.

Oh, and did I mention my new red polka dot deep dish pie plate or how I hate myself for loving it?  It’s made in China – (BOO) I just can’t embrace such things when there are oh so many wonderful handmade items right here in this country.  I’m overcome with guilt.  Geez, it’s just a pie plate I keep trying to tell myself.  So far it was used to bake a yummy pecan pie for Thanksgiving and one for poker night, a crustless breakfast pie and last but not least a brie pie, with ham and brie and fresh sliced apples, pecans and drizzled with mango Habanero jelly – oh good grief the decadence.


That’s all I’ve got for today.

13 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Winter and a farmhouse renovation update Dec. 2017

  1. Debra says:

    Wonderful post-I adore the photos. It’s so much fun to visit you!

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    1. Good morning my friend, I feel the same about your blog. Xo kim


  2. D.A. Squires says:

    The story of Winter is so heartwarming (and, in all honesty, she looks like she is SUPPOSED to be an indoor, in-residence chicken : ) Love the photos of her studying the Christmas tree…and the moon photos… and all the others. Home is where the heart is, and your home is overflowing with cheer and warmth…it is so much fun to peek in and see the chickens and peacocks strolling around ~ the camaraderie between all the furry and feathered residents of Red Dirt Farm. And wonderful to see the progress on the renovation! We’re having a bit of a chill here in FL, which helps to get us in the Christmas spirit : ) But will always miss Christmas in Connecticut…

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    1. Hi D.A. – I hope you didn’t have to pull your long johns out there in FL – oh my! I follow the local to my home away from home – in FL weather and see where they are having 40-degree temps, most unusual indeed. Stay warm my friend, and keep those wonderful memories of Connecticut Christmases in your heart.
      Winter does believe with all her heart that she is an indoor chicken, and we for that matter, so do most of the other critters!
      xo kim


  3. says:

    So many wonderful photos but, as usual, I got the best gut-busting laugh at the chicken and the peacock in the house. Am finally getting over (I think) a sinus infection that has had me down for a little over 4 weeks. I didn’t even have Thanksgiving dinner with the family because I didn’t want to give my germs to anyone. They brought me a wonderful plate.

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    1. Hello Miss Linda – I too have that icky sinus cold or whatever it is, it just lingers… I’m glad they brought you a plate, that was kind – and you didn’t have to clean up afterward. There’s something to be grateful for. I love that you get the silliness of my photos and sometimes ridiculous life. Feel better.
      xo kim


  4. I am so glad you came a left a comment on my blog! It gave me a chance to come meet you! That feast looks amazing and loved seeing all of your sweet animals. Your tree is beautiful!

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    1. hi Penny – loved the snowy photos on your blog. Hope you are digging out by now, without too much trouble. We are especially blessed with a lovely tree this year – thank you.
      xo kim


  5. Sarah says:

    Winter looks wonderful at Red Dirt Farm, I love the wreaths you are hanging from the windows. You have worked so hard with the renovations. Sarah x

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    1. Hello Sarah – Oh thank you for saying you like the wreaths. Mr. Cottage said he thought it would be a nice touch. Don’t look too closely or you’ll notice how inexpensive they are, but we like the overall look. Pecking away at those renovations. xo kim


  6. Beautiful photos, Kim!

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    1. Hi Kristin thank you so much. It is so good to hear from you I think of you and your little family often. I hope you are all well. Are you making your beautiful art? Happy holidays. Xo kim


  7. Lovely! What a beautiful farmhouse renovation!

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