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I went on strike over the weekend.  I was only going to do my canning.  This is what happens if you refuse to do any housework besides dishes.  Be forewarned!

This summer has been a long stressful summer.  We are still unsure of where we will be living by the new year but I have decided to stop letting it get to me.  Until I get the notice to start packing, I will be living as usual.  I have spent this past year in a cloud of uncertainty and am over it!  I have allowed it to consume me and add unnecessary stress.

Today is my fresh start!  (Love Mondays for that reason, and that reason only!)  I am rewashing the load of towels that have been sitting in my washer all weekend.  I am going to drink my tea and then clean up this pig sty and then we are going OUTSIDE!  I have spent a lot of time watching a pressure canner the last few days and need some fresh air.

So what have I been up to?  Trying to enjoy the summer!  My daughter turned 5 a few weeks ago and is starting school in the fall.  My oldest son is preparing for Junior High and my baby boy is looking forward to having me all to himself for a while.

We’ve done the NSPE, Shubenacadie Wild Life Park, went to the beach a few times, went to the camp to play in the lake and this weekend we are finally camping!

I’m still on my weight loss path.  With the stress though, the weight is sticking around a bit more then I’d like, but I’m down about 10 pounds.  I’m averaging about a pound a week, which while frustrating because I just want it all off, I know that that is the best move for me.  Inches are going so I’m focusing on that.

The garden started out rough, but has really started to flourish.  Our peas were a bust with only 2 bags being put away and only 1 meal eaten with a  very small side of peas, but the beans have made up for that.  Our hot peppers are doing extremely well and the tomatoes who had a small case of early blight are hanging heavily with tomatoes.  Carrots are starting to come in for storage and kale, spinach and chard have been planted for a fall picking.

That’s it!  Focusing on loving the family and enjoying our last summer before I have 2 kids in school.

Hope your summer has been fantastic and fulfilling!


Edited to add:  Follow me on twitter!!!  @ThibodeauFarm



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We have been drowning in beans! This is the 18 pints I canned yesterday. I also have 7 pints of pickled beans, 15 quarts of full length beans canned and 7 freezer bags stuffed with beans frozen in the freezer.

Workout for today!

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Ran last night and did the weight circuit after.  Felt great!  Off to do this right now!  Will post numbers when I’m done!  Do it with me and post too!

ETA: Results!

33/19 (regular squats)/42




Get er done!

Liebster Award!




A BIG Thank You to Maple Creek Cottage for sending this my way!  It’s so nice to know that I’m not writing into thin air!


This award is given to new or up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers…the award is then passed along to other bloggers in the same category to help spread the word and support one another. What to do:
1. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you pass the award to.
3. Choose 11 new bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to pass the award to and link them in your post.
4. Go back to their page and tell them about the award.
5. No tag backs.
So here it goes!
  1. I met my husband while working at Wendy’s more then 10 years ago.  It’s a wonder how we’ve made it this long.  We did NOT work well together!
  2. I have a diploma in Therapeutic Recreation.  What’s that you ask?  I’m professionally trained to PLAY!
  3. We have 1 cat named Jacob, but we’re really dog people.
  4. We also have more guppies then we know what to do with.
  5. I can roast a turkey like no other!  (The secret is in the brine!)
  6. But can’t make gravy to save my soul.
  7. I didn’t always want a quiet life in the country.  I used to want to be a doctor in the city somewhere.
  8. I would give my left arm to travel to Australia.  And my right leg to go to Europe.
  9. When Empire Records came out, all I wanted to do was work in a record store.  I actually cried when I got the job as assistant manager at CD Plus years ago.
  10. All I want are bees.
  11. I could live off of sour cream and onion chips.

And here are the questions I get to answer:

1. If you could live anywhere in the world, and do anything – where would you live, and what would you do?
Australia and be a sheep farmer.
2. What is your favorite way to eat pasta?
With sausage, tomatoes, peppers, onions and cheese!
3. How many electrical plugs are plugged into your computer power bar?  Don’t lie.
None!  We only have the lap top!
4. How do you drink your tea?
With lots of milk!
5. Do you read the weekly flyers?
Did, but now we don’t get them anymore.  😦
6. The next farm animal on the list is….
If we ever get to the point of animals, it will be chickens.
7. How do you feel about Queen of England?
She’s a tough old bird.
8. What is the first thing you do in the morning?
Turn on the tea pot.
9. How long have you been blogging?
Off and on for about 2 years.
10. If you could renovate any room in your home, which one would it be?
The kitchen!  It’s a little out dated.  I should take pictures for you…it’s laughable actually.
11. What is your favorite moment of the day?
Here’s my list of nominees:
Hopefully I did that right and you all have under 200 followers!
Here’s some questions for you:
  1. Tea or coffee?
  2. Sunrise or sunset?
  3. What would your perfect day look like?
  4. What’s your favorite way to eat potatoes?
  5. What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids?  If you don’t have kids, what’s your favorite kid activity.
  6. Tents or RV’s?
  7. What does your dream pizza have for toppings?
  8. What is your dream pet?
  9. Who’s the person that you would want to meet?  Can be anyone!
  10. What’s at the top of your bucket list?
  11. What do you think the best TV show is/was of all time?

There you have it!  Thanks for playing!  And thank you again to Maple Creek Cottage!

ETA:  I can’t find a way to get in touch with Little Homestead in the Valley.  Hopefully maybe she’ll see this or maybe someone can share the link with her pretty please?  Thanks!

A Little Work Out!

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This week I have been plauged by the flu and a messed up knee.  I go to the doctor on Monday to see if my running career is over (for a few months!) before it began.

Today I did a little workout here at home to see how I felt.  My stomach stayed where it was supposed to and we’ll see how my knee if feeling tonight.  I also did about 15 min. of stretching after to help loosen up my lower body.

So here’s the work out!  I did each exercise for 30 seconds with a 10 second break and I did it twice through.

  • Squats
  • Tricep Dips
  • Left lunge
  • Right lunge
  • Push Ups
  • Plank
  • Squats
  • Left Leg Lift
  • Right Inner Thigh Lift
  • Right Leg Lift
  • Left Inner Thigh Lift
  • Plank

Took me about 15 minutes.

Happy Valentines Day!


Our first dance at our wedding five and a half years ago was to this song. Makes me melt everytime I hear it.

Hope your day is full of love and romance!

From Scratch Free Magazine!

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I just found From Scratch Magazine and am in LOVE!

Plus it’s FREE!!!!  (Keeps getting better, eh?)

Enjoy and share!

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