I’ve utterly ignored this blog for YEARS… opting instead for the ease of Instagram and staying on my FB pages and doing Influencer Things (which, I gotta say, is more work than it appears to be and kinda mind-numbing).
If you want quick look-sees on what we’ve been up to go to:
For the longer list, see below:
1. had a hysterectomy and bilateral pulmonary embolisms in 2018
2. Started homeschooling Maisie with Oakmeadow.com
in 2019 and we continued during the Pandemic (and now
3. Survived 2 bouts of Covid-19
4. Bought a RV and quarantined and farmed at my dad’s after our 1st Covid bout- raised sheep and chickens in 2020.
5. Our 3 elderly Newfoundland dogs, Berry, Scucca, and Tiberius died in 2020 and 2021… Berry and Scucca died within 2 weeks of each other in June 2021 (ages 13 and 10)- Ti died on Halloween 2019 at age 8.5.
7. Adopted a kitten named Cake in 2020
8. Bought a new black 2 door hardtop Mini Cooper that I affectionately call “Roger”
9. Accidentally sampled an all natural skincare line on my 52nd birthday and somehow became an executive manager for this company after it made my face Benjamin Button back in time and managed my autoimmune skin.
It’s called L’BRI… do you even L’BRI, brah? Nobody’s heard of it, really, but it WORKED for me. I had no experience with this type of sales before… but I feel like the good faerie of skincare now. Life-changing- even if I don’t fall into the direct sales stereotype AT ALL.
Grab yours here:
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10. Took up a market stall at a well-known local farmer’s market and began doing in-person readings with my long time friend and business partner, Gidget, over the summer called The Rowan and the Oak.
I know I rarely talk about my ‘real work’ since having Maisie- I took a few years off- but I have been a psychic and medium (large now, thanks to the Pandemic) for over 30 years. My other biz page is Psychic Jess Anderson.
11. Adopted a Pembroke Welsh Corgi pup named Rowan Magnus the Magnificent. He is a mischievous little Cancerian with a moon in Aquarius and lots of Leo.
12. Binged “Vikings” on Netflix.com and spent the entire winter 2020-21 sewing/designing/embroidering Viking and Medieval inspired wool and linen ‘Plague-wear” for the entire family (coz I am nerdy like that).
13. Maisie raised money and made her own monarch butterfly sanctuary in 2019
plus a MYRIAD OF OTHER THINGS too numerous to include here…
I’m back again and going to be blogging like a fiend, friends.
If you scroll the instagram, you can see a shot of her with me, not in a hospital gown for once lol.
She is such a lovely child and well behaved and soooo smart!!!!! She will be four on 10 Sept!
She does not stop talking, though. She is a font of information. I adore that. You can have an actual intellectual conversation with this tot and it’s ADORABLE.
Yesterday, they aired an episode of Peppa Pig where pregnant Mommy Rabbit talks about having a baby in her tummy.
Maisie was very into the episode.
Me: “Maisie, do you have a baby in YOUR tummy?”
Maisie laughed and laughed when I suggested it-
Daddy: “Maisie, does MOMMY have a baby in HER tummy?”
Maisie laughed again and shook her head ‘no’.
Daddy: “Maisie, where is Mommy’s baby?”
Maisie laughed again and grabbed my boobs.
FOR THE RECORD- I am NOT PREGNANT.
I am seriously lazy right now and supposed to be cleaning the upstairs. I let a lot go to seed when I was recovering from my illness. I dusted and cleaned for about thirty minutes this afternoon- and now I have to try to get the Maisie to go down for her nap.
I’ve gone most vegetarian since my kidney infection- and I’ve upped my water intake. We have cut out red meat almost entirely (the others in my house still eat it).
This was Maisie’s breakfast today- Filipino Adobo Fried Rice, with a fried egg and sriracha
Maisie had photos done with her brothers in early October:
She wore lots of cute outfits:
We went to visit my late grandparents’ house, it is now a law office:
me, on same staircase, as a baby:
We got dressed up for Halloween Trick or Treating:
We experienced unseasonably warm “Indian Summer” temps here in Michigan (in November!):
She went to her first art gallery show with Mommy and Daddy (and brother and Papa):
I haven’t been posting much lately because Maisie’s going through major teething PLUS my iPhone app for WordPress had been on the fritz. I couldn’t post photos without having it crash- but I deleted the app and re-downloaded it and now I’m back in business!
My dad has a farm about 14 miles away from our house. Every fall, the chestnut trees drop their prickly balls filled with nuts. Picking them from the ground has to happen DAILY for about 2 weeks, or the deer/dogs/other critters will eat them all up. It’s hell on the back, so we use these cans attached to long sticks to retrieve them.
My father is selling them this year for $4.00/lb. If anyone wants any, let me know. I can send them via USPS flat rate priority boxes.
Maisie had a fantastic time running after my dad’s Aussie, Trooper, and playing in the grass. I worried about her pricking her hands on the sharp chestnut burrs. By the end of the day, we were ALL exhausted from picking and chasing after this child.
I have been neglecting this blog due to baby teething and lack of sleep, mostly.
These photos were taken a month ago by Kitty Lee Photography. Kitty’s been photographing Maisie ever since she was 9 days old. We love Kitty SO much!
During this shoot, Maisie screamed and cried the entire time- until the end, when Kitty’s hubby gave her flowers. My parents came with and were hilariously trying to calm her down, too.
She was terrified of the antique parasol and the BALLOON… but she was ok playing with the kids’ AK-47 and scooters.
Ever since R bought that 2.5 ft toy giraffe for her birthday, she’s been OBSESSED with it.
Today it hit it’s pinnacle: she refused to eat or go anywhere without it. She cried every time you took it away, even for a minute.
We haven’t named it yet, but she calls it “G’affe”.
Today’s outfit is a late 1940s-early 1950s vintage baby dress I found on eBay. It is made of cotton and dotted swiss. I adore retro baby dresses- the quality and construction (and price) can’t be beat! I should have ironed it, but I have no time for that.
I really wonder how my grandmother dealt with 4 daughters and all those dresses to iron! I know people say that they ‘sprinkled the dresses with water’, but the details are sketchy. One of my friends showed me how to iron puffed baby sleeves and it is kind of like those Imelda Marcos butterfly sleeved Filipino dresses.
It’s no secret that I am a huge huge fan of Baby Gap clothing. Most of Maisie’s wardrobe at the moment is FILLED with their clothing. I also LOVE Pediped baby shoes! They’re so well made, perfect for early walkers, with comfy soft soles. I bought 3 pairs of Pedipeds this week and let her choose the one she wanted to wear today- the brown ones. She has great taste for a year old baby, because they’re my personal faves, too.
Maisie will be a year old this week, but today is her Papa’s birthday and she got dressed up for the occasion. We bought a cake for my dad and are currently waiting for my parents to arrive.
She just started walking last week, so I figured it was time to get her used to shoes before winter hits. This kid has been sporting barefeet all summer!
If you’re looking for the highest quality early walking shoes- these are completely worth it!