Country Living

Hi! How ya doin?

by Jessie K on August 15, 2014

Some of you may have noticed I haven’t posted in awhile. I’ve had my hands extra full now that Jake is gone and I confess, I really haven’t had much motivation to express much publicly for a few months now. Isn’t that weird how that happens? One day I blog religiously and fanatically and the next, […]


Water fun that was not to be

by Jessie K on July 1, 2014

When I was a kid, I remember we had this plastic clown’s head topped with a hat that, when attached to a running hose, lifted off the clown’s head and spun around by a 6 foot jet of water. Water would come shooting out of the sides of the hat and spray all around. I recall […]


How to drop major pounds in a day and a half

by Jessie K on June 28, 2014

Attention dieters of the world! I have stumbled upon a nifty and expedient weight loss solution: FENCE PAINTING. Yes, fence painting. Forget your Slim Fast, your Hydroxy Cut and your strawberry flavored Menthols. Spraying 63 gallons of black paint on a fence will get your body bikini ready in a hurry. For the past three days I […]

Jake’s leaving again

by Jessie K on June 23, 2014

In two short weeks, Jake, a Captain in the Army Reserves, will be leaving our home again for a year.  UPDATE: Thanks to the good people of the Internet, I have been stridently notified of my misuse of the word deployment. It’s actually not a deployment at all.   Continue reading here.   


I’ve been buzzard bombed

by Jessie K on June 22, 2014

Today when I dropped off June to my friend Brendan and Susan’s house for a playdate, I walked outside back to my car when I saw a bunch of objects drop from what looked like the overhead tree. I didn’t hear anything break so I figured it was twigs or leaves or nuts falling from the […]


Poultry season

by Jessie K on June 2, 2014

We have another batch of broiler chickens under way. And every single one of them is already pre-sold. I guess this means we’ve arrived in A-list chicken world. Or something like that. (And we only raise 60 at a time so there’s that.) In another month or so, they’ll be big enough for slaughter. Sounds harsh, but […]


I knew I was giving up a lot when I moved to the country nearly nine years ago: Access to a variety of incredible restaurants, ethnic food, concerts, plays, art exhibits, all my friends. But now that I’m a parent of two children, I’m not sure I’d move back to the city even if I could. Click […]


What’s growing around our new place

by Jessie K on May 6, 2014

One of the pleasures of moving into a new house is witnessing what grows in springtime. I noticed mint coming up around our little frog pond. JULEP TIME! This is either bee balm or lemon balm. Either way, it smells amazing and is a great infusion for iced tea or water. Two gorgeous Japanese Maples. Lilacs. […]


Aaah, time off

by Jessie K on May 5, 2014

Here’s a little update on Katie for those of you wondering: She is doing so great. I can’t imagine life without her. She’s my little “Kiki bird,” that’s what I call her. She’ll be five months old this month. She’s still sleeping like a champ….goes to bed at 7 p.m. and wakes up once at around […]


The future of the blog

by Jessie K on April 15, 2014

I’m taking the rest of the week off to head up north — Jersey and New York City or bust! — with the girls for June’s Spring Break. Thanks again to everyone who commented about the future of the blog. I think I’ve decided to keep it going because I really don’t have it in […]