Country Living

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 […]


I love my dentist

by Jessie K on April 15, 2014

Yesterday was my six month check up at the dentist’s office, and I had to bring both girls with me. I found myself lying on the reclined chair with various metal instruments probing about my mouth. On my face was a pair of what I like to call hillbilly jock sunglasses, only camouflage (I don’t […]


Shade is ours, Lexington pool goers

by Jessie K on April 8, 2014

Here ye, here ye, scorched Lexington sunbathers: The timber frame shade structure is officially going up at our local municipal pool. We can all put off serious sun damage for yet another year. Life is good. Click here to see what the final structure will look like and to keep tabs on the project. (I […]


Shade, shade, glorious shade!

by Jessie K on March 25, 2014

For years and years, parents of this town have been bringing their kids to the municipal pool in the summertime and burning to an absolute crisp because the poolside offers no shade. Something about the angle of the poolhouse, it’s distance from the pool — means moms and dads loitering around the water trying to […]


Say no to the bro

by Jessie K on March 24, 2014

Jake and I were listening to some horrible country radio station the other day when Jake looks up at me and goes, “You know, I think I’m over country music.” I stared at him. “Who are you?” I said. “What did you do with my husband?” Jake is an avowed country music lover. It’s because […]


Checking in on the tomatoes

by Jessie K on March 10, 2014

The tomato plants Jake and June started the other week are coming up. Every night before dinner, they check on them together. (Our makeshift nursery is in the downstairs bathroom. Pardon the toilet!) It’s so fun watching June take to this task. She loves giving her plants some water.


Not such a sleepy town after all

by Jessie K on March 4, 2014

Saturday night, I went to the Virginia Colleges Equality Gala at Washington & Lee University here in Lexington with a few friends and it was one the weirdest — that is, funnest — events I’ve been to since moving to this town. Allow me to set the scene: Lexington is a Civil War town steeped […]


What happens when you bring a baby to Costco

by Jessie K on February 26, 2014

A surefire way to feel good about the universe and your place in it: Bring a baby to Costco on a Wednesday morning and watch ┬áthe older shoppers flock around your cart slaying you with their pithy baby/shopping cart one liners (granted, Katie was nestled in the cart amidst industrial jars of Dijon and towering […]


Playing in the mud

by Jessie K on February 24, 2014

How do you feel about kids getting dirty? Obviously, I would prefer June didn’t besmirch her pretty dresses, but I’m not going to stop her from playing in the mud. What’s the fun of living in the country if you’re not going to get dirty? I would much rather have a dirty kid than an […]


I can already taste that ratatouille

by Jessie K on February 20, 2014

Have you started your spring seeds yet? Jake and June started a bunch the other night. They did the same thing around this time last year. Chopsticks make great seed inserters (“seed inserters?”). Jake erected a bunch of grow lights in the bathroom. June checks on the seedlings when she gets home from school. No […]