Our New Place (hopefully!)

5 July 2015  Leave a comment

Buzz! Buzz!

Cade Settling the Queen CageShaking the Bees Out

Take two for Cade & I with beekeeping! So far so good and I’m thrilled with how calm these girls seem to be compared to our first hives from back in 2011 (who not only were stressed from the beginning, but disappeared all together). Only one sting and that was because one girl got caught under my arm as I was shaking out a third package for friends (no suit). Anyhow, here’s to lots of pollination & honey in the future!

Bee Food All SetHappy Bees!

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6 May 2013  Leave a comment

Sleepy Saturday

Sleepy Saturday

5 January 2013  Leave a comment

{this moment}


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{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

4 January 2013  Leave a comment



So glad to be home with all of my guys!

3 January 2013  Leave a comment

Long way from home…

Long ways away from Home

No one in this photograph is anywhere near what they call home. For two of us, we only have a shortish drive & a long flight to get there — the other is miles & eons away from the home they knew. Yet, he might as well fit right in where he is. Something to think about — can I be at home anywhere or do I need those creature comforts of a steady place, like a hobbit. Hmmm.

2 January 2013  Leave a comment

Fresh Start – Take 2!

NYC on New Year's Day 2013

A new year and another fresh start… 2013 is here!

After watching Andrea Scher’s New Year’s Ritual, I came up with my word for 2013 — HOME. It’s time to focus on home and what that means to our family, building our homes, creating a more purposeful home life, homemade things, etc. How fitting that this little blog is called lillehjem or ‘little home’ in Norwegian.

So I’ll be here trying to set up a daily slice of home here — even if home is just where ever I’m with my guys! Welcome again to my humble home!

1 January 2013  Leave a comment

{this moment}

Hammock Lounging

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

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7 April 2012  Leave a comment

Fresh Start

New Years' Sunrise

Where did 2011 go? We had such a promising start, but boy, did life get in the way of getting much done down at lillehjem. Between 4-H for the boys, my trip to NYC, 2 camping trips, various lessons and such, we have been on the run like no one’s business. We did manage to lay in a generous stash of firewood for the winter for us, the grands & our neighbors (in return for a fabulous culvert for the driveway), but here in Central CA, winter doesn’t seem to want to show up.

Perfect weather to get serious about working on lillehjem. Come hell or high water, staying in tents or the 5th-wheel trailer, we will be moving down there by the end of June. The thought is that by only having to focus on one mountain property’s requirements, we’ll be able to get things done a bit faster! But, life might be a bit nicer having a solid roof than a tent. Wish us luck and here’s to 2012 – a year of adventure, building, moving & more!

2 January 2012  1 Comment

First Day of Clearing

We spent Mothers’ Day clearing our little space on the family land.  There are at least 232 eucalyptus trees/trunks that need to come down along what we call the Eucalyptus Trail.  It’s lovely having so many along the trail, but they shed like crazy, suck up extremely valuable water (that we need here in dry CA), & create massive widow-makers that we would rather not have fall on us anytime soon.

Dad picking which tree to fell next.
My folks are a great help — Dad has nearly every tool known to mankind
and Mom and I enjoy doing the “unskilled labor” of hauling brush.
Ryan doing the bucking.
Ry is so very patient with me and my crazy ideas — building some sort of alternative house
has been a vision of mine for years and he’s amazingly willing to go along for the ride!
Cort hauling.
Cade helping with a tree.
Even the boys are helping off and on. Cade wasn’t dressed for the occasion
since he spent most of the day building boxes/frames for his beehives.
Farnsworth approves of the driveway.
Our truck on the sweet little driveway coming into Lillehjem.
A small pile of downed trees.
Just a few of the 42 trees + limbs we pulled down that day. Eucalyptus is heavy.
A few more piles of downed trees & limbs.
And a few more.
Looking better!
Just a few hours work and you can see the ground and walk all over!
Lots more to go, but progress is happening!

19 May 2011  Leave a comment

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