A shot from my old walk home from work. I miss the old neighborhood some days.

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My usual: steel cut oats with brown sugar, dried fruit, coconut or almond milk, and coffee.

My favorite: French toast made with homemade rustic white bread and topped with some Vermont maple syrup (grade B for life!)

For Stuart: Baked eggs over sweet potato and walnut bread with maple spread, rosemary, and fresh goat cheese.

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Morning time by the window, classic baby in a basket, finally getting his room unpacked.

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This weekend was:

chasing hot air balloons during the Cambridge Hot Air Balloon Festival, printing and addressing save-the-dates for a client, cherries for breakfast, antique inspiration, a trip to the used book barn and the best find of the day, working in the garden, some nice union letterpress found on a telephone pole.

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We drive a lot. Maybe it’s because we hadn’t had a car for years before we moved to the country, but we love to hop in the car and go for long drives every couple of days. We love the mountain views, curving country roads, and rural architecture. I’ve started “collecting” covered bridges, too. I just love them.

Chiselville and Arlington Green bridges, Bennington County, Vermont.

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Cafe, home.

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Burt Henry covered bridge, Vermont wildflowers, pretty trees, Green Mountain view, Silk Road covered bridge.

I ❤ VT.

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Chicks in the tub, roasted potatoes and a clean house, the coop all set up, playing finger puppets outside and a big salad, 7 o’clock light at home.

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A diner breakfast, the best donut ever (currant rhubarb jelly with espresso glaze) from King Bakery donut cart, farmer’s market flowers, my loves, walking around town, Chinese fortune matched from the Cambridge thrift store.

Hello, dear readers.

I am going to simplify my blog. For a short while now, something has felt off here. I have tried different kinds of posts, longer stories, attempted repeated features, and I’ve tried adding varied content like recipes, book posts, and DIYs hoping to draw new readers and find what fits best for me. For some reason it just doesn’t feel right. I once read a quote that said something like: if something’s missing, try subtracting. The answer isn’t always to add more.

Instead of trying to add more to my blog, I’m going to try subtracting. I’m going to simplify. I’m going to go back to the reason I started this blog: to capture and chronicle the little things. To document days when nothing too special happened. To create a breathing record of our lives. Less stories, less features, less pressure.

That’s not to say I may not post a recipe here and there or a special story when it happens, but it’s time to take it back and go forward.

To those of you who have been faithful readers, thank you for your patience and attention. While I love to post in this blog mainly for my own sake of looking back and remembering days and moments that have passed, it means a lot to know you’re following along with our story.

Here’s to going forward, simply.