a day in the life: Friday, June 10, 2011

June 12, 2011 · 24 comments

This is our driveway, long and steep. The neighborhood is super green right now, and all the wildflowers are blooming. In a few weeks, though, it will progress into dead grass and lots of dust.

At the suggestion of Kara over at Peas and Happiness, I photographed pretty much everything that happened during one day, last Friday. The original plan was to schedule lots of interesting but not extraordinary events, so that I’d have good stuff to take pictures of, but circumstances changed, so the outcome was not set up at all. It was a typical day only in that it involved a little homestead business, some mom-ly activities, and a fair bit of work, which is pretty much the story of my life. It’s a long post, but I hope you enjoy it!

If you want to see even more photos, check out my Flickr page.

I woke up at 5:30 and went out to take a nice shower. (Generally I don't get up until around 6:30.)

I cut some grass to feed to my goats.

Levi still sleeping.

Another morning's milk.

Empty udder

Kai Ryssdal being cute.

Levi woke up.

Made the bed.

Started some yogurt with the morning's milk

Cracked a few eggs for popover batter. The egg on the left really was huge.

Charlotte helped me with the popovers.

Popover batter: eggs, flour, milk, a little butter and salt. I'll post the details on the blog someday in the future.

Ready to bake in the barbecue. This pan is one of the only cast iron pans I've purchased new. It's a Lodge from Lehman's, and I love it.

They popped!

Kids ate their popovers with blackberry jam. I had mine with honey.

Soon to be sun tea.

Put it out to brew on the stairs.

Hung some laundry out to dry on the back porch. Henry wears those crazy wool socks even in the summer.

Friends came over! First we played inside. Charlotte was taking pictures of her buddy Jai.

Then we played outside. That's Levi's own excavator on the rock pile.

My friend Jenny and her little girl Yasmina. Jenny and I have know each other since we were about nine years old. She recently moved back to the area after almost ten years living in Portland. I'm really happy to have another homestead mama/friend relatively close by.

I cut some rhubarb to sell at the Corvallis Saturday Farmers' Market, (one of?) the longest-running farmers' market in the state.

Three friends walked up the hill together.

Propane stovetop needs a flame to ignite.

Levi requested a fried egg with goat cheese for lunch.

Charlotte wanted a quesadilla with both cheddar (not mine but Tillamook extra sharp) and goat cheese. We recently finished off our stash of frozen blueberries and have been feeling a little fruit deprived for a couple weeks, so I finally broke down and bought some Californian grapes and nectarines the other day. They rounded out the meal with some store-bought fruit (rare around here).

I had a fried egg and a quesadilla plus a little chocolate. I hadn't tried this kind before. but it's amazing. I highly recommend it.

We loaded up in the car, and took the short trip to my parents' place (about 6 miles). I planned it so that Charlotte would fall asleep, and I could leave her in the car outside the window.

My mom just finished baking bread for the farmers' market. She's been selling there since the year I was born (28 years ago).

She also makes some pretty dang good cinnamon rolls.

My parents' house is my shipping headquarters. I needed to packaged up three cutting boards that had been purchased in the last day or so. Each board got a card with care instructions.

I'm not a world-class gift wrapper, but I do okay.

I make my own boxes out of used cardboard. This winter, my dad (a reforestation specialist at a local timber company) saved a bunch of sheets of cardboard that were layered between boxes of tree seedlings. They work great for my purposes.

I left my kids behind with my mom, and made a quick trip to the post office (another 3 miles). My dog goes with me everywhere. She is the most loyal creature on the planet.

I was tempted to bring my camera inside to take a photo of the most helpful postal employee of all time. I thought he might be kind of weirded out by that. Shout out to Tom at the Philomath post office!

I picked up our mail at our PO box. The Capital Press is a great weekly newspaper covering ag issues in the West. We also got a bill from our health insurance company. There's a proposal to raise premiums 22% next year for individuals who don't get health insurance through their employers. We are two self-employed adults and two healthy children, and our premiums went up about 20% last year, too. I do not pretend to have an answer to the problem, but it stinks for us, and I'd really like someone to get this mess sorted out.

I stopped into the gas station. I drive an '01 Subaru Forester that gets about 25 mpg, which isn't great but isn't too bad for a family vehicle. We don't leave the house every day, but when we do, we drive 16-35 miles just to do a few errands.

I met up with Stu, my wood supplier.

We unloaded a unit of bigleaf maple slabs at my brother in law's house. I'm going to turn these slabs into cutting boards over the next few weeks.

Back at my parents' place, my mom was loading up her van with basil starts to sell at the farmers' market.

She uses the bottoms of gallon milk jugs (with a few holes drilled in them) for free and recycled pots.

I picked up the kids and headed back home. The tea was done.

Henry was home from work already. His primary job is shoeing horses, but he is also a habitat restoration contractor, who meets with landowners participating in a program to increase habitat for local endangered butterflies. He was really excited about this interesting plant specimen that he found. I have no idea what it is, but he could tell you all about it.

Bath time for two dirty kids.

Taking a bath on the porch is pretty fun.

We were invited to a potluck at the neighbor's house. We had never been there before, but she throws a pretty good party. We brought the usual goat cheese and crackers, which is easy for us, and people love it.

The weather was good, and the food was good (especially because I didn't have to cook).

The view was incredible. Ahhh...what a way to end the day!

We got home around 9:00. Kids went right to sleep, and I downloaded these photos, responded to emails, and was in bed by 11:00. It was a pretty great day overall.





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Beth Hammergren June 12, 2011 at 8:32 am

Thanks for the picture journal. I am now soooo excited about visiting my friend Jennie of Ananda Hills Farm in Port Ludlow, WA in September. She has a sheep farm and is participating in a Fiber Farm Tour the weekend I arrive. I always love helping out on the farm while there. Your pictures made that visit seem closer. Thanks for sharing your busy life with us.


Camille June 12, 2011 at 9:20 am

Sounds like fun!


margot June 12, 2011 at 8:58 am

what a great day! your life looks wonderful, Camille. thanks for sharing it. do you have to jump through a lot of hoops to sell produce and starts at your farmer’s market?


Camille June 12, 2011 at 9:08 am

The short answer is no. My mom has been selling there longer than almost anyone else. We are technically part of her farm, so we can sell our eggs, rhubarb, radishes, fig trees, etc. through her. The Corvallis Farmers’ Market is relatively big for a town of 60,000, and it is limited to produce, baked goods, and a few hot food vendors. No crafts are allowed. We have a great market manager who is really supportive of local small farmers. I’d like to interview her for the blog, but I keep forgetting to aks.


Amanda R. June 17, 2011 at 10:52 pm

That would be a GREAT post…there’s a lot of us novices that would gobble that post down!


catie June 12, 2011 at 9:59 am

i loved this post, camille!
long ago i had an outdoor tub & shower ~ the smell of peppermint dr. bronners takes me right back to that time.
high five to your mom for her resourceful, eco-friendly pots.
are the wooden crates she uses homemade or vintage? digging those.
kai ryssdal is adorable.
as are your super sweet kids & ever-loyal pup.
a-day-in-the-life could be a weekly feature here, you know.


Camille June 13, 2011 at 9:39 pm

The wooden crates were handmade about 30 years ago.


Cassandra June 12, 2011 at 11:37 am

I love “day-in-the-life” posts! Thanks for sharing – what a full life you lead. Even a “normal” day for you looks busy to me.


Dee Lane June 12, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Thanks for sharing a glimpse into a day in your life! It was amazing. I love the photos! You’re really good at this!


Laurie June 12, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I agree about the weekly day in the life–realistically maybe you could do it once a month. I’m sure it was kind of time consuming, but I sure enjoyed reading it. Didn’t realize your Mom had been doing farmers market that long. Hope you keep these posts coming whenever you have the time.


Laura June 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm

thanks for the day in the life. Your kids are so cute. I wish I lived close enough to go get some of your Mom’s bread!


marni June 13, 2011 at 10:38 am

I love it!!! Your kids are adorable, but seriously, Kai is SOOOO cute. You really have me thinking about having goats in the future.
I loved seeing your day in photos!! What fun!
I think you need to take a few photos of your handmade boxes while you make them, that is just too cool.


Camille June 13, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Kai really is adorable, but he’s so dang friendly that it can get annoying. Goats are fun but lots of work. Kinda like kids, they demand consistency and can put a damper on your social life. Or you could just make lots of new friends who want to learn about/help with goats!

Making boxes is not particularly exciting. I just hate the idea on spending a bunch of money/resources on shipping supplies, so I try to keep it to a minimum by reusing and recycling.


marni June 13, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Haha well if that’s the case about goats being like kids, I may wait until my kids leave my coop first!!!
When are the chaps pictures coming back??!!


Camille June 14, 2011 at 10:19 am

hmmm…not sure. I’ll get to writing about horseshoeing one of these days.


Riley Wing June 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm

This looks so wonderful! I want my life to be just like this when I finally get my own place and start homesteading!


kara June 14, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I love them Camille, and you take great pics. I love the ones of the bathtub! What a sweet life.


Amanda R. June 17, 2011 at 10:51 pm

My two girls joined me in looking through your “day in the life.” How privileged we all feel that you shared your day with us. I think my girls echoed all my laughs and giggles at your different pictures, along with the “aaahhh” every time the children’s faces popped up. I can only imagine how wonderfully fulfilling it is to drop into bed after a busy day of living in nature, next to your best friend and your two babies sleeping. You obviously lead a very blessed life!
Thank you again, for sharing a glimpse into your life.


Camille June 19, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Believe me, when my head hits the pillow, I am OUT. It’s good though. I do try to take time daily to be thankful for what I have (the tangible and the intangible).


Sharon Klug June 19, 2011 at 4:13 pm


What a beautiful post! I envy your lifestyle and knowledge. Just wondering–what kind of camera do you use? Your pics are amazing!

Thanks for sharing.


Camille June 19, 2011 at 9:13 pm

I have a Nikon D3100 (an entry level DSLR) with the kit lens. I’m really new to photography. I’ve only had this camera for about six months, and I have no prior experience with photography other than taking a few snapshots of my kids and such. I’m really having a great time learning and experimenting and just taking LOTS of photos.


abby June 25, 2011 at 11:37 pm

I really enjoyed this post! I admire the life you guys are living, and hope we find ourselves a bit more space one day to stretch out on the land more. Your kids are so adorable, Camille!


Camille June 26, 2011 at 8:41 am

Thanks! I think they’re pretty cute, too. I have to restrain myself from plastering their photos on every blog post.


Erica Dorondo June 29, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I loved that one!


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