August 30, 2010

What is Morgan Thinking?

What is Morgan thinking? Post your answers in the comments!

August 27, 2010

Farm Share Friday!

**Every Friday, Holyoke Home is posting images from our weekly farm share at Mountain View Farm. Mountain View is currently offering a 100 pound Winter Farm Share for $110, available for pickup just before Thanksgiving. If you're interested, contact the farm for more info: 413.329.0211 or email them at**
I don't miss an opportunity to take a picture of farm equipment at Mountain View, in part because it's rare to actually see the implements that ensure our harvest. Most weeks, they're tucked away somewhere. 
Maybe it's just the equipment at Mountainview, but I think they're really beautiful. Stunning even. Their masses of metal seem weirdly comfortable against the lush natural backdrop. And each piece of machinery is always brightly colored and a lot cleaner than I'd expect. 
If anyone knows what these things do, please tell me in the comments.

August 26, 2010

White Flower Farm Fall 2010 Catalog

I haven't left the house for two days because I am incapable of putting this down. I am very parched. Someone bring me some water.

August 25, 2010

Back Porch Colors?

I've been putting off picking back porch colors. I admit it. It's been two months since we removed the horrid enclosed room on the back of our row house and made it into an awesome open porch. But it REALLY needs to be painted.


I don't want to paint it. Instead, I want a neighborhood gang of friendly squirrels who sing cheery little songs while they work to magically paint it. Thats probably not going to happen.

So I picked out some colors. From left to right, the railing, the floor and ceiling, and the party wall:

What do you think?

August 23, 2010

Garden Update

While organizing digital photo files, I came across this image of our garden just TWO MONTHS AGO.
Well, my little birdies. Today, it looks like this:
Nature is cool. 
Also? Composted cow manure. Composted cow manure is cool too.

August 20, 2010

Farm Share Friday!

**Every Friday, Holyoke Home is posting images from our weekly farm share at Mountain View Farm. I hope you'll enjoy seeing what the farm has to offer!**
The bounty at the farm this year is nothing short of mind blowing. And because of the tomato blight last year, I am SUPER conscious of EACH. DRIPPY. BITE of local organic tomatoes from the farm. New this week? Cantaloupe!
See the green and blue stacks to the left of the cantaloupes? Those are all the share tomatoes. They are luscious. And sometimes orange. Also new this week? Hot peppers!
I was too scared to take any. I may have had a little hot pepper accident in my past. DON'T ITCH ANYTHING ON YOUR BODY YOU CARE ABOUT AFTER TOUCHING A HOT PEPPER. 

Maybe I'll get braver next week.

August 18, 2010

Magic Squirrel Time Lapse Photography

I purchased some bird feeders and it took a neighborhood squirrel exactly two hours to go from this:

To this:

Little fucker.

August 16, 2010

Living With An Architect: A Users Guide

We're going to get back to posts about our Holyoke Home later this week, but first - a helpful guide for YOU!

As many of you know, one of us (not me) is an architect, with a stamp and everything.  Having lived with said (excellent) architect for awhile, I've garnered some hard won wisdom. In an effort to help my readers, I offer the following suggestions for living with an architect:

1. Traveling with an architect? Expect to visit architecture.  A lot.
2. While traveling with an architect, build in your own 'shopping' time or you won't get any.  I suggest something like: "I'll be enjoying retail therapy while you tour the [insert name of Frank Lloyd Wright House/Mies van der Rohe building.]
3. Don't even bother trying to figure out how to use an architect's mouse, or pen, or joy stick or whatever the hell.

4. In fact, you know what? Don't even look at their computer.
5. Planning to live with an architect? Negotiate a limit on the numbers of walls in your home that can have holes in them at any one time PRIOR to move-in date. I'm not kidding.
- Post it notes with a number on it. Even if the number is '6'.
- Napkins with any sort of mark on them at all (actual architect napkin pictured!)
- Receipts from the Apple store

August 12, 2010

Yesterdog. A What Dog? A Yesterdog.

I'm writing about my trip to Grand Rapids Michigan this week. In addition to visiting Lake Michigan and a gorgeous Dale Chihuly art exhibit, I also payed homage at a sacred place of my 'yoot'. Yesterdog. Growing up in Grand Rapids, we lived three blocks from this hotdog heaven. 
When my mom went back to school to get her Masters and Dad was left in charge of feeding my sister and I, sometimes, if we were REALLY lucky, he came home with a bag of Ultradogs and cheese curls all around.
Yesterdog opened in 1978, and I've been eating there pretty much ever since. Though the prices on the menu have changed, the menu has not. You choose from the following: Yesterdogs, Chedderdogs, Ultradogs, Krautdogs, Veggiedogs, AND I'm going to share a secret with you: There is another dog not on the menu. A Killerdog (which is an Ultradog plus saurkraut.) Of course, that's what I order.
They don't look like much, but TRUST. ME. They are worth a plane flight and a drive across town.
Where did you eat as a kid that still holds sway in your heart?

August 11, 2010

Chihuly! <-Say it With Jazz Hands!

In a break from our normal kinds of posts here at Holyoke Home, I'm writing this week about my trip home to Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition to visiting Lake Michigan, we also saw an indoor and outdoor glass installation at the Frederick Meijer Botanical Gardens by Dale Chihuly (for some reason, I always want to say his name loud with jazz hands: CHIHULY! As if there is automatically an exclamation point at the end.)
Not to totally cheese out on y'all, but aren't these awesome?

August 9, 2010

Say Yes! To Michigan

I spent last week visiting my parents in Grand Rapids, Michigan. And - even though I have no desire to live West of Waterbury (ends up I'm an East Coast gal) - it was really good to be home.

In particular, a visit to Lake Michigan was a must. When it comes to Lake Michigan, East Coast folks just have NO. IDEA. None. They think it's a lake, a regular lake, with pontoon boats. And ANOTHER SIDE YOU CAN SEE. When I tell them - No. Imagine the ocean, but no salt water or seaweed, they look at me like I have six heads.
Who has six heads now, huh? (Image of Holland, Michigan beach courtesy of live w mcs' flickr stream). I grew up visiting a very magical place in Holland, Michigan on a historic boardwalk lined with cottages. This place:
And I was lucky enough to be invited back as an adult.  I guess I didn't wear out my welcome as a kid WHO NEVER STOPPED TALKING. Or maybe 10 years was long enough to recover from the verbal onslaught. That's the lake in the far distance.
 I sat here while visiting with old friends:
And ate this:
More from my Michigan trip coming up next!

August 6, 2010

Friday Farm Share!

**Every Friday through November, Holyoke Home is posting images from our weekly farm share at Mountain View Farm. I hope you'll enjoy seeing what the farm has to offer!**
These two white adirondak chairs are outside the barn where we pick up our shares. The chairs call to me to come sit down EVERY WEEK, but I don't dare, because I'm pretty sure I wouldn't get up, EVER.
Green peppers were new this week!

I still CANNOT get over the sheer variety of eggplants. I want to stuff my shirt full of them and leave pretending I am pregnant with eggplant babies.
The colors ALWAYS amaze me. 
Another western Massachusetts food product. Real Pickles brand is based in Greenfield, Massachusetts and makes products using locally sourced veggies. They exclusively use lactic acid fermentation to make their products. According to their website, "It is the original pickling method and has been an essential part of healthy human diets throughout the world for thousands of years...Lactic acid fermentation relies on beneficial cultures - similar to those used to make yogurt or sourdough bread - to break down natural sugars in the vegetables and produce a variety of healthful substances, primarily lactic acid."  Their pickled ginger carrots are particularly addictive.

August 5, 2010

What is Morgan Thinking?

For those of you who've never been properly introduced, this is Morgan. WHAT is Morgan thinking in the photo above? Leave your answer in the comments!

August 4, 2010

Mid-Century Modern Find?

At the same time I found the beehive teak wine rack last week, I found this little gem too.  It appears to be a plain teak container. I have no idea if it's mid-century modern or not, but it kind of has that look, no?

I'm using it for all things 'Morgan' on our front hallway console: handsome jangly collar, poop bags (prior to use), and a not so handsome leash. (Someday, I'd really like a 6 foot leather leash for Morgan in a striking color. It would suit both his peppy gait and my aesthetics.)
How do you organize all the STUFF that accumulates in your front hallway?

August 2, 2010

Variety (in Front Porch Brackets) Is The Spice of Life

Morgan and I often walk down a street in our neighborhood that has houses with an INCREDIBLE variety of front porch brackets. The image below doesn't even include  ALL OF THEM either! In related news I've never done a photo montage in Photoshop before? And hello, this took me two days to figure out. So I hope you enjoy it.