Happenings at Noble Homestead

It’s been busy. I recorded a fun video but it *still* hasn’t made it onto my computer, along with about ten other videos. We are BUSY, and when I sit down at night to edit videos, most times I end up asleep.

The kids started public school and we all ended up with pink eye for two weeks on and off. Ha! not fun. However, they seem to be having fun.

First Day of School

I turned 50 this summer and Ray took us to New York City for two days.  We saw the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. We finished the day with a visit to Untermeyer Park where Ray and I used to live in Yonkers, but it was dusk and we could only visit a little, yet fantastic piece.

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We love this place. Untermeyer Park.

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The next day we went to the American Museum of Natural History, a Swedish Marionette Theater, The John Lennon Memorial “Strawberry Fields,” and then Untermeyer Park, among other things… SO many things and swimming for hours in the hotel pools in between, having the time of our lives. We boarded Demmy Dog at Milton Manor, and he was very well cared for, and we have much gratitude for that!

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Giant lap dog!

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We have made some soap, jalapeno jelly, lilac syrup and wine.

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Olivia helped us harvest lilacs for syrup and wine.

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We are gardening like crazy. We have clay soil, so Ray bought us a truckload of topsoil, and we have been amending the property in the garden area and our “oasis” pond area.  I have such great video for you all and am trying  not to kick myself for not having it up on our YouTube right now but if I did, we would be accomplishing much less.

I will do my best to get some of the videos up on the next rainy day :).  However, I keep learning all the time, too.  I have been earning certificates on Herbology and Hospitality and Event Management on a couple sites, Udemy and IOA (International Open Academy). 

We put in a Tentrr Glamping site. It’s awesome!

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This place is so cozy!!

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In addition to school, the kids are taking ballet and are both going to be in the National Museum of Dance, School of the Arts’ Nutcracker this year.

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V's first class 🙂

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This lucky kid gets swim class on his birthday

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They are also taking swim lessons on Thursday nights at Skidmore College (thanks to my friend Chris, an alum, for the info on THAT!!). Vince is also starting the trumpet.

AND both kids have a birthday this month!!! Nanny (their maternal GREAT grandmother) has already made it so special by getting them shirts and awesome presents.

Olivia got a FANTASTIC blanket, Vince got his last year.

Sooo much more to catch you up on but that’s all the time for now! Watch what we’re up to on Instagram 🙂

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Vincent's proud of his garden.

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Vincent grew a giant purple carrot!

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V enjoying the last day of summer vacation

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We picked our corn 🙂

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Lighted Tractor Parade and Good Neighbors

Before you watch, I must acknowledge Suzanne Becker and the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce’s Lighted Tractor Parade Facebook, who shared my video!!

 

We were so fortunate to attend the 5th Annual Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Holiday Lighted Tractor Parade 2017 in the neighboring town of Greenwich. NY.  It was raining but we had a few blankets and we were lucky the temps were moderate.  The place was packed!! There was no problem seeing, however, as the nice couple in front of us that were smart enough to bring folding chairs let our kids sit in front of them on the curb on the extra blanket we brought.  The kindness of the people in our new community so far has been remarkable.

We have moved 13 times in the past 14 years and no where else have we seen such consideration (even when dealing with strangers), kindness, and generosity.  Case in point: Ray and I were just putting out the chickens the other morning when a huge black pickup truck trundled up the driveway with a nice older couple inside.  The gent rolled down his window and reminded Ray who he was (Ray had gone out looking for someone to hay our fields a few months back, and this “Mr. G” was a gent in the know).  We chatted, and the Missusses were introduced.  After some chat, the reason for their visit was revealed– Mr. G has a log yard, and was looking down into the valley at our outdoor furnace and didn’t think it was burning enough.  “You got enough wood?”  Ray and I looked at each other in slight disbelief.  Lately we had been harvesting wood from Craigslist Free ads.  We have 28 acres, but only 5 is woods, so it wouldn’t be smart to over-harvest there.  So now we can go up to Mr. G’s anytime we’d like and grab a truckload of his many leftover lumber rounds, and he’s just around the corner!  This is just ONE of the many examples of neighborly conduct we’ve experienced since we moved into this area in July.

I hope you are a good neighbor.  If everyone could be, imagine the peace in your community!

Love,

Vicki

Vincent recites “The Duck” by Ogden Nash

We recently learned about poetry here at Noble Academy.  Both of my children love it!  Vincent has shown a huge affinity for some of Ogden Nash’s poetry.  Here, he shows off, intending to delight and amuse!

Enjoy!

Package Deal!!

 

Olivia Does “Karate”

We have been moving for what feels like months.  We haven’t been able to tell anyone where because of red tape holding up our appraisal/title and underappraisal and the $650 delay that went with it. We put offers on three houses before the one we are hoping to move into next week.  The closing was supposed to be April 3. Today is the 7th. 2/3 of the kids’ clothes and toys and my kitchen are packed. We are in limbo. Ugh! Olivia’s actions sum up my feelings.