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New website for North Fork Bed and Breakfast/Gifts

We are currently in the process of putting up a new website. It is quite nice and we have a new reservation system as well. It’s very exciting! Be sure to check it out!! If you follow my blog, you know that I haven’t been blogging. I really miss it actually. I love sharing all of the things that are going on. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t blogged. I’m going to do a little catch up today. For one, I retired from teaching. My last day was June 22nd, 2012. There are times that I really miss it. Mostly, I miss the kids. I think I’ll always miss them.

During this time, which is now nearing a year, my husband Tim purchased Jernabi Coffeehouse in Potsdam. I have been doing all of the baking. It’s been quite an undertaking to say the least. It’s also been quite a learning experience. It’s hard to believe that on May 15th it will be one year. On May 18th it will be one year since I decided to retire. I have to say, it’s been quite the journey and one that is still in progress. After a life time of a very structured and crazy schedule, I create my own schedule, or lack there of. This of course, all depends upon the day. I’ve been working on getting my tea out to more places and expanding the number of places I sell baked goods. All of this is a work in progress as I figure it all out. Anyway, just thought I’d share. Here’s hoping there’s still someone out there that is following it. Here’s a picture of a display of tea.



April 14, 2013 at 8:23 am Leave a comment

North Fork Bed and Breakfast/Gifts

In an effort to put everything in one place, I am moving eventually to the following location. Please go there to see what’s happening.

Due to an extremely busy schedule at work, I have not been able to blog as usual. I’m hoping to be back at it very soon. Our Spring Concert is tonight so I’m hoping to have a bit more time. There’s so much to write!

May 11, 2011 at 5:39 am 2 comments

Bird House Fun! Bluebirds and Swallows

swallow claiming housethe postWell, as planned, on Monday I spent most of the day putting up bird houses. When I woke up on Monday morning I was pretty sure I saw a Bluebird and that did it! I was out and down to the Amish farm to purchase cedar posts. When I returned I began choosing the places to put the houses. In March I cleaned out all of the existing bird houses but wanted to add more. Seeing that Bluebird motivated me to take action and add more. To the left is the pole after it was put in, before I mounted the first bird house.

swallow going toward house

The first place I put a house was at the back of our yard. There had always been a bird house near there but when we got rid of what used to be the sheep yard, a couple of the bird houses went with it. I was very excitedly banging in the first post when I suddenly heard a noise. It was the flapping of wings and the brief sight of something. As it turned out, a swallow was circling. The circling soon became dive bombing and before I could get the second screw into the post, the bird had claimed the house!  I did manage to get back to secure it with a second screw, thankfully. It was great fun!


April 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm

The Lighthouse Birdhouse

Lighthouse Birdhouse

The front of the lighthouse birdhouse

This is the front of my new lighthouse birdhouse that I FINALLY was able to put up. It is in place of my old one. What shoud have taken a few minutes ended up taking the better part of a morning. The old house was so rotted that it literally fell apart as I attempted to take it down. When I tried to attach the new house, the screws from the old one somehow managed to get in the way. This all while standing 6-8 feet up in the air on a ladder! Finally, after the better part of the morning had passed, I was able to get it all attached. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you have seen pictures of the old house. One of my favorites is the picture of the tree frog peaking out of the lower level.

old lighthouse birdhouse

This is the old house but with baby wrens peaking out of the top level. In the heat of the day, the tree frog would peak out of the bottom. I haven’t been able to find that picture but when I do, I will share it.

Tonight I was really excited because in the top of the house is a solar light. It was on and I was able to get a picture of it. I’m also going to share the back part of the house so you can see where the bird will actually enter and exit. I’m hoping my wrens come back again but we’ll see.

The back of the lighthouse birdhouse

The back of the lighthouse bird house

Lighthouse Birdhouse at dusk

The Lighthouse Birhouse at dusk with the solar light on

April 12, 2011 at 9:10 pm 1 comment

Fort La Presentation Ogdensburg,NY

I spent the day today at Fort La Presentation in Ogdensburg,NY. I was the music person for the Living History day. There were about 15 stations that 279 seventh and fourth graders could visit throughout the day. Everyone had a wonderful day and enjoyed being outside along the river. At my station we sang 18th century folk songs and La Presentation, a song that Mrs. Madlin wrote about the history of the fort.

The weekend of July 17th there is a reenactment and many different people will be there to portray various parts of life as it was in the 18th century. I was very glad to be part of the activities today and look forward to checking out the reenactment this summer. I really learned a lot about the fort today and enjoyed singing with so many kids throughout the day. Everyone seemed to really enjoy watching them fire the canon at the end of the day. A really fun time was had by all.

May 21, 2010 at 4:17 pm 2 comments

The flowering crab trees are finally blossoming and how beautiful they are!

The back yard

The back yard is so beautiful this time of year that one can’t help but want to sit outside and take in the sights and sounds that surround us here at North Fork B&B. The cestrels are nesting in the front trees and the wren is back in the lighthouse bird house. The blue birds are all over the place and the humming birds are plentiful. Sitting outside is a treat. A very relaxing getaway for sure!

May 19, 2010 at 6:36 pm Leave a comment

Snow and Lilacs?!? on Mother’s Day!!

Yup, that’s correct. It’s been snowing most of the day here and this morning when I got up there was some snow on the ground! Very weird weather indeed. Had to wear a hat and mittens to walk today. We’ve been very busy here at the B&B. This weekend we had the pleasure of having guests for the Clarkson Graduation. They are from Cleveland, Ohio. Always fun to meet new people.

Congratulations to my nephew for graduating from Clarkson yesterday!! We had a wonderful time celebrating this accomplishment last night.

Lots going on just now. It makes it tough to keep up here. Our Spring Concert is Wednesday with a dress rehearsal Monday, another Tuesday and then, finally the concert. I’m sure it will be wonderful. This time of the year is bitter sweet as I’ll miss the students that are graduating. I’ve had them since kindergarten. Wonderful people. I’m very lucky to be their teacher.

I haven’t had a chance to do much in the way of creating lately

May 9, 2010 at 4:09 pm Leave a comment

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