Mo, Our New Puppy

My family’s story reminds me of a book published in 1948 titled ‘Cheaper by the Dozen,’ which was made into several movies of the same name about the lovely chaotic family of twelve.   I have lost count of the number of animals we have, so when a friend in the sheep business let us know she had one puppy left from a litter of Bernese Mountain Dogs, we couldn’t say no since one more addition to our menagerie couldn’t be much more work and would certainly be a lot of fun.

Of course, we have also added chickens, chicks, and a number of sheep to the farm.  Lucky for me, my wife, Alicia, does the lion’s share of the work, and I get to blog about it.

My vegetable garden is doing well early in the season, with broccoli, lettuce, kale, and snow peas making a great early showing.

Mo, Holding Her Own With Gus And Rosie

Mo, Holding Her Own With Gus and Rosie

Baby Chicks

Baby Chicks This Spring

Growing Chicks

Growing Chicks


Eggs and Lettuce

Lots Of Sheep

Lots of Sheep

Hungry Sheep

Hungry Sheep

Lettuce 1


Snow Peas

Snow Peas

Broccoli 1


Zucchini Flower With Bee

Zucchini Flower with Bee



Mo, Right At Home

Mo, Right at Home

Photos by Alicia and Jimmy Crisp  Curated Brochure by Crisp Architects: Portfolio

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James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 30 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

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    Denise Buchanan June 27, 2023 at 7:20 am

    I LOVE seeing these photos, and I think Alicia is a super woman to manage your wonderful menagerie and maintain your garden so expertly. And Mo is a winner!

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    Jimmy Crisp June 27, 2023 at 7:36 am

    Thank you! I’ll pass it on. JC

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    Colleen June 27, 2023 at 8:13 am

    What a beautiful pup! Lucky girl to have a home like yours! I’ve always loved that breed! She looks like a lot of fun……….puppies are a bundle of work for sure! Enjoy!

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    James Crisp June 27, 2023 at 9:22 am

    I could live without those sharp teeth.

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    Rob June 27, 2023 at 10:32 am

    Love this part of your blog Jimmy and Mo looks like she feels like one of the gang already!

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    Linda June 27, 2023 at 9:59 pm

    Love your style and your heart. … would love to have you as my neighbor!

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    James Crisp June 27, 2023 at 10:01 pm

    Thank you so much!

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    James Crisp June 27, 2023 at 10:01 pm

    Thanks, Rob, she is.

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    Mary Bancroft July 22, 2023 at 10:31 pm

    Love your blogs! And you have undoubtedly fallen in love with your first Berner -they are the sweetest, most gentle and playful breed! And she’s in the best climate with you there -wait for the joy when she experiences snow!

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    James Crisp July 23, 2023 at 8:51 am

    Thanks, we are having a wonderful time with her. She also is great with the other dogs.

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