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Within the confines of this blog, you will find bits and pieces of the life and times of myself, my family and friend dear and near., far and wide, few and far between. You will find bits and pieces of my world, tho small to some, but huge to me. You will find everything from 'soup to nuts',; recipes, hobbies,crafts, gardenings,loves of my life, GrandLoves-a-Plenty, and even my pets... Sooo, if you can handle family life, enjoy the tour of my 'Stuffings'.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring Has Sprung

We left for 3 days and 
came home to a meltdown.  The snow in our
field has gone down 18 inches and we can see
open ground in the fields,YEAH!!!

I spent a good share of today outside.  The warm
air felt so good on my shoulders.  I found bits
of sedum outside of it's rock bed.  Yes, the ground
was soft enough to gently nudge them out of the 
ground and place them back where they belong.

I slowly walked to the mailbox for today's magazines
and only one bill...I'm elated!  As I returned to the house,
the long way, going around to the deck side, I couldn't 
resist checking each flower bed to see if there were any
brave buds peeking their noses through the ice and water that still puddles around them.  They are coming, slowly.  

It was the best day, even with the sprinkles we had early in the morning, to awaken my restless spirit.  Since the ground is soft, it's still too muddy to get too anxious about planting, but 
Spring Is Here Afterall!  The Robins are hopping around, and singing with the tree filled finches and chickadees.  We saw a couple yearling deer for the first time since early winter.  They are healthy as they run and kick up their heels.  They've been trimming my apple trees, so, it's never too early to re-secure the wire cages that protect them.

On our road trip, we finally gave up on the mesh fencing we have been using for years to keep the deer out of our gardens.  Instead, we bought roll after roll of mesh wire.  That will keep the deer out and they will not be running through it.  We will be cutting cedar posts first, peeling them and sinking them deep in the ground to secure the wire to.  
Then, a nice gate....I have my eye on a few favorites I found on the web world.
 I happen to have all but one of these garden tools, but I could always improvise and Bill will do the welding.  I do love this one.  It's so ' me,' but it is a bit ' sharp.'
 I have an old iron wheel frame so could go with this beauty.  I can see the Hollyhocks, Clematis and Roses loving it...
the split-rail fence below is the one I will probably end up with.  We have plenty of cedar in our woods so it's also free!
Which one is your favorite?
I'm getting excited.  I already have a path worn from the house to the gardens, worn in from years of footwork to the business of gardening and harvesting.  All I need is a gate!

Have a weekend full of spring adventure!
Life is So Good!
Thanks for stopping and making me smile!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Heat Waves

I can hardly wait to see my wild roses again, and smell their sweet scent as a gentle breeze brushes across them, but for now,
they are still very deeply buried under our latest addition of 8 more inches of snow.  We are actually happy about this snowfall, as it was predicted to accumulate to 16 inches, can you imagine?.  We are used to large dumps this time of the year and most often, so wet and heavy that it's nearly impossible to move.
That's where the tractor with the bucket really pays for itself.
In the meantime, we wait.  We wait for more 40 plus weather like today that we refer to as ' heat waves,' warm, lovely heatwaves.
Today was the first day since last fall that I was able to walk to the mailbox without a jacket and still feel the warmth of sunshine on my skin.  It was fantastic.  As much as I wanted to take a long walk along the highways edge, I do not do that until most of the snow is gone and the shoulders have dried.
I love to walk.  I love the sunshine of spring days.  But, I do not love the icy cold puddles soaking me down as traffic splashes by.
Until budding of trees, flowers blooming, mudpies are gone, 
I wait.

Until then, I patiently watch from inside, as each day
brings promise.  Soon enough, I will be aching from planting gardens.
I can hardly contain myself as I prepare in anticipation of digging in the soft, warm ground again, dropping seeds one at a time in long rows!
It's just a matter of time.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Another Break Dance

 There is always some kind of excitement around here.
Our son, Stac, ( the Bobcat operator above ),
drove over with his tractor on the trailer....
oh boy, what this time?
 Apparently a bolt broke, causing the front tire to fall off...
not good~as it also proceeded to break a few other crucial parts
along the way...
 Hey Stac, how do you start this thing???
How many guys does it take to start a tractor? lol
 While waiting for the Bobcat to get into position to
push the tractor in the shop, it had to stay off it's tires 
for fear of breaking more parts,   soooo,   the bucket holds it up.
Once it was in the shop, a closer look would tell the guys
what parts needed to be ordered....
BUT, ( there's always a BUT ),
something isn't right when trying to order those replacement parts.
Upon closer inspection, they realize that the little red Hoye tractor
that Stacy bought was actually a green one.  It had been re-painted
sometime in it's life.  Different year, different parts!
They had already placed the order, so had to quickly cancel it
and start all over again...oh the joy of big boys and their toys.
I know, guys love this stuff...

As you were looking at these photos, 
did you happen to see how much of that ' stuff ' we still have?
This was Saturday.
So it goes in our neck of the woods...
Have a great week and hug the sunshine!

Saturday, March 29, 2014


I had the most wonderful dream...
 and it was in color...
the wonderful color of Spring Peas...
 and my garden of last May.
 of thinning carrots...
and weeding beets, radishes and kale.
 What a wonderful dream.
I woke up, saw the snow outside
but was not even upset with
Ol' Man Winter still visiting.
I really do love our 4 Season location-
and the anticipation of what's ahead.

Have a fantastic weekend.
Take time to smell the roses if you already have them, and if not,
your turn is coming.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Come Here

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL           Yes, it's been gloomy all day, raining on and off, mostly on.  Believe me, I don't mind the rain but.....I don't know what that tin sun on my railing is laughing about .........
 because, THIS is just not funny anymore.
We still have snowbanks over the vehicles and
most kids and it just does not seem to want to leave us.
There is still one section of roof we cannot reach to pull the snow off of, so we pray it doesn't cause yet more problems like our destroyed kitchen ceiling...another day we'll talk 'bout it. 
 I mean, really.  The treehouse was free of snow just this morning, but no longer.  That ' stuff ' we have grown tired of
( nor say out loud ), still falls.
 But wait............I wanted to show you my lilac branch.......
oh, you can't quite see it either, can you.
 Moisture we can always use, Yes, but.......
It looks to me like we are ' full up ' to our 
necks again.  
SMILE, it'll all be over soon!
I hope the Robins have not been fooled into
an early arrival, for they will freeze their little
Here Spring!  Come Here!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Old Barns, New Dreams

We wait.  We wait for blue skies and 20 ft. sunflowers by the barn.  We wait.  Meanwhile...take a summer country ride with me.  I'm sure Mel can identify every one of these charming barns as we ride. 
 Each one of these barns are within 10 miles of my home.
I love this old log barn and will stop someday and ask for a tour of her bones.
 Each barn has it's own charm and purpose.
 It's sadly apparent, which ones are no longer used  for it's original purpose, but still functional.
 A hint, this one is still farmed daily, and well kept...I once harvested arms full of grapevine for wreaths from the farm above.
 Only one of these barns is not in my immediate neighborhood, but it isn't the one above.
This one is well known, as is the one below.
 OK, so this is not a barn, but I thought you'd like to see an original log home from centuries ago. It's also a landmark...Mel drives by it all the time.
As much as what I love old barns, there's a real kinship with my very own barn.  It has had a facelift since this last picture but is need of a deep cleaning.  The loft holds lumber for projects, outdoor Christmas decor, summer patio furnishings, antiques in need of some love, tires, toys, oh my...the lower level is full of ' big boy toys ' like 4-wheelers, snowmobiles, carts, storage cabinets, etc, and no hope of ever being used as an intended animal housing again. 
We will continue to keep her serviceable, but for now....
I'm dreaming again of my green lawn that's still under 3 ft. of snow and that's with the melt down that's been going on.

Have a great week everyone.
God's so good.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

A Foot Off the Top of a Blanket

Please feel free to enlarge the photo above by clicking on it
so it's easier to read.

Tis the truth, wouldn't you say?

I asked a wise woman this morning just what was the reasoning behind such a thing as Daylight Savings Time in the USA.?  
She had said that the reason simply was so children were not walking to school in the dark.

I have not done any research on this assumption, but it would 
 have made more sense to  change the time that school classes would begin during the long, dark winter days.

I agree with the Old Indian.
We can always count on our government to add to the confusion. 
All that aside,

Remember to turn your clocks back, OOPS, AHEAD!

(that is if you live where we practice such foolishness.)