another good day

So far we have bottled 2.75 gallons of syrup and it’s all been of the golden grade, very light in color and taste...YUM!!


Instead of finishing off in the house all the time we have set up a spot to finish off outside on our back deck.  Mr checking to see if we have syrup.


Here we are filtering the syrup, you can see the sugar sand down in the filter bag.  We had a great hot boil today, so not sure why we got sugar sand this is definitely a first for us.


It’s been a slow start to our sugaring season this year.  I meant to take my camera out to the sugar bush this evening when we gathered to get some photos, but there’s always tomorrow for that.  More company coming this weekend for sugaring, so it’s going to be another busy time for us. 

let it snow

We did get to make some syrup this past weekend, even though the temps were perfect for the sap to be running but we didn't get too much sap in the buckets but managed to get a gallon of syrup.

Our daughter and her boyfriend came from Texas to so some sugaring and despite the fact we didn't get that much sap we were able to gather, boil and bottle syrup.  Our daughter from Illinois and her family came for the night and day because our grandson had a hockey game in Madison.

Watching the boil






First batch

 It was predicted for snow today and guess what...we got it. Hopefully it will reset the sap to run again. 

So I say let it snow!

march 1st

I know the old saying like a lion and out like a lamb...when it comes to the month of March, but right now our March is pretty lamb-like.  I'm excited to be getting back into blogging again, I've really missed it a lot, though I must have needed to have a break since I had been gone so long from the blog.

I have been doing a bit of quilting and finished my Lori Holt's Farm Girl Vintage Quilt.  Although I didn't do the sew along, I had gone on a local quilt shop bus shop hop trip and the theme was Midwest Farm Girls featuring the Farm Girl Vintage book and that was in 2016.  It only took me two years to get it done :)


One reason why I had been MIA from the blog was that at the Madison Quilt Expo last September I had purchased a Baby Lock Crown Jewel 3 long arm machine and in the first part of November I had gone to a getaway down in St Louis Missouri to learn my machine, it was a 4 day training on my machine and frame.  It was awesome! 


My mom had made quilts for all her grandchildren when they had their first baby and when she passed she had left 6 baby quilts not done.  So, I took all the fabrics and her pattern ideas and I'm finishing them for her, so now I have 2 down.



So, this is some of what I have been doing since being gone from the blog and it's great to be back.

it’s that time of year



Sugaring is here, well almost here, the sap is running slowly. I love this time of year as it’s the really sure sign that spring is just around the corner.  It’s also that time of year to start to pull out the seed catalogs and plan what will be in the garden and what seeds I will start in the house.  My favorite season is fall/autumn, but I’m really coming to love spring. 

weekend of sewing





I stole away for the weekend to sew with some friends. The weather turned bad when we all settled in for our weekend of sewing. We didn’t mind, we were warm and had plenty of food, and lots of sewing projects to work on. I got done what I wanted to get done.

The place we stayed at is exactly the same driving distance for all 4 of us. It’s an area where there are many people who come to ice fish in the winter and fish in the summer. 

It was really a nice getaway especially with winter still hanging on tight. 

our icy world







Well the ice storm did hit us but not with the vengeance that most people around here thought it would, tho schools were closed, businesses and events as well were closed and cancelled. Mr and I did not venture out off the ridge, and when I say not with a vengeance we have had in the past really bad ice storms. 

Now with February almost half done we are getting antsy for sugaring to start up again. I’m seeing posts from the northeast where sugaring has started and seeing those jars filled with that luscious maple syrup is really getting me excited.  

So hopefully I’ll be posting about sugaring soon, but first we need to start warming up a bit.

it’s 2018


It’s definitely been a long time since I’ve posted.  Winter is still here but instead of a snowstorm we are having freezing rain which is not nice to drive in so we are hunkering down and staying in since we really have no place we need to be.

Here’s what I’ve been doing, the guys came out hunting in early November, some of the kids came for thanksgiving and we went to Texas for Christmas this year and stayed down there for a month. We had a wonderful time. The weather was pretty chilly but we sure didn’t mind, being with our family down there was why we go.








We spent a lot of time with our kids and grandkids and had quite a few sleepovers with the grands.

I did manage to get some UFO’s finished.  I finished my Chicago Cubs socks...yay!


Hopefully this will be the start of my blogging again. 

kindred spirits

The minute she got out of the car I knew in my heart of hearts that the woman who came here from the other side of the world (Australia) was a kindred spirit.  I have known her through blogging since 2009 but we have not met until now, and it was like we have known each other forever, cut from the same cloth.  At times it was almost crazy how much in common we were with likes and dislikes  




The author of this lovely book Gail Pan is a very good friend of Ramona's and if you read her blog the Ramona Gail mentions is this Ramona. I don't do a lot of embroidery work but this book is so lovely that I plan to start. 



Ramona and her husband Theo stayed with us for 4 days, 4 glorious days.  They brought some goodies, and if you've never had a Tim Tam, you are missing out big time, we haven't opened the Mint Slice package yet but I'm sure they're just as yummy!


I can't wait to make something with these beautiful fibers.


We spent an evening with an Amish family we know and had conversation over pie and coffee, a few other outings we did and spent a relaxing day just doing nothing. I took Ramona to my monthly quilt guild meeting and it was one of the longest meetings we had, so much excitement when they found out they had an Australian quilter in the house :) 

So sad to see them go, knowing it might be a long time before we meet again. 

staying busy

First off our Texas kids are all fine and stayed dry during Tropical Storm Harvey.  It was close for our son and his family with the water flooding their street and starting to creep up the driveway a bit, but it receded before any damage was done...whew!

I quilted a quilt that a friend pieced together and donates to an auction, I donated my quilting services.  This is the third one she's done and the second one I've quilted for her.  I've also been working on a quilt I was asked to make for a friend who wanted a quilt for their cabin here in Wisconsin, that top is finally finished and will go on the frame soon, I will post a photo of that one when it's all done.


I've been eying up this barn sweater to make and finally I'm starting it.  The yarn is actually a mocha color but doesn't look like it in this photo.


I've been trying to keep busy with my hobbies that I love to do, and with the cooler weather we have been having, I'm enjoying cuddling up underneath my quilt in the evening and just knitting.