Family

a lot of coffee and syrup

We had another busy weekend with the kids here to help make syrup.  A lot of coffee was consumed during the sugaring process...lol!  

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We had a huge success with not only the amount of syrup we bottled, but the quality of the syrup we bottled.

Not sure how much more boiling we’ll do as we have quite a bit of syrup bottled this season, we just never know how a season will go.  


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

A&L

Grandgirls

Jared

Botteling

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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!


it’s 2018

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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.

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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!

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Hopefully this will be the start of my blogging again. 


july moments

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We've had a busy month starting with our trip to Nashville.  Our daughter-in-law and granddaughters from Texas came up with us for a few days.  Then two granddaughters came for a week and made a quilt from start to finish, never having sewed before and they did an awesome job.

I almost missed the Tree-Ripe truck and the girls and I headed to Tomah Wisconsin to get blueberries.  They wanted to see the Amish so it was a great way to get them both in.

I'm trying to get some knitting done and hopefully this week I will.


it's tuesday

I woke up this morning to the smell of coffee being brewed, and it wasn't Maxwell House coffee.  I love my little corner I've created, it's nice and cozy and inviting when I wake up in the mornings.

Old table

We've had two sets of company this month which was so nice.  After sauna with the last company I made orange floats and they were a big hit with the grand-kids.

Grandchildren Collage

Orange float

I went for a walk this afternoon and passed one of the neighbors who is selling their place.  It's a seasonal place and we only see them occasionally, but they are very nice.  They said the new owners are very nice and will be a great fit for the area. 

Winter is not going away easy this year, we have a winter storm predicted starting tomorrow :(  So I'll probably have some snow shots to show you :(


beach days

When we walk the beach we also look for shells and this year we found some good ones.  The shells in Galveston are not as pretty as the ones in Sanibel Florida, but I still like them.

Shells

Playing pie tag in the sand.

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Playing pie tag

Enjoying the sand and sea.

Seagulls

Kite flying on the beach is pretty awesome.

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A few finds found on our morning walks.

Bird

Gull

Hermit crab

The girls and I.

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Tho there were cooler days on the beach, that really didn't damper our time spent there.

Again my photos were taken with my cell phone.


the birthday girl

Being down in Texas we get to celebrate one of the granddaughters birthdays with her.  Here she is 5 years old.

Birthday girl

My daughter-in-law makes the yummiest cakes and this one was soooo good.  Each cake she makes for them is themed and beautiful.

Decorating the cake

Our girls made it to the party.

Lighting the candles

Isn't is beautiful?  It looks too pretty to cut into.  It was a winter themed cake, kind of a spin-off from the movie Frozen.

Birthday cake

The 5 year old asked for a disco ball.  I thought it was awesome!!  Here she is dancing around it with one of the aunties.

Disco ball

I am going to miss these guys.  These photos were all taken with my cell phone.


december 1st

Wow, where did the month of November go?  I blinked and it was gone.  How was everyone's Thanksgiving for those of you who celebrate it?  We had a wonderful one.  For the very first time since I started cooking for Thanksgiving, I didn't cook, we went out for dinner :) and it was awesome!  Don't think that we didn't eat since I didn't cook, we still had a fridge full of food and 2 or 3 coolers that held the overflow from the fridge.

The grands (and adults) made a gingerbread house and train.  I'm thinking that the amount of frosting and candies that was used for decorating, the same amount went into their bellies.

Decorating

Mitch decorating

The grands also went on a few wagon rides while they were here.

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Plus had fun playing up in the loft of the barn.  (photo compliments of Mr with his cell phone)

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I missed Travel Tuesday this week so it will be Travel Thursday.


she was 81

Bedside

Bedside vigil for hours.  She left us in the wee hours of the morning on this 29th day of September. Her heart was broken after my father died and just couldn't live without him.  Then my aunt her only sister passed away leaving her being the only one left living from her family (parents and siblings) and that really took the sails out of her. 

My mother left this earth peacefully with her 4 children at her side.  Kind and loving nurses and patient care workers helping to keep her comfortable all the way until the end.

She has now gone home to her eternal resting place.  We will all miss you Mom.


the big day

The bow

The dresses

Checking the updo

Taking a selfie

Grandpa and grandboys

Erin and the ushers

Boots and sandles

Oops

Erin and the girls

Mom and girls

Candid groom and groomsmen

Groom and his men

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The bridal party

The couple

Candid shots of the wedding.  More photos of our trip to come.  I still need to post more photos from our trip west in 2014...sigh.