it's been too long

Wow, where do I begin?  I can't believe that life just got so busy that I've neglected this blog again for the umpteenth time.

Since I've been gone we have had two new grandchildren born within a few days of each other, a granddaughter and a grandson.  I flew to Spokane twice and we drove to lower Michiagn to see the new babies.  


I've done a bit of quilting and this quilt is for a baby whose parents are diehard Cubs fans and the mom beat breast cancer and had their baby at the age of 40. This summer we had 5 granddaughters visiting 2 were from Texas and came here for the week, and now we have 4 more for the week.



It's been raining here lately so everything is green and lush, the garden and flowers are doing great this year.


We call this the leaning barn and always look for it on our way to town to see if it has fallen over yet.  The day it does we'll be surprised as we always think every time we have a bad wind storm that it has to be down now, and there it will be standing.


Our cherry trees this year produced pretty good that we were able to can some for the winter months  



Fog hovered over our farm one day so Mr and I jumped in the Kubota to take a look around and this is what we saw.


This is just a bit of what has been happening around here.  I hope you all are doing great and that you are having a wonderful summer. 

life happens



Mini bottles

Monring sun


Icy trees

Mini pies


Sadie girl

What's been happening since we've been home.  If you haven't guessed already from all my previous posts, Mr. and I went away for a bit.  We spent part of the winter down in Texas, and we had a WONDERFUL time.

Not long after we got home the sap started to run and we went from arriving home with snow on the ground to no snow to a sugar snow/ice storm.  We did hunker down and waited the ice storm out, and luckily it was over in time for us to head to Madison to a Salmon Slam party where we were able to sample salmon and cod that was caught in the waters off of Alaska.  We bought some king salmon filets and Mr. cooked some up and it was every bit as good as we had hoped it would be.

We have the local 4H club coming this weekend to tour our sugaring operation, and we bottled up some sample bottles for the kids to take home with them, and it looks like it's going to be a great week for the sap to be running :)

We have been fighting sickness for about 5 weeks off and on, and getting back home I caught some kind of sickness that just knocked me for a loop, and Mr. was always a step behind me in getting it all but just not as hard.  Crossing fingers we are all done with that.

It feels good to be walking the hills again when I can which always depends on the weather.  My sometimes walking partner came with me the other day.  She's getting old and not as spry as she used to be.  Sadie is going to be 10 at the end of the year and not sure how many more years she'll be with us, she's been just a wonderful dog to us.

So that's a bit of what's been going on around here.  I do seem to post a lot more photos on Instagram so if you follow me there sorry for any repeats of photos.

my love for sewing

Today is Mother's day and it's the first Mother's day with my mom gone and it really was different knowing that I wouldn't be calling her anymore for Mother's day.  I have a box of old photos that were my parents and found this photo of my mom in High School in sewing class (my mom's the one in the middle).  This photo was very small and I blew it up so that we could see it better.


My mom wasn't so much of a quilter, tho she did do some quilting in the later years of her life.  My mom was a seamstress.  There wasn't an article of clothing that she bought from the store that she didn't alter in some way, if it meant shortening the sleeves, putting a collar on it or taking a collar off, she pretty much changed whatever she bought.  When growing up, my mom also sewed most if not all of the clothes my sister and I wore, especially when we were very young.  Looking at the old photos my sister and I were always dressed alike, which was pretty much why people would ask us if we were twins (we were two years apart).

For me it's a no-brainer to where my love for sewing came from.  I've loved to sew since I was young and loved sewing in Jr High and High School, and this photo that I don't ever recall seeing has a pretty special meaning for me.

i blinked and it was gone

Where did April go?

We picked up our meat birds and they are doing fine and getting big, we moved them out of the brooder and now they are outside.

I went on a two day Midwest Farm Girls Seed and Sew bus tour to 7 quilt shops here in the Midwest visiting shops in Minnesota, Iowa and here in Wisconsin.  The theme of the trip was from the Farm Girl Vintage book by Lori Holt.  I went with a friend and we had an awesome time, unfortunately I did not take any photos.  I am working on the blocks and having a lot of fun.


When I drive the tractor to mow the lawn I'm sitting up pretty high and see things.  I spied the shagbark hickory tree leafing out and wild asparagus growing, which I had Mr come and pick so we could have it with lunch.  Fresh picked asparagus is about the best thing there is, tho you either love it or hate it, and I love it.



It's May 4th today, so lets hope the next time I do a post it's not about where did May go.

the love of

The first snowfall.  We did get snow, but I was not at home when it came.  I took this shot this morning.

Badger lodge 2015

Wonderful friends.  I was at a weekend quilt re-treat.  There were just three of us and we had an awesome time.  I totally got to spread out.

Setting up

This was my space for the weekend.

My space

Comfort food, especially when someone else made it.  We ate well.

Tenderloin meal

My home.  I made this wall hanging.  I still have to add some string/yarn to it, so that it looks like the mittens have those strings on them like the ones I used to put on my kids when they were little so that they wouldn't lose their mittens.

Mitten wall hanging

I did get a couple of other projects done, but those are Christmas gifts and I will show them later.

life does go on

It's been over nine months since my dad passed and over a month since my moms passing.


I've been keeping busy.  Going to a quilt re-treat over the Halloween weekend, I managed to finish a twin size quilt top during that re-treat.

Aubreys quilt
I've been enjoying volunteering at that hospital very much.

I know I've been away from the blog a lot.  I'm trying to change things up here thinking that will get me to blog more, hence the changes here.

I have a lot of photos from our trip west this summer when we went to Washington state for our daughters wedding.  Maybe to get those posted I'll have to designate a day for my travel photos.  I could call it Travel Tuesday or Travel Thursday,  it will depend on which day I do it on.  I've been thinking about doing something like that for a while now.

I can't believe October came and went and Thanksgiving is coming up really fast.  I got all my flower gardens cleaned out, and a BIG thanks goes out to Mr for helping me with that.  The plants that needed to be covered are covered and ready for the cold weather when it arrives.  We have some of the kids coming for Thanksgiving and that will be fun, we are looking forward to that.

I have been looking through some old photos of my parents and that has been fun.  I remember looking at many of them when I was a child and doing so brought back so many memories. 

At times I'm amazed at where the years have gone, but I guess that is life...

and life does go on.

i'm racking up frequent flyer miles on my tires

Since getting back from our trip west to our daughter's wedding, my mother has been placed permanently in a nursing home.  I've been going back and forth a bit to help out and trying to live life 3 1/2 hours away.  A few doctors appointments along with my siblings and I packing up her things from her apartment.  That was bittersweet, pleasant and painful both.  What wasn't packed in boxes to be stored or taken by family, was donated.

So, in the midst of all that, I joined a take and swap that Nancy from Wyoming Breezes had hosted.  I received the package, picked out what I wanted, replaced what I took with items that I had to give away, taped it up again, printed a mailing label and off it went to it's next destination. Whew, did you get all that? LOL :)

I also received from Nancy a jar of honey and a cute Longaberger basket.  Thank you Nancy.

Honey and package

I wound up this yarn and I couldn't believe how big the cakes ended up being.  I love this yarn and I can't wait to get started on knitting it up in the Bozeman Vest.

Bozeman Cakes

The mornings now are so beautifully cool, but we're still having nice weather in the 70's and low 80's, which I am enjoying, the snow will be here before you know it and I'm enjoying each day till it gets here.

I call this next photo the morning after The Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse.  Did you all see it last night?  Wasn't it awesome!

Morning fog

And life goes on.

so many blessings

I've started a few posts in the past couple of days and just have never gotten around to finish them up to post.  My grandma's quilt came out with me the other day for a photo shoot.


I went to Illinois for my mom's 81st birthday and spent the day there.  Heading out there was morning fog.  That was the least of my worries I had come to find out, losing two lug nuts on my rear tire almost spelled disaster, fortunately no one was hurt nor was my van damaged...whew!

Foggy morning

Ann from Welcome to the Garden Spot sent me some Lily bulbs after my dad passed away and they are growing beautifully.  I can't wait until they are blooming so I can show you them.


I'm reminded everyday of the many blessings that are in my life.


it's been awhile

Hello, I hope you all have been doing wonderful this spring.  We have been busy around here.  The garden is almost in, only both Mr and I had gotten some kind of virus that pretty much put us at a stop.


The chickens are doing great, we have lost some due to unknown reasons but the remaining ones are doing wonderfully, here you only can see one chicken but we do have 43 live chickens.

Chicken home

Babies are definitely in the air around here.  Our neighbor down in the valley who raises goats for meat is now raising sheep, and the farmer who we buy our beef from is getting a load of calves being born this spring.



My lilacs are in full bloom and smelling so nice.  I cut some to bring into the house and about a half hour later Mr walked in the door with a handful to put in a vase too.  I guess we both love having them in the house.


I am too excited, the roving I had spun turned out pretty nice and I'm already starting to knit something up with it.

Blue spun

Mr and I went to Kansas City Missouri this past week.  Mr went for an all day class that was being held there for the software that he uses at work.  I went along for the ride :)  I actually spent the day when he was in the class in Lawrence Kansas, at Yarn Barn of Kansas, and a couple of quilt shops.  I don't know if Mr enjoyed his class as much as I enjoyed my time in Lawrence Kansas.

Yarn barn

Since we were in Kansas City the day before the class we decided to take in Kansas City Royals baseball game.  We had a lot of fun.


This pretty much sums up what's been happening around here.  I hope you all have been doing well.