Ocooch Mountains

life sure is grand

I went to town to do a few errands and took a different route.  There are about three ways to go to town when I head out my driveway and I went along the ridge towards what we call tickle belly hill.  If you were to start at the top of the hill at a very fast rate of speed you will feel like you're on a roller coaster.  I stopped to take this photo as you can see not a car in sight in front of me or behind me.


I've also been meaning to take a photo of the barn quilts that are always leaning up against this barn.  I believe they are for sale, and I think the owner needs to put one up on this barn as well.


One item on the list of errands was to get a new dog bed for Sadie, and after a few sniffs of the new bed she settled herself down.  I think it's a hit.  Sadie is getting old, some days she can't keep up with us on walks and other times she's way ahead of us where we have to catch up to her.  She definitely has a good life.


The garden has been producing quite well, we have had food from our garden everyday.  Walking out to the garden to gather a few things for lunch or supper is nothing short of awesome!


Life sure is grand :)

an old road bed

Now that the weather is getting nicer I've been trying to get out and walk.  I walked everyday while we were in Texas and I've missed it a lot.  Mr. has been cutting up a tree for one of our neighbors that had fallen during a storm on to the field where his crops will be planted, it's about a mile walk to where the tree had fallen.  So I took a walk with Sadie to where Mr. was and before heading back home Mr. told me about an old road that used to go back to where we were.  You can see the old road bed and how it has grown in.

These shots were taken with my cell phone and the first shot is looking one way down the old road.


I turned around and took this shot and they look totally different.  You'd think they were taken at different times.

Road bed

This old road bed was really neat despite it being so grown in.  I can only imagine what it was like back in the day when it was used.  Not far from where we were there used to be a school, only there is nothing left of it, not even a foundation stone.  There aren't too many homes around us now and I can only imagine what life was like here when the old road was in use and the school was open.

it started with a snowstorm

After getting back from Texas we went looking for some more sap buckets and found some that an Amish man was selling for a cheap price.  Seems like most people and now the Amish are doing away with sap buckets and going to tubing.  Anyway, after getting the buckets we drove through the hills on our way home and found this old place.  We couldn't quite tell if was actually lived in, it almost looked abandoned but then you can see the decorations on the fence.  This old log home was awesome, the corners of the logs were dovetailed and just simply beautiful.  This was back in February and there was snow on the ground in the valleys and on the ridges.


Then it started to warm up.  It seems like the sugaring season is backwards, usually we get the darker syrup at the end of the season when the weather starts to get warmer, but we had the warmer temps in the middle of the season so when we gathered the sap from the buckets the sap was warm.  Now, the temps are more like when it's the beginning of the season with the temps being absolutely perfect.  And, we gathered over 150 gallons of sap on Sunday so there will be more boiling this week.  We made this past weekend 3.625 gallons of what we call golden amber delicious syrup.  The two boils before this we got darker syrup which is fine I use it for cooking/baking and now to make maple sugar.


We got what we call a sugar snow that froze and reset the sap run again.  We are definitely not done with sugaring and it all started with a snowstorm.


I had hoped that we would be drying out sometime soon, but it appears that we'll be getting more rain in the next day or so, hopefully it won't amount to much.  We have dealt with 3 separate bouts of flooding in our area.

Smoky hills

There's one good thing if you want too look on the bright side of all the rain we've been having is that everything is green, and the fire danger is very low...just saying :)


Kar over at simply-kar has opened an on-line shoppe called The Wiggles & Squeaks Shoppe.  I bought her dishcloth pattern and made them.  They turned out great and so easy to make, her directions are perfect.  Head on over and check out what else she has for sale.

Crocheted dishcloths

Yay, I finally finished my Baktus Scarf that I made.  I had run out of yarn and only needed just a bit more to finish...grrr...But it's done and I can't wait for cooler weather so I can wear it.

Baktus scarf

We had our dog at the kennels over the weekend as we went to an APPPA class on raising poultry and driving in and out from picking her up we passed a few cows laying in the driveway and had to drive around them.


I just love living in the country.

it's still raining

We are still experiencing flooding here in Southwest Wisconsin, with even the school closing and even started late today.  I had to run to town today and wished I didn't and could have stayed in where it is warm and dry. Running into each store I got pretty wet.  On the way home I passed this building which I thought was an old barn, but have come to learn it was actually someones home.  But I had to laugh at what I saw and stopped to take a photo.



Even the goats were smarter than me and knew how to stay out of the rain.

high waters

Wow, where did the month of August go?  We have been keeping busy around here and continue to can tomatoes and beans since I've last posted.  We've been having rain and a lot of it lately.  We had rain a few days ago and it ended up as a flash flood where all the creeks overflowed.

Flooded pasture


Swollen creek


Flooded yard

High waters

Fence post 1

Fence post 2

Rushing water

Flood waters rushing

The waters did eventually recede and driving around on Sunday we could see where there was a lot of flooding.



Hopefully we'll start drying out some as we have a lot of work to do around here that needs to get done before the snow flies.

an easter sunday drive

On Easter Sunday we went for a wonderful brunch, we left early and took a scenic drive to get there.







We passed through Amish country.





I hope you enjoyed the scenic drive we took and the sights we saw along the way.  We have had more company come and right now we are dog sitting for our son and daughter-in-laws dogs while they are at a wedding in Minnesota.

life in the hills

New calf


Fog in valley

Egg starters

It's that time of year again when the calves are being born.  I love driving past the farms and seeing the new births.  This morning we woke up to fog coming up from the valley.  The seedlings I've planted aren't going to have the best start as we haven't seen the sun for a couple of days.  So, right now they are under a lamp and I'm hoping that will help get them started.  Right now it's snowing out...WHAT?!?!!!!!!  It's not sticking but it is coming down...sigh!  Oh what an April Fools joke.

morning walk


Monday has come around again, and on my morning walk this morning I saw some sunflowers growing along the side of the road.  I'm not sure if someone planted these or if they are volunteer sunflowers, either way I like them.


mid-summers eve

First cutting

Wow, did you fall out of your chair?  I'm posting two days in a row :)

I love this farm down in the hollow.  This is over on the next ridge from us.  We were heading on our way to get some ice cream (which was closed by the time we got there...insert sad face).

Sitting here this morning with the windows and doors open I can hear the wind rustling through trees.  Mr had opened up the house when he got up this morning as it was very stuffy inside.  For being June 20th it's pretty cool out this morning. 

Tomorrow marks the date for summer solstice, which is the longest day of sunlight for the year, and with that the days start getting shorter and shorter.  I know this day also as mid-summer or St Johns Day.  We have celebrated this day a few times in the past.  We do plan to do something tomorrow but not sure exactly what.  We do have another brush pile to burn so if the rain stays away we just might do that.

How about you, do you do anything for summer or winter solstice?