The four Seasons

wisconsin winter

Looking out the window I see winter.  I see snow.  I see the birds eating at the feeders.  I see an occasional eagle flying high in the sky.

Looking out

Blowing and drifting snow here in Southwest Wisconsin can be a challenge when trying to drive in it.


And the few vehicles you will most likely pass on the road here in Southwest Wisconsin can also be a bit challenging.

Winter drive

Farm tractor

Milk truck

I'm not walking the beaches of Galveston Island this January, I'm walking the snow drifts of Southwest Wisconsin and that's okay, I love my life here in Southwest Wisconsin on the ridge in the Ocooch Mountains.


winter scenes


Down the road


Here are a few winter scenes from the neighborhood.

We are supposed to be getting cold weather in the next couple of days with temps dipping to anywhere between -23 to -26, I definitely won't be snowshoeing ;)

If you live in an area where the temps are dropping I hope you stay warm.


winter solstice

Also known as midwinter.  We spent a wonderful day outside burning the huge brush pile that has grown over the past couple of years.  It was the perfect day to do it, the trees were all covered in ice and the ground was covered in snow, so the chance of anything catching fire was pretty low.

Huge brush pile

Brush pile


Icy fire



Tending the fire

It's no wonder Sadie burnt one of her paws digging in the burn pile for mice.

Sadie digging

Hot fire

Looking around I spied the sauna and loved what I saw.


Mr and I took a drive on the RTV around our property.

The farm

The view

Barn and house

Heading to the fruit trees they looked so neat with the icy snow on them.  We had some freezing rain yesterday and this is what came from it.

Apple trees

Frosty leaves


Icy branch

Icy leaves

The look from the road.

From the road

What a wonderful way to spend the day.  I eventually went inside and finished up making my Christmas butter cookies with the last of the dough, and Mr headed to the barn to do some things that needed to get done and didn't since we had been sick, and now that we are feeling back to normal it's back at it for us.

I'm feeling really blessed this holiday season, after being so sick for a week I realize how fragile life really is and I'm going to enjoy each and every moment of my life.


the burlap bow

The flu we've been dealing with for the past week is still hanging on pretty tight.  If Mr is not better by Monday it's off to the doctors he goes, the cough just seems to be lingering on and on for him.  Now my mom's coughing but insists it her "allergies".  I'm not touching that one with a ten foot pole.

I took a walk to put a letter in the mail box and I brought my camera along.  I didn't see anything along the way that looked appealing to take a photo of.  Everything was pretty boring to me.  The snow isn't deep enough to look nice and the trees are bare of any of the previous snowfall we had.  Then I spied the chair I had decorated with a burlap bow.  I was in JoAnn's a couple of weeks ago and a lady was buying some to re-do a chair with.  I decided to buy some myself to make a bow with it.  I only wish I had bought more of this stuff to decorate other things with.


Or maybe not, if I had, it probably would look like it was an invasion of the burlap bow around here.


making wood

Wood pile

Making wood


I've been seeing a few blog posts out there that have to do with snow.  We had a few flakes come down maybe a week ago but nothing to get excited about.  Mr has been making wood for the wood stove, sauna and maple sugaring.  We ran out of wood for sugaring this past year and don't plan on having that happen again. 

Fall 1

He's still not done and plans to head out to the woods again for a few hours today to get more.

We will be ready that's for sure.


lovely autumn

Now that autumn is here and the weather is cooler I like to pull out the needles.  Of course I usually have to find things to knit, but this year I seem to have a lot of things on the needles, just check out my side bar and see what I'm working on.

Orange yarn

The funnest thing I'm working on right now is a halloween costume for my sisters dog Cleo.  It is one of the cutest things I have knitted and I can't wait to show you when it's done.  I have to mail it to her and I'm hoping she'll take a picture of it on Cleo.

There was a slight frost on the ground this morning and the mornings are getting much colder that Mr has put the wood stove going the past couple of days.  Did I mention that I had been on a quilting retreat the past week? No? Oh, I'm sorry, I left last Sunday and came home on Thursday.  I had a lot of fun as always and did manage to get some sewing done, tho not finished but almost, just have to add a border or two.

Half done

Almost done

On the way I stopped to take a shot of the hills and the corn field.  I just thought it looked neat, tho anyone driving by would probably wonder what I was doing :)

Hills and corn

Things are progressing with the animals.  While I was gone I was told Sadie and Missy were acutally sleeping near each steps...that's what it's taking :)

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.


from my spot this morning

Looking out the window...

Looking out

...forced me to grab my camera and head outside.


Sauna wood

Fall leaves

These two look like they posed for me, but in actuality they had their eye on Sadie.  They still haven't figured out how to totally get along, or I should say, Sadie hasn't figured it out.  Hopefully she does sooner than later, because we are getting chickens in the spring, and things could get even more crazier around here if she doesn't get with the program soon.

Mister pose

Missy pose

Check out Mister the one who wouldn't come anywhere near us at first, he's turned into my buddy.

Friendly mister

Hope Y'All have a wonderful day today.


fall is in the air

Out in the woods checking and moving the trail cam I had to take some photos.  I haven't walked in our woods for awhile now. 


It felt so good to be out there again, seeing the carpet of leaves on the ground under my feet.


The pond where all the animals go to drink in the evenings and early mornings.

The pond

This time of year I love to pull out my needles and start knitting, a cowl is in the works.

Starting cowl

Tho the days are getting shorter, fall/autumn is still my favorite time of year.

What's your favorite season?