walking the land

It’s been warm here in Wisconsin but the evenings are a bit cooler, still warm but tolerable. Our potato patch is doing well and we’ve been keeping on top of the Colorado Potato Beetle that will infest our potato patch here.

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I do love walking our land checking everything out and seeing the beauty that surrounds us here. 


the falls

Going back to our anniversary trip last fall, we left the U.P. and headed back into Wisconsin. 

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We stopped at a beautiful waterfall. 

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It was a beautiful cool day for a hike to the falls, and the colors were simply awesome!


finishing it up after 2 years

Finally after almost 2 years in the making it’s finished. The pattern is called Barn Sweater.

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I’m very excited to finally have it done and I can’t wait for fall to come so I can use it. 

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I maybe smiling but believe me I was quite warm (lol). Now I have a winter hat for myself on the needles, which I have been meaning to make for awhile now. 

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Life continues to be busy here, I hope you all are doing good. 


catching you all up to date

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Oh wow, where have the months gone?  I had meant to continue posting but life just seemed to have gotten in the way.  Let me give you an update of what’s been happening here at the farm. 

Christmas was spent in Illinois with a couple of our sons and taking the train and spending the day in Chicago, and then a stop in Michigan to see kids there.

We had or what seemed like we had was a very long winter, seemed like it just wasn’t going to quit. We even had snow early April luckily I was in Washington state helping with a new grand baby, so hubby was holding down the fort here.  I was in Paducah Kentucky enjoying Quilt Week and the beautiful weather down there and hit some bad weather going home, traveling in rain, sleet and wind is not fun.

After my last post we traveled down to Texas and made a short stop in South Carolina to see some friends.  South Carolina isn’t really on the way but we made a road trip out of it. After Texas was sugaring time,  sugaring started later this year and only went for a couple weeks. Though it was a short season it was our second best season of the year for quantity. 

I’ve been doing some quilting, not much knitting I hate to say. Spring has finally arrived and the baltimore orioles are back and a couple of hummingbirds.  We have lots of yard work to do still, getting the gardens ready for planting and my flower gardens cleaned out.  

I’m hoping I’m not gone from the blog for as long as I was this last time. 


open pit mine

Here are some photos of the once up and running open pit iron ore mine.  This mine is where my great grandfather worked up until it closed and just prior to it closing up fully he and my great grandmother along with their children moved to Illinois.  

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The very sad thing is that my great grandmother Anna passed away shortly after moving down to Illinois. Unfortunately my two great aunts my grandfathers sisters talked my great grandfather into transporting her back up to Republic Michigan to be buried, but when my great grandfather passed away no one could afford to have his body transported to Republic so he is buried in Illinois. At least that is the story I recall hearing as to why he wasn’t buried next to his wife and young son. 

Family history is so fascinating to me and I never tire hearing stories about my ancestors. 


the cemetery

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Finally after a few years of wanting to get here, I made it.  We had no idea where to begin looking for the gravesite. Jim went one way and I went another. I headed towards what I thought was an older section, eventually Jim ended up in the section I was searching and the next thing I knew he was yelling for me to come, he had found it.

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I was quite surprised to see that my grandfathers brother who had passed away as a young child had a headstone.  My grandfathers mother Anna whose grave we were at had passed away 11 years after her young son had passed.  I’m not sure I had ever heard how he died or maybe I didn’t hear because no one knew or just didn’t talk about it.  Not sure if this was intended to be a family plot area, as my grandfathers sister and her husband are buried there as well.  Anna’s husband my great-grandfather is buried down in Illinois.

We noticed the writing on the stones was hard to read so I took my toothbrush and scrubbed them. Had to get a new tooth brush at our next stop. 


south republic

Some random shots of South Republic.

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This museum unfortunately was not open when we stopped, guess we’ll have to go back.

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This area has fascinated me for a long time, as I had a grandfather who worked in a copper mine in Hancock Michigan and my great grandfather who was married to my great grandmother whose grave we went to see worked in the iron ore mine here in Republic Michigan. 

This was by far for me the highlight of the trip, and more on the open pit mine later, I still have a lot more of this trip to share. 


heading into michigan

After leaving Eagle River we were on our way to Republic Michigan where my great grandmother is buried. 

It was a rainy dreary day as we left Wisconsin and entered Michigan.

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The colors were not totally at their peak yet, but pretty all the same.

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We found Republic Michigan, but the wrong Republic, we found South Rebublic, which apparently is the “new” Republic because they moved the town, only we could do that especially when I was telling him where to go...duh!  A post on South Republic will be next.

Anyway, this was the Republic we wanted, where the cemetery is.  It definitely is not the biggest of towns, but we had to ask someone where the cemetery was.
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Not much was happening in Republic Michigan this day.  There was a nice campground here in town and maybe someday Jim and I will be back and camp there. 


40th anniversary trip

Jim and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary at the end of September, so we decided to take a road trip.  I had been wanting to go and see my great grandmother’s grave which is about 6 hours away in Upper Michigan, so we decided to add it as a stop on our trip.  We headed to Northern Wisconsin and made a loop from there and ended up in Door County Wisconsin to end our trip.   

Our first stop was Eagle River, Wisconsin. We stayed in a cute lodge style hotel, which was very quiet as it was off season in Eagle River for any tourists visiting, and it was on a lake and Jim wanted to do some musky fishing so he just had to only cast his line off one of the docks there.

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Jim went one morning with a guide to do some musky fishing on a boat, and while he was off fishing I took a drive and found this cute yarn shop.  I ended up talking to the owner and another customer who was actually there knitting for quite awhile.  It was a good thing hubby wasn’t waiting in the car while I shopped.  I did end up buying some yarn and a pattern, which I can’t wait to start.

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I stopped on my on my way back to the hotel at the cutest restaurant and had a cup of chili and a sandwich.  

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Our first stop was so much fun and the rest of the trip was just as fun.