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26 posts from December 2012

our blue jar

Happy jar

  It's New Years Eve and we'll be heading down to Texas soon.  Right now we have company, our daughter and her family came for a quick visit before we head down.  It's so nice to see them even if it's for a short visit.

Where did 2012 go?  Did it go just as fast for the rest of you?

I don't do resolutions, resolutions just set me up for failure.

What I'm going to do is to live my life as best as I know how.

I found this really neat idea on facebook and thought I would share it with you all.

It has to do with the jar in the photo above.  Tomorrow, January 1st you start with an empty jar, I picked a blue mason jar.  I/we will fill this blue mason jar with little slips of paper, and written on those little slips of paper will be all the good things that have happened to me/us in the coming year.  So, each time something good happens we'll write it on a little slip of paper and put it in our blue jar.  Then on New Years Eve 2013 we'll open the jar and read and reflect on all the good awesome stuff that happened in the year.

So, our blue jar will be traveling down to Texas with us.

I wish each and every one of you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!!!


changes for the new year

African violet

 Sitting here in the wee hours of the morning, going from dark to light as the day starts to begin.  Looking out my window everything looks so frosty.  I'm looking forward to the new year, with some new changes.

Some of you who read my blog know that I have another blog

through my lens

I bought a domain name for this blog daily yarns 'n more and thought I would get one for that blog.  But ever since I did that I've had nothing but trouble with it, and after much time going back and forth with blogger/google to try and fix the problem nothing has changed, and so I decided to start a new blog, which is... 


through my lens 365


I don't plan on posting at the old through my lens blog, but if you stop by there you will find the link to my new blog through my lens 365.

That blog is just photos that I have taken that just don't seem to make this blog.  On my side bar you can find a widget that shows my posts from that blog, and if you click on it it will take you there, or you can click on the tab at the top of my blog to go there.

I hope you come on over to see my photos there, I'd love to see you there as well.



Sitting watching the snow fall, having my second cup of coffee.  The house is no longer showing signs that Christmas was even here, now it's onto the New Year.

Steaming cup

Jim butchered the deer he got the other day himself, then he and I made lots of venison sausage yesterday and got to taste it today, and boy is it good.  I love that our freezer is getting full, we have beef, pork, venison and believe it or not goat.  The guy who brought the goats for us to rent gave us a couple of cuts of goat meat, and we both liked it too.

Venison sausage

We are getting ready to head to Texas for a bit and I hope to be posting most days from now until we get there. 

I hope Y'All are recuperated from the holidays.  Have a wonderful day!


saying good-bye

Saying goodbye

We had our son's dog here since Thanksgiving.  Our son and daughter-in-law moved from Illinois to Michigan this past summer and have been living with my daughter-in-laws sister in her 2 bedroom apartment.  But the apartment complex has a 22 lb size limit.  So, Dan called to see if we could take her and of course we said yes.

Before they left Christmas morning Jim said good-bye to Bailey, who along with Sadie had been his companion for the past month.

We'll miss her, but we know we'll be seeing her again.


how we spent our christmas

We had a very quiet but wonderful Christmas.  We had our son and daughter-in-law here, they are expecting their first child in March.  I totally didn't take any photos and when I thought of it Dan and Kelli were already in their relaxing clothes.  I think we spent most of our time relaxing and eating.  Dan and Kelli left very early Christmas morning, they just bought a new home in Michigan where they live and were anxious to get moved in.  We had an early meal on Christmas Eve, a friend had stopped by to visit and bring a gift, so he stayed and shared our meal with us.

Christmas eve

Jim and I try to live a simple life.  We are debt free, we have a garden, we heat with wood that is harvested from our land, we make maple syrup for our personal use also harvested from our land, and now we hunt for food to fill our freezer.  This is the second deer that Jim has gotten, that deer is in our freezer and Jim is in the process of tanning the deer hide.  I will make a pair of chopper mittens for him.

Fallen deer

Buck fever

I snowshoed out to not only take photos, but to help drag the deer out of the woods.  This guy was very heavy.  With the first deer we brought it to the butchers in town to be processed, but being Christmas day they were closed.  One of our sons encouraged Jim to do it himself, so he did.  But I won't show you any of those photos, I don't think you would like them (lol).

Pair of snow shoes

This is how we spent our Christmas holiday, which was wonderful!  How was yours?


'tis the season

I thought I'd sneak some blogging time in.  The house is quiet, Jim and I are both up he's reading a book and I'm on the computer, the coffee pot is on and I'm smelling the aroma, our 4 legged companion is sound asleep snoring, our quests are sleeping as well.  My baking is all done, my meals are either all made and just waiting to be heated up, or just easy peasy to put together.  

Don't ya just love the snowman our two neighbor boys made when we had our first snow a few weeks ago?  He's gone now, melted away, but with the snow we just got I'm sure they'll be able to make a few more.


I have to show you the cute little 3 ft. tree I found at the Good Will store.  I just couldn't resist, I found the only set of lights in the house and decorated my little tree.  It really needs another set or two on it.  I won't be finding any around our town, the local shops seem to be all out of tree lights for the year.  I stuck it on the old picnic basket I had received from my cousin.  My plan is to make all knitted ornaments and decorate it with them, and I had seen a knitted star for the top of a tree somewhere only I can't remember where.  I'll have to search for it.

My 3 ft tree

Old bulb

I hope your day is Merry and Bright :)


sights and smells of home

Sauna in the woods



Pecan tassies

Tree 2012

Stove and wood

We survived the storm!  Last night after baking all day Jim and I went out for an evening snowshoe.  It was still pretty windy but it was really nice walking out over the big snowdrifts.  Jim stuck his ski pole in one drift he was standing on and he figures it was at least 5 feet deep.  The wind had packed the snow so hard he was able to be on top of it.  With the holidays and family coming I'll be taking a bit of a break.  I may post a photo or two but I might not be visiting.

May God Bless and keep you in his care this Blessed Holiday Season.

hot soup on a snowy winter day

Chicken tortilla soup

Do you go on Pinterest and pin a lot of delicious looking recipes but never make them?  I do, that is until now.  I've decided to make one recipe a week of the recipes that I have pinned on Pinterest.  Waiting for the snow to hit I thought that this Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup would hit the spot.  I also made seasoned tortilla strips to put on top.  I've only had chicken tortilla soup once so I really couldn't compare the soup I made to any other.  This recipe was very tasty and I plan to make it again.  I just love soup on a cold winter day.

Well, it came and we're all set.  I had filled the feeders yesterday, I figured that if I'm filling my cupboards with food I couldn't forget to fill the cupboards of my feathered friends.

Badger lodge

And, I'm so glad I didn't forget.

Birds at the feeder

Out my window

Jim out plowing trying to keep up with the snow drifts in the driveway.  Our driveway is quite long and will drift over, our youngest the first winter here got stuck and I do mean stuck, where she slid off and we had to dig her out.

Plowing snow

I feel so safe and warm here in our little cabin.  I hope Y'All are safe and sound.