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19 posts from December 2013

taking sauna

I know I have talked about taking sauna, so the other day when we took sauna I brought my camera along.

Wood pile

Sauna 2

Window pane


Sauna 4

In the winter Mr gets fresh snow to melt for washing up and throwing steam.  We don't have running water and we finally have electricity instead of using an oil lamp which is very quaint and cozy at night, but electric lights are much safer.

Snow buckets

Melting snow

Filling up the reservoir

When the hot water reservoir gets hot enough we fill the buckets so that we are not washing up with cold water.

Hot water

Any water left in the buckets from the last time the sauna was used will freeze in the winter, then we have to melt it down.

Melting the ice

Sauna soap

This is the most traditional as you can get for a sauna.


Sauna has always been a big part of both of our lives growing up and as adults.  I've only come to really appreciate having a sauna at our fingertips.


the frozen river

We've been to the river quite a bit this fall and winter season.  We stopped to take some shots of the frozen river, tho not all of the river is frozen, there were some open water in places.

River 6

River 2

River 8

Along the way we saw an eagle, a couple of hawks, ice fishermen sitting on buckets turned upside down, a cabin uncovered since the leaves are gone and is now visible for all to find.

I love driving along the river there is so much to see.


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.


cayenne pepper & sauna

What an odd combination eh?  Mr and I both came down with some kind of flu on Sunday and have been pretty much doing nothing since then.  Not much work getting done for Mr in the office and I'm so happy that I have 99.9999% of my Christmas shopping done.  I have 3 packages to mail out and was going to do that this week but I guess a few more days won't make a difference.

I'm all about natural home remedies and when my daughter-in-law told me about cayenne pepper and sore throats I knew I had to try it when we came down with this flu.  I'm not a fan of drinking cayenne pepper but I will because it did relieve the soreness. 

The other home remedy is our sauna.  We have a sign and on the sign it is written in Finnish and goes like this "Sauna on köyhän miehen apteekki" translation to english it means "Sauna is on, the poor man's pharmacy".  We really should go sauna everynight but we don't.

Sauna 12-13

It seems like a long walk to the sauna when you're not feeling good but it's worth it, even on a cold winters day.


it started as a cloud

Oh no, I'm hooked again.  I took a spinning class and fell in love with it, not the exercise kind of spinning class, but the kind of spinning class where you spin wool into yarn.






I had to set the twist of the yarn.  I first soaked it in warm/hot water and a little bit of dish soap.

Soap soak

Then I soaked it in warm/hot water in vinegar.  The last process was soaking it in just plain clear water so that your yarn won't smell like a salad.

Vinegar soak

Now it's hanging to dry.


It's not the most even, but for my first time I was pretty excited.  I have enough yarn to make Mr a hat.

Hang dry

And to think it all started as a cloud.


on to the next

Turkey soup

Any signs that thanksgiving was even here are slowly disappearing, especially the turkey.  Mr made a wonderful soup out of the carcass on the wood stove yesterday, I never turn it down when he offers to make soup.  

Now it's on to the next one, Christmas, and I'm almost ready, my shopping is 95% done and I have my menu all figured out.  Being of Finnish descent I am planning a traditional Finnish Christmas, well as much as I can anyway.  There are a couple of traditions that we simply cannot do which is okay we will just make do.

How about you all, how are your Christmas preparations coming along?


somewhere between here and there

I had not been out of the house for a few days, so yesterday we decided to take a trip to the Mississippi river.  Along the way we drove along side the Wisconsin river.  I just love this drive, there's a small town that we go through that I told Mr I wanted to stop and take some photos of.

I'm sure this kind of town can be found anywhere in the states. 

Small town usa

Store front

Ingersoll watches


The short look down main street.

Small town

A small town somewhere between here and there. If you blink you went right through it.


december 1st

Where oh where did the month of November go?  Does anyone know?  We had a wonderful Thanksgiving I hope Y'all did too.  Our son got his first deer and he was pretty excited. 

Dan's deer

A couple of weeks ago I was looking out over the back deck and I spied what looked like a big buck walking through the pine trees heading towards the pond.  I was sure it was a big buck and after pulling the trail cam in I was more than sure this was the guy I had seen sneaking through the pines.

Big buck 2013

I didn't take too many photos over thanksgiving, I just enjoyed the time we had with our family.

Picture time

Big guy

There's nothing like eating a bunch of yummy carbs, my daughter-in-law made rolls and I made the stuffing, I made it this year in the slow cooker and will definitely do it again next year.  I had found the recipe on Pinterest.


Getting tired of eating turkey?  Here's a delicious sandwich that I had planned to eat after thanksgiving but we ended up eating it before.

Philly cheese steak


1 lb ground beef
1 small sweet onion chopped
1 green bell pepper seeded and chopped
1/4 cup steak sauce (like A1)
1 cup beef broth
provolone cheese

Crumble the ground beef into a skillet and add the chopped onion and pepper. Begin to cook, when the beef is about half cooked, add the broth and steak sauce. Cook until all items are done and allow to simmer and cook down/thicken.
I used hoagie buns from the bakery. Slice them open and filled 6 with the meat mixture. Then each was topped with a slice of provolone cheese. This was placed under the broiler for 3 minutes.


Now, go on and enjoy the day ♥♥♥