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12 posts from March 2016

grilling in march

Grilling 4

Grilling 2

Grilling 3

Grilling 6

Grilling 7

Grilling 5

Grilling 8

Grilling 1

A couple of years ago we grilled in every month, including December, January and February.  This is our second time grilling in 2016, and it sure felt good to be outside even if I did have a winter hat and gloves on. 

We get our beef from our neighbor who raises beef and have even picked ours out one year.  I'm not sure how much longer he'll be raising beef as he and his wife are getting closer to retirement age, he does such a great job and the meat is delicious, but we'll face that when that happens.

I hope I didn't make you too hungry.


taking down a tree

Tree down 6

Tree down 5

Tree down 4

Tree down 3

Tree down 2

Tree down 1

Well you saw all the trees that had been broken after our ice storm.  With some of them they had to come down as they would cause problems later.  There was a tree out by the road on the corner of our property that really needed to be taken care of right away, on the off chance that it would come down in the road and possibly hit someone.  So Mr had me help him.  I drove the tractor (I just love driving it) to help pull the tree if it started falling the way he didn't want it to fall.  Luckily I didn't have to do anything other than put my phone down before he started to saw the tree.

We live up on a ridge and our road goes up and down, so he parked the Kubota at the top just in case someone came and didn't see us, but they would see the Kubota before they got to us and hopefully slow down.

The tree fell perfectly and so he commenced to cutting it up.  I took the small branches that were way too small for firewood and brought them to the burn pile.

We use a lot of wood during the year.  We heat our house with wood in the winter, use wood for the sauna and maple sugaring.  With our wood supply having been pretty depleted after this winter and sugaring.

This ice storm really wasn't so bad after all, it gave us a head start on making wood for the year.

I love living life in the country. 


after the storm

Walking our woods to see how much tree damage we had after the ice storm.

Trees 1

Trees 2

Trees 3

The ground was covered with these ice chunks that came off the trees when it started melting.

Trees 5

We continued to walk into the woods to see if we had anymore tree damage.

Trees 7

Mr had already started to cut down trees to make fire wood.

Trees 8

Along our walk we saw a tree that had fallen across the path.

Trees 9

Trees 11

Trees 12

This tree we had taken down after the woodpeckers had pecked it pretty much clean.  You can see a tree still standing where the woodpeckers are making some big holes.

Trees 13

More trees on our property where the tops have been taken off by the ice storm.

Trees 15

Trees 17

And it's definitely mud season.

Mudd 1

Mudd 2

Mudd 3

Well it's never a dull moment here at the farm.


ice storm continued









Continuing with the ice storm shots.  Since moving here I don't recall ever having an ice storm that was as bad as this one was.  We had headed to town yesterday afternoon and it seemed that up on the ridge here we fared a bit worse than in town.

Here's a video to hear what it sounded like when the sun came out and the temps rose.



ice storm












This is not all of the ice photos I took.  I'll post the rest of them in my next post.  It wasn't the easiest to walk outside, you really had to be careful not to fall.  You could say we were iced in up here on the ridge.  We did not venture out to see what the rest of our area looked like, we figured if our driveway was as bad as it was that we didn't want to see how the roads were.  Our road didn't have any traffic on it to speak of and at one time I spied the plow making it's rounds.  We didn't have anywhere we needed to be and the house was stocked with food and cozy and warm, we figured that we were just fine staying put.

applesauce oatmeal muffins

Applesauce oatmeal muffins

Muffin and coffee

Lone muffin

Icy tree

Icy porch

Icy bird feeder

Oh my goodness, have a storm happen snow or rain and I get in the baking mood.  I always want to hunker down and bake or cook.  I've done this even when my kids were all at home.  If there was a snow day I'd be making cookies, homemade pizza, or just plain ole comfort food while they were out enjoying the snow on their day off from school.

The day started out fine, no snow but a little bit of rain.  I had a hair appointment in the morning and by the time I got home the rain changed to rain mixed with snow.  So I did what I loved to do on a rainy/snowy kind of day, I baked, and made some applesauce oatmeal muffins.  I don't usually use sugar in recipes so I made a few adjustments.  I used fresh ground pastry flour, whole milk instead of the skim, I cut back on the liquid because I used maple syrup in place of the sugar, and they are absolutely YUMMY!

Well by the time evening came the rain turned to freezing rain and started coating everything.  We shall see if the snow that is predicted to come during the night will have actually arrived. 

A fire going in the wood stove, fresh muffins and a cup of coffee, what more could a gal ask for.

spring or winter?

We have been having a really weird spring so far.  We are supposed to be getting our second snowfall and being outside it sure doesn't seem possible.  Last night Mr went out to the barn to get the tractor and snowplow ready on the off chance it does snow.  I had grabbed my camera just to walk around and take photos when I could hear loud motor sounds.  I spied Mr up on the ridge watching the "wings" motoring through the air or rather Power Paragliding.   There were 5 of them and by the time I got out there I could really only get a couple of good shots.  We know the people who were flying them, they had helped us with the cement work when we built our barn.


Sadie on the other hand seemed to not notice the loud noises coming from the sky.

Sadie girl

Heading back to the house after the para-gliders had moved on, I noticed my sad looking garden with no flowers growing yet other than weeds.  This grandma's garden plaque we given to me in 2001 for Mothers Day from our oldest granddaughter who was just born. 

Grandmas garden

We shall see today if winter has decided to come back.

it's tuesday

I woke up this morning to the smell of coffee being brewed, and it wasn't Maxwell House coffee.  I love my little corner I've created, it's nice and cozy and inviting when I wake up in the mornings.

Old table

We've had two sets of company this month which was so nice.  After sauna with the last company I made orange floats and they were a big hit with the grand-kids.

Grandchildren Collage

Orange float

I went for a walk this afternoon and passed one of the neighbors who is selling their place.  It's a seasonal place and we only see them occasionally, but they are very nice.  They said the new owners are very nice and will be a great fit for the area. 

Winter is not going away easy this year, we have a winter storm predicted starting tomorrow :(  So I'll probably have some snow shots to show you :(

spring has arrived

At least on the calendar it has.

I was outside the other day walking around the yard, hearing the robin up in the tree.

Robin two

Looking at some of my plants that are coming up.

New plants two

New plants


You could say nature might have played a dirty trick on us.  I did get excited to see plants coming up, and I even had Mr get the table and chairs out of the barn but I didn't expect to see snow the next day.

Spring snow

But it's all good, because it sure looked pretty in the morning.

dinner of choice

I don't have an ounce of Irish blood in me.  I am 100% full blooded Finnish and I LOVE corned beef and cabbage. 


When the kids were growing up I would make occasionally corned beef and cabbage and I think Mr and I and one other child of ours (who still loves it as well) only ate it.  Since becoming empty nesters I've made it off and on, and on the off times we would go out for it.  Last night was no exception.  I volunteer at the local hospital and an older gentleman stopped by at the information desk where I was working at and said he was going to have corned beef and cabbage at the restaurant that serves the best corned beef and cabbage in the state of Wisconsin.  Of course I had to ask where that was, so that was where we went for dinner.  I do have to say it was pretty good.  The only complaint I had was that they gave us too much food, and I couldn't eat it all :)

So what was your dinner of choice on St Patrick's day?  How about you all, do you or do you not like corned beef and cabbage?