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7 posts from October 2020

light dusting

Snowypumpkin

Well  we  got a light dusting of snow the other day and it looked so pretty coming down.  The ground didn't turn white like I had hoped but a few areas did.  Heading out to feed the chickens that morning I saw Jim's Farmall tractor sticking out from around the shed.  I've been meaning to take a photo of this tractor and thought today would be a good day to.  The whole morning just looked and felt like a winter day.

Farmall

Coming back in the house all I could think about was that pumpkin pie I had made.  It did taste good with a cup of coffee later.

Pumpkinpie2

Tomorrow is supposed to be 50° and I really need to get my garlic in the ground, so that is probably what I am going to do, get it in the ground before our first frost hits.

I'm off to maybe have another slice of that delicious pumpkin pie.


fading colors

Laurensmeadow

Thebend

Our colors are really fading fast here in Southwest Wisconsin and after the all day rain we had the other day a lot of the leaves have fallen off the trees.  Our baby chicks are actually doing very good despite getting them in the fall, we changed the white light bulb to a red light bulb and it turns off on a timer before it starts getting dark so that they can see their way under the Brinsea brooder.  Their feathers are really starting to come in and it's so fun watching them run around, they are really adapting to the cooler weather very well despite being so small yet. 

We've been cooped up in the house for so long that I can't wait to get out and go for drives again.  The second photo is from one of the routes I take to go home from town or go to town.  The top photo is what we call Lauren's meadow.  Our daughter Lauren when she lived with us when we moved here loved this meadow and so we have named it Lauren's meadow, she also has a curve named after her but that's for another blog post ;) (LOL)


on the needles

Fingerlessgloves

I really need new mittens like I need a hole in my head, but I do need a pair of fingerless gloves for when I head out to the chicken coop on these cold days.  My mums are in need of watering I can see by this photo, but it’s been raining pretty good all day today so I don’t think I’ll be needing to water the mums tomorrow. 

With the colder weather upon us I’ve been thinking of new dishes to make, casseroles actually. I have pinned so many food ideas on Pinterest I really need to start making them. I’m thinking if I add one or two new meals a week that would be good. I don’t know about you but I tend to get in a rut now that I’m cooking for only 2, it was so much easier for me when all the kids were home to make meals. My problem now is I make so much we either eat it for a week or I freeze some of it, which is ok for when we’re too busy to cook.  I can’t wait to get started. 


reflections

Refection

We stopped at a campground last month when we were out for a drive.  We used to go camping there back when our children were small.  Driving through the campground really brought back so many memories.  This pond is a man-made pond and we would enjoy taking the kids swimming there.  I'm guessing it's been about 30 years since we were here last. 

So many changes in our life.  We no longer live in Illinois and our children are all grown up and have moved out of the house and have lives of their own now.  It's nice to reflect on the past remembering the good and even remembering the bad, but as long as we don't stay in the past all is good.

I had started another blog and thought to close this one.  I may keep it going, I may not, I guess I wasn't really ready to let this one go, so I'll keep it going for a bit longer.  We are coming upon the anniversary of Sadie's death, and maybe that's why I'm feeling a bit melancholy at the moment.  It won't last long I know.  We haven't had too many sunny days lately and we've been a bit under the weather over here.  But life continues to be good to us and I feel very blessed to be where I am today, physically and mentally.


grapes

Bunchofgrapes

Grapevines
Purplegrapes

Grapes
Grapejuice
This is the first time our grapes produced so much fruit, our apple trees did as well.  Talking with an Amish family that we visit, they commented how their fruit trees also produced well this year.   I plan to make grape jelly later this winter with the juice.  We bought a Mehu-Liisa many years ago when we lived back in Illinois and only used it a few times, so it was a nice feeling to finally pull it out again.

Life is full of ups and downs but I feel so blessed despite all that has been going on the past few months, I will say this, our cup runneth over.


stepping into fall

The other day it was raining leaves, it was very windy and there was a bit of a mist in the air.  The wind was blowing so hard it actually looked like it was snowing only it was leaves floating in the air.  Summer has truly come to a close.

Yellow tree

I finished up canning the last of our peppers.  I'm so excited to try them come winter.

Hotpeppers

We took a drive and bought some honey and garlic up by Black River Falls.  It was a beautiful drive and a perfect way to enjoy the day by taking a drive.

Honey

Garlic

A new stove entered our home.  We sold our old one, she served us well for 10 years, but we were wanting something more.

Woodstove

The chickens are doing great and we ended up getting a second batch of chicks this fall.

Chicks

Nursery

It's just been absolutely busy around here, trying to get all our gardens harvested and put up for the winter, but all the hard will be so worth it come winter.