fall is in the air

Wow, I've been MIA for a long time.  It's been so busy crazy here and it's not going to let up anytime soon.  So, I'll try to catch you all up here and I hope I don't overload you with too many photos.

Before the girls came, Mr left to go to Illinois to go see the Cubs play down in Wrigley Field.  I stayed home to get ready for the girls.  I had found a book awhile back 101 fabulous Small Quilts at JoAnn fabrics and have been itching to make something from it.

After finishing up my cleaning I went down to the sewing room and made this small mat which is reversible.

Fall mat

Mat backing

The mat was made from the scraps leftover from my first bargello ever.

Table runner bargello

Bargello  backing


We recently celebrated our anniversary and spent the afternoon in Dubuque Iowa, and the drive on the way out there was beautiful.  We visited the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium and had a wonderful dinner afterwards.




The colors have been just beautiful this fall. 


Our neighbor invited us on their annual 4 wheeling/ATV trip.  The weather was awesome.

All in a line

The view from up top

At the top

Fall/Autumn in the Ocooch mountains has been just wonderful this year.


Too much to show you and too busy to post.


35 years today



I married the most wonderful amazing man who....

ate whatever I put on the table at suppertime,

 I never really had to ask to change a diaper when the kids were little, all he had to do was just smell :)

made sure we always had food and clothing,

never thought doing "woman's" work was not beneath him,

has the same/similar hopes and dreams as I do,

put up with a crazy me,

loved his family and accepts us for who we are,

 is definitely not the same man I married 35 years ago...he's better!!!

I love you Mr!

Happy Anniversary!


fun day

Wow, we had a wonderful anniversary.  It started out with me making pancakes, served with local bacon and our maple syrup.


We took a drive down to Galena Illinois.


We window shopped, went into shops, tho I had nothing in mind to buy so I didn't.  We visited a museum, which I will post about later.  I'll give you a hint in the photo below.

Copyright 1895

We had a delicious lunch in a cute cafe.  It was a busy weekend there and so many people were on motorcycles.

Galena illinois

Thanks for the anniversary wishes.  We are so blessed!

happy anniversary

Mountain reflection

Today my husband and I celebrate another year of marriage.  So much has happened since that day we said "I do".  The memories are much like this reflection of the colorful mountain.  They are there, like this reflection, you can see them, but there are so many that they tend to blend together.  I don't mean that in a bad way, I mean that in a good way.  So many memories, so many good times, as well as bad times, and making new ones everyday.  Happy Anniversary!

our small celebration

We hit 33 years of matrimonial bliss yesterday the last day of September.  The morning we spent doing everyday things, working, me heading to town to pick up a few things. I then made homemade pizza for lunch which turned out yummy!


After lunch we headed to the Mississippi river to Prairie du Chien to see if there were any color changes there and we were a bit disappointed that there really were none.  Not like in our area.  Jim had to check out another ledge.  I stayed where I was just so I could take his picture.  The buzzards where flying right over his head with one getting pretty close.

Flying close

Then he decided to climb a bit higher.

Out on the ledge again

We spent a bit of time there, just enjoying the view and our day.

Sitting on the edge

We ended our day with a wonderful dinner and a warm welcome from Sadie who was ever so exctied to see us, until I remembered I had my dinner leftovers in my hand which Sadie thought were going to be her's.  So much for the warm welcome :)

the sun goes down on 32 years

Sun setting

Last year on our 31st Anniversary...I would never have guessed that we would be living in Southwest Wisconsin...and on our 30th Anniversary...I would never have guessed that we would go from having 14 gandchildren to 20 grandchildren. 

Not doing too much this year to celebrate.  Going out for dinner and getting ready to stain the outside logs this weekend.  Corry asked...Do you ever sleep Judy?  I laughed when I read that.  I do sleep, but it probably doesn't seem like that to you dear readers.

I hope you all have a wonderful day today.  I plan to enjoy the day with my dear husband.



they surprised us

I told you that all the kids were going to be here this weekend for our anniversary.  We started out with taco/nacho night. 

Salsa and sour cream  

Well, what we thought was going to be just dinner on Saturday night, turned out to be dinner, then a limo ride, that eventually brought us to a place where they had a surprise 30th anniversary party for us. But, during the limo ride we watched a video on a lap top of home movies of most of our kids, that we had taken on an old super 8 movie camera, that was put on a DVD and set to music.  Watching the video brought not only tears but smiles and laughter.  Most of our life was playing right before us.  Our super 8 movie camera broke not long after our 8th child, so we have no home movies of our last 3 :( 

Our table 


More grandkids  

Baby di

More older


Older kids

Youngest boys   


At the party there was a cake that was made exactly how our wedding cake was.  The only thing was the cake was made in two layers where our wedding cake was 4 layers.  I couldn't believe how the cake looked so much like our wedding cake.


I can't even begin to tell you how special Saturday night was for us.  But, not only Saturday night the whole weekend was special.  The kids planned this for months.  They even sent out invitations we found out last night. 

Jim and I have some pretty wonderful children who married some pretty wonderful men and women.     

a wonderful anniversary day it was

First off, I want to thank everyone for the Anniversary wishes.  Looking back it really doesn't seem like 30 years have gone by.

I woke up yesterday to a bouquet of Roses.


I've been wanting to make these muffins so I made a batch for us.  The only problem is the recipe does not make a lot, and you can't stop eating them they are so good.  Next time I am going to double or triple the recipe.


Pumpkin Carrot Muffins

1/2 cup pumpkin

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp. oil

1/2 cup grated carrots

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

Beat together pumpkin, brown sugar, oil and egg.  Add in carrots.  In a separate bowl, blend together flour, salt, soda, baking powder and cinnamon.  Add to the pumpkin mixture.  Pour muffins about 2/3 full.  Bake at 375° for 10-14 minutes.

Makes 6 muffins

Calories: 166.2

Then Jim took me to lunch at a cute little cafe.

All good signIts all good

We ended up eating outside.  It was such a wonderful Autumn day.  This place has the most delicious sandwiches.

Our lunch    

Since this day is not all about me, Jim took the afternoon off and went golfing :).  I spent the afternoon finishing up visiting the blogs I enjoy and then I worked on the knitting project I have going.


Then it was off to dinner at one of our favorite places.  I think we have been here for our anniversary a few times.  A lovely way to end a wonderful day.

Well, yesterday I did finish another knitting item for my shop, and then started on anther project for it.  I will post about that later.

You all have a wonderful day today.