time passing by

The summer is flying by, some of our grandchildren have gone back to school this week.  It's been a very busy summer here in the Ocooch Mountains.

The wild coneflowers I planted last fall took and are doing great.  We had the Amish butcher our meat birds last week and we spent the day canning and freezing them and then over the weekend Mr. smoked some in the smokehouse he made.



Canned chicken 2017




Just incase you forgot what I looked like here I am :)  (Playing around with Snapchat)


I mentioned to Mr. yesterday that I didn't even know what day it was, as a matter of fact I was actually a week behind in my mind and totally forgot that I had to volunteer at the hospital yesterday morning and that's not like me to forget, though I have been known to forget something now and again.

I don't know about any of you but I'm so looking forward to fall coming.

maple sugar






We made maple sugar and it turned out wonderful.  It's Mr.'s birthday tomorrow and I plan to use the maple sugar in the cake I plan to make.  I missed taking photos of the boiling steps to making maple sugar :(

I definitely did not have the strength the stir the syrup so Mr. had to do it for me.  I don't plan to buy any white sugar and I'm very excited to start making things with the maple sugar.

If the cake turns out I'll definitely share it with you. 

life happens



Mini bottles

Monring sun


Icy trees

Mini pies


Sadie girl

What's been happening since we've been home.  If you haven't guessed already from all my previous posts, Mr. and I went away for a bit.  We spent part of the winter down in Texas, and we had a WONDERFUL time.

Not long after we got home the sap started to run and we went from arriving home with snow on the ground to no snow to a sugar snow/ice storm.  We did hunker down and waited the ice storm out, and luckily it was over in time for us to head to Madison to a Salmon Slam party where we were able to sample salmon and cod that was caught in the waters off of Alaska.  We bought some king salmon filets and Mr. cooked some up and it was every bit as good as we had hoped it would be.

We have the local 4H club coming this weekend to tour our sugaring operation, and we bottled up some sample bottles for the kids to take home with them, and it looks like it's going to be a great week for the sap to be running :)

We have been fighting sickness for about 5 weeks off and on, and getting back home I caught some kind of sickness that just knocked me for a loop, and Mr. was always a step behind me in getting it all but just not as hard.  Crossing fingers we are all done with that.

It feels good to be walking the hills again when I can which always depends on the weather.  My sometimes walking partner came with me the other day.  She's getting old and not as spry as she used to be.  Sadie is going to be 10 at the end of the year and not sure how many more years she'll be with us, she's been just a wonderful dog to us.

So that's a bit of what's been going on around here.  I do seem to post a lot more photos on Instagram so if you follow me there sorry for any repeats of photos.

hello 2017


I totally can't believe 2016 has come and gone. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and safely rung in the new year.  I have a few New Years resolutions that I hope to fufill this new year.  One is to blog on a regular basis or at least blog more than I have been blogging.  I'm going to try and blog from my phone or iPad, and we shall see how that goes. So here it is my first blog of 2017 from my phone. 

Bring on the new year. 

applesauce making day

Mr and I made applesauce the other day, we made 4 gallons of applesauce.


Cooking apples

Cooked apples



Messy sieve


No sugar was added to the applesauce and it tastes just fine.  Our shelves are really filling up with all the full canning jars.


That's what I'm feeling right now, to the point of loving the new dishcloths I made last week.

Soapy sink

I love this time of year when we can go to the apple orchards and we went to the apple orchards last Sunday.  We bought A LOT of apples and plan to do some canning and make applesauce.



Apple box

Of course we had to get some apple cider and apple cider donuts that are so famous in the orchards stores.  So chicken salad made from our yummy chickens that we raised along with cider was lunch with an apple cider donut and a cup of coffee for snack that we enjoyed on Sunday afternoon outside on the beautiful fall day.


The changing of the seasons is something I simply love and summer heading into fall/autumn has always been my favorite time of year, tho spring this year was really nice and I LOVED it, but there's something about the autumn season that causes me to be content in life.

july moments











We've had a busy month starting with our trip to Nashville.  Our daughter-in-law and granddaughters from Texas came up with us for a few days.  Then two granddaughters came for a week and made a quilt from start to finish, never having sewed before and they did an awesome job.

I almost missed the Tree-Ripe truck and the girls and I headed to Tomah Wisconsin to get blueberries.  They wanted to see the Amish so it was a great way to get them both in.

I'm trying to get some knitting done and hopefully this week I will.

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.


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.