planting garlic





Since Jim was starting to feel better we planted about 100 garlic cloves.  He stood there and made the hole for me and I crawled on the ground planting the garlic.  The weather finally warmed up enough for us to get out there.  I could have done it myself but I think the nice warmer weather actually did Jim some good.   I have a hard time believing Thanksgiving is next week already, well our October is nothing but a blur so it's totally understandable why Thanksgiving crept up so fast.  

I've not really done anything around the house for so long that when the warm weather came I opened up some of the windows and aired out the house and did some long overdue cleaning.  I also did some cleaning of all the photos on my phone, I knew my photos were adding up and I believe I deleted 7,368 to be exact.  I didn't totally delete them, I uploaded them to my laptop and now they are safe on an external hard drive.  It took me about 3 long days to do it all, but I did it...whew! 

Tell, me I'm not the only one who has that many photos on their phone ;)  

so thankful

Jeepers, I did not expect to be gone from the blog for so long.  Hubby actually had viral pneumonia so I've been taking care of him.  He's finally to the point of not coughing a lung up and can do a few things (light things) before he tires out.  One of our sons came to do some farm chores for us that needed to be done before winter came.  It's good that we had our wood cut and stacked for the year, but we had rain barrels to empty out so they won't freeze this winter and various odds and ends that Jim just couldn't do and I couldn't do by myself.  A huge weight went off Jim's shoulders to have all those chores done and marked off his list.  I am so ever thankful for our son coming to help.

I was looking for a needle to do some embroidery work on a quilt block and came upon this pack of needles in my sewing room.  I have no idea where I might have gotten them from, but I was happy to have found them.  I was getting the Sew Sampler Box from the Fat Quarter Shop and it may have  been in one of the boxes.  I don't do a lot of hand work but I do have to say that these needles are wonderful to use.  I thought needles were all the same, but I now believe otherwise.  When I get the top done I will show what I did, but not yet :)




I can't believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  So much to be thankful for here that is for sure.

the ridge

To me there is so much going on in this photo and I had to make it a black & white photo.  The M peeking out from behind the shed, Sadie's grave, the bench were we sit on the ridge to watch a moonrise or sunset.  And the brush and trees along the lane.  We put Sadie's grave in a spot where when I'm washing dishes I can look at the flowers growing.


Coming home from the grocery store I went a different way home.  Going to the grocery store is a 3 hour event or more if I have to stop at another place before coming home, so changing up my route to and from is a nice change of pace for me.  I took the ridge way home and stopped to take a photo of our farm.  This photo is actually zoomed in.


We had some really high winds a few days ago and most of the leaves had been blown off the trees, not all but most.  It was so windy even the chickens didn't want to stay outside too long.  Some folks around here don't like living on the ridge because it's so windy, I actually don't mind the wind.

To me living life on the ridge is just fine.

light dusting


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.


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.


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



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


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. 



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.




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.


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.



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


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



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.