41 posts categorized "Wisconsin"

baby it's cold outside

We decided that today we will make a morning of it and leave the homestead.  We had left early enough that the sun was making the sky a pretty color as we were leaving our place

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We have been having some negative temps here in Southwest Wisconsin, and it will continue for the next few days.  I believe our lowest one morning was -14°.  I know it's probably colder in other parts of the country, but it's a bit too cold to be working outside on the cow barn.  So we went for a drive to a cute café we have not tried before and had breakfast, we will definitely go back again.  . 

I know that the café looks like it might not have the best food, but I'm here to tell you the breakfast was awesome.

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It felt good to get out for a bit, cabin fever was starting to set in.  We ended up at our Amish friends for a cup of coffee and great conversation and good laughs.

It was a perfect way to spend a Saturday morning.

 


december skies

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Morning sky

One thing about the winter months we will get some amazing sunsets and sunrises.  These two happen to be a morning sky in December.  One looking out over towards our neighbor's place and the other is 2 days later taken while doing chores.  I have slacked in the blogging department the past couple of years.  This year I plan to start blogging again but definitely not every day, I'm sure.  I still take tons of photos and had every intention to blog about the photo, but I just didn't quite seem to do it.  This year I do, and that's where my word for the year comes in, balance.

I can't believe that this year I have had a blog for 15 years.  I never imagined that I would still be keeping this blog up and running for that long.  I've changed it up here somewhat as I have done over the years. 

So, here's hoping I can balance blogging and life here on our homestead.

 


it's a winter wonderland

It's been over a week since we've gotten home from Texas, and we're adjusting to the colder weather. Luckily the temps haven't been that bad and with them being in the 20's and 30's I can handle that.

Our walks these days are very different. So very different with our beloved Sadie not here. Winter I believe was her favorite season, she loved snow and playing in it. We miss her terribly, but life goes on and though we continue our walks without her she is on our mind, especially when we come upon multiple coyote tracks on the lane. 

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Hills

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We have ventured out snowshoeing a few times, which always makes for some really pretty photos.

Home

Snowshoeing

Snowyweed

Leaf

January is coming to a close and sugaring will be starting up again soon and that's when our life will get even busier.  


eagle watching

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We can say that almost everyday on our property we'll see an eagle sitting high in a tree, flying overhead, or on the ground eating something. In fact the day after we buried our Sadie girl there was an eagle circling just over her grave about 4 times, seeing that gave me goosebumps. These photos were taken from inside the house, I was afraid if I opened the front door the eagle would fly away.


taking a drive through amish country

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We’ve lived here in Wisconsin for almost 8 years and I still love driving through Amish country.  We had snow earlier in the week and I’m wondering if spring plans to even show it’s face. I’m itching to open my windows and doors, I  can’t wait to get outside and get the yard looking nice and colorful again.

It’s been a long winter and I’m so ready to say goodbye to it. 


sunday drive

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With sugaring over for us we decided to take a Sunday drive on our way to a new restaurant we wanted to try.  Our snow is mostly gone, and I am anxiously waiting for the flowers to start popping out of the ground.  It’s pretty brown around here right now but hey spring is here or so it says on the calendar.  


life sure is grand

I went to town to do a few errands and took a different route.  There are about three ways to go to town when I head out my driveway and I went along the ridge towards what we call tickle belly hill.  If you were to start at the top of the hill at a very fast rate of speed you will feel like you're on a roller coaster.  I stopped to take this photo as you can see not a car in sight in front of me or behind me.

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I've also been meaning to take a photo of the barn quilts that are always leaning up against this barn.  I believe they are for sale, and I think the owner needs to put one up on this barn as well.

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One item on the list of errands was to get a new dog bed for Sadie, and after a few sniffs of the new bed she settled herself down.  I think it's a hit.  Sadie is getting old, some days she can't keep up with us on walks and other times she's way ahead of us where we have to catch up to her.  She definitely has a good life.

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The garden has been producing quite well, we have had food from our garden everyday.  Walking out to the garden to gather a few things for lunch or supper is nothing short of awesome!

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Life sure is grand :)


an old road bed

Now that the weather is getting nicer I've been trying to get out and walk.  I walked everyday while we were in Texas and I've missed it a lot.  Mr. has been cutting up a tree for one of our neighbors that had fallen during a storm on to the field where his crops will be planted, it's about a mile walk to where the tree had fallen.  So I took a walk with Sadie to where Mr. was and before heading back home Mr. told me about an old road that used to go back to where we were.  You can see the old road bed and how it has grown in.

These shots were taken with my cell phone and the first shot is looking one way down the old road.

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I turned around and took this shot and they look totally different.  You'd think they were taken at different times.

Road bed

This old road bed was really neat despite it being so grown in.  I can only imagine what it was like back in the day when it was used.  Not far from where we were there used to be a school, only there is nothing left of it, not even a foundation stone.  There aren't too many homes around us now and I can only imagine what life was like here when the old road was in use and the school was open.


it started with a snowstorm

After getting back from Texas we went looking for some more sap buckets and found some that an Amish man was selling for a cheap price.  Seems like most people and now the Amish are doing away with sap buckets and going to tubing.  Anyway, after getting the buckets we drove through the hills on our way home and found this old place.  We couldn't quite tell if was actually lived in, it almost looked abandoned but then you can see the decorations on the fence.  This old log home was awesome, the corners of the logs were dovetailed and just simply beautiful.  This was back in February and there was snow on the ground in the valleys and on the ridges.

Loghome

Then it started to warm up.  It seems like the sugaring season is backwards, usually we get the darker syrup at the end of the season when the weather starts to get warmer, but we had the warmer temps in the middle of the season so when we gathered the sap from the buckets the sap was warm.  Now, the temps are more like when it's the beginning of the season with the temps being absolutely perfect.  And, we gathered over 150 gallons of sap on Sunday so there will be more boiling this week.  We made this past weekend 3.625 gallons of what we call golden amber delicious syrup.  The two boils before this we got darker syrup which is fine I use it for cooking/baking and now to make maple sugar.

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We got what we call a sugar snow that froze and reset the sap run again.  We are definitely not done with sugaring and it all started with a snowstorm.