Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fall is coming

Fall is coming very shortly! I have a love /hate relationship with fall, I love the cooler temps and the beautiful leaves, but then winter shows up and all is LOST!!!!!!! Winter is rough for me, long dark hours and the boredom you can cut with a knife. This year I hope will be different as I joined the fitness center and maybe the boredom can be kept at bay!
So I signed up for a week without sugar, it's going okay, not the best. Had a piece of cake last night after Bible study and I made it all day with any sugary treat, man that stunk! I have been toying with the idea of giving up sugar, but this commitment has made me realize how much I eat during the day without knowledge!
I have a box of apples to tackle and make some no sugar applesauce. So, off to work I go! Blessings!

Monday, August 18, 2014


Summer is almost over in the northern Wisconsin! We could get a frost anytime soon, though the temperatures haven't been that cool. The sun is shining today and it's been overcast most of the day with a few showers/downpours during the last 4 hours! We had our grand girls again last week, spent a few hours after work at the beach, it was really relaxing for me and fun for them.
 Gordon's garden is small, but looking nice. The potatoes are potato bug free! Tomatoes are coming on fast and furious! Making zucchini pickle relish and lovingly giving it away! One can only eat so much pickle relish!
 I joined the local fitness center, something has to change for me and my back, so this is what I thought, if I can get my core stronger, then my back should get a little better. I really like the strength training part of it! I also signed up for a free week of I quit Sugar, it's a blog, Sarah Wilson runs the blog. Check it out. I plan to do a week free of sugar! Maybe it will be longer, see what happens!!
Well, that's all from here at the ranch(not really a ranch). Blessings!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

zucchini relish

On Thursday, my friend gave me 3 zucchinis from her garden. I have zucchini, but hated to see this go to waste. So, I made zucchini relish last night. I used Mrs. Wages pickle relish mix that I got at Menards, I know, Menards??? But used apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar. It tastes very good. I got 5 pint jars and hope to give away 3. As to pictures, I  tried to find the best lighting! Don'y look at the dirty stove top, LOL!!! Blessings!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

party for Twin grandaughters

Thursday our twin granddaughters turned 11 and today was the party to celebrate that event! It is always fun to see everyone which means the in- laws and the outlaws(just kidding). Kate's family is so warm and friendly, they are such a joy to visit with! They girls made a haul and we eat like it was our last meal!! Kurt grilled hotdogs and brats, everyone brought a dish to pass! I made cupcakes, so easy for everyone to eat! Have a great week, blessings!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

fun week

We had a great fun week with our granddaughters. I think they went home tired, though. We played games, went to the Potter's Shed, went shopping, had smoothies, read books, played on my Kindle, played dolls, had a tea party, met their great Aunt Sandy and Uncle Bob, had pizza twice, and just hung out! It rained when we wanted to go swimming or fishing, bummer!!! Blessings! These pictures are from the afternoon at the Potter's Shed. Kora painting and the twins did mosaics, a bear and an elephant.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

3 granddaughters

Yesterday, I worked very early, then came home to eat a quick sandwich, then off to get our granddaughters for a week of fun! We are still planning the days when I get home early from work on what to do next. Probably an afternoon at the Potter's Shed, bookstore, lake for swimming and fishing, farmer's market and a lunch with my sister and her husband.
We went to church today where our daughter and son-in-law attend, then to lunch with them. Erika will try to get over here for an afternoon with the girls. So, now we are playing a game called Tri-ominoes. So, I will close for now. Blessings!!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Country Life

I was reading "the Pioneer Woman" blog the other day. She wrote about 11 things she loves about New York. It got me thinking about country life and what "do" I like about it. I grew up in a small suburb of Chicago and loved city life as a kid, but now that I have lived in the country for 42 yrs., I see things pretty different. When we thought about selling our house a few years ago and had a buyer(who after 4 weeks backed out,) it got me thinking. I always thought about moving into the small town near us, thought it would be great, but now I'm thinking maybe not. Small town living can be great, but you never know your neighbors until you been there for a while. They could be noisy, quiet, into your business, move away and get new neighbors who are nightmares. So, with all of this said, here is my list of what makes country life great for me.
1. Wild life around me. Never know what we see out our windows. Deer, bear, skunks, raccoons, bunnies, bobcats(game camera only at night), and turkeys.
2. Quietness. It can be unnerving at first, but worth it after visiting the city where our son lives.
3. My neighbors are great. I name them as they would like to remain unknown, but they would and thing for us and have done the unexpected for me. Like when I couldn't remember how to start the 4 wheeler.
4. Our backyard is 80 acres, who can top that???
5. I can stay in my nightgown and take out the garbage, can you??? Well, some come to the store in their pajama pants, but really!!!! Blessings!