our icy world

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Well the ice storm did hit us but not with the vengeance that most people around here thought it would, tho schools were closed, businesses and events as well were closed and cancelled. Mr and I did not venture out off the ridge, and when I say not with a vengeance we have had in the past really bad ice storms. 

Now with February almost half done we are getting antsy for sugaring to start up again. I’m seeing posts from the northeast where sugaring has started and seeing those jars filled with that luscious maple syrup is really getting me excited.  

So hopefully I’ll be posting about sugaring soon, but first we need to start warming up a bit.


it’s 2018

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It’s definitely been a long time since I’ve posted.  Winter is still here but instead of a snowstorm we are having freezing rain which is not nice to drive in so we are hunkering down and staying in since we really have no place we need to be.

Here’s what I’ve been doing, the guys came out hunting in early November, some of the kids came for thanksgiving and we went to Texas for Christmas this year and stayed down there for a month. We had a wonderful time. The weather was pretty chilly but we sure didn’t mind, being with our family down there was why we go.

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We spent a lot of time with our kids and grandkids and had quite a few sleepovers with the grands.

I did manage to get some UFO’s finished.  I finished my Chicago Cubs socks...yay!

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Hopefully this will be the start of my blogging again. 


kindred spirits

The minute she got out of the car I knew in my heart of hearts that the woman who came here from the other side of the world (Australia) was a kindred spirit.  I have known her through blogging since 2009 but we have not met until now, and it was like we have known each other forever, cut from the same cloth.  At times it was almost crazy how much in common we were with likes and dislikes  

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The author of this lovely book Gail Pan is a very good friend of Ramona's and if you read her blog the Ramona Gail mentions is this Ramona. I don't do a lot of embroidery work but this book is so lovely that I plan to start. 

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Ramona and her husband Theo stayed with us for 4 days, 4 glorious days.  They brought some goodies, and if you've never had a Tim Tam, you are missing out big time, we haven't opened the Mint Slice package yet but I'm sure they're just as yummy!

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I can't wait to make something with these beautiful fibers.

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We spent an evening with an Amish family we know and had conversation over pie and coffee, a few other outings we did and spent a relaxing day just doing nothing. I took Ramona to my monthly quilt guild meeting and it was one of the longest meetings we had, so much excitement when they found out they had an Australian quilter in the house :) 

So sad to see them go, knowing it might be a long time before we meet again. 


staying busy

First off our Texas kids are all fine and stayed dry during Tropical Storm Harvey.  It was close for our son and his family with the water flooding their street and starting to creep up the driveway a bit, but it receded before any damage was done...whew!

I quilted a quilt that a friend pieced together and donates to an auction, I donated my quilting services.  This is the third one she's done and the second one I've quilted for her.  I've also been working on a quilt I was asked to make for a friend who wanted a quilt for their cabin here in Wisconsin, that top is finally finished and will go on the frame soon, I will post a photo of that one when it's all done.

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I've been eying up this barn sweater to make and finally I'm starting it.  The yarn is actually a mocha color but doesn't look like it in this photo.

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I've been trying to keep busy with my hobbies that I love to do, and with the cooler weather we have been having, I'm enjoying cuddling up underneath my quilt in the evening and just knitting.


elderberries

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I will confess that I had no idea what an elderberry looked like.  I have heard of elderberries however, but having grown up in the "city" I've not seen elderberries, blueberries and thimbleberries yes, but not elderberries.  Well we found some and have made elderberry syrup and elderberry tincture, both have wonderful health benefits.  We also dried some of the berries for later use.

I get so excited when we find things like this and it appears that not many folks around here use the berries for anything, because now that we are aware of the elderberries, we see the bushes all over along the side of the roads here.


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It's peaceful up here in the Midwest, we have cool weather just a bit of rain now and again, but nothing compared to what our kids who live down in Houston are experiencing, where hurricane Harvey has hit them with Tropical Storm Harvey.  We have been in contact with them and so far they are safe and dry, that could change since the storm doesn't seem to be ending any time soon but let's hope not.

So if you could, say a little prayer for all the hurricane/flood victims.


eclipse 2017

Mr. has wanted to see a total eclipse pretty much his whole life and about 3 years ago when he heard there was going to be one in 2017 he was in.

We stayed in Excelsior Springs Missouri at The Elms, which was in the line of totality. But with the rain and cloud cover that came in we didn't stay there to view the eclipse

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We moved up north to Hamilton Missouri, where the viewing was so much better.  There still was cloud cover and it rained but the sky opened up and we were able to see the total eclipse for almost the whole duration. 

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It was a wonderful time for all of us.  We had good company, got to see the eclipse and shop pretty much at the same time :)


our sign

I love our sign.  Mr. made it after I sketched out what I wanted and then when it was in place I painted it free hand.  I usually take a photo of it in each season but here summer is almost over and I'm just getting a photo now.  When we first moved here there were hosta's in this area, but they eventually developed some kind of disease or fungus and we ended up pulling them out.  So, I planted a few different kinds of lilies.  We hang sap buckets on the sign during sugaring time and this year we kept them on, I kind of like them on all the time.

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I'm so enjoying the cooler weather we have been having, but I know it may not last and the warmer temps will be back.


signs of change

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Walking around the yard the other day taking photos of the fruits of our labor, I also took photos of signs that summer is coming to an end.  Some of the flowers still looked good but most were already starting to dry up.  I don't know about you all but I love Queen Anne's Lace

But who's ready for fall/autumn?  I know I sure am.