Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sapping, Maple Syrup, Amish, and Good Fences

This post was ready to go last week when I realized that Thursday was Maundy Thursday and I wanted to do a post on that. I'll have to tell you that a lot has changed in a week's time! Our snow is GONE, for which I am so grateful! But the following text refers to last week when the sapping was going strong.

"This week we've been seeing a lot of sap bags hanging in maple woods in our neighborhood. With temps below freezing at night and warming up during the days, it's perfect for sapping."

Each big maple tree has two bags attached.

Neighborhood Amish barn and horses

Looks like this Amish family are also on their way to collect sap.

Pretty curious. Pretty and curious.

Really Good Fences

What a difference a week can make in NW Wisconsin! We now have no snow on the ground. Yea!!

 Packed and ready to go!
Appx. 400-500 books

We're heading up to Half Price Books in Minnesota. It's Kevin's birthday and we're hoping to at least get enough cash to pay for fuel and buy a birthday dinner at Good Earth. It seems to be one of the few restaurants on the planet that doesn't poison perfectly good food. They just leave it perfectly good, and let us pay them for not poisoning it. We're willing to do that - on special occasions.

Happy Birthday Man
Does Jazzie look relaxed or what!


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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Inspired by Nature - Wednesday Hodgepodge

Ferns on Fifth
June 2013

Join us and Joyce, author of From This Side of the Pond blog for:

1. April 22nd is Earth Day. Are you inspired by nature? In what way?

I am definitely inspired by nature. It always takes me to the Creator and the awe I feel for the majesty of His creation. And when you think about it, what we see now is really just residual beauty. Imagine what it looked like before mankind's fall into sin. Someday we will know. Until then, we can praise our generous God for allowing us to live on His earth and giving us this hint of real beauty.

2. Down to earth, four corners of the earth, move heaven and earth, not have an earthly chance, or salt of the earth...which earthly idiom have you most recently encountered? Explain.

At the moment, what I can think of are some of the authors and composers I consider to be 'salt of the earth.:' C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, N.T. Wright, Francis Schaeffer, R.C. Sproul, Dorothy L. Sayers, J.S. Bach, George Frideric Handel, etc. And really, not just famous people, but anyone who works to the best of their ability to bring glory to God - whether they write, compose, wait tables, or clean houses. We're not all called to be C.S. Lewis, thank goodness.

From my cranberry bush in April

3. Share one piece of advice you might give a newly engaged couple.

It's not about the wedding. It's about the future you have together. I think sometimes people forget that the wedding is not the goal. They forget to look beyond, to how they're going to deal with real life after the ceremony. It helps not to start married life with the baggage of financial debt. You're not more married if you spend $50,000 on a wedding than if you spend $500. Be real. At your wedding, enjoy your friends and family. Make  them feel comfortable. Stop fussing.

And another thing (You knew there'd be another thing, didn't you!)  It's not all about you. It's about the commitment that you're making to one another in the presence of God and your friends and family.

An Amazing Fungus

4. When did you last engage someone to perform a job, task, service, home repair, or improvement? On a scale of 1-10 (ten being the best) how would you rate their work and/or your satisfaction with the job or service provided?

Since my husband does all the home improvements around here, I'd say it was the front porch. It is not finished yet because of time and money (Oddly, you have to have enough of both at the same moment), but it will get done eventually. What we've got so far is wonderful. Even if another stick of wood didn't get pounded on, that front porch is just a dream come true. I love to walk out there in the spring mornings and have coffee in the early morning on my new porch (when it's 60+ degrees.)  He definitely gets a 10 for the quality of work. 

Our Lone McIntosh Tree
(because the bunnies and deer finished off the new one)

5. When did you last find yourself engaged in small talk? Are you awkward or an expert or somewhere in between?

A couple nights ago at a party. It helped that I had taken a pain killer because I had a PT appointment immediately following. :-) (not that I'm advocating engaging in small talk when you're under the influence, of course). Small talk is not natural to me. I feel like life is just too short to not get right down to the things that matter.

 Happy Westby area Holsteins

6.  What was the last historic place you visited?

It's been a while, but probably the last place was Westby, Wisconsin, in the southwestern part of the state. My husband's cousin lives there. It's an old Norwegian settlement and he's an old Norwegian. :-) He's also Westby's historian. I think he knows everything there is to know about the place. Check out my sidebar for his  new blog,  'Westby Remembered.' He's got a ton of info there about Westby, a beautiful little village among the coulees and ridges of SW Wisconsin.


7. The world would be a better place if we just__________________________.

a. If we ate more cheese.

b. If we just stopped being selfish. 

c. If our government would stop being up in everybody's business all around the globe!


8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

 Tuppence and me, planning a trip to the Lake District of England
Odds are just as good for her as they are for me at this point.


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Reflections of Indiana

When we were in Indiana, visiting our daughter's family after the birth of sweet little Lucy, we took several short walks with our grandson. The snow had melted there, resulting in quite a few places with standing water. They made great reflections of the beautiful blue skies and leafless springtime trees.

And look who's taking advantage of the newly-formed 'fishin' hole' - the other fireman in the family. I suspect he didn't catch much to take home to dinner, especially considering that it was just a run-off spot. But hey, you've gotta start somewhere! Consider it practice for when he's an adult: long days sitting on the bank of a river or in a boat and catching nothing. But enjoying every minute of it.

The other fireman in the family

Doesn't every little boy dream of being a fireman?


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Monday, April 21, 2014

Celebrity Birthdays April 21

 via GmaMas photo files
Voted #1 Favorite Celebrity
Got 99.98% of the votes
(Also voted the cutest, by a wide margin!)
Glenny, age 4

Voted #2 Favorite Celebrity
Guess who!
(Queen Elizabeth II at age 3)

Voted #3 Favorite Celebrity
The lovable (but unfortunately most unreliable)
Mr. Tumnus

Happy Birthday to my favorite celebrities!

I need a real, in-person hug from Celebrity #1


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