Sunday, February 23, 2020

Amazing...

We went to our prairie property Saturday.  I cannot describe how amazing it was.  Our property had become a goose haven.  Wild Canadian geese were everywhere and our neighbors tame geese also came to the party.  There is no experience like being in the middle of a goose blizzard.  My pictures don't do the experience justice and honks were deafening.





We will always be grateful for days like this.   Amazing is the only way to describe it.  What was the last amazing experience you had?

Monday, February 17, 2020

Lots to accomplish...

Quite a bit was accomplised this weekend.  We got plenty of exercise between shoveling, yoga, and snowshoeing.  Ella wasn't the only one tired out.  

I made this amazing peach cobbler.  There is nothing cozier than enjoying warm cobbler, with ice cream, in front of the fire, with big flakes of snow drifting down.  Heaven on earth.

I started cutting the flying geese border for my quilt. Since it

was all about feathers, I figured the flying goose was the best border to use. It's been awhile since I've done these blocks, so it took a bit to do the first ones.  Hopefully, I'll get faster.

Today was definitely a spa day.  I let my hair reenergize with honey/olive oil hot oil treatment.  I used the dry brush to exfoliate and increase circulation.  The lemon sugar scrub coupled with my homemade lemon lotion bars gave some much needed moisture to my skin.  The chamomile hair detangler helped me get a comb through my hair.  Finally, a long cold drink of refreshing raspberry/basil water.  It was better than going to the spa.
I did my monthly wine racking.  I bottled my Pearly Legal pear wine and bottled some Golly Gee Grape from the oak barrel. I have made 131 batches of wine.  I really enjoy making wine and cannot believe that it is so simple.

Ella and I sent a little message to my husband for Valentine's Day.  It was a beautiful day to be outside.  We're you able to accomplish much this weekend?  Did you have a good Valentine's Day?  I have been able to keep busy this winter.  Just three more months.  I hope your winter has been as productive.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

A white winter world...

I was a lazy bum this weekend.  My only accomplishment was shoveling and taking Ella snowshoeing.  Everyones blogs are so green.  Despite being in knee deep in winter I still appreciate it's beauty.







It was a exhilarating hike.  Poor Ella was covered in snow.  What was the most beautiful thing you saw this week?  

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Life is fabulous...


There is nothing we appreciate more than Sunday dinner.  We both work together to make a nice meal.  My husband does an amazing job with our smoker/grill.  I'm usually in charge of the side dishes and sometimes homemade bread.  Today I made some fried potatoes and my favorite rosemary and sea salt flat bread.  We finished everything off enjoying a white cake with raspberry filling that my
husband made. Even better with a glass of homemade raspberry wine.  Little things like this make life good.   

Overall, it was a good weekend.  I finished the feathers on my quilt.  They all turned out great, except the last one.  It fought me the whole way.  I'm still debating whether to rip part of it out and fix it.  Ella and I enjoyed the sunshine today and went snowshoeing.  I entered several recipes in the family cookbook.  Somewhere in that the house got cleaned.
We are supposed to get a blizzard tonight, so one must enjoy good weather when possible.  The photo below was last night's sunset.   Breathtaking.  I've really enjoyed reading about everyone's winter projects.  I'm so impressed with all the different talents people have.  Here is hoping you have a fabulous week.



Sunday, January 26, 2020

Four falling feathers...

A busy, but pretty quiet weekend.  My husband worked in his barn.  He is partitioning off a portion for a woodshop.  Meanwhile, I cleaned house and worked on my quilt.  I have four feathers on and two left.  I'm super happy with my progress.  
Winter definitely seems to go a little faster with a project or two in the mix.  I probably won't be saying that by March, but I'll hold onto that philosophy for now. What are you doing to keep busy?

Sunday, January 19, 2020

A busy week...

 So far I am enjoying winter.  I've been working on my quilt, beading earrings, making wine, baking cookies, enjoying the outdoors, and working out.  This week I was elated about the chance to spend time with my parents, sister, and her family.  I got to see the older girls play basketball, help the younger girls with their homework, and we all worked on a puzzle together.  The puzzle was finished tonight without me, but they sent a picture.  My nephew was adamant it looks like our cabin.  I got home for the weekend and was lucky enough to enjoy a glass of wine, cozy on the couch, with the dog.



 My brother made this wonderful tray and it works perfectly for my beading projects.  I love the juxtaposition of colors and textures in the photo above.  I'm finishing a feather a week on the quilt, so progress is good on that front.   

I rewarded myself today with a hot yoga class.  I've been watching on-line yoga videos for guidance every night, six days a week for three months and am amazed with the results.  A friend of mine teaches a Bikram yoga class in Spearfish.  Bikram yoga is done in a heated room at 105 degree temperatures.   I love sweat lodges and saunas, so Bikram yoga was right up my alley.  It was my first official yoga class and I was super excited.  It did not disappoint.  Afterwards, I enjoyed coffee with a few friends.

I was also pleased because I tried a homemade electrolyte drink for my yoga class and it was excellent.  I took 2 1/2 c. Water, 1/3 c. Lemon juice, 2 t. Honey, and 1/4 t. Salt.  I highly recommend it.  There is no sugar, it tastes good, and I felt great after drinking it.
I made my husband's all time favorite cookies, white chocolate chip cookies.

TOLL HOUSE WHITE CHIP CHOCOLATE COOKIES
2 1/4 c. Flour
2/3 c. Cocoa
1 t. Baking soda
1/4 t. Salt
1 c. Soft butter
3/4 c.  Sugar
2/3 c. Brown sugar
1 t. Vanilla
2 Eggs
1 1/2 c. White chocolate chips

Mix together and drop by tablespoon on a cookie sheet.  Bake for 15 minutes at 350 Degrees or 325 degrees at high altitudes.  

It has been a great weekend.  Tomorrow my huband and I are going on an adventure.  That should make the weekend perfect.

My husband felt bad for the deer around the cabin, so he got them a couple of alfalfa bales.  They must have told every deer in the tri-state area, because we went from 10 deer to 21.  Holy moly.
Well, that is all I know. What a great week.  Time with family, friends, exercise, projects, baking, and relaxation.  Life is good and I am thankful.  Who did you spend time with this week?  What projects did you work on?  Did you exercise?  Did you bake anything?  I can't wait to hear about your adventures.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Thankful...

Thankful.   That is my word for 2020.  Last Friday I held a retirement party for a very good friend.  The picture above is the group of people that were at Boxelder Job Corps when I started.   I have learned something from every single person in this picture.  They are all friends, mentors, and a wealth of knowledge.  We have been through a lot together.  Some have long since retired.  Some were here this year when the government fired us in May and it was my job to look all of our staff in the eye and tell them it was over.  Then the government decided to keep us at the end of June.   Still, we move forward.   We had several breaks in our water pipes before Thanksgiving and again we were on the brink of closure.  Still, we move forward.  This year we lost five former students to various tragedies.  Yet still, we move forward.  We got together that Friday.  We laughed and at the end we cried. I don't talk a lot about my job.  It is stressful.  We deal with youth from poverty.  Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose.  The wins are worth it, but the losses are heartbreaking.  I couldn't have a better job and I have been lucky enough to work with some incredible people.  The gentleman third from the end, in the cap, once told me, "learn something from every person you meet, no matter if they are your best friend or your greatest enemy."  I have always remembered and try to apply that advice.  A huge thank you to these people and the impact they have made on my life.  I'm blessed.

On the home front, I've been keeping busy.  I bottled 10 bottles of plum wine.  It turned out pretty good.  I have been finishing a feather a week on my quilt.  I've been coyote/lion hunting every weekend.  I haven't seen anything, but it is great sitting outside.  Finally, I've been trying my hand at making porcipine quill earrings.  It is harder than it looks.  I now wish I had more quills.  I'm getting better with each attempt.  It is fun sitting on the couch beading.  Funny how those little beads escape.


Ella and I are still going for our weekly jaunts.  Today was absolutely beautiful.  What projects have you finished so far this year?  Are you getting outside and enjoying the winter?  I hope so.  It is beautiful out there.