We take care of the land...it takes care of us.

We're just a couple of country dwellers......

that love nature, hunting, fishing, gardening, campfires, crafting, cooking, canning, laughter and living!!

Ya just never know what I'll blog about next...

So visit us often!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I'm Still Here

I bet you think I gave up on you!!!

I couldn't do that...

I've just been caught
up in a whirlwind called

I suppose I could go into details and
catch you up on all that has had me in it's grips...

like moving my mom into an assisted living home 
(dragging her heals and kicking the whole way!)

dealing with all of Mom's "stuff" 
(and believe me, all 4 closets were stuffed with stuff!)

dealing with siblings that don't want to deal with stuff!
being accused of taking stuff!
Parents, take note!
Deal with your own stuff BEFORE
your kids have to!!

 I'm sure, after the dust settles 
everyone will be speaking again
and the hatchet can get buried in the nest
until the next big hubbub rolls around.

Speaking of disasters...
did you happen to catch my hometown on the national news??

Little Wessington Springs had a huge tornado
blow through town!
It wiped out and/or destroyed approximately 28 homes!
Three businesses were flattened
and zero injuries!!

So many people we know have been affected 
by this tragedy!  

What a blessing that no one was hurt,
everybody took the warnings seriously and
took immediate cover as this storm 
swept over the south east side of town!

here is a link to an early story by CNN
there have been many follow-up stories since 
the storm hit on June 18th, if you are interested 
you can google Wessington Springs tornado to see more coverage!

My last post goes way back to May 5th...
that was around the time my Mother took ill 
and we were scheduled to take a trip to Iowa
to see the kids before they moved!

That weekend trip was the last time I remember
feeling relaxed!

We had the best time "away from it all"...

We went to my favorite store...
Sisters Garden...
It's an Iowa version of Junk Gypsies
Love, Love, Love...

The kids are moving to New Mexico next...
oh, how I'm gonna miss Iowa 
and it's quaint antique shops...

Between episodes of Junk Gypsies
and my visits to Iowa's Sisters Garden
I was inspired to do my own little art show
at Sweet Grass...

Nothing major, just a fun day of showing off
my sister's bags and pouches and some 
of my own original canvases to friends and customers
on the front porch of the coffee shop!
(I could definitely do that more often!)

I would love to be a regular at the Farmer's Market
in a little bigger town...
selling art and flowers 

Anyway...amongst all of the other drama and chaos
we took on two more "little tornadoes"
their names are 

 they stayed with us for two weeks
after school got out!

We had tons of fun,
some good giggles,
and even learned how to ride  a
bike without training wheels!

Grandpa kept'em busy and wet
out in the garden!

Oh my, what a busy summer
this has been...


Next post I'll 
fill you in on the bathroom remodel we did
(just in time for the big 4th of July bash)
the saga of the crop sprayer 
spraying on a windy day and 
killing our cucumbers, tomatoes, flowers, etc!!
and my unfortunate case of carpal tunnel and bone spurs...

oh yes, "life" just keeps happening 
at the Sall Farm!

Y'all come back now!

Hugs from the country!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Tablescape Treasury

We were invited to take part
in the 2nd annual
Festival of Tables,
a fund raiser for the
Wessington Springs Senior Center...

This was such a fun event...

the table hostesses came
from all over
to decorate beautiful tables 
and share their flowers, their china,
their best silver, crystal stemware,
creative centerpieces, 
napkin folding skills,
and decadant desserts 
with the whole community...

enjoy the many photos 
I took of all the tables...

there were picnic themes and Christmas themes...

a lot of thought and creativity went into
every table...
don't you love the mason jar candle?

Clever little touches and 
dainty little details were at each
lovely table...

this table was filled with cheer...
a pansy plate on a polka dot placemat,
funny little bunnies and umbrellas,
 look,even indivudual bouquets
and chocolate-covered strawberry
on a "flip-flop"

Happy - Happy - Happy!

and if finding fun vintage things 
makes you happy,
this table is sure to delight...

Decorated with antique lanterns 
and vintage oatmeal prizes this table
brings back days of old and 
good memories from mom's house...
see the pumpkin pie?

Something I gave up on was the folded napkins...

the napkin Christmas trees put this
table over the top!

These two hostesses
brought some Christmas cheer to the party,
complete with vintage punch bowl!

 Elegance reigned at these masterpieces...

the 3 foot Rose and Wisteria centerpiece
was a real show piece and made 
this table the perfect setting for 
a 95 year old Elegant ladies day!

 There were roses and tulips...

linens and doilies...

everything absolutely sparkled!

 The desserts were as extravagant
as the tables....

this one was three stories high...
(must be nice to be a professional pastry chef)
It was provided by our local bakery and coffee shop...

 Somebody took extra care
to design their cupcakes
to match their rose teapot...
(how beautiful)

With a stunning red and purple table
and a dessert fit for a Queen,
The Red Hat Society Ladies
showed us they still know how to
light up a party...

and what a delightful party it was...

local musicians sang and played 
though out the whole luncheon...

Music, flowers, and fancy dishes...
 it all makes for
happy hostesses, and delighted guests

and finally a picture
of my table and my guests,
Dorry and Marilyn.
It was a treat to share with you...
Sall's Gamebird Ironstone dishes,
Mother Erdy's Ruby Red Glasses,
my new placemats and napkins,
and my thrown-together-from-the-garden center piece.

and thank you to all the volunteers
that helped put this fund-raiser together
for the Senior Center.


Monday, April 28, 2014

Rainy Days and Mondays

It's a dreary old day out there today...

one of those days to let pass you by,
while you are at the spa!

Ha, ha, ha right??

some day I will take myself 
up on such a preposterous idea
and pamper away...

 I have all the essentials I need
right here at home...

 Except a bath tub
(it's still in the garage waiting for installation)

so today I will take advantage 
of an inside day and pick a new project...

Hmmm, wish I had my sisters
talent for sewing something...

I have blocks to make...
Mother's Day will be here soon!!

Or I could just do what I feel like doing...
and hang out on the couch

"Dad could get away with this, but not us kids!" circa: 1950

(but, then I wouldn't score any points
with my hard-working hubby!)

I know what he'd like to come home to....
 that ain't happening either!

Have a great week, my friend!
and don't do anything I wouldn't do...
Homemaker Hugs,

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday






 Celebrate each and every day...

Easter Blessings, friends and followers!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bouquet Believer

It's been awhile
since I've joined with 
Mary at Little Red House
for Mosaic Monday...

Her still life photography
is so peaceful,
for some reason I thought of her
this morning...

longing for more peaceful moments (I guess)

the wind blew hard yesterday
and it was 10 degrees this morning!!

How are the May flowers going to come
if we only have April Freezes??

We've only had a small amount of nice weather
to work in the garden...
there's soooo much to do!

I'm thinking garden rows of flowers 
this year!!  
Rows of sunflowers, snapdragons, cosmos,
daisies, and lavendar
what else would you like 
in your bouquet??
( I want to be the flower lady at the corner market
on French Street!! )

Fresh bouquets and homemade pickles"...
"somebody slap me
before this dream gets me any deeper!"

Anyway, I'm patiently waiting
for warm sunny days...
I'll be the one in the garden
moaning and groaning and complaining
about whose idea this was!!

But, you never know,
dreams do come true

thanks for joining me today!
Hope you'll pop by 
to see more Mosaic Monday Posts.

Have a great day,