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!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Some Country Memories

Happy May Day!!


 Mother Nature is teasing us 
with these little
tiny spit-showers here and there.
(did you ever get a spit-bath from your Grandma?)
 Ughh, not pleasant!
That's about all we can get this spring...
We can't seem to buy a good rain shower,
so it's been a daily chore 
to go out to the garden
and hose off Grandma's Mother Nature's spit!!



The garlic and onion crops
have been surviving well...

and just this morning I noticed 
some apple blossoms!!



I've been so busy around here lately,
it's time to stop and smell the roses 
or 
stop and take some more photos!!

Speaking of photos...
have you been digging through
your photographs...
deciding on which one
to have made into a 16"x20" canvas??
Remember to give me a comment to enter your name in my drawing
to

My last post has all the details
check it out!!
Pick out a photograph (your own)
and say "Hey, sign me up!"
either here
or 
on face book
or 
on instagram
or 
email me...
contact me some how and your IN!!


and just in case you aren't into mounting
your own photography,
you can buy mine at Sweet Grass
in Wessington Springs!

Here's my latest piece....
"Greener Pastures"


There is something about this scene
that reminds me of happy childhood days
"eating out" at the local cafe
Aggie's Cafe.
There was a huge picture of some Herefords
hanging over the corner booth...
Mmmm, Aggie's french fries and those
cows watching over me...
Life was good!
(if I don't sell them, they'll be in my
kitchen...nothing says country
like a couple of cows and a windmill!)
Anyway, these two heifers are available
to purchase and are on display 
at our local coffee shop!

Thanks for stopping by and taking
a little side trip down memory lane with me!
(anyone hungry for french fries?)
Have a great weekend!
Lisa

P.S. Since there's a Fence between those cows and us,
I'll be entering this post in Theresa's Good Fences #58
link to it here for more great blog posts with fences!!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Little Gratitude


 Awhile ago I got an email from
an online canvas printing company
http://www.canvaspop.com/
I'm really bad about not trusting every 
free offer I see, but this one 
really panned out in a good way...
 
this representative said he saw 
my blog and liked my photography
and thought they would be 
a good fit for 
Sall's Country Life
(yeah right, I bet they tell that to everyone!)
Well, anyway, 
after checking them out
to see if they were legit,
I decided to take him up on his offer
and ordered me a print!!
 
Well it was as good as he said it would be
and it didn't cost me a dime!
(sometimes you do meet an honest representative!)
 
So in exchange for the free canvas print
all I have to do is give them a review 
on my blog...keep reading please...
and boy would I ever like 
to give them a GREAT one!
 
A quality print to hang on my wall...


Fast shipping right to my door...

 
 and here's the best part...
(I hope you're still here)
A Discount coupon to share
with anyone reading this!!


Yes, that's 35% off for anyone 
that want's to click over to 
and type in this coupon code:
SALLCOUNTRYLIFE35

Okay, but don't click yet...
they also are letting me 
GIVE-A-Way a free canvas 
to one lucky winner!

Yep, your picture blown up on a 16"x20"x.75"
wrap-around canvas print 
just like the one I received...


So here's the deal...
let me know in a comment HERE
if you want your name in on this drawing!
or
let me know on facebook 
if you want your name in on this drawing!!
or 
let me know on instagram
if you want your name in on this drawing!!!

I will be drawing one lucky winner's name 
on May 22nd 
every time you give me your name in a comment
I will throw it in the hat!  
Good Luck!
and don't forget about the 35% off coupon
to use anytime from now until June 15,2015

So there you have it:
 A great company
a great offer
and I'm sharing it with my 
great followers!
Have a great day,
Lisa

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Brief Update


 The days get away from me...
every day I want to sit down 
and post some pictures
and blog about something

but then another chore appears
and hours later...
no blog post
and the chores keep on coming!



today is the day...

I just have to share these magnificent trees!
 



We took a Sunday drive to a friends 
house by Willow Lake...
 


His yard is lined with
these giant beauties...



 Silver Poplars
planted back in the 20's...



 They just leaned 
every direction
each branch extending
in the most fearful ways
as if trying to grab 
onto the next tree's limbs!



it was a fun little trip,
and the dogs enjoyed the 
tour of all the trees and buildings...


We finally got a little rain
(if you can call 30/100ths that)

the Christmas cactus got
to come out and get 
a fresh rain shower....


I think the wind has blown
9 days out of 10 here
with gusts up to 50 m.p.h.


The wild plum bushes are blooming
on the prairie...

I dressed up and braved the wind
and the ticks to go get a picture
of ours...



the wind had taken it's tole
on the field bushes already...


hardly any petals on these poor flowers...





Miss Nosey wasn't going to
let me go out to the trees 
without her!
("great" more ticks to pick!)



We have one tree closer to the house
and more protected from the winds...
 



 It was just starting to open it's blossoms...



 I grabbed one of it's branches
to take to a warmer spot!


This is it as far as live flowers,
I'm so hungry for some color...

last night the frost did in
our lilac bushes
UGHHH!
 That makes two years in a row now!

Anyway, between a couple painting jobs...
painting our own kitchen and dining room...
a little more done in our workshop/studio...
filing the @#$&* taxes...
the usual cleaning, laundry, yardwork, etc.
we have managed to get away for a little fun
including 
a trip to the Opera House
to see a real live Cowboy Laureate
and hear his cowboy poetry...


which was a real treat for a couple
of old prairie bums!

And speaking of old...

since my last blog post, I turned another year older!

just another day on the prairie
is what it was,
but this delicious carrot cake
from Sweet Grass
(our favorite coffee and sweet shop)
made the day a lot
SWEETER!

Which reminds me...
tomorrow I will be posting 
something sweet for all of my followers,
friends, visitors, occasional commenters,
anonymous peekers, and face book stalkers!
So tune in tomorrow for something special.
You like FREE don't you?
Happy Wednesday,
Lisa 



Thursday, April 9, 2015

Great Gobs of Garlic

Last week we had some 
warm-sunny-I feel like gardening
kind of weather....





Mr. Sall was a busy guy cleaning and tilling...




Our lilacs need to stay in hibernation!

it's still early,
we could easily get
cold
snow
freezing temperatures
or all of the above...



garlic is the one crop
that is hardy enough to plant now...




Mr. Ambitious planted 
his garlic crop
450 plus!!




It takes a lot of GARLIC
to make great pickles!!

This week has been colder and wet!
(thank goodness for small favors)
the garlic got water
and
so did the lawn...

I need to finish up a ton
of indoor projects before it's time 
to be on mowing duty!!



Happy Wednesday Thursday!
(just lost another day,yikes)
Lisa

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Easter Weekend Recap


Belated Easter Blessings, Friend!
Was your Easter Weekend 
packed with family, friends, and fun?
We spent a quiet (but busy)
weekend at home
trying to prepare
for everything that comes 
with glorious spring weather...



I didn't dye any Easter eggs
(come to think of it, I can't remember 
the last time I did?)



Colorful farm fresh eggs are just as pretty aren't they?




trying to paint them on your computer 
turned out to be more time consuming 
than actually dipping them in dye!!




 Our Easter treat
came in the form of 
home made potato salad!!



I whipped up a small batch 
of Mom's delicious recipe
with an extra dash of our own secret ingredient
(SallFarm Pickle juice adds just the right ZING!)

While the salad sat in the fridge
melding....




We went for a ride in the country...

chasing down a good 
prairie picture 
or two....



The prairie seldom fails to provide
a good shot of nature doing it's thing....




The photographer that passes up 
a bird on the fence post,
an old piece of machinery rusting in a field,
a cow looking at you stupidly,
or just something blooming out in the middle of no where....

well, that photographer 
just isn't focusing on a good picture
but, something else...



needless to say,
I dished up a double dip
of Mom's potato salad
as soon as I got home!

mmmmm, 
with a pickle on top!
Life is good!!



Now if I could just chase down a nice rain...

that would be worth a TRIPLE DIP!!

Have a happy Tuesday,
(blessings to you and yours)
Lisa

Monday, March 30, 2015

Just Some Barn I Know

Happy Monday Friend!

Our weekend excursion
was a short trip down a country road
to poke around yet another old
abandoned Barn yard...


(the owners gave us permission to poke)

this old beauty will be burned 
down in the near future...
isn't it sad!

I snapped as many pictures as I could,
trying to save it's likeness for those
of us that appreciate a well made
piece of farming history



Stepping carefully over fallen boards
with nails sticking out...

my eyes are watching for nails
while my mind is seeing 
the farmer and his livestock...


 The chore of feeding the animals
came before feeding himself...



after livestock were fed and watered,
breakfast was made for the farmer and the farm wife!

No emails to check,
No devices to charge up...
just keeping everyone fed.



Simpler times...







Making hay when the sun shines...
 



Thanking Heaven for the sun and the rain...



I love these old buildings....


they always remind me to be thankful!

So glad you stopped by....
Watch your step and thank a farmer today!
Lisa