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, January 30, 2015

Season Closed

Our pheasant season ended
 almost a month ago already...

I put the finishing touches on my final
Pheasant Photo book of 2014...

I covered a lot of ground
and edited a lot of shots...

I'm sure some hunters are wishing 
they could go back and edit 
their shooting...
but overall,
 I think everyone goes home happy
after the hunt...

 Limits were bagged
and good times were had.


Another successful 
South Dakota Pheasant Season!

Until next fall,
it's back to shootin' squirrels!


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Cat Naps and Creativity

As much as I love
being outdoors,
I have to say this 
winter may be too short!!

Sall and I converted our
yucky, leaky, dark and dungy
garage to a studio late last fall.
It still has some work to be done yet,
but it's good enough for me!
I quickly set up shop as soon 
as the insulation was finished....

this has been my favorite
place to "BE" all winter long,
my work table has been
a mess of paints, papers, and projects
just as long...

who needs finished walls??
all I needed was plenty of table space
for lots of ideas and canvases to pour on to!

Here's a little seasonal sampling
of what I've been up to...

There's nothing better than
a little artistic space
to pour your heart out...

 I love that it has lots
of table space 
and a huge window 
that overlooks our little
piece of the prairie....

as you can see I have to share 
my creative space with a cat 
or two or three...

Cats, Canvases, Paints and Prairie...

Have a Happy Day,Friend!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Let's Paint a Glorious Day

Good Morning Dear Ones!!

Where are you off to today?

I have a little job in town to finish up,
then it's back home to  my studio...

Makin' art 
makes Me Happy...

want to join me???

Bring your creative soul on over...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


 Don't worry....

feeling blue,
stuck inside all day...

feeling like the
walls are falling in on you?

well, the road
to spring is 

Hang in there,
just a few more 
weeks of

soon we can
all open our windows wide
and let in 
some fresh country air...

Happy Tuesday,

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Amaryllis By Morning

A hot cup of coffee at my desk,

a cold sunny day outside...

the cold is getting warmer though,

18 degrees F is much better
than 8 Below!!

my amaryllis has been sitting in the south window
since before Christmas...

She's in full splendor now,during this awful
polar vortex, cold spell...

I know it's a "she", because
only a female could choose 
to be that beautiful in the ugliest,
coldest month of the year!!

Just a little January Beauty
this morning...
along with my coffee and my camera,

Focus on the beauty 
today and always,

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Winter Words

January 13th 
has me thinking...

thinking that Winter is hard 

Checking your anti-freeze level
often is critical
this time of year...

Hearts need to be kept 

 our motors should
be humming with encouragement...

what does your anti-freeze
consist of??

Keep warm my friend,

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Good Byes Are Hard

She never liked saying "good bye"...

She always called me Kiddo...

She always had a funny story to share...

She blew me away on my wedding day
when she handed me the most
beautiful bride's bouquet
I could ever imagine...

She was my Aunt,
and I will miss her dearly...

I picture her now in Heaven reunited with loved ones
and surrounded by fields of flowers...

now I'm the one weeping at this last good bye,
for there will never be another
as sweet as Aunt Janet!


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Deer Camp 2014

Welcome to Deer Camp....

an incredible amount 
of trophy bucks
hunted and harvested
in a 10 square mile area!


 we can't remember 
a better deer season
opener  EVER....

These eight hunters
(all friends and neighbors)
had a fantastic hunt 
and could not wait to haul their
tagged deer back to camp
and share their stories...

Taylor (on the right) has hunted deer before.
Her sister, Tyra, (on the left...)
shot her first deer today....

It's a FIRST for both girls
to be included with the 
Seasoned Veterans
at Deer Camp...

The old boys and the young girls
all agreed this season's
amazing antler harvest
is a first 
was worth taking a group photograph...

a picture for the history book
proof of 
one hell-of-a-hunting story!!

Good Work Hunters!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014



it's here!

I don't like the smell of it
or the feel of it...

But, it's here to stay
and I really 
don't have anything to say about it...

 We had some hunters and their dogs
here from North Carolina...

Their dogs didn't mind
hunting in the cold white stuff...

But the men were a little cold!!!

The pheasants were tough to track down
and quick to escape....

 But, they all have some 
good stories to take back
to North Carolina

 They actually shot some birds
to take home!

 and they have some good memories of freezing
in the fields of South Dakota!

Y'all come back now!

Our resident pheasants have all left the property
now too...
They tend to hide out near
farm feed lots when the snow gets deep.
Can't say I blame them!

If I were a bird,
I'd want to be a goose!
Winter in the south
Summer in the North

Some birds
(like people)
are just smarter than others!

Until next time...
(I'll be hanging out in the fields)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Hunting In Progress

The hunting has been a little tougher this year,
unless you are hunting with a camera...

these boys met me on the road
on my way to the lodge yesterday...

 Our coldest morning yet...

 It was another great day
 of photographing pheasants and hunters
and of course,
I love me some good editing...

 a little "cross-processing" 
is a great way to end a hunt!

Check out my new page FIELD PHOTOGRAPHY
(click on the tab under our Header)
where I will post highlights
of the weekly hunts!

Thanks for wandering by...
see you in the field!
I am processing photos, books and dvds....
Will be mailing out A.S.A.P!!