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!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Creative Space

 Creative time is short
around my house...

that's why, when I get
that urge,
I like to have at least 
3 projects going at once...

last week my workshop
was running at full capacity...

I finally got the bottom half
of a friend's cupboard chalk painted
to match the top half we painted a year ago!


It turned out great 
and looks awesome 
in her home!

Black is the new oak!

and Chalk Painting
is my new favorite thing!

Choosing colors is the toughest part...

So many colors, so little time...

Cupboard - Black over walnut

Shelf - Blue over Gray

another shelf - White over Red and Blue
(why did I not get a picture of that one? hmmm)

Wait till you see what I do 
with this old Red and Blue Cupboard door!

 Stay tuned...


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Garden Time

April is almost over...

time to clean out the potting shed

the May flowers will be arriving soon!

along with manure, weeds, backaches
and dirty fingernails...

I can't wait,
how about you?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Waking Up to Spring

They started showing up early in March...

 and every day we would watch...

some days, from dawn till dusk...

Wherever there was food to eat, you would see them
come down to feed by the thousands...

they love our South Dakota corn fields...

and any open water they can find too...

 March is a good time of year to find the
flocks on the prairie, 

I hope Spring is finding you!

Easter Blessings Friend!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Art 101

  I love...

I love to make it...

I love to create it...

And I love to admire it...

Daughter Emily's work in gallery in Kansas City

We love to watch our kids
gain momentum in the ART WORLD
as they create the most 
amazing pieces of art
all across the U.S.

Son Eric's 90"x84" Acrylic & Spray Paint on Canvas

 They continue to learn and explore,
traveling all over installing massive
and colorful works...

Daughter-in-law's 35'x35' Textile Art hanging in Brooklyn N.Y.

Using their talents 
to make the world 
a more beautiful place...

As I visited our local school last week

I was pleased to find a vibrant ART DEPARTMENT
A young and talented Art Teacher
and students intently working on some awesome projects!

As we live in a small rural town,
I was afraid I wouldn't find an art room at all???

See... I believe just as "good sportsmanship"
 is important to learn,
so is creativity!

A creative mind can change the world,
or at least create a way to make it brighter!

Have a beautiful weekend,



Thursday, September 22, 2016

Lovin' Fall

Hang in there,
my pretties...

Can you have too many apples?

the orchard oriole
has been leaving us a few 
good ones...

Garden time will soon end...

Huntin' time is getting closer...

Don't let the cold winds
freeze up your spirit...

Keep on shinin',

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Preserving Fresh and Red Ripe

I empty the table off
and he fills it right back up!!

The best tomato crop ever!, he claims...

I blanch them,
     turn them into "Sallsa"...

turn them into some
awesome Bloody Mary Juice...

and ,yes, photograph them!

the blanching process
makes them look like
an underwater masterpiece...

Day after day,
bushel after bushel,
our pantry is filling up...

After a long day of processing and preserving,

I put my feet up and 
chill out with a cold one...

After standing between the sink and stove
for 7 hours,
my favorite spot calls to me
and it's time to 
sit down and relax!


Thursday, May 19, 2016

A Birthday Post

Every farm needs a good dog!

Sunday our Max turned 13 years old...

We think he's a GREAT dog!
Happy Birthday, Max!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

My Favorite Kind of Magazine

pages filled with lovely pictures...

stories from artists telling how they create...

Story headlines like: "Happy Scrappy Cakes"
"Scraps of Encouragement"

are my kind of stories to read...

Starting this month 
the Prairie Preservationist 
is carrying two of
the Somerset magazines
in the store...




Pick up a copy soon,
you won't be able to put it down!

I'm sending a special package
to a special textile artist in our family...

Fabric in a fat quarter,
a gourmet soup mix,
a book filled with creativity,
and a little South Dakota rain...
She's gonna love it!

and she'll be "sew" surprised!

Happy Tuesday,