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!

Monday, April 26, 2010

It's time for some little helpers to show up at the Sall Farm!
These little boots belong to Domino.
Everytime we talk to her on the phone, she gets all excited.
She wants to come to the farm and "chill out".
And of course the first thing Grandpa will have to do
is fire up the tractor and take her for a ride!
I can't wait to see how he's going to fit 3 grandkids
on his knee, cause they're all going to want a ride
at the same time!!
Little Zelda will be sleeping through the rides this summer yet.

Wyatt won't know what to think about tractors and farms.
Grandpa will have to teach him all about it!

"It's so much fun, going to the farm!"
So much to do....
play in the dirt
collect rocks
ride the tractor
swing in the hammock
swim in the pool
mow the grass
pull the weeds
run in the corn rows
blow bubbles
ride in the wagon
play with Max
chase the chickens
find the cats.......
I'm so glad she likes to come to the farm and "chill out"! HaHa.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Some company waddled into the front yard this morning (as I was preparing breakfast). Steve whispered to me over Max,"look out the window". There they were just checking things out, no standing water here, but maybe they found a good place to start a family? Apparently they don't know about the 3 cats and spoiled golden retriever that live here. More rain coming in tonight hope they get settled in somewhere.

UMM,MMM,MMM! It's asparagus season in south Hand County!! I can't believe as a child, I hated it and asparagus hunting!! I thought it was the most boring thing my parents ever thought of. Back then we didn't even have to worry about ticks. Now you step off the road and you can expect to find 3 to 5 ticks on you before the nights over, yuck! But, ohhhh that asparagus is worth it. Of course I only came to love it because the restaurants charge an arm and a leg for it. If it wasn't expensive I'd probably still refuse to eat it! I still remember my first encounter with asparagus as an adult....I ordered the Beef Oscar at one of Huron's better restaurants...I almost picked off the asparagus, but instead actually tried it and loved it!! The most tenderette fillet mignon topped with asparagus and drizzled with hollandaise sauce, I thought I died and went to heaven!! Since then I've been a huge fan of asparagus!
So, this Sunday morning, we enjoyed a breakfast version of beef oscar....Ham on english muffin topped with a farm fresh egg over easy topped with asparagus drizzled with hollandaise sauce. Oh, and that is some homemade chokecherry jam on my extra english muffin. Is your mouth watering???

Friday, April 23, 2010

A beautiful sunny day!
Steve and I did some "pickin" on Sunday...found this great old trike in a dump pile!
Can't you just see it in it's day charging up and down the driveway?
Now it's art on my garden fence.
Mmmmm, on the menu tonight!
Hold on little lilac buds. No sign of any frosts, I'm hoping for many lilac bouquets!!

One tiny little flower on the phlox. Stay tuned for many more flower pix....
I love my flowers!!!
I'm finally seeing the point of our long winter....it was for resting up! Now that spring is here so is the work! If there were 6 of me, I'd get things done a lot faster. Farmer Sall has been planting garlic and onions, but not before a major cleanup of the garden. The tomatoes in the greenhouse are now getting carried outside everyday for a little exercise in hardiness. The perennials are all getting uncovered and a little shot of bulb booster. The mowers could be running non-stop, as we finished one mow and it's time to do it again...I haven't even got the weed eater out of storage yet!! I'm still helping the family of 6 down the road. Four little kids, the mom has her hands full. This bench was a project I did for them. It went from dull and lifeless, to a nice place to sit and put your shoes on in their entry. I went on desperate search for something blooming yesterday. It seems I'm really missing my annual trip to the big greenhouse this time of year. I'll just have to be patient! In the meantime, keep working so when the flowers do come, I can sit down and enjoy them.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Ever have one of those days...you have sooo many things to do...you find yourself going in every direction....pretty soon the day is through and what did you do???? I got 4 items posted on my Etsy shop! Oh ya, I did the dishes and some laundry, but that's just automatic (I could be doing that in my sleep and don't know it). Anyway, the best thing that happened was coming across my old pile of records. There should be an actual "National Record Day"...everyone can stay home and listen to the oldies! Tonight, I'm shutting off the t.v. (nothing ever on anyway) and spinning some tunes!!! Paul Revere and the Raiders - Louie Louie,
Simon & Garfunkel - Feelin Groovy, The Cryan Shames: Sugar and Spice.
Down time is a good thing, even Martha Stewart would have to admit it!!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

This cemetery is just a mile south of our farm

A Loon enjoying one of the many waterholes in the area.

Visited a couple of the neighborhood churches this morning. Pretty quiet these days. No crowds showing up for the sermon, nor any socials happening in the church yard.
I'm still amazed how life brought me exactly to where some of my ancestors raised their families, earned their living, and were buried. I guess you just can't predict Life.
Fascinating to see the family name all over the old cemetery. A lot of baby's graves...a lot of diseases back in those days! Oh, how times have changed. It was a morning excursion back in time...when times were tough, but so much simpler!!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Spring is finally here....the grass is tall enough to mow already, the garden is dry enough to till and plant! But, the miserable wind is here also. I've decided the best place to be is in the potting shed. Steve's been transplanting his little tomatoes (that aren't so little anymore). They'll be going to the retail greenhouses in town in a couple more weeks. I love the smells in the greenhouse....fresh dirt and green tomatoes mmmmmm!

Monday, April 12, 2010

We can't believe it's actually dry enough to plant anything in our garden after the mounds of snow that accumulated there. Leave it to the wild winds of South Dakota to dry things out. Very windy today, but my faithful Pickleman was determined to get some of his onions and garlic in the ground today! Here we go again....garlic, cucumbers, dill, peppers....PICKLES!! Cross your fingers for a productive summer 2010!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Heavy Hunter has some new building projects on the horizon. This one will be going on Etsy later today... This is his first upcycled birdhouse, all from farm scraps!
Spare time has been non-existent this week! Tax deadline coming up, still finding treasures to list on new "Etsy Site", cleaning out someone else's garage...time sure does fly by.
And guess who is having another birthday? Sometimes I feel like life is getting away from me.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

All right, so I'm not enjoying a pent house view, or planning a day of shopping on Park Avenue. I'll just have a cup of tea and check my emails.

Daily chores include the usual...a couple loads of laundry. Thank goodness for modern washers and dryers. Remember the days of wringer washing machines and line drying. How did they get clothes dry in the dead of winter? And how did Mother keep up with 5 kids in the house? My sisters will have something to say about that. I was much younger and just had to watch as they put all the clothes through the wringer and dumped out tub after tub of dirty water. UGhhh! I don't remember who ironed all that cotton. I started helping around the house in the 70's and was a fan of polyester and permanent press!I found a stack of hand embroidered dish towels I've accumulated. Some were shower gifts, some were from Mother and Grandma. Even the dish towels were neatly ironed and folded!
"We've got it made", I'm sure Grandma would say.