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, June 23, 2010

A How-to and a Why-Not

So, it was too hot & muddy to do anything outside.  That gave me the chance to play with my latest venture.
My Uppercase Living projects arrived a week ago, and have been on the table begging for my attention.  In less than 15 minutes I had a really cute sign!  Just don't know if it's actually an accurate sign....you'll see.....

First I laid out the metal base and the 3 lines of lettering, then did a little measuring and marking....

Then started peeling off the back of the lettering one line at a time...

Stick the lettering onto the metal base and rub...

Then peel off the top paper....the letters stick to the base and ta-daaa!

I have a cute sign that says what???? 
When you plant a garden  You plant HAPPINESS????
Uhhhh, now I have to think about this....

Flooding rains, damaging winds, digging trenches, fighting mosquitos....
Some days those tomatoes shipped in from Texas sound good enough!

But, I guess, by harvest time all the blisters are healed and the stress is forgotten. 
The vegetables are amazing....

And you're beaming with pride as your Grand-daughter can't get enough of climbing on

So I guess I'll set this sign on my porch beside my rocking chair....
(my favorite resting spot)
I'll read it and think about the rewards....

Cause it's all worth it in the end!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


94 on my shady front porch this afternoon....55 humidity!!
This was a corn growin', cucumber growin', sweat rollin' off of your forehead kinda day!!
I was hot and miserable, but did not complain once all day.  This is just what the gardener ordered.
 "Bring it on!"
Unfortunately, heat and humidity is what storms are made of and that's just what they're predicting tonight.
So I'll say a little prayer and close up my car windows (if I don't, it's a guarantee it'll rain), and try to sleep peacefully.  Let nature take it's course, I guess.
One step into the cucumber patch and I nearly lost my shoes!!
Guess I'll give it a little more drying time.
The cukes are actually looking good for as wet as it is.
I couldn't get to the bigger ones on the other end. 
Even the peppers are looking better after their lift.
Look "knee hi" by June 22nd!! No, it doesn't rhyme, so what.
A very busy bee.  Just watching him made me sweat.
Like I said, HOT and HUMID!  But, every plant outside was enjoying the sunshine today.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

What Makes A Dad

God took the strength of a mountain, 
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun, 
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature, 
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages, 
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring, 
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity, 
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, 

He called it ... Dad

~~Author Unknown.~~

Happy Father's Day!

Fathers ~~~~~~~
          Enjoy the day, wherever you are!!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Rain, Rain, Stay Away

Well, from the drought of 2002 to the floods of 2010, we've come full circle!!
Winds, hail, Round-up,drought, bugs, flooding rains....we've seen it all and we still keep trying.
(The postman doesn't even have to put up with all that we have!!!)
What can we do... the pickles must be made!!!

These are Sall's gorgeous tomato plants.  Protected from the ferocious winds with plastic, unfortunately sitting in solid mud!!
After 4.5 inches of rain on already saturated ground!
The entrance to the garden catches and holds all the excess water from the back yard.
So, start digging!!!!
I started digging trenches for the next rains, and they immediately started filling up with water.
Next, we cut the bottoms out of some pots and dug up the drowning pepper plants and re-potted them on top of the ground.

The wind is only blowing 40 - 50 mph today.  Drying things out quite nicely. Notice the poor plant struggling to stand up, as was I!!!
Oh well...we'll continue on this great pickle journey with determination and a good sense of humor.
We know it will all be worth it in the end.
Stay tuned......

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Singing me a tune

My absolute favorite thing about living in the country is hearing the meadowlark's song
check out this great website to learn more about birds and their calls.
After the rain had cleared out, I could not believe the bird noise.  We tried to count the different species and we estimate about 20 different species in our yard right now.  I just wished I had a way to record it and play it on the blog right now.  Everyone should just take an hour to shut off life's noise and just listen to nature!!

Steve stood on the road and tried to get Max to dive for a rock he threw into the water.
It took awhile....

and then he finally got it!

A light northwest wind yesterday, today a southeast wind....tomorrow it's gonna blow 50 mph!
Never thought I'd welcome a 50 mph wind, but we need to dry out!
Blow wind blow!!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Can we have a little heat please?

One lone pansy thriving under the front porch. Pansies love shade and cool weather. Guess I should've planted all pansies this year! So far, about all we've had is cloudy, cool weather.

Took a drive to town today and couldn't believe the water standing everywhere...lush green in every direction....
Every farmer has some amount of water standing in their fields.

My faithful dog, Max, will never turn down a chance to go for a walk...no matter how bad the mosquitoes are.
Thank goodness for a little sunshine between the clouds today. A lot more heat and a lot more wind is a requirement at this point.
With our new (pond) off the front yard, it's interesting listening to the birds singing competition with the frogs croaking.
South Dakota, the land of extreme. From drought to flood, there doesn't ever seem to be that perfect year. You know, that year the snow quit on December 25th, the rain came in April, the corn grew to 10 feet tall, and everyone was happy????????

Monday, June 14, 2010

Rain and Frustration

Another rainy day here....so far 4 inches in 4 days!! ONLY 56 Degrees on JUNE 14!!!
We are sick of clouds and rain!
Emily's painting expresses our feelings to the T these days!


Gazanias only open up when the sun shines....
If I were a flower, I'd be a gazania!!

I'm naming her Erna
The cold and wet conditions aren't keeping her from pecking out a living!
When things get rough she just keeps on pecking!

Our dear friend Erna Bauer just passed away at the age of 90.
She thought this breed of chicken was so pretty!!
I often think of Erna and the old gal's that survived many winter's on this challenging prairie.
God bless every one of them!!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Scentsy and Snakes

The Pickle Queen stepped out of the box this weekend and had a fun time at the Outdoor Expo in Huron. My friend Jen needed some help at her "Scentsy" booth so I said "SURE". The rainy weather didn't help to bring mobs to the Expo, but we still saw lots of people come by the booth and sold some product.

We tried our best to stay focused on selling wickless candles, with the Nature Adventurers and their snakes in the booth right next to us. Yes, I said SNAKES!! With a 7'-8' Black Rat Snake and a bull python around their necks, they were pretty entertaining and educational, to say the least.
Only one customer had to leave our booth in the middle of our pitch, "it's too close for me", she

They were great to be next to, super nice people and real crowd pleasers!
Todd and Terri are on PBS every Sunday....
Nature Adventures
check out their website:

Kids and adults were enthralled with the snakes and the turtles.

They answered 100's of questions about snakes and reptiles.

An exhausting 2 days of selling and pitching and promoting.
I'm just getting practiced up for the pickle promo tour!!