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, July 30, 2011

Petals For Saturday


Happy Saturday Blog Friends!

Have a relaxing weekend....

I'll be painting projects in the pickle barn!

Yep, that's what I call relaxation!

Hugs,

Joining Pink Saturday today...
come see!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Early Morning Fishing



Sall woke us all up EARLY this morning,
so he could get to the river for some more fishing!

Max was one disappointed dog when Sall said
"you're staying home with mom!"


Max stayed at the end of the driveway (hoping Sall would 
change his mind and come back for him)
Then back to the porch, with his tail down...



It was too early to get up - but I was wide awake

so I grabbed the camera and waited...

What time does the sun rise anyway?
 Get a cup of coffee and wait....


Then I spotted Woody!
"Hey Mr. Woodpecker, you're up early too?"

He played bashful for a little while then started posing for me....






Then I heard "HONK, HONK, HONK"
No, not Sall's truck.....

a flock of geese flying low!"


I barely made it to the end of the trees to catch
a shot of them!  The picture doesn't do it justice...
it doesn't capture the calm of the moment,
 the pink morning sunlight cast over the land, 
the pure silence except the honking noises
of these beautiful birds gliding over the wheat field!

Sigh...

Now where was I....

Woody caught my attention again,
this time he took a direct flight across
to another tree and landed in the perfect 
sunrise setting!




What a "show-off" he is!



Sunrise at last!



Cheer up, Max! Pheasant season is 
only eleven weeks away!

It is fun to get up super early sometimes...
I caught some good photo opps.
and Sall caught some
nice fish!


Walleye and Silver Bass...

Friday's catch of the day!

Have a good one!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dreaming Of A Longer Summer


Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. 
                                                 John Lennon

Happy Wednesday my friends!  Isn't summer just flying by?
My dreams of finishing all of my projects is clouding my mind....
I see a light at the end of the tunnel, but I'm afraid it is just 
a huge snow bank!  July is almost over and we are enjoying 
our respite from the usual massive garden. 
I hope you are setting aside time for yourself this summer...
doing what you enjoy, finding your passion...
or just "dreaming"!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Stop This Thing, It's Time To Get Off!

Want a ride on my merry-go-round this Monday?



I feel like I've been riding on it all weekend!

It's time for me to get off
and let somebody else 
have a turn!

FOUR paint projects going on in the new painting studio....

advertisement poster and (of course) bloggin'
going on at the computer....

massive weeding going on in the yard...

a broken down lawn mower
(tire gone bad) sitting in the yard...
thank goodness the heat has slowed down the grass-growing process!

garden needs watering,and some new trees, and those planters on the porch!...

Hubby says "come fishing with me, the work around here will 
be here when we get back!"
Of course, he's right!
and 
the merry-go-round
goes 
round
and 
round!

Has your summer got you spinning in circles?

See you tomorrow,friend!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Plant and Plaster Barn Revival


I have a barn full of ...
uhhh...well...
let's call them mementos!

"Mementos" from about 
every stage in my life...

going clear back to grade school days...

Mom & Dad had a little Plastercraft business in the garage.
They bought and resold figurines and wall hangings made 
out of plaster-of-paris!  A fun little business, Mom would
have painting classes at night in the little shop.  All ages of ladies
would show up with their box of brushes and tools...
pick out a piece of plasterware and start in!
Scratching and cleaning, painting and antiquing...
all the while the chatter never stopped for 3 hours.
Fun memories of many a lady that has since passed on.
Jeesh, that was a long time ago!
And that's where I got my start and love 
of painting!  Now I feel old!


It was around 1980 when the family
pooled their talents and put 
together a Craft Show!
Our house was full of every craft,
from afghans to tole painting! 
Dad would build toys out of wood
or chicken cages Mom would paint,
and both sisters brought more painted
plastercraft and tole painted plaques!
It was a lot of work and a lot of fun!
The best part was the extra cash we
earned just before Christmas!

Okay, I got a little lost on memory lane there.
Anyway I've been storing a couple pieces of that old plastercraft 
for 29 years now!  It's time I do something with them, before
my husband decides to use them for target practice!

What do you think...
are these two not worthy of saving all these years?


Each one, 3 feet of classic french country!
(it was love at first sight)

I dusted them off and found the hand written
price (in my father's hand writing) 
$22.80!
(I'll have a tough time painting over that!)

They are next on the work shop table,
several paint colors are running through my mind.
First I have to sculpt the boy a new nose!
All these years of moving them around,
somewhere along the line he got a broken nose (poor guy)!
First nose surgery, then paint!

I feel so confident about another project,
now that I've finally finished something....

This old rocking chair was first up
on my list of re-do's....



I bought a piece of fabric to recover the seat 
2 years ago!
Last week motivation set in and creativity took over....

a little sanding,
a little glazing,


Off with the old stinky fabric seat...

cut, cut, cut,
staple, staple,staple....





and Voila...


A great looking 
up-dated 
Rocking Chair!



Once scheduled for the burn pile,
now it looks great in every room of our house!



Finally ACCOMPLISHMENT!!
It feels good!




Can't wait to dip my brush into some more paint this weekend!

Oh and...

I'm seeing another 
Crafty OPEN HOUSE in my future!

Stay tuned for details soon!!


Linking with:

Miss Mustard Seed for Furniture Friday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

Guest Post


Straight from the prairie....






Trying something a little different today....

Awhile back Kevin Pearia from USDALoans.com contacted me via the blog
and asked if I would be interested in spreading the word about USDA Loans
through my blog. I didn't see any harm in it...maybe it would help somebody
out there in securing funding to purchase a home...maybe someone out there
could benefit from a few paragraphs on our blog! Wouldn't that be great?

So, to help Kevin in his effort to (quote)...
"educate people interested in living in rural areas of the United States",
I agreed to post his article as a guest post.
I hope you will take a few minutes to read this
information and forward it to anyone in the process
of relocating or buying a home.

This is not a paid advertisement.
If you would like or need more information
on this subject please contact
Kevin@usdaloans.com
or go to


Although the initial intent of USDA loans was to help rural families find more adequate housing, homebuyers can use them to leave crowded cities. USDA loans, also referred to as Rural Home loans, puts together a bundle of financial benefits that make it easier for families to finance a home in a rural area. Around since 1987, the Rural Home loan program remains a premier home financing option in small cities.
Since the program’s launch almost 25 years ago, it has taken on major eligibility amendments. Most notably, homebuyers do not have live in the smallest of cities or towns to capitalize on a USDA loan. In fact, a USDA loan may be used to finance a home in a city with a population of up to 25,000 people.
Furthermore, income requirements changed to include more middle-income families. USDA loans first aided very low and low-income families in rural areas where finding banks and lenders was difficult. Applicants for USDA loans may be approved even with income that is as high as 80 percent of the area median income.
The program’s perks attract plenty of city dwellers looking for a quieter place to live. USDA loans charge zero percent down to
qualified borrowers, saving them tens of thousands of dollars from the start. Even without spending a penny down, homebuyers can fully finance a home purchase, repair or purchase of property on which to build a home. Better yet, USDA loans have no maximum price on the home to be purchased.
Qualifying for USDA loans is made easier by lenient credit and financial standards. It’s actually possible to qualify without perfect credit. Lenders generally accept scores higher than 620. Debt-to-income (
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Interest rates for USDA loans remain low and fixed, ultimately lowering monthly payments. The program also does away with private mortgage insurance (PMI), a substantial monthly cost in conventional loans. These two features work together to significantly lower monthly payments compared to conventional home financing options.
First-time and repeat homebuyers may use the Rural Home loan program. However, families must be living in housing that is inadequate for the family’s size, as determined by the USDA. The home to be bought cannot be oversized, and the USDA again concludes what a reasonably-sized home is per the family’s size.


Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Scentsy To the Rescue!

This humid weather has brought up
every rotten smell from my damp basement,
and my sweaty husband dog,
and every cooking smell just lingers
in the house!

Uggghhhh!

Candles put off too much heat
(just makes the air conditioner work harder)
and my little incense smoking gardener
could get lung cancer trying to keep up
with all these stinky smells! 


My Scentsy
flameless candle has been 
a real life saver!


I love the summer scents I just got!
and now the house smells like Cucumber Lime!....

Yep, a cross between  the1st phase of pickle makin' 
(washing all those dang cukes)
and 
the final phase...
which is: slicin' the lime to put in my margarita
after the last jar of pickles is out of the hot water bath!

Ahhh, pure heaven...
which is where my 
Scentsy flameless candle
takes me!





I hope you will click on over
to the Scentsy link on the side bar
and check out Jen's many great looking burners
and all the wonderful scents!

Her generous sponsorship has helped 
me keep the blog alive,
I wish for you all to give her site a visit as a thank you!

Sniff, Sniff, Mmmm!




linking with:
Clytie's Random Heart Thursday
See the heart? Ya, I thought you did.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Air Dry Gets a Big Star



Remember the good old days 
when Monday was wash day?

Now-a-days every day is wash day at my house, 

and I don't have a fun neighbor to gab with over the fence,
while waiting for my bloomers to dry!




I do have a very OLD dryer and today... 

I'm giving the old Kenmore a break...




With temperatures in the upper 90's,
 it doesn't take long to dry a load of clothes!

ANOTHER
GREAT thing about SUMMER!

My 40-year-old-olive-green-
no-knob-barely-a-door-Sears
gets a few months off!

and

I get free exercise running
baskets of laundry out back!

and

we save a little $$$
(although, the air conditioner is making up for it) 


My clothes line has an 
energy star rating that can't be beat!

Oh, you do have the occasional fly-by mishap...
The birds nested above all like to
play that trick on me!

Today, I have more company....

These yellow winged dragonfly-looking 
things are all over the yard,
including every clothes pin!




They look ALIEN like!




It didn't ask me to take him to my leader?




But, after hauling a few more loads
in this heat,
they may be hauling ME away!


"Max, keep an eye on 
things around here!"



Keep on keepin' COOL!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer Fruit



Cherries anyone?

We are a long way from 
any cherry orchards...

fresh from the grocery store
will have to do!





Eating cherries
and this record-breaking
heat wave 
reminds me of 
a summer vacation in 1974!

Mom and Dad 
loaded up the '67 Chevy
and headed west to California....

The windows rolled down
was our air conditioning,
it was melting hot !

Somewhere in Colorado  
we stopped and bought a bag of fresh cherries!

I was 10 and I don't think I'd ever had fresh cherries before,
MMMM they were good!
UNTIL
Somewhere in Nevada  
the heat, the car-sickness, and the cherries
came to a head!

I never liked cherries since that 
little roadside episode...

It took me many years to recover 
and like them again
and,
I will never forget that hot car ride!





Now I enjoy cherries on solid ground
in front of the air conditioner :)


Hope you're staying cool!
Hang in there,


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