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!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Walks On Water

An avid duck hunter was in the market for a new bird dog. His search ended when he found a dog that could actually walk on water to retrieve a duck. Shocked by his find, he was sure none of his friends would ever believe him.

He decided to try to break the news to a friend of his, the eternal complainer who refused to be impressed with anything. This, surely, would impress him. He invited him to hunt with him and his new dog.

As they waited by the shore, a flock of ducks flew by. they fired, and a duck fell. The dog responded and jumped into the water. The dog, however, did not sink but instead walked across the water to retrieve the bird, never getting more than his paws wet. This continued all day long; each time a duck fell, the dog walked across the surface of the water to retrieve it. 

The complainer watched carefully, saw everything, but did not say a single word.

On the drive home the hunter asked his friend, "Did you notice anything unusual about my new dog?"

"I sure did," responded the complainer. "He can't swim."

The duck hunting tradition continues
this weekend at the Sall Farm.
It seems Sall was unable to manage a gun and a camera
during the opening weekend,
but I will try to get some photos
of the bounty
and the new plucker!

Stay tuned....

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Our New Vintage Outlet

My Etsy shop went South for awhile...
(not "south" as in downhill!)

South as in a shop at Kansas City!!

A friend of a friend and her friends 
all gathered their treasures
and are renting a space in the
"West Bottoms" district
of Kansas City....

The art community supports this district
on the first Friday of every month
by coming out in droves to shop the 
huge variety of galleries and shops!

Food vendors and musicians
on the sidewalks make it a really
unique and fun experience!!

So my stuff...
along with all the other stuff
will be at it's new location...
for the next 3 months

and some pretty
wonderful "STUFF"
it is!....

Dreamy Handbags....

Garden  Finds...

Victorian Elegance....

Country Charm....

Cottage Cuteness!

Rustic Relics....

and it's all gathered in
a charming old post office 
along side some 
talented artists' 
studio workshops!

So please tell your friends,
and if you are in the area
please stop in and check it out!!!

Tell'em the girl with 
the South Dakota Blog
sent you!


P.S.  Check out "Our Generation's" face book page for more info
and details!  Here's a link to their page,  GO!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Around the Midwest In 3 Days

Grandma's got a new outlet for her Etsy stuff!

Grandpa's got a new duck plucker!

And Grand-daughter #1 finally got her birthday present...

The last 4 days have been
a whirlwind of activity...

If anybody's wondering why
my Etsy shop is empty,
it's because I packed it all up 
and hauled it to Kansas City!
We are trying out a new market...
and I'll be sharing it 
on the blog in another post.

While I was in Kansas City,
Sall stayed home for the opening
weekend of duck hunting.
He and his buddies had a good weekend,
as there are plenty of ducks to shoot at!
They managed to have a duck dinner one night,
so I'm still waiting to hear all about that
and hopefully he got some pictures!!!
The new duck plucker machine 
is what I'm really anxious to see...
that will be another post to share!

As you can tell, I have a lot 
of catching up to do around here...

Hope your day is real winner!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Parting With Summer

Farewell  to Summer....

and what a sweet summer it was!

I want to move to a place
where it's summer
all year!

Really, I do!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Yesterday was a cruel and ugly 
reminder of how the wind can howl here 
on the prairie...

which reminds me of blowing snow
which makes me think of all 
the work to do 
to get ready for 
the Winter wind 
that will be pounding on our door
in a few weeks!....

sealing up cracks,
more insulation,
digging up bulbs,
fix the roof,
the list is endless
just like all the useless junk laying around....

there's junk accumulating
in every orifice of this farm
and  "I NEED A TRUCK!"
to haul it all away...

I saw this beauty out in the Black Hills...

doesn't she just scream

I dream of her and I hauling junk
for days on end
and having the best time ever...

We would be cruisin' down the road...
I'd be singin' and she'd be hummin'...

We'd become B.F.F's,
Lizzy and I,
on our quest to 
clean up this farm!

and when all the junk 
was hauled away...

I'd paint her portrait 
and hang it on the wall,
for all to remember
the red truck 
that prettied the place up!

Have a super Wednesday!

I'm joining up (a first for me) with
for "Rednesday"
stop by and enjoy seeing alotta RED!

sharing at...
The Creative Exchange
 (a fun place to see some 
gorgeous photography!)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Too Windy For Anything - Let's Quilt!

The wind is blowing up to 60 mph here today!

I just pulled all of my flower pots up close to the house...
they all are getting a terrible beating out there!

The wind is straight out of the west
and packing some real PUNCH!

Everything on my south facing porch
is slowly sliding to the east!

As I sit here at my desk, I just 
hope the roof holds!
I'm sure I'll be gathering up shingles
when the wind lets up....

In the meantime
I've decided to take you to a quilt show!

I think my mother's quilting pals are getting ready for
another season of quilt making and I still haven't 
shown you all of the wonderful summer quilts 
over at Mrs. Z's!!!

So hang on to your hats and tag along
for some great summer


Sit back, relax,
get yourself a cup 
of tea 
this will be some eye candy
for those of you
who love to quilt 
and those of you
who just love a good 
blanket to snuggle under!

Last December I was a guest at 
the quilter's Christmas Brunch
hosted by Mrs. Z...

she was gracious enough to let
me take pictures of many of her 
quilts she has displayed around her house....

it was a lovely brunch 
and I took enough pictures to 
fill several blog posts!

I'm thinking Mrs. Z
could have her 
own cable show...


This busy quilting lady
has her hands full
making quilts
and helping others...

I'm just grateful she doesn't mind
me showing off all of her precious labors of love!

This sweet Flowers and Hats
pattern was a wall hanging in a spare bedroom...

The bed was covered with a queen size
quilted bedspread 
with a Flower Basket pattern...

All of the baskets done in blue
and every flower a different
cheery color of the rainbow...

Twila's quilt and my watercolor imagery
melded together in perfect harmony....

We go from soft shades of Spring and Summer
SOFT wools  cut and made into
warm baskets of flowers 
to cover us for the winter!

This was my favorite,
just because of the interesting texture
the wool gave to the 
cut out images...

SEW many stitches!

the warm tones of blues, lavenders, golds, and browns...

One gorgeous show-stopping quilt!
Displayed hanging on a hand-made quilt rack
above the bed....


"Thanks again, Mrs. Z, for sharing
all of your beautiful quilts with us!
(and if you're interested in your own show
I'll have my people call your people:)"

I hope you enjoyed!
Have a great day and don't blow away,

Some Prairieness

A prairie photo...
a few textures...
and a quote...
sharing it all with Kim Klassen's

Stay out of the wind and come
join the fun!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Mosaic Monday

Man has accomplished much

with the help of a good work horse...

and the ingenuity of a good tractor....

may your work horse be healthy 
and your tractor well-tuned...

Have a great Monday!

(See you over at Mary's for Mosaic Monday)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Our Versatile Blog Gets An Award

It was such a pleasant surprise to open up my email and find this award!

Cindy over at Old Time Pickers was sweet enough to pass along
The Versatile Blogger award to us!

"Thank You, Cindy!"

I always have thought being versatile is a good thing,
so I am happy to accept and hope you
 will check out The Old Time Pickers blog.
It's filled with wonderful ideas and tips on crafting, collecting and picking!
She has a great life of hunting for vintage treasures and reselling them in her shop
and she shares it all on her fun blog.

So after accepting The Versatile Blogger Award, the blogger must...
1. Thank the person who gave the award and link back to them in your post.
2. Share seven things about yourself.
3. Pass this award along to 10 recently discovered blogs.

now, 7 things about me....

(bear with me now...)

1.  I hate to cook and love to eat.
2.  I prefer movies over books.
3. I'm patient with people, and impatient with myself.
4.  I'm a real softy.
5.  if I had a dollar for every idea I had, I'd be richer than Oprah.
6.  I'm about as exciting as a cardboard box.
7.  I'm a Grammy winning singer in the car,
but don't ask me to speak in public!

(Yikes, that's painful...
I'd rather have a root canal!)

And now I have to pass the baton 
and make 10 bloggers go through their own agony
(I won't hold it against you if you decline)...
and instead of 10, let's make it 5...

(#8. I like to change the rules!)

hop on over to these versatile blogs and see what you find! I bet it will be something interesting!
Thanks again to Cindy and all of our readers, friends and followers...
you give us reason to find the good in every day and blog about it!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Life's Little Surprises

Sall's latest job has been at 
an old country church...

Saint Placidus Catholic Church
is a lonely little church on a lonely little road...

Members have been coming to this church
for a century.

Today it has around 30 
members in the congregation
and they have voted 
to invest in a bathroom!
No longer will they have to rely
on the old outhouse when they come to worship!

Oh yes, it's been the talk of the county...
a monumental occasion in it's own right.

it's been a fun project to be a part of
Sall has enjoyed meeting 
some of the church committee members

30 years of building and this is his 
first church bathroom installation!

You just never know what's coming
next out here on the prairie!

Tuesday the walls were finished and ready to be painted,

I headed over there with my paint gear and drove up 
to the front doors to unload...

I stepped out of my van and just at my feet was a message...
literally a MESSAGE!

There in the grass lay a fortune cookie message...

If it dropped out of someone else's pocket,
or if the wind brought it to this spot...
I will never know
I do know 
everything has a reason
and I needed these words
on a morning that I was feeling
dull and weak...

someone was watching over me,
and wanted to give me a message...

I got it
and for this I am thankful!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I Need To Get Out More

....and I don't mean out to the clothesline!

When it comes right down to it,
I am a "home"- body!

I love my little place out in the
peace and quiet of rural America...

and if you gave me a choice of 
visiting the city or staying home to work,
I'd stay home!

But, lately the crafty bug has been
buzzing around my door...

I love to visit all the creative bloggers' sights 
and go there as often as I can - 
that's where I get to feeling "out of the loop"!


Saturday, I left Sall for Sioux Falls...
Destination: Sidewalk Art Festival

I needed a refresher course in arts and crafts...
and boy did I GET IT....

hundreds of booths and a TON of people!!

It was pushing towards 90 degrees 
and there wasn't near enough shade...

Mom had to find a shady place to sit
while I ventured out to see it ALL!

Hand made 
Hand Made
everything Hand MADE!

Embroidered dish towels 
(nothing new, I have a drawer
full of those that grandma made!)

Someone's been busy, that's alot of embroidered dishtowels!

Hand bags!!  Lots of Hand-made Hand Bags!!
Lots of cute ones too, but $95.00???
I'll stick with the old one I have...
(maybe my sister will be sweet enough 
to give me one of her new designs:) hint,hint!)

Okay, so I'm definately seeing a trend here...

Old and re-purposed junk all over the festival!

How do they come up with such cool ideas
for all this junk???

This booth had all kinds of the same junk 
I have back at the farm.
Note to self: clean out barn for future financial gain.

I do love all the crappy crafts though!!

Enough to go home and do some inventory...

A lot of looking...
a lot of walking...
some good sidewalk entertainment...

I left the festival with sweaty clothes,
a ton of ideas, and some good pictures for 
this blog post.

Not one purchase (darn)...
it's all a little too pricey for this tight-wad.
Not that I blame the vendors,
they put a lot of time and money into their wares,
and deserve to get top-dollars.
I would trade places with any crafter that 
could sit at home all winter and make and sell crafts
that would pay my bills!

Of course, that would mean I'd have 
to leave home....
Something to think about!