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, October 31, 2012

Whoa Hilda!

Be on the lookout!

She's coming to your neighborhood
she drives fast,
she doesn't see very well!!

Hilda! Look out for that tree!!

Have the treats
and the "Tylenol"
ready for 
Broom Hilda
when she comes 
knocking at your door!!

Happy Halloween!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Saved By a Fence

Ever road hunted before?

South Dakota pheasants
are pretty smart...

they start out here....

in the ditches
and along the roadside
where it's legal to shoot them...

then they land
in Mr. Farmer's field
where they know they're safe

Do you see them?

Do you see them yet?....

they're heading for the safety
of another fence...

they aren't sure if 
Mr. Hunter knows the 
rules or not,
so just in case...

they cackle
 (that's pheasant talk for "Run For Your Life!")
and start to fly way out 
to the middle of 
Mr. Farmers corn field.

Another close call for Mr. Pheasant!

We'll get'em next time Max!

("He hates hunting with me,
my camera doesn't shoot 
real bullets, and he never
gets to retrieve!")

Have a great Friday my friend,

linking with Jan and Jer's
Lisa and Nancy 
for Rural Thursday
hop over and join us!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Winter Is Postponed

With 2 inches of snow on the ground
I am grateful for the moisture!

what about my fall projects??

Sall and I were just getting 
on a roll with 
siding the house...

could it not have
waited until we got (at least)
one side done??

Oh, I know, 
    I know,
winter is not 
going to do me 
any favors...

could it just 
hold off a little while longer???

Can I just have 
a few more weeks of 
warm weather
to go out and take pictures
old barns,
rusty buckets,
and rotting junk??

Can winter not see 
that I am not ready to
crawl in my cave and 
turn on my money-sucking furnace!

Can this snow just melt away
and come again on Christmas Day
when I'm ready for it??

I just have 3 words...

It's too soon!!

I rest my case.

Rambling from the country,

Are You Ready For This?

Look what the north wind 
blew in last night!!

Why can't you North Dakotans
and Canadians
just keep it to yourselves?

Seriously, I really wouldn't
if you didn't share 
with me at all!!

I would gladly travel
north to get my snow fix
if I felt the need...


Ughhh, what's a country girl 
to do?....

bundle up and 
deal with it!

C'mon it's only October 25...

I gotta say, 
I'm agreein' with Max on this one...


Keep warm my friend,

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

In Their Shadows

Tagging along with men and their dogs...

men that have been hunting their whole life...

just a bunch of guys that make 
opening pheasant weekend 
more memorable
by all getting together
at the the same spot 
every year...

They come to shoot pheasants
with the boys....

and do some bonding with
their loyal 4-legged buddies...

if all goes as expected,
they get a gorgeous day,
and the birds come out 
to challenge their
shooting abilities....

the boys can still 
brag about hitting 
some fast flyers at long ranges...

and I can brag about capturing
the whole event...

right down to the
tail feather getting clipped in half!

this was a fun hunt to follow along...

and there was some awesome shooting going on...

from Winchesters and 
my canon rebel...

Some great shots
and sore legs...
but it was worth 
keeping up with the men!

Thanks for letting me tag along fellas!!

See ya next year!


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pheasant Season Opener

It was a gorgeous day to hunt

and the birds didn't let us down....

plenty to be seen!!

Here are some photos of opening day
with the gang...


Happy Hunting
please be safe!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Leaves for Leontien

a few little leaves
from the maple tree yesterday....

they are safe now....

In between

the pages



little mementos from

the season...

little pieces of nature...

captured in time,

Just like the 
on the pages
of my mind...


P.S.  A special prayer for Leontien, who is fighting her own battle with melanoma...
we are all on your side dear blogger friend!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Barn Charm 107

Somewhere in Iowa...
Rolling down the interstate at 70 m.p.h.
I managed to capture this beauty out my truck window!
Some tweaking with textures...
 I think it
turned out beautiful
(but then I am partial to barns
                   and silos
                                        and windmills!)

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything thy goodness sends.
     ~ Ralph Waldo Everson

Happy Tuesday dear friends,
thank you for being here!
My cup runneth over!

linking with Barn Charm today
stop over to see some great barnscapes!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Pheasant Prepping

Farm equipment has been rolling hard
for the past few weeks...

we keep hoping for rain,
but as you can see
the rains keep missing us
and we deal with the dust!

With the crops coming out of the fields
so is the wildlife...

tractors roll through
rousting up habitat,
leaving deer, birds, etc.
looking for new hang outs.

it's time to start wrapping our trees, 
the bucks will be in the yard at night
using them for scraping tools.

Pheasant season opens this weekend.

Out-of-state hunters
will be flocking in,
filling up hotels and hunting lodges!

and our lonely country road
will be a temporary
freeway for pickup trucks and suburbans...

the "no hunting" signs
will be up at the end of our property,
only trying to save a little 
bird population to last the whole season...

and besides our property
is our own little haven
for me to photograph
early morning pheasant guests
while they cackle and fly around the silo!

If you're a good shooter,
you should have no problem bagging
your limit...
we are seeing pheasants all over 
the roads and fields on our travels
to and from town.

I hope your fall season is 
full of fun
and you are able to
get out and 
enjoy nature!!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Monday, October 8, 2012

An Autumn Walk

Are you like me and the squirrels...
busy scurrying around 
getting ready for winter??

This cold weather has put me 
into high gear!

Opening pheasant weekend
is just two weeks away!
We'll have a few guests to put up,
so I've been converting the 
pickle/canning kitchen
into a hunter's retreat!

Last week on a quick 
supply run into town,
I decided to check out the "Nature Trail"

Shhhhh, don't tell Max!!

I knew the leaves were falling
fast, and if I didn't
go shoot some pictures
my chance would 
be GONE!!

It was a fun little

So quiet!

I checked under 
the old stone bridge
for any trolls!
(they must have migrated
south already.)

One squirrel, two deer

I could have easily
sat down on this bench 
and just done
nothing but listen
to the trees swaying in the wind
and watch the leaves
dancing in the breeze.....

Maybe tomorrow?

With Max!

Have an awesome Monday,