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, February 29, 2012

Happenings At Fort Sall




We finally got our blizzard!

The winter we never had decided 
to make it all happen on Leap Day...

The snow is still blowing here
winds are expected to die down this evening....

We haven't been snowed in all winter...
until now...

Remember?

When snow piles were forts?



and Making igloos...

Snow days were spent defending the fort

and sledding....




Dad would pull us kids around the pasture behind his truck...

No helmets required,
snacking on snow was a necessity....



Snow days rocked!






"Isn't winter the best?"






"It is when it happens on Leap Day!"




Now days...
Snow days are good for reminiscing 
and catching up on sleep!

What are you doing on this Leap Day?

I'd love to hear about it....
(unless you'd rather nap)


I'm linking this post with Marty's "A Stroll Thru Life"
the last image is a vignette of old family photos
I proudly display in the bedroom.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Blizzard Alert


While there have been several sightings
of Robins out there in Blogland...

We have yet to see any here
in eastern South Dakota!
The sparrows were all very busy yesterday
and this morning gathering and prepping
for today's blizzard....

That's right, there have been 
teams of meteorologists spreading 
the word, and warning pretty much
everyone in the state to get prepared
for a major blizzard!
Schools were called off, 100's of cancellations
across the state!

This morning?

Nothing! 

Sall stayed home from work
to avoid any snow-filled, ice-packed predicaments!

Nothing!!

Then finally at noon...

this is was what we saw... 



Okay, the huge snow flakes were melting
when they hit the window, sorry!

I'll open my window....



First came the rain,
now it's huge snow flakes...



Allright, maybe those weathermen
know what they are talking about
after all! (maybe they started listening
to the birds?)....


I'm brewing up some hot cocoa,
want to join me?




Winter ain't over yet folks!




WINTER Poem...

It's winter in South Dakota
And the gentle breezes blow
Seventy miles an hour
At thirty-five below.

Oh, how I love South Dakota
When the snow's up to your butt
You take a breath of winter
And your nose gets frozen shut.

Yes, the weather here is wonderful
So I guess I'll hang around
I could never leave South Dakota
I'm frozen to the ground!
                                                     ~source unknown


Keep warm and stay safe my friend,

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Flower Power



Some calm before the storm....




This little flower above 
my kitchen sink
has been hanging on 
for weeks!

Is it for me?

Does it know how
I'm longing to plant flowers?

While I'm washing the dishes,
is it reading my mind... 

seeing my visions of
lounging in the hammock,
smelling the fresh grass?

I think so ~

this little flower
gives me hope
of what is to come
and I'm grateful!

Peace my friend...

Waiting for the storm,
and sending calm thoughts to you,

Please, join us for Texture Tuesday today...
My flower image was enhanced with
Kim Klassen's texture, Canvasback
in Photoshop
then brought over to Photoscape 
to add text and frame.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Beauty Of Winter


I'm not the only one
anxiously waiting 
for Spring!





But, we'll just have 
to wait it out...

A blizzard is in 
our forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday!






The beauty of it is, 
I will be 
enjoying some time at home
doing things I love to do...

like playing with photos on the computer
reading a new book, 
crocheting on a blanket,
maybe even do a little more baking!





We've been so blessed 
this winter...

mildly cold temperatures...

no major Blizzards...

and an open road to town all winter long!








the kind of winter I love...

Just enough snow for 
pretty photographs...




Just enough cold air 
for a good hot summer remembrance!




Just enough winter
for me!




I can endure a little blizzard at the end of February,

because, I know spring is just around the corner!




I hope you are prepared for whatever 
comes your way this week!


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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday



Crossed

~

Glimpse

~

Handwritten

~

Bliss

~

Gray


Those are the items for this week's
Scavenger Hunt 
at
Ashley Sisk's Ramblings and Photos


I've been wanting to participate in this challenge
for a long time...

For reasons unknown, every item
popped onto my scene TODAY
all by coincidence!

see what you think...


Crossed....



Maddy and Lucy, paws crossed enjoying a cat nap


Glimpse...


On another trip to Walmart this morning,
Sall barely got the truck stopped in time to 
get the photo!  We had a glimpse of them before
these mule deer ran off.


Handwritten...


Sall's been hinting about homemade bread for months,
this afternoon I broke out the recipe!
Handwritten and laden with stains from butter to molasses


Bliss...


Nothin' says lovin' like sweet rolls
from the oven!  Sall got his wish...
homemade bread and cinnamon rolls!
True Bliss


Gray...


and finally my gray-haired hubby
in his gray robe getting a back rub
from our gray cat Maddy.

Thank you, Ashley, for hosting!
You can click over to Ramblings and Photos
and enjoy many fun entries at...


Have a Great Sunday!

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Hollywood Glam



Anyone tuning in to 
the Oscars 
tonight?






I am...


but, Sall just looks at me
like I'm an idiot!
(lovingly, of course)





I'm just a sucker
for all that Hollywood 
Glam and Glitter....


Vintage Hollywood Sexy Actresses


I lay around dreaming
about a Hollywood hunk
escorting me down the Red Carpet....










and Hollywood Paparazzi
blinding me....




And if you believe all that,
I've got a gold mine out back if you're interested!


Seriously, I would be one of 
those star-struck people if I ever
ran into a real live movie star...


 It gave me chills
standing in Liz Taylor's footprints....


My size 8's next to her tiny shoeprint


My mom and I toured Hollywood 
and took the Universal Studio Tour....
25 years ago!


Here I am at Grauman's Chinese Theater,
she took my picture beside Burt Reynold's square
uucckkk, that was a LONG time ago!


On the Universal Studio Tour we rode a tram
and saw the back lots....

They show you all kind of Movie set secrets,
like how they shot the water scenes from JAWS...


The Leave It To Beaver House,
Norman Bate's House from Psycho,

and here's a little Hollywood trivia...

Do you recognize this house?



I'll let you do some guessing...


Hollywood was a fun experience...

Unfortunately, no Hollywood producer saw me
to "discover" me and not one Hollywood Hunk
asked me out!

So, here I am on the prairie 25 years later,
popping popcorn and getting set to watch
the Oscars all by myself!






It will be a fun night!


Enjoy the show
or whatever you're doing this evening!



Did you figure out who's house that was yet?
(click here for an interesting website about it) 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Branded for Birthday Boy

Tomorrow our grandson turns 2!!

He's a long way from Sall Farm
and we won't be able to celebrate with him,
but we were able to Skype
and watch him open
his birthday present from us.




I posted about the "SURPRISE"
Grandpa Sall was making for him
(you can see it here)




Grandpa Sall has been building wooden crates
for our Deluxe Kosher Dill Pickles
for a few years....

each one gets the "Sall Farm" logo
branded on both sides!





For Wyatt,
he decided to make 
a special tool box!







with the Family Name,
Family Brand
on one side











And Wyatt's own name 
painted on the other side!






Then Grandpa got the wild idea of filling it up...

with real tools!

Yep, his very own set of tools
HAMMER and all!





The grandson of a builder
needs real tools, doesn't he??

Needless to say, Wyatt loved it all!

(Mommy and Daddy are keeping the
hammer in a special place for awhile!)

Happy Building Birthday Boy!

here's a video
of Sall's Branding Iron
in action....





Thanks for stopping in today,
Have a Great Saturday!

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