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, November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving Break - Ouch!

What a hectic week this has been...

as the weather-vane in this picture
suggests, I did not know 
if I was going up or down...

that was just about the time
my back went out...
then I knew I was going down!!

My prairie-life is far from boring
most of the time...

If I can get out and
capture a few serene shots
of the farm, I am grateful...

These Dakota skies never let me down...

Some paint work in town 
kept me in the creative zone this week...

Our small town is lucky enough
to have a new bakery/coffee shop/eatery
opening SOON...

They commissioned me to 
paint something special on one wall...

Sall applied his artistic hand-texture,
and I high-lighted it with paint and glazes...

The shop will be called "Sweet Grass"
and that is what the customers
will see when they first enter the shop!...

Speaking of baking and eating...

How was your Thanksgiving??

Our electricity went out for a couple
of hours Thursday morning...
I was seriously beginning to wonder
if we might be driving to McDonalds??

It finally came back on just in time 
to get our small turkey in the oven!

We assembled the stuffing the night before,
but I still had a pie to bake....

a corn casserole to make,
 and potatoes and gravy to fix...

I got the corn dish 
and my pumpkin pie together
and when I bent over 
to check the pie in the oven
that's when my back went wacky!

after that my day was shot...

I didn't feel like setting a fancy table,
the food didn't taste good ,
and all I could feel was 
pain shooting through my spine...

the only good thing was that 
I got out of doing the dishes!

After about 36 hours of laying flat on
my back, the inflammation has gone 
down and I feel good enough to sit
at my desk again....
it's a good thing, because
I have 598 photos to process!!

Did I mention I'm trying to get 
a photography business started? 

Sunday I spent a couple hours 
on a family photo shoot...

four of the cutest kids...


and Boots....

A little time consuming,
it's doing what I love to do!!

Next week I train for 
another part-time job...

wish me luck,
and don't step on any
you never know who's back
it's going to break!!

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Trophy Buck

Deer Season opened 

Hunters with rifles
were armed and looking 
for that trophy buck...

Our neighborhood
roads were busy...

If I were a deer in this neighborhood,
I would keep my head down!

Cause, deer hunting around here
is a family tradition...

The more points you have,
the more hunters you have on your trail....

This 6x6 buck wandered out too far...

now our friends wife has to figure
out how to keep it off of her living room wall!

I'm happy Sall doesn't have a deer license,
my walls are full!

Happy Sunday, friend!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Hunting With The Veteran

Yesterday the fog rolled in....

and almost foiled the 
annual Sall Brother's hunt!

Sall's brother, Doug, likes 
to get up to the prairie 
at least once a year and shoot 
some birds with his little brother!

if there's one thing these 
two like to do,

They headed out,
and I wondered if I
was going to see them again
after they faded
into the fog??

 I waited and watched and 
listened to the dead silence...

the pheasants were holding tight
and were not 
going to make it an
easy hunt for the Sall boys today!!

We headed for a tree grove 
and saw a few more birds...

on this wet day, it seems 
the cover of the trees 
was a better place to be...

it was also a little tougher
to hit one flying through
the tree branches!

It seemed the pheasants
were going to win the battle today,
so we headed back to the house 
for some lunch....

lo and behold as the soup's 
heating up...
out comes a brazen rooster
right through our yard!!

we grabbed the cameras and
got a shot of him out my kitchen window,
and as you might expect
by the time a gun was loaded 
the smart rooster headed for cover!!

Not ready to give up yet,
we headed for the back 10 
with hopes of chasing one of 
the dumber ones to the edge of the property,
where we could actually shoot 
and not spook all of our 
resident garden pheasants!!

Sure enough, after sweeping the trees...

Doug actually got the first and only rooster
of the day!!

Score 1 for Doug!!

the birds were hangin' low today
and we were all satisfied with 
the 2 mile walk we got in 
and the 1 bird in our bag....

we headed back to the house 
where they could do a little
target shooting with Doug's 
antique rifles...

Doug is not only a veteran,
but an avid gun collector, and historian...

watching the two of them 
talking GUNS, shooting, 
and bonding (as brothers do)
made me smile 
and think of their long history together....

Whoa, 50 years ago...
Doug was in the army,
little Sall was 12!

many years and 
many hunts
have come
and went....

 You Sall's sure
know how to stay young!!

Happy Veteran's Day, Doug!
Thanks for another good hunt
one for the history book...

Friday, November 9, 2012

Wishful Thinking

When I get an idea

it's like seeing the light at the 

end of the tunnel...

my ideas can 
engulf me and grow wings...

my mind takes flight 
and my spirit soars....

I get all happy and excited,

like Max does when Sall picks up the gun
and says,
"Let's Go!"

then reality sinks in,

obstacles show up
and darkness appears....

nothing is ever simple



but, I stay positive
and keep 
on smilin'....

tomorrow's another day....

and Dreamin' is free....

Thanks for stopping by,
sharing hugs and dreamy wishes
with you today!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Good Times and Pheasants

At the end of the day....

in South Dakota....

after you've walked
through miles of corn....

crossed creek beds....

surrounded slough bottoms....

After you've shot at 
loads of pheasants...

At the end of the day...

after breathing in cool fresh air...

hearing the sound of nothing 
but corn stalks brushing your boots


the fluttering of wild wings taking flight...

with nobody but good friends
and your loyal dog at your side....

At the end of the day...

after the birds are bagged 

and an excellent cook has
turned your bounty 
into a feast fit for a king...

At the end of day....

you sit down and relive
it all

in front of the fire
with a glass of Irish whiskey in one hand
and a good cigar in the other....


At the end of the day...

the hunt is over
but the memories live forever.


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these photos were all taken at 
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