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!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Happy Hunting

Nice hunting days
have been limited this year...

just as getting 
your limit 
has been limited
this year!

October has turned 
cool and damp on us,
but it hasn't 
our spirits!

Although the pheasant
numbers are way down this year...
it is not impossible
to see groups of them
early in the morning...

Here's a tip...

fill up on your 
favorite brew
around 8:00 a.m.
then head out
just after sun up...

If the sun stays
the birds will come out too...

and if it's 
just another
cold and cloudy day,
you may as well
stay home and look through
old hunting photos...

 Remember when...

Recall the stories
from Uncles and Grandfathers...


 And plan for
a better day to 
maybe in November?

'Cause better days are ahead
and this girl's hunting days
aren't over by a long shot!

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S.  The lady in photo #1 is taken from a vintage South Dakota postcard
(Lynn, you've asked about her before, I knew I'd get around to answering your question some day!)
The rest of my photo subjects are relatives of Sall's.... a niece, 2 nephews, his brother, his Uncle Clarence and his wife Faye and their hunting buddies from circa 1947.
Hunting runs deep through the Sall veins.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Rooster Collage

A Beautiful Bird

I've featured them here
at Sall's Country Life
several times, 
in their after-life/before-dinner
state of being...

They truly deserve more...

let's give them their 
fair share of glory...

these fine, gorgeous
and stately birds...

our "State Bird"...

we honor you!

Happy Fall!
and keep your head down
if you look like a pheasant!

Sunday, October 20, 2013


If you travel across South Dakota
right now you'll see the 
same sign everywhere...


With an economic boost
of $25 Billion dollars in sales
the red carpet has been rolled out 
to welcome hunters from everywhere! 

Yesterday was opening day
and the pheasant hunters 
gathered and hunted...

I had the pleasure of walking
and hunting along side 
a group of investment bankers
from all over the U.S.

I took pictures for them
and put together
a slideshow CD
as a souvenir
of their South Dakota
Hunting Adventure...


 Unlike today's windy and cold weather,
yesterday was the perfect day
for hunting...

Nice and sunny...

just enough clouds in the sky
to make the pictures perfect!

these hunters 
were getting a glimpse 
of how lucky we 
are to live in South Dakota...

after 4 hours of marching through
corn strips on a professional hunt,
I went over to our local hunt 
and walked along with them...


the same beautiful scenery...


row after row of bird feed
and cover...


we walked in some pretty big 

too big for the amount 
of hunters in our local group

I think we were just chasing 
animals around,
or maybe 
they were 
just chasing us around?

see the deer looking at me
in this shot...

here's a closer look...


he was running up ahead of 
me giving all the 
pheasants the heads
up that hunters 
are coming!

I made it over and around
and at the bottom was 
this quagmire of brush...

I thought I was just gonna
have to give up and live with 
the deer here!

Seriously by this point 
my legs and feet were so tired,
I was ready to call a helicopter
to lift me out of there!

My boots wouldn't stay tied,
the weeds kept catching them,
It felt like walking in quick sand!
Every step the tall bent over stalks
would grab my feet and hold them!

the guys were all way ahead of me,

who's dumb idea was this anyway?

from there it turned into a jungle
of 10 foot tall sorghum and pure mud...

I struggled all the way back to the road!
When I got in the truck I told Sall
I'm going home!
Seven hours of hunting was plenty...
then I spent the next 7 hours
editing 400 photos.
By 2:00 today I had all of 
my souvenir CD's ready to deliver...
All of the hunters loved the pictures!
Thank Goodness,
maybe I can buy
a massage session
with my earnings!

Take care and
don't get taken down
by monster weeds,

p.s. here's a link to the SD Game Fish and Park website on the economic impact hunting has on our state, INTERESTING! click here

Saturday, October 12, 2013


I did it!

I finally "manned up"
and kept my 
appointment at the 
Dentist Office...


this tooth had to go...

I wasn't about 
to fork over $2400.00
for a root canal
to save a molar...

so out it went...

My dentist told me 
teeth will pop out easily
of older people,
especially those that smoke!

found this fitting photo on the internet at: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/sea-otter-with-a-toothache-max-allen.html

After approximately
2 hours of tugging
and twisting...
then finally grinding
it into little pieces, 
I was regretting both my youth
and my good habits!!

Hope you are enjoying
your Saturday!
Hugs and Moans,
P.S.Have you flossed today?

Monday, October 7, 2013

I'm Seeing RED

 Happy Fall!

 One more round of 
tomato juice today...

this is it...

the last of them...


I hope!

the end of canning season
is a good reason to go off the wagon
on a Monday afternoon!


The Bloody Mary's 
will be ready
before the last jar pops!

Let the party begin,

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Where Has the Month Gone?

As I hang my head with shame
I can not believe
it's been a month
since I last did a blog post!!


Fill up your cup and let's
just review what's been happening
in Sall's Country Life...
(I hope you like the circus,
cause that's what it feels like most days!)
Oh and yes...
we even went to the real one
in Kansas City!!
The grand kids all got to spend
a day with Grandpa and Grandma Sall...
short of $20.00 refreshments,
they can get that kind of 
entertainment at the farm
any time they want,
but the Barnam &Bailey show was quite spectacular!!

We got our son's family moved
out of New York and 
into Iowa!
We were dumb lucky enough to
be in Iowa City to help unload
box after heavy box, finagle huge art work
into small spaces, and sweat like pigs 
carrying it all from 2 lots down the street
(as the moving truck was too big
to park beside their house!)
This old lady found out she is out of SHAPE!!

Back at the farm....

the tomato and pepper harvest
kept me busy!

Tomato Juice,
Sweet Relish,
Hot Relish,
Canned Tomatoes...
my kitchen has 
been "SMOKIN HOT"!

This will be the last week
for tomatoes,
frost is expected this weekend...
thank goodness!

It's time to get out 
of the kitchen and back 
in to my crafty room!

In between canning 
I managed to get a few memory blocks done...
a few orders have been filled...

this was a fun one 
for a sports lovin' Freshman Girl...

Sall Construction has
been busy building a house
for a good friend of ours...
the project started in mid July
and kept me running since then...

Just a simple, no frills kind of house

But, being the contractor's wife,
the painter, the stainer,
the decorator, the shopper, 
the book-keeper,
and the inspector...
well, let's just say I'm swamped!

Back and forth from the building site
to my kitchen...

Sioux Falls, Mitchell, Huron
for everything from paint
to furniture...

Do you know it's been 28 years since I shopped
for a couch?

Boy, did I get a bad case of sticker shock!!

Three trips and 5 furniture stores later,
we picked out a couch, 2 chairs, end tables
and a desk!
Furniture arrives tomorrow,
I hope Farmer C. likes his new 
furniture as well as he likes his new house?

Things are wrapping up at the job site...

wrapping up in the garden...

Fall is upon us!!

Time to start thinking about winterizing 
around here....
One thing I love about winter,
 it's a little slower pace...
and more time for 
layin' around!!
Well, now I'm caught up!
Time to go work on some curtains,
and deliver 
a belated birthday present
to my sister!
I owe her a blog post too!
Stay tuned for that!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a happy day.