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, August 23, 2014

Pickles Are Priority

 My biggest fans 
are bored with me...

"couldn't she just spend a little more time with us?"

"maybe just one blog bone extra here or there?"

"are those pickles really that important??? REALLY???"

I'm so sorry to keep my followers hanging,
but it has been a gruelling pickle season...

 the pickle patch called both me and Sall
every day for several weeks
I'm happy to report the last pickles
were processed on Thursday!!

that strenuous job of picking cucumbers everyday
 has come to an end in 2014
and the results are on the shelves...

not as many as last year
(it seems age is catching up to me here!)
but, enough to keep our standing orders filled...
and our own pickle cravings satisfied for another year.

 I gathered, I processed, I conquered!

Once again Grandma Bertha would be proud...
and so am I
(if I do say so myself!)

What next??
a short break...
and then it's "Sallsa" time!!
 Hope you are enjoying some fresh
garden produce too...

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Vroom, Vroooom

For a small town of 1100 people,
there is never a shortage of things to do...

this weekend the 4-H County Achievement Days
were going on 
along with
a city-wide rummage sale,
the Prairie Hills Art Show,
the Foothills Classic Car & Tractor Show!

  The sound of thunder, lightening and 
garden-soaking rain woke me up at 5a.m!!
I waited out the short rain storm, then headed
out to the garden and picked a basket full of zinnias....

My Goal:
to fill up as many vintage mason jars
as I can and spread some smiles around town!

I set up my flower cart on the porch
at Sweet Grass and talked cars, flowers, and art
with passer-bys and looky-lous....

In between visits I wandered up and down 
main street with my camera (of course)...

There were some really awesome
cars on display!!

Barney must've been in the 
hardware store buying bullets....

Across from Barney Fife's police car
was this cute little red truck!
Why do old red trucks 
always make me smile??

I bet this guy is careful about 
parking near any beaver huts!!
(now that's some master wood crafting!!)....

I think I would've given this guy
all of my zinnias to sit behind the 
wheel of his gorgeous Pontiac convertible!....

 This old Ford looked most at home
on Main Street Wessington Springs.
It should, because it was originally purchased 
in Wess. Springs in 1964 at Warner Motors.

It's current owner is one of Wessington Springs
adopted good-old-boys...
Now retired from delivering packages,
he probably knows every resident in Wessington Springs,
all of their kid's names, their address, their hobbies, 
and probably their dogs' name too!!

the truck's got a good owner
and a smart one too
(see his motto in the passenger window?)
 He knew every little known fact
about the year "1964"!

Maybe because him and his 
dog spend too many weekends
at car shows talkin' about trucks?

There were fleets of tractors....
John Deeres

Fords too....


 But the cars 
intrigued me the most,
especially the ones 
covered in chrome!

 Usually it's a song that will
spark a memory in my mind...

today it was a Pontiac!

I stood there and staired at the console 
and was over-whelmed by good memories
of my hot-rodding brother.
The day he gave me a ride in his '67 Grand Prix.
I was awestruck by the chrome and the wood
everywhere and then he floored it!!
He was the coolest brother ever!

 Today I had to call him and
remind him of that!

In my family, brothers and cars were 
just part of the landscape...
there was usually always a car or two
in the driveway with legs sticking
out from under neath it or a head 
buried somewhere between a transmission
and a carburetor
usually with oil everywhere
and cuss words flowing profusely!

Oh those were the days! 

Neither of them still have any of their classic cars now,
but I bet this post
will light up some old fires!

 I know I'd love to 
ride down memory lane
in an old classic!

 Pack up my Packard
and I'm down the road...

 My Dad didn't always approve of his 
boys' cars and hot-roddin' ways,
but, (truth be known)
he probably did the same things
when he was a boy!

Thanks for the memories, boys!
p.s. I can't believe I don't have one picture of that 
burgundy Pontiac Grand Prix!! I'm pretty sure it never
sat still long enough for a Kodak moment!!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Buy a Smile

I'll be in town selling smiles today!!

Zinnia bouquets fresh from our garden...
spread the word 
make somebody smile today!

See you at Sweet Grass!