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!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Oh my, it's been awhile

Shame on me...
not one post since 
October 23rd!!
I guess we're due for some 
serious blog "down time"

Grab a cup of tea and let's catch up...

My sister's almost converted me to a tea drinker...
she lost her husband to sudden heart failure
shortly before Christmas,
so I try to drop in on her as much as I can.
She always puts a kettle of water on the stove
and shares her tea with me.
We try to laugh and get her to think positive...
someone to talk to is a good thing
when you are all alone!

I've decided I better stock up on
tea bags, just in case she ever decides
to leave that lonely farm and come visit me!

It took awhile to get the Christmas decorations put away,
but I finally managed it...

the kitchen hutch has a new January look,
Grandma's old silver came out of the box
to share the shelf with my favorite picture of 
the original settler's of the farm we live on.
She would just love to see it and be able to tell
me how she's directly related to the family in that picture!


"THINGS" are just "things"
until you can put a face and a name to it 
then they become MEMORIES,
then they become HISTORY,
then they are ME.

So, as you may guess, Christmas was over-shadowed
with loss and grief this year.
Thank Heaven for grand-children,
especially our two goof ball
Their sweet faces always
bring a smile to our hearts...

Here they are so proud of how well
they set the table...

Unfortunately, a winter storm was heading 
toward the Dakotas and they had to leave 
on Christmas day to beat the storm!
Good thing Santa got here when he did!

Coming from Kansas City, the girls
wanted 3 feet of snow to play in!
Too bad the 10 inches we got didn't 
come earlier...Grandpa piled it up
with the tractor and thought of them!

the snow brought cold temperatures
and it's been frigid and icy ever since...

Traveling back and forth to the new store hasn't been fun!

The fairies from our fairy garden 
changed their address and packed up,
residing in Florida by now I'm sure!

Oh the joy of living a South Dakota winter!

That's why we are tough as nails up here...

This weekend the temp is supposed to drop
to 20 below...

we're making a big pot of
chicken noodle soup
with home made noodles!

Put on your long johns and come join us!
We'll visit about new year resolutions...
happier times to come,
the memories we've made...
and how next Christmas we 
can all meet in 

"Feline Navidad!"


barb said...

You're back. It's about time. Do you need a social secretary?

Tara J. Okerson said...

I like your meet in Mexico idea!

Country Gal said...

Lovely post and photos . I am sorry to hear about your sisters husband . Good to have you back in blog land . We did have very cold temps and snow but now it has been mild with rain . This time of year here in Ontario Canada we are usually buried in snow and 30 below or colder but not this year so far . We are tea granny's here lol could be the British in us lol ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

janice15 said...

Such a lovely post, my condolences to you and your dear sister death is difficult i'm still trying to deal with Mamas it will be two years this march.. Sending much love and hugs. Your photos look lovely snow and all.. I'm in San Francisco ca, so it's been pretty much rain and our cold at the lowest was 39 ... But I've been in your weather years ago. Wishing you all well glad you came back and i will surely meet you in Mexico. With love Janice

Bonnie K said...

Good to hear from you. I am so sorry about your brother-in-law. Did your grandchildren miss the storm? We hit it just west of Pierre Christmas Day and my sister hit it east of Pierre. Made for a long drive home after a wonderful Christmas. Glad they were able to spend time at Grandma and Grandpa's.

Karen said...

So wonderful to hear from you! Our weather is similar, but we have less snow (so far). I'm sorry to hear of your sister's loss, how very sad. Sending my deepest condolences and prayers.

Melinda said...

So sorry to hear about your brother-in-law.
Blessings and prayers for the family.

BTW--22 below is way too cold for me!!

Stay warm!

M : )