I’m Seeing Red!

No, I’m not mad. I’m not upset. I’m just seeing red today.
      This is my new red dutch oven my MIL bought for me. She knew I wanted a cast iron cook pot
      for simmering roast on our wood stove. And she knows how much I love red. So this beauty is
      both cast iron and red! I can’t wait to use it. If you’ve never had a roast that has simmered for
      hours on the top of a wood stove top-you don’t know what you’re missing girls!
      Red apples for applesauce!
This isn’t red, but I ran across it while browsing my photos. I shot this in a restaurant
in Wawa where we went blueberry picking in August. I thought it was a turkey made with
ties. But as I look closer I see it has eyes. Creepy, I think! I do think someone with
imagination could make a turkey tie wall hanging. What do you think, is it cute or creepy?
Another question too- how long does it take you (on average) to create a post? Another blogger
friend was mentioning how much time it takes for her to post, so I’m just curious now as to
how long it takes most bloggers. I’m not revealing how long it takes ME to post on the grounds
that it might incriminate me or make others think less of me. So please let me know!
Have a wonderful fall weekend friends!


A Hoot of a Give-Away!

  Hoot! Hoot!
My sweet blogger friend Trish over at Notes of Sincerity is having an October give-away.
I’m not going to give you the details, but I will tell you this white little hooter is involved!
If you have never visited Trish’s blog, you are in for a treat as well. She eats, drinks, and
sleeps quilting, I think. How else could she turn out all those happy coverlets she makes?
I am on my way over this very minute to register,  and then I’m going to show you my
make-do autumn arrangements.
O.K. I’m back. Am I fast, or not?
Seriously, I am on this kick to ‘make-do’. It all started with the whole de-cluttering
process. I think when you go through so much stuff and determine that you haven’t
used it in years and don’t even want it or need it anymore, it gets you to thinking about
your future purchases. I find that I now ask myself just how badly I want something or
really need the item before I just up and buy it on a whim- just because I can.


Last week I discovered that my box full of fall decor was stuffed out in the shed
with all the other boxes from what was once our garage, which as most of you
know is now the MIL camp. So this was the perfect opportunity to put my money
where my mouth is and ‘make-do’! The pumpkin in my wooden bowl was ‘free’ at
the pumpkin patch and the gourds were a gift from my daughter. Not sure how long
this will last, but I’m really enjoying with the challenge.
This was taken yesterday, between downpours, on our way up to the Canadian Carvers gift
shop. My SIL brought my MIL back from Michigan and we had to visit ‘The Voyageur’s
Cookhouse’ for sweets and tea and then on to shop. No, I didn’t buy a thing.
How are the colors out your way? I really do love hearing what’s happening where you live!

The Pumpkin Patch

   We had so much fun with our daughter and the grandchildren last weekend at the  pumpkin
patch! This was a new adventure since Emily and her family have moved from Des Moines
back to the U.P. But I have to say it rated an A-plus in my book as far as pumpkin patches go.

    Here is our little Lambert with a Billy goat. I think it’s tickling his hand while he’s trying to eat

Here’s our adorable Starlet feeding the llama. This lady didn’t want anything to do with you
unless you had food for her! Every 20 minutes the hayride would come with a new load of
people who would buy food for her. I don’t know how she kept from bursting!

Starlet loves cats. I think she enjoyed this barn cat more than the other animals on the farm.
Probably because she could grab him and cuddle him!
Lambert was our designated pumpkin inspector!
Doesn’t this make you want to start an alpaca farm? They are so sweet looking.
Now doesn’t it just look like this crew is crying out, “Take me home”? We had lots of fun, but
after walking the corn maze, the hay bale maze, the pumpkin patch, climbing the hay bales,
riding the toy tractors, playing in the sand, and visiting all the animals on the farm everyone
was just plain tuckered out. I know I was! But it was priceless.
Have a awesome Tuesday friends. It’s raining here again. That’s fall for you!

The Witch Is In!

Ever have a day where you feel like this lovely lady? Well, this is me today!!
We had a sweet, but short visit with my daughter and her family. We went hiking and a fun trip to the pumpkin patch, played games, read together, all kinds of fun, but then we had to come home……
Today my MIL and sister in-law are arriving so I don’t have time to post the pics from our
days fun at the pumpkin patch. But I’ll shoot for tomorrow on that.
Hope you all have a good Monday and  are not feeling as “Witchey” as me!

Things That Count

  Isn’t this just adorable? In my de-cluttering process I ran across this memory album
I had bought. I decided to list it on my etsy shop. All of it’s pages were blank, but one
little cut out newspaper poem fell out. I just have to share it with you.
“Things That Count”
Not what we have, but what we use,
Not what we see, but what we choose,
These things that mar or bless
The sum of human happiness.
The things nearby, not things afar,
Not what we seem, but what we are,
These are the things that make or break,
That give the heart its joy or ache.
Not what seems fair, but what is true,
Not what we dream, but what we do,
These are the things that shine like gems,
Like stars in fortune’s diadems.
Not what we take, but what we give,
Not as we pray, but what we live,
These are the things that make for peace,
Both now and after time shall cease.
   I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did. Have a wonderful weekend!

Black Bear Grazing in Yard

Hi Friends, I thought today I would upload another bear video for you. My husband advised me not to get carried away. You know boring you with too many bear photos, etc. But I assured him this is only the second video and I only have one more left to show anyway.
black bear
Black Bear Grazing in Yard.

One of the things that I’ve learned in my bear watching is how bears like to graze on grasses. I knew that they liked to eat berries and have found rocks in the yard that they have turned over for grubs, but this grazing is a new revelation for me. We are heading over to my daughter tomorrow to spend the weekend and take the grandkids to the pumpkin patch. It is so much fun. They have a petting zoo and mazes, all kinds of neat stuff for the kids to see and do. Sure hope it doesn’t rain! Hope you all have a great weekend and I’ll try to remember to get lots of photos to show off!

Amish Quilt


O.K. I know what your saying,”What has a gnome got to do with an Amish quilt?” Nothing, nothing at all. I just think this guy is so cute and wanted to share him with you. It is actually a Swedish soap advertisement I picked up in Minnesota in the neatest Swedish gift shop. It was somewhere between Grand Marais and Duluth. The owner told me that he sells more of the signs than he does the soap. That’s not surprising,is it
Now my Amish quilt. I made this many, many moons ago and then stuffed it in my cedar
chest.. During my decluttering process, which is still going on, I found it. I can’t find any
reason to keep it. It’s twin sized and I have no twin sized beds. I can’t give it to the grand kids
because I already made them other quilts. It doesn’t match anything. So, I don’t know why I would
 keep it? Because I made it, I guess.  I have these crazy visions of when I’m dead and gone,
my children and grandchildren keeling beside the cedar trunk going through all the old stuff
inside it ouing and awing. Each one picking out something special just because Nannie made
it with her own two hands. OMG, I’m so silly, I know . But I don’t care, this quilts not going anywhere. Not unless I have some change of heart.
This is the backside. Have you ever seen such BIG roses?
Here is a close-up shot of the stitching I applied to the edges. Do you notice anything
familiar about the pink fabric? Yep, it’s paisley. I guess I was paisley crazy even back
then. Here is a short, but sweet, quilt quote I’d like to share with you-author unknown.
 I saw it on a pillow once.
Families are like quilts
lives pieced together
stitched with smiles & tears
colored with memories
and bound by love.
Sweet, isn’t it? Have a nice Tuesday!

Mother In-Law Camp


 I really had not planned on showing the MIL camp until it was completed, but so many friends had ask me to post photos, so I will  and try to give you an idea of what it is you are looking at. I hope
you have a good imagination! This 1st photo is the large bedroom. The appliances are here because
my husband is laying the flooring in the kitchen area where they belong. The door in the corner is
the bathroom door.
This is where the kitchen sink will be located. The frig will go in this corner. As you can
see, there is no trim up yet. But aren’t the views out her windows pretty?
This is so faded that it doesn’t do it justice. The granite that my MIL chose is quite nice. When I take photos once it’s finished maybe I’ll have better lighting.
Have you ever seen a compost able stool? Really neat. This way we don’t have to worry about connecting to the septic system.
This is a bunk room. My husband is building four cot sized bunks for visitors. He is waiting for the two small windows and new doors to arrive yet. These two windows were supposed to be in last week but when we checked on them we found out the two men who said they were ordering them didn’t. I can
  understand one fellow forgetting, but two. Well, maybe they each thought the other had ordered them.
At any rate, it’s going to be another three week wait! There you have it. There is still ALOT to get finished. He has to run the water lines, put in the counter tops, insulate the attic, install all of the doors and the rest of the windows. Oh, and custom build bunks! I’m sure I’m probably forgetting something too. Next photos will be when he is completely done.
Enjoy your Monday!

The Church’s One Foundation

    Samuel J. Stone                         The Church’s One Foundation                       Samuel S. Wesley
The Church’s one foundation Is Jesus Christ her Lord;
She is His new creation By water and the word:
From heav’n He came and sought her To be His Holy bride; With
His own blood He bought her, And for her life He died.
Elect from ev-‘ry nation, Yet one o’er all the earth,
Her char-ter of salvation, One Lord, one faith, one birth;
One holy name she blesses, Partakes one holy food, And
to one hope she presses, With ev-‘ry grace endued.
‘Mid toil and tribulation, And tumult of her war,
She waits the consummation Of peace for evermore;
Till, with the vision glorious, Her longing eyes are blest, And
the great church victorious Shall be the church at rest.
Yet she on earth hath union With God the Three in One,
And mystic sweet communion With those whose rest is won:
O happy ones and holy! Lord, give us grace that we, Like
them, the meek and lowly, On high may dwell with Thee. A-Men.
Photo: Our Little Church

bear video

This, my friends was taken in early summer. Now that I know how to do this, I’ll show them all. But I thought I should do so in the order they were video taped. It did take 40 minutes to upload this to you-tube! I like to think I got a little better at video taping with each one. This one was a little shakey.
Hope you enjoy it-it’s short, but sweet!