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Friday, March 24, 2017

On The Road Friday ~ Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Welcome to On The Road Friday!
March 1st our family took a day off and headed to St. Paul, Minnesota.
We visited the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

Again, using inspiration from my blog friend Julie at JulieLou
we created a photo scavenger hunt for our boys.
Julie shared this idea on one of her posts. My boys enjoy taking photos. What a fun way to challenge them and make a fun game out of the adventure.

 26 photos
Both of my boys did not do the selfie. 
They take after mom, I am not a selfie girl.
We had to put Selfie on the list for a chuckle.
As they read over the list both of them said, "What? A selfie! No way!"

  Me, capturing my Sam, taking a photo for the Scavenger Hunt.

I am going to do three blog post sharing the beauty and wonder of Como Park.
This week I will share with you Atticus' photos.

Exploring Como Park Zoo and Conservatory with Atticus

 Yellow Bird

 Exploring the Fern Room


This room smelled wonderful.

 One of my favorites that Atticus captured.

 Water setting inside the flower.

 I love how he captured the water.

 Strolling thru the Zoo.
The tigers enjoying a Winter day outside.


One of Atticus' favorite photos that he took.

Thank you for joining me today for part one of the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hello Spring ~ It is the Hodgepodge

Oh, how I wish they would help me with Spring Cleaning!
Welcome to the Hodgepodge.
Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.

1. Setting aside the real March Madness (NCAA Basketball) describe something happening at your house this month that might earn the title 'March Madness'?

My text book.

I am currently in school.
I am taking the Master Gardener course. 
It adds a little madness because we already have the boys busy with school, extra activities, work and of course just keeping house.

In the madness, everyone helps make the days run smooth. I love that about our family. I am so thankful for it. My oldest son saying "Hey, mom, I can stop after work and pick up a few groceries."

My boys reaction when they first saw the size of it! "WOW, mom! You can do this!"

2. What's a favorite made up word from your childhood or a favorite from your children's childhood? Does your family still use the word today? If there's a story behind the origin please share.

My grandpa loved to make up words.
When asking for the afghan my mom crochet for him, he would say "Please cover me with my Afghanistan." He made up other fun words and sayings too. It was always a fun time to hang out with my grandpa.

 3. Will you be doing any spring cleaning now that the season is upon us? I read here a list of 15 quick (under one hour) spring cleaning tasks. They were-

clean out a drawer, vacuum furniture, whiten tile grout, dust the nooks and crannies you don't get to year round, degrease kitchen cabinets, wipe down walls, go behind furniture, wipe down ceiling fans, vacuum the mattress, clean the range hood, wash baseboards, shine the stainless steel, clean out vents, tackle the windows, and wipe down gadgets

Of the fifteen 'quick' tasks listed which two most need doing at your house? Will you do them?

Yes, we usually do spring cleaning. 
After a long Wisconsin winter, it is nice to open the windows and let the fresh air in.

Yes, we will wipe down our ceiling fans.
We really should tackle the windows.

 4. A favorite movie set in Paris or New York?

You've Got Mail
It makes me want to live in New York City! I love, love, love Kathleen Kelly's apartment.

 5. What's put a spring in your step this month?

 My garden seed orders are arriving. Each day this week I have gotten some in the mail.
I will have some exciting news to share regarding my Little Garden That Could in the next month.

6. Did you ever want to be a teacher? Why or why not?

 I did. 
I have a fun memory being a teacher.
As many of you know, I grew up on a dairy farm. 
When my sister and I were younger, we would play in the feed room. My parents had gotten two chalk boards and hung them in the feed room so we could play school.
My sister and I would drag bring the farm cats into the feed room. We would sit them on the feed sacks and teach them how to not get run over by the milk truck, tractors and such. 
We spent most of the milking time chasing the cats to get them to come back to class. 

I wonder now, maybe they did not like the subject.

My sister also played school, I was the teacher. Me, being the older sister, I of course bossed her as the teacher. It never lasted long, I was back to teaching the cats.

7.  What's your favorite floral scent? Do you have this somewhere in your home or maybe in a perfume? How do you feel about florals in food? How about wines with floral notes-yay or nay?
I love, love flowers.
I am going to say lilacs are my very favorite scent. Then when the lily of valley bloom, I will say lily of the valley. Then when the peony bloom, I will say peony. 

I had a violet on top of a cupcake, but I did not eat it.

I am not sure about the wine.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Baseball season is just about here. I am counting down the days.
I have the Brewers schedule on my fridge. I mark the wins and losses. 
I am excited to see what the Cubs do this year. 
I am a Milwaukee Brewer fan, but I can not help myself to like the Cubs too.
A fun team and a great World Series story. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Joy List Monday

Joy List Monday
a weekly ritual

a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties and graces 
that make life magical and to set aside time for gratitude each day 

Girl Scout Cookies
The memories that come with receiving Girl Scout Cookies.
I was in Girl Scouts and my mom was very active in the program.
I was the top cookie seller for our troop!

 The sweet Thank You note the we received with our Girl Scout Cookie order.

Setting aside gratitude for those people who make our automobiles.
A large rock came flying at me while driving on my Meals on Wheels route last week.
I took a photo of the damage on the windshield. 
Just think if we did not have the amazing windshields we do! Driving along at 60 miles an hour and boom a rock hits you.
Taking time to say "I am thankful for those folks who spend time in making our autos safe."

 Cadbury Mini Eggs

 My text book!
Class is going well. Our instructors are amazing. Very helpful and so excited to teach us.
I am taking time for gratitude to all of those people who enjoy to teach others. They have patience and take time to think of ways to teach in a fun, hands on way.

 My boys!
They really had a chuckle over the size of my class room text book.
I also have online lectures and worksheets.
Setting aside gratitude to my family helping me study for class and take the time to listen about my my time at class.


Friday, March 17, 2017

On The Road Friday ~ Hawaii

Aloha, we are on our way to Hawaii today.

I did not really go to Hawaii, I just received a care package from Hawaii.
My sister spent three weeks in Hawaii for work.

She sent us a wonderful care package.

Here we go, let us take a peek at what was packed up in our Hawaiian care package.

 All the food items are made in Hawaii. I love receiving gifts made in the state someone visits. I enjoy trying foods from the state. We all have different foods in each and every state. How fun to try foods that we do not have here in Wisconsin.

Macadamia Nut Honey Coconut Peanut Butter
This was amazing. We enjoyed it on toast.

Waialua Coffee
100% pure coffee, this was delicious and did not last long.

Mango Maui Black Tea
A great flavor.

Honey Roasted Macadamias
I was not a big fan of the honey roasted macadamias.

 A beautiful 2017 calendar, full of flowers!

 Flower earrings for me. My sister knows my love for flowers and my love for earrings.

 Coral off the shores of Hawaii.

 My sister visited Pearl Harbor. 
She knows how I love photography, she picked up the photo of the Victory Kiss made into a shopping tote.

She also sent gifts for the boys. Books and a model WWII airplane.

Thank you for coming along today, as we went to Hawaii in a care package.

Love & aloha is in all of us.
Open your heart and you'll find it.


Friday, March 10, 2017

On The Road Friday ~ Badlands ~ South Dakota ~ The Pinnacles

We are on the road today. 
Back in September 2016, our family hiked in Badlands National Park.

I am going to share the light changes in the canyons and pinnacles.

As the sun moves the painted canyons change in the colors.
You may see reds, yellows and deeper colors as the sun moves.

 Midday light can be harsh and unflattering.

A photographers dream is just after a rainstorm. The colors become extra saturated.

 Badlands National Park

I will let you scroll the rest of the photos.
Look for the colors, the blue of the sky, the patterns in the canyons.

Safety Tip 
The Badlands can be a dangerous place to explore, particularly for the photographers who have their eyes glued on their veiwfinders! The rock crumbles easily and is very slippery when wet. Make sure that before you move your feet, you move your eyes as well - away from the camera.

 Frank Lloyd Wright wrote in a letter to a South Dakota newspaper editor Robert Lusk:
Let the sculptors come to the Bad Lands. Let painters come Let the truest of artists come .... He who could interpret this vast gift of nature in terms of human habitation so that Americans on their own continent might glimpse a new and higher civilization certainly, and touch it, and feel as if they lived in it and deserved to call it their own

Thank you for joining me today!
Have a blessed weekend.

Monday, March 6, 2017

On your mark, get set, go into the New Year

 On your mark, get set, go into the New Year!

At the start of 2017, my blog buddy JulieLou  Click Here to Visit
shared the New ____  of 2017.

As of March, my list looks like this.

New Hopes

New Dreams

New Challenges 
Downsizing ... I did accomplish cleaning two closets. I had to say good bye to some items I was hanging on to from the boys child hood. This was very hard. I had my husband drive to Goodwill to donate the items the same day of the project, so I would not run to the car and pull the items back out and return to the closet.

Love ~n~ Sharing Summit
something I planned to help with .... I ended up as the leader

 New Experiences
  Active Shooter Class
an eye opening experience

New Projects

I am excited to announce New Hope ....

For many years I have wanted to take the Master Gardener course. I looked into it year 2016, but I had several family commitments. I decided not to try.

At the start of January I noticed an article in my agriculture newspaper I subscribe to. The header of the article caught my eye, Master Gardener training set in Spooner. The advertisement read " Garden enthusiasts interested in learning more about horticulture " .... I discussed the class, the desire, the hope of becoming a Master Gardner with my husband. He shared with me that he wanted me to take the course. He knows I have hoped to do this for many years.

I applied at the end of January. 
I have been accepted!

Class starts this week. I am excited and nervous all at the same time.

My blog schedule will be a little different as I get use to going to school.
I will keep you posted on how class is going.
Maybe you can help quiz me towards exam time.

Thank you my dear blog friends, you all are special to me. This is a special community.


How about you? 
Are the New ____ that you started or thought of for 2017 showing progress?


Monday, February 27, 2017

Joy List Monday and The Winner Is .....

Joy List Monday

a weekly ritual
a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties and graces
that make life magical and to set aside time for gratitude each day

 ♥ coffee date and catch up with a friend ... one of those friends who you may not see for several months, but you pick right up when you last seen each other, no matter how long it has been.

♥ an email conversation with a dear friend who moved away ... thankful for technology to keep us in touch.

♥ my indoor garden starting to show blooms. I have an amaryllis and daffodils ready to pop any day now.

♥ Saturday night game night ='s tons of laughs ... belly laughs the best kind.

♥  a surprise gift of chocolate from a friend.

And the winner of the Greeting Cards to color is Ginny! 


Friday, February 24, 2017

On The Road Friday ~ Badlands, South Dakota ~ Badlands Wildlife

We are on the road today. Today, I am taking you back to the Badlands to see all the wildlife that we saw on our trip in September.

 Magic Hour

In my next post about the Badlands I will be sharing more of the landscape, light changes and the magic hour, sunrise and sunset.

Off to find the wildlife of the Badlands.

 Bighorn Sheep
This was an awesome sight. Our first time seeing a Bighorn Sheep in the wild.

 Prairie Dog Cuteness
I know many people are not fans of prairie dogs, I am a fan. We loved watching them. They are so funny. They seem to go and visit each others hole / home.

American Bison
Our son Atticus could not wait to see a Bison. As our trip thru the Badlands was nearing the end, he was getting nervous we would not see a Bison.
As we turned a corner on Sage Creek Rim Road, look what was grazing on the side of the road.

We sat and watch this huge, amazing animal graze. 
Atticus was officially Happy! He got to see his Bison.

Thank you for joining me today.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

February Giveaway

Hello Friends

It is time for a giveaway.
Greeting Cards to Color.
A craft and a gift as well as a greeting card.

 The winner will receive 9 fun cards to color.
Leave a comment below to be entered into the giveaway.
I know that some of my readers are not able to leave a comment. Leave me an e mail and you will be entered. I will pick the winner out of a hat on Sunday, February, 26th.  
I will announce the winner on my Joy List Monday post, February, 27th.

Good Luck
Thank You for all the love and support.
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