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Friday, March 6, 2015

On the Road Friday ~ Totogatic Ski Trail, Washburn County Forest, Wisconsin

Hello, it is Friday. 
Time to take a trip. Today we are heading out for a ski on the Totogatic Ski Trail.
This trail is easy to find, it is just off of HWY 53 a few miles North of Minong, Wisconsin.

Hiking is allowed Spring, Summer and Autumn. A beautiful groomed ski trail is ready for use after the first significant snow fall. 

Let us go ski!

A beautiful ski trail in a full grown forest.

Adirondack Shelter, a perfect place to rest and have a snack.

The ski trail continues in a marsh area. Tamarack, wild cranberries and cattails were in abundance along this part of the trail.

A Winter bouquet just for you.

Looking up at the beautiful Winter sky.

 On the way out. We skied the 9.8 km loop. We had two hills that gave us some trouble. They were very sharp turns and trees very close to you. Happy to report all made it back to the truck with all bones in place. We plan to ski this loop again this weekend. It may be our last ski of the 2014/2015 ski season. Wisconsin is to start to warm up!

Have a great weekend.
And thank you for skiing along with me.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

In Like a Lion Hodgepodge

It is that time, it is time for the Hodgepodge.
Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.
Click here  to join the fun.
1. 'In like a lion, out like a lamb'...does the first part of this saying describing March weather ring true  where you live? 
My boys and I always play this weather game. We decided waking up to -20 degrees was lion weather. We all have Spring Fever at our house.
 2. March 4th is National Grammar Day. What common grammatical error bothers you the most? 
Their, There, They're
3. William Arthur Ward says- 'The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.' Which one are you? 
I am the realist. I will adjust the sails.
 4. What's something you need to 'march forth and conquer' this month?
In my Hodgepodge from last week I shared our basement project. Our basement wall on the East side of the house is bowing in and bowing out. We have our contractor lined up and just waiting for good weather to start. And I will need to 'march forth and conquer' with the help of my husband and boys, cleaning the basement.
 5. An ongoing debate around here...do you dust first, then vacuum or vacuum first, then dust? Of the two routine household chores, which do you dislike the least? How's that for wording? 
 6. According to thrilllist.com, the ten most photographed sites in the U.S.A. are- Cinderella's Castle in Orlando, Southernmost House in Key West Florida, The Space Needle in Seattle, The Site of the Boston Massacre in Boston, The Bellagio Lake/fountains in Las Vegas, The Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, Coit Tower in San Fransisco, The Art Institute of Chicago, Niagara Falls, and snagging the number one spot-The Guggenheim Museum in New York City. 
 How many on this list have you photographed? Which on the list would you most like to visit and photograph?
I have only had the opportunity to photograph, The Site of the Boston Massacre in Boston.

 The Old State House.

It is hard to pick one. I would like to visit so many. I will pick  Niagara Falls, that would be a great family trip.
7. Fifty years ago Monday (March 2, 1965) The Sound of Music premiered at the Rivoli Theatre in NYC. Have you seen the film? Do you own a copy? On a scale of 1-10 how much do you love it (or not)? Ten=best movie ever. If you're a fan, what's your favorite scene or song from the movie? 
I am a fan of The Sound of Music. Yes, we do own a copy. I give it a 10! 
 My favorite song!
 8. Insert your own random thought here.
A few more photos of Boston

 My boys...oh my they have grown.

Have a great week! 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Owl Moon

Owl Moon
by Jane Yolen
illustrated by John Schoenherr

Winner of the 
1988 Caldecott Medal

Late one night a little girl and her father go owling.

I read this story to my family each and every Winter. Many times during our night skis we can hear an owl. 
Whoo-whoo-whoo, suddenly an owl swooped down right in front of us and landed in a tree. It was magical.

Have you ever gone owling?

We have been blessed to see many owls on our hikes and night skis.

This Winter season we have seen one owl, a Barn Owl.

I think no matter what age you are or where you live, you will enjoy this story of a little girl and her father.



Saturday, February 28, 2015

Thoughts on Saturday

"Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I'd have the facts."
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Friday, February 27, 2015

On the Road Friday ~ Amnicon Falls State Park, Superior, Wisconsin

We are on the road today to Amnicon Falls State Park.

Amnicon Falls State Park features a series of delightful waterfalls and Locationrapids along the Amnicon River. You can view them from a covered foot bridge or trails along the river, or—if you're sure-footed—from the rocky shore of the river. The park is a place to picnic, camp, walk in the woods and learn about the Douglas Fault, the geological formation that created the falls.

We are going to explore the frozen waterfalls.
Here we go.

 My boys got a kick out of the name for this waterfall.

 Winter Beauty

 The covered foot bridge.

 The river flowing.

You can hear the water under the ice.

We loved this last waterfall. The ice formations look so amazing.

Amnicon Falls is a wonderful Wisconsin State Park to visit in the Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. 

Thank you for coming along today.
Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

It is time for the Hodgepodge


Welcome to the Hodgepodge
Joyce asks the questions
We answer the questions 

1. Did you watch The Oscars? How many of the Best Picture nominees have you seen? (American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, Selma, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, and Whiplash)

No, I did not watch the Oscars.
I have not seen any of the following on the Big Screen. I am very excited to watch The Imitation Game. Several family members and friends went to American Sniper and enjoyed it.

Do you think actors should use their acceptance speeches as an opportunity to promote their political and/or social agenda? Does that sort of speech make you more or less inclined to change the channel? 

No, I do not think they need to use their acceptance speeches for that purpose. 

 2. Speaking of the movies... are you comfortable going to a movie alone? How about dinner in a restaurant (not fast food, but an actual restaurant)? The second half of this question was posed by Carrie who blogs over at It's Not Easy Being Queen. Thanks Carrie! 

I have not gone to a movie alone. 
And I have not gone to a restaurant alone.

I have gone to a coffee shop alone.

 3. What's the last home repair or home improvement project you had to pay someone to complete? In hindsight was this a project you could have done yourself? 

We are working on a home improvement project right as I type up this Hodgepodge.
We have a basement wall that is bowing inside and outside!
We can not tackle the project with out help.
The first person we called, never called back!!
The second person we called, was booked up with projects into Autumn of 2015!
We are working with our third person and so far so good.
A very positive man and very helpful with speaking to you in a way you can understand.

4. Have you ever had Indian food? Like it or no? If you're a fan, what's your favorite dish? Have you ever prepared this yourself at home? Is there an Indian restaurant in your current hometown? 

No, I have not had Indian food.
I have been making dishes at home with Tumeric, which is native to India. 

5. A song that reminds you of your parents?   

My parents would sing this together and dance.
My sister and I would laugh and laugh. 

6. The 26th of February is National Tell A Fairy Tale Day. What's your favorite, or one of your favorite, fairy tales? Do you have any childhood memories associated with a particular fairy tale? 
My parents gave my sister and I a beautiful book of Fairy Tales. I am lucky to still have it. I loved the story of Thumbelina and the art work in the book still fascinates me. 

7. What's a problem you solved yesterday? 

My dog Molly, loves her daily walk. I try to give her one everyday.
Some days can be a little more tricky.
I solved it yesterday! 
My husband and I had a meeting to attend regarding our basement. We had a few errands to run after. I needed to get home, do a few chores, make supper and head out for another meeting at 6:15pm.  My evening meeting was just down the street from me, so I asked my husband to walk with me down to the meeting, so I could give Molly a short walk on a busy day! 
And she thanked me with a snuggle when I got home.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

The sweetest savorings of life are often found in the small sips.
Sue Potts 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sourdough Bread

Today, I am asking for help. I am new at making Sourdough Bread. As you can see in the photo above my bread splits in half. I am not sure what I am doing wrong.

Your recipe.
I appreciate your help.

How do you like to eat your sourdough?
We love to toast ours and have peanut butter or honey on top.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Thoughts on Saturday

"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship."

Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Friday, February 20, 2015

On the Road Friday ~ A Garden Tour

It is Friday. Time to take a little trip.
I planned to take you to another frozen waterfall. After waking up to -20 degrees and surviving another cold week in Wisconsin, I decided we better take a trip to a garden and think spring thoughts. "Think Spring"

 Saving this for next week, Amnicon Falls State Park, Wisconsin.
Amnicon is another beautiful place to visit in all seasons. We visited January 24th and took in the frozen waterfalls. I will share more about them next week.

How about a walk in the warm sun.

 A dear family friend took us on an amazing garden tour in Weyerhaeuser, Wisconsin.

The garden was in full bloom.

 Fun fairy gardens too.

 Garden decorations and surprises around each turn.

 The door to the secret garden.

 I loved this homemade garden decoration from glass wear.

Thank you for coming along. Soak in that sunshine and think Spring!

Happy Weekend

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

♫ Ring, Ring, Ring ♫

♫ Ring, Ring, Ring ♫

My parents still have a rotary phone. It looks like the one above, but in a pea green color.
It is down in the basement. 
My boys saw the rotary phone and asked grandma "What is that, Grandma?"
Oh my, did my mom get a chuckle. 
The boys got so excited to use it. They each called me twice.

♫♪ Ring, Ring, Ring  ♫♪

"Hello" I said.
"Hi Mom, we are calling on grandma's phone in the basement. It is so cool mom!"
"We are going to hang up now, so we can call you again!"

♫♪Ring, Ring, Ring♫♪

And we did the following conversation from above again and again.
I loved every minute of it and so did my mom.

How come wrong numbers are never busy?

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