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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Books Fall Open

Books Fall Open
David McCord

Books fall open,
you fall in,
delighted where 
you've never been;
hear voices not once
heard before,
reach world on world
through door on door;
find unexpected
keys to things
locked up beyond
What might you be,
perhaps become,
because one book 
is somewhere? Some
wise delver into
wisdom, wit,
and wherewithal
has written it.
True books will venture,
dare you out,
whisper secrets,
maybe shout
across the gloom
to you in need,
who hanker for 
a book to read.
Johnny Tremain
 We enjoyed reading Johnny Tremain. A story of a boy who becomes a man. A boy who only thought of himself, changes into a man who cares about others.
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch 
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
A story true to its title, Mr. Bowditch carries on. Things never seem to go his way. He does not give up. A wonderful story.  

Monday, April 29, 2013

Happy Graduation

Many of us have family, friends or children that are graduates in 2013! Our fun Happy Graduation card will be one of a kind, just like your special graduate!

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God has blessed you with wisdom and courage. Follow your dreams! Have a great graduation day!   

Wishing you success on your graduation and always. God be with you on your journey through life. 

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Thank You for stopping by! 

Friday, April 26, 2013

On the Road Friday

Wisconsin Maple Syrup
Recently we were blessed with a field trip to a local Sugar Bush.
We watch as the maple tree was tapped and  the plastic tubing was attached. 
We listened to the importance of grade, so the sap can flow to the bulk tanks.
We got to see the amazing amount  of sap the maple syrup farmers  are collection this year, 2013. They had a poor spring for syrup last year in 2012, so this is a true blessing.

Adding another tap, and tubing.

The tubing is up high, because of the need for grade. For the sap to flow to the bulk tank.

Drilling a new tap, using a bucket. Again the importance of the flow of sap to the tank.

The bulk tank, full of sap.

The tractor, waiting as the transport tank was being filled. 
From this point the tractor takes the sap to the Sugar Bush. The sap is cooked down to make  the good maple syrup we enjoy at home.

Have you visited a Sugar Bush?

Do you like maple syrup?
What do you like to put it on? Pancakes, Waffles, French Toast, Sausage??

Enjoy and thank you for coming along with me, On the Road  Friday!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Old-Timey Drop Doughnuts

Old - Timey Drop Doughnuts

Drop in to oil, a few at a time.

Yum, our house is starting to smell like the doughnut vendors you walk past at the fair.

Sprinkle with sugar.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar.  
Old Time Drop Doughnuts
Recipe from Gooseberry Patch

2 eggs
1 cup of sugar divided
1 T. shortening, melted
1 cup of milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 t. baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
oil for deep frying
In a mixing bowl, beat eggs until light; blend in 1/2 cup sugar, shortening, milk and vanilla. Set aside. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in another mixing bowl; stir into egg mixture to make a soft dough. Mix together cinnamon and remaining sugar; set aside. Heat several inches oil to 365 degrees in a deep saucepan. Drop dough into hot oil by teaspoonfuls, a few at a time. Fry until doughnuts turn themselves over and are golden on all sides. Drain on paper towels; roll in cinnamon mixture or, just sugar or how we like them with powdered sugar, roll while still warm.   


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Young Readers

Our boys read Turn Homeward, Hannalee to me. It is a powerful story about the Civil War. It made for great family discussion and learning.

I read Across Five Aprils to the boys. I cried while reading it to them, it is very powerful. The love the family has for each other and how the war takes its toll on each member is a true lesson. This story also takes place during the Civil War. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

What does your yard look like?

April 19th, we woke to white.
April 21, we woke to white.
April, 22 as I write this post, it is snowing.

My husband just mentioned, "Carla, have you heard anything about global warming?"

Maple buds saying "We want to burst for you...but it just will not stop snowing."
 Pretty maple tree buds, on an April morning.
 The Raspberry patch, still in a winter sleep.
 Waiting for little boys to play.
Atticus did go swing Friday afternoon. My fellas are really ready for bike rides, swinging and digging in the dirt.
 The pines are ready for Christmas.
Our Pastor mentioned on Sunday morning that he went to town on Friday night and some wise cracker turned his Christmas lights back on. :-)
 Our flower garden!
The daffodils are waiting I am pretty sure they are still under the winter white.
 Daffodils and tulips are waiting in the garden, to say "Hello, it has been a long sleep!"
 Our garden bench...also waiting to be sat on after an afternoon of weeding.

Yes, I know many of you are wondering...isn't this the same Carla that likes snow. I do! But, I can not ski in this snow. So it might as well be SPRING. 

Happy Snow Day

Oh and one more question from my husband, "Don't they say, Three snows on a robin's back?
Our robins have had, one, two, three, four, five...I do not even know anymore snows."  

Looking out the window at 7:30pm ... yes, it is snowing.
We are going to turn on the Christmas music.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Funny on Sunday

Funny on Sunday
Today our Pastor shared a fun story.

A three year old girl went to the doctor to have a check up.
The doctor went to look at her ears and the doctor asked "Will I find Big Bird in here?"
"No" she giggled.

The doctor went to look down her throat. The doctor asked "Will I find Cookie Monster in here?"
"No" she giggled.

The doctor went to listen to her heart. The doctor asked "Will I hear Barney in here?"
This time the little girl got very serious and she said "You will find Jesus in my heart and Barney on my underwear."

Happy Sunday!       

Thursday, April 18, 2013


The issue isn't controlling circumstances or other people, the goal is controlling me. I can not control the weather, but I can control whether I let it ruin my day. The Spirit nudges me to choose joy. I can not control anyone's mood or behavior, but I can control how I react. The Spirit equips me to respond with love and patience anyhow. I can not control my loved ones' health, but I can control how I steward it, then accept God's will for their bodies. The Spirit enables me to be faithful and peaceful regardless.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Fun with Daisies

Summer will come. We keep saying that here in Northwest Wisconsin as we brace for more, ice, sleet and snow. We still have snow on the ground and my flower garden is still hidden in white. It will be a joyous spring, when it comes. I can not wait to see my first flower. :-)

When summer arrives, we will have fun with daisies.
 What you need:
Food Coloring
Fill your jar with water, add food coloring (we used blue) and arrange the daisies. You will slowly start to notice the daisy petals change color. 
Daisies make me smile.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Little Turtle

The Little Turtle

 This BIG turtle was living in my parents pond. I thought he was lovely. Just look at how big he is! Amazing! He was not very happy to have his photo taken. A little snappy, I'd have to say!

The Little Turtle
There was a little turtle.
He lived in a box.
He swam in a puddle.
He climbed on the rocks.

He snapped at a mosquito.
He snapped at a flea.
He snapped at a minnow.
And he snapped at me.

He caught the mosquito.
He caught the flea.
He caught the minnow.
But he didn't catch me.
 This little turtle was in our flower garden.
This guy was not as grumpy as the fella up top. I felt a lot safer taking his photo.

Happy Tuesday

Monday, April 15, 2013

Rainy Days

We have had plenty of gloomy days here in Northwest Wisconsin.

"I have learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."
Poet Maya Angelou 
If you need to send some cheer to a friend or family member, check out our Flower collection at our Etsy shop.

 Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
April Rain Song, Joplin 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Funny on Sunday

An exhausted looking Delvin dragged himself in to the doctor's office. "Doctor, there are dogs all over my neighborhood. They bark all day and all night, and I can't get a wink of sleep."

 "I have good news for you," the doctor answered, rummaging through a drawer full of sample medications. "Here are some new sleeping pills that work like a dream. A few of these and your trouble will be over." 

"Great," Delvin answered, "I will try anything. Let's give it a shot." 

A few weeks later Delvin returned, looking worse than ever. "Doc, your plan is no good. I'm more tired than before!"

 "I do not understand how it can be?" that doctor said. "Those are the strongest pills on the market!"

"That may be true," answered Delvin wearily, "but I'm still up all night chasing those dogs and when I finally catch one it is hard getting him to swallow the pill!"

Happy Sunday! 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Knitting, while I listen to the boys read

This winter my boys have read some amazing books to me. I will share some of them with you in a future post.
While they read, I knit. 
I am still learning and scarves are my specialtiy.
 I made this scarf for Atticus. He wore it during our ski Across the Bay. Book Across The Bay 2013
This yarn was a challenge for me because of the sequins. But I like how it turned out.

I also have been working with Sashay yarn, it is a lot of fun. I had a bit of trouble getting the yarn started, my sister helped me out. After that I had a great time knitting with Sashay yarn. I had so much fun, I forgot to take a photo of my finished scarf.

I will next time. 

How about you, any fun knitting or other projects that you finished this winter? 


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Last Word of a Bluebird

Inspiration from our weather forecast created this post...we are under a sever alert today. Snow, ice, sleet and wind.
So far nothing, but a cold, cold wind!
Several of our spring birds are back. I wonder how many are having second thoughts. 

Have a great Wednesday

The Last Word of a Bluebird
Robert Frost

As I went out a Crow
In a low voice said, "Oh, I was looking for you.
 How do you do?
I just came to tell you
To tell Lesley (will you?)   
That her little Bluebird 
Wanted me to bring word
That the north wind last night 
That made the stars bright
And made ice on the trough
Almost made him cough
His tail feathers off.

He just had to fly!
But he sent her Good-by, 
And said to be good, 
And wear her red hood,
And look for skunk tracks
In the snow with an ax -
And do everything!
And perhaps in the spring
He would come back and sing"