Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Bits of Life Wednesday

 Pay no attention to the weeds.
Just look at the pretty little rudbeckia growing next to our little garden pond and stream.
Can you hear the stream as it rushes over the three wee water falls?
(I do have the video on Instagram)

Thanks for stopping in again for my Bits of Life Wednesday. I'm sure something of significance must have happened since last Wednesday, but for the life of me, I can't think of what it would have been. So just bear with me. I have a few photos to share with you.

 A walk along Fifth Avenue reveals three layers of plants.
Foreground: yellow rocket
Middle: cattails
Upper: corn, a great crop this year!
And of course a box elder tree to frame it.

 We're keeping an eye on those hops I told you about.
They're turning brown.

 The neighbor's pretty little milkhouse
on their lovely farm with draft horses
(shown a couple weeks ago, but just in case you forgot,
here they are again:)

 Three adults and two youngsters

Soybean field south of the house
Photo taken from the front porch

It was very warm Monday until the wind switched, and within about ten minutes I had switched too - from wearing shorts and t-shirt to wearing polar fleece pants and jacket!

Yesterday I accompanied Mr. C. to a remote location and got these pics of an old weathered barn, ready to be used as a fire training burn. He has to sample all this stuff and send it in to the industrial hygiene lab in Minneapolis.

No, not the plants.
Just window glazing compound,
and that kind of stuff.

 Someone on Instagram suggested that I 'acquire' this mailbox, but we're very big on personal property here in NW Wisconsin - even if it's in a remote location and no one would notice if I took it.

 I do love the dark blue berries of the Virginia Creeper (?) that was abundant on the corners of the old building.


On Monday morning, I took my coffee and journal to the screen porch, but when I went to sit down at the table, look who was in my spot:


So I decided to sit on the other chair.

 Okay fine! I'll sit on the glider.
These two!

Wait!! Just kidding. This was from 2017.
They can only be in one place at a time.
I think.


Just made a loaf of soap today that will be in my shops in a few weeks.
Any guesses?


And the weather will soon be perfect for making this kind of loaf:

Who doesn't love the crust, right out of the oven, with lots of good ole Wisconsin butter!

And now it's time to see if there's a George Gently TV mystery I haven't memorized.


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Friday, September 14, 2018

And one more thing...


If you follow @cranberrymorning on Instagram, you already know how deliriously excited I was so see this huge load of logs pull up the driveway the other day. What you're looking at is 4 years' worth of heat for our house. Mr. C. calls them his solar collectors. I call them avoiding the 'widow makers' in the woods!  I probably never told you that back in the spring of 2005, when Mr. C was out cutting in the west woods one day, a tree snapped back and rendered him unconscious in an instant. Our youngest son, who had been with him at the time, ran to to the house, burst into the door, and yelled that Dad had been hurt.  When I got to the site, Mr. C. was lying on the ground, a pool of blood forming under his head, and his color turning gray. I knew this was it.

But praise God, this wasn't it! Although it took the ambulance a HALF HOUR to get here while my husband lay there unconscious, a first responder who lives nearby was here soon. He did all the necessary things that first responders do, and when the ambulance finally arrived, I rode with them to the nearest hospital, where they examined Mr. C. and put him in a helicopter for a nice, expensive ride to Eau Claire.

While still at the local hospital emergency room, Mr. C. momentarily regained conscious-ness, told me was that he was sorry, and to call the insurance company. I did, and I was terrified. But I honestly had the assurance that no matter what, God was with us.

After a few days in the hospital in Eau Claire and a watchful eye on my dangerous husband, the doctors released him to go home, with instructions to NOT WORK. It had been a serious concussion, and all the blood was from an extensive scalp wound.  It did take quite some time for him to recover fully, and the odd thing is that the tree gave him 20/20 vision, although the upper right quadrant of his vision is still double after all this time. That won't change.

So you see how grateful I am that God spared my husband and why I've hated it when he has gone out to the woods in subsequent years to fell trees. (Will he listen to me???)  But this year he ordered a load of wood. It truly makes my heart happy.

Probably a couple sons and Mr. C. will soon be busy with chainsaws, cutting and then splitting and stacking all that wood. All in anticipation of the following scene:

 Lucky Mr. C.

 General Longstreet enjoying the fire
Actually, when I did a search for 'fire' in my photo archives, this popped up.
I was sure you'd want to see it. LOL
All those crazy reflections from two of our living room walls and the fire!

 Tommy and Smokey enjoying the fire last Christmastime
Do you see Smokey? She's looking at you.

 And of course our 1915 Home Comfort
kitchen range, which we fire up on especially cold days.
I love that old beast.

So, winter is really cozy at our house.

Funny how even 'cozy' can get old after six months. :-)


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