Sunday, November 10, 2013

New Dreams - New Prairie!

Source of Photo: www.viroqua-wisconsin

Yes, it has been a very long time since I have blogged - but I had a good reason to be gone. I moved! Yes - new dreams - new prairie -and a new start! After working for the same organization for 23 years, I decided a change was in order. My husband and I began our search for our new home last September - and finally found our new spot...

We then search for our new home and found a quaint small town - and bought and in-town farm - complete with a small barn, chicken coop, workshop, corn crib - and a home "right-sized" for empty nesters and new grandparents.

We loaded up the truck and move to... Wisconsin! Joining us on the journey were three dogs and a cat and a guinea pig.

So, stay tuned for new prairie dreams!

What are your dreams? What sudden changes have you made? How did they turn out?


Monday, March 4, 2013

A Birdie Blizzard!

 They're everywhere - that is, everywhere we have feeders! Finches hanging on socks and feeders, cardinals on trays, woodpeckers hanging upside down on suet feeders. Now that winter storms Q, Rocky, and Saturn have each taken their turn of dusting -or dumping- us with snow, the birds are feeder happy, and we are happy to have them flitting and flying to and from the feeders around our house. We have placed a flat-tray sunflower feeder and hung a suet block right by the window, and the birds don't seem to mind a bit that I sit here a watch them sample seed and nibble fat. 
So, here's hoping that the next storm is "Tiny" or "Timid" not "Torrent" or "Trouble". But in any case, we have plenty of fire wood in the shed - and seed in the trunk.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Enjoying "Q" on the prairie

                                          Eclectic Photography

Everyone enjoys this type of pre-spring snow. The dogs prance around, kicking up clouds of snow dust, creating mini white outs as they dash around. And, though I am not a big fan of snow, I enjoy it much more this time of year, when I know that spring is hovering just out of view. Why, I even saw the first sprouts of daffodils last Sunday, just an inch and a half tall... but they still speak of spring.

So, let "Q" dance across our prairie. This downy blanket of snow won't last long. That shadowless groundhog told us so!

Stay safe and warm...:)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Keeping Those Resolutions... New Dishes

Lots of good cooking going on in this prairie home! What are you going to do when each window breathes in the cold winter wind and chills you to the bone? I say turn on the oven and stove top and cook away!

One of my many New Year's resolutions is to cook new dishes. So, last night I pulled out a cookbook I had never tried, "One Pot Cooking" and cooked Spicy Monkfish -only I used Tilapia -  it took about two hours to make, so this isn't one that you just whip us. But, it is wonderfully spicy - great for cold nights. And, I made enough for three meals.

I then turned my attention to flourless chocolate cake. It is so easy (this is a 10-minute treat, not including baking time) that you could whip it up for a church supper or quick potluck treat.

Next, I am tackling orange scones and chocolate almond biscotti.

Did I tell you that one of my resolutions is to lose weight?

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Winter Solstice on the Prairie

The shortest day of the year did not bring with it the end of the world. No, instead it brought something that unfolded gradually as the day wore on and the light faded fast. It brought hope. Hope in the knowledge that tomorrow the sun would stay a bit longer. Hope that God has a plan for each of our lives - and for the world as a whole - and that He unveils it piece by piece - only He knows its end! Hope because each year we celebrate this time of His birth and His rebirth in us!

With the ending of the winter solstice, the world gets a bit brighter every day!

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Season Begins....

Each year, snow or no snow, the prairie greets the Christmas season with a flair all of its own. And try as we may with lights and garland, we just can't compete with its elegance.

The wild winterberry bushes area dotted red with the berries that emerged last month, looking very much like they are bedecked with fairy ornaments.

Pine cones litter the trees and the ground. The red twig Dogwood bushes are just starting to reveal their crimson stalks. Now a dusting of snow would set all of this off nicely... but I am certainly enjoying the 70 degree weather. Perhaps Christmas eve?

Monday, May 28, 2012

Drunken Butterflies....

...fill my prairie field. It seems that everything is in bloom, and the butterflies and hummingbirds simply cannot get enough of it!

The hummingbirds are energized by the nectar. The bees a bit lethargic. But, the butterflies are simply drunk with the sweet syrup of late spring. They land on hands, flit to shoulders, and loop through the air - bouncing on breezes - without a care.

And, I find myself walking a bit slower, breathing a bit deeper, and drinking in all that is around me - bouncing butterflies and all!