Thursday, July 6, 2017
Now, we have had a couple of days of sunshine mixed with the rain ~ so, it's hot and humid out there. Boy, having grown up on Lake Superior ~ when it's 85 degrees and humid ~ it's HOT!!
Tuesday, I took my sister and a friend to the bog. We all love the cool flowers that grow in them. They had never been there ~ while, I go on a regular basis. We had a fine time and the flowers did look amazing. There are more pitcher plant blossoms every year. It really is something to see.
A lot of people tend to think of bogs as just wet sloppy places that are a pain! However, when it's warm out ~ I don't mind getting wet to go out and find all these treasures! There was also buckbean, cranberries, potentilla (just starting) and iris out there. I also was able to show them the only wild lilac I have ever found in the county. It was well budded and ready to start opening ~ but, hadn't opened any of the blossoms yet.
Pitcher plants, on the other hand, I have found around a number of the shallow, swampier lakes in the county. This spot has no lake ~ it's just near Lake Superior. But, there is always water standing at least ankle deep. Lot of moss. Beautiful!
So ~ next time you get bored and don't have anything special to do ~ go find a nice bog and go for a walk!
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Anyway, it's almost July and we are getting ready for the big Hovland Arts Festival. Our 12th year. We have a new pavilion to stage the music in now ~ which they just finished wiring. No more extension cords running all over the place. We bought a bunch of big tarps to side it and hopefully keep the musicians dry. After years of steep tent rental for them ~ we are trying this. We have the tarps. Cost about the same to buy all the stuff as to rent the tent. Now, we just have to put them up and take them down each year. We will see how that goes. Trial and error for so many things these days. Big winds are always the biggest issue with tarps. It blew darned hard yesterday afternoon so I will go see what happened since we hung everything later today.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
The warm spell has put an end to my traveling all over heck in the woods to a stop too. That extreme warm spell and rain, followed by quite cold weather, made the snow hard as rock out there. Boy, Betsy and I were up the hills and over the swamps and really made tracks ~ because we could. One spot on the east shady end of a tall hill, in a gap where a creek ran thru, didn't get the message. It was soft in there and I was in up to my butt in the snow. Had to crawl on my hands and knees a short ways to a deer trail to get going again. Mind you, I was in my running shoes. It's always a blast while it lasts.
Anyway ~ I've been busy having too much fun. Hope you are too!
Sunday, March 5, 2017
I do hope you are all enjoying your winter tho ~ even if I am muttering about all the warm spells and rains. I probably should have posted photos of all that too. But, time to get out and have a hike with Betsy. It is, after all, above 30 already this morning and supposed to rain ~ again ~ sigh...............
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
I think this is turning into a rant ~ which is why I haven't been posting. I guess I need to get it out of my system. I have been a deer hunter all my life. I understand the wanting the venison part. But, to have to shoot the neighborhood pets we all love ~ I just can't understand that. I was so perturbed, I didn't even go out hunting this year. I had bought my license and thought I would. Altho, I haven't been all that enthusiastic about it the last few years, I still have gone. It is also getting really difficult to find a deer I don't know! And, I refuse to shoot someone I know..... But, when they got shot ~ I just couldn't find the interest in getting out there and doing it. The first week it was too warm anyway. We don't have a walk in cooler and it was staying 65 degrees in the garage! We will see what happens next year. I might be done! I still like my venison ~ and being a lot self-sufficient. But, I like my pets too!
This old boy, taken during that week before hunting season when he got back here ~ (too early) ~ finally ran out of luck this Fall also. A neighbor down the road about a mile had his 12 year old grandson here hunting. They got him ~ the boy's first buck. Buck of a life-time while hunting with Grandpa. I guess it doesn't get any better than that. At least, in their case, they didn't know about this deer. But, what a first deer for a boy! I sure do miss this guy tho. He always loved to page me at my window in the basement for treats. He always was there waiting for me by the garage for his alfalfa too. Boy, did he love that! Fine deer buddy for the last few years. Been a tough year for losing deer buddies. But, as they say ~ life moves on. It is hard to not get attached to one's friends.
So ~ we will see what the new year brings ~ in many respects. I hope it will be a good one for all of you. I will leave you with a photo of one of my handsome buddies, who is already bald!
Happy New Year to you all ~ and, I promise to post something more cheerful! :)
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Anyway ~ we are settling back into our Fall routine of getting everything ready for winter. My deer friends were happy to see us back. They came on a run from the various spots they were laying in the yard when we pulled in. Just how dare we leave them for all those days and no treats to be had!!! They are pretty funny some times. Several have gotten into the habit of touching noses with Betsy these days. She can get pretty friendly with them and have them unperturbed. She has even gotten her face washed a few times. Too funny! Glad they get along so well.
With that ~ I will leave you with a yesterday's photo of Betsy ~ posing!