Wednesday, November 19, 2014


This magnificent buck was our back yard visitor last Friday night, and he had not one, but two girlfriends with him.   Isn't he beautiful?

He is quite healthy and buff!  A 10-point buck as they say, and he has a beautiful set of antlers.

Those antlers got to rubbing on one of my little trees and pulled it enough to make it lean now, and broke off a branch.  They are beautiful animals, but I give up trying to grow anything around here. Sure, they are healthy - they ate all my green beans this summer!  

I come from a family of deer hunting men.  Next week, my husband, dad, brother, uncles and nephews are all on their annual 10-day hunt in Wisconsin.  Mom comes to stay, and we shop, eat out, hit the quilt stores, work on projects and eat out some more.  I am exhausted from work and ready to enjoy the time off and do some tatting and sewing for a change.

It always cracks me up to see the most beautiful bucks right in our own backyard as the men in my family are preparing for their hunting expedition at the cabin.  I just 'shoot' them with my camera.  If I can :)

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Our Fall color is truly stunning this year, and is lasting longer than what I remember as usual.  The colors vary from year to year, and never cease to gain my full admiration.  

The reds and oranges almost look fake, and the golds just pop.  Truly amazing nature!  Just driving anywhere has a breathtaking view in many directions if you take the time to look.

This tatting was my attempt at some fall tatting splendor - ha!   Hardly compares, though it's a good attempt with color :)
Dahlia Motif, New Tatting book by Tomoko Morimoto
Lizbeth 'Falling Leaves' size 20 thread

On our walk last night, a couple of deer were inquisitive enough to watch us.  Ruby wanted to say 'hi' from much closer than we were able to get!  

Soon, everything will turn brown overnight and the leaves will fall, once again leaving the branches bare and dreary looking until Spring.  This is my absolute favorite time of year!  Too bad it's so short - but I guess that's what makes it so special.  A couple more days, and it will all be over!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

First Day of Autumn

Happy Autumn!  I love this time of year - the trees are so beautiful and seem to change colors overnight.  And the color is different every year based on the weather conditions from spring throughout summer - an interesting piece of nature and science.  The days right now are sunny, upper 60's to low 70's F and chilly nights in the 50's.  Unfortunately, this is a short season, and those of us that live here know what is in store for us very soon! [The other 4-letter word - SNOW!]

This is the maple tree that overhangs my backyard deck.  Crazy - just one colorful leaf so far!

And way out in my backyard, the wild sumac turns red practically overnight.  The sumac is really pretty all along the roadsides.

On Sunday, I met a friend at a winery we both enjoy.  (Yes, we have vineyards and wineries here in Minnesota and Wisconsin - a LOT of them, in fact!) This particular one is in Wisconsin, near the border with Minnesota.  The colors were just beginning, so I couldn't resist a few photos.  It's really so much prettier in person.

The St. Croix River looking at Minnesota from Wisconsin

Chateau St. Croix Winery, modeled after a Chateau in France

Grapes growing in Wisconsin

This upcoming Saturday, I will be heading north again for some wedding planning fun with my daughters and my mom - and a certain wedding dress. The colors should be spectacular - and I hope to get a few more photos.