Friday, July 24, 2015

Day 1

Today is the official kick off of Granny Daze 2015. 
Yesterday, I made a round trip to Minneapolis picking up our son's two daughters. 
 Our son in law is dropping their two kids off this morning. 
We have a full week planned with activities and favorite foods.
And that's the way it is...........

Sunday, July 12, 2015

What would you do?

Yesterday friends asked us to join them on their pontoon, 'tooning around Pickerel Lake.  
 While going around the lake, I spied this chair sitting in front of a very rustic cottage.

I immediately fell in love with it. 
If it were mine; it would be perfect just the way it is, in a flower garden, with a great big pot of red geraniums sitting on it.
If it were yours what would you do with it?
And that's the way it is...........

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Guessing Game

Can you guess what flower this is?
How about these?
Give up?
While I was out on one of our country roads I came across these beautiful fields and just had to stop and get a few shots.
Have you figured it out yet?
They're potatoes.  
The color of the blossom determines what type of potato is under the plant.

Potatoes love sandy soil, which is predominant in Northern Wisconsin. 
In a few weeks the potato farmers will spray the potatoes drying them up.

  Then the work begins...harvest.

And that's the way it is..........

Thursday, July 9, 2015

My Maternal Grandmother

My maternal grandmother, Mary Toonen sailed to the United States from Holland  at the turn of the century.  She was a mere 16 years old, and accompanied by her new husband Henry Vissers.  They settled near De Pere, Wisconsin, where they established their family farm.

Mary Toonen (Center) with her sisters.

I never knew grandma, as she passed a few years before I was born.  What I know of her story is amazing.  I can't imagine leaving her parents and some of her siblings behind at such a young age, knowing she would never return or see them again.  There must have been some real heart break and lots of tears at the dock as the ship left the harbor for America. 

Their wedding

Doesn't it seem odd that the wedding attire was black or darker colors?  So unlike today.

Grandma had two daughters; Minnie and my mom - Cecilia, and four sons, Martin, Joe, Frank, and Norbert. 

Grandma became a widow when my mom was about four years old.  As my mom told the story: it was a very hot humid Wisconsin day and Grandpa was working the fields.  My grandmother thought it would be nice to take him a cold bucket of drinking water.  She filled a pail from the well to bring  to him.  Shortly after drinking the pail of ice cold water, he became very ill and died that night with no apparent symptoms.  Looking back and using today's medical knowledge, he probably was overheated and dehydrating,  drinking the cold well water put his system in shock and death. 

So many times, Mom would  recall how she had to stay home from the funeral because her family thought she was too young to attend.  During that era, it was tradition to hang black wreaths on the doors of the home of the deceased.  The black wreath really left an impression with my mother.  She would never allow a wreath of any sort to be hung on a door, not even a Christmas Wreath.  It just reminded her of her dad's untimely death.

This is the last photo that I have with my mom and her mother and dad together.  You can see the farm house in the background.  I wish I knew the story of this photo; I have so many questions; why were they dressed up?  Why were they standing with a cow in the background?  Who took the photo?  Where were the older kids?    My answers are only guesses.

And that's the way it is...............

Friday, July 3, 2015

Strawberry Time

I'm back.... with a whole bunch of new ideas for blogging posts.  My grandson was so upset with me when I said I hadn't blogged since October.  I promised I would continue to blog and change it up a little.  Not only are you going to hear about the happenings of life here in the northwoods, but you are going to hear about my family tree and some of the heirlooms that were passed on to me.  More about those things in future blogs..... I promise!!!
Today a couple of us gals went strawberry picking.  This was a brand new adventure for me!!  We arrived at Merry's Berrys early this morning.  People were already in the fields!!
We picked for 20 minutes and I know I picked more berries than I need.
The berries are some of the sweetest I've ever eaten.    I promptly came home and made a Strawberry
Cheesecake Lush

Now I'm off to deliver some of those delicious strawberries and a piece of desert to some of my neighbors.
I know you'll want the recipe:

Strawberry Cheesecake Lush

1 package Golden Oreos (36 cookies)

6 tablespoons butter, melted

8 ounces softened cream cheese

1 cup powdered sugar

1 (16-ounce) container Cool Whip, divided

2 packages (3.4 ounce each) instant cheesecake pudding mix

3 cups milk

3½ cups sliced strawberries

Crush the entire package of Oreos. A food processor would work great for this - I don't have one, so I just placed my cookies in a gallon sized Ziplock bag and crushed them with a rolling pin. When the cookies are fine crumbs, transfer them to a large bowl and mix in 6 tablespoons of melted butter. Press the cookie mixture into a 9x13 pan and refrigerate while you prepare the remaining layers.

 Next, beat together 1 cup of powdered sugar, the cream cheese, and 1 cup of Cool Whip. Spread over your cookie layer.

 For the next layer, mix together the pudding mix, milk, and another 1 cup of Cool Whip. Spread over the cream cheese layer.

 Layer the sliced strawberries on top, and spread the remaining Cool Whip on top.

 Keep refrigerated until ready to serve

 And that's the way it is................


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Swamp Cedar

I promised myself I'd blog on a more regular basis, and as I look at the date of my last blog, a month has passed.  I just don't know where the time goes!!

Many years ago, one of the old timers whom we bought our property from, called the Tamarack 'Swamp Cedar," and that term stuck with me.    
The Tamarack are evergreen type trees, whose needles turn golden and fall off.   

Yesterday was a perfect day to take the steady steed to the dam and capture the beauty of the 'Swamp Cedar.'  And I am sure glad I did, because today is rainy and damp.

A few more days of rain and some wind and their beauty will also disappear in anticipation of old man winter.

This is probably my last trip of the season to the dam.  It is so peaceful there, no matter what season it is. 

 I love the sound of the water rushing over the wall of the dam.

It is evident that  winter is close at hand. 

And that's the way it is............................

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Color My World

Today the hubby and I took a day trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan!!  
Our fall colors are just starting, but in the U.P. they are near peak, 
and just beautiful.   

See for yourself!!!

And that's the way it is.......................