Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My World

For the last week, I have been working out in the garage.  It is a two fold project; one being -- I am taking all the photos from my parents and my grandparents, attempting to make them digital.  That alone is quite an undertaking.  I have boxes and boxes of photos.  
Secondly, we are in what we call "phase 2" of our move making the cottage our permanent residence.  Two years ago we had a rummage sale getting rid of all our duplicates, now we are getting rid of all the things we don't want or need.  The sale is slated for the 4th.  That weekend brings lots of visitors to our area.

I needed to take a break, and it being such a pleasant day, I mounted my steady steed, (ATV) and grabbed 'Mr. Canon', and away we went.


My first encounter was a field of wild daisies. 



Once I crossed the creek, I was greeted by this sign:   


The only thing I took was a picture of the Lupines growing in the ditch line:


Traveling in another direction I found this neglected dwelling:    I don't know if it was a shack used for making maple syrup, or if it may have been a warming shelter for deer hunters.  Maybe its intent was to be the 'inlaws' suite!!!


When I see signs like this, I chuckle to think that city folks want to come to the northwoods to get away from it all.  Then they post a sign for those that they are probably trying to get away from to find them for a visit!!!!


Pickerel Creek, winds throughout our township, and finally flows into the Wolf River.


I decided to take a little used trail to get back home!!!



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

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Communications



At times living in the northwoods, communication seem to be from days gone by.  We are in what they call a 'dead' spot.  We must maintain a land line because cell reception is not possible. 
 We and our friends have tried every brand of cell phone made-- to no avail.  

When we first moved here my internet was dial up, that put me over the edge in no time.  
I did some research, and found Hughes Satellite would work, so had it installed.  It was a huge improvement over dial up, but I never could watch anything on U-tube. Facebook was slow; and sometimes trying to post a blog or even read a few blogs took all morning.  

NOT ANY MORE!!!

Hughes net has been advertising 'Gen 4'.  When I called them two years ago, that service was not available in our area.  Then the post cards offering Gen 4 started arriving in the mail.  I called again, and yes, it was available!!
  The service man was here yesterday.  Gen 4 uses a different satellite than our old one did.  
That is a slight problem.


These two trees are in the way, and have to come down.  It was almost the deal breaker!!!
The Mister will find someone to help him take them down.  It does break my heart to loose a tree.

For now the satellite dish sits on the ground. 


The installer has to clear it with Digger 's Hotline, and will return to put the dish on a pole.  Already, it is working better than what I had and should even have more speed once the trees are down, and it is permanent.


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

Monday, June 23, 2014

MIA

Oh my, its been a long time since I've posted.  Some of you inquired how I'm doing, and I thank you for your concern.  I'm fine. 
 We did arrive home mid April, just before Easter.  We blew in with a snow fall of ten inches.  Perhaps that's what put me in a funk, perhaps I hit the wall and couldn't think of anything to write about.  Or maybe I just needed a break from blogging for a bit.


So much has happened in the last two months, let me catch you up.  When I got home, I house cleaned and reorganized my cupboards and closets.  Boring, but needed to be done.

We endured a couple more snow falls, and eventually it all melted. 

  We purchased a new vehicle, I now drive a Buick Enclave.  We traded the truck, for something that would get a little better gas mileage.  I think it will serve our needs perfectly, plenty of room to get our stuff to Arizona, and a comfortable ride.   We also kept the 'chevy' for just running around.

The grands are growing and are anticipating their week's stay for 'Granny Daze'.  I have decided that having all five at one time is too much.  So they are taking turns.  
Grand #2 (our only grandson) can come for a week and bring a friend. 
 Grand#1 will drive over after the fair, where she shows her horse. 
Can you believe it -- she drives.  She is also bringing a friend.  
Grand #4 will spend her week with her cousin Grand #3, as will Grand #5. 
 So if you do the math, Grand# 3 gets two weeks.   


We haven't been fishing much, it is a slow start to getting in some good fishing.  Our pontoon is in the water though, so that's a step in the right direction!!  



The yard work is at a standstill, we were going to do some reseeding of lawn and establish a few flowerbeds around the house, and take down a few scrub trees.  Our septic is acting up (more about that in a later post) so we have to get those issues taken care of first.  

Our ATV club has started up for the season, and I'm involved with that!!  The treasurer has resigned; so I'm doing that job in addition to the secretary job.  
We've gone on a few rides already.  Saturday's ride was a bit muddy. 
 I decided not to be a girly girl, and get muddy!!!


I've been doing some sewing for the granddaughters.  I inherited some material that was designed to sell as pillow cases by the yard.  I am in the process of turning the material into summer dresses, with just one more to go.



One of my goals was to paint our four-season's room furniture a cranberry red, to match the fireplace.  That was completed!!   The color in the photo is deceiving. 
The next goal is to paint the trim on the garage, not as much fun!!!




So, it has been a busy spring.  And it looks like summer will be the same.  Thank you for your patience.



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


Monday, April 14, 2014

Going Home

We finally had to leave sunny Arizona for snowy Wisconsin.  Yesterday we took a lesser traveled highway, north from Flagstaff  through Utah.  I did manage to get a few neat shots I am sharing with you. 

Today, we are waiting a bit in Grand Junction Colorado for it to warm up.  It's 25 here, and colder in Denver.  Denver had snow yesterday, and our winter driving skills are pretty dull!!!

Getting reports from Wisconsin that Mother Nature is throwing a party including confetti to welcome us back home.  

Meanwhile, enjoy my photos from yesterday!!!


It was a bit windy, this was the only area (about 500 feet) that we experienced a dust storm.  


Rain clouds ahead, made for an interesting picture


This formation is called 'Mexican Hat'.





Traveling along the Colorado River.



This one says it all...."



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

Monday, March 31, 2014

More Flowering Cactus


Around noon, my friend Deb called me.  Last year  there was a cactus that had an unusual shape!  (Well -- to us old ladies and wild imaginations; it did!)




The nature of Deb's call was to let me know that this unusual shaped cactus was blooming. 
 It had four blooms today. 
 Each bloom would only last twenty-four hours.  


This afternoon I walked over to Deb's condo complex and took photos. 
 I think the close ups are stunning. 
 I don't know what kind of cactus it is but I think the blooms are beautiful.


Don't you agree?


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



Sunday, March 30, 2014

Drug Run!!!

Folks have been telling us how cheap pharmaceuticals are in Mexico.  We've never been to Aldegondes, Mexico and wanted to go down.  We weren't sure that we wanted to drive down, with everything one hears; and not really knowing the ropes.   I found an ad in the local newspaper about a company called Shakespeare Travels.  The company consists of a man and a twelve passenger van.  His line is 'have group will travel.'  I gave him a call we discussed price, date, and itinerary.  I typed up a sheet with all the information on it and posted it on the bulletin board at our condo.  Besides ourselves, I had seven other interested passengers.

We finally ventured south of the boarder.  Our driver took very good care of us, he walked us in and told us when and where to meet to cross customs.  And we were on our own.
First stop was the 'Purple Pharmacy.'  We loaded up on over the counter and prescription medication.

Lots of folks go down for dental work, they say its a lot cheaper than the U.S.  Not sure that's something I'd do!!!


After the pharmacy visit, it was lunch time.  We enjoyed margaritas and lunch with dear friends from our condo.


Vendors are everywhere, peddling their wares.  I soon learned that if I picked up something, the more I was badgered into a haggling match over price. 
 Prior to visiting Aldegondes, we were advised by those who had been there before,  "If you want to purchase something, start ridiculously low, then haggle with the vendor, even a walk-away technique works.  The vendor will follow you, saying "Senora" you want it for  X amount of dollars..?"  Hubby purchased this humongous hat  for $10.00.  He will get his money's worth in laughs!!!



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

Friday, March 14, 2014

Desert Blooms

A few of the cacti are starting to bloom.    


I couldn't resist pulling over and getting a few photos.







I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!!!

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