Saturday

hi there ~

It's been awhile ... both the house and garage are finished with the new siding and roof.  Sigh of relief!


Kota ~ she's a new addition to the family and a real sweetheart ...


... but she likes to get into the gnome garden and carry off things.  I had to retrieve Grumpy Troll who lives in his grotto with his pet polar bear and put them back ... tucked into the flower bed,

along with Poppa Gnome ... and a few of the other ones.

 ... she thinks everything is a toy.  


...the blueberries are ripening ~


... the flowers are bloomin' ~










... even the bear are visiting out by the TajMelHal ~




Until next time ...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.
~mel

Friday

goin' green ~

Good bye gray ...  you served us well for 17 years; but it's time for a change.

Hello green ...


We decided to change the color of our house!

... a quick walk around ...






My flowers along side the house took a beating ~ but they'll revive ... if not this year there's always next.

We're going to replace shingles yet this year ... and hopefully reside the garage and build a boat house and a trapping shed.  Yes! We've been busy!  The garden too needs weeding.  Anybody want to come and pull weeds???  Any firewood makers wanting to pile wood for this coming winter???

Too many projects ... not enough time.

Until next time ...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.
~mel




Wednesday

morels~


Oh silly me ...
I get so excited to see
 a few fungi growing beneath a tree.

Until next time ...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.
~mel



Friday

silence ~

We went fishing the other day.

We didn't catch a thing; but we sure did enjoy the silence.

Dead silence ... it was so calm out ... not a ripple on the water except for the little ripples made from our bobber on the end of our line.

The only other noise was our soft chatter back and forth. We found ourselves almost whispering to each other, as not to interrupt the silence.

Serenity and reflections.  What a peaceful, quiet evening.











Dear Hubby said, "Isn't this nice?"  
I couldn't agree with him more!

Until next time ...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.
~mel


Tuesday

yum ~

Little Miss B. and the pickle ...










Until next time ...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.
~mel

Monday

wait ~

They say if you don't like the weather in Wisconsin ... wait 5 minutes ... it'll change!

Yesterday our snow was gone ... you could finally see the grass ... then we wake this morning to another 'dusting' of snow.

Looking out my window ...



Trapperman Slim even shoveled for me this morning before leaving to check the trapline ... which he or Sam does daily; besides putting in their 12 hour shifts at work.


Yesterday I rode along with him on his trap line.  He has about a 100 mile line out this spring for the pesky beaver that keep flooding over the roads.  Believe me ... it's a rough ride over some pretty muddy roads!

Here's a few pics from the day .... (sorry for the photo overload)

Lovin' Slim's reflection in the calm waters on this one:


 ... another flooded over road ...



 I'm always looking at rocks ... I wish I was strong enough to load this one into the truck ... it would look awesome in my flower bed :)

 ~ wild rose hips ... G'm used to make tea out them.



 ~this isn't even a bad muddy spot ... but average of what the roads look like.  I can only imagine what they look like today after all the snow last night.


~ another rock I would love to bring home ~


yes... 100 miles of roads like this ...




 This is the smoothest road of the whole trip ... about 10 miles like this.

My pooped out trapperman ...


I know the townships appreciate his trapping efforts to help keep the beaver population in control in these areas ... it save's them thousands of dollars in road repairs each year ... just from having to haul in their heavy equipment to replace culverts alone.

Slim has a sit down job at the paper mill monitoring computers all day and he really enjoys getting out in the spring and fall to trap.  He says he does it for the exercise.  By the looks of his belly ... I tease ... he needs to do it more often! LOL

I should talk!!!

Until next time ...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.
~mel