back to reality~

Well I'm back to reality ~ if that's possible.

We had a nice time up at the cabin ... the weather was nice ~ one day.
It rained and rained, then it rained some more.
Last night it quit raining.
Then it snowed.

Our cabin: not the cutest or neatest place on earth ~ but it's the hunting shack and it sure does serve it's purpose as a place to get away from it all. 

A beaver pond ~ this gets Slim's adrenaline pumping ... the big trapper.  I was just hoping to see a moose walk out ... that gets my adrenaline pumping.

a beaver house:

Fresh beaver chewed sticks along the shoreline ... another adrenaline pumper for the big boy ~

Our friend, Porky, with a BIG beaver chewing of a birch tree. When the Big Slim sees signs of beaver like this by a pond you'd think he was going to have "the big one!"

The flowage:

By the dike ~ the water is so low ... and the stumps are plentiful.  You wouldn't want to be running your boat motor full bore through that mess.  You could walk for miles and miles along the shorelines right now.


an old land marker on a maple tree


Some pics of the different kinds of fir trees ~
blue spruce & balsam (round needled)

balsam (flat needled) the kind preferred for wreaths by the factories because they don't crush in shipping

Spruce have beautiful needles; but they won't stay on long enough for a wreath ~ and they are very prickly to handle... plus despite their beauty... they stink.  Balsam has a very nice scent to it. I like making wreaths with round needles because they make a very full looking wreath.

Tamarack has very soft needles; but they turn yellow and then fall off the trees in the winter months.

a chickadee
notice the snow!!!
What a difference a day makes.

zoomed ...

 ladder back woodpecker

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


  1. Hey Mel! OMG! That looks like such a peaceful place.Where was it you went? It is just beautiful out there.The pics are great!The chikadee,woodpecker,and the beaver damn is just,well put it this way.I'M JEALIOUS. LOL!You were talking about maybe seeing a moose? I would be like a kid in a toy store.I would be so excited.Well I think I told you (way back when)about me being a wildlife freak.Ahhhh the wildlife.Just saying it sounds peaceful.HA!HA!

  2. Looks like you had a great vacation are just like me with that camera...taking all the nature pictures and wildlife...Girl, I missed you...I even stopped over one day late last week hoping you maybe came in for a bit...glad you enjoyed your stay up north...we just got back from our cabin too, but were there only for a short visit...will see you sometime this week if you are going to be around...once again, I missed you and welcome home

  3. Welcome back, what a great cabin and a great place to get away from it all. Just want you needed I am sure. We had snow here too last night but thankfully it all melted. All the rain and more rain we had managed to knock off most of the pretty fall leaves. Fall sure wasn't the best this year thats for sure.

  4. Welcome back my little Chick-a-dee-dee! Great pics. Snow came early here too :( Not looking forward to winter at all ~ I must be getting old.

  5. Wow, is the flowage ever low...
    glad you got the boat thru the
    stumps...kinda reminds me of Lake
    Fork and Monticello here in TX.
    I'm glad you took some time for
    yourselves, even if it was raining.
    Snowing in October, too early.
    Make some hot cocoa and just keep
    snapping those photos!
    Catch ya later, glad your home too!;} love ya much.

  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE you're new background for this site! :)

  7. Ahhh, what a lovely place, a wonderland where one can escape to rest one's weary soul and dream.
    Thanks so much for sharing your magnificent photos and thoughts.

    Wishing you a warm & relaxing week!:)

  8. I love the beautiful wintery background. Looks like something on a Hall Mark Christmas card.


  9. Love that cabin Mel. Beautiful pictures. My comments don't want to post, so trying again.