Summer Fun 2021

When my husband and I aren’t working or in the house cooking, baking, or sleeping approximately 50% of our time is spent outdoors in nature year round. I am never happier than when I am walking in a state park or refuge among the trees and nature. Since 2004, when I became the “cruise director” in our marriage, I’ve been coming up with ways my husband and I can enjoy time outside/things to do in Wisconsin. We hike, we bike, go out in nature and take a lot of nature photographs, I draw in nature, we sit and relax in it, we have picnics, barbeque’s, and throw the occasional frisbee.

Last summer, because most of what we do (see above) is outside, we were not limited in our entertainment because the state park we visit was open as well as the refuge we walk in. The biggest thing we missed, as far as fun goes, was going to the movie theater a couple of times a month.

So, what’s on our agenda this year as most things in our area have opened up:

  • Regular weekend walks at state parks
  • Picnic at Taliesin ( the estate of Frank Lloyd Wright)
  • Walk at a Lavender Farm
  • Tour Al Ringling’s mansion
  • Afternoon’s in a local bookstore (old-fashioned kind)
  • Bike rides
  • BBQ’s
  • & more!

This spring has been a busy one with planting two gardens, working a lot of overtime, writing, spring cleaning, getting back out and doing all the things we couldn’t do in 2020, getting caught up on reading (anyone else buy lots of books in 2020?), and getting meal plans together to make healthier, easier (quicker) meals from now until fall. I have also been working on and putting together my Simple Living and Organized Guide which should be ready this month.

Any minute it’s going to be Summer–do you have any special plans this summer?

Until next time stay safe and be well!🐝

Sneak Peek –Simple Living & Organized Guide

Introduction:

What’s in it? Organizational tips for months Jan-Dec for your home and home office.

Why do you need it? This easy to reference organizational guide helps you build a system in your home that keeps on giving. Once you have some of my tips in place you will not have to revisit those steps again unless something changes in your household.

Will I have to buy a bunch of new things to make all you are offering work? Absolutely not. You won’t need to buy anything. Every year I buy a simple planner and always use pen and paper or my phone to store lists, plans, tips, my calendar etc. on. I operate and stay organized daily from a desktop calendar, planner, and phone. If you don’t have the items in the tips I mention, I have included suggested resources below each month. They’re just suggestions–buy whatever is best for you.

And yes, I really do use shoe boxes. This may seem strange, but it works so well. All in one place and nothing gets lost. That’s the most important thing. Make it something convenient and easy and you will use it every day. Coming May 2021 for $5.00 a download.

Daylight Savings?

Are you fond of an hour less sleep for hours longer daylight or no?

Some fabulous recipes for leftover Easter ham

Have a fabulous weekend!

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Don’t forget to set your clocks back!

Daylight Savings Time starts Sunday March 14th. Do you like this change or would you rather we not use DST anymore? I know it makes hubby and I extra tired for about 2 weeks, messes up kitty’s eating schedule, but it is what it is and we make the best out of it..

End of Summer Blues

Summer’s end–oh what a summer it’s been. In almost every way it seems to have lasted forever, but realistically since fall like weather has arrived three weeks early, and summer like sunshine and warm weather took forever to arrive, summer lasted a whopping 2.5 months here in Wisconsin.

What did we do?

  • Grilled hot dogs and hamburgers just once
  • S’mores
  • Several walks
  • Several farmer’s markets
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Container gardening from march-august 30th
  • Fed lots and lots of orioles, chickadees, finches, and hummingbirds (sad to see them go for another year). Chickadees, nuthatches, and finches will keep us company all winter long.

Most of our shopping was grocery pickups, no vacations, no get-together’s, and no travel for us. Covid has also put our move on hold and we’ve relisted the home we purchased and are taking a couple steps back to reassess our next move.

To say almost every little thing in this year sucked is an understatement. I’m not sure if I would have made it 100% mentally without my garden, the birds to listen to, a patient husband, and our humorous faithful cat Gabe. Oh and the food I enjoyed–so many days upon days of great locally grown produce. Take Care friends 🍂

Fall & Winter Stock Up

Pantry Essentials – by Kim VanderWerf

Also:

  • remember the books you’ve set aside & magazines
  • last years seed catalogs until the new ones arrive
  • fall & winter prep lists
  • cozy socks
  • soft warm sweaters
  • good quality tea
  • soup and casserole recipes

This year we’ve decided to do Christmas differently as far as gifts go. I believe we are going to go with more intentional, possibly handmade, custom made/designed or sentimental gifts that may be bought or made or have someone make. But as far as gift lists, or wants, or commercialism–nope that’s out for our household this year. I’m still working all the details out but I will share them here as I come up with them.

Update on our move–that’s complicated as is everything this year. Normally, the person with citizenship would return to their country and start the residency process and then the rest of the family would follow. That is not how things are working right now with our move. The residency requirement vs. how long, because of covid-19 restrictions, aren’t meshing. At this time I cannot stay long enough to meet the requirements so I will be traveling for a few days to meet with our house-sitters/renters who are caring for the home we have purchased. We will be working on winterizing everything and working out winter/spring 2021 details. Hopefully come March 2021 we can begin again–we are thankful to have friends that are helping us to take care of our property. We couldn’t and wouldn’t be able to do it all without them.

Fall Prep–   from This Old Home

 

Stock up Fall 2020 -video on how to stock up for an emergency

Until next time–be safe and be well!!

 

What’s New–harvesting lemons, time for a haircut, container gardening

We got this lovely charcuterie board, featured in our cover picture, for our anniversary in February and finally I’ve found a reason to use it!  I was going to wait until we had guests around and drape it with meat and cheese, but decided to show off the lemons we’ve grown.  Every year our tree gives us a few more–this year was no exception.  I believe it’s been about eight years since we started our lemon tree from seed.

You can see our lemon tree and get a delicious Ina Garten recipe for Lemon Napoleons here  

Our friends purchased our charcuterie board at Macy’s at Christmas time –I don’t see it on the site anymore, but you can buy it on Amazon  here for $45.00  (not an affiliate link).

So let’s get down to what’s new around here, it’s been awhile.

Container garden 2020 is in–this year I have:

  • oregano
  • rosemary
  • french lavender
  • marigolds
  • bee balm
  • fuschia
  • lamb’s ear
  • hibiscus
  • tomatoes
  • pumpkins
  • green beans
  • carrots
  • peonies
  • and
  • a pepper plant
  • sunflower
  • zinnias

I’ll have to take some more pictures, I’ve been doing more videos lately than picture taking–so I’ll get them up in my next post.

Well, it’s been three months since my last haircut and though I survived just fine it’s time to venture out to where I get my hair done–less than a 1/2 mile from home, mask up and get it done. Good thing is it’s just a haircut and like everyone in the state she has guidelines to follow, to which  I know she will, and my hair which is now shaggy and shoulder-length will get a long overdue cut. Salons have been open for awhile here. I’ve just been putting it off–but with precautions taken I will be just fine. Thankfully our state is starting to come down in its numbers which is a promising sign for all of us.

Meat is still expensive–nearly 4 times the regular cost and some meat not at market at all. We cannot get roasting chickens from Just Bare–there are none to be had. The brand of lunch meat my husband eats is also not available as well as certain sausages, bacon, or ham. I still cannot find clorox wipes, but have found gloves for sale (5X reg. price) masks for sale (1.00 a piece) which for now isn’t a bad price–both at Walmart. Still to this day I cannot order toilet paper, paper towel, masks, cleaning products, gloves, or certain foodstuffs online.

That’s what is new around here–summer is almost here, the heat is starting, parks are overcrowded, very few people following any guidelines since the beginning around here, sadness all around the world in the news, and a lot of hurting. The world needs healing and I pray wherever you are you are safe and well.

Until next time here is our boy watching out over his territory–which includes birds of all kind, rabbits, other cats, neighbor dogs, and a muskrat!