Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Guest Blogger

Good Day.  I am excited to announce that for the next few weeks we will be having a guest blogger from time to time.  His name is Jeremiah and he is from Australia.  Jeremiah isn't your average kid, he is special and he is "flat."

My son's 2nd grade class read the book "Flat Stanley" and made themselves flat.  We chose to send "Flat Adin" to a special family I worked with many years ago at Luther Park in Danbury.  They have a son Adin's age and a 4 yr old daughter.  I think the world of this family and hope to someday see them all again in person.  Anyway.... Adin went on his journey to the Green Family and now "Flat Adin" returned this morning with his new friend "Flat Jeremiah".  So as an easy way to let his family and friends know about his visit here to Northern Wisconsin (where the snow just doesn't seem to want to leave this year) I am letting "Jeremiah" post on my blog.

Here you go "Jeremiah," it is all yours.

Hello family and friends back home, Jeremiah here.  I have arrived here in Danbury/Webster Wisconsin, U.S.A. safely and a bit chilly.  Adin's mum, Anna is right, the snow doesn't want to leave.  We are supposed to get anywhere from 4-12 inches (10.16-30.48 cm) of snow tonight and tomorrow.  That is crazy.  Here are a couple of pictures of me when I first got here.

Here I am with Adin and his twin sisters Elle & Lizzy who are 6 years old.

After we got ready for school, Anna drove us to school so she could take some pictures and this afternoon I got to ride the bus home with Adin, Elle and Lizzy.  Very fun.

Here I am sitting in Adin's desk in the class room.  Adin is in 2nd grad just like I am.


This is Adin's class and his teacher Mr. Salquist after the morning announcements and the Pledge of Allegiance was said.


Here we are playing on the play yard equipment together.  Adin's teach Mr. Salquist lent me his jacket.  It was pretty cold.  It is supposed to be spring here, but I'm not too sure about that.  

That is it for now, but we have lots more posts ahead to check it out every once in a while to see what I am up to.

Love from,
"Flat Jeremiah"

Tidbits #4

Today is a tidbit day, nothing big, just tidbit thoughts.

1.  I see grass in our yard.  

2.  I still see some 4 foot piles of snow.  

3.  Lots of rain helps in melting of the snow.

4.  Just when you thought the snow was over..... we are under a Winter Storm Watch.

5.  The poor deer are wandering into the rye fields to eat the sweet green leaves.  Amazing how that is the only green thing out there.  

6.  Deer hunting in the fall is going to be sparse, no or very little doe tags.  We are going to have to rethink our meat supply for the next winter.

7.  I have little green things sprouting in my sun room.  :)  Now if the snow would really "go gone and stay gone!" as my kids say.

8.  Started another blog to help me on a personal journey.  halfofmeforhealth.blogspot.com

Well I think those are all of my tidbits for today.  

Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring Fun

This is our driveway with a rather large puddle.
 One of the things that I have always loved about spring is the mud puddles.  Even up here in sand country with the spring rains and the melting snow we occasionally have puddles.  I still find it fun to make channels for the water to drain from one puddle to another and then off to where ever it will be absorbed into the earth faster.
Here is my channel.








Us adults can play in muddles too, as my son has called them.  This is how I spent my 5 minutes while I was waiting for my kids to get home on the bus yesterday.

How do you enjoy the spring?

Saturday, April 5, 2014

April Showers.... Um.... April Blizzards?

It just doesn't seem like April in Wisconsin without a blizzard at some point.  Yes this winter is getting long, but it's days are numbered.  Thursday and Friday were lovely this week, well not really.  I think in the 18 hour period we got well over 12 inches of snow (my sister got over 18 - so I'm not complaining) but now the sun is shining and the slush and puddles are forming and the snow piles are shrinking.  The blizzardy drive on Friday morning is now only a memory and I am thinking green growth.  I have some seeds sitting in my sun room that are itching to get planted and start growing.  I had planned on starting them a few weeks ago, but there was just too much snow outside.  Now, I don't care.  Gardening is relaxing for me, my escape, and I need an escape right now.  Is anyone trying anything new this year?  I am going to try sugar beets.  Just for something interesting and to see if I can actually make sugar.  I know it can be done and is done, obviously, but I want to see if "I" can do it.  If it doesn't work, I'll just feed them to the deer or chickens or what ever other critter wants them, "Pigs" if that happens this summer.  Who knows yet.  Someday.  Our list of "someday" things keeps growing: pigs, green house, shelves in my root cellar, fencing in part of the side yard & field for the dogs.  It just seems like more important things keep popping up: new brakes on the car or truck, new tires, back surgery, broken arm on a little girl, school.  At least we have a plan and are working toward it.  So... April Showers/blizzards bring something.... that is just yet to be determined.  Happy Spring all.