-E.B. White

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


April showers bring May flowers.

Magnolia tree - northern version.  

Not as impressive as the Southern beauty shown here - but, we will take what we can get.

and, of course, in May - the ladies showing off their hats at the annual Derby party.

End of May, visiting with Rick's sister Sandra and her family in New York.

Also swinging by Wayne & Carol's near Portsmouth, NH to check out progress on their big house in the big woods.  Great to get our lobster fix.

June was wine making time - a batch of our infamous Raspberry wine and a jug of Pinot Grigio in the works, followed by a Piesporter, Gewurztraminer and a second run of Raspberry.  Now needing that second wine storage rack or maybe start drinking more wine.

Projects got underway in June - our wine production is demanding more storage - the first of two wine racks, nice job Rick.
and the second storage rack.

Also, nice job on a new radiator cover.  I'm running out of project ideas (not really).

Golf outing for our wedding anniversary. 

The 4th of July annual pontoon boat race - sadly we had to relinquish our 2014 race trophy to this years winner.  Where did that woodburning set go from when Rick was 12, he normally keeps everything? Guess we will be buying a new one.

Grandkids, Georgia & Cooper - guys, time to hand it over.  

So we have just been spending time Hangin at the Lake......enjoying the sunsets.

Chillin at Bald Eagle Lake

Relaxing at Platte Lake Cabin

Hangin with friends Bob & Pam at their cabin on Middle McKenzie Lake, WI.

Kelly & Izzy 

Izzy's sister Kelly lives next door to us so she is a frequent visitor.
  "The Beggars at work"

 On a sad note, Kelly lost her battle with cancer shortly before their 7th birthday in September.  It left a huge hole in our hearts, we miss you Kell-Bell.

Although Kelly can never be replaced, a new puppy can do wonders for the heart.  Meet, Maggie May - Izzy's saying " thank goodness the rest of the litter were spoken for, cute, but don't need no ankle biter."  

De-stemming Marquette grapes at Calisota Vineyard, Cannon Falls.

Hope this stuff comes off!

160 lbs of Marquette grapes, between 1st run and second run we should get 90 bottles of a Beaujolais style wine.

Managed to get a couple of pheasant hunts in, so looks like...

Happy Fall Y'ALL - do not know what happened to summer!
Temps are turning cool, fall projects put to bed.  

Everything buttoned up, kids are in charge of homestead and after a non eventful drive south - we are back on Broulee.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Alive and Well - "Chillin on Bald Eagle Lake"

"How did it get so late so soon?
Its night before its afternoon.
December is here before its June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?"
Dr. Seuss

Sorry for the lapse in postings - updates to follow.