A mix of photography, recipes, personal thoughts, faith, and lots of family stuff, but not necessarily in that order.

Monday, September 19, 2016

You should really check this out....SeptOberfest


Every fall Wabasha puts on a display of fall-like beauty all around it's town.
They call it  SeptOberfest
From September 9 - October 23rd, this quaint little river town is adorned with 
decorated Pumpkins, cornstalks, hay bales, gourds and much more, 
there is too much to mention here. 
There is musical entertainment, carriage rides, pumpkin decorating, face painting,
pony rides, a corn maze, a fun "bug" park for the kids, food and so much more.
The coolest thing is that the event is free with only a few things that ask
for a Donation, like the pony rides and face-painting and the carriage ride.
I have been wanting to go to this fall festival for many years...
These two  :)

We made it happen this year, and these three joined us to make it all the more enjoyable! 
We started out with a picnic lunch before we ventured into the festivites.

 Audrey is having her 1st ever pony ride, she loved it!

 He is such a boy!  
Carson loved bouncing through the corn maze on this little bouncy-ball  pony.
Carriage rides

The Bug park...so fun!
Audrey headfirst down the giant catepillar slide
I like these kind of spiders
This boy could have jumped all day
More adventure
 
Carson loves a little competition.... racing his mama here.
(guess who won)

Lots of these guys around town

Pumpkin decorating

This lady was an amazing artist, She sculptures faces into giant pumpkins
it was fun to watch her at work.

yep this is a pumpkin

Jugglers

A close up of the finished pumpkin sculpture.

If you think this is something you'd enjoy you still have a few weeks to check it out...
  Click on the link to checkout the website and schedules
I intend to return on a week day, later in October when the leaves are changing. 
I want to check out the 4 boutiques that are open every day through Oct. 16th,  9am - 5pm.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Because I am your mom...


These words are truth, I couldn't have said it better myself.
Did someone plagiarize me???

 Our baby left us a year ago this month.
Yep we have officially survived a solid year of being alone
Just he two of us   i.e empty nesters.

Our middle boy left us almost 7 years ago for this lovely lady

Our oldest left us almost 10 years ago for this handsome dude.
 Oh, dont feel sad for us,
(even though my mama heart yearns for all of them to be home with me so that I can take care of their every need, help them make decision that I feel are best for them,
wipe away their tears and buy their underwear).

I know , I know .... 
You did what you were suppose to do, you raised them the best you knew how,
 now they have to go and live their own life... yada yada yada


My 3 grown adult babies kids
My heart is split three ways and its walking around outside my body.
Once a mom....always a mom!
I'm gonna be honest here, those of you in the same boat can probably relate to the "empty nest"

The things nobody tells you
You are still gonna worry about those kids of yours
and then....
they go and have kids (your grandbabies) which sets off another whole set of worries.
It's not that we don't believe that our kids will be good parents,
after all they have us as role models, RIGHT????
 It's just that, well sometimes I think that those babies are mine, I'm not gonna lie about it.

So in summary, It's been a year, since the youngest jumped
 Rick and I are surviving the empty nest.
Our kids are wonderful adults, they are pretty great
 our grands even better.

Gavin is a wonderful young man.... still single.
Brie, Chris, Brice and Jenny are great parents, they share their babies with us
 and we feel loved even though they don't live with us anymore.

It's all good... sometime us mom's just gotta say what's on her heart!


Wednesday, September 07, 2016

A big fish story....finally

Rick took me out trolling this time while at the lake. 
It was nice and relaxing but the fish weren't biting, I didn't even catch a weed.

 I usually like to just sit at the end our our dock and cast....
early mornings are my favorite ...
this was a foggy morning.
 I day dream, and just think...
I listen to the sounds,  
loons calling, 
ducks quacking, 
watch the boats troll by, and hear voices from across the lake
 (voices really travel on the lake)

Rick is not "big" on fishing, but on this particular time out... He fished

**** Now for the BIG FISH story **** 

I was fishing on the dock like I do..... 
It was about 4:30, I've always heard the fish are biting around dinner time,
 so I usually throw in my line about that time. 
I've had some luck, but all small Rock Bass or Perch, 
on one occasion a small Northern. 

On this particular day.... 
this fish must have been real hungry
This guy almost got away...but I wasn't gonna let that happen....
I knew I had a big one by the bend on my pole, I didn't have a fishing net handy so I started to reel this guy in while walking towards the shore in hopes of keeping him on the line and 
getting a picture to document the catch!

As I got him on the sand beach he flipped and jumped off my hook, he slithered toward the water and started to wiggle away, I made a decision that he would not get away.... 
This had to be documented, so that.... 
 I wouldn't be accused of telling a BIG FISH story!
I dropped my pole, got into the water and grabbed this guy with both hands
 pinning him to the bottom of the lake. (only about 6 inches deep)
Once I had a good hold of him, I gripped him harder then flung him up on the grass.
My adrenaline was ramped-up as I yelled for Rick to "come quick", 
he was just heading out on a bike ride so I was glad to have got him before he left.
I got my camera, and the rest is history

24 inches long,  estimated about 3#

No I didn't keep him.... I thanked him for the photo, and let him go!

Saturday, September 03, 2016

A very unique (and worth while) visit...

On our way to the cabin, about 15 minutes from our place, 
we pass by a sign that reads "Evergreen Cemetery" , well.... 
those of you that know me, KNOW that I am lured to cemeteries!
Any cemetery but ESPECIALLY the small country cemeteries.
On this particular trip to the cabin we FINALLY stopped to check it out,
 I'm glad we did because I have never seem a cemetery quite like this one.... 

First... the sign. 
Looks like someones family member put this together with old scraps of wood from the garage. 

 then the one-lane dirt path that seems to go to nowhere.

Then the plots.... very unique markers
(I blotted out the last names out of respect to those deceased)
 A steel hand made yellow cross, with names of family member, (perhaps children), 
hand-penned down the middle.

 Silk flowers adorn the grave markers,  
this cemetery so remote yet those who rest here still thought of.

 I thought this interesting, the grave site bordered by cement paver's.
Again a hand made cross, no big grave stone marker here.

This little gem caught my eye, a small angel attached to a nearby fence. 

 
So unique, cement boots sit atop this grave, marked with a hand made cross. 


There is a stone marker with name and dates at the foot of the grave.

Look closely at the cross....a belt
A little hard to see, but there sites are all outlined by small rocks 

No name, just a site bordered by wood pieces 

This little Digger toy looks to be deliberately left here in this small plastic circle, 
there doesn't appear to be a grave nearby so I'm not sure what to think of this??? 

A wooden marker, names and dates inscribed with a wood burning tool. 
Along side it another hand made cross.

This marker simply states "AT REST"

 I want to know more about this cemetery, it's just so unique, 
never seen anything quite like it.

BONUS PHOTO:

No, we are not in South Dakota
 
There is a Buffalo farm on the way to our cabin, this time we stopped for a photo op.
As I got closer I started hearing some crazy snorting so it was a brief visit.....those creatures are huge.

A very unique (and worth while) visit...

On our way to the cabin, about 15 minutes from our place, 
we pass by a sign that reads "Evergreen Cemetery" , well.... 
those of you that know me, KNOW that I am lured to cemeteries!
Any cemetery but ESPECIALLY the small country cemeteries.
On this particular trip to the cabin we FINALLY stopped to check it out,
 I'm glad we did because I have never seem a cemetery quite like this one.... 

First... the sign. 
Looks like someones family member put this together with old scraps of wood from the garage. 

 then the one-lane dirt path that seems to go to nowhere.

Then the plots.... very unique markers
(I blotted out the last names out of respect to those deceased)
 A steel hand made yellow cross, with names of family member, (perhaps children), 
hand-penned down the middle.

 Silk flowers adorn the grave markers,  
this cemetery so remote yet those who rest here still thought of.

 I thought this interesting, the grave site bordered by cement paver's.
Again a hand made cross, no big grave stone marker here.

This little gem caught my eye, a small angel attached to a nearby fence. 

So unique, cement boots sit atop this grave, marked with a hand made cross. 


There is a stone marker with name and dates at the foot of the grave.

Look closely at the cross....a belt
A little hard to see, but there sites are all outlined by small rocks 

No name, just a site bordered by wood pieces 

This little Digger toy looks to be deliberately left here in this small plastic circle, 
there doesn't appear to be a grave nearby so I'm not sure what to think of this??? 

A wooden marker, names and dates inscribed with a wood burning tool. 
Along side it another hand made cross.

This marker simply states "AT REST"

 I want to know more about this cemetery, it's just so unique, 
never seen anything quite like it.

BONUS PHOTO:

No, we are not in South Dakota
There is a Buffalo farm on the way to our cabin, this time we stopped for a photo op.
As I got closer I started hearing some crazy snorting so it was a brief visit.....those creatures are huge.