Monday, October 27, 2014

Carving Pumpkins

Sunday morning was pumpkin carving day with our grandchildren.  We scooped out four large pumpkins and had a wonderful time doing it. 


The grands are growing so fast and we enjoy every minute we have with them.


Potato Sausage

Our family has an amazing potato sausage recipe that was made by my grandmothers family.  We all love it and so on this trip to Wisconsin we made about forty pounds of it.  Because raw potatoes are one of the ingredients the sausages must be precooked and then cooled down and wrapped for the freezer.  We left a goodly amount with family and the rest is going home to Florida for family there.
 

Mmmm  mmmm so very delicious!


Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall In Wisconsin

 
We are visiting family in Wisconsin and the colors around the southern part of the state are nothing short of spectacular.   It reminds me of this quilt.  Years ago I went to a yearly quilt retreat with a dozen wonderful ladies.  I picked out three focus fabrics and sent a piece of each out to all my friends.  Each was to create a square using mainly those three fabrics.  At retreat we would have a reverse drawing and every hour we would pull one name from the hat.  That person would be eliminated and the last name in the hat would be the winner of the squares.  I absolutely loved the colors of this quilt and started telling them all that I knew I would be the lucky winner.  Part way through the day I ran to town and when I got back they said sorry but my name had been pulled in the hourly draw and I was out of the running.  As the day went by and more names were pulled I teased each one and said things like "too bad so sad...get over it I did." After dinner that night they all started laughing before the last pull and informed me that in fact they had been playing with me and my name was one of the two left in the hat.  Well I won those squares and created the Flying Geese borders that tied them all together.  The quilt was machine pieced and quilted and every fall it went out on the bed.  My sister Margaret Mary came for a visit and asked if she could buy the quilt because she also loved it so.  Now the quilt belongs to her as a gift from me and when I come visit I see it in her guestroom.  I know how much she enjoys it which makes me enjoy it all the more.
 

 







I think that I may need to do another quilt in these colors someday.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Family Time -Priceless!

There are some things in life that can not be bought.  Time with family and the joys of that are some of those things.  We are lucky now when we come home to Oak Creek for a visit to have three sisters that we can stay with.  Each of them welcomes us and makes us feel right at home.  This time we stayed with Marge and John.
 
 
Sunday afternoon we went to our sons home to watch the Packers and play with the kids.  Our little Veda is one strong minded young lady and lets us know when something isn't quite to her liking.  She is the sweetest little thing and we are enjoying her personality.

 
Some things never change.  If we rolled back time twenty years the man on the couch would have more hair and it would be darker.  He would be  a little thinner and probably be sitting on the floor. He could still get up easily then.  What wouldn't be different is playing the bumble bee game and tussling with the kids.  What a lovely sound in your head... the laughter of children and the man you have loved for most of your life.

 


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Princess Veda And Her Sidekick Max

 
 
We left Tampa Thursday afternoon about 4:00 and headed north.  We had a break in Chicago and met Toms oldest brother for lunch.  It was a short visit but a good one and we are hoping he will visit in Florida this winter.  We arrived in Milwaukee Saturday mid afternoon and headed right to the grandkids.  Veda modeled her princess dress that she wore for her birthday and also Halloween this year.  She is three years old and all about the princess'.  Max is in  Kindergarten and learning how to write his letters and read words.  I could not get him to hold still to pose for a picture. 
 
Saturday night we had dinner at my parents with three of my sisters and brothers in law.  Good food and lots of laughter.  Plus I won at Farkle and that does not happen very often.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Home Again, Home Again Jiggidy Jig!

Before we left Florida in May I started a batch of Lemoncello with lemons from our tree. The mix waited patiently in the frig while we were gone.  Yesterday I strained it out and tested it  for quality. It passed with flying colors.  I added a few lemon peels back to the bottle to pretty it up. 
 
 
We planted an orange, a peach and a tangerine tree to our little Florida grove and I am happy to report that all but the peach have flowered and are bearing fruit.

 
The Orange 

 
The Tangerine.

 
The Meyer Lemon.
It is good to be home.  We have a lot and I do mean a LOT of work to do in the back yard.  Trees and bushes have grown to large tree status.  Jasmine vines and Honeysuckle have wrapped themselves everywhere.  We have been spending a couple of hours each morning out there and it is looking better already.  I will post pictures soon.