Friday, December 4, 2009

Where I have been……

I know I haven’t posted in awhile but its been a little busy around here.  It’s what happens when you own a Christmas tree farm and make wreaths.  It starts around the first of November.

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This is where it all the action is. 

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See all the action?  Stuff was flying everywhere on this day.

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And the conversations made it worth being there.  I think they would have worked for free just to stay and listen.  Like the story about …..oh never mind.

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Julie learned all the fine details of Kissing Balls.

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Bob even made an appearance and he found out that no idle hands are allowed around here.  If you want to hang around, you better grab a clipper.

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The results of a long hard day of elves in the workshop.

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And they all learned to appreciate one of the many uses of first aid tape.  Using it before to prevent the injury.

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And then this crew shows up and makes everything more interesting.

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And this one comes to visit and oh my its hard to keep working.

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The next few weeks we will be out here, helping people find that perfect Christmas tree.

And then I will be back posting.  See you then.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

HANNAH’S STORY

It is always entertaining to have Hannah in the house.  Today we were eating lunch and she was telling me about weddings and what all goes on at them.  She said “ Grammy at weddings the girls all want to catch the flowers but why do the boys want the pony tail holder?”  I guess garters look like pony tail holders to her.

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The other day we were heading into town and Hannah likes to play I Spy With My LIttle Eyes. 

Hannah:  I spy with my little eyes something brown.

Jim:  The grass

Hannah:  Nope

Me:  Grandpa’s shirt

Hannah:  Nope

Me:  Give us a clue

Hannah:  It starts with “d” (Making the d sound)

Jim:  I give up

Hannah:  Da tree stump.

I haven’t decided whether it is a Wisconsin accent or a 4 year old still learning how to pronounce her letters.  Either way, it was funny.  And yes her face is dirty, I think its either caramel or peanut butter.

Monday, October 12, 2009

THE CHICKEN COOP

This year we had the barns taken down because they were starting to fall apart.

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This is Shirley's barn

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And here's our barn.


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The day came to finally haul all the remains away. This is when the “decision” was made to get rid of the chicken coop as well.


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This chicken coop has been home to many a chicken over the years. But it was rotting and the windows were broken. An executive but unpopular decision was made to bulldoze it in.


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Good-bye dear chicken coop. We will all miss you.

Friday, October 2, 2009

APPLE PICKIN’

This past Sunday we picked the apples from the tree out back.  Frost was coming this week so it was time to get them off the tree.  Good thing we did because we had 24 degrees on Tuesday morning.

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Tyler was excited to get up on the ladder and finally pick the apples.  He has been getting scolded all summer to leave the apples alone.  I even caught him one day with a pile of them, he was batting them into the pond. 

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What is it with boys and climbing trees? 

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Hannah was a little too short but she worked until she couldn’t reach any more.

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I took her up on the ladder with me so she could pick the higher ones.

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Joni went to the top to pick the highest ones. 

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Tabby and Isabella came out to soak up some sunshine.

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We ended up with four boxes of apples which will make lots of applesauce for this winter.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

AN UNSURPRISED BIRTHDAY PARTY

A few weeks ago we wanted to have a little party and decided it needed a purpose so we decided to surprise Sandy with a birthday party since she turned 40.

The guests were invited and the menu was planned.  Now Todd just had to get Sandy to our house at 4:00.  Anyone who knows Sandy knows that she is very detail oriented and there must be reasons for things.  The more reasons Todd came up with to drop by, the more she dug her heels in and finally refused to go anywhere.  He finally had to spill the beans and tell her what was going on.  Either way, it was  a great party with the guests being surprised by Sandy being there before them.

I made the cheesecake pops for her birthday cake.  Everyone has been after me to make them again since they did not get to try them at the fair contest.  One batch made 65 pops so there were plenty to go around.

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Here’s the birthday girl with her 40 candles.  I didn’t think it would be safe to try and put 40 individual candles into the pops so the numbers were the next best thing.

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There were lots of kids there so a game of frisbee football kept them busy until it was time to eat.

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The sandbox was great entertainment too.

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Frog catching in the pond entertains boys for a long time.

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Hannah and Elijah had their own dining table.

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Oh which one do I want?

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Maybe a chocolate one with pink sprinkles

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Nope, the white one with pink won out.

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The night ended with a campfire for the adults and hide and seek in the dark for the kids.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

ISN'T THERE AN AGE LIMIT FOR STILTS?

It all started with an innocent conversation back on the deck. Bea is a very good friend of our family and she was telling how she loved walking on stilts when she was younger. She talked about how her brother made stilts out of wood and they would walk on them. Bea said "If I had a pair I could show you how to do it". Well we happened to have a pair of stilts in the storage shed, along with a pogo stick. For all of you who left the party early, you really missed a great show. I will tell you that Bea is 74 years old, she won't mind me telling you that. Recently she was telling me about a plane ride someone took her on and she wished she could parachute out of the plane.


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Thursday, September 3, 2009

LUNCH ANYONE?

Last week we had an extra child for a couple of days.  The kids were thrilled to have someone new to play with.  As you can see from the past several posts, Tyler and Hannah have some wild imaginations and this day was no different. I had been cleaning out the gardens and throwing vegetable plants into the compost pile. 

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The kids decided to make soup and each got a bucket and filled it with whatever they could get their hands on.   The sticks are their fire for cooking the soup.

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Ellen had her bucket filled to the top.

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Hannah – what can I say except you gotta love this girl

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I don’t know whats all in Tyler’s bucket but I think it was all edible.  He dug up some carrots, which he was scolded for but that didn’t stop him.

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Ellen liked the lettuce and beans.  After filling the buckets with food they then filled them up with water and stirred it up.

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Tyler and Ellen decided Hannah had to be the neighbor and sit by the other tree until the soup was ready to eat.  She actually sat there  a long time.

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And Chloe just sat in the fire pit, watching and learning. 

Sunday, August 23, 2009

CHRISTMAS SEASON IS ON MY MIND

I know you all are thinking this is crazy.  Christmas in August?  We are getting geared up for this season.  The orders for trees, roping and wreaths are already coming in.  Soon I will be doing the inventory to see what needs to be ordered for wreath making. 

I just finished tweaking the brochure for this year. 

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Now go and enjoy the rest of your summer and I will get on with my planning.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

KIDS AND IMAGINATIONS

Tyler and Hannah have been a little creative this week.  On Monday I needed to get some office stuff done so they were at the table with paper, scissors, tape, markers. When I checked on them they were making kites.

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They used paper and tape. Then some ribbon and sticks from the pine trees to hold it all together.

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Here is Tyler’s creation.

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And Hannah’s version of a kite.

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Some last minute adjustments…

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and they are flying high!

Then yesterday they found these red food coverings and made themselves some beekeepers outfits.

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Off to check on the hives.