June 2017.

Another month gone. It started with sadness. Wasabi died. We’ve had her for 8 years. They said she was anywhere from 4 to 6 when we got her from the shelter.  She went fast from kidney failure. Our only consolation that we have given her 8 good years. She will be missed… 20170601_071236.jpg








20170612_191947 On a lighter note, Comfort is 17 ( or so we think, we’e had her for 10 years) and still going. She just had a bath 😉








Zombie cat, called so because she is still around against all odds. After all the surgeries, steroids and antibiotics she is held together by homeopatic remedies. Tiddles is 13 years old.20170608_121956


We built a pergola! Well, Frank was doing the building, while I dug in the garden, took pictures and occasionally held a board or helped with constructive criticism 😉  Now to help the grape vine to understand that it needs to climb up there!


The Garden Tower Project 2. We won a coupon for $100 off the price. Which still was very considerable amount. Oh well, I do hope it will prove useful in having greens in winter. Providing we can get it into the house at the end of the season.



Some of the harvest for June. Mushrooms, wild strawberries and honeyberries.


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May 2017.

May is my Birthday month. And as I get older (and older) it becomes more enjoyable. Gone is the anticipation of something magical that you think is going to happen and it never does. Gone is the anguish of opening the presents that you won’t like and the disappointment of finding out that not all you supposed friends remember the date.

A card from the Child, toys from the husband, a home made cake…what can be better than this?



Coffee and ice cream with the Child, always a good thing.





Our two Muscovy ducks hatched themselves a little duckling. Just one. Then they promptly forgot that they had another ten eggs to sit on…bird brains…20170516_111652






Wine caps are coming up in one spot. The one that was planted with little wooden plugs. The one seeded over sawdust is still dormant. Funny thing how the night before you don’t see anything and the next morning they are the size of  dinner plates!








Here is my tomato plant, one of 25 ( so much for the smaller garden), looking all big and brave, ready to go into the soil.


Here is the same little puny plant in the raised bed. Good luck, little buddy!



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April 2017.

Wow, it’s the middle of may and I20170408_151459 am still working on April post!

It is definitely getting busy here. And it is the way we like it. There is , though, always certain anxious feeling that there are so many fun things to do and not enough time to do them in. Like a kid in a candy shop having a tantrum because he can’t have all the candy at once…

20170408_151442 These are my Gerbera daisies, by the way, Frank got them for my birthday last year. I am really pleased that they last and come back every spring. In pots inside, of course. I made a mistake once and planted them out, and, of course, they died in winter.

20170408_151241 Wintersowing is great! I tried to control myself and not start a ton of seeds, as I really want the garden to be smaller this year, so we can concentrate on projects around the property. Here are some of the jugs sitting in the sunroom.


20170408_151324-1And tomato and pepper seedling, of course, these I simply enjoy starting in cups and watching them grow. There are some marigolds and calendulas as well.





This is our beautiful laundry room addition all finished!


The brains of the operation


Me helping out with the trim


The last snow


Molly, Suzy and the chicken



Daisy duck and her favorite hens, unfortunately this duck became foxes breakfast.

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March 2017.

March 31, 2017.

It is warm and no snow. We’ve had it as high as 60 degrees! Of course it did not stick around for long, but the fact itself is pretty amazing 😉

Of course now I am kicking myself for not starting the seeds sooner, as it appears that we might have an early spring after all. On the other hand, it is nice to feel that you are doing something when you are ready,  and not because you have to. And I do have a feeling that I am getting very close to catching my tail after all. It is still too far for comfort, but I can see it getting closer 😉

One of the nice things that happened this month is that we bought a new couch and an armchair. Here is Phoebe on the chair, she likes it a lot. wp-1490730610644.jpg

It gave the whole living room a nice old english feeling with wood paneling abd ceiling beams. And added bonus is that Alice does not have to take allergy meds any more when she stays over, as leather does not get as dusty as the fabric. It feels nice to buy something new, we have lived off of Craigslist for so long!

So as far as seeds go, I started tomatoes, peppers, some herbs and flowers. Seriously downsizing this year to concentrate on other projects. It was heartbreaking not to sow all the tomatoes I wanted. And it will be more so not to plant all that came up.

Bees.  Please click on the link for an update.

It was nice today. I filled the pools for the ducks and threw the rest of our pumpkins for the piggers to play with. Circe liked it , I think.

And here is the bathroom wall being put up. Like I said, the tail is getting closer. We started making a short list of projects for every weekend we are off together, and were able to stick to it pretty good. The key word is ‘short’, so it is not overwhelming.wp-1489352658822.jpg

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February 2017.

February 28, 2017.


Since I don’ t like cut flowers, my dear husband got me this pretty little hyacinth for Valentine’s day.  I will try again this year to replant the bulb. Don’t have much luck with bulbs. Someone told me squirrels probable eat them. Well, it that case i don’t mind, but just in case I will put more food out for them, so my pretty little flower can grow 😉

As I was really sick on Valentine’ s, the only thing I was able to make for dessert was chocolate chip cookies and even they burnt a little. We had them warm with ice cream and fudge wp-1487124381473.jpg

wp-1488898181012.jpg Meyer lemon tree bloomed. The smell is unbelievable! It is very small and it seems to be wanting to make up for that with the wonderful scent 😉



This is our Nice jar. Every day we put a piece of paper with something nice that happened for the day. I think we’ve been keeping up pretty good since the first of the year.





Don’t recall the date, but here we are, cleaning the driveway! Well, here I am with the snow blower. Funny enough, we still don’t regret the move to Minnesota 😉


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January 2017.


January 31, 2017.

And here is the first month of the year already gone by. I would like this to be a positive blog post.

Alice turned 22 this month. As I was snowed in a few days ago and could not go to the store to buy ingredients for the cake she wanted (raspberry lemon), I had to make do with what we had. As the result we ended up with a very tasty and pretty looking three layer cake


As usual, we went shopping for her birthday. It has been the tradition for a long time . We usually do dinner as well, but this year we were all so tired, that were perfectly content with lunch and ice cream. When we got home we made Lazy Lasagna and had cake, of course



Apparently, on January 16th, 2011, we came out here to look at the house for the first time. There was someone’s car was stuck in the driveway and we had to walk up to the house knee deep in snow. The moldy carpet stank and bare logs in the basement ceiling made my jaw drop.

Frank said…well…I can’t put it in writing what exactly he had said about the house…But we ended up buying it after all  😉


The days are getting longer. It will be time to start the seeds soon. I must remember not to do a whole lot of them. This year should be a year of improvements in the garden, shed and fence building, project finishing and general betterment (is it a word?) of the property.


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We are responsible forever for what we have tamed.

The Little Prince: Chapter 21

So the little prince tamed the fox. And when the hour of his departure drew near–

“Ah,” said the fox, “I shall cry.”

“It is your own fault,” said the little prince. “I never wished you any sort of harm; but you wanted me to tame you . . .”

“Yes, that is so,” said the fox.

“But now you are going to cry!” said the little prince.

“Yes, that is so,” said the fox.

“Then it has done you no good at all!”

“It has done me good,” said the fox


The Little Prince: Chapter 21

“Goodbye,” he said.

“Goodbye,” said the fox. “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”


The Little Prince: Chapter 21

“Men have forgotten this truth,” said the fox. “But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.


We had to say good bye to Tess. Because we are responsible.wp-1482551796707.jpg

Love and Sid to all

Tat and Frank

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The Doll page.

Doll page.

Please click on the link to check out my Doll page. There isn’t much there yet and I will work on it as time and inspiration allow.


Kidz n Cats girls


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More pictures.

Alice’s concerts.

In 2016 we were able to attend two concerts where Alice performed. The Christmas concert of St.Thomas University at the Concert Hall in Minneapolis and Guitar Ensemble’s performance at UST. Here are some pictures.


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