Tell Me a Good Story

Life has changed, I retired and moved from a somewhat remote area in Wisconsin to a much more remote area of Minnesota. Very little television or news is allowed to frame our lives. There is no sense in being goaded to be scared or mad as plenty of good news is out there. Plenty ofContinue reading “Tell Me a Good Story”

I Miss You Mom, But Still Telling On You.

Moms gardens were her passion. Dad always figured it might be her undoing and that in itself has provided stories. They had carved a place out of the woods for retirement to live happily ever after. For the most part it worked, but now it’s after. Moms gardens in the woods needed protection, fences sortContinue reading “I Miss You Mom, But Still Telling On You.”

Stalking Beaver

My Inspiration: Brother Craig wrote about the Beaver. So relevant on many levels for today…Check out his poem here¬† Thanks Craig, you write so well! I couldn’t help but rewrite an old story written when I had about zero readers…I still tell my grand kids this (actually true, embellished a smidgen) story, but not atContinue reading “Stalking Beaver”

Smokey Shadow

When we were kids, us siblings decided to sleep overnight in the huge haymow of the barn. Sleep in the hay! yea! (insert picture of actual barn) A big yard light gave off enough light through the top of the flopped open barn door to see enough, and enough dark to sleep. Maybe. The 12Continue reading “Smokey Shadow”

Do Something Different

When you find yourself out of step with the universe, do something different. When you focus on your failures more than your successes, do something different When your failures seem to be lead to more fails, do something different When…Don’t try sky diving!!! do something different It is the first day of t shirt weatherContinue reading “Do Something Different”

Cold Winter Fashion Statement

Bundle up!¬† How’s that for a statement. And yes, you can fashion up if it makes you feel better. But while I have you here I will give you a few tips on thriving in weather below zero. My personal best was dressing for -52 degrees without the wind chill factored in. I stayed warmContinue reading “Cold Winter Fashion Statement”

Old Seasonings Die Hard

Our brains are truly wonderful. They constantly gather information, categorize it under hundreds of headings and constantly crosscheck it as relevant or irrelevant even while simple conversations are going on. I have been looking into making my own venison jerky for years, I guess, without even knowing it. When my brother (who makes great jerky)Continue reading “Old Seasonings Die Hard”

Wilderness Food Planning for the unorganized (like I should talk)

I was in the grocery store for a couple hours (seemed like) with a cart load of camping food and my cart disappeared. It was just gone. I found it two isles over being pushed by a very small elderly women with a friend pushing a similar cart. They were shopping together. When I askedContinue reading “Wilderness Food Planning for the unorganized (like I should talk)”

A Distracted Mind

I get distracted easily. Well I really don’t, but my mind wanders into every nook and cranny around. Once in awhile (or less, but don’t take a poll) My mind goes off on an imaginary journey if I don’t keep it on a short leash. Focus Gary, focus! Help Gary’s mind stay inbounds solution: NoiseContinue reading “A Distracted Mind”

A Little Harvest Rambling, Time of Year Thing

It’s that magical time of the year when rain turns to snow, lakes are freezing over, forests are bare of leaves and most humans are less than half prepared for the winter ahead. I think our fall-winter harvest season does something to the brain. Most of us in this area of the country harvest ourContinue reading “A Little Harvest Rambling, Time of Year Thing”