Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I also bought this beautiful applique from Colleen's on e-bay. It will make it's way on to the tree. I'll be posting pictures of the finished tree after I receive my ornament! I feel like "a kid at Christmas" literally!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
He really did miss me!
I have to say I really missed him too. He's attatched at the hip! When I came home he was mad at first, I opened the bedroom door and he ran under the bed and wouldn't come out, but now he won't leave me alone. It's ok though, I love it!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
These are some of the birch bark baskets Jay is working on. I wish I had gotten a picture of a finished one, the carvings on them are beautiful.
This is the room I sleep in while visiting. It's soooo homey!
This little tree and scarecrow sit outside the front door. Soon he will come down and the tree will be covered in lights. Cheryl herself is very creative and quite the seamstress.
I love this shop! It's my favorite. Everything she sells here is made of honey or bees wax. I get the only shampoo that has ever worked on my hair here.
This mural was painted by a local, who never took an art course. It's amazing!
This is just a sampling of the many products made at this little shop.
Woodpeckers are bountiful at my brothers, and love the bear grease put out for them.
These little squirrels love to hog the bird feeder.
Aren't they just the cutest!?
This hand built arbor and the heart shaped pond were built for my nephew's wedding. They were married under the arbor.
I love this old chicken coup, now a storage shed, in their back yard.
Let's take a walk to the cabin! Nestled on his property in the National Forest, it sits almost a 1/4 mile back from the house. The quiet and peace felt back here are amazing. You can actually hear the snow fall. I am in awe of the beauty. Imagine walking this path at night, with no lights to guide the way. Did that! We went of a night walk. We left the cabin, and I was totally blind. Jay and Cheryl helped my out of the cabin since I couldn't see the steps. I couldn't see a thing, so Jay told me to let my eyes adjust, and to use only my sense of touch using my feet to guide me on the trail. I was a little freaked at first, but then it became an adventure. When I brushed against a tree, he told me it was o.k., it was just the tree nudging me back on to the path. It was an awesome feeling when we made it back to the house, and I realized I did something I thought could never be done. I tackled nature and won!
My brother and my sister Marti built this outhouse. Classy isn't it!?
This is the front porch of the cabin, the perfect spot to sit when the weather is nice.
and the front of the cabin from the property.
The mirror on the dresser was brought here by my husbands ancestors from Germany, it's over 100 years old. The pitcher and bowl were a find from the "Mikado Mall" or St. Vincent's. It was only 3.00! Perfect for the cabin, Cheryl grabbed it right up!
A view out the picture window shows where the wildlife frequent. Deer, turkey, grouse, snowshoe rabbits, and a multitude of birds can be seen from this window throughout the day. I scared the turkey's that were out front when I came around the corner, and the deer weren't out when I took this picture, They're kind of in hiding right now because of hunting season. Can't say I blame them!
This desk was donated by Jay and Cheryl's new daughter- in -law, it was built in the 1800's and was her great grand-mothers.
This mantel is behind the wood burning stove, lined with antiques and some of Jays creations.
The kitchenette, authentic ironware, and a shelf built in for essentials.
A view of the bed, with a loft for sleeping above. It's complete with a buffalo hide which he tanned.
This jacket was tanned the way it was originally done, with no chemicals and using the deers brain to do the actual tanning. His skills and creations have been used in movies such as The Indian in the Cupboard, Thunderheart, Dances With Wolves, to name some, and he also created a coat using his skins for Wayne Newton.
And this dress he made for my niece, about 20 years ago.
Inside his workshop, is where the creativity takes hold. This is a canoe Jay is presently working on, no modern techniques are used. It's done the exact way our Native Americans did. His work is precise, and beautiful!
This bear was shot by Jay when he went up North on a hunting expedition.
So I hope you can see what fascinates me about visiting Jay and Cheryl's. I look forward to my next visit, during Thanksgiving break!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Blessings and behave yourselves! (or not!)
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Now. Imagine another little girl with downs, approaches a stranger and asks for a drink of water. It's plain to this man that this child is truly thirsty. Yet, he turns his back and walks away, all the time looking to the ground. Imagine this same man, comes across a couple whose car has broken down at the side of the road, and the wife comes running toward him, begging him to please help her husband. Again, the man turns. A little boy, just wanting a friend, someone to hang out with for a little while, comes toward the man looking for a return of friendship. The man, once again, turns away a child. You are probably thinking, what kind of heartless person could be this despicable to turn his back on those in need? His elders, children with disabilities, children in need of a gentle hug? How could he be so cruel? Let me add the rest of the story. I know this man. He is my nephew, a marine. This is life in Iraq. What may seem so natural to us here, is not there. No one, not even a child, can be trusted. The little girl with downs? My niece is his sister. When Matt had to turn his back, when he so badly wanted to pick her up and hold her, he broke down and cried. Missing his own sister so badly,to not be able to help her broke his heart. The couple with the broken down car. When a woman dressed in garbs in Iraq comes running toward you, if you order them to stop and they don't you can shoot. She could very well be a suicide bomber. Children, like the little girl and boy, could take their own life along with you. Their parents think nothing of strapping a bomb to their own child. You watch the ground continuously, making sure you aren't going to step on an explosive. Marketplace is a battlefield, as this is where car bombs explode to take out the most people. In Iraq, you don't sleep. When you are not having nightmares, you are on guard because you never know what will happen next. Our soldiers are not fighting war, they are just trying to survive until they can come home. Now that you know the rest of the story, please take a moment to pray for our boys. Pray for our leaders to bring this to a close. Pray for our troops that are in the middle of the biggest culture shock one can imagine. And when they come home, pray they never have to go back.
Blessings to All,
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Until I started my blog, life was getting so routine, and nothing was there to spark my enthusiasm. Then it happened. I began to surf the different blogs by clicking on my interests on my profile. This opened up a whole new world, full of women of such diverse backgrounds, interests, and personalities. Several, including Diane, have become a part of my life. They are like old friends, my extended family. I look forward to their posts, forward to seeing how the day is going for them, their adventures, unique stories, creations, and ways of life. I have been so inspired by them. I laugh with them and cry with them. I rejoice in their victories. I draw inspiration from their faith and love of God. They have changed my life.
So to all you today, God Bless each and every one. You are as important to me as oxygen. You are my comrades, my inspiration, and my glimpse into the world. I love all of you.
If you are reading this, please, sign my guest book. Whether you blog or not, you are important to me. Let me welcome you into my world, as you have welcomed me in yours. Please let me know your blog address if you have one. If you don't, think of starting one, and when you do, come back and let me know! I look forward to your friendship. In the mean time,
Gods Blessings to All of you, My extended family
Monday, November 10, 2008
See you on Wednesday night, pictures in hand!!