Sunday, May 31, 2015

Seize The Moment And Hold On The Memories.

It's been an emotional week with the passing of Susie's father.  A great man who lived a full life even in his later years.  He will be greatly missed.

Along with the passing of a loved one, we experienced the beauty of new life up close. 

On our walk around the yard we came across the young fawn that the mother had dropped off in a safe place under the spruce among the lambs ears.
 We got to see some old friends last night down at the Mill as some of the members of The Blue Band joined up with friends from The Mississippi Band.
 Once again Jerry and Gale showed us what fun is all about.

 And a few smooth dance moves.
 Our friends Greg and Jane made it down river.  They always seem to get the word whenever there's a fun band down at the Mill.

And where there's fun, Marty and Joan are sure to be in the mix.

Seize the Moment.

Saturday, May 23, 2015


The birthday girl.
 all photo credit goes to Sandy Dyas
 punk band

 I get down CO

Food and friends!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dirty Dog.

 Once again the morels were few and far between.
 Some of these little pink-salmon rounds are just starting out.
 Good hiking companions.

Yellow oysters and a dirty dog.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


 Lately, most of my forays into the timber have ended up as great exercise while I check out the topography or the wild flowers that are in bloom.
 Occasionally, I would find a stray mushroom here or there but no church where you would have to get down on your knees and give thanks.
 Tonight I had similar luck.  With a pair here and a single there.

I found several that were old and dried up too.

There's always one more tree off in the distance that might have just the right conditions.

Just a quick look!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day Weekend Projects

 After three years of working on the Moon Hawk sculpture garden, we finely finished it up this weekend.
 Susie raised her hands in victory as Maxine awaits praise or a treat or what ever happens next.

here's a link to an earlier post about the lavender garden. 
What happen next is, on to the next set of projects.

Like a Rock dance in the bone yard prepping it for the installation of the mosaic bambi.

 Or the installation of a new drain tile and set of steps for the front entrance to the school house.
 What would mother's day weekend be without a danger hike and mushroom hunting.
 I took the high road while Maxine took the low road.
 Wrong type, nice try.
 Pete stopped by with some chicks and he also gave me a hand moving the tiled deer sculpture to the bone yard.  Thanks Pete!
 Baby chicks and another project done.

And Susie was one happy girl!

Time to celebrate down at the Mill with some Blues and Barbecue!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Just a Spring Evening


With all the rain the last few days one the strangest things that you might see are the bright orange globs hanging in the eastern red cedar trees.  They are actually fungi.
The life cycle of the cedar-apple rust fungus (Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae) depends on both apple and eastern red cedar hosts. It’s possible to find cedar-apple rust anywhere where eastern red cedars and apples coexist. 

Maxine is able to coexist with the morels that are right below her tongue.

 The North side of the house looks great and has all the smells of spring time with lilacs and flowering crab filling the air.

White bleeding heart, moss, ferns and new fallen petals
 Susie made some awesome pasta while I was out mushroom hunting.

Morals, pasta and Iowa chops

Oh,  I don't even think about enjoying a meal like that unless the kitchen is filled with the sent of fresh cut lilacs.    :)

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Completion of the Moonhawk!


Friday a packed a lunch so I could swing by the dam in Maquoketa and pitch for bass for an hour.

A father and son spear fished.

I also hit the stretch of river down by the skate park.  I finely caught a nice smalli  so all in all not a bad way to spend my lunch hour on a beautiful Friday. 
 After work I went back to check the tree where I picked mushrooms on Wednesday.  I knew there would be a few that I missed.  I ended up picking enough for Fridays pizza and Sunday brunch.
 Saturday Susie finished up The Moonhawk center piece in the lavender garden.
 She got an early start and put in about eight hours of tile work.  While I did some spring cleaning on the hippy hot tub.
 This finished up a three year project.