Friday, January 31, 2014


week from today is the start of the 2014 winter olympics.

i picked up this jar at an estate sale last december.
love the jar, 
herring......not so much.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

we now bring you back to winter

  monday's high will be - 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

we interrupt this winter

to bring you a bit of spring.

i found this canning jar
at a thrift store a few weeks back.
it was amoung all the canning jars 
and stuck out in all it's 
floral couture.
reminds me of liberty fabrics.

must have taken someone quite some time 
to paint all the flowers.

i used it to keep receipts during the holidays.
 when spring is here 
i plan to use it for the real thing. 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

time for tea mr. carson

all set.
ready for downton abby tonight.

my new favorite tea time treat is
crackers, spread with mascarpone 
and a dab of quince and apple's "tart cherry and white tea" preserves.
it's like a bite of cherry pie.

i am hoping my jar lasts the season.....

quince and apple is a local business right here in madison, wi.
the owners were featured on "wisconsin foodie" the other night.
back in the day they worked at potters crackers putting in an 8 hour day, then when the day job was 
finished they started making preserves and would work until 2 in the morning.
long work day.

i just checked their website, they have  products in many 
shops around the us, plus they ship.

on with the show!

Monday, January 6, 2014


sorry i know christmas is over,
but our local historical museum has an
exhibit of aluminum christmas trees
and my friend denise and i
stopped by to see what is all about.

the historical society says 
it is the states largest collection of classic 1960's aluminum christmas trees.
i bet there is some collector out there 
that has more :)

here is the coveted pink aluminum tree.

don't have a pink tree, you can make
 a silver one pink 
with a pink
canned light as above.

we headed up to the 2nd and 3rd floors looking for more trees,
but they were only on the first floor.
we did however get a nice view of 
the capitol square.

here's a pic of the street on the square to the left of the photo above.
sorry for the glare.

here it is today.
blah, blah, blah.

we noticed a faded sign on the building that is in the previous photo from the 50's.....
do you see it -
barons, department store.

a small remembrance of the good old days.

Friday, January 3, 2014

a christmas tail(s)

donny and erin brought their newest members of their family
home at christmas, 
barley and timber.
two luvable, full of energy rescue pups.

1st thing barley did was make a few laps in the house and grab an ornament in his mouth from the tree.
good thing we were able to get it out without it breaking in his mouth.

timber made a few laps and saw the tree and thought
wow, indoor nice.
ooops, oh well target was donny's present,
 how did he know?

it's bedlam, 
bedlam i say!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

snow year 2014

happy snow year!

the farmers almanac has been correct -
 bitter cold and snow......

hope you are all off to a wonderful new year,
we are starting it off right with
kyle and julie's wedding in a few weeks