Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming “Wow, What a Ride!”

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bringing up the House :)

While Strolling Through Reality will be offline for a couple of weeks- I am in the process of getting the big house ready to come alive.... :) 

We are not quite out of the winter-snow season just yet; actually next week promises some wintry weather. But, it is close enough to spring that I have started the efforts of Bringing up the House- my new Monday postings. Still have one more closing thoughts of Wintering in Aspen Willow. 

meanwhile: I was taking a break out on the deck, playing the baby harp and looked out to the meadow to see our resident heard of deer standing calmly listening to my music- that was fun. they never come around in the afternoon- this was new. 


the woods look different in this pre-Spring time
I had thought it would be like the Fall, but is has
a lot less color now. Wait until everything blooms!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Wintering in Aspen Willow ~ happy Ostara

Happy Ostara ~ the first day of Spring


The grass is turning green, the birds are sweetly singing, 
and tiny buds are peeking through the soil- it's Springtime! 
Goodbye winter boots and snow, Spring is here.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

thursday's crafts ~ march wreaths

here is my March Nature's arrangement- not my usual 'only things from Nature' setup but St. Patrick's day is tomorrow and my little bear leprechaun wanted to join in the fun. The second one, I did after when I needed to use the cast-iron fireplace, which this one was sitting on and quite large, I decided to make a small one for the mantel instead. it is all things from Nature made. 





Also, Ostara- Spring Equinox is March 20th
 so I will do a special one for that day of celebration. :)




  

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

meal ideas ~ St Patrick's Day tummy yummies

this Friday have a 'traditional' or a 'not so traditional' St. Patrick's Day meal...here are my two favorites!

St. Patrick's Corned Beef and Cabbage-  
Traditional taste.... but slow cooker style

I love corned beef and cabbage; I have it several times a year. This recipe is not only wonderful, has a tasty sauce, but is super easy.  You leave it cooking for 10 to 12 hours, perfect for that working Mom or Pop.

4 medium red potatoes, unpeeled, cut into halves or quarters – your choice.
16 to 20 baby carrots whole OR 4 medium carrots, cut into 1 to 1 ½  inch pieces
1 med onion- cut into 6 wedges – preferably a sweet  type: Whalla or Vidala
 2 to 3 pound corned beef brisket with seasoning packet.
12 oz beer – I like to use an Irish ale
Water
1 small cabbage cut into 8 thin wedges

Sauce:  optional – but very yummie- combine and store in refrigerator until needed.
¼ cup applesauce
2 Tbs Dijon mustard

In 4 to 6 quart slow cooker, combine potatoes, carrots, and onion. Top with corned beef brisket; sprinkle with seasoning packet. Add beer and enough water to just barely cover brisket.

Cover; cook low setting for 10 to 12 hours. ½ hour before you are ready to eat, remove corned beef and keep warm. Add cabbage wedges to vegetables and broth. Cover and cook on high setting for an additional 30 to 35 minutes, or until cabbage is crisp tender. (note: if you like your carrots crisp tender, omit adding them at the start and add them at this time as well.) 

To serve: cut corned beef across grain into thin slices or chunks, Removes vegetables from slow cooker with slotted spoon. If desired, skim fat from juices n slow cooker ; serve with vegetables.

Beer Braised Irish Stew and *Colcannon
not so Traditional but so tasty that it could easily become your St. Pactrick's Day celebration meal. 

Irish Stew:
 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
 1 (3 pound) beef chuck roast, trimmed 
      of fat and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
 1 cup coarsely chopped onion
 1 cup coarsely chopped carrot
 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle dark beer
 2 bay leaves
 1 teaspoon dried thyme
 1 teaspoon salt
 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
 2 cloves garlic, minced
 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

*Colcannon:
 3 slices bacon
 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
 2 cups thinly sliced kale or cabbage
 1/4 cup milk, warmed
 2 tablespoons butter
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F

Heat the vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until very hot, and brown the meat in 2 batches, stirring to brown the cubes on all sides. Return all the meat to the Dutch oven, sprinkle with flour, and stir lightly to coat the meat with flour. Stir in onion, carrots, dark beer, bay leaves, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring the mixture to a boil, and cover.

Place the Dutch oven into the preheated oven, and cook for 45 minutes; uncover, stir the stew, and cook until the beef is very tender and the liquid is reduced by half, about 45 more minutes.
Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate. Crumble the bacon and set aside.

About 30 minutes before the stew is ready, make the colcannon: Place the potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two.
Place the cabbage into a microwave-safe bowl, and add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water. Cover and microwave on High for about 2 1/2 minutes; uncover (watch out for steam) and stir the cabbage. Cover and microwave for about 2 1/2 more minutes, until the cabbage is slightly tender but not mushy. Drain excess liquid, and set the cabbage aside, covered.

Place the potatoes into a large bowl, and add milk, butter, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Beat the potatoes with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Stir in the cabbage, crumbled bacon, and parsley until well combined.

To serve, place a scoop of colcannon onto a plate, make a hollow, and fill with braised beef stew.

*Colcannon
From Wikipedia
Colcannon (Irish: cál ceannann, meaning "white-headed cabbage") is a traditional Irish dish mainly consisting of mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage. It is also the name of a song about the dish.
 Also, and this is very important!
~have some nice cold Irish Beer handy~

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

healthy living ~ let's talk Coconut Oil -part two

Coconut Oil~ I haven’t used coconut oil much in my homemade beauty products- not really sure why, just have always reached for the shea butter instead. I was talking to a friend who is an avid user of coconut oil and decided to look into some of it uses. Here are twenty excellent ideas- plus four easy homemade this-n-that ideas that I am going to try.

First the benefits- wow! The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism. It also provides relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer, while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength.

These benefits of the oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and their respective properties, such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities.

Here are 20 terrific ways to use coconut oil: 
  1. Deep conditioning hair treatment.  Rub a small amount of oil into hair (mostly at the ends), comb through and place hair in a loose bun or in a shower cap.  Let sit overnight and wash out in the morning.
  2. Body moisturizer.  Rub coconut oil directly into skin directly after showering.
  3. Eye makeup remover.  Rub a small amount of coconut oil on eyelashes or waterproof makeup and rinse off.
  4. Cheekbone highlighter.  Rub a very small amount of coconut oil on the tops of cheekbones to highlight over makeup.
  5. Vegetable oil alternative.  Replace coconut oil for vegetable oil in your favorite recipes.
  6. Wound care.  Replace Neosporin for coconut oil to protect and help wounds heal.  Can also be applied to small cuts and scrapes to stop bleeding.
  7. Dry feet treatment.  Combine coconut oil with sea salt to create a foot scrub.
  8. Sunburn care.  Rub coconut oil on burned skin to help soothe and repair sunburned skin.
  9. Stretch mark prevention.  Apply coconut oil to stretching skin multiple times a day.
  10. Body scrub.  Combine coconut oil and sugar to create a sugar scrub to exfoliate and soften your skin.
  11. Healthy smoothies.  Add a spoonful of coconut oil to your smoothie to help increase your energy.
  12. Cooking at high heat.  Some oils can't be heated to high temperatures, but coconut oil is a safe alternative.
  13. Popcorn topping.  Add a spoonful of coconut oil to popcorn and top with sea salt for a sweet and salty treat.
  14. Shaving lotion.  Rub coconut oil on area to be shaved to replace shaving cream and post shave moisturizer.
  15. Lip balm.  Rub a small amount of coconut oil on lips for a natural lip balm.
  16. Facial moisturizer.  Apply a small amount of coconut oil on clean skin in place of usual moisturizer.
  17. Moisturizing soak.  Add some coconut oil to a warm bath to soften skin.
  18. Frizzy hair fighter.  Rub a little coconut oil between your palms and rub through hair to tame frizziness and fly aways.
  19. Hydrating night cream.  Replace your night cream with coconut oil.  Apply coconut oil to the areas that tend to wrinkle and crease lock in moisture and hydrate skin.
  20. Cuticle softener.  Rub coconut oil on ragged cuticles to hydrate and strengthen nails.
and a couple great recipes that will be sure to keep you healthy:

Coconut Toothpaste 
this one they say really whitens the teeth- I am going to give it a try- For the coconut oil toothpaste you will need:

2 tablespoons of coconut oil – it should be warm
6 tablespoons baking soda
10 drops mint oil
½ teaspoons fine sea salt

Mix all the above ingredient in a bowl, until you obtain a creamy paste. Then place it in any appropriate container.

Homemade lavender coconut oil salt scrub 
This is a great scrub to use all over your body.

You only need 2 cups of coconut oil, 1 cup Epsom salt and 20 drops of lavender essential oil. Mix, place in a container, if you have any left over, keep it in your shower or bath area.

Hand scrub made from brown sugar and coconut oil 
This hand scrub is based on brown sugar and coconut oil and you will need:
¼ cup brown sugar
½ lemon
1 tablespoon jojoba or olive oil
2 tablespoons coconut oil

Mix all the above ingredients until the coconut oil is fully mixed. Then apply the creamy mixture on your hands and massage for 2-3 minutes. Rinse with warm water. The oils will make your hands softer, while the brown sugar will eliminate the dead cells.

Natural hair mask for very dry or color-treated hair
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 egg
2 tablespoons fat yogurt

Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl and then apply the resulted mask on your hair. Leave it on for about 40 minutes then rinse and shampoo your hair. One time use, do not store any extra because of the egg and yogurt.


Here is great website that answers some questions about coconut oil- such as how long does it stay fresh, do you need to refrigerate...

Monday, March 13, 2017

Wintering in Aspen Willow ~ Time Changes & Spring To-Dos

The best sign that Spring is nearing for me is the annual "Turning of Clocks" forward one hour. 

Yea for me, that means that I now wake up at 5:00am instead of 4:00am. Nice, and when the “girls” allow (they get hungry; well, Samantha, gets hungry and stirs up Gypsy to make me then get up) I will be able to sleep until maybe 6:00am. woohoo!

My internet is such that I get a lot of megabyte-time between 2:00-8:00 am and not so good, 10% that amount, for the rest of the time, per month. So, I spend most of my time in the early mornings and just pop on and off if needed the rest of the day. It’s ok, at least I get internet connection. Up until last fall we only had 3G on our phone or iPad and THEN you really could only get a signal while standing in the far southwest corner of the BARN, in the stall, LOL.

I’ll take the 2am internet at the MC- it is warmer and has coffee available. hehe.

Last week however, boy did I use up those anytime minutes with the arrival of Lady MacB and Eleanor djiP4. I miscalculated how long it would take to download msOffice for MAC and buzzed right through LotsOfMinutes to AnytimeMinutes and had to purchase some more; they weren’t expensive but all the same, if I had paid attention, I would have been fine. Lesson learned.

opps, off in a tangent- we were talking about the arrival of Spring –
With this wondrous arrival of warmer air, longer days, colors and scents of waking Nature....My To-Do List went from 14 to-dos to 33 items – sad, but true.

Some will be fun things, some not so fun to do. It all starts with the ‘opening of the big house’ – remember I have been living in the smaller cabin (which will be my studio) and the big house has been sitting semi-idle for the last seven years.  yes, 7 years. This is my main concern- what still works and what does not. Do I repair or, do I pay to have someone repair?  Is it in budget? etc, etc, etc...

I know I am making a big deal of this. I do have that tendency to ‘thespianize’ things sometimes. Remember the “big deal” I made about having to plow my driveway with Rover and then only to find how much fun it really was.

OK, I hope bringing up the house will be like that, and remember last week’s post- my incentive to get it all done....
 the TUB

Thursday, March 9, 2017

thursday's crafting ~ making new collars

this week is talking about new collars for Gypsy. She is turning into a beautiful pup and as most know I gave her the name Gypsy Ladybug and she needs a collar fitting her title.

one thing I have learned with all my furiends, is that if you really need to have to separate types of behaviors Ie: going into public or just hanging around the house... then an easy way to train them for each of those is have a specific collar for that purpose. So, when that collar is on they know the rules of the moment, and if those rules differ or are contradictory, no problem- "this is how I behave now."

with that in mind.... here are Gypsy's new and improved collars~ (ps~ my sewing machine, a Janome, handled these perfectly, was concerned about the thickness and material...but no problem. used a Jean/Leather needle and went very slow)

this Ladybug collar I found at Ace Hardware in Anaheim Hills CA. before Gypsy even came home with me. They had three sizes, sm, med, large. (as well as leashes, which I wasn't interested in) They were standard collars with heavy parachute clips. I purchased a med and large, she was able to wear the med, unaltered, for a while- it is her CAR/LEASH collar. Now, she needs the larger one. I also prefer for a main travel out and about collar to have a small portion with an choke chain so you can keep the collar loose, but when you need a little more control, tightens just enough to prevent collar from slipping off. This style works great- and is not dangerous or harmful as the standard full chain collars can be. 

SO, with that in mind: I bought a cheap small chain collar for the chain, and then I took apart the other collar. removing the heavy parachute clip and put the chain d-rings in their place. Next, glued then sewed the chain to the collar making it perfect!
She knows a car trip is in the plans when this collar come out; also knows that 'strict leash walking' behavior is the main rule. 

Now I present her "CallHer." her everyday, out and around the ranch, she's free to do her thing collar-
I love this adorable purple collar; she has had it since day one and a very small puppy....hum, that wasn't long ago-ha. I just love it and could not find a larger version, so I decided to take two small collars and sew them into one adjustable so she can continue to grow as she is still destined to do. 

Why do we call it her "CallHer?" see that little white 'thingie' on the upper left- that is a Radio Tracking device- It works great. I have a receiver and if I need to find her I just set it off, it signals me where she is...and it "beeps" her as well, so when she hears that beep she has learned I am looking for her and comes....yes, she does ! comes as fast as her little feet can bring her to wherever I am at the moment.  p.s.~ why isn't there a chain on this one? different rules and different control. :)

Samantha has one too! Both of their collars come off when they are in for the night. While outside rule number TWO: you must have on your 'callher' collar. Rule number ONE... stay close to the house.

U..U & ^..^

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

meal ideas ~ Cajun style yummy

Cajun-Style Pork and Shrimp Pasta
Spice up protein-packed shrimp and lean pork for a pasta recipe that is anything but ordinary and has only 35 grams of carb per 1-1/2-cup serving.

1 1 1/2 - 2 - pound pork sirloin roast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Nonstick cooking spray
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced (1 cup)
1 large onion, cut into thin wedges
1 15 - ounce can red beans, rinsed and drained
1 14 1/2 - ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
8 ounces dried multigrain rotini pasta (3 1/4 cups dried)
1 1/2 tablespoons Homemade Salt-Free Cajun Seasoning
1 medium green sweet pepper, chopped (3/4 cup)
8 ounces frozen cooked peeled and deveined shrimp, thawed
Snipped fresh cilantro

 Trim fat from roast. Cut roast into three portions. Sprinkle pork portions with salt and black pepper. Coat an unheated large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Brown roast portions in hot skillet, turning to brown all sides evenly. In a 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker combine celery, onion, beans, and tomatoes. Top with browned pork pieces.

 Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.

 Meanwhile, cook rotini pasta according to package directions except cook 1 minute less than package directions; drain. Remove meat from cooker; set aside. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Add Cajun seasoning, pasta, and sweet pepper to the cooker. Cover and cook for 15 minutes more. Cut meat into 1/2- to 3/4-inch cubes; stir into pasta mixture along with thawed shrimp. Sprinkle each serving with cilantro.

Homemade Salt-Free Cajun Seasoning or you can purchase a salt-free mix
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

 In a small bowl stir together onion powder, paprika, white pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and black pepper.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 306 cal., 5 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 109 mg chol., 370 mg sodium, 35 g carb. (6 g fiber, 4 g sugars), 32 g pro. Diabetic Exchanges Lean Meat (d.e): 3.5; Vegetables (d.e): 1; Starch (d.e): 2

Trail Mix Balls
Sunflower seed kernels, sesame seeds, and rice cereal provide subtle crunch to this fun twist on a party mix. The coconut flakes and honey add sweetness to this chewy, melt-in-your-mouth snack.
 
1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons water
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup crisp rice cereal
3/4 cup rolled oats, toasted*
1/3 cup dried fruit bits
1/4 cup sunflower seed kernels
1/4 cup lightly salted peanuts
1/4 cup unsweetened large flake coconut
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

 In a small saucepan, combine honey and the water; cook and stir over low heat until the honey liquefies. Remove from heat. Add peanut butter and vanilla, whisking until peanut butter is melted and mixture is smooth.

 Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine rice cereal, toasted rolled oats, fruit bits, sunflower seed kernels, peanuts, coconut, and sesame seeds. Pour honey mixture over cereal mixture; stir to coat. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours or just until firm.

 Using your damp hands, shape mixture into 30 balls, each about 1-1/4 inches in diameter. Chill balls until ready to serve. Store in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes 30 balls (2 balls per serving)
Tip

*To toast oats, place them in a dry medium skillet; cook over medium-high heat until lightly golden and fragrant, stirring frequently to prevent scorching.
             
Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 153 cal., 8 g total fat (3 g sat. fat), 48 mg sodium, 17 g carb. (2 g fiber, 7 g sugars), 4 g pro. Diabetic Exchanges Fat (d.e): 1.5; Starch (d.e): 1

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

healthy living ~ Olive Oils? fake or pure

I know we were looking at coconut oils, but in my research I found something that is somewhat disturbing to me. I decided to share this information and let you decide on its truth, consequences, or importance.

70% of Olive oil available in stores in the US has actually been cut with cheaper, nastier oils – meaning its fake!


There’s an enemy at the gates, it has been slowly infiltrating our olive oil market and corrupting one of the products that we all know is a healthy, sustainable option and one of Europe’s secrets to longevity. That’s right, 7 of the biggest olive oil manufacturers in the US have been cutting their products with cheaper, inferior oils (such as sunflower oil or canola oil) in order to minimize the cost of production, but it has come at a huge cost to everyone who invests in this healthy alternative.

In 2008, Italian police officers participated in a major crackdown called “Operation Golden Oil.” This resulted in the seizure of 85 oil farms who were adding certain percentages of chlorophyll to sunflower and canola oil and selling it on as extra virgin olive oil. The oil is mixed, perfumed, colored and then flavored before being sold to the producer as “extra virgin.” These busts also prompted the Australian government to investigate their own olive oil market, and indeed, after testing all of its brands’ “extra virgin olive oils” in their laboratories, none were given the 2012 certification for being a pure olive oil.

Recently, here in the US, all of these scams prompted the University of California to carry out studies on 124 imported brands of extra virgin olive oil, and they found that over 70% of the samples failed the test.

THE BRANDS THAT FAILED THE TEST:
Pompeian
Bertolli
Colavita
Star
Sasso
Antica Badia
Primadonna
Carapelli
Mazola
Felippo Berio
Safeway
Whole Foods
Carapelli
Coricelli
Mezzetta

ONES THAT PASSED THE TEST AND CAN BE TRUSTED:
Corto Olive
Ottavio
Omaggio
Bariani Olive Oil
Lucini
Kirkland Organic
Lucero
Olea Estates
McEvoy Ranch Organic
Cobram Estate
California Olive Ranch


Aside from brands there are simple tests you can do at home to check whether your olive oil is pure or not. Place the bottle in the fridge for around 30 minutes and check if the oil is starting to solidify. If it does then it is a good indication that the oil contains a large amount of monounsaturated fat, which is exactly what extra virgin olive oil contains. If the oil doesn’t begin to show signs of solidification then its a good sign that the oil is fake. This is not a perfect test yet it is a good indicator if you are unsure about the quality of your oil. You can also look for official governmental seals of approval on the label, such as “Australian Extra Virgin Certified” and “California Olive Oil Council Certified Extra Virgin.”

Its time to make a stand and stop supporting this industry of chemical additives, GMO’s and unhealthy alternatives. Hopefully this new action will decriminalize the olive oil industry around the world and restore it to being an honest trade, where an honest working person gets paid for what the other honest working people want to pay for…We’re paying for our Health after all.

next week... back to looking at Coconut Oil

Monday, March 6, 2017

Wintering in Aspen Willow ~ bathtubs

good morning Strolling Through Reality readers and friends. Last week was a good week. Sorry about the flimsy posting for last monday- was in kind of a funk but, woohoo, i’m back.

a couple people have asked about my meals, being out here, alone, in solitude. (I smile) Yes, I have an eating schedule and menu plans just as if everything was ‘as usual’ well, maybe eat a little better- quantity wise, I seem to eat more when with Steve, but we both are eating about the same as before my adventure out here in Colorado.

my plan: weekends I cook homemade from scratch; and during the week, I either eat left-overs from the weekend’s meal, or, I have a frozen fare from Lean Cuisine and others. Sometimes if I think that the vegetable isn’t enough I’ll cook extra of those, but mostly make it as simple but healthy as possible. Remember I am a cardiac patient as well as a diabetic- you have got to take things seriously when you are living in ‘solitude’ and help is not near.

It is getting warmer and my time of ‘super busy’ is nearing very quickly. It is already March and getting warmer—although our usual snowiest month is April- I can do a lot of prep-work getting the House ready to bring up from its long sleep in May or June. And then it begins, I will be busy but it will be worth it because at the end of all that work rests a BATHTUB; a bathtub that I look longingly at daily, and dream of sinking down in its warm delights. I love baths.

There I said it- Hello my name is Margeaux and I so very much love taking baths!

The tub in the MC isn’t very big and it really is too cold to bathe half in and half out. Something is going to freeze- ha! So, I take showers and only then maybe twice a week on the warmest days I can find. Ok, so, yes, the C word again- cold.

Back to the Bath.... I dream of my first tub full of warm water with soothing surprises. I have saved some of the bath-treats my friend, Liz, made for me; I have saved it for this special bath- my first here in Colorado.



Samantha is enjoying the sunshine....but her little mind is wondering just when her ‘toys’ will emerge from all the places she and Gypsy have found recently. 

Gypsy is growing up and goes in next week for her “womanly alterations.” Have a little apprehension about having to keep her contained and quiet, but we’ll work it out.  


 Jake in California, he is giving Steve a really hard time, that stinker; and Steve says this is when Jake is at his best....sleeping ~hehe~ Although both of us agree that this has been a great thing for him to have Jake with him.

I think in the beginning of all this we wondered if I would get lonely, miss having people around. No, haven’t missed that.

But Yes, I have missed and been lonely for Steve. I am happy with that and dream of when we are all here and starting our perhaps last and best Most Excellent Adventure together, once again. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

fun friday ~ the Eagles are back

our famous eagles from Decorah are starting a new season and we already have three eggs ready for Mon and Dad to incubate and raise. this will be egg # 27, 28, 29 for our lady.

here are the links you will want to tag.

if you haven't seen these guys before...I highly suggest you watch the 24 hour live nest cam, an experience you'll not forget- great thing for the young ones in your family...and many classrooms around the world set up screens for the classrooms.

Decorah Cam Alerts- home

RaptorResourceProject~ eagle Facebook page

Cam Alerts~ get email alerts when fun things happen.






February 27th~  Mom Decorah laid egg #3 tonight at 7:03pm CT! Congratulations, Mom and Dad! All three eagle couples now have three eggs. We will publish hatch guesstimations for all nests tomorrow morning. It is going to be a busy spring!







remember this is a 24 hour live fed webcam and so totally awesome!