Saturday, December 20, 2014

Back in the swing of things

It has been awhile since we really brewed. I've had some sake going for a little bit, but the last time we brewed beer was in March. Now that we're home for the weekends for awhile, we've finally picked it back up.

As of this afternoon, we have fermenting:
Strawberry sake
Peach sake
Blackberry sake
Hard apple cider
Pale ale
Wheat ale
Blueberry soda
Wheat beer on wine yeast
Blueberry wheat beer on wine yeast

Not bad, eh?

Monday, December 15, 2014


Britt and I went up to Ecker's Apple Farm yesterday to get some fresh pressed cider, and ended up helping with the pressing ourselves!

In the process, we got to hang out with the sisters who run the orchard and learn about some of the nitty gritty details of farming apples. I had a great time, and came back with three gallons of cider to ferment and one to drink.

I think hot apple cider is in order tonight.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Frozen river

I've been stuck in the house for the past couple of days with a nasty cold and cough, and I needed to get out today. So armed with lots of tissues and cough drops, I headed over to Great River Bluff State Park in Minnesota for a short hike with Millie.

It was too overcast and hazy to see Wisconsin clearly across the almost four-mile expanse of river channels, but the ice pattern on the near one was quite pretty.

I overestimated my ability to breathe while hiking, so we didn't stay long, but I hope to make it back again for some skiing once we get some decent snow.

Saturday, December 6, 2014


I saw this idea somewhere on the internet at least a year ago, and have since then wanted to make a mirror window in my small office to attempt to scatter the little bit of light I get.

I painted the window frame last spring, but somehow never managed to get all the hanging pieces together until now. I had a few issues, the biggest being that my mirror is old and thicker than newer mirrors, meaning the regular mirror hanging kits don't work and I had to find a good way to hang the heavier mirror on my plaster wall.

Anyway, after a few holes in the plaster and scrapes on the wall, the mirror window is finally hung. The mirror itself is pretty well supported, but I'm a little less confident about the window frame. I'm just hoping not to wake up to a crashing sound some night.

Sunday, November 30, 2014


It's been a long trip, both the month of blogging and the travel to and from Indiana. Both were rewarding experiences that I look forward to repeating, but not immediately. Let's take a nap first.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Two many dogs

Maybe having two dogs wouldn't be so bad after all. It just means twice as much cuddling! And since Sam won't let me have a cat, another dog might have to suffice. I'll think about it.

Friday, November 28, 2014


My mom got a kitten. She is 6 months old, her name is Zeva, and she doesn't quite know what to think of Millie.

She doesn't run away, but instead stalks Millie from underneath a coffee table, a chair, or a conveniently seated Sam, only sneaking forward when Millie's tail becomes too enticing.

Millie sniffed in Zeva's direction once or twice, and that pretty much satisfied her curiosity.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving pals

 Millie and Fennel shared the rug and the toys today in honor of Thanksgiving.

It sure is fun to have two dogs running around the house, especially when you can't tell who is who at first glance.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Too much pink

I like to crochet in the winter. It gives my hands something to do during Sunday afternoon football and on long car trips, such as our yearly pilgrimage to Indiana for Thanksgiving.

This time around, I was tasked with creating slippers for my cousin's daughters.  I was sent the yarn to use, but told I could use any pattern I wanted. Now, these little girls are adorable, but as I got halfway in through the what I thought was an equally cute slipper pattern, I realized that the pink and purple yarn really did not have the effect I was hoping for. 

And I began to dislike little girls with a penchant for pink. Unfortunately for me, I still plan on finishing these slippers, even though I don't like them. I hope that the girls will at least find them acceptable.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Nap dog

I finally put a rug under my desk, and all of a sudden, Millie likes to sleep at my feet while I work. This is great until she steals the blanket on my lap to sleep on too.