A Dusting

The new year has brought several days of bitter cold temperatures and it seems a constant dusting of snow to South Dakota. It’s been beautiful but almost too cold to get out and fully appreciate it all.  The kids have tried with all their might to stay out longer than 10 minutes to sled and play but it’s been days of running between heated homes and vehicles. Cabin fever has indeed settled in over this winter’s break.












The herd has stayed very close to the shelter belt through it all.











And the dogs find warmth among the straw bales if they’re out for very long.






































The Year of Making Mistakes

I’ve been seeing all sorts of great quotes for the New Year. I’ve enjoyed many of them, been entertained by a few and shared a few myself because they’re wonderful thoughts to share and ponder and internalize and perhaps act upon. But I wanted to officially share the following here because I’m hoping someday our kids realize that this -this being, making mistakes – is an incredibly important part of life. Of growing. Of being your best and living a good life.

Here’s to a year of making as many of my own mistakes as possible, learning from them, growing from them, being able to laugh at them – and a lifetime of the same.


“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

Neil Gaiman